Saturday, April 28, 2012

Banana Halwa

Riped Banana -2(Large) No
Brown Sugar - 1 Tbsp

Friday, April 27, 2012

Masala Kaara Pori | Spicy Murmura | Healthy Snack Using Puffed Rice

Pori (Murmura) - 3 Cups
Whole Peanuts - 1/2 Cup
Pottukadalai (Roasted Gram) - 1/4 Cup
Turmeric Powder - 1/4tsp
Red Chili powder or Sambar Powder - 1/2tsp

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thattu Vadai Recipe | Peanut and Chana Dhal Thattai | Nipattu Recipe

Rice Flour - 2 Cups
Channa Dhal - 2-3 Tbsp
Red Chili - 4 Numbers (Replace with 1tsp or more of Red Chili Powder)
Butter - 3 Tbsp

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Eggless Carrot Cake

I usually prepare carrot cake with egg. Last time I prepared an eggless version for my husband's birthday. So I updated with recent pictures.

All Purpose Flour(Or Maida) – 2 Cups
Brown Sugar – 1/2 Cup
Sugar – 3/4th Cup
Unsalted Butter – 1 stick (4oz/8 Tbsp)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mango Lassi

Fresh Mango/Mango Pulp - 1 1/4 Cups
Yogurt - 3/4 Cup
Milk - 1/2 Cup

Monday, April 23, 2012

Puliyotharai | Tamarind Rice

Rice - 1 Cup
Tamarind Juice - 3/4th Cup
Peanuts - 1Tbsp
Turmeric Powder - 1tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2tsp
Curry Leaves - Few
Salt n Oil - As Required

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Chicken Tikka Recipe

Boneless Chicken - 500gms
Bell Pepper (Capsicum), Tomato, Onion - 1 Cup (Cut in to cubes) - Optional
Thick (Hung) Yogurt - 2 Tbsp
Lemon Juice - 1/2 Tbsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 Tbsp
Red Chilli Powder - 2tsp

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Eggless Mango Mousse

Fresh Mangoes - 3 Number or Pulp 1n1/2 Cups approx
Dark Brown Sugar - 3 Tbsp (Opional)
Sugar - 1/2 Cup or More
Heavy Whipping Cream - 240gms
Gelatin - 1 Envelope

Peel the mangoes, remove the flush part and grind to make puree. 

Mix with sugar heat the mixture when it starts boiling remove from heat. Dissolve the gelatin in cold water, microwave it for 30 secs(or till the gelain dissolves) and add to the puree.

Allow to cool meanwhile prepare the whipped cream. Fold with the mango puree/gelatin mixture. Refrigate in decorative bowls for 45mins to set well. Serve Chill.
1. If the mousse is not falling while you flip keep in room temp for a while then separate the bowl and mousse with spatula/knife and then try to flip it.
2. Adding brown sugar enhances the color.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Eggless Banana Wheat Walnut Bread From Scratch

Here comes fool proof banana bread recipe I am practicing for years, you can add any nuts you wish or skip it. The bread has the goodness of wheat, banana, apple and honey. A slice in the morning meets the fulfillment and I have recently updated the pictures and recipe to go for 9X5 inch loaf pan. This week kids are taking it for school snack.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Masal Vada | Paruppu Vadai | Lentil Fritters

Chana Dhal - 1 Cup
Ginger - 1 Tbsp
Garlic - 6-7 Numbers
Red Whole Chili - 2 Numbers
Cloves - 4 Numbers

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Idli Dosa Batter Mixer Version | South Indian Kitchen Basics

I don't have grinder so I usually prepare Idli Dosa batter in Mixer/mixie which is so easy for me (Grinds in less time when compared to Wet Grinder) and no doubt you definitely get soft and non sticky idlis. I also make idli usually in the cloth over plate instead of greasing the plates with oil. Recently I got the grinder though I grind in mixer a less quantity of idli dosa batter often. I have

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spicy Potato Pan Cakes

Potato - 1 No
Shredded Cheese - 1/4 Cup
Shredded Carrot/Cabbage - 1/4 Cup(Optional)
Chopped Onion & Bell Pepper - 1/4 Cup
Red Chili & Garam Masala Powder - 2tsp

Monday, April 16, 2012

Eggless Mango Ice Cream | Homemade Mango Ice Cream with Fun toppings

Fresh Mango - 2 Big Numbers or Puree 1 Cup
Sugar - 1/4 Cup or More
Whole Milk or Condensed Milk - 1/2 Cup (Optional)
Whipped Cream - 2 Cups Approximately (Cream from 240ml of heavy whipping cream)
Chocolate Chips or melted chocolate (store bought choc syrup) or funfetti sprinkles  - As needed (Optional)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Homemade Bread Crumbs

Any type of Bread - 4 Slices


Today I thought of preparing potato pan cakes as an evening snack, but I don't have bread crumbs which is the main ingredient to give crispiness for the pan cakes. So I instantly (5mins) made the crumbs. I toasted the bread using ordinary bread toaster.

