May 29, 2013

Coconut Ginger Chutney

I do not know many chutney varieties except for the most common ones like coconut chutney or coriander chutney. This one is a new variety coconut ginger chutney. I learnt this one from my mom. It has a very special taste because of ginger. Check out this recipe.

May 22, 2013

Pumpkin Dosa/ Pusanikai Dosa

This recipe is one more to the addition of variety of dosas. Check the recipe index to see the collection of dosas.
Pusinikai dosa or Pumpkin dosa is very soft and has a lot of nutrition. I learned it from a cookery show long back and forgot about it. I make it regularly, so thought of posting it here.

May 15, 2013

Sweet Corn Rice

I was on a vacation to my brother's place .. so I could not focus on posting anything.. I'm just back after a break !! Now posting one from my drafts :) 

May 8, 2013

Mint Paratha/ Pudhina Paratha

Mint leaves are also a kind of greens that has many nutrition values like all other herbs. They  add a nice essence to the dish which we add. If we want kids to have them without just picking them out from the dish, then this is the best way. Mint Paratha.

May 4, 2013

Capsicum Peanut Gravy

Generally we have rotis almost 2 to 3 times a week and we are never bored of them. Just that we need a new gravy each time. So I keep exploring with all  different kind of vegetables for chapathis.

 I have not found many of capsicum gravy varieties and this really inspired me to give the capsicum gravy a try. here is the recipe...

(Serves two)

Capsicum  or Green Bell Pepper - 2 
Onion - 1
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves - for garnish

To Grind:

Roasted peanuts - 2 tbsp
Roasted Sesame seeds - 1tsp
Grated Coconut - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Green chillies - 2
Chopped Ginger - 1 tsp

Method :
  1. Chop the Onion and Capsicum into cube or square shape pieces.
  2. Heat Oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add cumin seeds. as they turn golden brown, saute the chopped onions. Add salt .
  3. Add capsicum and fry it until it is not but not mushy.
  4. Grind the items under 'To Grind' list to a smooth paste.
  5. Add this ground paste to the capsicum . add some water if required. Let it boil for a few minutes until the gravy thickens.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with rotis or rice variety .

My Notes

  1. If you don't have coriander powder, just replace with dry roasted coriander seeds.
  2. Adding Sesame seeds is optional, but I adding them as it gives a better taste to the dish.
  3. Also we can dry roast peanuts, sesame seeds and coriander seeds each separately and then grind them together.
  4. We have to take care that capsicum doesn't get mushier. It needs to be crunchy.

May 2, 2013

Kale Greens Curry/Kale Poriyal

I have tried many of the Greens available to can include them in our diet as much as possible. As we don't get many of them except Methi leaves or spinach from the Indian Stores, I prefer the ones from American Grocery stores.

Apr 30, 2013

Palkova/Theratti Pal - Celebrating 50th Post !!

Yay!!! This is my 50th post and I’m very happy to be a part of blogger’s world..I have learnt many things within this short period and I’m also looking forward to learn and improve myself. So celebrating this post with a sweet..

Apr 25, 2013

Mango Poha Upma/Mango Aval

Aval Upma is generally the quickest snack we can prepare. Also as soon as kids come home, they need to have something filling but still tasty and different !! SO instead of the regular poha upma, I tried this one and  added mango instead of lemon for the sour taste.

Apr 24, 2013

Groundnut Sundal /Peanut Snack

Peanuts! Peanuts! Peanuts! I love it in any form... Peanut rice .. peanut bar .. I also like to temper peanuts in most of my dishes and love it when it comes in any dish.

Apr 22, 2013

Pesarattu/ Moong Dal Dosa

Pesarattu is one of the traditional dishes of Andhra Pradesh. It is very famous dish at the restaurants and also at wedding receptions.The combination of Pesarattu and Upma is  Yum!!!  Ahhh mouth watering when I 'm just talking about it.So here goes the recipe

Apr 19, 2013

Oats Sweet Pongal/Oats Sakkari Pongal

Being Sri Rama Navami I thought of posting a festive sweet recipe. So here goes the traditional sweet recipe in a different way. So I replaced the rice with Oats. This can also be had as a snack and is pretty heavy to hold for a couple of hours..

Apr 18, 2013

Shahi Paneer/Side dish for roti

Who would not love a rich delicacy with Paneer. The most common paneer dish being Paneer Butter masala, I wanted to try something else with paneer. So I made this one that goes well with roti or even jeera rice. It is very mild so it can be had with any spicy pulao also.

Apr 15, 2013

Sweet Corn Capsicum gravy

Green bell pepper generally goes well with most of the veggies like potato, cabbage ,paneer , sweet corn etc. This is one such gravy of Sweet corn and capsicum. Here is the recipe:

Apr 12, 2013

Godhumai Biscuits / Whole Wheat Crackers

This is one of the festive snacks my Mother always makes. There are two versions to it. One is sweet one and the other is hot version. I’m posting the khara version today.

Kadalai Paruppu Poli / Obbattu

This is the first time I am making Poli. I have seen my mom and my MIL preparing it but never tried it. This time for New Year I wanted to make a sweet which I had never tried . 

Apr 10, 2013

Rava Pongal/ Sooji Pongal

It is one of the easy tiffin or breakfast items that can be made very soon as we don’t use rice in it. It is also a healthy option for people who want to avoid rice in their diet except for lunch. It is almost equal to the normal ven pongal but instead of rice, we use Rava. So here is the recipe.

