Monday, October 26, 2015

Carrot Basundi

Basundi is one of the which we make often in my mom's home, but haven't done it after marriage for long time...While watching a tv advertisement ,my hubby asked me what is that basundi sweet..then only it striked to me that I haven't prepared it after marriage even once..So made it today for him...I saw this carrot basundi recipe in a cookbook and folowed it and it came out awesome..We all liked it..I'm preparing this for BM#57 under desserts..I'm sure you guys will also like it..Do give a try this festive season and enjoy...

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Sweet Boondi

Boondi is a easy to prepare, quick snack for diwali..We can make it in different colours, as served in weddings or can stick with basic yellow color..I made yellow and orange..would like to add green too next time..I'm preparing this under desserts for BM#57..Do give it a try fo rthis diwali and you will like it for it's simplicity and taste..

Soan Papdi / Patisa

Soan papdi is a thing which I tried and failed so many times, but now this time I got it good..When I saw vahchef's video,right away I tried before 2 years I think..but ended up making something like a mysore pak( little harder to be honest)..The sugar syrup consistency is very important in this process and we should keep all the ingredients and greased pans ready since timing is everything here..But when we taste the soft  home made soan papdis they are worthwhile the effort..As diwali is nearing, started experimenting again..I'm preparing this for BM #57 under desserts..Do give a try and you will enjoy it for sure..

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pala Payaru Sundal

The pala payaru sundal is a very helpful sundal when we forgot to soak the sundals previously..It has little bit of all the types of sundal and it will be a very different tasting sundal..This is a very fragrant sundal since we dry roast them and tastes awesome..While roasting take care not to burn any  since it will spoil the taste..Do give a try to this different sundal this season and enjoy..

Pattani Sundal

As Navaratri festival begins today, sundals will be made for pooja everyday...One among the easy sundal varieties is this peanut sundal,yet a very tasty and healthy one..Do give a try and enjoy...

Monday, October 5, 2015

Carrot Coconut Pancakes

Carrot is one of my boy's favorite veggie..So I always try to sneak it in all recipes..This carrot coconut pancake is inspired from here  and it came out well..Adding nuts in pancake also add on its nutrient value..Pecans will be the best choice with carrot, since I didn't had at hand I used almonds...'m preparing this for BM #57 under "Different Pancakes/ flatbreads"...I'm sending this to " Come join us for breakfast " event of cooking for all seasons...Do try this healthy pancake and enjoy..

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Apple and cinnamon is a classic combo and we like it a lot..So tried this combo in the pancake and it came out soo good..We can skip egg in this recipe ,since the apple puree gives a very soft and wonderful texture to this pancake...I'm preparing this for BM #57 under "Different Pancakes/ flatbreads"...I'm sending this to " Come join us for breakfast " event of cooking for all seasons...Do give a try and kids will like it for sure.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Banana Chocolate Pancakes

Making kids eat their breakfast before going to school is a really tough job for any mom..So I usually try to add any fruit in the breakfast so that it suites the tastebuds of my boy,,This banana chocolate pancake has milk, egg, fruit everything even sometimes he ate half of it, we are giving a somewhat fulfilling meal ( for him and me too)...You can add chocolate chips too instead of the cocoa powder to make it little moire interesting...I'm preparing this for BM #57 under "Different Pancakes/ flatbreads"...I'm sending this to " Come join us for breakfast " event of cooking for all seasons...Do give a try and enjoy..

Friday, September 18, 2015

Mambazha Mor Kuzhambu / Yogurt Gravy with Mango

Mambazham/ Mango is the king of all fruits and every dish made with mango also have the same qualities..I bought a raw mango to make Mangai Pachadi , a few days back, but after I cut it open, it was fully ripe..So ended up making this Mambazha Mor Kuzhzmbu...It tastes soo awesome and I'm so glad that I tried this..It's a very easy gravy which can be made easily and fastly..perfect for the busy morning cooking..Do give a try and ,mango lovers will enjoy it for sure..

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Paasi Payaru Sundal / Green Moong Dal Sundal

Paasi Payaru Sundal is one of my favorite among sundal varieties...It's  a simple and healthy evening snack for kids too..To my surprise my boy likes this a lot..So it's one among the recipes I prepare often..Also for the festive season it's a good sundal recipe..Try it and enjoy..

