Be Fit & Healthy #ApneTareekeSeHealthy

Healthy, health, fit, strong, are some common word we quite hear often either by our family or friends, in media, books, and papers.We can see people have become more health conscious nowadays.If you get time to go out in early hours you can see a huge number of people go for walking around parks, roads and in beaches.The most common reason is their work.Many people works go for prolonged hours sitting at a desk or at a fixed place and hence they restrict their food steps.

Lauki Halwa | Bottle Gourd Halwa | Festive Sweet Recipe | Review of Preethi Turbo Chopper

Lauki Halwa | Bottle Gourd Halwa | Festive Sweet Recipe
Recently I had an invitation to attend the Blog -Jam meet conducted by Preethi Appliances.This was was my first met I attended personal and I had to leave the meet in midway due to a personal issue.I regret that I couldn't attend it fully as I learned that the second part was related to food photography which is much needed for a food blogger.I hope no further issues like this happens in future.

Pollution Free Home #ClearAirBeautifulHome

As the saying say ,” Home sweet Home” , “ East or west home is the best “, home is the best place and nothing can replace it.Whenever we go for holidays there will be sure inner thought in one’s  mind chanting as when shall we go to our house soon and relax.Home is the best place.But a big question is, Is our home is polluted free, as a recent survey shows that the air inside our home is five times polluted than outside air.

Yogurt Brownies | Eggless Brownies

Yogurt Brownies | Eggless Brownies

If you have any extra curd fresh or slightly sour try to use it in your cakes as it yields soft and fluffy bakes.As My birthday was this week I just want to make a simple cake.My daughter one day said he was longing to a have brownie, so I decided to make this for my day with easy avaliable ingredients in my kitchen pantry.

Idli Milagai Powder | Gun Powder | Side dish for Idli/Dosa | Video Recipe

Idli podi/gun powder comes as a saver when we are not in a mood to make any side dish for idli/dosa.It is unbeatable with some sesame oil.My kids are adherent lovers of this podi as they don't need any other side if this podi was there.I usually make this in a big batch and they stay fresh till last.The secret of it is dry roasting of the salt.If we do so this podi/powder won't spoil and till remain fresh.Do try this way and see.

Pidi Karunai Kilangu Kuzhambu | Kara Kuzhambu

Pidi karunai is a small variety of root vegetable which looks similar in appearance to yam / senna-Kilangu except the size.This pidi karaunai will be very small in size and will fit inside our palm, may be it got this name due to this.This kuzhambu is so easy to make only the time-consuming part is cooking of this kilangu other than that it can be prepared within few minutes.

White Pumpkin Juice | Vellai Posankai Juice | Weight Loss Juice

White Pumpkin Juice | Vellai Posankai Juice

White pumpkin / vellai posankai is a watery vegetable which can be made into a variety of recipes both sweet, gravy, fibressalad, etc.This juice is one such way of having it.This is prepared with freshly with the cubed vegetable and spices.Since this vegetable is low in calories but rich in fibers and other nutrients make it an ideal vegetable for weight watchers.


brahmi leaves /Valarai keerai

Valarai keerai / Brahmi leaves is a fan shaped herb has vast medicinal properties and one of the most is that it increases the memory power.Try to include this atleast once a week in diet.Apart from having it as kootu it can also be made like .Try this way.

Chicken Sandwich | Chicken- Egg Sandwich | Easy Breakfast Recipe

chicken egg sandwich

I have posted many sandwich recipes on my blog, to add to the list here is my first non-veg sandwich with chicken and egg.Here I have used egg omelet in addition but you can avoid it if you feel its too heavy.This recipe can be made for dinner or breakfast, I made it for dinner.I just fried the marinated chicken but you can also boil the chicken, add spices and make the sandwich.

Sura /Shark Fish Puttu

fish puttu

As i have said earlier fish is a must in our daily lunch,since my kids get bored eating daily i use now and then.This sura puttu taste awesome and will be liked by all if u try,Sura fish is good for feeding mothers as it secrete more milk.

