Summer special

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sabja Lemonade | Sweet Basil seeds Lemonade

 
Climate in Chennai is playing hide & seek sometimes hot and sometime cool.Mostly days are hot and day end are cool a bit with pleasant breeze.Although the temperature is not so as it was during peak summer but we feel a bit dehydrated in noon.So to chill my day time i go on with juices and lemonade.I had a pack of sabja seeds unnoticed for a long time which i actually bought to try falooda,another famous cold beverage in our country.These seeds which look like black sesame seeds has many good qualities.When soaked in water it becomes jelly like absorbing the water and gives a crunchy feel with bland taste. It is the best coolant and can be used in any cold drink.Made lemonade with this sweet basil seeds.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mango and Custard Verrines | Mango Recipe


If you are looking for any easy dessert with mango then this mango custard verrines comes in handy.With layered custard and mango makes an easy dessert to chill out the sweet carving.There is no restriction in the number of layers.Go ahead and try this easy dessert and surprise your family.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Dubai,a place to see

Dubai is one of the most popular city in United Arab Emirates (UAE) which is located in the southeast coast of Persian gulf.I had been there for two times and i still long to go there.With the well maintained roads and the traffic rules followed there caught my first attraction.With not much travel time from India you won’t get tired while or after reaching there.


Here i would like to share some places i visited there during my short stay.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Spinach pesto & pesto sandwich

   
I wanted to try this pesto with spinach for a long time and it got fulfilled last week.For one afternoon made this pesto with the healthy green,spinach which in turn applied to the bread to be grilled for sandwich.It was super quick and easy recipe too.Do make a batch of this pesto and include it where all you can.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To my dad #HugYourDad activity

Dad, a son’s first hero and daughter’s first love,is very true.As it also said that, anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.Like most of us for me also  father is the first man i see  and get involved in this world.Before i start to write about my gift for my father let me share with you some thing about him first.


My father is the fifth son for my granny and grandpa in a family of eight children who are as like royal owners in their village.As he is the last boy child he remind as a pet for them and was having a luxurious life.Things were not the same after his marriage.Financially he suffered a bit due to loss in business he started.to tackle it and for giving  us a good living he went aboard in search of job.With his continuous effort ,hard earning and simplicity he gave good education for three of us and  my mother was always with him as moral support.After settling us all he now lives as single man happily enjoying in old age with grand children.

Mango Lemonade | Summer Drink


Summer and mango are inseparable.One can indulge in this lovely golden coloured fruit only in summer and if missed have to wait till next summer.Though i didn't try many new recipe with it this year i tried few basic ones to fulfil my soul for the passion of  cooking /blogging.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Oats Adai Dosai | Oats Lentils crepes | Oats Recipe


I don't need to mention the health benefits of oats as we all know about it and it is very good for diabetic people too.Dal/lentils along with with oats make it more nutritious and when we make it as crepes its easy to eat it.Serve this crepes with any spicy chutney/dip .

Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Smelly to Smiley story

As a mother/women we have many household chores and cleaning remains the main among all.Cleaning up the messes children make around sometimes makes me irritated and I  end up yelling at them.Sometimes it looks cooking is easier task than clearing and cleaning all.AS a meat eaters we see that at least one meal a day has some sea foods or meat in it to relish.After indulging it to the core then we nag each other to clear the garbage and the place. Although i mob and clean it well the odour remains which make us feel unpleasant.

Here i would like to share one such incident we happen to meet during the Christmas season and how we solved it.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Palak Pakoda | Spinach Fritters

When the climate is bit cool automatically we long to have some deep fried pakoras/pakoda for snacks.Yesterday when the weather here in Chennai was  cool so i made up my mind 8-}to make this pakoras for evening snack.To make it bit healthy i used spinach/palak leaves for it.Do try and enjoy with a cup of hot tea/chai.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Whole Wheat Mushroom Pizza | Healthy Pizza Recipe


After my basic pizza sauce recipe here come the pizza recipe.This is healthy compared to my first baked pizza since the base with made only with wheat flour.I actually made this for after school snack then had half of it for dinners as it was too heavy as snack for kids.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pizza sauce | Basic sauce Recipe


Last week a day when i decided  to bake a pizza after a long gap  using wheat flour many recipe for for pizza sauce which i don't have.My previously baked one is simple vegetable pizza.While googling saw many ways of preparing it and concluded to make my own way and use it in my wheat pizza ( recipe follows next).One best thing about homemade is that we are totally clear what we use in making it  and its preservatives free.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Kambu/Pearl Millet Sadam & Kambu koozh | Millet Recipe

pearl millet rice

We all know the health benefits of millets and i need not brief it again for you.They  are high in fibre and low in carbohydrates and its best to use millets instead of rice in our diet.Last week for my kids lunch i packed rotis  so that i can have millet for lunch.I made with 1\3 cup first the sadam/rice then diluted it with buttermilk and had the porridge.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Recharged with music & moves #MaxFreshMove

Life is a mixture of emotions sometimes happy and sometimes sad and there are time we need to refresh our sad / lazy mood.One of the best thing to refresh such situation is to hear or see some songs.We can see many with their headphones in ear often while,travelling.walking which is just to hear their favourite song.Music refresh mind and soul i can 100% assure it since  i have  live example in my house,my daughter who is very fond of music and who keep on hearing it all day,she says music is  life,stress buster,refresher and all to her.I can say many examples for it.One such situation i have depicted here.


