Beetroot Dhokla | Snack Recipe

Beetroot Dhokla | Snack Recipe

Beetroot Dhokla with step by step pictures.With a variation from regular dhokla, I have added beetroot puree in it to make it an iron-rich snack.When I made the batter for dhokla it was in a pretty pink color but when I steamed it the color got vanished and it was as regular dhokla.When searched how to fix it got the idea from a site by adding beetroot juice to the tempering agent and pour over it.So if any of you are trying this dhokla be sure you add at least 1\2 cup of beetroot puree to the batter to get nice pink colored dhokla.

ABC Juice | Miracle Drink | Detox Drink

ABC, as the name says its a drink made with apple, beetroot, and carrot.It is also called as miracle drink since it has numerous health benefits.It is also the best detox drink as it helps to flush out toxins from vital organs.Some important health benefits of this drink are heart friendly drink, for spotless clear skin, enhance brain activity, helps in weight loss, boost the immune system and detoxifies vital organs.

Spinach Buns | Masala Palak Pav | Healthy Pavs

Spinach Buns | Masala Palak Pav | Healthy Pavs

Spinach is one healthy green which is used widely everywhere.We can make a variety of dishes with this healthy green, together with dal or just stir fry or in salad and many more.Add its puree to make Indian flat bread varieties is also a way of including it.Here I have used the puree to make buns/pav.Adding other spices to it make this pav and an execellent snack or a dinner roll.

Spinach Chakli | Palak Murukku | Snack Recipe

Murukku /Chakli is one Indian snack which is widely prefered by all people to munch on with evening tea.Tough it it deep fried people prefer it and is mostly prepared in all house holds for any festival.Add spinach/palak to it make it healthy , right?. I have also added few mint leaves in addition to spinach for an extra flavor/aroma.

Banana Oats Muffins | Breakfast Muffins

Oats is one great ingredient rich in iron and other vital nutrients.People opting for diet go for this grain as it helps in weight management.Here this muffin I have added the powdered form of it in addition to the flour to make it healthy.Together with banana and egg, this muffin makes a perfect breakfast option.

Bread Cups | Bread Veggie Cups | Kids Recipe

Bread cups is one easy kid's friendly recipe that had to be had as breakfast or snack.Making this recipe takes very little time.With veggie chopped in and cheese grated your food is ready in five minutes.I have used vegetables for filling but willing you can make it non-veg with some pan-fried boneless chicken pieces.Also, I have used whole wheat bread here you can use white bread also.Since wheat bread is healthy I mostly opt for it.

Avocado Oats Smoothie | Breakfast Smoothie

Avocado oats smoothie  is a healthy,nutrious and filling smoothie.We all know oats nutrient composition is well balanced with proteins,vitamins, minerals and less fat.It has a powerful soluble fiber called beta-glucan which reduces cholesterol and blood sugar.It is good option for weight watchers as it is filling and healthy.Iron content in it is 20% of daily requirement. Adding avocado to it makes it even more healthier and power packed to start the day.

Homemade Mayonnaise | 1 Minute Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is a thick, creamy dressing often used in many dishes.It is one of the most familiar condiments used world wide.Make it at home just require few ingredients and very little time say just a minute.The key ingredient is egg ,oil, and lemon and other ingredients are additional.I have used my immersion blender but you can also use your mixer if you don't have an immersion blender.

Pumpkin Soup | Pumpkin Pepper Soup | Winter Recipe

Pumpkin Soup | Pumpkin Pepper Soup | Winter Recipe

Pumpkin pepper soup with step by step pictures. When it is cold outside we all feel to have something hot.Here the climate in Chennai has changed a lot from how sunny days to rainy day and cold nights.For past eight days it was a rain holiday for school and I was so happy to get up lesuirely at morning.Kids at home always want hot,hot dishes for all three times a day and I to enjoyed making different recipe and relishing it hot.

Quinoa Curd Rice | Quinoa Recipes | Lunch Box

Quinoa curd rice with step by step pictures.My main reason to buy quinoa is that its a super healthy food and after buying it from amazon I want to try as much as recipes with it.To start with I made the first post about how to cook quinoa and then this curd rice which was yummuliciuos.

How To Cook Quinoa | Step by Step Pictures

How to cook Quinoa with step by step pictures.Quinoa is one of the world's best healthy food.It is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids.It is also high in fiber, magnesium, B-vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants.