Poorana Kozhukattai / Modhagam / Modhak

Poorana Kozhukattai / Mothagam is a must have dish for Ganesh Chaturthi in south indian households...There are many variations in pooranam used inside the modhagam..We usually prepare this channa dal / Kadalai paruppu pooranam...Our family likes it a lot..If you want to make faster pooranam, you can  try thengai pooranam by just melting jaggery and adding elaichi and shredded coconut to it..Do give  a try and enjoy..

Ammini Kozhukattai

Ammini Kozhukattai is one of the spicy kozhukattais we prepare for Ganesh Chaturthi other than the Thengai Kozhukattai..It's very simple to prepare using the same dough as the modagam/Poorana Kozhukattai...It's a very tasty combo with any of the sweet kozhukattais..Do give a try and you will enjoy it for sure..

Monday, September 14, 2015

Pidi Kozhukattai

Pidi Kozhukattai is a dish which we prepare every year for the Ganesh Chaturthi  apart from the Poorana Kozhukattai( will post it soon)...It's a very simple and easy to prepare kozhukattai, which can be prepared in a jiffy..This year Ganesh Chaturthi is on september 17, and hope this easy recipe will be useful for everyone..

Mutton Liver Fry / Eeral Varuval

Hi all..It's been a while I blogged...We were on a vacation earlier this month and I thought of resuming blogging after that..Sorry for the little long gap...Now I'm back with a very yummy recipe worthy for the gap..It's one of tastiest recipes I have ever eaten and many of our friends also like this recipe...This liver fry can be made as a  dry side dish or as a gravy if you want...Add little more onion and a tomato if you want as gravy...I have tried both ways and both are equally good ..I tried this recipe from here and we all loved it a lot..Do give a try and enjoy..

Friday, August 28, 2015

Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste

Ginger garlic paste is a very essential thing in Indian cooking...When the paste is readily available in fridge, we can prepare so many recipes very quickly..But to find a ginger garlic paste of good quality is a difficult task in market...Even I found a paste without any chemical smell, it's not available most of the times now a days...So started making it in home and fell in love with the home made taste..The flavor of the dishes really improved a lot using this paste..Also it's very simple to prepare and keeps good in refrigerator for more than 2 months..

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Home style Rasam

Our home style of preparing rasam...Very aromatic and flavorful rasam, which will be very satisfying..Adjust spice level according to your taste..We usually grind the curry leaves along with other ingredients, which can be added in tempering too..Do give a try and enjoy this flavorful rasam..

Kadalai Paruppu Sundal / Channa dal Sundal

Kadalai paruppu Sundal / channa dal sundal is one among the sundal varieties we prepare often,since there's no need to soak the dal ahead...very simple to prepare yet tasty sundal..Do try and enjoy this healthy snack..

Peanut Sundal / Verkadalai Sundal

Peanut Sundal is one of my favorite among the sundals...Peanut is very rich in protein and nutrients..Also it's a very filling and healthy evening snack...Easy to prepare too..Do give a try and enjoy..

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thuvaram Paruppu Thogayal / Toor dal Thogayal

Thuvaram paruppu Thogayal and rasam with rice is one of the comfort foods in our homes..So easy to prepare yet so satisfying meal it is..I enjoy eating these even when I'm running fever...You can add more red chillies i fyou like it spicy...I usually don't add more than 2, since my kiddo will not eat...Do try this easy thogayal and enjoy..

Thakkali Rasam / Tomato Rasam

Tomato rasam / Thakkali rasam is one of the rasams we prepare often in our homes..I used MTR rasam powder in this recipe here..It also gives a beautiful color to this toamto rasam...Homemade rasam powders will also do fine...Do give a try to our home style of thakkali rasam and enjoy..

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kondai Kadalai Sundal / Black Channa Sundal

Kondai kadalai sundal is one of the healthy and tasty evening snack, which is also very easy to prepare..It's good for lunch box too, but with little less coconut..I usually grind the red chilies with coconut..If you want you can add during tempering and skip while grinding..But this way it's more flavorful and tasty...Snacks for kids, which are healthy is a tough combo...But I'm trying to feed these things to my boy and got a little give a try and enjoy..

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lemon Rasam

Lemon rasam is one of the easiest yet tasty rasam to prepare if you are bored of the usual rasams..Tastes soo good with rice..Squeeze the lemon juice just before serving for best tasting rasam...Try it for a change and you will enjoy the result..

