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Idly Podi / Gun Powder / Mom's Style

No need of introduction for this aromatic and flavorful side dish, if one is from Tamilnadu. No chutney or sambhar is required when Idly podi is there to serve with Idly or Dosa. Though this dish is famous in Tamilnadu, there are lots of variations available. Today, I am sharing my mom's one variety of Idly podi using garlic and curry leaves. Will post the remaining varieties soon. Sometimes, my mom includes rice to balance the spiciness. If this podi is given for kids, dry roast 1 - 2 tbsp rice till it turns crispy and add it along with other ingredients while grinding.


Ingredients :

1/2 Cup Chana dal / Kadalai parupu 
1/2 Cup Urad dal 
6 Dry red chillies ( adjust according to taste bud )
2 Tbsp Coriander seeds 
2 Tsp Sesame seeds ( I have used white sesame in this recipe )
4 Springs of Curry leaves 
4 Garlic pods, with skin 
Salt to taste 

Method :

Heat pan / kadai and add chana dal.

Dry roast it in a medium flame till the color of chana dal changes and aroma comes out.

Once roasted, …

Basa Fish Smiley

Not only potatoes can smile, fishes can also smile ;)
Yeah ! These smileys are prepared using Basa Fish fillets along with a boiled and mashed potato. The quantity of chilli powder used in this recipe is very less as this is kids friendly one but to make it spicy, include extra 1/2 tsp of chilli powder. The technique of eyes and smile is adapted from one of my co - blogger's webpage ( yummy tummy ). This is a perfect evening or party snack for kids and can be served with tomato sauce.





Ingredients :

1 Big Potato ( which is used for French fries )  
1 Basa Fish Fillet, chopped
1/2 Tsp Chilli powder 
Less then 1/4 Tsp Oregano, dried herb
Salt to taste 
Oil for deep frying 

Method :

Boil potato in a microwave for 10 minutes or pressure cook it for 3 - 4 whistles.

Once done, Peel the skin and grate the boiled potato.

Grind the chopped basa fish to a fine paste and add it to the grated potato.

Add chilli powder followed by oregano and required amount of salt. Mix well.

Add corn flour to the …

Butterhead Lettuce & Mushroom Salad

My today's breakfast is a complete healthy one which is filled with high nutrients ingredients like alfalfa, butterhead lettuce, broccoli and mushroom. Though the dressing sounds very simple, the salad tasted very delicious. Butterhead is one of the variety of lettuce family with soft leaves and buttery taste. In addition it is also rich in vitamin and phosphorous. Alfalfa sprouts which is called as "Kuthirai masal " in tamil has lots of medicinal properties like preventing cancer, lowers cholesterol, reduce inflammatory process in arthritis, good for weight loss, controls blood sugar etc. This can be used in salads and sandwiches. Apart from the given veggies, any healthy  veggies can also be included to make a meal healthy.

Ingredients :

2 Bunches Butterhead lettuce 
1 Bunch Ice berg Lettuce 
15 Cherry tomatoes
15 Mushroom, cleaned and sliced 
10 Broccoli florets, blanched 
2 Tbsp Alfalfa sprouts 
Balsamic Vinegar 
Salt to taste 
Freshly ground pepper corns  
1 Tbsp Olive oil 

Mutton Chops Kuzhambu

Mutton chops is nothing but ribs which is considered to be a flavorful part of the goat meat. Varieties of dishes can be prepared using this and click HERE to check out my old post using chops. I have used pressure cooker method in this recipe to speed up the process. Addition of pepper powder at the last stage of cooking enhances the taste and gives a spicy flavorful curry which goes yummy with hot rice, idly or dosa.


Ingredients :

12 Mutton Chops 
2 Big Onions, Chopped 
2 Tomatoes, chopped 
1 Tbsp Ginger - garlic paste 
1 1/2 Tbsp Oil 
1 inch Cinnamon stick 
1 Star anise
2 Elachi 
1/2 Tsp Saunf / Perunjeeragam 
2 Bay leaves
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1 Tsp Red chilli powder
1 Tsp Coriander powder
1/2 Tsp Garam masala powder
1 1/2 - 2 Tsp Pepper powder 
Salt to taste 
1 1/2 Cups Water

Method :

Grind the chopped onions and ginger garlic paste together to a fine paste and keep aside.

Grind the chopped tomatoes to a fine paste and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add bay leaves followed by …

Chicken Salami & Mushroom Omelette

Sharing my today's special filling breakfast using chicken salami and mushroom. The salami slices are arranged like a base and then layered with mushroom filling and finally with beaten eggs. This omelette has an Italian flavor because of the addition of fresh herbs, olives and jalapenos. This is also an excellent option for brunch meal along with a glass of fresh juice. Apart from the given veggies, bell peppers, peas, brocolli can also be included to make it more healthy and delicious.

