Monday, December 28, 2015

Cornflakes Mixture | Maize Poha Mixture with step by step Pictures

Cornflakes Mixture has been waiting in the draft since from Diwali and after all holiday bakes/Christmas posts I thought this would be the right time to release it. This is a perfect tea time snack and if you are concern about oil you can either bake them or add small quantity of the prepared mixture/chivda with puffed rice/murmura and make it lighter and healthy snack. Coming to Corn Flakes I have picked

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Snowball Cookies | Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe

I am wishing you all my dear readers, friends and family members a very happy Christmas. Hope you are having wonderful time with family and friends. Wish Santa brings you gifts/good message tonight, hope for the best, Merry Christmas:-) . Coming to today’s Christmas special recipe

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Easy Christmas Plum Cake | Alcohol Free & No Soak Fruit Cake | Christmas Special

If you didn’t soak fruits for the plum/fruit cake, doesn’t worry here is an easy no soak and alcohol free plum cake recipe to bake and enjoy this Christmas. This is the picture I clicked last year also this is the only recipe I am following since long time. I did pack few times to my mom’s and MIL’s place so here is one picture below to show it. The cakes went as it is as shown in the wrap :-). Chop the fruits and make

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

German Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting | Frozen Themed Cupcakes

Here is the recipe for the chocolate cupcakes i made for my daughter's birthday in last October. It was frozen theme party and i planned a week before the party to make halve of the cupcakes so chocolaty and remaining with vanilla flavor also decided to decorate those with blue buttercream frosting and snow flakes on top (will post the detail soon). The snowflakes are made of MM fondant. I will make another

Friday, December 18, 2015

Instant Wheat Rava Idli Using Sooji from scratch | Broken Sooji/Semolina Idli Recipe

Here comes instant wheat rava idli when you don’t have time to soak and grind idli batter or the ground batter is not fermented on time. This rava idlis are so spongy and tastes yum which you can prepare it for breakfast or dinner and you can pack in kids lunch box as well. Make sure to use

Monday, December 14, 2015

Eggless Honeycomb Buns | Beehive Bread | Khaliat al Nahal Recipe from Scratch

Khaliat al Nahal (known by many as Khaliat Nahal) simply means Bee's Hive. The name is due to the bread's resemblance to a honeycomb and for the sweet honey-flavored glaze it use after the bread is out from oven. Also the traditional Honeycomb buns/Beehive Bread  usually filled with cheese and

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Spinach and Vegetable Quiches in Muffin Pan | Crustless Quiche | Savory Muffins

Quiche (/ˈkiːʃ/ keesh) is a savory, open-faced pastry crust with a filling of savory custard with cheese, meat, seafood, and/or vegetables. It is part of French cuisine but popular worldwide and particularly as party food. I made it first time for my daughter's birthday party in last October and after that i made several times for H's thanksgiving potluck at office, so n so. When Swathi asked to try this for October month baking partners challenge, i couldn't post it on time. Since quiche has been turned in to my daughters favorite, i may come with crust based quiche in future. Also I don't want the quiche too eggy

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Butter Murukku | Quick Chakli Using Instant Rice flour

Ingredients
Rice Flour - 2 Cup
Butter - 3 Tbsp (Room Temperature)
Sesame Seeds - 2tsp
Hing/Asafoetida - 1/4tsp (Optional)
Pepper Powder - 1/2tsp (Optional)
Pottukadalai/Dalia or Roasted Gram Flour - 1/4 Cup (powder roasted gram in mixie/processor and sieve it before adding)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Green Tomato Veg Biryani | Pachai Thakkali Biriyani Recipe

Green tomatoes are in season, few days back I have tried this tomato biryani using green tomatoes. The one I used exactly here in the recipe is Tomatillo/Mexican green tomato which looks attractive with husk and they are tangy on taste. Some website says they belong to gooseberry family, anyways regular

Monday, November 23, 2015

Skillet Chili Cheese Cornbread | Thanksgiving Recipe

I couldn’t post couple of baking partners challenges on right time. Thanksgiving is approaching and when Swathi and Suja came up with skillet bread recipes for this month challenge, I have decided immediately to make the savory version and on time I am posting it :-). This is such a great savory cornbread with chili/capsicum, carrot and cheese mixture. Also I have increased the quantity to fulfill