Oats, Little millet and Apple Waffles / Apple Millet Waffles

Millets have become one of the favorite items in our pantry now a days...I love to try recipes replacing it's ingredients with the millets...One among them is this waffle with oats, saamai and apple..Breakfast being the important meal of the day, all of us want us to be healthy now a days..It got everything healthy and those on diet can also eat these waffles without any guilt...I didn't expected this waffle to be this much tasty..To our surprise, it's more soft and delicious than the store bought mix of waffles...My kiddo too enjoyed it a lot..I'm preparing this for Blogging marathon #55 under "healthy breakfast" theme..I'm sending this to " Come join us for breakfast " event of cooking for all seasons and to the Srivalli's Kids delight event hosted by Lavina Agarwal...Do give a try and you and your kids will like it for sure..

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Rava Paniyaram

Rava paniyaram with wheat flour and ripe bananas is a very easy dish to prepare with very less ingredients..No need to grind anything but still with healthy ingredients..We can even omit the sugar in the recipe if preparing for diabetics..I made it wheat flour, but you can use maida too..My boy started to go to play school recently and making him eat something in the morning is one of the hardest things for me..Sometimes I pour this same batter as waffles adding an egg, since he likes waffles a lot..will post that recipe soon...I'm preparing this for Blogging marathon #55 under "healthy breakfast" theme..I'm sending this to " Come join us for breakfast " event of cooking for all seasons and to the Srivalli's Kids delight event hosted by Lavina Agarwal...Do give a try and hope your kids too like it..

Monday, August 17, 2015

Blueberry Waffles

Blueberries are in season now and we are getting a lot in markets..Blueberries are rich in vitamin k, vitamin c, manganese etc..These help to increase brain health..also good source of iron for it's perfect to include in the breakfast of children..also my boy likes this a lot..So made as waffles and we all liked it a lot..We had it with homemade blueberry syrup,will post that soon...I'm preparing this for Blogging marathon #55 under "healthy breakfast" theme..I'm sending this to " Come join us for breakfast " event of cooking for all seasons and to the Srivalli's Kids delight event hosted by Lavina Agarwal...Do give a try and enjoy..

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pachai Pattani Kuzhambu / Green Peas Gravy

Green Peas gravy/ Pachai Pattani Kuzhzmbu is one of the gravies I prepare on Thursdays like Sunadal Kuzhzmbu, Thattaipayaru Kuzhambu...The procedure is the somewhat similar to sundal gravy..This can be served as side  for rice, chapathi as well as dosas...tastes good with everything..If used for tiffin items, omit the tamarind in the recipe..Otherwise follow as such..Do try this yummy gravy and hope you like it..

Stuffed Ennai Kathirikaai / Stuffed Eggplant Fry

Ennai Kathirikaai is one of our family's favorite recipe..I wanted to post it for long time, but wasn't able to find good mini size eggplants...These mini brinjals are soo tasty by itself, that too in this ennai kathirikaai it's soo awesome..It's a very aromatic and tasty side dish for rice..Many don't add coconut in this recipe, but coconut make it's still more tasty..but don't add too much..Also shallots/ small onion will give more taste..but I used big onion, since I didn't had at hand...Do try this drool worthy recipe and you will like it for sure...

Friday, August 7, 2015

Carrot Halwa / Gajar Halwa ( without khoya) / Dairy free Carrot Halwa

Carrot Halwa is the first sweet I prepared on our first Diwali after marriage, since that was the only sweet I know other than gulab jamun, how to prepare..Some times I prepare them in microwave, but not much now a days, after reading the adverse effects of microwave...Preparing this in microwave is lot easier, but the method here is also easier, with just 4 ingredients..We don't add mawa in this..Some times we add milk, but as itself also this carrot halwa is tastier..Do try this simpler version of carrot halwa and enjoy..

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Orange Cheesecake Muffins

Cheesecakes are a weakness to anyone with sweet tooth...These mini orange cheesecake muffins are perfect for portion control at parties as well as in homes..These are soo easy to prepare and a perfectly delicious treat...I'm preparing this for " make in a muffin" theme of BM#55...Do give a try and enjoy...

Suraikaai Halwa / Dudhi Halwa / Bottle Gourd Halwa

Suraikaai halwa is  a easy to prepare delicacy..naturally beautifully colored and tasty sweet..It tastes very similar to the kasi halwa, made of white pumpkin...Do try for a change  and hope you like it..

