Thursday, 28 February 2013

Mushroom 65

If you want an exotic starter or an evening snack “mushroom 65” is the one. Even the kids and adults who don’t like mushrooms will fall for this dish.

Egg Dosa

Egg Dosa is a very quick and healthy breakfast. This can be especially given for kids who don’t eat eggs and loves to eat dosa. My husband and my daughter loves eggs, so I try to give it in different forms as much as possible.

Here’s how to make Egg Dosa with step by step photos...

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Onion & Green Chilli Uthappam

Onion Uthappam is my daughter's favourite, I make it very often just for her.

Here's how you make it.

Fish Fry [South Indian Style]

Pomfret (Vavval) Fry


Pomfret Slices (Vavval)                  4
Red Chilli Powder                            1 tbsp
Coriander Powder                           2 tsp
Turmeric  Powder                           ½ tsp
Ginger & Garlic Paste                     1 tsp
Lemon Juice                                     2 tsp
Pepper powder                                 ¼ tsp
Salt                                                     as needed
Gingelly Oil                                      as needed for frying

American Pancakes

American pancakes are really easy to make, you need not always depend on the pancake mix for the same. My kids call them the golden disc, because they are small and gold in color and glitters with honey or maple syrup.

Here’s how to make it from the scratch.

Tomato Uthappam

Tomato uthappam is very simple and easy to make. The kids love the color of the uthappam, so they love to eat it.

Here's how to make it...

Capsicum & Onion Uthappam

The journey of idli batter is longer compared to any other batter. Day one and two we make idlis, day three we make dosas and the left over batter on day four we can make uthappams. The sour taste of the batter along with the vegetables gives extraordinary flavor and taste to it.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Tomato Soup [South Indian Style]

We make tomato soup in different ways, but this is my mom’s version. You can drink it as such or add it to rice and have it or it can be had with bread. This is a special soup in my family because it was my thattha’s (grandpa's) favorite. Check out my other  Rasam Varieties here...

Here’s how to make Tomato Soup with step by step photos...

Ragi/Millet/Kezhvaragu Dosai

Ragi or Millet is commonly used in South India. It is in fact the staple diet in many villages in South India. The most popular dish is Ragi Kanji and Ragi Kuzh. Ragi is rich in calcium and serves as one of the healthiest breakfast.

Here ‘s one way to include ragi in your diet -  ragi dosa. It is very simple and easy to make. So just give it a shot. Here's I am proudly posting my 5oth post for a healthy and a happy living. 

Monday, 25 February 2013

Raspberry Pancake

The first time, I had my pancake was in IHOP restaurant (USA). My husband took me to ihop the very next day I landed there. It is almost 10 years now and still, I cannot forget those wonderful moments. They had all kind of pancakes with different fruits and lots of other choices. I was leaning towards the strawberry pancakes. Here I have replaced it with raspberries. This was one among them…

[ The butter started to melt as it was piping hot]

Peanut butter & Banana Pancake

Pancakes are easy and quick breakfast to make. This is one yummy breakfast that has nutty taste and banana in it. It is healthy, nutritious and a filling breakfast.

Simple & Quick Chicken Fry[South Indian]

Simple and Quick Chicken  fry, is very easy to make and a very spicy and yummy dish. Here’s how to make it…

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Carrot Kheer(Payasam)

Carrot Kheer (payasam) is a light and healthy dessert. It is easy to make and can be done very fast, when you have unannounced guest. 

Carrot, Lemon & Ginger Soup

Here’s another healthy and spicy soup. It is “Carrot, Lemon and Ginger soup”, it has all the nutrient’s packed in it. You can have simple and healthy soup and bread dinner, which is both satisfying and delicious.

Karuvepillai & Garlic Kuzambu/Curryleaves &Garlic Gravy

Karuvepilai is a very important ingredient in the South Indian cooking. It has many medicinal properties. But we usually remove the leaf and do not eat it. This karuvepilai kuzambu is one excellent way to consume karuvepilai. Curry leaves improves eyesight, a good remedy for indigestion. It helps in hair growth and prevents pre mature graying of hair.

