Friday, December 21, 2012

Verkadalai / Ground nut / Peanut chutney

I'm love to have Verkadalai chutney for any kind of Idli or Dosa. Happy to post my favorite chutney.

To Grind

Roasted Peanut               1/2 cup

Red Chilli                       3 -4 Nos

Tamarind                       Small lemon size

Garlic                            2 -3 nos

To Temper

Mustard seeds         1 tsp

Curry leaves            5 -6 Nos

In blender blend all items under To grind with water as smooth paste and transfer into a serving bowl.

Heat oil in a pan , add mustard seeds,curry leaves. Once splutter add it to the chutney.

Serve hot with Idli or Dosa.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Jeera Rice

I'm not big fan of Jeera Rice before tasting it in one restaurant with the combination of Palak Panner.
Seriously that day Palak Paneer was really awesome. So i want to try the similar combination in home. Jeera rice can be made in a two different ways and its very simple to do. I followed this recipe from vahrehvah with slight change.

Basmathi Rice              1 cup

Cumin Seeds               1 tsp

Saffron strands            Few

Water                       2 cups

Salt to taste.

Soak the basmathi rice in water for 30 minutes before cooking. Soak saffron strands in a small amount of warm milk

Heat oil in a pan.Add cumin seeds,once sputter add 2 cups of water ,salt and bring the water to boil.

Add rice and cook up to 90% of water gets absorbed. Add saffron color

After that reduce the flame and cook util becomes dry.

Serve hot with any side dish.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Kovakkai / Tindora Fry

Kovakkai / Tindora             1 Lb

Onion                                 1 medium

Mustard seeds                    1 tsp

Turmeric powder               1/4 tsp

Sambar Powder                2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Wash kovakkai and cut into lengthwise.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. Once splutter add onion and cook till it translucent.

Add kovakkai ,salt and turmeric powder and cook for 2- 3 minutes.

Once kovakkai half done, add sambar powder and cook till it get cooked and kovakkai become crispy.

Serve hot with rice.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Chicken Masala Fry

Chicken                 1 lb

Onion                    1 medium

Tomato                  1 small

Chilli powder           1 tbsp

Coriander Powder  2 tbsp

Turmeric powder    1 tsp

Ginger Garlic paste 1 tbsp

Lemon Juice            1 tsp

Salt to taste

To temper

Fennel seeds 1 tsp

Clove             2 Nos

Cinnamon      2-3 Nos

Cardamom    3 Nos

Bay Leaves   2 Nos

Clean chicken and cut into small  size. Mix turmeric powder and lemon juice with chicken and keep it aside.

Heat oil in heavy bottom pan, add tempering items. Once spices splutter add ginger garlic paste and saute well.

Add onion and cook till half done. Then add chicken,small amount of salt and cook until it turn into white color.

Now add tomato,all the spice powder, cup of water and cook till the water becomes dry.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or Roti.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Cluster beans Poriyal

Cluster Beans              2 cup

Onion                        1 Medium

Moong Dal                 3 tbsp

Green Chilli               2 Nos

Mustard seeds           1 tsp

Turmeric powder      1 tsp

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds.Once seeds splutter add onion,green chili and cook for 4 -5 minutes.

Add cluster beans ,Turmeric powder ,salt , add 1/2 cup of water and cook until the beans well cooked.

Serve hot with rice.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mushroom Curry

Mushroom                 1 cup (chopped)          

Onion                        1 medium

Tomato                      1 No

Chilli powder             1 tbsp

Coriander powder     2 tbsp

Turmeric powder      1 tsp

Garam Masala           1 tsp

Ginger Garlic paste    1 tbsp

Coconut paste / Cashew paste     3 tbsp

cumin seeds             1 tsp

Mustard seeds         1 tsp

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Once splutter add ginger garlic paste and cook for 2 minutes.

Add onion cook till it translucent. Add tomato, chilli powder,coriander powder and turmeric powder ,cook until raw smells goes. Add 1/2 cup of water and let it boil.

Mean while in a separate pan cook take mushroom for 2-3 minutes.