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pirandai Thuvaiyal | Pirandai (Adamant Creeper) Chutney

Cissus quadrangularis/Pirandai(Tamil)/Hadjod(Hindi) is a medicinal plant of the grape family. It is also known as Veldt Grape, Devil's Backbone, Adamant Creeper, Asthisamharaka. Pirandai needs some support to grow that's why it got the name creeper/kodi in tamil. This plant is commonly used to treat gastric ulcers, indigestion problem and heart burn so and so. Luckily we got a chance to taste it one time when we were at my native. Amma prepares the thuvaiyal/chutney this way and I recorded while she

Monday, November 9, 2015

Mini Jhangri Recipe With Video | Soft Jangiri | Jangri Version II

For every Diwali festival Murukku/Chakli , Adhirasam and Soft Jangri/Jhangiri are must at home, Diwali is incomplete without it. So this year I made mini and medium size jhangiri to share with neighbors. This time I have recorded the jangri making in single hand, do check the video here. So this recipe has no step wise pictures instead I have given the video link. Also if you find trouble in watching the video do check my another version of soft jangiri recipe, that recipe has both mixie/food processor and grinder version with step by step picture. The weather is cloudy for past 15 days, so I could not come up

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Besan Ki Burfi | Gram Flour Fudge | Reduced Ghee Barfi Version

For the first time, I have made besan burfi 3 weeks back and stored in an air tight container for Diwali. Since the mysore pak recipe I have in the blog is reduced ghee version I tried similar to it and the

Monday, November 2, 2015

Aloo Ki Bhujia | Potato Sev | Diwali Special Recipe

Aloo Bhujia is an easy snack to make for any festival like Diwali or a perfect savory snack to make for tea time munch. The flavors of potato, besan and spices make it exotic and when compared to other snacks this one uses very less oil when the dough is of perfect consistency. Here I have not added any water

Saturday, October 24, 2015

How to Choose Jaggery To Make Soft Athirasam | Tips To Get Perfect Soft Adhirasam

 The Adhirasam sweet is typically made in South India and this sweet is a traditional delicacy as well. Usually in South India they use Jaggery or Nattu Sarkarai (Natural unrefined cane sugar), so they pick the right jaggery and Raw Rice to make this sweet soft and perfect but when we live outside the country, we don't have much option to choose. Sometimes instead of raw rice we have to go for Sona Masoori and is hard to get south Indian jaggery products. So today's post is going to talk about what type of jaggery

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pani Varagu Jaggery Payasam | Proso Millet Kheer

Today being an auspicious day (Saraswati Pooja/Vasant Panchami), I am posting a healthy millet kheer recipe. The ninth day of Navratri is celebrated as Saraswati Pooja, Saraswathi is revered as a goddess for Knowledge, Music and art. I keep on saying about my India trip in most of the posts. Today I have to say this again :-), I have bought all kinds of millets during my trip, my mom and grandma, they both were cleaned all those millets and packed for me. So I have loads of millets right now and using daily in my cooking. I will post the recipes one by one after the Diwali celebration. So coming to this millet, this is very rare or unknown millet, it looks like thinai but little big in size. I totally forgot the name, Me and my MIL only went to the store and purchased all the millets, so i asked her she too doesn't remember

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Kadalai Paruppu Sundal | Easy and Quick Chana Dal Sundal for Navratri

From August to November we are usually busy with consecutive festivals like Aadi Perukku,Varalakshmi Pooja, Krishna Jayanthi, Ganesh Chathurthi, Puratasi Sani/Saturday, Navratri, Saraswathi Pooja (the 9th day of Navarathi) , Ayutha Puja and finally Diwali, the much expected festival. Now Navratri (9 nights) is going on and today is the 5th day, daily one sundal neivedhyam is a must for

Friday, October 16, 2015

Pottukadalai Murukku (Dalia Chakli) Using Rice Batter with Video | The Traditional Way

Today I am here with a recipe for Pottukadalai/Roasted Gram Murukku, the traditional way that my mom and relatives practice for long long years. I have mentioned this procedure few years back, that is my first murukku post in 2012 using instant rice flour to make Pottukadalai Murukku. Today I am here with the complete Murukku tutorial which is made by grinding the rice to smooth batter and mixing flour and other stuff to the dough.  I have postponed so many years to post this recipe, the one and only reason for

Monday, October 12, 2015

Authentic Adhirasam Using Brown Sugar | Soft Athirasam Recipe with Video!

