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Carrot Dal

If you want to pack some protein rich dish with some veggies for your kids and family members, then try these flavorful spiced dal. Easy to prepare dish and perfect to serve with Rotis and Phulkas. Adding Garam masala and lemon juice, enhances the taste and gives aromatic punch to the dish. 

Ingredients :

1 Cup Moong Dal / Pasi parupu1 Big Onion, finely chopped1 Big Tomato, finely chopped2 Carrots, grated2 Green chillies, chopped1/2 Tsp Garam Masala1/2 Tsp Turmeric powderSalt to tasteWater, as needed1 Tsp Lemon juice2 Tbsp Oil1 Tsp Mustard Seeds1 Tsp Jeera4 Garlic pods, finely choppedCurry leaves or Coriander leaves for garnishing
Method :

Pressure cook moong dal for 4 whistles and keep aside.Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.Once it starts spluttering, add jeera followed by garlic and green chillies.Saute for few seconds and add the chopped onion.Saute for couple of minutes and add the chopped tomato.Cook till the added tomato turns soft and add grated carrots.Mix well, add turmer…

Spicy Okra Stir Fry / Vendakai Kara Poriyal

Vendakai Kara Poriyal, a very famous South Indian Side dish is served with Rice Varieties and also can be served with Indian Breads. One of my favorite veggie and I prefer this spicy dish with sambhar Rice and curd  Rice. Very simple and less time consuming recipe. Spiciness can be adjusted according to taste buds and Sometimes, I do add crushed pepper at the last stage of cooking to make it more spicy and delicious. 

Ingredients :

125 Gms Lady's finger / Okra / Vendakai, chopped1 Big Onion, Finely chopped1 Big Tomato, Finely Chopped1 Tsp Chilli Powder1 1/2 Tsp Coriander Powder1/2 Tsp Turmeric PowderSalt to tasteWater, as needed2 Tbsp Oil

Method :

Heat 1 Tbsp oil and add the chopped Lady's fingers.Saute them for 3-4 minutes in a medium flame or till the stickiness goes off.Remove from the flame and keep aside.Add remaining oil to the same pan and add the chopped Onions.Fry it for couple of minutes and add chopped tomatoes.Saute them together for another couple of minutes and add t…

Chicken & Spinach Soup

I love soups! It makes me very energetic and whenever I step in to Restaurants, I make sure that soup is also ordered. I love tasting variety of soups but being a solo soup lover its very difficult to try at home. Luckily this month theme for "5 Ingredient Fix Challenge" by Lakshmi vimala was Soup. Every month, 5 Ingredients will be declared by her and its our challenge to try out something Innovative. And coming to March month, we got 5 Lovely ingredients " Olive Oil", "Homemade Stock", "Chicken or Veg", "Green leafy veggie" and "any kind of pulses". And keeping all my challenge ingredients, tried this delicious soup for our Sunday lunch menu which turned out a huge hit :)

Adding pureed dal gives a creamy and thick consistency so adding of corn flour is not necessary. This can be served as warm soup with fresh cream on top along with croutons or can also be served with hot rice. My son loved it with hot rice and ghee. 

And her…

Snickerdoodles Cookies

Snickerdoodles is a Traditional Cookies coated with Granulated Sugar and Cinnamon powder. Cream of Tarter and Baking soda is added to leaven the dough. These are perfect for kids snack box and can be served with a glass of Milk. Snickerdoodles has cracked surface with crunchy top and inner part of cookies will be chewy n soft. Cookies are rolled in Cinnamon and Sugar before baking which gives a crunchy texture for the cookies and Flavorful taste.

Ingredients :

1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour3/4 Granulated Sugar1/2 Cup Butter1 Egg1/2 Tsp Vanilla Essence1/4 Tsp Salt1/4 Tsp Baking Soda1/4 Tsp Cream of Tartar2 Tbsp Sugar2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

Method :

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with a wooden spoon.Add egg and beat well followed by vanilla essence.In a separate bowl, sift flour, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar.Stir the dry Ingredients into the Wet mixture with wooden spoon till well mixed to form dough.In a small bowl or plate, combine 2 tbsp sugar and cinnamon powder, keep as…

Lemony Chilli Grilled Chicken

Are you a chicken lover? Then this recipe is for you...

Grilled Juicy chicken with a spicy-lemony flavor will be a sure hit in your taste buds. Marination is very important in this recipe, the more time you leave chicken to swim in the marinade, the yummiest and delicious chicken is guaranteed. These yummy grilled ones can be served as a starter with Salsa ( will post soon ) and mayo. This is also a perfect evening snack to munch with family on weekends. Adding marinade while cooking the chicken will enhance the flavor and tastes amazingly good.

Ingredients :

4 Chicken Thigh cutlets1/4 Cup Lemon Juice4 Green chillies, crushed1 Tbsp Oil1 Tbsp Sesame oil1 Tbsp Soy sauce1 Tbsp Honey3 Garlic pods, crushed and chopped2 Spring Onions, chopped2 Tbsp Chopped Coriander leavesSalt to taste
Method :
Combine Lemon juice, crushed green chilies, soy sauce, honey, chopped garlic, spring onions, coriander leaves and salt in a large bowl and mix well.Add chicken pieces and stir to combine. Refrigerate for…

Celebration Time ! Bloggers HOLI fest with Colorful Chutneys !

