Short Bread Cookies | Cookies Recipe

Christmas is almost in air and we are getting ready to welcome baby Jesus in our home and heart.My last Christmas recipe for this year happens to be this post and we are all set to travel to our native to celebrate Christmas.

Merry Christmas to all my readers.

Christmas Muffins | Easy Eggless Muffins | Christmas Bakes

An easy eggless muffins with all the aroma of Christmas flavors in it.Here I have used only sultanas7 tutti fruity  as dry fruits but you can use what all dry fruits you have in hand.Try this and enjoy with your family ,I am damn sure all will love the flavors in it.

Green Tomato Chutney | Pachha Thakalai Chutney | Side Dish For Idli / Dosa

green tomato chutnay
Green tomato chutney makes a good combo for south Indian breakfast idli/dosa.The tangy taste of tomato along with the some spice from green chilly makes this chutney tastes awesome.first I had a doubt how my kids will react but they to enjoyed it to the core.

Easy Rava Appam | Snack Recipe

If you have any banana which doesn't get attention by any family members then try making it use with in any recipe with it.The same happened in my house when i had a banana left ,so i decided to make appam with it for snack.Its very easy and here i have used rava/sooji as the dough ingredient.

Impact Of Chennai Flood #ChennaiFloods

Last week Nov 30 to Dec 4 was one of the horrific week that we Chennaities faced.If we had any delete button we would easily delete it off  but no way.Life had to move on and Chennai is back in track now.After that incident many rumours circulate  in WhatsApp  & other media that our city " Chennai " is going to be drowned making people got panic over the city and evacuate for it.These people have no work and their only job is to spread rumours.

Pineapple Flavored Kesari With sugar Substitute | Sweet with Sugar free | Diabetic Friendly Recipe

Kesari is one of the easiest dessert which can be easily prepared in jiffy.Whenever I carve for any sweet I just simply make this and relish.This is diabetic friendly recipe since I have replaced white sugar with sugar substitute.While using sugar substitute use for powdered one while making desserts and don't use tablet form substitute as it may give a bitter taste in dessert.

Simple Chicken Frankie Roll | Lunch Box Ideas

This is a super easy recipe idle to pack for kids lunch box.THe only time consuming thing in it is roasting of chicken while other are bit easy.For roti/chappathi you can go for fresh one or any left over.

Puffed Rice Upma | Pori - Vegetable Upma | Snack Recipe

If you any looking some easy snack or breakfast to fill your hungry stomach then this recipe comes as a great rescue.Here I have added grated carrot and green peas but you can add vegetables of your choice.I made this long back when I had some packet of left over puffed rice distributed from our apartment.I made it as after school evening snack but you can also have it as breakfast.

Ragi Sev Upma | Healthy Millet Upma | Finger Millet Sev Recipe

ragi sev upma

After sharing many high calorie recipes here I am with an easy,healthy and diabetic friendly recipe which can be prepared in jiffy.People who  are looking for low calorie and high fibre content food  this ragi sev comes as the best one.These sevs are easily available in markets in different brand name.Lastly month I opened a pair of these to try some delicacies with it.I made this for me as a breakfast which was super tasty ,filling and healthy.

Tirunelveli Halwa | Godhumai Halwa | Halwa Recipe

Tirunelveli Halwa | Godhumai Halwa |  Halwa Recipe

Wheat halwa with step by step pictures.

Happy Diwali <:-P to all my readers, have a fun filled and safe diwali.At last I tried my hands on traditional method of making halwa of Tirunelveli which is near to our home town. When ever we travel down south Tamilnadu we make sure to buy some halwa at Tirunelveli.I referred Raks kitchen to do it with some slight changes.I needed the sugar & ghee amount.The tricky parts are the caramelisation ,then the addition of water and continuous stirring.If we miss it the halwa may turn bitter.