Diwali is nearing let me gear up the colorful festival with an authentic and super sweet Adhirasam.  My kids usually call them as brown cookies and even my H who is a sugar dis-liker also likes this sweet so once in a while i have to make it especially for them.  If you are my serious follower then you may wonder why I am re posting Athirasam recipe. I have to admit here that my first version is still popular in the blog and today’s version has a quite easy jaggery preparation so you may never go wrong in syrup consistency and for beginners I assure this one is going to be a no fail version. During my summer vacation my mom

Monday, October 5, 2015

Mushroom Tikka Masala | Spicy Kalan Kuzhambu Recipe

Mushroom Tikka Masala --> Mushrooms are marinated with Indian masala powders and yogurt mixture. Later skewered and grilled in oven or fried in stove top(i did so) then finally added in simmering tomato sauce+ onion paste + Indian spice mixture. Here I have added generous red chili powder


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Eggless Banana Wheat Muffins

Here comes a healthy snack with the goodness of bananas, wheat flour, homemade ground fresh cinnamon powder (recipe follows) and nuts. You heard it right yes todays post is none other than Banana Wheat Muffins :-). I filled each depression with 2/3 of muffin batter so I really got large size muffins but

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thengaai Pooranam Kozhukattai | Coconut Jaggery Stuffed Modaks | Easy Modhagam Recipe

Last week I made this Coconut Jaggery Filled Modaks /Thengaai Pooranam Kozhukattai for Ganesh Chaturthi. Later I uploaded a picture in my whats app profile and got lots of appreciation for this modaks. Coming to the recipe I have added generous amount of cardamom powder in the outer layer itself so you can’t expect pure white modaks instead you can see tiny bits of cardamom all over the outer layer. Also I have explained another easy way of using modaks, in this method you can make the outer layer thin

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Kadalai Paruppu Modhagam | Chana Dal Modak Recipe | An Easy way to use Modak Mould

Wishing all my dear Readers, Family and Friends a very Happy Ganesh/Vinayagar Chaturthi. May God answer your prayers. Here comes an authentic sweet modak recipe that scores the sweet lovers out here. I have detailed the recipe with step by step pictures and an easy way to use modak mould.

Moong Bean Savory Kozhukattai | Kaara Kozhukattai

Hope everyone in festive (Ganesh Chaturthi) mood, me too :-). Coming to the recipe here i have used whole green moong dal, one healthiest dal among the dal family for the savory stuffing. Even if you are not a savory lover you should try once to admire it. I used the Gujiya/Somas mould here to shape the kozhukattai though i have explained them without it. I am hurrying up this post becoz i have to make

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Homemade Rice Flour | How to make Rice Flour Using Raw Rice from scratch

 This homemade rice flour tastes great for all snack items when compared to store bought flour. The preparation is very easy and i have provided them with step by step pictures, do follow the same when you make it!!! Last week i made this rice flour in bulk to make several festive snack (except red aval

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Easy Red Aval (Poha) Ladoo | Krishna Jayanthi Special

Wishing you all a very Happy Krishna Jayanthi. Here comes a very easy and tasty aval coconut ladoo recipe that you can offer to Lord Krishna on this day. It takes just 20 minutes to prepare this delicious

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Eggless Blueberry Yogurt Muffins with Crumb Topping

Today's recipe is healthy blueberry muffins with delicious butter and cinnamon flavored biscuit ie crumb layer on top. I have made several times before sharing the recipe with you all. These muffins are healthy to its best since it has loads of blueberry fruit, yogurt, cinnamon and a very good snack for school going

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Black Bean Salsa Salad | Mixed Vegetable Sprout Salad

Here comes the healthy and colorful Black Bean Salsa or Salad Recipe. You can take this veggies mixed salsa with Tortilla or any chips or as a tummy fill salad. You can use it on baked potatoes, or wrap it with Tacos and Burritos; also you can mix it up with lettuce/salad leaves and make it even more healthier.
Ingredients
Homemade 1.5 Cup of Black Beans or Store Bought Black Beans, drained and rinsed - 1 Can (15 oz)
Any Fresh Sprouts - 2 Tbsp or More
Fresh Corn, cooked - 1/4 Cup