Ingredients :

15 Salami slices ( I have used peppery salami slices )
1 Big Onion, Finely chopped 
5 Baby corns, Finely chopped 
2 Tbsp Jalapenos, Finely chopped
5 Olives, Finely chopped 
10 - 15 Mushrooms, Sliced
15 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced
1 Tbsp Rosemary, Fresh herb
2 Tbsp parsley, Finely chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
1 Tsp Freshly ground pepper corns or pepper powder 
6 Eggs
1 Tsp Milk
Little Salt for eggs

Method :

Heat oil in a pan and add finely chopped onion.

Saute till it turns translucent and add…

Tomato - Olives Bruschetta

Bruschetta is an Italian appetizer or snack prepared using grilled Italian bread and tomatoes. Lots of variations can be made in toppings and in my today's recipe, sharing my version of Bruschetta using tomato and olives along with fresh rosemary. This easy and delicious snack can be prepared in minutes and also served as perfect party snack.


Ingredients :

5 Tomatoes, Finely chopped 
10 Cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
6 Olives, sliced ( I have used chilli flavored olives )
1/2 Tsp Fresh Rosemary, Finely chopped 
1 Tbsp Parsley, Finely chopped 
Salt to taste 
Freshly ground pepper corns 
1/4 Cup Herb flavored Cheese 
1 Italian bread or baguette, Sliced diagonally 
1 Tbsp Olive oil ( plus extra for brushing the bread )

Method :

Take finely chopped tomatoes in a bowl  and add sliced olives followed by rosemary, parsley, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp of olive oil.

Mix well and keep aside.


Brush one side of sliced bread with olive oil and grill it for 3 minutes in a pre heated oven.

Once the top of …

Dosakaya Dal Rice / One Pot Meal

Dosakaya / Yellow cucumber is one of the famous vegetable in Andhra cuisine in which lots of recipes can be made like pappu, pachadai, kura etc. Including this veggie is an excellent option to reduce heat during summer season. Instead of making the regular dosakaya pappu, tried this tasty dal rice as one pot meal for my son. I have included only green chillies as it is kids friendly recipe, but this can also be made spicy by including extra teaspoon of chilli powder or increasing the quantity of green chillies. I served this delicious pappu rice with potato fry which can also be served wit any vegetable curry or pickle.


Ingredients :

1 Cup Rice ( Boiled or Raw ) 
1/2 Cup Toor dal 
2 Onion, finely chopped 
1 Tomato, finely chopped 
4 Green chillies, slitted ( Adjust according to taste bud ) 
4 Garlic pods, Finely chopped 
1 Dosakaya / Yellow cucumber, cut into small cubes 
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1 Tbsp Oil 
1  Tbsp Ghee 
1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds 
A pinch of Hing
Salt to …

Potato Fry Using Freshly Ground Masala

When it comes to sambhar rice, dal rice or rasam rice, the yummiest combo is our evergreen potato fry. I am sure, most of them will agree this. My today's recipe is also a simple potato fry but with a flavorful seasoning which gives an aromatic side dish. I have used mortar and pestle to coarsely ground the roasted spices which actually enhanced the taste and flavor. If not available, mixer grinder can also be used. This can be served with any form of variety rice and personally, I served this for my lunch along with yellow cucumber dal rice ( Dosakai pappu rice - will post recipe soon ) which tasted very delicious. I have used red chilli flakes and green chillies which can also be adjusted according to taste bud.


Ingredients :

6 Potatoes, cut into 4 pieces
1 Onion, sliced
1 Tbsp Coriander seeds
1/2 Tsp Saunf / Perunjeeragam 
1/4 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds
1/2 Tsp Red chilli flakes
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1 Tbsp Oil 
1 Green chilli, finely chopped ( increase the quantity for spicy potato fr…

Egg Omelette Pulao / One pot meal / Lunch box recipe

If you have picky eater at home, who picks all the veggies and spices from biryani or pulao. Then try this, flavorful and interesting pulao using egg omelette and serve with raita. The spices are ground into fine paste along with onions and tomatoes is further sauteed in an oil to give a beautiful aroma while cooking. In addition, this method enhances the taste too. Even the omelette in the pulao tastes very delicious as the flavor mixed up with it while cooking. This rice can be served with any varieties of raita like onion raita, pomegranate raita etc. I have used regular rice in this recipe which can also be substituted with basmati rice to make it more flavorful.





Ingredients :

To Grind :

2 Big Onions, chopped 
2 Medium sized Tomatoes, chopped 
1 Tbsp Ginger - Garlic paste  
1 Elachi 
1 Bay leaf 
1/2 inch Cinnamon stick 
1/4 Tsp Shajeera seeds

For Omelette :

4 Eggs
Little Salt 
A pinch of Turmeric powder 

For Pulao :

1 Tbsp Oil ( Ghee can also be added ) 
2 Green chillies, Slitted 
1/4 Tsp Turmer…

Onion - Tomato Curry

My today's post is a simple and tasty curry using onion and tomato, which also made me nostalgic while cooking.

