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Essence Dosa / Essence Roast - Virtual Birthday party for Sangee!

Special Day ! Special Recipe !
Yay...It's time to celebrate our lovely blogger friend Sangeetha's Birthday ,who loves Kongunadu recipes
a lot. So we few bloggers decided to celebrate her virtual Birthday Party with her favorites and I chose her favorite childhood recipe "Essence Dosa" from her blog "

Many more happy returns of the day dear :)  

"Essence Dosa"- very Interesting name and recipe, right? Yeah, the taste was also great and very flavorful with lots of spices. These special Dosas are served by spreading the essence all over the dosa so it gets soaked well and tastes very delicious. Serving with Essence kozhambu is truly divine and we loved the flavorful juiciness in each bite. She had mentioned in her space that the same recipe can be prepared with chicken, which I have already saved in my "To do" list :)

Thank you so much sangee for sharing us such an authentic recipe and I am so glad & happy to prepare your favorit…

Strawberry Kulfi

Can you imagine summer without Ice creams and Kulfis??

No way...we all run behind such recipes to cool our body and beat the heat. Drinking tender coconut and increasing our intake of water will naturally cool our body but kids are more fascinated over store made Ice creams/Kulfis. Instead, preparing homemade kulfis with fresh Ingredients will give a complete satisfaction & happiness of serving them a healthy recipe and of course, kids also get satisfied with their loved ones. 

Tried these recipe of my own for "5 Ingredients Fix Challenge" hosted by Lakshmi Vimala and the ingredients given for our challenge was "Cream", "Honey", "Walnuts", "Fresh Strawberry" and "Chocolate".

Considering my little "strawberry & Ice cream" lover at home, prepared these kulfis with the above ingredients. It tasted very creamy because of the addition of cream, milk powder and condensed milk. Fresh flavor of strawberries and mild ta…

Vadagam Thogayal

Vadagam is a very famous seasoning in Tamilnadu, which is used in kuzhambu varieties, sambhar and kootu. My mom used to prepare this thogayal/chutney for ponguna sadam (rice cooked in open pot with extra water and served with curd) during summer nights. It is very healthy as it contains small onions, jeera,garlic, sombu, turmeric,mustard and methi but has a light bitter taste. Adding extra coconut and tamarind will reduce the bitterness but the recipe which I have mentioned is the usual way of my mom's preparation. 
Vadagam is usually prepared during summer season and store it for rest of the months. Every year my vadagam box gets refilled with my mom's preparation but this year I was so lucky to get my favorite vadagam from my best friend. 

Here is the recipe for simple & Healthy Thogayal....

Ingredients :

1/2 Cup Vadagam2 Tbsp Coconut Grated4 Dry Red chilliesSmall Piece of TamarindSalt to tasteWater, as needed1/2 Tbsp Oil

Method :

Heat oil in a pan and add vadagam, fry it for …

Mango Dal Dosa & Mango Chutney

During childhood days, Tasting Raw mango with Red chilli powder and salt is the only fun during summer holidays. Markets used to be completely filled with varieties of mangoes and gives lovely fresh aroma while stepping in. I never knew that people in AP celebrate Mango festival every year. I was recently invited for a special Mango pooja, where mangoes are kept for pooja along with few recipes like mango rice, mango raas etc... And only after pooja ,distribution of mangoes and Thambulam to all guests, people eat mangoes but nowadays this custom was followed by only few families.  I felt very happy to attend and know about this interesting pooja and ofcourse, enjoyed my mango meal alot :)
Coming to my Today's post....
I love adding twist in my regular food and being its mango season, thought of trying out healthy dal dosa with a twist of adding grated raw mangoes to give a mild tangy taste. Mango chutney is also an easy to prepare recipe which can be served with dosa and personally …

Cucumber & Dates Salsa - Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge 1

I am very excited and happy to be part of "Shhhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge" hosted by Priya Suresh from "Priyas's Versatile Recipes". Every month, we are paired with a different blogger and 2 Ingredients were shared secretly between them. And the final recipes are revealed on 16 th - 18th of every month. Very Interesting friendly challenge and also it helps us to get to know about other bloggers. Thanks Priya akka for hosting such as an Interesting Challenge and extremely sorry for posting my recipe little late.

For my first challenge, I was paired with one of my favorite blogger and lovely friend Shama Nagarajan from Very Energetic Blogger, sometimes I wonder how she manages to do blogging with two kids and that shows her passion too. Her blog has more than 600 yummy and delicious recipes, click HERE to view her mouthwatering recipes.

The two secret Ingredient, which I got from shama was Cucumber and Dates. Prepared this very …

Tomato and Potato Rice - No onion - Lunch Box Varieties

Tangy Flavored Rice with a mild spice is perfect for kid's lunchbox and serving it with Raita and chips makes it a complete meal. Tomato puree can also be added instead of chopped pieces. Very simple and easy to make recipe with a left over rice. 

And coming to SYS series, Everyone must be familiar with an event happening every month in Viji's Virundhu unna vanga space. Last month theme was color and my secret Ingredient was Red. As I have to cook with Red colored veggies or fruit, I chose Tomato and linking this simple and flavorful rice to Viji's SYS-Series "Show your Styles to the World".

Ingredients :

1 Cup Rice, cooked ( 200 gms)6 Tomatoes, Finely chopped4 Potatoes, Boiled and cut into small pieces3 Garlic pods, Finely chopped4 Tbsp Oil1/2 Tsp Garam Masala1 1/2 Tsp Chilli Powder1/2 Tsp Turmeric PowderSalt to tasteCoriander Leaves or Mint Leaves, chopped for Garnishing

Method :

Heat oil in a pan and add the boiled potatoes.Fry them for couple of minutes and Keep a…

Cornflakes Paratha with Spiced Yogurt Dip

We all make our meal Interesting and Healthy by all ways. Likewise, recently tried these super soft parathas using Cornflakes. It tasted really yummy and very soft than the regular ones. Resting time after kneading the dough makes it more soft, so rolling part should be done very carefully because of its softness. 
Cornflakes is a healthy way to start a day but it is very monotonous to serve with regular milk and fruits. So to make it more Interesting, tried few Innovative recipes using cornflakes. Will be posting soon so stay tuned :)

Ingredients :

For Paratha :

1 Cup Cornflakes, Powdered 1/2 Cup Wheat Flour3 Tbsp Spring Onions, finely chopped1 Tsp Chilli powder1/2 Tsp Garam Masala1/4 Tsp Jaljira PowderSalt to tasteWater as needed
For Dip :

1 Cup Thick Yogurt or Curd1 Tsp PaprikaTaste to taste1 Tbsp Spring Onions, finely chopped

Method :

For paratha :

Take a large bowl and add powdered cornflakes followed by wheat flour, chopped spring onions, chilli powder, Garam masala, Jaljira powder and s…