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Veggie Macaroni Soup

I am feeling sleepy ! I am feeling drowsy ! I feel like eating hot and spicy ! I feel like slurping warm soup !

yeah ! In this monsoon, what else we utter other than these dialogues :) Only Hot and Spicy foods has the magical power of waking up our laziness in this season. And Soup is always my priority during monsoon to boost up my energy and when it is done at home with healthy ingredients, it gives immense pleasure and happiness. To make it as a complete meal, I have included Macaroni in this soup. This soup is also very special for me.... Wanna know the reason?

It goes to one of my favorite event '5 Ingredients Fix Challenge' which runs every month by an Energetic Blogger Vimala Lakshmi from "cookingclub17.blogspot.com'. Every month, 5 fixed Ingredients will be given to us along with the recipe name and Innovative dish have to be prepared. And for this July month, "Onion, Tomato, butter, Carrot and Herbs" were given as our ingredients and innovative Soup h…

Kadhi Gole / Maharastrian Kadhi

Learning other region cuisine is always interesting and in that way, we are very lucky to have our "SNC Challenge" as our platform to learn varies North Indian recipes. Million thanks to Divya Pramil from youtoocancook.net who is brain child of this group. I have mentioned in all my post regarding the concept of this challenge but I never get tired and bored of typing this again and again..Will anyone get bored of explaining their favorite thing ? 

SNC Challenge is a challenge between two teams ( South and North Team) and every month one member from North Team challenges South Team with their authentic recipes and likewise one member from south Team challenge them with south Indian Traditional recipes. I am very happy to be part of South Team and I must say that, it is a Friendly Challenge between two teams to learn Interesting recipes.

And coming to July month Challenge... 

Prerana from "curryindian.com", a North Team member challenged us with her favorite and mom…

Kerala Style Egg Curry

Here comes my one of my favorite cuisine recipe... Yes, I love Kerala cuisines and the aroma from their curry makes my mind fresh. I learnt this from my neighbor during my stay in Kerala and though it has the same ingredients which we prepare for Tamil Nadu egg curry, the preparation method and fresh sliced ginger heads it to a different cuisine. I prepared this curry by adding coconut oil to get its authentic taste but can also prepared using regular cooking oil. The fresh ginger not only enhances the flavor of curry but also gives a lovely aroma while cooking. This flavorful curry is served with Appam and Puttu, which is a very famous food in Kerala but I served it with Roti and Rice in which I loved the taste and flavor when eaten with rice. Simmer the flame after adding eggs,so that the essence from the curry gets absorbed in eggs and gives very delicious taste. Coconut milk can be also added in this curry.



Ingredients :

4 Boiled Eggs3 Big Onions, sliced1 Big Tomato, chopped3 Green …

Chicken Biryani

Weekends are incomplete without non-veg feast (I guess that all non- veg lovers accepts this) and especially biryani holds the royal crown at majority house. Biryani is a single pot meal which is cooked under a slow flame with loads of spices and masalas and can be prepared with veggies or meat. Though it is a single pot meal, care should be taken while preparing to get the right consistency/texture. Varies kind of biryanis can be prepared with varieties of techniques and each variety has its own unique n yummy taste. Mostly Biryani is prepared using Basmati rice but some specialty biryani tastes very delicious when prepared with Jeeraga samba rice. Generally, biryani is served with Raita and brinjal gravy and again it all depends upon the region where hyderabad biryani is served with salan and kerala briyani is served with pickles along with raita.
And coming to my Today's recipe.... This is one of the style which I follow for chicken biryani and it tastes really delicious and fla…

Haleem Dosa

I never get bored of trying interesting recipes from the leftover foods. The variations in food gives an immense pleasure while tasting it. And today's post is about my recent dosa which is topped with leftover Haleem. 

Haleem is a very popular dish which is prepared during Ramzan season and it is basically an Arabic dish. This is mostly served in the evening as it gives an instant energy during fasting. Haleem is a high calorie dish which is made of meat/ chicken / beef but nowadays lots of improvisation is done and varieties of haleem is available in markets like Veg haleem, Emu haleem and Fish Haleem. 

