Thursday, January 31, 2013

Simple and Quick Variety Rice | Chumma Varutha Sadham | Vegan One Pot Meal Recipe

When I think about this recipe, I am cherishing my good old memories. My mom usually wakes at 4 am and I have to start at 5.30 am for the school. I pack both my breakfast and lunch when I start from home. She prepares this delicious simple variety rice (Varutha sadam) in jiffy for lunch and some dosa or idli for my usual school breakfast. This rice was my friends favorite too...While sharing sometimes I wont get my lunch box back :-) After a while I made it recently so I have updated the post with some recent pictures as well. When I am tired in making varieties, even I pack this rice for my husband's and kids lunch box. Chumma varutha sadam/variety rice doesn’t have any special masala

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Eggless Heart Carrot n Apple Cupcakes | No Special Pan Required

It’s my long time wish to bake apple n carrot mixed cupcakes. As Valentine day is nearing I tried heart shaped cupcakes from usual/round muffin pan. When I browsed some says using marble stone n few suggested rolled aluminum foil to get the heart shape from regular pan. Since I don’t have marble stones, I rolled dried beans in aluminum foil and tried my best. To my surprise

Monday, January 28, 2013

How to make Ragi Semiya at Home | Recipe for Raagi Sevai | Finger Millet String Hoppers from Scratch

Recently we are hearing many threatening news about instant noodles. I rarely use instant noodles but stopped buying it few months back. After that I realized making ragi sev at home n succeeded in my very first attempt itself. I stated in few recipes that ragi is my DH fav, even I love this ragi semiya/sev but never bought this in store after coming here. While talking to my SIL, we were discussing the healthy benefits in it n she asked me to give a try. I am quite happy with the taste which exactly similar to store bought version. Weekly once I have started packing this semiya/Idiyappam/sevaai in kids and H lunch boxes. If you get whole ragi then powder it n try which makes even healthier, I have homemade kambu flour and sevaai recipe, check here.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Eggless Butterless Sweet Heart Stuffed Dinner Rolls | Heart shaped Coconut Buns

This is going to be a perfect Valentine treat for ur loved ones. I already posted Thengai/Coconut bakery bun and Soft dinner rolls, so mixed these two recipes and came up with heart shaped dinner rolls/ soft buns with coconut filling. If you don’t like coconut can replace it with nuts too…This recipe is really a Healthy low fat version n pure Vegetarian too (See Note). Even I brushed with milk over the top of the buns. I have not added any eggs or butter. The Yogurt, Oil n Multigrain flour combo worked great n tasted good too. Here comes the recipe in detail

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Authentic Tamarind Rice from Leftover Rice | Puli Sadam | Palaiya Sadham Varuval

Tamarind rice from left over rice is a traditional one. My grandma usually says this pulisadam is the ancestor of Instant Puliyodarai…In olden days they used Bullock cart for transportation, still alive in few places. When marriage or other function comes they usually start a day or 2 days before to reach the destination and for food they pack this rice. This is not an instant mixing of hot rice and

Monday, January 21, 2013

How to make Asafoetida Powder at home | Stepwise Pictures

Daily I prepare something with dhal/lentils/dried beans/legumes which are rich in protein/fiber also produces gas. Usually I add a pinch of hing/asafoetida or garlic to neutralize the gas n for easy
digestion. Before coming here I packed few packets of compound hing, first time I don’t know how to powder the compound hing/katti perungayam. I called my Mom n she suggested to dry in sunlight or else heat in in kadai. As we don’t get proper sunlight, I heated and struggled a lot to break it.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mini Ghevar Dessert | Traditional Rajastani Ghewar with Rabdi

Coming to this month Divya's South vs North Indian challenge the South Indian teams are challenged with this mini ghevar/ghewar by Manjula Bharath of Desi Fiesta. Thks for challenging us with this wonderful recipe...Actually I thought of posting this Rajasthani traditional dessert on or before pongal which they make it especially for Sankranthi, but I couldn't. Ghevar is nothing but a crisp flat disc shaped snack made from thin batter of all purpose flour/maida, cooked/deep fried in hot oil/ghee in low flame till it attains nice crisp golden color. This plain ghevar is served with sugar syrup or Rabdi, I opted for rabdi. My daughter liked the plain ghevar, where I specially soaked it in rabdi for my son, who enjoyed it a lot. I invited my hus with this hot ghevar when he returned from office, he was curious to know abt htis recipe. I