Once the gravy boils add mushroom, coconut/cashew paste and cook till mushroom get done.

Serve hot with Rice or chappathi.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Spicy cauliflower Masala - Baked

Cauliflower florets                     1 cup

Onion                                       1 medium

Tomato                                     1 No

Garlic                                        3 -4 Nos

Green Chilli                              2 Nos

Garam Masala                           1/4 tsp

Chilli Powder                            1/2 tsp

Turmeric Powder                      1/2 tsp

Lemon Juice                            1 tsp

Salt to taste

In bowl mix cauliflower florets,turmeric powder and salt.

Preheat the oven to 380 F. Spread the mix in baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

Heat oil in a pan , add onion and cook till it translucent.

Add garlic,green chilli,tomato ,Garam masala ,chilli powder and and cook till masala get cooked.

After add cauliflower and mix well still it coated with spices.

Add small amount water and cook till it get dry.

Finally add lemon juice.

It can be served for Roti or rice. We can stuff it in roti and can serve as a chappathi roll.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Broccoli Stir Fry

Broccoli is one of low calorie food and rich in dietary  fiber. It help to protect cancer and strokes.

So good to have a broccoli in our daily diet.

Broccoli florets            1 cup

Onion                          1 medium

Tomato                       1 Small

Chilli powder              1 tsp

Turmeric powder        1/2 tsp

Mustard Seeds

Salt to taste

Heat oil in a pan,add mustard seeds. Once sputters add onion and cook for few minutes.

Add tomato,turmeric powder,salt and chilli powder. Cook till spices get cooked.

Add broccoli florets and mix well.Cover it and cook it until florets become soft.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sprouted Green Gram curry

Sprouted green gram is rich in protein. The sprouted lentils good for Expecting mothers and diabetic.

Sprouted Green Gram            1 cup

Onion                                    1 Medium

Tomato                                 1 No

Ginger Garlic paste               1 tbsp

Chilli powder                       1 tbsp

Coriander powder               2 tbsp

Turmeric powder               1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds                      1 tsp

Salt to taste

Pressure cook the sprouted green gram for 1 whistles.

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds.Once the seeds splutter add onion and cook till it translucent.

Add tomato,turmeric powder,chilli powder ,coriander powder and salt. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes.

Add a cup of water and let it boil. After add cooked green gram and mix well.

If you want thick gravy mash the green gram.

Serve hot with Roti or rice.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Murungakkai / Drumstick Kootu

I'm bored of doing regular kulambu , poriyal  and curry with drumstick. My hubby gave idea to make a kootu with drumstick. The taste is really good.

Durmstick          2 cup (Cut length wise)

Moong Dal        1/4 cup

Channa Dal        1/4 cup

Turmeric powder 1 tsp

salt to taste

To paste

Green chilli          2 Nos

Red chilli             2 Nos

Cumin seeds       1/2 tbsp

Coconut shredded  1 tbsp (Optional)

To Temper

Mustard seeds     1 tsp

Curry leaves        5 -6 Nos

Urad dal              1 tsp

Pressure cook Moong dal and Channa dal for 3 hisses.

Mean while in pan cook drumstick with turmeric powder and salt.

In a blender add items under to paste and blend it as smooth paste.

Add this paste to the cooking drumstick and cook until the raw smell goes.

Finally add the cooked dal and cook for some time.

In separate pan, heat oil and do temper with items given under To temper. Pour the tempering to the cooking mixture.

Serve hot with rice or Roti.

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How to sprout Green gram

Sprouted lentils are power food for all ages. Green gram have a rich protein . Sprouted green gram power pack protein rich.

Sprouts always good to take as raw. Because cooking may vanish large part of nutrition.

Sprouting lentils its a time consuming process. It will take around 48 hours.

Take desire quantity of Whole green gram and soak it in a water for overnight.

Next day morning drain the water completely and keep in a closed container at warm place.

In the next day the sprout will appear.

