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Zucchini Salna ( Without Onion and Garlic )

One of my friend requested me to post few Satvik recipes which does not contain Onion and Garlic in the dish. So, tried Salna which is a popular side dish for parotta in Tamilnadu. The curry turned out delicious and flavourful inspite of not adding onion and ginger garlic paste.  Really happy with the output and my family members loved this tasty salna. The spices, coconut and tomatoes are roasted and grind into fine paste to get a thick flavourful curry. I have included Zucchini in this recipe which can also be replaced with mixed veggies or veggies according to choice.

Ingredients :

1 Zucchini, Chopped into small pieces
2 Tomatoes, Medium sized, Finely chopped
2 Green chillies, Slitted
2 Springs of Curry leaves
1 1/2 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
1 1/2 Cups Water

To Grind :

1 Tbsp Oil 
3 Medium sized Tomatoes, chopped
1 Bay leaf
1/2 inch Cinnamon
1 Elachi
1 Tsp Saunf
1/4 Cup Mint leaves
1/4 Cup Coconut pieces, Finely chopped
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1 Tsp Red chilli powder 
1 Tsp Coriander powder 
1/2 Tsp Cum…

Egg Rice / Lunch box Special

This delicious rice is a perfect option for lunchbox menu as it is easy to prepare in the mornings, required less ingredients yet flavourful and tasty.  The shallots are sautéed along with chillies and spices is further mixed up with eggs and cooked rice. The addition of pav bhaaji masala powder enhances the taste and flavour of the rice. This can be served with fryers and potato fry.

Ingredients :

2 Cups Cooked Rice 
1/4 Cup Shallots ( Spring Onion Bulb ), Sliced 
2 Green chillies, sliced 
1 Tbsp Oil 
1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin Seeds
2 Eggs
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1/2 Tsp Red chilli powder 
1/2 Tsp Pav Bhaaji Masala powder 
Salt to taste 
3 Tbsp Spring Onion leaves, finely chopped 

Method :

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.

Once it starts spluttering, add green chillies followed by shallots and saute well.

Add turmeric powder followed by chilli powder and pav bhaaji masala powder.

Mix well and cook for a minute in a medium flame.

Add the eggs and scramble it along with the masala.

Now add the req…

Spicy Egg Curry

My today's recipe is a perfect side dish for this rainy season to serve with hot indian breads. The soaked red chillies is ground into fine paste along with tomato and ginger garlic paste to give a hot spicy colour and taste. Apart from Indian breads, this also goes yummy with hot rice or rasam rice.

Click the below link to watch the detailed video recipe...

Ingredients :

4 Eggs, Boiled
2 Tbsp Oil
1 Bay leaf
2 Elachi
1/2 inch Cinnamon stick
2 Onions, chopped
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
1 Tsp Coriander powder
1/2 Tsp Cumin powder
1/2 Tsp Garam Masala powder
1  Tbsp Kasuri methi, crushed
Salt to taste
1 Cup of Water
Coriander leaves for garnishing

To Grind :

2 Tomatoes, chopped
2 Tsp Ginger garlic paste

5 - 6 Dry red chillies, soaked

Method :

Grind the given ingredients in "To Grind" to fine paste and keep aside.

Grind the chopped onions to fine paste and keep aside.

Take boiled eggs and prick it using fork and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and shallow …

Chicken & Veggies in Coconut Milk Curry

The chicken and veggies are cooked in a coconut milk along with the spices is further made creamy and rich by adding thick coconut milk to give a flavorful and delicious curry to serve with hot rice.  Apart from rice, this can also be served with Idly, Dosa, Idiyappam, Appam and Roti. I have used chicken leg pieces in this recipe which can also be replaced with boned or boneless chicken pieces. And also, I have used pressure cooker method to speed up the cooking process which helps in the busy mornings. Alternatively, chicken and veggies can also be simmered in a thin coconut milk until it gets cooked.

Ingredients :

2 Chicken Leg pieces ( can also be substituted with chicken pieces )
1 Tbsp Oil
1 Bay leaf
2 Elachi
1 inch Cinnamon stick
1 Big Onion, Thinly sliced
1 1/2 Tsp Ginger garlic paste
3 Green chilies, sliced
3 Potatoes, Cut into small cubes
2 Carrots, Cut into small cubes
1 Capsicum / Bell pepper, Cut into small cubes
50 ml Thick Coconut milk
For Thin coconut milk - 50 ml Thick milk + 1/2 C…

Diet Friendly Hyderabadi Kichadi

Hyderabadi Kichadi is one of the popular dish prepared using rice and masoor dal. This is mostly served as breakfast along with Till chutney. In my today's recipe, I have made a diet friendly version of a famous kichadi using Brown rice and mixed dals. This tasty and healthy rice can be served for any meal of the day. Onion raita, pickle or mirchi ka salan are also an excellent option to serve with this delicious rice.

For detailed video.. click the below link !