Though nowadays chapathi has become part of our meal, there were days where I had a feeling that chapathi was an exotic dish due to the frequency of preparation. And also it is served with the regular 3 side dishes, Kurma, Moong dal curry and Onion - Tomato curry. After a long time, prepared one of my childhood favorite Onion - Tomato curry and served it for today's breakfast along with chapathi. Apart from roti, this tangy and spicy curry goes with well with Idly, dosa and curd rice too.


Ingredients :

2 Onions, Sliced 
6 Tomatoes, Medium size, Finely chopped 
2 Green chillies, slitted 
1 Tbsp Oil 
1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds
4 Garlic pods, Finely chopped 
2 Springs of Curry leaves 
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1/2 Tsp Red chilli powder
Salt to taste 
1 Cup Water

Method :

Heat oil in a pan / kadai and add mustard seeds.

Once it starts spluttering, add jeera se…

Ambyachi Dal

Ambyachi Dal is a Maharastrain recipe, which is prepared using soaked chana dal and raw mango. The dal in this recipe is not cooked, so the soaking time has to be more to avoid digestion problem. Being a Good Food magazine lover, I had bookmarked this recipe long back to try during summer season when mangoes are abundant. This dish is served as a snack during the haldi - kumkum ceremony in the month of chaitra. As there is no cooking involved in this recipe, refrigerate it if not consumed immediately. Grated coconut can also be added in this recipe while including the grated mango. Personally, I loved it with curd rice. The mixture of sour and sweet taste was delicious with curd rice.

Recipe Source : Good Food Magazine

Ingredients :

1 Cup Chana dal / Kadalai parupu 
2 Green chillies, chopped 
1 Tbsp Sugar 
Salt to taste
1 Raw mango, grated
Coriander leaves and Curry leaves for garnishing
1 Tbsp Oil 
1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
A pinch of Hing powder 
A pinch of Turmeric powder

Method :

Wash and soak…

1 Minute Cake / Microwave Cake

When you have sudden craving of delicious chocolate cake, try this yummy 1 minute microwave cake with all easily available ingredients in a jiffy. No egg and butter is required for this recipe. I have used olive oil which can also be substituted with regular cooking oil.


Ingredients :

2 Tbsp Self Raising Flour
1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp Sugar 
2 Tsp Cocoa powder 
A pinch of Salt 
2 Tbsp Milk 
1/4 Tsp Vanilla extract 
3/4 Tsp Oil ( I have used olive oil in this recipe ) 

Method :

Take a mug or tall glass and add milk followed by oil and vanilla extract.

Mix well with a fork and add self raising flour followed by sugar, cocoa powder and salt.

Combine all the ingredients and microwave it for 1 minute.

Once done, remove from the microwave and serve.


Serving Options :

Serve with Ice cream.


Note :

I have used self raising flour in this recipe which already contains baking powder. If you don't have self raising, use the following ingredients...

2  Tbsp All purpose flour / Maida
1/4 Tsp Baking powder


Semiya Upma / Vermicelli Upma

Vermicelli upma, also called as Semiya upma is a well known South Indian breakfast dish which goes delicious with Coconut chutney. This can also be served with pickle or sugar. Though the recipe sounds easy, the ratio of water plays an important role to get a perfect texture or else, it would turn soft and mushy.


Ingredients :

1 1/2 Cups Semiya / Vermicelli  
1 Onion, Finely chopped 
2 Green chillies, sliced 
1 Tsp Ginger, Finely chopped
2 Tsp Oil 
1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds
1 Tbsp Chana dal 
1 Tbsp Ground nuts
A pinch of Hing powder / Perungayam
2 Springs of Curry leaves
Salt to taste 
1 1/2 Cups Water

Method :

Dry roast vermicelli in medium flame and keep aside. ( The color of vermicelli should not change ).

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.

Once it starts spluttering, add jeera followed by hing, chana dal and groundnuts.

Add green chillies followed by curry leaves, ginger and finely chopped onion.

Saute till the onion turns translucent.

Add the measured water al…

Elachi & Saunf Tea

When it comes to tea, we love to have with lots of flavor and variations. My today's post is one of my recent favorite tea prepared using elachi and saunf. Instead of boiling tea powder with milk, I use the below method for all varieties tea to get a perfect color and taste. Resting time after adding tea powder, enhances the flavor and taste. This can be served along with breakfast or cookies and personally, I love it with Marie biscuit.


Ingredients :

1 1/2 Cups Milk 
4 Tsp Tea Powder ( I have used Red label in this recipe ) 
3 Tsp Brown sugar ( Can be substituted with regular sugar ) 
1/2 Tsp Saunf ( Perunjeeragam ) 
2 Elachi / Cardamom

Method :

Crush elachi and saunf using mortar and pestle and keep aside.

Boil the measured cups of milk and switch off the flame.

Add the crushed elachi and saunf along with tea powder and brown sugar.

Close it with the lid and keep aside for 5 minutes.

Now switch on the flame and boil it for 3 minutes or till the color changes according to your taste.