The benefits of curry leaves are numerous, and this is one easy to get our kids to eat curry leaves. Check it out and you will surely love it. Check out other delicious South Indian -TamilNadu special Kuzhambu varieties here.

Here's how to make Karuvepillai Kuzhambu with step by step photos...

Friday, 22 February 2013


Aviyal is one of my husband’s all time favorite dish. It is one healthy dish with lots of different types of vegetables. Today when I was looking in my refrigerator to make something for dinner, I found only few beans, 2 carrots and all other vegetables only very little. Then I thought, yes I can make aviyal. Aviyal is a traditional dish from Kerala. It is very easy to make and has extraordinary taste and flavor.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Vegetable Pongal

Today, I made Vegetable Pongal for lunch, since my kids are at home for half term holidays. Vegetable pongal is one whole meal which has the vitamins, minerals and fiber from vegetables, plus proteins and carbohydrates from dhal and rice. It is a very filling and a satisfying dish which keeps your day going with loads of energy. Here's how to make it with step by step photos and instructions.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Mango Milkshake

Mango milkshake is a irresistible dessert of all. I love mangoes, I think it is the same with most of you. We have a mango tree in our house, so during summer my mom makes lots and lots of dishes with mango, starting with pickle to sweets. This milkshake is one among them.

Pineapple Rasam/Annasi Pazham Rasam

Pineapple rasam is a sweet and spicy rasam. It has wonderful flavor and so delicious you will never forget the taste of it. I learnt this rasam from my aunt  long time back. My kids love them, so I do make it quite often in summer. Check out my other  Rasam Varieties here...

Here's how to make Pineapple Rasam with step by step photos...

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

South Indian Quick & Easy Shrimp/Prawn Fry

This shrimp/prawn fry is very easy to make and can be done in 15 -20 min's. When you are in a hurry to make some non -vegetarian side dish, this can be the one you can count on. It is very yummy and delicious. Meanwhile do check out other interesting Prawn Recipe here and other Non-VegetarianBiryanis/Pulavs/Gravies/Varuvals/Appetizers here.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Green Peas Soup

Hi everybody, I wanted to make something light and colorful. That is when I thought of making green peas soup.  I have made this soup long time back, after I saw it in Food Network. But I have made some changes to the original recipe, added a few ingredients  to get Indian flavor to it. I think it's one easy way to make the kids eat peas. So friends try out this simple and healthy soup and you will surely love it.

Here's how to make Green Peas Soup with step by step photos....

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Quick & Easy Tomato Pulav

Nutella Milkshake

Easy and fast Nutella Milkshake for kids....


Nutella [Hazelnut spread]              -  5 tsp
Milk                                                    - 1 cup
Vanilla ice cream                             - 1 scoop   

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Simple Egg Kurma/Egg Drop Kurma/Udaithu Utriya Muttai Kurma -How to make Egg Drop Kurma

Yummy and Simple Egg kurma....

South Indian Shrimp/Prawn/Eral Thokku

Shrimp thokku is a very yummy dish which my mom makes all the time. I just love the taste of the masala, which I can never forget. I learnt this recipe from my mom and my  kids just love them. Your menu for the day can be very simple like milagu rasam and shrimp thooku with white rice. Meanwhile do check out other interesting Prawn Recipe here and other Non-VegetarianBiryanis/Pulavs/Gravies/Varuvals/Appetizers here.

Here's how to make Prawn/Shrimp Thokku with step by step photos...

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Strawberry And Banana Smoothie

My Valentine's day menu continues in this post. In my previous post, I had the recipe for Middle Eastern Falafel, with pita bread and salad. For dessert I made the strawberry and banana smoothie. So I thought I will share it with you.

Falafel - Middle Eastern Dish

Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern dish.  Since today is Valentine's day, I have planned a special exotic dinner for us. And today it's going to be Mediterranean menu, Falafel with pita bread, salad and hummus.

Falafel is a very filling vegetarian dish, is perfect as a starter, or a main course or just a snack. In this post I ‘am going to show you how to make Falafel with step by step instructions and photos.