Apr 7, 2013

White Pumpkin Pachadi / Poosanikai pachadi

Pumpkins in general are said to have lot of benefits. They are rich in Vitamin A which give good eye sight and also have lots of water content which is very essential for our body all the time.

Apr 3, 2013

Sweet Corn Pulao / Bhutta Pulao

This is one of the most favorite dishes in our family and it is always a hit !! I learnt this recipe from Women's Era, a magazine in India.

  I used to be hooked up to this magazine and would not leave until I finished each and every bit of the book. And so tried most of the recipes from this book. I was good at this particular dish and hopefully it has never gone wrong till now!! Here is the recipe..

Ingredients :

Corn Kernels - 1 cup
Raw Basmati rice - 1 cup
Onion - 1
Garam masala - 2tsp
Salt to taste
Oil- 2tsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1tsp

To Grind:

Peanuts - 2tbsp
Onion - 1
Mint Leaves - a bunch
Cilantro - a bunch
Green Chillies -2
Chopped Ginger - 1tsp

Method :
  • Firstly, Cook Basmati rice and keep it ready.
  • Soak the peanuts in a cup of water for 30 minutes. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Once they splutter add cumin seeds. Fry Onions until they turn transparent. 

  • Meanwhile, grind the soaked peanuts, along with the other ingredients in 'To Grind' list. 

  • After the onions are fried, add the ground masala paste. Fry this for a minute on a low flame until raw smell goes off. Add the sweet corn kernels now.

  • Add garam masala powder and salt. Fry this paste until sweet corn gets coated well with the mixture.I like it at this stage as the yummy corn kernels just look like pearls .(I love to taste this mixture !!)
  • Finally add the cooked basmati rice and mix well. Switch of the stove and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with Raita or any gravy. We had it with Gobi masala.

Notes :

  • I used canned sweet corn, so I just washed them and added directly.We can also used the corn cob, cook it and add the kernels.
  • Adding peanuts gives a special taste to the rice.
  • We can also use the ordinary rice also, I use bamsati rice for its aroma.

Mar 30, 2013

Oats Kuzhi Paniyaram / Oats Ponganalu

There are lots of Oats varieties. I did not know this until we bought the wrong variety !!! 
While buying groceries this time, by mistake we bought a different variety of Oats. 

Mar 24, 2013

Carrot Dosa

Here is another Dosa variety .. Carrot Dosa !!  We all know carrots are very good for health and we have been told to eat it from the age we have been kids..

Mar 17, 2013

Bitter gourd Fry

 Bitter Gourd… Do u avoid it because would be bitter?? Try this and get the wonderful taste of bitter gourd . 

Mar 7, 2013

Peanut rice

My husband and me both are very fond of peanuts that I add it in all curries and upmas and almost every dish possible. So i got to try the peanut rice today.

Mar 5, 2013

Beet Greens Curry

Cooking a new Vegetable is really a risk when we don't know how it would taste.Thanks to the technology and  Internet there are so many links which help us know our veggies. I googled about the Beet Greens and then found out that the greens part of any vegetable has more nutrients than the vegetable itself. Having known this fact I try to buy vegetables along with the greens. And few experiments finally gave me a good result.. :) Just like this Greens of Beetroot... Here is the recipe.

Ingredients :

Beetroot greens along with the stalk.

Onion – 1
Tomato – 1
Green chillies – 2
Grated Coconut – 2tsp
Chickpeas- ¼ cup
Onion – 1tsp
Mustard seeds – 1tsp
Cumin seeds – 1tsp

Method : 

  • Separate the green leaves from the stalk and don’t discard the stalks. Chop the leaves and the stalk and pressure cook it for 3 whistles.
  • Soak the Chickpeas in water overnight and pressure cook it. Keep them ready.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan, crackle mustard seeds and then add cumin seeds. Add green chillies and fry them for a minute.
  • Now add chopped Onions. Once the onions get transparent, add tomatoes. Fry them till the onion tomato mixture gets mushy.
  • Now add the cooked greens, cooked chickpeas along with grated coconut and salt.
  • Fry them until the mixture gets mixed well.
  • Take it into a bowl serve with rice or rotis. 

Mar 1, 2013

Carrot Kheer or Carrot Payasam

Carrot  Payasam is a normal kheer variety but with added carrot which enhances the sweetnees. So If you are craving for a sweet tooth indulge yourself in this yummy Carrot Payasam just with the basic ingredients.

Feb 25, 2013

Simple Vegetable Pulao

This is very easy one pot meal which can be made for morning hurries. I generally make this on busy days and forget about the kitchen work until its lunch time.. :) .

Feb 21, 2013

Feb 17, 2013

Tawa Pulao

I haven’t heard of this pulao until I found them through internet just by chance. 
It is a street side food which is very is famous in Mumbai.

Feb 12, 2013

Collard Greens Curry or Masiyal

            I love to add greens as a part of our diet at least of 2 times a week. Back in India we used to have them daily as we used to buy them as and when required. My mother suggests me to use greens in the maximum possible way especially for my kid.

Feb 9, 2013

Mixed Vegetable Curry

   I learnt this recipe from my friend, Mithan. This is one of her best recipes. This is a different variety of vegetable curry which can be had with chapatis or rotis.