Wheat Flour Murukku /chakli | Festive Snack Recipe

wheat flour murukku

Diwali is round the corner and I could see loads of sweets and savouries in blogosphere and I'm enjoying the virtual treat of it.Though we don't celebrate it on seeing all delicacies for it I'm more tempted to do try some and as a blogger I tried few also.Yesterday for after school snack I tried this murukku/chakli and it was so tasty to munch with tea.Do try this easy snack for festival or day to day and relish it.

Milk Powder Burfi /Fudge | Diwali 2015 Recipe | Festive Sweet recipe

Milk Powder Burfi /Fudge | Diwali 2015 Recipe | Festive Sweet recipe

Milk powder burfi with step by step pictures.

No festival is complete without a sweet. It's not tedious to make it at home and one just need the interest to make.since when I ask some about this they often reply why to suffer just buy it from a shop.Shops do sell variety of sweets but one main ingredients ' love ' will be missing in it.Do try to make atleast one or two sweet and enjoy with festive season with family. This fudge/burfi just need few ingredients to make.

Besan-Cashew Khoya laddo | Festive Sweet Recipe

In my previous post ,homemade instant khoya I promised to share the recipe I made with it and it is nothing than this ladoo.This ia an addictive,tasty and delicious laddoo with besan,mawa & cashew.Sugar is used as a sweetener in it but you can also use try this easy sweet for Diwali and share with friends.

Homemade Instant Mawa / Khoya | Instant khoya using Milk powder

Mawa/ khoya is nothing but milk solids made by continuous stirring of milk till it solidifies.This khoya  available in market will either sweetened or unsweetened.The process of making it is a lengthy one and need more effort .When I want to make some delicacies for this year many sweets called for this khoya and I was bit afraid to make it at home.While browsing for some easy method to make this I landed up into Viji's space to make this instant version.This one was little rubbery  and it failed while i tried to make burfi.The best recipe to make with this instant mawa will be any laddoo or gulab jamun.

Easy North Indian Gravies with Eastern Masala | Product Review

Eastern masala has come with some new products where one can easily make North Indian gravies at home which is just like a child's play.Yes,I mean it in just 1,2,3 steps one can make yummyliciuos,mouth watering gravies in jiffy.I have already explained in detail about their panneer recipe Shahi Paneer.Other ready to cook products are butter chicken,Methi muttar malai,Kadai vegetable.

Soya Beans Dry curry | Healthy Recipe

Soya beans is one of the good source of protein and some vitamins,minerals and insoluble fibre.They may be in green,yellow,black or brown.Last month when I went for  grocery shopping not knowing I purchased two packets of it misunderstanding one as yellow peas, so I was left with more soya beans.When I look up for recipes to finish it up found this in Rak's kitchen.So simple,easy to make and only soaking time is bit longer.

Aloo Matar Sabji | Potato green peas dry curry | Siide dish for Indian Flat Bread

Potatoes  is one of the fondest vegetable by all age groups and this dry curry with green peas along with it make an excellent combo.Influenced by a commercial  in television my daughter was demanding me to do it since months.At last I fulfilled here wish last week by making this for dinner which was a super hit.Do try this and I'm you will be showered with appreciation from others in your family.

Ragi Puttu | Finger Millet Steamed cake | Millet Recipe

Ragi Puttu | Finger Millet Steamed cake | Millet Recipe
Ragi / finger millet is one millet which can be easily consumed by all ages groups and all sectors of people,even this millet is good for diabetic disorder people.Mostly for kids many usually starts the solid food by first introducing the porridge made with it, which is tasty,filling and healthy.Ragi is one of the great source of calcium and it also gives coolness of the body.I am a sort of person who love  to have puttu for breakfast by kids won't like it.Last purposely I made this for my breakfast while dosa for others.

Oats Raisins Cookies | Healthy Cookies | Eggless & Butterless

Its had been quite a long time since I baked some cookies.This time I made up my mind to bake only oats  and decided to work with it last week.In this I have not used any butter or shortenings instead I used oil for fat.Oats & raisins in it make  cookie  soft and chewy.