Enjoy the power pack protein food.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Oat-Raisin Cookies - Flour less, Butterless

I want to cookies with butter less oats cookies. Finally my search ends in here. After seeing that i want to do  it immediately. Because it requires only 5 minutes to prepare and i have all the ingredients in my pantry. So lets do the healthy Fiber rich cookie.

Rolled oats                   3/4 cup

Baking soda                 1/4 tsp

Salt                             1/8 tsp

Sugar                          3 tbsp ( I used Splenda . So adjust sugar to your taste )

Raisin                        1 tbsp

Olive Oil                    1 tbsp

Milk                         2 tbsp

Blend the oats in a blender. In a bowl mix every thing and make dough. Divide the dough into equal size balls.

Flatten the balls gently and place in cook sheet.

Preheat the oven to 350 F and cook it for 10 minutes.

Cool it down and then serve.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Onion Tomato Chutney

Onion                 1 No

Tomato               1 No

Red Chilli             3 No

Garlic                 2 -3 Cloves

salt to taste

To Temper

Mustard seeds       1 tsp

Curry leaves          5 -6 Nos

In pan take 1/2 tsp of oil , fry onions till translucent and then add tomato,red chillis and garlic.

Cool down and blend it in a blender.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan add the item under temper.

Now add the chutney in to the temper and cook till the oil get absorbed.

Transfer into the bowl and serve with idly or dosa.

Ragi Idly

The healthy ragi idly can be made in 2 ways. We can either use Ragi grain or ragi flour. Here i used ragi flour.

Ragi Flour            1 cup

Idly rice              1 cup

Urad Dal            1/2 cup

Fenugreek seeds  1/2 tsp

Wash and Soak Rice and urad dal for 5 -6 hours.

Grind the Rice ,Urad Dal and Fenugreek seeds as fine paste . Now add ragi flour and mix well.

Ferment for 8- hours.

Grease the Idli mould , pour the fermented batter and cook for 12 - 20 minutes.

Serve hot with the chutney or sambar.

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 The same batter can be used to make Ragi dosa.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Cracked Wheat Mint Pulav

Its a simple mint pulav with rice. I replaced the rice with cracked wheat. The cracked wheat i have used is bigger size . Its definitely a low carb food for diabetic persons and good for weight loss.

Cracked Wheat                   1 cup

Mint                                    1 bunch

Coriander leaves                 1 bunch

Green chilli                          3 nos

Onion                                1 Medium

Ginger Garlic paste            1/2 tbsp

Salt to taste

To Temper

Fennel seeds                     1 tsp

Cloves                              2 Nos

Cinnamon                        2 Nos

Cardamom                      2 Nos

Bay leaves                      1 No

Wash the mint and coriander leaves and remove from the stem. In a blender, blend the mint,coriander leaves and green chilli as paste.

Heat oil in pan, once hot place the ingredients under temper. Once splutter add ginger garlic paste and saute well.

Add onions and cook till its done. Now add the ground paste and cook till raw smells goes.

Add cracked wheat,2 cups of water and salt mix well . Cook till the cracked wheat are cooked and it becomes dry.

Serve hot with pickle or raita.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Microwave Mug cake - 2 Minute

I'm craving to eat some cake but with nutritional value. I got this recipe some where i forgot where i got.

The original recipe with all purpose flour i replace it to Ragi flour.

Serving size 1

Ragi Flour                     3 tbsp

Coco powdered          2 tbsp

Sugar                          2 1/2 tbsp

Baking powder            1/8 tsp

Vanilla extract            Few drops (Optional)

Oil                             2 tbsp

Milk                          4 tbsp

In a microwave safe mug or bowl mix the dry ingredients first then add oil and milk. Mix well without making any lumps.

Keep in microwave for 2 minutes.

Yummy mug cake is ready in 2 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings.

(I have it as it is.... i'm not able to wait to have :) )

Potato curry with Curd

Its a very simple dish and it will take very less time to cook.

Potato                                 2 Nos

Curd/Yogurt                        4 tbsp

Green chilli                           2 nos

Cumin seeds                         1 tsp

Gram Flour                           1 tsp

Ginger Chopped                   1 tsp

Chilli powder                        1/2 tsp

Coriander Powder                1 tsp

Turmeric Powder                  1/2 tsp

Coriander leaves  chopped    1/4 cup

Salt to taste.