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mango Strawberry Orange Smoothie | Mixed Fruit Juice

Here comes the mixed fruit smoothie, It’s a very healthy and refreshing juice. The fruits have natural sugar content in it so you no need to add any extra sugar to the smoothie, if needed you can add teaspoons of honey while blending the fruits.  The fruits used here in this smoothie are Mango,

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Paruppu Keerai Masiyal | Keerai Masiyal

After wonderful vacation kids are back to school and I am back to blogging. Today I am sharing a traditional keerai masiyal/gravy recipe, which was done by my maternal grandma (Pictures below). Also this masiyal tastes great when you mash it by hand using mathu/masher instead of grinding it in mixie/food processor. This green leaf is called as Pacha Keerai (பாச்சா) or Kaatu Keerai (காட்டு கீரை)  in Tamil and it usually grows in or near the farm fields or in wet lands (Pictures below). It's hard to get

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Karpuravalli Bajji | Ajwain Leaf Pakora | Deep Fried Chick Pea Flour Fritters

Ajwain Leaf (Hindi) /Karpooravalli/Karpuravalli (Tamil)/ Omavalli (Malayalam)/Kattumaruva (Kannada) is most probably found in Indian homes especially in many places of South India. This leaf has various medicinal properties, particularly its an excellent cure for cough and cold. It has similar flavor of oregano and hence you can find this herb in South Indian Pizzas as well. Adding this leaves to rasam/soup helps us to recover from wheezing and bronchitis related issues. My mom too have this herb plant (pics below)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ellu Urundai | Til Ke Ladoo | Sesame Laddu

It gives immense pleasure to prepare food with Home/Farm grown ingredients and it’s also very close to heart. Today’s Sesame Laddu/Ellu Urundai recipe is one among it and I cherish the moments whenever I see those blog posts. The last time when we were here for vacation, I clicked the sesame plants (shared those pictures) and now by the time we arrived here, Parents finished the harvest and I could

Monday, July 13, 2015

Rose Flavored Butter Cake in Pressure Cooker

My little one has been asking for strawberry cake and in Parents house it’s hard to get strawberries, any pink cake is meant to be strawberry for him so I decided to bake rose flavored cake. First time I made it so in pressure cooker, later the same cake I baked twice for relative birthdays in oven and all

Friday, July 10, 2015

Nellikai Sadham | Gooseberry or Amla Rice

Easy and Healthy Gooseberry Rice is our today’s recipe. Gooseberries are very good sources of Vitamin C therefore daily intake in any form is a good remedy for mouth Ulcers, helps to burn fat, increases our body immune etc.You can find this gooseberries even in front of schools in plain or spiced pickle version. It has sour taste hence people with sensitive teeth find difficult to eat as a whole. The best option is grate

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Punjabi Chole Masala | Chana Masala

I am making a post after 11 days gap, this is the first time I didn’t post anything for more than 10 days. Hope I will be back to routine soon. Coming to this Punjabi Chole Masala or Chana Masala, this curry is an excellent side dish for Bhatura and Chapati. Since i have stopped making Bhatura or Poori for years

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sundakkai Vathal Paruppu Podi | Sadam Podi Recipe | Spiced Turkey Berry and Lentil Chutney Powder

Chundakkai/Sundakkai/Turkey Berry is a vegetable or fruit grown in a medium tall plant, as shown in the picture below and it has lot of medicinal values. Today’s post is related to it, which is none other than healthy chutney powder/sadam podi with the mix of dried turkey berry (sundakkai) and dal. Daily eating

Friday, June 19, 2015

Italian Dinner Rolls | Garlic Flavored Soft Buns | Cheese Buns

The Italian Dinner Rolls aka Soft Buns are very soft with garlic and cheese flavor with a beautiful golden top crust. I made this recipe twice before posting here. First time I experimented with half of the same recipe and turned out well then immediately I drafted it. The second time I doubled this same recipe for

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Plain Salna | Parotta Chalna | Peas Kurma For Chapati/Roti/Parotta

