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Glazed cherry muffins | how to make muffins



Glazed cherry muffins with step by step pictures.

Another easy and simple muffins with the glazed cherry. As Christmas is nearing I thought of trying this muffin which was in my bucket list. Its a simple vanilla cake with glazed cherries on top. If you love cherries then I'm sure you will like this muffin also. I have used an egg in the recipe. If you opt of the eggless version then avoid egg and use curd + baking soda.

Munthiri Kothu | Kanyakumari Special Christmas Recipe



Munthiri Kothu with step by step pictures.


This recipe is one of the famous recipes in the southern district of Tamilnadu. "Munthiri" which means cashew and "Kothu" means a bunch. If you happen to visit any places down south during Christmas you can find the recipes in almost all houses. Whenever we return from there after Christmas  I make sure to load some of this with me. I love this recipe to the core and was happily making it here in Chennai in my kitchen.I gathered some information from my sister-in-law and proceeded to make it. As doing alone for the first time I just made a very small quantity. I regret it as it quickly got vanished.

Walnut Cookies | Christmas Cookies | How to make eggless cookies


Walnut Cookies | Christmas Cookies | How to make eggless cookies

Walnut Cookies with step by step pictures.

Christmas is all about baking. You can all social media flooding with cookies, plum cakes, and cake recipes. If you are looking for rich plum cake, here are some easy fruit cake, Boil&bake fruit cake, rice plum cake in which I used alcohol to soak the dry fruits.

Palak Khicadi | how to make palak khichdi

Palak Khicadi | how to make palak khichdi


Palak khichadi/ Spinach Dal recipe with step by step pictures.

After trying out an easy method of Bisibelabath I want to try my hand on khichdi. I have tried khichdi with rava/sooji, I want particularly try this khichdi with the khichdi dal available in the market. If you don't seem to get this dal then use regular moong dal. Khichdi is somewhat similar to pongal whereas in Pongal we don't use any vegetable but her in this khichdi you can use a mix of vegetables or else like this recipe, palak khichdi.

Thinnai Sweet Paniyaram | Foxtail Millet Appam


Thinnai Sweet Paniyaram | Foxtail Millet Appam

Thinnai/Foxtail millet Sweet Paniyaram with step by step pictures.

If you are a regular reader you might know me that I love millets and I try different recipes from sweets to savories with it. I have a big sweet tooth and if the recipe I try is sweet I would immediately try it. On a leave day when children are at home I decided to try this paniyaram for an evening snack, hence soaked the millet in the morning.

Keerai Bonda | Urad dal Bonda with Greens


Keerai Bonda | Urad dal Bonda with Greens

Keerai Bonda with step by step pictures.

When coming for tea time snacks we always opt for vadai, bonda, murruku , etc. Deep fried snacks with a hot cup of ginger or masala chai/tea are the best combo. Nothing can beat this heaven made pair if you have not tried this do try it and I'm sure you will love it.  Someday in last week Chennai had some slight showers and I was badly craving for some deep fried snacks for my tea. I bought keerai/greens and kept soem stalks to make this bonda the next day to fulfill my craving. Its so easy to make just chop the green finely and add to the bonda batter and make.

Dates- Choco Muffins | Breakfast Muffins


Dates-Choco muffins with step by step pictures.

Dates- choco muffins are healthy cupcakes with healthy ingredients in it. With dates, it tastes yummy and healthy too. I have used here a mix of wheat and maida in it. But you can make it either with anyone flour and a mix of both. Although I had choco chips I added broken dark choc bars as dark chocolate is a healthy option. Since dates are added I reduced the sugar amount. You can also make it sugar-free by adding more dates. I just smashed the dates to form a mass, but you can also just blend/grind in a mixer.

Mint Thogayal | Pudina Thokku for Rice



Mint thogayal with step by step pictures.


I love mint flavored dishes due to its refreshing aroma and different taste. My daughter also has started liking it and I make this mint rice once a fortnight for their lunch box. Whenever I buy a pack of fresh I always check for new recipes to make the most for the fresh mint. As most of the leaves wither soon which hurts me lots. In all my efforts I ended up throwing at least some bunches in the garbage.

Thinnai Idli | Foxtail Millet Idli | Healthy Recipe

Thinnai Idli | Foxtail Millet Idli | Healthy Recipe


Thinnai/Foxtail millet idli with step by step pictures.


Foxtail millet idli is a healthy breakfast option in place of regular idli. I have tried idli with other millet, but in all, I have used some rice to make the batter. But in this millet idli I haven't used any rice and yet the idli turned soft. Some other idli recipes in my space include ragi instant idli, fermented ragi idli, kodo millet idli,  etc.

