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Carrot Chutney

I love experimenting chutneys with vegetables to make it more healthy. Recently tried this carrot chutney and served with Idlis. Very simple n tasty with a different flavor. Ingredients : 2 Carrots, chopped4 Green chillies, chopped2 Tbsp Coconut, grated1 Tbsp Bengal gram / Kadalai parupuSalt to tasteSmall piece of Ginger1 Tsp Oil For Tempering : 1/2 Tbsp Oil ( Gingelly oil or vegetable oil )1 Tsp Mustard seeds1 Tsp Urad dalFew Curry leaves
Cooking Time : 10 Mins
Method : Heat 1 Tsp oil in a pan and add Bengal gram. Roast and remove from flame. Keep aside. Add ginger and green chillies to the same pan, fry them and remove from flame.
Add everything together in a mixie and grind to a fine paste adding little water. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan for tempering and add mustard seeds. Once they starts spluttering, add the urad dal and curry leaves. Add tempering to the chutney and serve. Serving Options : Serve with hot Idli and Dosa. Linking this recipe with Siri's " Celebrating First …

Rose Milk Flavored CornFlour Halwa

Easy and simple sweet for all occasions. I tried this with a twist by adding Rose milk powder for the flavor and shaped them using cookie cutter for kids.

Ingredients :

1/2 Cup Cornflour2 Cups Sugar
3 Tsp Rose milk Powder3 Cups Water5 Almonds5 Cashews2 Tbsp Ghee
Method :

Add cornflour in a separate bowl.

 Add the rose milk powder to the cornflour and mix well. Measure 3 cups of water and add it to the cornflour. Mix well to avoid lumps. Heat a pan ( Non- stick ) and add the sugar.
Simmer the flame and Wait till the sugar melts.
Add the cornflour water to the melted sugar and stir. Stir continuous to avoid forming lumps.
Once it starts thickening, add the ghee and mix well. Meanwhile, Chop the Almonds and Cashews finely.
Add the chopped nuts to the halwa and continue stirring till the mixture gets glossy.
Turn off the flame and transfer it to the greased plate.

Slice it with cookie cutter or knife after it completely cool down. Serve this flavored Halwa and enjoy your day. Serving Optio…

Vegetable Kurma

Ingredients :

2 Onions, Finely chopped1 Tomato, Finely chopped1 Carrot, Finely chopped1 Radish , Finely chopped7-8 French Beans, Chopped10 Baby potatoes, cut into half1/2 Tbsp Ginger - Garlic Paste2 Green chilli, chopped1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder1 Tsp Red Chilli powder1/2 Cup Coconut pasteFew Curry leaves for Garnishing1 Tbsp Oil1 Bay leaf2 Star anise1 Elachi1/2 inch Cinnamon

Method :

Heat oil in a pan and add the Masala items ( Bay leaf, Star anise, Cinnamon and Elachi ).Add the finely chopped onions and saute well.Add the ginger-garlic paste to the onion mixture and fry till the raw smell goes off.Now add the chopped tomato and cook until it turns mushy.Add all the vegetables ( Carrot, beans, radish and potatoes ).Mix well and add the Turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt.Add water, cover the lid and cook for 7-10 minutes or until the veggies gets cooked.Stir in coconut paste and cook for another couple of minutes.Garnish with curry leaves.

Serve with Poori or Roti.

Sweet Corn and Paneer Rice - Guest Post For Meena

This is my first guest post for Meena from " Random Ramblings :)  ". She is an awesome energetic blogger and personally I love her positive attitude. I feel very happy and  proud to do guest post for her....Thank you so much meena for this lovely opportunity...
Sweet corn and Paneer Rice, very simple, easy and perfect lunchbox recipe. This is my favorite combination, so used to try lots of recipes with them. Very healthy too...
Do check my Sweet corn and Paneer Rice in her blog and post your valuable comments !