Happy Holi to all my dear Readers !

Holi is a celebration of colors and also known as spring festival. It is celebrated in the end of winter season on the last moon day of the lunar month, which usually falls in the month of march or sometimes in the late February. Holi is normally celebrated with special sweets like Gujiya, mathiri, malpuas and chilled drink Thandai. I always wonder why Holi is not very popular in Tamilnadu. During my childhood days, I used to feel that  Holi is a North Indian festival coz we don't have holiday and none plays with colorful powders other than my north Indian friends. It used be always a story time in our class after the holi day, our friends shares all their happy Holi moments and we used to enjoy a lot.

Our city is filled with lots of colorful people today... To make 2014 Holi very special, we had decided for a Holi Virtual Party by few bloggers - "Bloggers Holi Fest " - Celebration of colors with colorful foods". It's all abo…

Poached Eggs in Chicken Rasam

I am sure that Chicken Lovers will never say "No" to this Flavorful Rasam . This is completely my innovation which I tried very long back and got posted in an online magazine “Channel 6 “.  Am a big fan of “Peter Kuruvita” a well known srilankan  chef and never miss his television shows. I love his style of preparing stock with fresh chillies, curry leaves etc and adding it to the curry. And that inspiration, made me to try this delicious chicken rasam. Poaching eggs in a simmering rasam will enhance the taste of rasam and eggs. This can be served with hot Rice and chicken gravy.
Try this flavorful Rasam instead of the regular ones and enjoy your meal.
Ingredients: 3 Eggs¼ Tsp Turmeric PowderHandful of curry leavesHandful of Coriander leavesSalt to taste½ Cup Tamarind Juice (Extracted from a gooseberry sized tamarind)For Chicken Stock: 5-6 Pieces of boned chicken1 Green Chilli4 Garlic podsFew Curry leaves1 ½ Cups WaterFor grinding: 1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin½ Tbsp Peppercorns5 Garlic Po…

Vendhaya Keerai Kuzhambu / Fenugreek Leaves Curry

Fenugreek leaves is widely used in Indian Kitchen. It has strong aroma and bitter taste so most of kids will try to avoid this healthy green leafy vegetable. Lots of flavorful recipes can be prepared using these leaves by reducing the bitter taste. Vendhaya keerai kuxhambu is a tangy curry cooked with tamarind extract and fenugreek leaves which is served with Rice.

Ingredients :

1 Bunch Fenugreek leaves / Vendhaya Keerai150 gms Onions  Onions, finely chopped 125 gms Tomatoes, finely chopped4 - 5 Garlic pods, Finely chopped2 Tsp Chilli powder3 Tsp Coriander powder1/2 Tsp Turmeric powderSalt to taste1  Cup Tamarind ExtractWater, as needed2 Tbsp Oil1 Tsp Mustard seeds1 Tsp Jeera1 Tsp Methi seeds

Method :

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.Once it starts spluttering add Jeera followed by methi seeds and chopped garlic.Add finely chopped onions and saute for 3-4 minutes.Now add chopped tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes turns soft and mushy.Add Turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander…

Plum cake

Ingredients: 112.5 gms Raisins112.5 gms Seedless dates5 gms Dessicated coconut12 gms Dehydrated Dry Mix50 ml Hot water1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder1/4 tsp Elachi powder (cardamom)1/2 tsp Fresh ginger, grated
120 gms Maida / All purpose flour3/4 tsp Baking powder112.5 gms Butter (Room Temperature)120 gms Sugar3 Eggs3/4 tsp Salt
30 gms Sugar for caramel1/2 Tbsp water1/4 Cup Hot water
2 Tbsp Chopped Nuts2 Tbsp Dried plums

Method :
Dry Fruits Mixture preparation : Break dates into pieces and add it in a bowl.Add raisins followed by dehyderated dry mix and spices (cinnamon powder, Elachi powder, Desiccated coconut, Nutmeg powder and Ginger)Add hot water, mix well and soak it for 3-4 hours.

Caramel Preparation : Place sugar in a sauce pan and add 1/2 tbsp water.Turn the flame to high and place the sauce pan and let it boil.Do not stir the sugar, as it starts melts and caramelizes, swirl the pan twice or thrice.When caramel forms, remove from the flame and add 1/4 Cup of Hot water and …

Strawberry Kesari

Few recipe brings us nostalgic memories, likewise "Kesari" is one of them for me. My cousin's birthday are usually celebrated with kesari cake during auspicious days when eggs are not included. Kesari cake is not related to any kind of baking, it is just prepared and shaped into cake using moulds and decorated with tutti fruity and cherries. Interesting right ? :)

Kesari is a Traditional south Indian recipe which is usually prepared in all special occasions and festivals. Very simple and easy to prepare recipe.

And coming to my today's recipe, It's a very special sweet prepared few days back for our cute and lovely blogger friend "Priya Ranjit" from as our pink themed virtual treat. Sorry priya for posting it little delayed in my blog. Hope you had a great day :)

Here is my special recipe....

Ingredients :

Strawberries 10 pieces, finely chopped1/2 Cup Rawa (Semolina)1 Cup Sugar 1/2 Tbsp Ghee for roasting Rawa2 Tbsp Ghee1 Elachi crushed10- 1…