Pori Urundai | Murmura Ladoo | Puffed Rice Balls

Pori Urundai | Murmura Ladoo | Puffed Rice Balls


Pori urundai with step by step pictures.

Pori urundai is a sweet ball made with puffed rice, jaggery, and cardamom powder. This sweet is usually made for Karthigai deepam festival, which is festival of light, on which people lit hundreds of earthern lamps on the house. When I was a kid I remember our neighbour litting many lamps on the compound wall and we use to enjoy the sight. The best part is they will share kozhukattai with us. One of it would be made with palm leaves and just love it. I want to try that but don't know where I will get that tender palm leaves.

Sweet Potato Dinner Buns | Thanksgiving Recipe


Sweet Potato Dinner Buns | Thanksgiving Recipe

Sweet potato dinner rolls with step by step pictures.


It had been a quite long time since I baked bread/buns at home. I remember, a month before I baked a mini-sized choco filled buns and posted on my Instagram page. I couldn't post that in my blog as I did n't take step by step pictures. So last week when I had a piece of sweet potato I decided to try dinner rolls with it and it came out well.

Pirandai Rasam | Adamant Creepers- Tamarind Soup


Pirandai Rasam | Adamant Creepers- Tamarind Soup

Pirandai rasam with step by step pictures.


After making pirandai thogayal and pirandai idli, now I'm here with another recipe with it. The climate calls for nice hot rasam to be mixed up with rice. Instead of making simple rasam try making this healthy pirandai rasam. I got some ideas from here and made this. The original recipe called to use tender creeper but in the pack, I bought there was no tender one hence used the matured part only.

Chana Masala | Restaurant Type Chole Masala

Chana Masala | Restaurant Type Chole Masala

Chana Masala with step by step picture.


Whenever I make Poori/puri for breakfast my daughter always prefer this chole masala.So during weekends, I make sure that I soak channa the previous night for this. This masala is the best combo for poori, appam, chapatti and can even have it with rice.

Priandai Thuvaiyal/ chutney - 2 Types | Adamant Creeper Chutney

Priandai Thuvaiyal/ chutney - 2 Types | Adamant Creeper Chutney

Pirandai thogayal with step by step pictures.

After posting sweet dishes for Diwali here I am with a healthy thogayal which can be mixed up with rice or can be served for idli/dosa. If using for idli/dosa slightly make it dilute with some water.Here I have posted two types of making it in which one is with coconut and the other without. For one without coconut I sourced it from here and for other, I tried my own version.

Ragi Halwa | Finger Millet Halwa

Ragi Halwa | Finger Millet Halwa


Ragi/finger millet halwa with step by step pictures.

This is my last millet recipe for this Diwali. As promised I tried few of it and I hope I try furthermore in the near future. This ragi halwa I prepared by soaking, grinding, extracting the milk and mixing. It is quite a lengthy process and worth trying it. I followed my wheat halwa method except that I omitted the caramelization step. Also in this halwa, I have replaced white sugar with pure cane sugar.

Ragi Murukku | Finger Millet chakli

Ragi Murukku | Finger Millet chakli


Ragi murukku with step by step pictures.


Another millet recipe to add to my collection. As I promised in my thinnai adhirasam post, as I"m going to try millet recipes for this Diwali, I am here with the deep-fried snack. Though it s deep fried recipe considering the addition of millet I mention it healthy when compared to other rice flour snacks. Here for binding, I have used besan/kadalai mavoo, but you can also use potukadalai flour.

Motichoor ladoo | How to make motichoor ladoo



Motichoor ladoo with step by step picture.


Motichoor ladoo are made with very fine shaped boondhi, fried and soaked up in sugar syrup. Unlike boondhi ladoo here the boondhis are very fine. To make it very fine here a specially perforated ladle is used. I bought this ladle last year and tried this ladoo. But I didn't get fine balls hence didn't blog about it. This time I gathered tips from many pages and I some what made smaller ones from my previous batch. The trick is while making boondhi after pouring the batter over the ladle immediately have to tap/bang over a weight so that the boondhi falls in tiny forms in the hot oil. Don't worry if you didn't get smaller boondhi, get give a coarse grind in a mixer and make ladoo.

Thinnai Adhirasam | Foxtail Millet Jaggery Sweet | Diwali Sweet


Thinnai adhirasam with step by step pictures.