Pavakai Thayir Pachadi | Bitter Gourd in Yogurt | Onam Sadya Recipe

bitter gourd in yogurt

Bitter gourd in yogurt is a simple recipe which made by just sauteing bitter guard and adding it to curd/yogurt.Many people even me hate this vegetable, bitter gourd due to its bitter taste.I don't remember whether I had it in my young age.Even after marriage I don't buy or make it. Its only my hubby who make and force me to eat but I will refuse it.As ages I understood the health benefit of it and started buying and making it rarely.Even though my kids don't like to eat it I add it in add or fry it so that the bitter taste don't dominate.

Red Amarnath Leaves Stir Fry | Sigappu Keerai Thoran (Poriyal)

red amarnath leaves stir fry

Greens are very healthy as there are rich on iron, fibre and many nutrients.But nowadays many hesitate to buy the greens because of the hygiene in handling the leaves by the seller/vendor and place where these are grown.We cannot assure the cleanliness but we can clean it  well in more and more water or with rock salt dissolved in water.

Double Chocolate Cookies | Easy Video Recipe

Simple and easy double chocolate cookies to pair with your evening tea /coffee.Here I have added an egg but if you want to avoid it then use some curd/yogurt in place of it.Do try this easy cookie at home and feed your kids.

Ragi Coconut Milk Kozhukattai | Millet Flour Balls in Sweetened Coconut Milk | Festive Recipe

Another millet flour sweet dumpling in jaggery sweetened coconut milk.When it comes to sweet I never deprive of anything and would just happily indulge in it.Yesterday I made for my sweet craving and enjoying it chilled even today.I have already posted Foxtail millet flour sweet dumpling with coconut milk and paal kozhukattai with rice flour.Do give a try and eat healthily.

Fried Modak | Festive Recipe

fried modak

As the name says this is a deep fried recipe.The filling can be anything either sweet or savory.Here I used a sweet filling with grated coconut and jaggery. I made this yesterday's after-school snacks for my kids.The whole process takes about 30 mins only.Do give a try for the festive and relish with your family.

Vendaikai Puli Kuzhambu | Okra in Tangy-Spicy Gravy

okra gravy

This gravy or kuzhambu is so simple and easy to make with just around 10 mins and it tastes great with hot steamed rice and some fried papad.When you are not in a mood to cook long elaborate dishes go for this simple comfort one.Here I have used lady's finger but you can also use brinjal instead of it.I have not used coconut in it but if you want to make for more people you may add some coconut paste to get more quantity of the gravy.

Caramel Pudding | Caramel Custard Pudding | Flan Recipe

caramel pudding

This is one of a simple and easiest pudding recipe.The key ingredient here is egg, milk, and sweetener.Just blend everything up in a mixer and steam or bake it.I adopted this recipe from here.

Sambharam | Spiced Buttermilk of Kerala | Onam Sadya Recipe

spiced mor

Sambharam is a thirst quencher drink of Kerala which is almost similar to tamilians buttermilk..This simple drink also appear on the onam sadya menu.Since onam will be in just a month I thought to share few onam recipes.

Indian Wild Plum Ice Cream | Jamun Fruit Ice Cream

Simple and easy to  make ice cream with jamun fruit which has a sweet tarty taste.With no fancy ingredients init this dessert is so easy to make with just corn flour,milk and sweetner.

Vegetable Kara Panniyaram | Breakfast/ Dinner Recipe

When its panniyaram, I always make sweet one for snacks ( may be because of my sweet tooth).My daughter always insist me to make kara/savory.Very rare I make kara panniyaram by mixing residual idli batter with avaliable flours in my pantry.One day when I want to make a different dinner apart from roti/rice I made this panniyaram with my left over millet dough along with fresh vegetables.Here I have used the vegetable as such but if you prefer you can slightly saute them in oil and add it to the batter.