Boil the potato in stove top or by using microwave.

In a bowl mix curd,green chilli, ginger,chilli powder,coriander powder and turmeric powder like a paste.

Heat oil in pan add cumin seeds. Once cumin seeds splutter add gram flour and cook until it turns golden brown.

Add the curd paste and cook till the spices done or the spices oozes out oil.

Now add potato,salt and 1 cup of water and let it boil for 4 -5 minutes. (Add water according to your gravy consistency).

Garnish with coriander leaves.

It will be good combination with Roti or Poris

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Instant Oats Dosa

I always look for a instant idli or Dosa because i hate fermenting process . Another reason is i want low carb food.

Rolled oats          1/2 cup

Urad Dal             1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Oats and urad dal in 2:1 ratio

Powder the Rolled oats and Urad dal in a blender.

In a bowl take a desire quantity mix water little by little make a batter.

Heat a Tawa , spread the butter in a round shape and sprinle some oil.

Flip it over cook on both sides.

Enjoy the instant dosa with chutney or sambar.

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Methi Dal Curry

As we all know Methi leaves / Seeds having more medicinal values. Methi leaves are rich in rich so it good to take during pregnancy and persons having Anemia.

This curry requires less time to prepare since i'm using a pressure cooker.

Methi Leaves              1 cup

Moong Dal                 1/2 cup

Green chilli                 2 nos
Onion                        1 medium

Tomato                      1 small

Sambar Powder          1 tbsp

Turmeric Powder        1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

To Temper

Fennel seeds              1 tsp

Curry leaves               5 -6 Nos

Take all the ingredients in a pressure cooker and add some water. Cook for 3 hisses.

After the pressure completely gone ,heat oil in pan add Fennel seeds and curry leaves let them splutter.

Pour it to the curry . Serve hot with Roti or Rice.


You can add coconut paste in tempering and then add to curry.

Add water according to your curry consistency.

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Gram Flour Omelette

Able to make a omelette without egg. Here is the solution for vegetarians. But it can't taste like egg but its simple and easy way of doing omelette.

You can prepare this within in 5  minutes and Gram Flour is good for Diabetic people.

Gram Flour       1 cup

Ginger Garlic paste     1 tbsp

Green chilli chopped   2 Nos

Hing                         pinch

Turmeric powder      1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds             1 tsp

Crushed Pepper       1 tsp

In a bowl mix all the ingredients by adding water little by little.

Heat a tawa spread the mix as a thin round and sprinkle some oil to cook.

On top of that you can add any veggies. I added tomato and chopped coriander leaves.

Cook on both the sides and enjoy the vegetarian omelette.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Prawn Masala Fry

Prawn              1 Lb

Onion              1 medium

Tomato            1 medium

Green Chilli      3 Nos

Turmeric Powder 1 tsp

Chilli powder       1+1/2 tbsp

Ginger, Garlic paste  1 tbsp

Lemon Juice             1 tbsp

Coriander leaves      2 tbsp

Salt to taste

To Temper

Cinnamon            2 nos

Clove                  2 nos

Cardamom          2 Nos

Fennel seeds        1 tbsp (Powdered Coarsely)

Clean the prawns and marinate with 1/2 tbsp chilli powder,turmeric powder and salt for 10 minutes.

Heat oil in pan add the item under temper.Once the spices splutter add ginger garlic paste and saute well.

Add onion, grreen chilli  and cook till onions are translucent. Add marinated prawns and cook till the prawns color changed to white.

Now add tomato,remaining chilli powder ,add cup of water and bring to boil. Cook till the prawns well done.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot alone with rice or roti.


Coarsely grated fennel seeds enhance the flavor of the curry.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sugar Free Whole Wheat Walnut Cookies

 Its a very simple cookie recipe. I liked the taste very much and ill bake again.I mentioned as sugar free because i replaced the sugar with sweetener.