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bombay Ice Halwa

Bombay Ice halwa is much similar to our keasri, but haven't expected that little changes in keasri will give out such amazing taste..Also we can store it and serve..easy to prepare but need little patience to wait till it dries out completely..but definitely worth the waiting time..tastes soo nice and awesome..You can also make it adding little yellow color..But I avoid these colors as much as I can.. Do give a try and you will definitely like it for it's simplicity and fine taste..

Veggie Pancake Muffins

Pancake is any kids favorite as mine..To make it little bit more healthy as a breakfast,I added little veggies and cheese in it..also it has egg in it..So even when the kids eat 2 of these little muffins, it will be filling and nutritious...also it's so colorful inside when we cut the muffins...My boy liked these muffins a lot...While making these muffins, he came to kitchen and wanted to help me..and we together made these yum muffins for the second day of "make in a muffin" theme of BM#55 ...Do give a try and kids will like it for sure...

Monday, August 3, 2015

Asoka Halwa / Moong Dal Halwa

Moong dal Halwa/ Asoka halwa is a simple yet very tasty sweet..It can be prepared in a jiffy with less ingredients...Some prepare it adding wheat flour/ maida  with the dal..But our family like this better..Also we leave little bit dal unmashed here and there to add interesting texture..You can mash it creamy as well..that way also it tastes good...This can also serve as a quick prasadam for deities...Do try this simple delicacy and enjoy...

Cracker Flower Cups

Crackers are in my to do list, but was not able to post for long time..Now for the theme of "Make in a muffin"of Blogging Marathon #55, I wanted to make that..To make it little bit more interesting, I made it in flower can enjoy these cups as such as crackers or can fill it up with any of your fav combo of fillings..I made them in mini muffin tins...It's both sweet and salty, so you can fill with both sweet and savory fillings, as per your needs..So can use it both as starters as well as for desserts...Can also use this for children's lunch box as snack..Give it a try and enjoy..

Friday, July 31, 2015

Kollu Paruppu / Horse Gram Dhal / Side dish for rice

There's a saying in tamil "Elachavanukku Ellu, Koluthavanukku Kollu", which means those who want to become fat should eat Sesame seeds and those to want to become lean should eat kollu/horse gram..This is really a tasty dal, which also strengthen the bones of children..Whenever we make this dal, we make kollu rasam also..will post that recipe soon..Can't take this dal daily, since it produces heat in body..I prepare it once in two weeks atleast..mostly on saturdays( don't know why, but my mom make it on those days).. With sesame oil, it tastes so divine...Do try and stay healthy...

Suraikai Kadalai Paruppu Kootu / Bottle Gourd Channadal Kootu

Suraikai/ Bottle gourd is a  favorable veggie for the ones who are in diet..It helps to reduce the stomach fat..Adding this veggie regularly in diet will make one slim..Also it's very tasty in this kootu form..Simple to prepare too and it's a one pot dish...Try it and enjoy..

Annasi Paal Kari / Pineapple Coconut milk Kari

Annasi Paal Kari is a recent addition to our diet... we are getting lots of fruits in market now...,In order to use them up before it becomes overripe, I made this as side dish for rice...Those who like Raw Mango Pachadi, will definitely like this one too..This kari also has sweet, sour and hot taste..I have already posted a Pineapple Subji for chapathi...Do give a try if you are bored of the usual side dishes and  hope you like this..

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Channa Biryani / Black Sundal Biryani

Channa Biryani is one of the things I prepare, when there are guests both vegetarian and non veg..It's a yummy and filling dish..Also it's a very nice lunch box rice for kids as well as adults...healthy one pot less work for us too..You can do the same with white channa too..We prefer black channa ,since it's healthier than white one..My little one likes anything which is made as biryani style ( I think it's in his blood)...So trying different things like this..Do give a try and and impress your guests next time...

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Guest Post: Baklava Rolls- A Turkish Delight


Hi all..

Baklava rolls..a very rich and  sweet pastry from middle eastern'm so glad that I tried it at home..Thank u suja..I'm preparing this for the guest post dear...Thanks for giving me the space to write up ..and as you asked here's a yum dessert..It's such a easy dessert, but one of the best tasting sweet I've tasted ever...Usually involves usage of lots of nuts, some versions have some milk based sweet filling or dry fruit paste as filling..I tried this simple version using just nuts and turned out awesome..Our family liked it a lot...Use good quality phyllo pastry sheets for the best results..Please do give it a try and you will all like it for sure..