Witch Finger Cookies | Halloween Special | Step by Step pictures

Witch finger cookies with step by step pictures. This is a simple cookie that can be made for a halloween party.With the simple cookies dough, some jam and few whole almonds you can easily make this cookie.Every year during Halloween when I see bloggers posting this I want to do it but due to laziness I never did.This year I had a strong decision that I must do it.Since today is rain holiday in Chennai I had more leisure time and I mostly prefer to bake a new stuff when my kids are near about so as I can share my happiness if the baked products with them.I baked it and my kids loved it.

Mini North Indian Thali | Vegetarian Thali Recipe | Lunch Menu Ideas

North Indain thali recipes menu.My long term wish got fulfilled yesterday, yes I made a thali meal for lunch .It comprise of one dry sabji,one gravy,rice, roti,dessert and curd.Since saturday was my daughter's birthday we had non-veg recipes for both lunch and dinner.So for a change I made full veggie platter yesterday.

Tiffin Sambar | Moong Dal Sambar | Sambar wirh Freshly Ground Masala | Side dish for Idli/Dosa

Tiffin Sambar | Moong Dal Sambar | Sambar wirh Freshly Ground Masala | Side dish for Idli/Dosa

Sambar with freshly prepared sambar powder.My mom always makes fresh small batch of sambar powder every time she makes sambar.I have never seen her buying sambar powder from the grocery shop.And the sambar she makes tastes divine and I miss them so badly as I only have memories of her as she left the world so early.For one dinner I want to try sambar as my mom do and I did it.I explained to my daughter how her granny cooks sambar with fresh masala and how tasty it would be.I feel sad that my kids have no chance to get the love and affection for thier granny.

Methi Pulao | One Pot Dish | Lunch Box Ideas

 Methi pulao with step by step pictures.Methi aka Fenugreek leaves is one green leaf variety which had bitter taste.Due to this many people avoid it but knowing its health benefits and body cooling capacity due to heat people are slowly showing interest in it.This leaves are avaliable both in fresh and dried forms.Dried form of it is called as "kasuri methi" which are widely used in north Indian recipes by adding it at end to enhance the flavor of the gravy.

Murungai Keerai/ Moringa /Drumstick Leaves Thoran | Healthy Side Dish for Rice

Murungai Keerai/ Moringa /Drunstick Leaves Thoran | Healthy Side Dish for Rice

Murungai Keerai also known as moringa is one healthy green available loaded with iron.The first food most physician would recommend for an anemic patient would be this green.Most houses have this wonder green tree in their backyard.Only the leaf separating part from the stalk is a bit time-consuming.To do that job easier just keep this green in a  poly bag in the fridge overnight.Next morning all the leaves would have fallen from the stick.Collect the leaves and make dishes with it.

Vegetable Toast | Vegetable Masala Bread Toast | Easy Breakfast Recipe

Vegetable Toast | Vegetable Masala Bread Toast | Easy Breakfast Recipe

When its weekend or day post festivalwe all feel lazy to get up and do our daily chores.Doing breakfast becomes a tough job as we get curled up under the bedsheet and not willing to get up.In that times if you have a packet of bread in your pantry, breakfast doesn't seem a tough job.With just few minutes you can prepare this yummy and healthy dish with lots of vegetables.Use vegetables of your choice.

Boondhi Ladoo - My 300th post | Festive Sweet Recipe | Diwali Sweet

boondi ladoo

I am so happy to write my 300th post today.It had been one year and five months since i started to blog  and it journey  gained me  some good friends from all round the world.Your comments,suggestions,etc were like energy boosters for me and helped me to go on.Do continue to support me and since  its a special day lets celebrate it with a sweet as no occasion or festival are complete with out a sweet.

My story about Old Gadget Cashout

Gadgets have become as an inseparable thing in our life nowadays.One cannot imagine a day without this.Each and every one is some what related to this gadgets in some way.Let me share my experiences with it.

Diwali Cleanup For Gadgets with Cashify #CleanUpCashOut

The following story is my total imagination and in no intention to hurt anybody.

Two good friends by name Rita and Seetha lived in a huge town which is near to a big metropolitan city.These two studied in grade sixth in one of the good school in their town.Although their town is not less than a city in means of infrastructure these two little girls wish were to go to the city nearby and enjoy a day there.To have fun they need a handsome amount which they find it difficult to save or find.These two little girls saved each penny their parents gave as a gift or an exchange, but the sum was that much not enough to enjoy their fun outing for a day the in the city.