I'm doing this for Thanks giving day long week end trip . My hubby in strict weight loss diet to maintain his calorie in take i substituted the sugar with zero calorie sweetener.

whole wheat flour          1 cup
Sugar                          1/2 cup
Walnut slices                1/4 cup
cardamom powder         1/2 tsp
Unsalted butter            4 Tbsp
Milk                            1/4 cup
salt                            1/4 tsp

Soften the butter by bring it room temperature 1/2 - 1 hour before making the dough.

In a bowl mix well the dry ingredients , next add butter , milk and make a soft dough.
Divide the dough into equal size balls. Flatten the balls using your palm gently.

Preheat the oven to 360 degree F.

Place the flatten balls in a baking tray. Leave a inch space between the cookies.Because while baking cookies size will get increase.

Bake it about 20 minutes or until it turns light golden brown.

Let it cool for 3 to 4 minutes before serving.

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Egg Kuruma

Egg                               3 Nos
Onion                           1 No
Tomato                         1 No
Green Chilli                   2 (Slit length Wise)    
Chilli Powder                1 tbsp
Coriander Powder        2 tbsp
Turmeric Powder         1/2 tbsp
Ginger Garlic Paste      1 tbsp
Salt for taste
Coconut Paste               2- 3 tbsp
Coriander Leaves to Garnish

For Seasoning

Oil                    2 tbsp
Fennal seeds     1/2 tbsp
Cinnamon         2
Cardamom       2 Nos
Bay Leaf          1 No
Clove               2 Nos

Heat oil in a pan. Once the  oil is hot enough add all the ingredients in for seasoning one by one. After add Ginger Garlic paste and sauté well.

Now add onion , Green chilli and sauté well until onions are translucent. Add tomato and fry until it get cooked.

Now add Turmeric powder,Chilli Powder and coriander powder mix well.

Cook the spices until raw smell goes. After add 2 cups of water and let it boil for few minutes.

Break egg directly in to the curry one by one. (Break the eggs in different place.So that it should not overlap with each other). Don't mix the gravy otherwise the eggs  will get scrambled. The recipes feature is the egg will look as like a boiled egg.

Once the eggs get cooked, add the coconut paste and let it cook for some more minutes. Once done garnish with coriander leaves.

Note :

Add the water according to your gravy consistency.

You can add almond and cashew paste instead of coconut paste. It will give the same taste.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bread Upma

Bread upma is healthier break fast or dinner. It can be made with any kind bread. Even multi grain bread also can be used. For this recipe i used Whole wheat bread

Bread             4 slices

Onion            1 medium size

Tomato         1 small

Ginger           1 tsp

Green chilli    2 Nos

Chilli powder  1/4 tbsp

Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

Channa Dal     1/2 tbsp

Urad Dal         1/2 tbsp

Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp

Curry Leaves  few

Coriander leaves for garnish

Salt to taste

Cut down the brown part of the bread and slice the bread into small pieces.

Heat oil in pan add mustard seeds,curry leaves. Once splutters add urad dal,channa dal and ginger. Cook for few minutes. Add Green chilli and onion cook till onion translucent.

Add tomato ,turmeric powder , chilli powder and salt cook for few minutes.

Add 1/2 cup of water and bread slices mix well. Once the water is absorbed garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Rava / Semolina Cake

I book marked this recipe in Prem's blog long time ago. Yesterday only i got the right time to do this.

First time doing the cake so kept my fingers crossed while doing this. I can say the output is almost same as the original recipe and the taste is really good. Its very simple cake recipe for first time Bakers.

Rava / Semolina          1 cup

Coconut grated           1 cup

Sugar                         1 1/2 Cup

Maida/Plain Flour       1/2 cup

Egg                            4 Nos

Butter                        6 tbsp

Cardamom powder   1 tbsp

Baking powder          1 tsp

Dry roast the rava and freshly grated coconut . Keep it aside

In mixing bowl take butter and sugar and beat them till it become creamy.

Add eggs and beat them well.

Add baking powder,maida, rava,coconut and caramom powder mix well . Keep the batter  in same bowl and let it for 3-4 hours.