Ingredients :

1 Cup Brown Rice ( I have used Dawaat basmati rice ) 
1/2 Cup Dal ( 2 Tbsp Moong dal, 2 Tbsp Toor dal, 2 Tbsp Chana dal and 2 Tbsp Masoor dal )
1 1/2 Tbsp Olive oil 
2 Bay leaves 
2 Elachi 
1 inch Cinnamon stick 
1 Tsp Peppercorns 
1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds
2 Tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped 
2 Tbsp Mint leaves, finely chopped 
2 Medium sized Onions, Sliced 
3 Green chillies, slitted 
2 Tsp Ginger garlic paste 
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
Salt to taste 
3 Cups Water 
Coriander leav…

Tomato & Carrot Rice / Lunchbox Special

One of the biggest challenge for all mommies is packing lunchbox for their kids. And I hope, all mommies will agree on this. Few kids are picky eater who doesn't like veggies to be visible in their box but as a mother, our priority will be in making a healthy meal which includes veggies.
So, if you want to make your kid eat tomato and carrot, try this healthy rice in which tomato and carrot is made into fine paste and prepared like a pulao. And then, thalimpu is added to the rice to give a crunchy texture which also indeed looks like a puliogare.

In this recipe, I have used peanuts and chana dal for the seasoning and in addition to that, soaked and peeled badam or cashews can also be included. The measurement and quantity of ingredients are made especially for kid's taste bud so adjust the quantity accordingly.

Here comes the recipe for a delicious and healthy kid's lunchbox recipe...

Ingredients :

1 1/2 Tbsp Oil or Ghee 
1 Tsp Cumin seeds 
2 Tomatoes, chopped 
2 Carrot, chopp…

Chicken - Bok Choy & Egg Stir Fry

Chicken and Bok choy compliments each other and gives a delicious, tasty and nutritious meal. This stir fry is an easy to prepare, flavourful and goes perfect with hot steamed rice. The bok choy stem is cooked along with the chicken and chinese seasoning is further stir fried with the bok choy leaves and eggs. Bok choy which is also called as "Pok Choi" is a type of chinese cabbage which is used in both cooking and traditional chinese medicine. The entire vegetable can be used along with stem and leaves. The stem part is cooked first as it takes time to cook and then leaves are added later to the dish. This veggie has a cancer fighting properties and also rich in Vitamin  C, A, K, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron.

Ingredients :

250 gms Chicken, Boneless, Cut into pieces 
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp Oil 
1 Onion, Finely chopped 
250 gms Bok Choy
1/4 Tsp Garlic powder 
1 Tsp Soya sauce 
1/2 Tsp 5 Spice powder 
1/4 Tsp Pepper powder 
Salt to taste 

Method :

Separate the leaves from bok choy and f…

One Pan Spaghetti

This is one of the most easiest and delicious one pan meal which is prepared by arranging all the veggies and spaghetti in a pan and cooked along with the seasoning and water or stock. The slow cooking process helps the pasta to cook perfect with full of flavour. No extra techniques like sautéing, frying are required in this recipe and all you have to do is, arrange the veggies in the pan according to the picture given below and cook in a low flame to get a tasty and yummy pasta. Variations can also be done by including meat, pesto, tomato sauce etc. 
Recipe source - Inspired by Martha Stewart

Ingredients :

45 gms Spaghetti
10 - 15 Cherry Tomatoes, cut into halves
Handful of fresh Basil leaves
1 Onion, thinly sliced 
1 Green Bell pepper, thinly sliced
Few fresh Thyme 
1 Tbsp Olive oil 
4 Garlic pods, peeled and chopped finely
Salt to taste 
1 Tsp Soya sauce 
1 Tsp Fish sauce ( optional ) 
1/2 Tsp Pepper powder 
2 1/2 Cups Water or Chicken stock 
3 - 4 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated 

Method :

Arrange al…

Kudo Millet - Red Poha Idly

Idly is one of the healthiest option for breakfast or dinner because of its fermentation and steaming process. To make to more healthy and super soft, I have included kudo millet and red poha in this recipe. Kudo millet which is called as varagu in tamil has an antioxidant compound. And also, it is high in fibre and low in fat. This millet is also good for diabetes. Red poha is a flattened red rice which is also called as aval or avalakki. In this recipe, millet and idly rice are soaked together and grind into fine paste is further added to red poha and urad dal batter for fermentation. Addition of red poha makes the idly soft and spongy. These healthy idlis goes well with sambhar and any varieties of chutney.

English Name - Kudo Millet
Tamil - Varagu
Telugu - Arikelu, Arika
Hindi - Korda
Kannada - Harka
Malayalam - Koovaragu

Ingredients :

1 Cup Kudo Millet ( Any millet can be used ) 
1 Cup Idly Rice 
1 Cup Red Poha ( Red Aval ) / Red Beaten Rice 
3/4 Cup Urad dal 
1/2 Tsp Methi seeds / Fe…

Peas - Butter beans & Potato Masala

Peas - Butter beans & Potato Masala is a delicious and healthy side dish to serve with Roti or paratha.  In this recipe, I have used dried peas, which can also be replaced with fresh ones. Peas and butter beans are soaked over night and pressure cooked along with the masala is further added with mashed potatoes to give a tasty and nutritious rich gravy. The same masala can also be used to prepare masala dosa.

Ingredients :

1/2 Cup Green peas, dried
1/2 Cup Butter beans 
3 Potatoes, Boiled
1 Tbsp Oil 
1/2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds
2 Dry red chillies 
2 Green chillies, Chopped 
2 Onion, Finely chopped 
2 Tomatoes, Finely chopped 
2 Tsp Ginger garlic paste 
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1/2 Tsp Red chilli powder 
1/4 Tsp Jeera / Cumin powder 
A pinch of Hing powder 
1 Tsp Lemon Juice 
Salt to taste 
Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method :

Wash and soak the green peas and butter beans overnight.

Mash the boiled potatoes and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add jeera / cumin seeds followed by hin…