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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

RICE PAKODA RECIPE | RICE PAKORA |RICE FRITTERS RECIPE

Rice pakoda

Pakoda with cooked rice is an easy and instant snack which we can make with the ingredients easily available at our place.  This recipe i learnt from my co-sister , who cooks very well. The moment  i noted down the recipe from her i wanted to give it a try. When i was left behind with little rice after my lunch , 2 days back i, i decided to make this rice pakora , which turned out  very perfect .

Monday, January 27, 2014

PASTA SUNDAL RECIPE | PASTA RECIPES | NO ONION NO GARLIC RECIPES

Pasta sundal

Pasta Sundal, yes you heard it right. Last week as i was making pasta for kids lunch box i was left with some cooked pasta. I thought i will make some salad in the evening or add it to a soup. But my idea changed after talking to my aunty who used to make Pasta like coconut rice and have for evening snack. So i thought i will also implement this idea by giving my own twist. It turned out awesome. So for those elders at home who want to make a South Indian version of pasta just try out this recipe. Feel free to give your own twist to this recipe. When i made the first time i added some sprouts too.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

COOKING FOR GUESTS #7 - SOUTH INDIAN TIFFIN | SNACK MENU WITH MYSORE BONDA AND MORE

Cooking for guest series - Snack menu
Today's menu is again a evening menu like last week. During our India Trip last month, one day when i was in my mom's place , suddenly a family friend of us called that they are coming to meet us and they are on the way.  We guessed that it will take an hour for them to reach our place. I was wondering what amma is going to make for them as it was a very short notice. Without any tension on her face she soaked urad dal for making mysore bonda, kept hot water to make Thengai sevai with instant rice sevai . For sweet she was planning to kesari but i told her to make paal kesari and finally everything were done in 45 minutes.
When they reached we made hot bonda for them and they enjoyed the evening tiffin with hot ginger tea.(Will post the recipe soon) The sevai was served with sambar which was left over from afternoon's lunch.
  So for all of us who always break our head as what to make when we have sudden guests coming home, you can follow this menu too.
I couldn't take pictures on that day, but i made the same menu this evening and clicked the pictures

Friday, January 24, 2014

TOMATO CHUTNEY |THAKKALI CHUTNEY RECIPE| SIDE DISH FOR IDLI|DOSA

Tomato chutney
 Tomato Chutney | Thakkali chutney is a simple and easy side dish for idli | dosa . This recipe of tomato chutney is without coconut. Two weeks back i was invited to my friend's place for a  small family function. She served idli and vadas with this thakkali chutney. I liked the taste of the chutney and asked her the recipe of the chutney. The recipe is so simple and i tried it yesterday and had it with dosas.  Let me share with you the recipe of easy tomato chutney:
Recipe updated with video

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

VADA PAV RECIPE | MUMBAI VADA PAV

Vada PAv-3 Vada Pav is one among the  most popular street food in Mumbai. Though i have not been to Mumbai, i have heard from my friends about this Vada pav. Personally i am not a great fan of this Vada pav . Varun told me to make this for his evening snack one day. The reason being he got fascinated towards the name "Vada Pav" , when his friends told him. Anyway, i made this today and waiting for him to come back from school to eat his snack.  I got the recipe from my friend J, and i little bit tweaked it according to my taste.
    Though the post may be elaborate, the recipe is simple . You can make the dry red chutney in advance.  Burger buns or Pav buns can be used. I used burger buns as i don't get pav buns here.

Monday, January 20, 2014

PEANUT RICE RECIPE | LUNCH BOX RECIPES

Peanut rice 2
Peanut rice is a simple and easy lunch box recipe . My mother in law used to make this very often , she adds sesame seeds to this. I made this for this Kannum pongal . If you are a peanut fan like me, you will surely like this rice. Do try this easy lunch box recipe.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

COOKING FOR GUESTS #6- EVENING SNACKS MENU- SAGO VADA ,CARROT HALWA AND MORE

Cooking for guests-6 This week, in cooking for guests recipe series, i have come up with a snack menu. When you have guests , who are coming during tea time, you can plan out this menu. I have planned the menu bit heavy and you can also skip any one item in this too.  I can suggest this same menu for a simple dinner too. Simple i meant is , with less items. You can add a Curd rice to this list and make it a Dinner menu also. So let's move on to the Snack menu .