Today’s recipe is simple yet delicious chalna/kurma/Korma. It’s called Parotta Chalna/Salna in Southern part of India which tastes awesome with Layered Flat bread aka Barotta…The same can be a great side dish for Chapathi and Naan kind of stuffs. This plain Salna doesn’t need any vegetables and

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Chocolate Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes With White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting | Kids Birthday Party Recipe

Last month we celebrated our younger ones 4th birthday. His Teacher requested to celebrate his birthday with classmates in prior before the last day of school... I had a plan to bake cupcakes and suddenly

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Easy Carrot Tomato Chutney


I have shared this Carrot Tomato Chutney Recipe in Aval Vikatan Kitchen (Tamil Monthly Magazine) along with few other chutney varieties in last April Edition. I couldn’t find time to post it in the blog earlier.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Easy Broccoli Rice Recipe | Quick One Pot Meal | Lunch Box Special

One easy and healthy one pot meal using broccoli is our today's recipe. You may think why i am using basmati rice often for this kind off rice varieties... My lil one prefers basmati hence i use frequently

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ragi Brown Rice Dosa Batter | Homemade Ragi Dosa Batter From Scratch | How to make crispy Finger Millet Dosa

Tiffin aka Dosa is a daily supplement like sugar and salt intake in South Indian Kitchen hence, instead of white I mean basic Idli Dosa Batter this Ragi Dosa Batter is very healthy and nutritious with addition of Ragi /Finger Millet and Brown Rice. It’s time to pack up things for 2 months vacation in homeland. I am

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blueberry Yogurt Pound Cake

Again posting a baking recipe in sequence. This recipe is off to Swathi's baking partners challenge.
She suggested a pound cake with flavor of our choice. I went for blueberry pound cake. I adapted the recipe like instead of heavy cream I went for yogurt and some leavening/raising agents. This yogurt based pound cake is very soft , pillow like texture and fully loaded with healthy blueberries. Definitely this

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Iyengar Bakery Khara Buns | Eggless Onion Stuffed Savory Buns

I had never tasted the Iyengar bakery buns, but when it was challenged in Home Bakers Challenge (Monthly challenge) by Priya sis with few more options, I just fixed my mind to make these savory bakery buns. It tasted awesome and it was so soft, even without eggs… If you are a garlic eater then you can

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mango Yogurt Popsicle | Easy Summer Treat Recipe

Today is Mother’s day and wising all the moms out here a very happy Mother's day :-). I would like to dedicate something thru blog to my mom. Whenever she find street vendors selling popsicle she is the first to buy it, we call it as 'kuchi ice' in our slang :-). She keeps on telling me in phone that she can’t tolerate the summer in India and asking me for some chill recipes like ice pops that she can make it easily at home. I immediately suggested this recipe where mango and yogurt are the two main ingredients in this recipe. Also on the same day I tried it at home for the first time. Though I couldn't find time to ask

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Homemade Black Bean Patties | Black Bean Veggie Burgers | How to soak and cook Black Beans

Hope you remember the homemade hamburger buns recipe from scratch I posted last month. Here is the recipe for black bean patties that stacked in the burger buns…The recipe has one optional egg you can skip it if you don’t need. Also I add Parmesan cheese for this patties that really enhances the taste but if

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spicy Andhra Chicken Curry | Kodi Kura Recipe

Today’s recipe is really a spicy chicken curry from Andhra cuisine. As I stated in few other recipes me and kids are really not a spice eaters. My H likes to have such curry once in a while, since he loves chicken to the core I made it for him one fine Sunday. You can reduce the spice level and this is a somewhat

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Eggless Mango Mousse Recipe From Scratch

Last week we purchased a first mango box in Indian store for this summer. We waited 4 more days for it to ripen completely. My Kids and H like to have the mangoes as it is. When kids return from school in afternoons I feel some chilled desserts will make them cool. Also, I had a half packet gelatin, sat in my

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tres Leches Cake | Three Milks Cake Recipe

It’s my long time to wish to bake a milk cake at home. Evaporated milk was lying over my pantry for more than a month and recently utilized by baking this yummilicious cake. In detail this Milk Cake/Tres Leches (In Spanish) is a butter free sponge cake later soaked in three kinds of milk. Finally the soaked cake is topped with whipped cream and optional fruits. This is a true delight for kids and you can make it in