By hand just made into few pieces and microwaved it for another 90sec. Cool and powder it in the mixie. Now bread crumbs are ready to go.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Kothu Parotta | Egg Parotta

Cooked Parotta - 3 Numbers
Egg - 3 Numbers
Onion - 1 Number (Medium)
Tomato - 1 Number  (Medium)
Red Chili Powder - 1tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4tsp

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vegetable Fried Rice

Basmati Rice - 1 Cup
Assorted Veggies (Carrot/Beans/Peas) - 1.5 Cups
Ginger, Garlic Paste - 1 Tbsp (Optional)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Homemade Ghee | Clarified Butter | Tips to get the right consistency Ghee using Butter Sticks

Ghee is widely used in Indian cooking.Though Ghee is full of fat, it is very good for kids and pediatricians recommend it…I am daily including it in their lunch with dal varieties. Also most of pregnant ladies take it regularly for babies growth and becoz of its strong healing power after delivery

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tomato Rice in Pressure Cooker | Thakkali Sadam Recipe

Very easy and quick one pot meal/lunch box special using tomato even when you don't have any veggies at home. The mint shown in the above picture is something special, it grown in my home :-)

Rice - 1 and 1/2 Cups
Tomato - 4 Numbers (Medium) or 3 Large
Onion - 1 Number (Jumbo US Onion) or Shallots - 12-14 Numbers
Green Chili - 1-2 Numbers
Turmeric Powder - 1/4tsp
Optional Garam Masala Powder -1/2tsp
Red Chili Powder - 2tsp or More
Curry Leaves, Mint Leaves and Coriander Leaves - Few
Mustard seeds - 1/2tsp
Chana dhal - 2tsp
Oil or Butter or Ghee,Water and Salt - As Required

To Grind
Ginger - 1 Small Piece (2 Inch)
Garlic - 6-8 Cloves Small size or large 4
Cinnamon - 1 small piece (1 inch)
Cloves - 4-5 Numbers
Fennel Seeds  - 2tsp
Kaskas - 1tsp
Shallot - 1 (Optional)

  • Soak the rice for 30 minutes at least. 
  • Meanwhile make the masala/gravy for the rice.
  • Grind the ingredients in "To Grind" list with little water to a fine paste. 
  • Heat oil/ghee when its hot add mustard let it splutter completely.
  • Add chana dal, when it turns light brown add chopped onion, green chili, curry leaves and few salt when cooked well add the ground masala paste, saute till reaches nice aroma 3 minutes approx.

  • Then add chopped tomato, red chili powder, garam masala powder(if using) and turmeric powder.
  • Add 1/2tsp salt cover the lid in medium flame cook for 5-8 minutes, when tomato mashes well add the chopped coriander and mint leaves suate for a minute or two.
  • Now add the tomato masala/gravy in the pressure cooker with rice + 31/2 cups of water (including water in the gravy), check the salt, you can add more red chili powder if needed and allow 3 hisses.
  • When pressure goes off serve it with onion cucumber raita or pickle or with potato chips or potato poriyal or roasted potato.
  • Also tastes divine with ghee or yogurt.
  1. I use ponni boiled rice but any rice work for this.
  2. The gravy when you taste while mixing with rice it should be bit tangy otherwise this rice won't taste good, so add well ripen tomatoes as mentioned.
  3. Old post updated with new pictures...

Monday, April 9, 2012

Muttai Kurma | Egg Sambar | Boiled Egg Gravy Recipe

Boiled Egg - 3 No
Turmeric Powder - 1/4tsp
Oil - 1/2tsp

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Homemade Yogurt | Curd

Whole Milk/2 % reduced fat milk - 1 Liter
Yogurt/Curd - 1-2tsp

  • Here is a tasty homemade yogurt.
  • Boil the milk in medium heat when starts foaming, reduce the flame(simmer it) and stir on/off for few mins (If the milk gets thicker and thicker the curd will be better).
  • Allow to cool, check by immersing your finger in the boiled milk, if you are able to tolerate the heat (lukewarm temperature) then add unflavored yogurt/curd (Adding too much gives sour taste)into the milk, stir well.
  • Cover with lid and store it in a warm, dark place (in the Oven/Microwave) for 5-6hrs( get sour taste when you keep at room temp for more than 8hrs).

1. I have used 2% reduced fat milk
2. If the weather is too chill then preheat the oven and keep the milk.
3. Better to use stainless steel vessels.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Whipped Cream using Hand whisk

Heavy Whipping Cream – 1 Pint(474ml)
Vanilla Extract – 1tsp
Powdered Sugar – 1/2 Cup or More

Beat Cream, Vanilla extract,  Half of the sugar in a large bowl using hand whisk for few minutes. Add the remaining sugar and beat continuously till its fluffy/foam(12-15mins).

Check out my whipped cream recipes
1) Black Forest Cake
2) Strawberry Cake
3) Carrot Cake

Pls watch the video. The video is just to get an idea about handmade whipped cream consistency...

This is stiff peaks some recipes call for soft peaks for that when the cream starts leaving tracks, its the right time to stop whisking.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Venn Pongal | Khara Pongal | South Indian Traditional Pongal Recipe

Raw Rice - 1 Cup
Split Yellow Moong Dhal/Pasi Paruppu - 1/2 Cup
Cumin Seeds - 2tsp
Whole Pepper - 2tsp

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Kambu Koozh (கம்பங்கூழ்) | Kambang Kool | Bajra Porridge | Kambu Sadham Recipes

Whenever we have spicy foods, I prepare this koolu/porridge along with that which is very good for health, keeps the body cool. Certainly you guys need for summer or if you like to have it anytime like us :). Some people still follow a procedure i.e After cooking the Bajri/Kambu make balls out of it and immerse in water, cover and store it room temperature overnight, very next day morning they drink that water alone which is good for stomach/ulcer...

Kambu(Bajri or Millet) - 1/2 Cup
Butter Milk - 1 Cup or as needed

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Homemade Shredded Coconut | Kitchen Basics

I usually buy whole fresh coconuts from Indian grocery store (We can break there and check the quality before buying it). I bought this coconut scrapper/shredder from Chennai, which sticks to the counter top and have been using it for more than 8 years the same scrapper without any hassle. Insert/Hold