Happy Valentine's Day...

Wish you all a Very Happy Valentine's Day....

Today I'am going to make an exotic dinner for my husband and kids, I will post all of them with photo's
Thank you for visiting my blog 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Ragi Putu /Kelvaragu Puttu With Idli Cooker

Ragi puttu is a healthy steamed food like the rava puttu in my earlier post. It can be taken as a breakfast or as a evening snack. I have posted step by step instructions with photos.

Red Bell Pepper/ Capsicum Soup

Hello everybody, here is a easy and a healthy red bell pepper soup. This soup is so fascinating and attractive because of its color and once you taste it you will never forget the taste.

Pepper Rice

Pepper rice is very easy and a healthy dish to make. There is a very old saying in Tamil which says “Unnavey Marundhu, Marundhey Unnavu (Food is medicine, medicine is Food)” meaning “food is the medicine if taken the right way in right quantity”.  One such food is the pepper rice which acts as a medicine and also pleases your palate.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Rava/Sooji Puttu with Idli Cooker

         Rava/ Sooji puttu is an excellent evening snack’s for kids or for breakfast. It is very filling and keeps your day going. They always say “Eat like a king in the morning”, so I think if you take puttu in the morning you will surely feel the same. Here I have shown you how to make puttu with idli cooker. Since most of us travel to different parts of the world, we do not get to carry puttu vessel with us. Here is the yummy rava/sooji puttu.

Chicken 65

Chicken 65 is an all time favorite starter among all age groups. It is also the easiest dish to make. Here's the yummy chicken 65. Check out other interesting and tempting Non-vegetarian gravies/biryanis/varuval/pulavs here.

Quick & Simple Chicken Masala

Simple Chicken Masala is very easy and quick to make. It doesn't involve roasting or grinding. When you are out of time and need to make something fast and yummy with in no time, then try this quick and simple chicken masala. This is a very convenient dish especially for the bachelor's to make. 

Sunday, 10 February 2013

South Indian Chicken Soup

South Indian Style Chicken soup is a very healthy and nutritious soup. It is best taken when you are down with cold and cough. This soup has to be made  mostly with chicken bones rather than meat. The marrow in the bones helps in fighting the cold and cough. The pepper helps is getting rid of phlegm and clears the sinus. I have given easy step by step instructions with photos.

Carrot Poriyal

Vazhakai Fry/ Plantain Fry

Sweet Corn Sundal

Sweet corn sundal is the one that I have had in my friends house during  Navrathri in India. This was the recipe she gave it to me.... Meanwhile do checkout other interesting and tempting Starters/Evening Snacks/Appetizers here.

Sweet Corn Soup

Sweet corn soup is a very yummy and healthy soup for kids and adults as a starter or as a evening snack. Meanwhile do checkout other interesting and tempting Starters/Evening Snacks/Appetizers here.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Medhu Pakoda/ Pakora

Medhu pakoda's are excellent evening snacks served with coffee or tea.  

Here's how to make it with step by step photos...

Friday, 8 February 2013

Chettinadu Chicken Curry - South Indian Special

Chettinad chicken curry as the name say's its traditional dish from Karaikudi. My great grandma was born and brought in a small village called Keerani near Karaikudi. My father used to say, she used to grind masala everyday for cooking which makes it tastier and delicious. My grandma(we call her AAtha) she tought this recipe to my mom and now I'am cooking it. So this recipe has travelled  from one small village Keerani to Macclesfield, UK along with me.... Meanwhile do check out other interesting and tempting Non Vegetarian Gravies/Biryanis/Fries here.

So Here's how to make it with step by step photos ...

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Tiramisu Eggless And Alcohol Free

Hi everybody, I'am back with wonderful, all time romantic dessert "TIRAMISU". I hope you all agree. Since this is Feb and Valentine'day arriving, I thought you can "wow" your loved ones with a loving Tiramisu. It's a Italian dessert usually made with eggs and alcohol. Here I'am giving you tiramisu with no eggs and no alcohol.  This is one of the dishes which involves no cooking and no baking. I have given step by step instructions with photos.