After 3 -4 hours grease the baking pan with oil and transfer the mix into it. Preheat the oven to 350 F and bake for about 10 - 20 minutes (Insert the toot pick and check if it comes out clean the cake is done).

Once done cool and then slice it.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Chettinad Chicken Curry

Chicken                   1 Lb

Sambar Onion         1 cup

Tomatoes                1 cup

Turmeric powder     1/4 tsp

Curry Leaves          5-6 Nos

Coconut milk          1 cup

Salt to taste

Make a Paste

Green chilli              2 nos

Garlic                     8 flakes

Ginger                    2 tbsp

Poppy seeds          1 tsp

Make a Powder

Pepper corns         1/2 tbsp

Cumin seeds          1/2 tbsp

Fennel seeds          1/2 tbsp

Red chilli                6 -8 Nos

Coriander seeds     1 1/2 tbsp

Curry leaves          6-7

Cardamom            2

Cinnamon              2 -3

Clean the chicken and keep it aside

Dry roast and make a powder all the ingredients under Make a powder.

Make a paste of ingredients under Make a paste.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker , add onions,curry leaves and cook till onions are translucent.

now add the ground paste and cook for 2 minutes.Add chicken , pinch of salt and cook till chicken turns into white color.

Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, small amount of masala powder,salt and cook for some more time.

Add the coconut milk , close the lid and cook for 1 whistle.

Finally add the all ground masala powder and cook 4 -5 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with Chapathi,rice,idly and dosas.

Gobi Paratha

For making Dough

Wheat Flour         1 cup

Oil                        1 tsp


In a bowl add wheat flour,pinch of salt and oil. Then add water little by little and make a soft dough as we do for Chappathi.

Keep it aside for 15 Mins

For making Gobi Stuffing

Gobi                      1 cup

Onion                   1 medium

Green chilli             2 Nos

Chilli Powder        1/2 tsp

Coriander Powder  1 tsp

Cumin powder       1/2 tsp

Garam Masala       1/2 tsp

Turmeric Powder   1/4 tsp


Cook the cauliflower in water and blend it.

Heat oil in pan add onion, chopped Green chilli and cook for 2 minutes. Now add blended cauliflower and all spices cook till the moisture evaporates. The stuffing should be dry then only we can able to roll the dough.

Divide the dough into equal size ball. Take one and roll into small round shape. The center should be thick than the outer.

Keep 1 tsp of stuffing and seal the dough. Roll it gently into a round shape with sealed part on top.

Heat the tawa and cook the Paratha both the sides.

Serve hot with raita.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fish Puttu

In South India this dish called "Sura Puttu"  made only with shark fish . In US we can't get shark so replaced with Tilapia. I got this recipe from here and changed slightly.

Tilapia Fillet       1 No

Onion                2 medium size

Green chilli        2 Nos

Garlic crushed   3 -4 Clove

Red chilli Powder  1 tbsp

Turmeric powder   1 tsp

Coriander Powder 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds       1 tsp

Curry Leaves        4 - 5 Nos

Coriander leaves for garnishing

Clean and cut fish into small pieces (Don't scramble it now). Add red chilli powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder and small amount salt to fish pieces mix well and keep it aside for an hour.

After an hour cook the fish by any of the below  3 ways

  • In a pan add 1/2 cup of water and bring to boil. Now add fish ,turmeric and some more salt. Let it cook for 5 -6 minutes. When the flesh turns white completely drain and discard the water.
  • Heat oil in pan add fish pieces and fry until it get cooked.
  • Or in a Idly cooked steam the fish pieces for about 5 - 6 minutes.
Scramble the cooked fish and keep aside.

Heat oil in pan add mustard seeds ,curry leaves,Green chillis and onion. Cook the onion until translucent.

Now add the scrambled fish,salt and cook for 5 minutes in a medium flame. 

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.

Murunga Keerai / DrumStick leaves Poriyal

Almost all parts of the drumstick tree have medicinal value. The small,round leaves are especially beneficial in treating many ailments because of their rich iron contents.

