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.
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.
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.
Its pouring like anything here in Chennai for more than a week and our roads are flooded.In my life time here I have never seen rain like this.Although it good as the water levels in the reservoirs have increased but daily life has become miserable with this continuous flow.We pray the rain God to have pity on us and stop the rain for some time.
Coming to this recipe which I made for my daughter's birthday dinner party.I just used carrots alone it and it taste good not spicy nor sweet.The spices I added in it are ginger & pepper but if you prefer you can add some other flavouring too.
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.
Wheat halwa with step by step pictures.
Happy Diwali 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.
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 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.
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 jaggery.do try this easy sweet for Diwali and share with friends.
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.
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.
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 / 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.
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 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.
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 my son really liked it to the core which is the best compliment than any other.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ,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 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.