My Participation Certificate :

Baked Pineapple Slices

Simple and easy snack, which has a beautiful flop story behind this.... ;) yeah tried making "Pineapple upside down cake" for the first time a few weeks back and messed up with my baking time... The Cake was not that good as I expected but my hubby enjoyed all the baked pineapples in that.... I am not a big fan of pineapple but loved the baked ones.. So next day I tried these baked pineapples with the leftover pineapples..... Really very tasty n delicious.. Now these baked pineapples have became part of our weekly menu!!!
Friends, If you have a fine recipe for a Pineapple upside down cake, pls text your url here....I am planning to try again :) Thanks in advance:)

Few googled things about Demerara Sugar :

Demerara is a light brown, partially refined sugar. Unlike brown sugar, which has the added molasses flavor, Demerara has a natural caramel-like flavor that hasn’t been refined out. This lends warm caramel notes to whatever you add the sugar. Also, Demerara sugar is also re…

Mutton n Chayote Kurma / Mutton n Chow chow Kurma - Pressure cooker Method

 Ingredients :

1/2 Kg Mutton, chopped into pieces1 Chayote / Chow Chow, peeled and chopped into cubes2 Cups Onions, Finely chopped1 Cup Tomatoes, Finely chopped2 - 3 Green chillies, sliced1 Tbsp Ginger - Garlic Paste1 Tsp Turmeric Powder1 1/2 Tbsp Chilli - Coriander powderSalt to taste1/2 Cup Coconut paste2 Tbsp Oil2 Bay leaf2 Star Anise1 Elachi1 inch Cinnamon stick, crushedCurry leaves for garnishing
Method :
Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the masala items ( Bay leaf, Elachi, cinnamon and star anise ).Add the chopped onions, saute for a minute and add the ginger - garlic paste.Fry them for a minute or till the raw smell goes off.Add the chopped tomatoes and green chillies,saute well for couple of minutes.Add the turmeric powder, salt and chilli - coriander powder.Mix well, add the chopped chayote and mutton pieces.Add water, mix well and close the lid.Wait for a whistle, simmer the flame for 20 minutes and switch off.Once the pressure released completely, open and add the coconut…

Easy Fried Chicken and Avocado Dip

I used to prepare this very simple fried chicken for my kid as finger food without the addition of lemon juice... Very easy n simple to prepare and used to prepare this only for him as we have other  chicken curries n briyani to eat... My husband always complains that I prepare very little of these fried ones... So bought some chicken breasts few days back n prepared this fried chicken n Avocado dip for him as a surprise treat for his dinner..... We have lovely memories with the Avocado fruit too.... Avocado's reminds us of our trip to Kurumba Resort.... Tasted this for the first time there as creamy soup... since then we guys had fallen in love with this flavourful fruit...  My hubby is not a great risk taker in tasting foods.. so when I do some innovation in recipes...its like writing an exam for me :) (chemistry paper was equally difficult for me!!!!) and his reactions are like exam results...sometimes I do get distinction... sometimes I pass and sometimes arrears
 ( have to t…

Poha n Roasted gram Balls / Aval Potukadalai Urundai

My pantry is filled with lots of poha, beaten rice, roasted gram and jaggery now because of saraswathy pooja... First thought of trying My hubby's fav sweet with beaten rice " Pori Urundai " , then swapped my mind after entering into my kitchen ( happens most of the time ;) ) and tried those sweet balls with roasted gram and poha.... Whenever I try something new for my hubby, I used to get excited and tensed...its not about getting scared...its the compliment or reactions:)
I used to serve him and stare at his face for his reactions or sometimes used to serve him and sit n watch tv as if I am cool ( actually not...he he ).
But yesterday after coming from office he noticed these balls in a table and tasted it... Immediately he completed 3 balls in a jiffy...Glad and very happy that he loved it very much....
Planning to try his fav " Pori urundai " soon....

Ingredients : 1 Cup Jaggery, grated3 Tbsp water1 Cup Poha / Aval3/4 Cup Roasted gram / Potukadalai
Method : B…