Ginger -Lemongrass Tea | Tea / Chai with milk

lemongrass tea

I mostly prefer tea/chai for the evening and my day always starts with a cup of coffee.Since my kids don't drink tea or coffee I usually make simple tea or cardamom or ginger tea else combination of both.I have a small garden on my terrace where I grow some flowering plants, a banana tree and few kitchen greens.You can check the pictures on my Instagram account .I bought this lemon grass plant long back and had not used it in any recipes. On googling I found it's very useful for weight reduction and decided to first try a tea with it.With the aroma of lemon grass & ginger the tea tastes so unique and I have decided to make it often.

Mango chia seeds pudding | Vegan pudding | Mango recipe

mango chia seeds pudding

Mango chia seeds pudding is a vegan pudding made with coconut milk, chia seeds & mango pulp.This is my first vegan dessert and last mango recipe of the year.I mostly prefer/use milk in my dessert since my kids were fond of the coconut flavor in desserts.A packet of chia seeds was left unnoticed for a long time and want to use it soon.If you don't have this chia seeds you can also use sabja seeds which will be used in falooda.Making this dessert it so easily the only time consuming one is the time needed for the seeds to soak in coconut milk otherwise it will be
ready in few minutes.

Carrot Muffins | Wheat Carrot Mini Bundt Cake| Eggless Bakes

Carrot mini bundt cakes with step by step pictures.My long term wish to make this carrot cake became sucess yesterday since I had failed init in my previuos attempt. I was so excited when the muffins were out from the oven and they simply tastes awesome with the flavors of cinnamon & ginger in it.Its perfect for evening snack with a cup of tea/chai and can also be served as breakfast for kids.

Kambu idiyappam | Pearl Millet String hoppers | Breakfast / Dinner recipe

Idiyappam/ string hoppers is a food which is soft,steam cooked and is easily digested by all all age groups of people.When kids or people fall sick and in recovery stage doctor mostly refers easily digestible steamed  food like idli or idiyappam.When it is idiyappam for dinner my kids will be waiting to indulge init.Mostly I serve with plain red coconut chutney and very rarely some non-veg dish.

Mango Mastani | Mango recipe

Mango mastani is a deliciuos drink made with mango pulp,milk,ice cream and topped with dry fruits and nuts.Is is one of the famous drink in Pune, a city in India.I have not tasted it but after trying this at home it was super tasty and gulped at one sip.

Bhel Puri | Indian chat Recipe

bhel puri

When it comes to chaat items there is  no doubt its the most favorite food for many people.Its not only popular in northern India , in south Indian also people love it and the road side shop in almost all main streets stand proof for it.When it comes to making it at home I haven't made many of it, one for a while I make pav bhaji for dinner.So I decided to give try some and record it here in my space.

Bread Balls | Bread Potato Balls | Snack recipe

When it comes to after school snacks for my kids , its always a challenging work for me as the taste and preference differ for both.But if its a deep fried snack both like it.So last week when I had some left bread slices I decided to make this balls and it was totally delicious.If you have some slice and puzzled with no ideas to do with it then try this easy snack recipe and feel satisfied for not wasting it.

Rava Ragi Idli | Instant Idli | Healthy Breakfast/ Dinner

Instant idli with ragi flour and rava/semoline/sooji.Let us see how to make this simple ,healthy yet delicious idli/steamed cake which is suitable for breakfast or dinner .I already have quite some variety of idli recipes in my blog ,so check the breakcast label and get to know about it.This is an instant version just mixing ingredients and steaming it unlike the ragi idli where you need to soak rice+ millet,grind and allow to ferment.It comes in handy for dinner when you have no clue what to prepare.Do try and I'm sure you will fall in love with it.