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chicken Mini Muffin Pies | Light Pie Crust from Scratch

This is a wonderful delicious low fat/light mini chicken pie version. Tastewise I have not found any big difference between full fat/butter pie crust n this version. Actually we the whole family caught up with cold n flu, so thought of making some spiced pie for me n hubby.  I made Shortening+butter based Apple pie for kids which I already posted it. After few recipe hunting finally adapted the Oil crust recipe from here. After I baked this cutie pies, my cutie pie :-) asked whats this. In her term I explained this as Chicken cupcakes :-)

Apple Pie from 8" Cake pan with Homemade Pie Crust

Today I am here with this month Swathi’s baking group partner challenge. Though I am not feeling well, I already planned to bake one veg n non veg pie recipes, noted the recipes clearly so I am able to bake 2 pies at a time 2day. Thanks Swathi of ZestysouthIndianKitchen,Tamy of 3sidesofcrazy, Gayathri of Gayathri’s cookspot, Samanta of Samanthamenzies for suggesting this wonderful recipe. The orange juice added in the crust gives good color n flavor to the pie. When it’s too good my daughter

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Soft Athirasam Recipe Using Jaggery | Adhirasam and Crisp Ariselu Versions

Wish you all a very HAPPY n PROSPEROUS PONGAL/SANKRANTHI!!! Pongal an authentic Tamil festival is nearing n I want to share few abt it. After the end of harvest period/season farmers thank god (SUN) with the cultivated products. I am proud of being that family n my Appa (Dad) is a very good farmer cum retired central govt employee, now a full time farmer :-). They usually harvest paddy yearly 3times, even we prepare unpolished boiled rice from own rice mill. Rice plays main role, with the harvested rice they make plain pongal/white pongal in vengala panai. Very auspious n never mingle sweet/spice while cooking. Actually use the washed rice for cooking this white/venn pongal, so it has to foam n fall on the right side which is another auspicious belief. They thank god with other harvested items like coconut/banana/sugarcane,manjal kothu/fresh turmeric bunch/country vegetables n harvesting equipments. When I go there

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Custard Powder Semolina 1min Chocolate n Vanilla Microwave Cake

Guys many of the you had highly recommended this recipe, one of the reader wrote as “Your cakes are awesome, I tried your basic birthday cake and came out very well, you always doing back breaking works from scratch why do you share a quick 2mins mug cake for us” long time back I received this email n kept post ponding this recipe, somehow successfully posted it today with 2 in 1 yup both chocolate and vanilla recipes are given here. Soft n moist cakes will be ready in 1 to 1.30mins, if you are seeking alternate

Monday, January 7, 2013

Ancient Thinai Urundai | Foxtail Millet Honey Balls | தேனும் திணை மாவும்

It has been ages I tasted Thinai/Foxtail millet ladoo. Recently I got this millet in Korean super market n from that day calling my grandma n Aunty to know abt this thinai maavu/ladoo recipe. My grandma told that she had own cultivated sample millets n 2yrs back she used it during my cousins marriage. Yup this is a traditional recipe we make it particularly during any girls related functions like Puberty (Age Attending)/Marriage/Seemantham (Baby Shower) etc. Actually I forget how it looks with husk, so I googled n found the picture here. Even amma/grandma everyone describing it with husk, they soak the husked millet for few hours then using stone pestle (Ulaikai/Ural) remove the husk. But I explained n showed the fine processed millet in skype, then what they suggested is today's recipe :-) This foxtail millet ladoos are great neivedhyam for Lord Muruga with honey even I prepared this ladoos with pure honey.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Chola Paniyaram (சோள குழி பனியாரம்) | Sorghum or Jowar or Sola Kuzhi Paniyaram

Millet is one of the best-kept secrets of our ancestors. During my childhood I saw many millet varieties cultivated in our land n now only yellow corn/makka cholam they are hardly cultivating. Millets are rich in protein, as well as rich in minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. These millets are good for diabetes n gluten free. We the whole family love any type of millet combined with usual idli batter, I often make these type of tiffins and will come up with more in future. A few already posted healthy millet recipes,