Saturday, August 31, 2013

Cantonese Spiral Moon Cake | Pandan Yam filled Short Cake | Egg Free Recipe


Learning international recipes is of course a pleasure indeed. The Chinese Moon festival (Mid-Autumn Festival) will be celebrated on Sep 17th 2013, during Full moon on that night. This is the second grandest festival in China. Also this Pandan Spiral Moon cake is the recipe of that Moon day which is light, fluffy cake of Malay origins flavored with the juice of Pandanus amaryllifolius leaves. Instead of pandan juice, you can use green color but I used blue food color for a change...This is my first experience in making this recipe for International food challenge organized and hosted by Saras and Shobana.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Event Announcement of International Food Challenge { IFC } - A joint effort of Shobana and Saras

International Food Challenge is evolved out of similar interests, passion in exploring all the cuisine from all over the world. As a result, we, Saras of www.sarasyummybites.com and Shobana ofwww.kitchensecretsandsnippets.com  have teamed up to welcome  foodies , our talented food bloggers  to join in this mission to learn , explore the world cuisine  along with the heritage every country possess  and get to know some ideas what every country has to offer with respect to food . Come foodies, let’s all join our hands in this journey of crossing many virtual boundaries in the questof finding new food ,fresh tastes  from  around the globe  through this event  IFC .

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Idli Dosa Milagaai Podi | Multi Purpose Coarse Chutney Powder

Loads of Milaigai podi (South Indian Lentil/dal powder) version are there. This is my own version and wanted to post quite long time…Definitely this tastes like restaurant podi n better in room temperature for more than a month. My H survived with this podi (one among several podis I made) for almost 3 months when I went for long vacation. As oil is used to fry the dals, to be on safe side you can refrigerate after 2-3 weeks of use. Also use

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Moong Dal Vada | Paruppu Killu Vadai | Pakoda | Moong Ki Daal Ka Pakora

Happy Sri Krishna Janmashtami to all...Hope everyone is celebrating Krishna Jayanthi with favorite sweets and savories includig butter :-). Here is a savory treat from my side on this special day. This recipe is a good alternate to those who doesn't like chana dal. This moong dal vadas tastes good n can be shaped either as authentic round or small round balls or just sprinkle it to get crisp pakoda/pakoras.

Ingredients
Split Moong Dal with or without skin (Pasi Paruppu) - 1 Cup
Red chilis - 4-5 numbers

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

South Indian Special Veg Lunch Menu | Kongunadu Special Thali

Today’s post is going to be a very long and interesting one. Our blogger friend is celebrating her birthday today. Happy Birthday Manju (Aug 26th ), may god give you all more happiness, good health and wealth :-). To celebrate Manju's birthday virtually, we blogger friends planned to make a thali as she love thali much. She is a Rajasthani girl hope she likes this South Indian Lunch Thali :-). I prepared the thali based on feast the guests…Whoever the visitor is, first we invite them

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Mutton Biryani | Lamb Biriyani

I noted this recipe from a great cook. Whenever my MIL calls she come and cook for our family get together and other functions. During this vacation I got chance to taste her dishes. I liked her Puli kulambu, Thakkali (Tomato Thokku), also she made several snacks and podi (powder) varieties for my MIL (As she stays alone, she manages it with those for more than a month). Coming to non veg this biryani and fish fry were awesome. Also she got few dishes

Chocolate Marble Asian Bread (Roux Method) | Eggless Tanzhong White Bread with Chocolate Patterns

For this month Home bakers challenge Manjula Kanted from Desi Fiesta has suggested four bread varieties
1. Rainbow swirl classic bread
2. Fresh strawberry chocolate stuffed pull apart/ Monkey bread
3. Chocolate marble Asian bread  (roux method)
4. Anadama Bread
 I chosed Asian Marble bread becoz kids love chocolate in their breads. Thanks Priya sis and Manju for this wonderful challenge, somehow

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Brown Rice Sarkkarai Pongal | Sweet Pongal Recipe | Festive Special

This Monday we have moved to different apartment. We haven't looked in the apartment directly before booking, we looked in to it after getting the key for moving. Anyways we like the new house and its up to our expectations and personally i am happy with good sunlight :-). After usual Indian milk boiling procedure (it's a tradition of boiling the milk and letting it overflow), I made this sarkkarai pongal and Soya Beans Sundal on that day. For a change I used