Drumstick-leaf juice is also very beneficial for expecting mothers as it can help them to overcome sluggishness of the uterus, ease delivery and reduce post - delivery complications .

Drumstick leaves are can be used as wonderful tonic for infant and growing kids to promote strong and healthy bones.

Drumstick leaves       1 cup

Onion                        1 (medium size)

Crushed Garlic          1 tsp

Channa Dal               1 tbsp

Red chilli                  3 -4 Nos

Mustard seeds         1 tsp

Turmeric powder     1 tsp

Salt to taste

Remove the drumstick leaves from stem , clean and keep aside

Heat oil in pan add mustard seeds , broken red chilli , Channa dal and crushed garlic fry for 2 minutes.

Now add onion and cook until it translucent. Add drum stick leaves ,salt,turmeric powder and cook for 2 -3 minutes.

Note :

The leaves will get cooked soon so don't over cook . If so it will become bitter taste.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Egg Fried Rice (My style)

I my school days i never ate Egg. So to make me eat my grand mother will do this egg fried rice. She used to add onions and turmeric powder to get rid of the egg smell. On those days i used to take egg only in this form. Still i'm following the same recipe . My hubby doesn't like this version .So when ever i'm cooking for myself only ill do this

Basmati rice       1 cup

Egg                   2 -3 Nos

Onion                1 small

Green chilli         2 Nos

Pepper powder  1 tbsp

Coriander Leaves  2 tbsp

Heat oil in pan add onion and green chillis. Cook till onion become translucent.

Break the eggs and cook in a medium flame. Now add cooked rice,pepper powder and mix it well.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Note :

Serve hot otherwise it wont taste good.

Radish / Mullangi Soup

Radish is good source for weight watchers . Radish fills your stomach and satisfies your hunger without giving many calories .Its a very good diet option for who trying to lose weight.

Due to the pungent smell of radish most of us don't like it. But it has many medicinal value.

Radish  grated 1 cup

Onion             1 small

Tomato          1 small

Turmeric powder 1 tsp

Pepper powder    1 tbsp

Garlic                  2 - 3 Nos (Optional)

salt to taste

Heat oil in pan add grated radish,salt and turmeric powder .( Adding turmeric powder will reduce pungent smell). Cook till the water in the radish become dry.

Now add onion, tomato and fry for 2 -3 Minutes . Add 1 cup of water and cook it till water boils.

Transfer it to serving bowl sprinkle the pepper powder and serve hot.

Sending this to Sara's Dish in 30 minutes

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Easy Fish Fry

Tilapia Fish             1 fillet

Fish Fry Masala      1 tbsp

Chilli powder          1 tbsp

Lemon Juice           1 tsp

Salt to taste

Clean the fish and add fish fry masala , chilli powder ,salt and lemon juice mix well. Marinate it for 2-3 Hours.

After marination you can either deep fry it or shallow fry it in a tawa.

Cauliflower peas Kurma

Cauliflower florets     1 cup

Peas (Frozen)           1/2 cup

Onion                      1 No

Tomato                   1 No

Coconut paste          2 tbsp

Ginger Garlic paste  2 tbsp

Chilli Powder        1 tbsp

Coriander powder  2 tbsp

Turmeric Powder  1 tsp

Coriander leaves  1 tbsp

Salt to taste

To temper

Fennel seeds            1 tsp

Cloves                    2

Bay leaves             2 No

Cardamom             2 No

cinnamon               2 -3 Nos

Heat oil in pan add all the item under temper and let them splutter. Then add the ginger garlic paste and cook for 2 minutes.

Add onion cook until translucent and add tomato and cook for some more minutes. Now add cauliflower florets , peas , turmeric powder , Chilli powder , coriander powder and 2 cups of water. (If your using fresh peas and cook it separately and then add to gravy)

After the raw smell of spices went add coconut paste and cook for some more minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with chappathi or rice.

Medhu Vadai / Ulundu Vadai

Urad Dal            1 cup

Rice flour           2 tbsp

Onion                 1 No

Green chilli         2 - 3 No

Ginger              1 tbsp

Curry leaves  

Coriander leaves

Salt to Taste

Oil for frying

Soak urad dal for about 2 -3 hours.