In march 2015 when my husband said we all shall go for a month trip to Dubai during summer holidays we all were so excited and it got doubled when our tickets were booked.Since then we all are planning where to go,what to buy and so on.Being a mother i was little concerned as annual exams are fast approaching but children refuse to concentrate on studies.With my strict orders somehow they managed to do their exams well and kids were thrilled about their trip.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Peanut Chaat | Protein packed snack | Zero Oil Recipe

Peanuts are protein packed food rich in amino acids which helps in proper growth and development of body.It also helps in fighting many illness like stomach cancer,regulates sugar,good for skin,fight depression and so on.For after school snack i just pressure cook it and give my kids.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Some natural tips for flawless skin

Every women or girls dream is to have a pimple free,soft ,radiant and glowing skin as they see in commercials.But do all have such, the answer will be mostly no.Very few people are blessed with a clear and beautiful skin and i would say they are very lucky person.I just stare at the  people who pass by having a soft supple face  and admire them a lot.


The climate in our region too make our skin looks dull and toned.We need to take great measures to protect our skin from all the climatic changes we go through.Skin type also plays a major role to get good look.


People with normal skin,i would say they are blessed, because their skin are pimple free and mostly their skin don’t have much effect on using various cosmetic.But a bad thing is that very soon they may lose the oiliness in their face which make them look dull.Hence people with normal skin have to use a moisturiser regularly to keep it young.Applying olive oil daily also make their skin look good.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Watermelon Milkshake | Easy Milkshake

watermelon milkshake

We all make milkshakes with many fruits and sometimes with veggies too.Kids never  fuss to drink any milkshake and the same with this too.When i bought a full watermelon we was left with 3\4 of its in fridge and i was worried what to do with it.When i googled up say many recipes and decided to go with this milk shake.When i made this each of my kids drank two cups each and there was a fight between them.do make this simple and tasty drink.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rainbow Cupcakes | Kids Party Special


When i bought blue food colour  a year back my plan was to make  rainbow cake or cup cake but it never happened.All needs a time for it to happen  and my long awaited plan happened last week when i baked this cup cakes for an evening snack.It was fun to work with colours and kids enjoy mixing it.I adapted this recipe from allrecipes with slight changes in the ingredients.I don't have red food colour hence used strawberry pink also while mixing for purple i made more blue colour then mixed some pink and got a darkest shade of green.Be careful while adding colours.Do try this your kids.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Quail / Kadai Egg Masala | Side dish for Roti /Naan (Indian Flat Bread)

quail egg masala

Last Friday when we went to a wholesale egg shop i saw a board saying "Kadai egg is available here" and was curious to ask the details about it.When asked he showed a small box with 12 cute eggs and i immediately bought a box.Ever since i bought that my son was eagerly waiting for recipe to be done with it.While searching web i found that this egg type though small in size has nutritional values three or four times greater then normal eggs.Unlike chicken eggs,quail eggs does not cause any allergies and helps in fighting those allergy symptoms.When i made this gravy/masala it tasted too good and i decided to but it often.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Dabur Baby Massage Oil-Product Review | #FirstLove activity of Blogadda

Imagine a world if there is no children,really it would be hell.Children brings life and meaning to our living,there remain the world for most parent including me.When a baby is born there is no words to express it for a couple as they are now a parent  and a new life ,bundle of joy bliss dwells in their hands, i can assure there will be a sure happiness as i have personally experienced it .Whenever i feed my kid or curdle in my lap i used to keep on rubbing their soft tender skin with my hand as it is very smooth and soft.

Dal Rasam | Paruppu Rasam | Cooked Lentils in spiced tamarind water


Some gravy/recipe may look simple but so comforting that can be had with simple pickle which tastes the best and make us feel as if we had some great meal.This dal rasam to comes in the same category which looks quite easy but tastes awesome and hence this rasam can be called as comforting food when you are soo lazy to prepare heavy lunch.Yesterday when i was confused about the lunch preparation suddenly this strikes my head and decided to make.We had it with bhindi/okra stir fry,and papad.There may be any traditional way to make this rasam but i made it in my way.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Raspberry Lemonade Fizz | Summer drink

Fizz is a mixed drink ( cocktail) .It generally uses acidic juices (like lemon or lime) and carbonated water. {source wikipedia }.When i was in Dubai i got a small box if lovely beauties which i ate few as such and was wandering what to do with some.While googling i found many drink and ended up making a fizz.Many fizz drink uses gin but i didnot use it here.Also you can see in one cup its forthy as i added more carbonated drink in to it.My version was not very dilute so if you prefer watery consistency then dilute it.I just made a simple sugar syrup with water & milk,you can skip it add sugar and water as such.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Mango Lassi | Mango Recipes | Summer special

mango lassi

Lassi is a famous north Indian which uses yogurt as main ingredients.There are many variety of it in my little space too i have two variety of it, strawberry lassi ,rose  lassi&sweet lassi,Apart from it there salted lassi,any fruits mixed with yogurt ,many type depends one's innovation.Lets check how to make this simple drink.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Banana Choc chips Muffins | Eggless & Butterless


Anything with banana is my favourite and i even love the fruit banana as such. But my kids hate the fruit,i have to compel them to eat it due to my force they eat now and then.Then too there are time when i was left with some over ripped bananas in my pantry and when i see them the first thing that strike my thought is to bake with it.Last week when there were few over riped fruit  i made this muffin with added chocolate which is my son's favourite.
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