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Red Capsicum Chutney | Spicy Tangy Bell Pepper Dip

I have a great friend who is a regular reader cum visitor to my blog, who has sent today's red capsicum chutney recipe :-). She is one among the top 5 FB fan page likers, Google Members so n so.  Also I want to add, she try my recipes n never forget to like those recipe links :-). She is a great cook and love her non veg Biryani to core. Once in a while we chat as we live

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Homemade Whole Grain Idli Dosa Batter | Multi Grain Idli Batter | Pearl | Finger Millets | Jowar | Wheat | Brown Rice Combo


I got loads of Indian Whole grains from my Mom and Mil during last visit. This is not a recipe for blog sake I would admit. Several times I made idli and dosa with this whole grain batter…You may wonder that, if instant flours are available at groceries then why this whole grain grinding process at home.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pasi Paruppu Payasam | பாசி பருப்பு பாயசம் | Festive Special Dal Kheer

Whenever I make Paruppu payasam, it reminds my college days. I stayed in hostel for UG graduation, weekly sunday allowed for parents visit. Usually Parents bring non veg recipes but I strongly insist for this paruppu payasam and amma come with a big jar. Not only me, my friends also wait without taking lunch for their arrival, as its long journey for my parents to reach me…I am posting such a nostalgic

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Crescent Sugar Cookies | Eggless Kourabiethes (Greece) | Christmas Special Moon Shortbread

This melt in mouth sugar cookies/powder sugar coated shortbread from Greece are made for special occasions and festive Christmas season. I made it twice before posting here. First time I reduced the recipe to halve and second time i reduced the butter where original recipe calls for...After reducing the butter

Monday, August 12, 2013

Masala Milk | Masala Paal Recipe | South Indian Delicacy

It has been ages I tasted this milk in hotel, I mean 10 yrs back as a great fan of Vasantha bhavan namma veedu, 100ft road, Vadapalani. The ambience and glass placed path, new look of the restaurant attracted much. In the entrance itself you can can see this masala paal getting simmered in big thali with nice aroma. Typical masala milk is simmered in low flame like that but I added condensed milk to bring it close to 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Chicken Pakoda | Murgh Pakora Recipe | Virtual treat for Preeti Tamilarasan

August is something special with loads of Birthdays, Weddings and more festivals on the way. Today again i am here with a virtual treat for a wonderful blogger friend, who is so sweet and humble person. Very good photographer, energetic and innovative on whole. Her photography speaks a

Friday, August 9, 2013

Instant Coffee n Dates Mini Pressure Cooker Cake | Egg and Butter Free Recipe | Virtual Birthday Treat for Priya Suresh :-)

Today is a birthday to a wonderful person who is a great inspiration in blogging. She is very dynamic and post her recipes on daily basis, sometime more than one recipe in a day. She is none other than Priya Suresh aks from Priya’s Versatile Recipes. Wish you Many More Happy Returns of the Day Sis. She is such an active blogger, lovely mom, humble and sweet person to interact. When I was new to this blogging world my school friend insisted about her blog, truly inspired in the very first sight J. We the blogger friends

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Paruppu Keerai | Moong Dhal with Verdolaga | Spinach Dhal Recipe

Recently i found this spinach/verdolaga in Indian grocery store (Pic 1 in stepwise pictures below). First time i got (bit expensive when compared to other leaves) and searched for its tamil name in google. It says paruppu keerai, i usually make paruppum keeraiyum dish with palak/spinach and much excited to make it with this new green leaves. It tasted good moreover i liked the aroma :-). Let a short note about this green leaves before moving in to the recipe.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Stove Top Hariyali Chicken Kebab | Green Chicken Kabab Recipe | Unique Method

Usually kebabs are cooked on skewers and kebab refers to meat that is cooked over or next to flame. I preferred unique stove top grilling method and this brings a very divine and authentic restaurant kebab taste. The inner soft and juicy chickens are liked very much by my kids, also I have added

Monday, August 5, 2013

Chocolate Cherry Brownies Recipe | Homemade Alcohol Free Cherry Syrup

Blogging has given wonderful friends and this year for my birthday they surprised me with super treats. They selected few of my recipes under the theme potluck party, tried and posted in their spaces as virtual treat during Aug 3rd. I felt so happy and blessed to have such wonderful friends around. I thank each and every one who wished me thru emails, FB and google plus. I might missed