Thursday, January 16, 2014

KAAPARISI RECIPE | A TRADITIONAL SWEET

Kaaparisi Kaaprisi is a traditional sweet made in our home during the naming ceremony of the new born child . Generally we do the Punyavachanam (naming ceremony) for the baby on the 11th day from the day it is born. Kaaparisi we make and give for all ladies along with the haldi kumkum (vettathallai pakku). This is made with rice and jaggery which has a crispy texture, roasted dal and coconuts adds extra taste to this. During my India trip i asked my mom for the recipe and  she instructed me the method and i made this kaaparisi under my mom's supervision.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

KOTHAVARANGAI KOOTU RECIPE | CLUSTER BEANS KOOTU

Kothavarangai kotu

Kothavarangai | Cluster beans , the veggie i am buying and tasting for the first time. Yes, i have never seen my mom cooking this veggie and even at my in laws place they won't cook this vegetable. When i went for vegetable shopping with my friend , she was telling that she will make kootu out of cluster beans. When she explained the method i too picked up some cluster beans and made this kootu. It turned out very nice . Try out this simple kootu. It doesn't involve any pressure cooking of dal as we do for other kootu varieties.

Monday, January 13, 2014

KOVIL SAKKARAI PONGAL RECIPE | PONGAL FESTIVAL RECIPES

Sakkarai pongal
Pongal festival 2014 is celebrated tomorrow. I have already posted sakkarai pongal recipe which is  my mom's version. She always adds milk to sakkarai pongal but most of the traditional Kovil sakkarai pongal will not have milk in it. Though i don't like the addition of pacha karpooram(edible camphor) and cardamom powder, generally they are added in sweet pongal.
Update (13 - 1- 2017)
This sakkarai pongal post is updated with video on how to make pongal in Pressure cooker. You can use the same method for making in pongal paanai. If using mud pot, wash it nicely and soak in water for 24 hours. Wash again, wipe it and spread few drops of oil on the inside of the pot and leave it for 3 hours. Then wash it and start using the pot.
WISHING ALL OF YOU A VERY HAPPY PONGAL 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

COOKING FOR GUEST RECIPES #5 | AVAL PAKODA, CARROT KHEER AND MORE

Lunch|dinner menu
This week cooking for guests will have a menu of my personal favorite , which i cooked for my own family. Actually i made this on the day before my birthday. When you are planning to cook for a small family , which you have invited, you can make lachha paratha, else stick on to phulkas. Carrot Kheer can be made on the previous evening and kept chilled in the refrigerator. Potatoes for Aval pakodas can be boiled in the morning and it will be used later. this menu serves good for both lunch as well as dinner. Generally if i palnned to make curd rice , i make it first as it will be nice when it is served chilled. Let us see in detail the menu i cooked .
Thank you aparna for this cute bowl (the one in which i have kept  carrot kheer)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

KALKANDU PONGAL RECIPE | PONGAL FESTIVAL RECIPES

Kalkandu -Pongal
Pongal festival is coming next week and it is the first traditional festival of Tamil people in the year 2014. Though we make Sakkarai Pongal  for pongal festival, this kalkandu pongal we make on the next day of pongal along with variety rice. My mom makes it very well and during my trip to India i took a pack  of kalkandu |rock candy from my mom , which was bigger in size . I made kalkandu pongal yesterday and it tasted just out of the world. Try out this creamy, milky pongal .
I used the big rock candy. If using the small kalkandu the measurement  for 1/2 cup rice add 1/2 cup of kalkandu.

Monday, January 6, 2014

ORANGE PEEL PACHADI RECIPE

Orange- Peel -Pachadi
Orange peel pachadi is a traditional and authentic dish made at home . I have heard from my mom that my gradmother(father's mom) makes this so well and she makes for my mom when she was pregnant with my sister. I have not made this or had this as i don't like it much. During my recent trip to India, I saw my mom peeling oranges and when i asked her she told me that she is going to make the pachadi. I immediately took my camera and clicked the entire process . Though i don't like it much during my childhood days, i liked it this time along with Vathal kuzhambhu rice. 
The pictures didn't turn out well as the sunlight was bit harsh and i don't have much time to wait and click.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

COOKING FOR GUEST SERIES 4 | POONDU KUZHAMBHU, SEPPANKIZHANGHU FRY AND BADAM KHEER

Poondu kuzhambhu lunch

Wish you all a very Happy New year . We are just settling back after a super fun filled vacation to Chennai. Last week i couldn't post the cooking for guest series as it was very hectic for me to sit and write for a post. I am totally down with throat pain, and cold. I will post some interesting menu soon and till that enjoy this simple lunch menu which i cooked for my own family for a Sunday brunch, before i leave for vacation .