For this year Diwali recipe, I have decided to try some sweet and savories with millets. Let me see how for it goes smoothly and How many recipes I try. To begin with, I tried this adhirasam with thinnai arisi. I am a big fan of this adhirasam and hence I tried this first. Making this millet adhirasam is same as regular adhirasam only with the difference in millet in the place of rice. All the other procedure remains the same. I added more syrup into the flour. So the next day I couldn't make balls correctly. I resolved it by adding some wheat flour. So be careful not to add all the jaggery syrup.

Pirandai Idli/ Dosa | Adamant Creepers Idli | Healthy Recipe


Priandai Idli/dosa recipe with step by step pictures.


Pirandai is known as “Adamant Creeper” or “Veldt Grape” or “Devil’s Backbone” in English.  It has many health benefits and the one which I read in one of my facebook group is it helps to prevent osteoporosis. It is the best medicine for it, so people suffering from this disorder consume this easy herb at least once a week.
To say the truth I haven't seen or eaten it before or after marriage. The only place I saw it during our Xmas vacation last year in my FIL's coconut yard. It was seen in abundant there and thought to take some while returning Chennai. But I didn't take.

Rabri | How to make Rabri | Indian Dessert


Rabri is an Indian dessert made with milk, sugar, saffron, and nuts. The recipe will somewhat look similar to basundi which also have similar ingredients. In basundi, the sweetened milk is thickened and served with nuts. But here in rabri, it is thickened by scrapping the sides of the pan and the end product may look little grainy. In Basundi it will be smoothy when compared to rabri. In this festive make this easy dessert and relish with family.

Pasi Paruppu Sundal | Moong Dal Sundal



Another easy to make Sundal for this festive season. The overall process for this sundal recipe was just 30mins. So if you haven't soaked any legumes to make Sundal just go for this easy sundal variety. For variations you can add chaat masala, chopped mango init. But here I have made it plain by just adding coconut.

Tamarind Rice | Lunch Box Recipe


Tamarind rice recipe with step by step pictures.


I have seen in many blogs about the tamarind rice in which they add some freshly ground masala powder. But in this recipe, no such fresh masala powder is added and quite easy and simple to make without many processes. Mostly we pack this rice for our long train travel as it never gets spoiled soon unlike other rice. Roasted red chilly-coconut thogayal is the best pair for this rice variety.

Quinoa Pradhaman | Quinoa Payasam | Dessert Recipe

Quinoa Pradhaman | Quinoa Payasam | Dessert Recipe

Quinoa pradhamam with step by step pictures.
Quinoa is one healthy food which can be had in many forms. It is a super healthy food rich in nutrients. It is low in carbohydrates hence good for weight loss. As festival season is around the corner I decided to make a dessert with it. This payasam is made with quinoa, coconut milk, and jaggery. Coconut milk can be replaced with ordinary cow milk and jaggery with white sugar.

Paruppu Thogayal | How to make paruppu thogayal


Paruppu thogayal with step by step pictures.

Simple lentils thogayal is a easy dip which can be mixed with hot steaming rice along with ghee. One can make this dip with coconut also. But here I didn't use any coconut. Yesterday when I was lazy to make any kuzhambu for rice I made this thogayal , mixed up with rice and had my lunch. It was super tasty and easy to make. I tried to capture a quick video with my mobile.

Green Peas Kachori | Mattar Stuffed Kachori


Green peas kachori with step by step pictures.

Whenever I buy kachori from any chat shop my first thought that would come will be soon I must try and blog about it. But it never happened. Last month one day I decided to try this in spite of all laziness for snacks. Both my kids loved to have it along with green chutney and sauce. Give a try and I'm damn sure you will love it. This is somewhat similar to samosa except for the shape.

Tapioca /Maravalli killangu Maisyal | Side Dish for Rice




மரவள்ளி கிழங்கு /Tapioca is one of my favorites, which I can take it any time of the day in any way.I like to have it plain with some spicy fish curry and some times I make like this kottu version for rice. This tapioca is available in papad/appalam form in our native district which I never miss buying when we go there.

Ellu poran kozhukattai | Sesame Sweet stuffed Modak




Sesame seeds sweet stuffed kozhukattai is a healthy snack and it is made during the festival Ganesh Chaturthi. As my daughter loves kozhukattai I made it for an |evening snack. I couldn't make the shape of the modak correctly with my hands or with mold. So just two pieces look good and other all I made in a shape of somas.

Quinoa Pidi Kozhukattai | Healthy Steamed Sweet


We all know the health benefits of quinoa and me too bought some whole quinoa and quinoa flour from Amazon. With a last batch of flour, I decided to make this pidi kozhukattai.While making this I added more water hence it becomes necessary to add some rice flour. So be careful while adding water.