Instant Tomato dosa | Thakali Dosai | Breakfast Recipe

Tomato dosa/dosai

Tomato dosa with step by step pictures.

Thakalai dosai alias tomato dosa is almost an instant version of dosai/crepes which does not require any fermentation like a regular one.Just the soaking time is needed for this which then after soaked just grind it and makes it.This goes well with all chutney and sambar.Even the kids get attracted by its red color of it. Since this recipe doesn't need any fermentation time except the soaking& grinding time one can make this dosa quickly. If you are planning to make for dinner just soak it now and grind after 2 hours and your batter will be ready.

Jeera Pulao | Jeera Rice | Easy Rice Variety

Jeera rice /pulao is an easy to make rice variety  which mainly has the flavours of jeera.Since it doesn't have any spiciness in it,a hot and spicy side dish is needed to accompany it.Here I have used both shahi and ordinary jeera for more aroma but you can use any of your choice.This can also be packed for lunch box.

M&M or Gems Gravity Cake Tutorial | Step by Step Pictures| How to make a simple gravity cake

 First let me clear you all that I 'm not an expert just an amateur in baking and this tutorial may be silly for some but for me its precious.It makes me feel owe as I did something new and  I want do want to keep chronicles of my work here and hence the post.Its like a post from a beginner to all beginners.Every year for me kids birthday I want to try a new cake method after I step into this blogging world, which I have successfully past two years.In 2013, I made a funfetti cake and 2014 I tried fondant cake for my son.When September starts my plan to bake also starts and this year I tried this gravity cake seeing many youtube videos.Though it's not perfect :D my son really liked it to the core which is the best compliment than any other.

Apple -Pear Smoothie | Breakfast Smoothie | Fresh Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Having fresh fruits in breakfast is always best and many don't take it  as  everyone will be in hurry during those peak morning time and some even skip their breakfast.For the people who skip breakfast its better to take some fresh fruit smoothies which  not only make their tummy full but gives a satisfaction of taken healthy food.

Pavakkai Theeyal | Bitter Gourd in roasted coconut -Tamarind gravy

bitter gourd theeyal

Theeyal is nothing but a gravy/kuzhambu made with spices ,deeply roasted coconut and tamarind juice. Bitter melon is fried and added to this to make it bitter gourd theeyal. Frying the bitter gourd  reduces the bitterness to a certain amount.I have added a small piece of jaggery to this gravy but you can omit it if you don't prefer sweetness.

Mint Rice | Easy Lunch Box Ideas | Step by Step Pictures

Mint has a unique flavour which really refreshes and only if people like this minty aroma can enjoy else please don't try this.At first i too had some query about how its going to be but when i made this it turned out yummy and delicious .Hence in my  note better  try once and then decide whether to proceed further or just stop with once.Here i have prepared this with cooked rice but if you prefer you cook rice with mint water and make it more tasty.In future i have decided to try that mint pulao and will blog about it when i do it.

Spinach Paratha | Paratha Recipe

We all know the health benefits of spinach which is a super food loaded with nutrients.It is a excellent source of vitamins,iron,manganese,protein and other dietary fibre.This spinach is important for skin,hair,bone and prevents major diseases like cancer,asthma,blood pressure.But making children to eat it as such is bit difficult,When made as paratha like this they do enjoy the taste and we get satisfied feeding best food for them.This can also be packed as lunch box to office/schools.

Onion Samosa | Triangle samosa | Easy snack Recipe

Onion samosa is one the famous street food in south India and in almost all places like sub urban trains,bus stops,bus depots,tea shops,etc one can find this samosa. Making this is not that difficult with minimal ingredients you can prepare it.Here i have used ready made samosa pastry sheet which i got it recently but making that not a challenging one,only the folding part is little tricky which will be perfect as you try it out..Check my notes on how to make it.

Rava Payasam | Sooji Kheer | Dessert Recipe

sooji kheer/ payasam

If you looking for any easy dessert then this kheer comes in handy.with all ingredients easily in all kitchen pantry making it doesn't take much time.To fulfil your sweet carve do make this and indulge in its taste and aroma.