Indian wild Jamun Drink | Jamun Plum drink | Summer Drink

jamun drink

Summer is one season when markets will be loaded with variety of fruits to quench the thirst.This jamun plum ,called as 'naval pazham' in tamil has a sweet and sour taste with unique purple color leaving a tan on your lips after consuming it. It is loaded with health benefits and its seeds to are believed as a medicine for daibetics.I have heard people drying these seeds after consuming the flesh,powder it and eat a tsp a day.

Baby potato roast | Potato jeera roast | Side dish for rice or roti

When it comes to potatoes it is universally liked by all age groups and this baby potato too doesn't fail init.With small it size and easily absorbs the flavors of the curry it can easliy gulped  one per each intake.When ever I buy baby potato the most common dish with it would be dum aloo for roti.This time alos it was the same  and I had few leftover of the boiled potatoes.The following day for my kid lunch box I fixed this easy stir fry  to go along with lemon rice

Millet Cookies | Saamai / Little millet cookies

Millets are in use quite long back but we forgot its benefits and nutritional values.After knowing it people have changed their attitute towards it and now you can see millet related products, books, package,etc are found in almost all departmental shops.

Kara chutney | Hotel style spicy chutney | Onion-tomato chutney

When it comes to side dish for idli/ dosa mostly I prefer easy sambar or coconut chutney or red chutney.But when the breakfast ,idli/dosa , is continous for next following days also I do this kara chutney or tomato chutney. This chutney takes hardly 5 mins to prepare and taste awesome with idli or dosa.With no further delay let's see how make make this yummiest kara chutney.

Eggless Mango Pancakes | Easy Pancake | Breakfast Ideas

mango pancakes

We are already in the mid of this year and it surprises me how times flies.To start the new month I'm here with a sweet and simple pancake using mango, the king of fruits" as the star ingredient.In this mango period, I had not tried any new recipes which make me feel guilty although I got the fruit abundant and hence to console my feeling I prepared this simple breakfast today.

Oreo CheeseCake | No Bake Oreo cheesecake

oreo cheesecake

I know it had been a long time since I posted in my little space here it's not because I don't have time its my utter laziness & tiredness due to this terrific heat to sit and pen.Since I don't prefer to keep my page idle I"m here with a simple cheesecake with oreo which I made some months before.

Other cheesecake recipes in my blog are  Mango cheesecake & strawberry cheesecake.In both these cheesecakes I used paneer but here in this cake, I used cream cheese which I luckily found in a department shop.Let's see how to make this simple cheesecake.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Strawberry Mojito | Non Alcoholic Mojito | Summer Drink

Mojito is nothing but a carbonated drink with dominating citrus flavor.Mostly in this drink alcohol is used but since here we don't prefer alcohol I just used soda water.You can make this drink with any fruit but citrus fruit really more punching and refreshing.

I already have lemon mojito recipe which is just a mix of lemon,mint and aerated drink.Here in this strawberry mojito I just have added  fresh strawberry with lemon juice and carbonated drink with soda water.Do check my raspberry fizz, gulkand milkshake,oats buttermilk , mango iced tea for some ideas to make summer drink for this scorching heat.

Vegan cupcakes | Vegan choc muffins | Video Recipe

It had been so long since I shot a video as I feel lazy to fix the camera ,set up all ingredients and above all even though if  i keep all these ready some time my camera changes to photo mode  which makes me much tensed.Hence I avoided taking videos.But there are times I long to shot video and hence when i made this cupcakes for my daughter's school teachers treat I decided to take a video of it ,though it's not that perfect I'm little satisfied with my work.( I know i have to improve a lot).

Raw Jackfruit Patties | Raw jackfruit cutlet

Cutlet is one snack which my daughter prefer a lot.She is a greatest foodie and critic of my foods and its to satisfy her food carve i try many recipes and I love doing it.Last time when bought this raw fruit to try different dish I end up making this kootu/thoran.But when I bough one the next time I want to make something different and tried this cutlet.Tough I searched to get ideas I ended up making the one which fits our taste.