Mint-Coriander Rice | Easy Lunch Box Ideas


Mint coriander rice with step by step pictures.
Packing lunch box for kids is quite challenging. Mostly I make lemon rice, simple fried rice, beetroot rice or mix cooked rice with the stir fry I make. Recently when I make this mint-coriander rice my kids loved them and hence decided to blog about it.

Bisibelabath | Sambar Sadham | Pressure Cooker method

Bisibelabath with step step pictures

Easy one pot sambar sadham that too in a pressure cooker. For weekday lunch, after packing lunch for my kids I mostly end up with any leftover from the previous day or simply have my lunch with curd. It was on a day I was left with nothing and I need to make some dish. For a long time I want to make this sambar sadham aka bisibelabath with millets. On that day, I quickly referred some blog and ended up here to make my lunch. I altered the recipe & ingredients according to me and prepared this flavorful rice.

Maa Ladoo/ Maladdu | Step by Step Pictures



This is one of the simple, easiest and quickest sweet. when you carve to eat any sweet just try and enjoy. Its also called by nei/ghee urundai,pottukadalai ladoo. The ingredients needed for this will always be in your pantry, so try it and its very easy for the beginners.

Ragi Pakoda | How to make ragi-onion pakora

Ragi Pakoda | How to make ragi-onion pakora

Ragi pakora/pakoda with step by step pictures.

Ragi pakoda is a deep fried snack made with ragi flour, onions, and spices. When I came across this page, it explained to add powder of chutney dal & peanuts to make it light and protein-rich. Also without this two ingredients, the result pakoda will be hard and gummy. So if planning to make this snacks try adding these two or at least anyone.

Beetroot pachadi | Onam Sadya Recipe


Beetroot pachadi | Onam Sadya Recipe

Beetroot pachadi with step by step pictures.
A simple and comforting pachadi made with beetroot, coconut -spice mix , curd. It one of a recipe in Kerala onam sadya with its attracting color this pachadi tastes yummy.

Eggless Banana Bread | Video Recipe



An easy to make banana bread which can be served as breakfast for kids or as snacks for evening tea/coffee. If you have any over riped banana please don't discard it, you can make excellent bread with it.

Soya Kheema Sandwich | Mealmaker Sandwich | Step by Step


Soya kheema sandwich is a healthy sandwich prepared with the masala prepared with mashed, cooked meal maker and spices. It can be served for breakfast or dinner or even for kids lunch box.

Pepper Coriander Chicken | Green Chicken curry


Coriander chicken is a semi-thick gravy made with freshly prepared masala of coriander leaves, green chili. To make it richer and creamier I used some soaked cashews which enhanced the taste and flavor. There is definitely a difference in taste when the masalas are freshly prepared. Go ahead and try this and I'm damn sure you will love it. We paired it with fried rice. You can also serve it for Indian flatbread, appam, idiyappam or any rice variety.

Kovakai Poriyal | Tindora Stir fry


Kovakai/ Tindora is one vegetable which I got familiar only after we shifted to Chennai. I had tasted it in my sister in law's house in Andhra and she said it is good for the diabetic. I don't remember that I had about this vegetable before 2k. You can make many recipes with it and many time just I cut into round shaped, mix with spices and pan fry in just a tbsp of oil.

Pazham Pori | Ethakka Appam | Banana Fritters | Kerala Recipe


Pazham Pori | Ethakka Appam | Banana Fritters | Kerala Recipe
Pazham pori with step by step pictures.
Pazham Pori is one of the famous snack recipes of Kerala and I just love it.Whenever we use to our native we can see vendors selling them in our hometown station.I rarely make it at home because my daughter loves to eat the banana as such and nothing will be left to make this. One day got some and decided to make it.


Whole Wheat Choc Chips Cupcakes

Whole Wheat Choc Chips Cupcakes


Wheat choc hips cupcakes with step by step pictures.

Healthy cupcakes with wheat flour, oil, and sugar. It's an eggless version and it came out soft, moist and tasty. I packed them for my son's snacks box and he loved it to the core. Do give a try. instead of choc chips, you can also use any dry fruits or nuts.

Mango- Sago/Tapioca Pearls Pudding | Mango Recipe

Mango- Sago/Tapioca Pearls Pudding | Mango Recipe

Mango - sago is a dessert made with sago/tapioca pearls which are sweetened with white sugar. This dessert tastes best when served chilled. So if planning for an event make this dessert ahead a day, chill and serve for the event. To make this dessert even richer you can replace milk with condensed milk and avoid sugar if using sweetened condensed milk.