Dry Gulab Jamun | Easy Diwali Sweet

Dry Gulab Jamun | Easy Diwali Sweet

Dry gulab jamun is nothing but the ordinary gulab jamun served dried without the sugar syrup.We have mostly seen this dessert served with syrup and mostly everyone prefer that liquidy jamun.In a cooking show, they telecasted this jamun recipe and I decided to make for this year Diwali cooking.On searching, I found the gulab jamun can be either roll over desiccated coconut or sugar but in television, they said to roll over sugar.So whatever you prefer to go for it.

Madras Mixture | Spicy Mixture | Easy Diwali Snack Recipe

 I love to watch chef Venkatesh Bhut's cooking show in Vijay tv as the method involved and the way he narrates make us feel the simplicity of the recipe.I remember him making this mixture in an episode some very long back.In it he mentioned make this snack when you get time as its so simple, pocket-friendly and make a great snack, yes its all really true.When I did it I got a big bottle full and made a great snack for the evening. Since Diwali is fast nearing and if you still have no clue what snack to make for disturbing do try this simple mixture.

Carrot Coconut Burfi | Easy Indian Sweet Recipe | Video Recipe

Diwali is just  round the corner which we can easily witness in this digital world where bloggers posting more sweets and savories.I too have posted few of it and to add in it comes this burfi.I referred my coconut burfi and did it, as it is so simple to make.Just mix everything in a pan and keep stirring till it leaves the sides.One small suggestion from my side is to reduce the sugar level a bit.Because 2 cups looks more sweet for me after I made it so better reduce it to 1 &3\4 cup.But If you like more sweeter version then can go for 2 cups.

Easy Snack For Diwali | Savory Snack

I have just made a small collection of the some deep fried snack that you can easily at home for this diwali.It may look like hard to make but I assure you that its damn easy to make.Do give a try and stay healthy with home made recipe.

Easy savory snack to try for this Diwali.Click each recipe name to see the detailed procedure.

Wheat Flour Muruku

Easy Snack For Diwali | Savory Snack 

Badam Murukku | Almond Chakli | Snack Recipe

Badam murukku with step by step pictures.No festival is complete with snacks .Everyone prepare or buy both sweet and savory items.For this diwali if you are looking for a twist from your regualar murukku then try this badam murukku which is super tasty,crispy and addictive also.One can never stop with a single piece.

Milk Powder Gulab Jamun | Festive Sweet Recipe | Video Recipe

Milk Powder Gulab Jamun | Festive Sweet Recipe | Video Recipe

Easy gulabjamun recipe with milk powder.Gulab jamun is one easy and simple sweet which is loved by all people.This can be had as such or can paired up with ice creams.Nowadays I see many innovation of using this jamun  cake,cheese cake,triffle,pudding,etc.Gulab jamun readymix are easily avaliable in market in different name.One can also easily prepare it from starch.Here I have used milk powder to make it.

Apple Kheer | Apple Milk Pudding

Apple Kheer | Apple Milk Pudding
When you have a sudden sweet carve or guest and you are running out of ideas about what to cook this simple kheer will help you.With just a few ingredients you can make a yummilicious dessert in no time.

Beans Thoran | French Beans cooked with Spiced coconut | Onam sadya Recipe

This another simple and easy recipe that make appearance in the sadya menu.It just so simple to prepare but taste delicious when eaten up with rice.Apart from beans , cabbage, beetroot , and many other vegetables can also be prepared as thoran in the same way.If you are planning for sadya this year do include this recipe as this can be prepared in few minutes where the only time consuming job is chopping of the beans which can also be prepared in advance.

Sweet Payaru Sundal | Sweet Mung Beans Sundal

With navarathiri in line ket me finish my post in draft before it. After the salty version of this payaru sundal here some the sweet version of it.Its so easy to make just thicken the jaggery syruo and add the cooked beans.Here I have used jaggery but ordinary white sugar can also be used in it.

Pasi Payaru Sundal | Mung Beans Sundal | Snack Recipe

Pasi Payaru Sundal | Mung Beans Sundal | Snack Recipe

Pasi payaru aka whole green gram is one of the healthy pulses.It is also called as mung beans.I usually boil it and serve as an after-school snack for kids.Its can had a such or with some sugar ,I mostly prefer sweet version.With navarathiri people may lack ideas what to cook for sundal.With this legume, you can easily make sundal in no time.

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 says,” 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.It increases  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.
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