Hasselback Mini Potato Appetizers

Potatoes are the most versatile veggie, which can be made as any course of meal..I bought these mini potatoes, with the idea of making potato biryani, but ended up making this appetizer...This is a simple yet tasty starter, with very few ingredients....I'm preparing this for the theme"One Bite Appetizers" for BM54 hosted by Srivalli...Try this starter at your next party and your guests will like it for sure..

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Veg Salna With Soy Chunks

Vegetarian Salna with mix veggies is a yummy treat to vegetarians and can be prepared with or without soya chunks..This goes well with parottas and chapathis..Can also be used to make veg Kothu Parota..will post the recipe soon..Usually it's a bit runny, but I made it slight thicker for chapathis..Do give  a try and enjoy..

Ambur Chicken Biryani

Ambur Chicken Biryani has become our family's favorite now a days..The procedure for this biryani is simpler and easy than the usual biryanis..and also with all ingredients at home..Tried this recipe from here and came out so well.. not so much masalas are involved in this..just whole garam masalas and red chillies..that's all..The below recipe will provide mild hotness...adjust according to your tastebuds..Do try and enjoy this delicious biryani..

Cheesy Phyllo Bites

Phyllo  cups are cute little cups  made of phyllo pastry sheets used to make baklavas...And these are very helpful to make quick appetizers for parties..These come prebaked so even we can make some sweet filling and serve them as such as a dessert too...I'm preparing this for the theme"One Bite Appetizers" for BM54 hosted by Srivalli...Give ti a try in your next party and you will like it for both it's taste and simplicity..

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ritz Cracker Bites

One of the simplest and quickest appetizer one can ever serve for the party is these cracker bites...It also tastes great as a evening snack...fresh salsa and the crunch of the slightly salty crackers tastes soo good..too good for it's simplicity...I'm preparing this for the theme"One Bite Appetizers" for BM54 hosted by Srivalli...Do give a try and enjoy..

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Aviyal is one of my favorite side dish for rice dishes..A simple to prepare and a tasty dish, perfect for the weather here...Also we can use up all the veggies at hand, before going to shopping..Needless to say, it's a very healthy and satisfying dish ...Goes well with adai too..Give it a try and enjoy..

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Orange Sesame Noodles

Orange Sesame of the things which I prepare if I have to cook just for me and my boy..We both like it a lot, because of it's simplicity and taste...slightly sweet with brown sugar and fresh and tangy with the orange flavor..with simple ingredients, it taste heavenly...The  sauce can be made ahead and used for noodles, pasta or making orange chicken...Do try and you too will like it for sure..

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fish Dum Biryani

Fish Biryani is in my to-do list for long time..But was resisting to try, since we shouldn't use yogurt/ cheese with seafood....So I made it with coconut milk here..It is the reverse type of layering the usual dum biryanis..Fish will be on the top and rice on bottom..Use widest pan available in home, as we will layer in the pan itself..It has a very nice fish flavor  in the rice too..Adjust spices according to your taste...The below recipe will provide a mild spicy biryani..Do try for a change and enjoy..

3 Ingredient Mutton Pepper Roast

Mutton Pepper Roast is a very simple dish which can be prepared with just 3 ingredients mutton,pepper and small onion....yet so flavorful and yum..can be made  real quick..Can be served as a side dish for biryanis or rice...Tastes so good with rasam sadham..Do give a try and you will like it for it's taste as well as simplicity...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Arisiparuppu sadam - Guest post from Suja Ramkumar

Hey...My blog's first guest post..that too from my dear friend Suja Ramkumar, author of Suja's Culinary Corner...I'm so happy and excited...she always surprises me with her innovative recipes..and  different combos...and her recipes generally have a healthy perspective too..also she's soo sweet and helpful..gave me lots of tips  about blogging too..Now, she has started working and yet wrote this guest post for me, in spite her busy schedule...Feeling so honoured dear..I feel blessed that I got  a good friend like you through blogging..and you inspire me as always with this recipe ...

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Apple Funnel Cake

Funnel cakes are the common snacks in U.S state fairs and carnivals..Whether it's balloon festival or Christmas lights, wherever we get a chance, we have these funnel cakes...For a change,I added apple and cinnamon flavor to this and it came out awesome..Tasty funnel cakes with the added flavors tastes so good and my kid liked it a lot..I'm preparing this for the third day of  ' 3 festivals across the globe ' of  blogging marathon #54...also sending this   to Srivalli's Kids delight event-fruits in any form hosted by Harini...Do give a try and enjoy..