Chocolate Ganache | How to make simple chocolate ganache

Chocolate ganache is so versatile that you can use them  for frosting,layering or to make truffles.The key note lies in the proposition of the ingredients used in it.The two main things needed to make a ganache are cream and chocolate.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread | Eggless & Butterless

Making my kids eat banana is too difficult often i have to force them .so every time i buy banana i also left with some over riped ones.The best way to use it is baking a bread with it.Since i have already baked plain banana bread this time i decided to go with some nutella,is there any who don't like it?... Its a perfect pair for evening chai/ coffee.Go try for it if you are left with over riped bananas.

Hotel Sambar | Easy Hotel Sambar with Eastern Masala | Side dish for Idli / Dosa

hotel sambar
Making sambar is not any difficult task just cook dal with veggies add in masala ,boil and tadka it.Every one will have thier own way of making sambar, some cook vegetables along with dal while some cook it separately and then add to cooked dal.I too have tried many different ways but this hotel sambar stand unique in taste,yes here i have used eastern sambar masala which gives an distinct flavor to it.When ever you see packets of this smabar masala don't forget to grab it as making sambar with it is so easy and tasty too.

Puran poli | Sweet Boli | Indian Sweet

Festivals is incomplete with sweets and i can see co-bloggers posting many festive recipes as festivals are fast approaching.So i too decided to post my puran boli recipe pending in my draft as this is the right time.Boli/poli is usually made with maida/flour but here i have used more of wheat flour and little maida to make it little healthy.This is my own version and i didn't stick to any prescribed  or authentic way.

Prawn Noodles | Spicy prawns in Noodles | Easy Dinner Recipe

prawn noodles

My kids are addictive to noodles what ever type it may be either instant or plain,When there was a ban for instant noodles they longed for it but i made this plain noodles with veggies often to fulfil their carve.For one night dinner i questioned them how about prawn noodles and the answer was a big Yes.I tried it for the first time and relished it to the full with my kids.

Boondhi Raita | How to make Boondi Raita

Hope you all had a great weekend and onam.Last five days was super busy and excited in our home not onam its my last cousin sister marriage which we had been planning for months.Then came onam,weekend and with kids at home i was not in mood to write anything.Today with both left for school though felt lonely i was still was not in spirit to blog but updating is quite necessary hence with a very simple post.

Savory Muffins | Eggless savory vegetable Muffins

I wanted to bake a savory muffins for a long time and i did it last week.With added vegetables and rava makes this muffins a perfect pair for evening tea / coffee.It so simple just sauting mixing and baking.Do give a try ,you can replace any flour for rava to a bake this.

Ginger chutney /Dip | Side Dish for Idli / Dosa

Ginger which we know aid for digestion  ,high in gingerol as substance high in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant property.Ginger can be used either in fresh or dried form.It cures stomach upsets,diarrhea,morning sickness  nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite.Try to add this ginger in any food in  you meal either while cooking or while making any beverages.This chutney is one form of eating ,if don't like the aroma of ginger it will be difficult for you to eat this,in that case add little jaggery with it.

Chakka /Jackfruit Oats Appam | Instant unniappam with Jack fruit preserve | Onam Recipes

jackfruit oats appam

With onam ,state festival of Kerala fast approaching i decided to post few onam recipe this year.When i made jackfruit preserve/jam i first think i made was this appam and that too with oats and some millets.Its super easy ,healthy and can be made instantly.

Chicken Pasta in Tomato-Red Wine Sauce

Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine.Typically pasta is a noodles made with durum wheat flour mixed with water and formed in to different sheets or various size which is then cooked and form various dishes.Pastas may be available in two categories fresh and dried.Fresh pasta are traditionally produced by hands with a aid of simple machine where else dried pasta commercially produced by food extrusion process.