Paruppu podi | Lentils -Spice Powder | How to make paruppu podi

Paruppu podi | Lentils -Spice Powder | How to make paruppu podi


Paruppu podi with step by step pictures and video.


The first time I tasted this podi was at a restaurant in pondy bazaar and was amazed by the taste of it with a generous amount of ghee dropped and mixed over it.From then I became a die-hard lover of this paruppu podi and search for this podi when I go to other restaurants. But many hotels don't give this podi in their lunch items.

Sago Cutlet | Javarisi Cutlet | Sago Tikki


Sago cutlet with step by step picture.
An easy quick snack with sago/javarisi to go well with evening chai/tea. Making this cutlet is so simple and only the time-consuming work is cooking of the potatoes else you can make them quickly. Sago, when soaked in water, will easily absorb it and will become glossy soon. If using nylon variety sago it will take more time. As this recipe is a no onion no garlic recipe people who are fasting can have it.

Nattu Kozhi Kuzhambu | Country Chicken curry without Coconut | Step by Step

Nattu Kozhi Kuzhambu | Chicken curry without Coconut | Step by Step

Nattu Kozhi kuzhmabu/ Country chicken curry with step by step pictures.

Many of my relatives advised me to avoid broiler chicken and insist to use nattu kozhi/country chicken. But here in its available only on Sunday in the butcher shop near my house. Last Sunday bought a chicken and tried this curry to go with hot steamed rice. Unlike ordinary chicken this meat requires pressure cooking as the flesh are little hard. Also it may not taste good in the first eating itself and you have use it to get adapt to its taste.You get satisfied by eating a healthy meat free from any adulteration.

Beetroot Salad | Easy Salad Recipe

Beetroot Salad | Easy Salad Recipe


Beetroot salad recipe with step by step pictures.
Beetroot salad with pieces of cooked beetroot, sliced onion, green chilly tossed up with salt & lime juice makes an excellent combo for any biryani variety or pulao. My mother uses to make it often but I never made it until when my sister-in-law made and I realized that I haven't tried it. This salad has a connection with Srilanka's cuisine but I really don't know why. When my daughter loved this salad at my brother's house I too decided to make it at home. You can also make this salad and eat as such.

Batata Vada | Street Food of Maharastra

Batata Vada with step by step pictures.
Batata Vada is one of the most popular street food of Maharashtra. It is nothing but potato vada. 'Batata means potato. Cooked potato mixed up with spices and coated with besan flour mix which is then deep fried in oil. I adapted this recipe from MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor's website. It is tasted best when served with tomato sauce and green chutney ( mint-coriander chutney).

Mango Popsicle | Mango Recipe

Mango Popsicle | Mango Recipe

Mango popsicle, a treat for mango lover and a treat for kids.

In this mango season, I have not made any recipe with it except this mango-banana smoothie. Every time when I buy some mango keeping in mind to try a new recipe I just end up eating the fruit as such. Just to make a simple popsicle with it I bought two mangoes and immediately made it as I may get lazy later and may end up just eating it.

Dry Fruits Milkshake | Fruits & Nuts Milkshake



Dry fruits milkshake with step by step pictures. My kids refuse to eat dry fruits &nut. Though I lecture its benefits they never turn up. So I need to look upon any alternative to make them eat. Mostly I give them a cup of drink first in the evening when they return back from school. So I thought why not make a milkshake with it and feed them with the healthy nuts. Hence the recipe.

Kancheepuram Idli | South Indian Breakfast | Step by Step Pictures


Kancheepuram Idli with Step by Step Pictures

Kancheepuram Idli as the name says this idli/ steamed rice cake is famous and from the temple city in south India, Kancheepuram which is near Chennai. To be honest I have never eaten this idli before until I made it at home. When I was blank what to make for breakfast the next day this idli came into my mind. While searching I found out people use raw & boiled rice together along with some spice in the idli batter. Mix well and steam it.

Healthy Cupcakes | Vanilla Cupcakes with Cane Sugar

Healthy Cupcakes | Vanilla Cupcakes with Cane Sugar

Healthy vanilla cupcakes with unprocessed cane sugar. As many know white sugar is not good for health I have seen many people are changing to other sweeteners in the place of white sugar. So when I made this cupcake with unprocessed cane sugar I clicked and so blogging.

Mango Banana Smoothie | Healthy Breakfast Smoothie


Mango Banana smoothie is excellent breakfast smoothie. For people who generally find less time to make and consume breakfast, this smoothie comes in handy. Just add peeled banana & mango in a blender, whip it up and your smoothie is ready.