Summer special

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Cold coffee | Cold coffee without ice cream

cold coffee

Cold coffee is a best-suited beverage for hot summer days.When you are in no mood to drink hot coffee/tea try this simple cold coffee and indulge in it.Here I have not used ice cream but if you prefer
Creamier or richer version then use ice cream when blending it.I tried decoration by glass with chocolate sauce but its not visible in my images.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pumpkin Raitha | Posanikai thayir pachadi | Indian Salad

Raitha is a simple recipe which goes well with any spicy biryani, Indian flat bread or as such.I recently started following a diet plan for weight loss and init comes this which pumpkin which is made as raitha and to be had for lunch.First, i thought how can one have only this for lunch but later after consuming it I felt my tummy fill with out any other dish.Do try this simple recipe which hardly takes 5-8 minutes to make.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Broken wheat khichdi | Samba Rava Khichdi | Easy Breakfast

Scorching heat is unbearable and we feel nothing to eat or cook.Just drinking liquid food makes our tummy feel full and good.So nowadays I have reduced cooking and goes for  some easy quick fixing meal.When it comes for breakfast its only me who eat is as children get up very late and straight away eat their lunch.AS its only for me I opt for upma,khichadi, etc.

You may ask what's the difference in upma & khichdi  is its water ratio where in upma we use 1:2 ,to get a  grainy one while in khichdi we use 1:3 or 1:4 and make it semi thick .Chutney goes best with it and if you have a sweet tooth you can also have it with sugar.

Preparation time :5 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Serves : 3


  • Broken wheat / samba rava- 1 cup
  • ghee-1/2 tsp
  • oil- 1 tbsp
  • mustard
  • onion-1, sliced
  • green chilly-2
  • ginger chopped-1 tsp
  • tomato-1
  • vegetables-3\4 cup ( i used carrot & beans)
  • turmeric powder-1\2 tsp
  • red chilly powder- 3\4 tsp ( optional)
  • water-3 to 4 cups
  • curry leaves-few
  • salt to taste

 How I made:

1.Roast the broken wheat in 1\2 tsp ghee for few seconds. ( this step is purely optional).Cut all veg and keep ready.

2.Heat oil in the same ,pop out mustard.Then add in chopped onion,green chilly,ginger ,curry leaves and saute.

3.Then add tomato,spiced powder,vegetables and mix it well.Then add in roasted rava,mix.

4.Meanwhile boil water simultaneously.When it boil add the needed quantity into the mix.check for salt.

5.Cover and cook till it is done.

Serve hot.


1.Addition of red chilly powder is optional you can avoid if you feel it will spicy.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Rosemilk with sabja seeds | Roohafaza with sweet basil seeds | Summer drink

Refreshing summer drink with roohafza,chilled milk and sweet basil seeds.Sabja seed is  also known as sweet basil seed  which instantly reduces the body heat.So during summer try to use this seeds in most drink .Just add little seeds in water and leave for few minutes you will see the seeds bloom well absorbing the water and become jelly-like substance.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Orange Iced Tea | Iced Tea | Summer Drink

orange iced tea

Temperature is steadily rising day by day and all we feel is to have some liquid food / drink other than heavy meals.I feel a bit irritating to work in kitchen to cook lunch as its to hot.So I make mostly curd based simple lunch and spicy, elaborated meal for dinner. To quench the thirst children haunt in fridge and if they find any drinks they gulp it in one shot.So I keep something in my refrigerator for them.This orange iced tea is one such which is just perfect for the weather.I had already posted watermelon iced tea and followed the same method here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Raw Turkey Berry - Coconut Tamarind Gravy | Paachai Sundakai Kuzhambu | Gravy for rice

Lip smacking slightly spiced,soured, tangy gravy that goes well with hot steamed rice along with some mildely spiced side dish. Adding the raw turkey berry as a whole might taste sour and to avoid it slightly crush them either with hard ladle or motar-pedstle.I have added coconut paste which is purely optional.Let's see how to make this kuzhambu.

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