Muskmelon Juice | Summer Drink

Muskmelon is one fruit which we can see plenty during summer.We can see this fruit almost along all roadside shops , eat outs, juicers selling this to make sure people keep them hydrated and cool during the peak heat hours.The fruit is sweet by itself and no further addition of sweetener is needed.But if feeding for children then definitely add some sugar to enhance the taste.I  buy this and watermelon often and see that my kids are comfortable with the scorching heat.

Kambu Mavoo Puttu | Pearl Millet Flour Steamed Cake | Millet Recipe

Puttu is one breakfast I always prefer and love to have it.I usually prepare it one weekend and feel it more filling.If I have any left over I will happily indulge it for my evening snack as I love it that much and can't express in words.

Thandai spice powder | Homemade thandai powder

Thandai is a drink prepared on a colorful day, holi, the starting of the spring season.Although Holi is celebrated in a grand manner in northern India nowadays I see people in south also enjoy this fun filled day by splashing color over one another. Two years before I have prepared this drink with instant one time masala where all ingredients are soaked, ground, mixed with milk and then filtered.You can check that recipe here.

Space Adventure #ColgateMagicalStories

Colgate always comes in new and different ideas in making the kids come out with their creative story telling talent.This is the third in row they share the same concept of storytelling but with different themes , the first was castle / kingdom theme and the second one was under the sea theme. Since my kiddo was so much familiar with this cutting ,pasting and storytelling his joy had no bounds when he saw packs with it.

Children nowadays have many talents and story narrating is one among such.Whenever we ask any query they themself build a story around it and it would be wonderful to hear that story in their sweet childish tone.

Keema Pasta | Shell pasta with minced meat | Easy Dinner Recipe

Keema pasta with step by step instructions.Keema is nothing but minced meat which is readily available in the market.My daughter is an ultimate foodie who loves to taste variety of food and its for her interest in food I started trying new recipes.She was longing for this keema for a long time and I just delayed it since I'm not comfortable with it as I had never cooked or tasted it. For when my husband, who also a great cook, was on holiday during December she conveyed her wish for keema to him.You know what must have happened then, my hubby bought a pack for it the next day and prepared a delicious pasta for dinner and my part in it is just clicking.

Mochai sundal | Field Beans Sundal | Snack recipe

When I blogged about the kara kuzhambu using mochai I have mentioned about making a sundal with the left over soaked beans and this it that recipe.Making sundal is is quite easy just pressure cook the soaked beans, temper with spices and freshly grated coconut and serve hot.Not any fancy ingredients used to make sundal. But here in this sundal variety I slightly changed by adding an roasted spice powder to give a flavorful twist to the normal sundal.I googled many recipes, grasped some ideas from it and did this.Do try this version and I"m sure you will love it.

Cranberry Cream Popsicle | Cranberry juice-cream popsicle | Summer Recipes

Cranberry is one fruit which i had never seen ,yes in my part of the world its possible to see many berries or fruits so I don't know the exact shape or taste except that I see in internet that it look like small plum.To know the taste of the fruit we would buy the tetra packet juice commonly avaliable in market but only God knows the reality of the juice as they sell it as real juices.

Mochai Kara Kuzlambu | Dry Field Beans Curry | Chettinad Kara Kuzlambu

Field Beans knows as " mochai" in Tamil is available in two form dry and fresh.To say the truth I never ever had mochai in my life time.Whenever I go for vegetable shopping  I have seen the vendor selling the fresh variety of it but never dare to buy it and try once. But when I hear dialogues in Tamil films conserving about " mochai kottai kuzhmabu", I immediately get tempted and my mouth salivate.To check for the taste of it I bought a pack of this dried beans long back in November last year  but didn't try any as blogging was bit dragging from my side during that time.At last two week before i tried this curry and tasted for the first time and it was like normal kuzhambu/ gravy with the cooked beans in it.The curry it was so filling with rice and you don't need any side dish for it. I have some left over from the soaked beans and thinking of doing sundal with it.

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