Grind it as smooth paste by adding little water. Mix rice flour with small amount of water to make a paste.( It will give the crispness to vadai outer)

Along with urad dal mix rice paste , green chilli ,onion ,Ginger,curry leaves , salt and curry leaves.After adding onion we should fry it immediately. Otherwise batter will become watery.

In a bowl of water wet your fingers in it , take a small lemon sized batter and flatten it on a plastic sheet or in your palm. Now transfer the flattened vadai in to oil gently.

Fry on both sides till it turns golden brown.

Monday, November 12, 2012


Thattai is a main item in our house hold for Diwali celebration.In our home while doing Diwali sweets and snacks me and my 2 sister were sit down and do the helping for our  mother. While doing if we chat our mom will scold because if we chat the dishes will consume more oil.I don't know whether it is true or false. After we 3 got married we don't have much time to chat. I'm missing those wonderful days.

Tried this alone for the first time and came out very well.

Rice Flour                 2 cup

UradDal Flour           2 tbsp

Pottu Kadalai Flour    2 tbsp

Red chilli Powder       1 tsp

Butter                        2 tbsp

Channa Dal               2 tbsp

Sesame seeds           1 tbsp

Salt for taste

Oil for deep frying

Soak channa dal for 1 hour . In a bowl mix all the ingredients by adding water little by little. Make a soft dough and keep covered.

Divide the dough equal size balls. Grease the zip lock cover or in cloth flatten the balls with the finger and put it in a oil.

Cook on both sides .Once done take out from oil and cool down.

Store in a air tight container.

Sending this recipe to Diwali Delicacies happening in @ Priya's and Spicy Treats Space.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Aloo palak

Serving size 2

Spinach      1 bunch

Onion         1 small

Tomato       1 small

Potato        1 small (Boiled)

Ginger chopped 1 tsp

Chilli powder  1 tbsp

Coriander powder 1 tbsp

Garam Masala     1 tsp

Green chilli          2 Nos

Salt to taste

Wash and clean the leaves. In a pan add leaves and green chillis and cook until leaves reduce the volume and keep aside. Don't add water spinach itself will leave water. Grind it to smooth paste once it cool down.

Heat oil in pan, add onion and ginger. Fry till translucent and add tomato,Chilli powder,coriander powder,Garam masala and salt. Cook util the spices are cooked.

Add the spinach paste and cook for 2 minutes and 1/4 cup of water. Now add boiled and cubed potato.
Cook it for 3 more minutes.

Serve with rice or Roti.

Wheat Rava Upma

Serving size 1

Wheat Rava     1/2 cup

Onion              1 small

Green chilli       2 Nos

Ginger chopped 1 tsp

Channa Dal      1 tsp

Mustard seeds  1 tsp

Water               1 cup

Salt to taste

Dry roast the wheat rava for about 3 -4 mins and keep separately.

Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds and channa dal . Once channa dal changed to golden brown add onion , green chilli,Ginger and fry for few minutes.Add cup of water and salt

Once water starts boiling start add wheat rava slowly and stir continuously.Otherwise  lumps will form.

Cover it and cook it until done.

Serve hot along with chutney or sambar.

Wheat (Kothumai) Spinach Adai

My grand mother used to makes this adai with drum stick leaves when she out of Ragi flour. I replaced the drum stick leaves with spinach. Both leaves are rich in Iron.

Serving size 1

Whole wheat Flour   1/2 cup

Onion    chopped      1 small

Green chilli chopped 1 Nos

Gee                          1 tsp (optional)

Spinach chopped handful

Salt to taste

In a bowl add every thing and make soft dough using small amount of water. Dive into 2 equal size balls (i made it as once since i like thick adai).

Grease the zip lock cover with oil and flatten the ball.

Heat the tawa and transfer the flattened adai. Apply oil and cook both sides.

For this adai no side dish required , if you wish you can have with Raita or chutney.

Sending this entry to Cooking Whole Foods–Whole Wheat Flour

and linking this to Kiran's cooking with whole wheat.

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