Basic pasta dough is made with wheat flour or semolina with durum wheat used mainly  in south Italy.Other grains like barley,buckwheat,rye,rice and even chestnut and chickpeas flour were regionally used.

Andhra Pesarattu | Whole Moong Dal Dosa | Indian Breakfast Recipe

pesarattu dosa

Pesarattu is one of Andhra's delicacies which is made with moong dal and no urad dal is added to it.It is nutritious and high in fibre. While searching i read that this dosa is served along with upma in restaurants there but i just serve with coconut chutney.Since it has more fibre it will be hard to eat more that two and make us feel full in stomach. Fermentation is not required for this dosa variety you directly make dosa once you ground the batter only the soaking time. Do try this healthy dosa with mung beans.

Eggless Pumpkin Pancakes | Pumpkin Recipe | Easy Breakfast

pumpkin pancakes

 This pumpkin pancakes was in my do-to list for a long time and it came true yesterday.Yes , i tried this in small quantity for kids after school snack and it was super easy.I  made it with maida/plain flour but if you wish you can use wheat flour too.

Jackfruit Preserve | Chakka Varati | Jackfruit Jam

I love all kerala delicacies and i don't know why  may be because i was born and brought near to that state and the taste of coconut oil makes me carve for their food.This preserve with jack fruit is also one of Kerala's recipe which they make and keep it for further use when they get jack fruit in abundances.I adopted this recipe slightly from here.I have plans to make two new recipes with and will post it as i prepare.

Jelly Milkshake | Cornflakes -Jelly Milkshake

jelly milkshake

This drink is so simple to make and taste awesome which is  idle for people who skip their breakfast.With cornflakes in it ,it not only taste yummy but make you feel full in tummy also.While browsing kelloggs website i got this recipe.Here i have added pineapple jelly but you can add you own jelly flavour and make the drink more yummylicious.

Shahi Paneer Masala with Eastern Ready to Cook Masala | Side dish for Roti / Indian Flat Bread

shahi paneer masala
When i got few packets of Eastern masala of their newly introduced one i was super excited to try it out in my kitchen.Some of it were regular masalas like sambar powder,pepper chicken powder but there were some packets of 3 step easy cooking masala where one just have to mix it in the  needed solution, cook and serve.I just loved this version of masala were we don't need to think whether our pantry is stocked up with necessary masala powders of that concerned dish since this ready to cook pack have all in it.

Murugappa groups Baking Contest | Madras Week 2015

 Murugappa ,one of the oldest and leading company controlling stakes in number of small companies in  engineering,cycles,agro products,fertilisers, insurance and financial services has decided to celebrate Madras week 2015 with some exciting events. Murugappa group in association with Old Madras Baking Company  brings before you  Baking Madras contest with a twist.

Falafel Recipe | Middle East street Food

Falafel is nothing but deep fried balls made with ground chick peas and spices which is one of the commonly eaten food in middle east.This is usually served in pita bread,which act as pocket or wrapped in flat bread.Falafel is topped with salads, hot sauce,pickled vegetables or tahini-based sauces.It tastes some what similar to our paruppu vada and make perfect pair with tea/coffee.

Prawn Vegetable Fried Rice | Easy One Pot Meal

This is an easy one pot meal which has both veg and non-veg.One can have it just like that or if any only add up some spice curries to make it spicy.Since it is mildly spiced it can be served for children for their lunch box.

Mini Bundt Cake | Butterscotch Bundt Cake | Eggless &Butterless

After starting to write blog i go crazy :Dover probs and baking supplies,when ever i saw any baking pan/baking accessories i immediately grab one for me.I have some collections of it yet my craze doesn't end even now if i sit down to browse i look in :-w for baking pans/dishes in online stores.This mini bundt pan i got when we went to Dubai and a pie cum bundt cake pan also.It was quite a long time i haven't used since i bought it so decided to bake a cake when i made the butterscotch sauce.Trust me both the sauce and cake was soo yummy and my daughter use to lick the sauce daily.