As it contains loads of ghee in it, I feel very heavy and completing a bowl of haleem is a big task for me. So, I wanted to try them in a different n easy way to complete my leftover Haleem and ended up with preparing Haleem Dosa. Very easy to prepare and as it contains ghee, the dosa was crispy and tasty. Sprinkled pepper on top of dosa to make it spicy. Personally I enjoyed eatin…

Eastern Products Review !

Well, I am excited to write my first Review on food products from Eastern Condiments. Eastern products are very famous for its "spice and masala powders". I must admit that my cooking Journey started with a store bought spice powders and eastern product was one of them.  I had tried lots of  spice powders from this brand during my stay in god's own country and being a non veg lover, chicken and fish masala was on my grocery list every month. Everyone has their own perspective on the texture, spiciness & flavor of the masala powders and I personally believe that Eastern product satisfies my kind of taste. 

There's a saying that " cooking is an art " ! Very true and along with that I feel Tasting is also an art which gives the best compliment for the recipe.The pleasure of tasting a recipe is immeasurable for me and it not only gives happiness and satisfaction,it brings back all our beautiful memories in every bite. But it completely depends upon the corre…

Paneer Gravy / Cottage Cheese Gravy / Side dish for Indian Breads.

Are you a Paneer Lover like me? Then, this is a recipe for you to try :)

Paneer Gravy is a delicious and flavorful gravy prepared with freshly ground masala and cooked in butter to give richness to the taste. Serving it with a cube of butter enhances the taste and flavor of the gravy. Fresh cream can also be added to make it more thicker and creamier but personally I love grinding the veggies along with the gravy to add more flavor and thickness. While grinding, add few pieces of paneer too because it makes the gravy rich and creamy...

Diet watchers... Kindly omit the utterly butterly part and replace it with the normal cooking oil !

This is a perfect side dish for Indian Breads and very healthy recipe for kids. Fried paneer can also be included this recipe. The aroma of freshly ground masala with the mild flavor of capsicum cooked in butter will never let you eat less ;) 


Ingredients :

250 gms Paneer, chopped1 Big Capsicum /  Bell Pepper (green), chopped4 Dry red chilli11/2 Coriander seed…

Easy Paneer Pulao / Kids Lunchbox Recipe

This recipe goes to a famous event happening in our blogger circle "Shhh cooking secretly challenge" hosted by Priya suresh from "Priya's Versatile Recipes". It is an interesting challenge in which two members/bloggers are paired every month and 2 ingredients are shared secretly...Interesting recipe should be prepared with those secret ingredient and posted every mid of month..  And for June month, I was paired with Shree Rao and she gave me "Tomato and Lemon" as my secret Ingredients. Thank you Shree Rao :)

And Coming to Today's Recipe....

Personally I feel,Cooking for kids is a big task to make them eat all veggies but I love to innovative recipes to make them eat in any form. As long it goes into their tummy,am happy and I know that all mothers feel the same. Tried these flavorful Pulao last week, for my kid who loves paneer alot but hate veggies. To add nutrition in his meal and make it more healthy, added ground veggies in this pulao. But trust…

Spinach & Aubergine Rice / Variety Rice / Lunch Box Recipes

Spinach Aubergine Rice is a healthy and innovative combination recipe in which aubergines were cooked in a spinach paste with the addition of garam masala and mixed with cooked rice. Addition of lemon juice is to balance the taste of spinach and aubergine and also gives a yummy flavor to the rice. It is a Perfect lunch box recipe and can be served  with raita and chips. Simple and healthy recipe for kids too....



Ingredients :

1 Cup Rice, Cooked1 1/2 Cup Chopped Spinach leaves1 Onion, Finely Chopped4 Green chillies5-6 Aubergines / Brinjal / Kathirikai, chopped into 4 pieces lengthwise1/2 Tsp Garam MasalaSalt to taste2 Tsp Lemon Juice3 Tbsp Oil1 Tsp Mustard Seeds1/2 Tbsp Channa dal

Method :

Cook rice and keep aside.Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add chopped spinach leaves and 2 green chillies.Saute for a minute and remove from the flame.Cool and grind into fine paste.Add 1 tbsp oil to the same pan and add the chopped Aubergines / Brinjals.Fry them for couple of minutes in a medium flame and r…