Ennai Kathrikai Kuzambu/Brinjal Gravy

Ennai Kathrikai kuzambu, the name says everything. It is one of the traditional South Indian dishes. It is very simple to make and  you will never forget the taste of it once you have tasted it. Check out other delicious South Indian -TamilNadu special Kuzhambu varieties here.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Masala Pori/Puffed Rice

Masala pori yet another healthy, crunchy and easiest snack to make. My mom makes it during the rainy days. And also during the saraswathi pooja, when lots of pori gets accumulated from dad's office, uncle's office etc. The pori never gets wasted lying in the shelves.  My mom makes different dishes like Masala pori, pori urundai etc, which we all love. Do try out this masala pori and post your comments here. Meanwhile do checkout other interesting and tempting Starters/Evening Snacks/Appetizers here.

Here's how to make Masala Pori with step by step photos...

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Kadai Chicken

Hi guys, I'am back again with a very popular "kadai chicken".  My mom usually makes it in a "Irumbu kadai" . When cooked in it, the dish gets good taste and aroma. When I was a kid, my mom never adds the capsicum. In all the restaurants they do add capsicum, so I thought why not....
Capsicum enhances the taste and gives more flavor. Here's how to make the yummy kadai chicken....

Meanwhile do check out other interesting and tempting Non Vegetarian Gravies/Biryanis/Fries here.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Cheese Toast With Herbs...

Hi everybody, we are always thinking of what to make for our kids after school. Yes, there are days when we don't want to spend lot of time in the kitchen but still want to make our kids happy. That is the right time to make cheese toast and have a laid back evening....

Here's how to make it...

Pepper Chicken Thokku/Black Pepper Thokku/Milagu Kozhi Thokku

Hi everybody, today I'am posting my mom's best pepper chicken. It is one of the best and the easiest chicken recipes, I learnt from my mom after my marriage. Do give it a shot, it taste great just like the restaurant ones. Meanwhile do check out other interesting and tempting Non Vegetarian Gravies/Biryanis/Fries here.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Oats Idli

Oats Idli is a healthy way to start your day.  Oats has lots of benefits to keep us healthy. It helps in reducing cholesterol, has high soluble fiber than any other grains. Oats are high in Iron, magnesium and protein. 
Studies suggest that consuming 3 gm of oats daily as a part of diet reduces the risk of heart ailments....

I think this is one easy way to make our kids to eat oats....

Friday, 1 February 2013

Oats Upma

Oats upma is yet another way to consume oats in a tasty and healthy manner. So why not try it to find out how yummy it is...


Oats                                                  1 cup
Mixed vegetables                        1 cup (finely chopped)
Onion(small)                                1 no   (finely chopped)
Tomato                                           1 no   (finely chopped)
Chillies                                             2 or 3 nos (slit in to pieces)
Ginger                                             small piece (finely chopped)

Mustard                                          1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds                                  1/4 tsp  
Channa dhal                                  1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Oil for tempering 
Salt as required

  • Heat one tsp of oil in a pan. Add mustard, cumin and channa dhal. Wait for it to splutter.
  • Add onions, saute until golden brown. Then add the chillies, ginger,curry leaves and tomatoes and saute until soft (2 to 3 min).
  • Add the vegetables and saute for another 3 to 5 mins, later add 3 cups and bring it to boil.
  • Add salt and oats and mix thoroughly.
  • Cover with a lid and cook till the oats are cooked.
Now yummy oats upma is ready to be served. Thanks for looking, Pls post your comments and suggestions.

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Instant Oats Dosa/Oats Dosa

Are you running out of ideas to cook something for your breakfast or dinner. Here is the instant oats dosa which can be made in three simple steps. You can make it fast and yet another healthy recipe to keep your family members happy and healthy....

Here's how to make oats dosa with step by step photos...

Tomato Oats Soup

Tomato & Oats soup is one healthy soup with all the benefits of tomatoes and oats packed together is one single bowl. Just try it out guys, it is very filling and totally delectable.

Here's how to make Tomato & Oats Soup....