Steamed Christmas pudding | Eggless pudding


Steamed Christmas pudding with step by step pictures.

At last, I did it, yes I want to make this steamed Christmas for a long time and I did it today. I referred many pages but many of it uses alcohol and eggs. I gathered some information from Sharmis passion and adapted my own way. I fully used atta and avoided white flour. Also instead of breadcrumbs, I used rusk powder. If using bread use fresh bread powdered in a mixer. The only time-consuming portion is the steaming part. My idli pot was not able to hold two pans to steam together. So it took 4 hours together to steam it,2 for each pan.

Eggless Checker Board Cookies | Step by Step Pictures



Checkerboard cookies with step by step pictures. Another cookie I baked along with my glass stained cookies is this checkerboard cookies.This I made with eggless while the glass stained one was with egg.

Hot chocolate | how to make hot chocolate at home


Hot chocolate with step by step pictures.

Hot chocolate is perfect for this season. A hot cup of this heavenly drink will absolutely lift you up. My daughter's recent addict is this drink. This recipe is fully prepared and the step by pictures are clicked by here. This is so simple to make just mix everything and cook. Here We have used already boiled milk. The addition of cornflour is to get creamy but you can avoid it.

Whole wheat choc chips cookies



Choc chip cookies with step by step pictures.

Cookies are my kid's favorites. Chewy cookies are the ones that we like the most. As this is Christmas month I decided to bake this yummy cookie If you are holding any party in your house or potluck do try this. The addition of brown sugar makes these cookies chewy.

Pineapple Peel Wine | Homemade Wine | Christmas Recipe


It is just 35 days to Christmas and I can't say how fast time goes as I'm still on the days of my previous Christmas celebration.Wine make an integral part of that celebration.As a blogger, I want to try different variety of it.In September when I got a pineapple I decided first to make wine with the peel of it and hence this recipe.I referred this page for my preparation. You can try this easy wine for this Christmas.

Caramel Fruit Cake | Christmas Cake | Video Recipe


Merry Christmas.
Try this easy Christmas fruitcake. Soaking dry fruits in apple or orange juice for a non alcoholic version for a day or two is enough.I used orange juice for soaking. dry fruits used my me were raisins, sultanas, cherries, tutti fruity.

Pressure cooker vegetable biryani | Bachelor's recipe


Vegetable biryani with step by step pictures and video.


Biryani is a one-pot dish which usually prepared for celebration lunch/dinner or weekends. We can make biryani with or without meat. I have shared some non-veg biryani in my blog. You can check them from the typing in the search box on the right side. I often prepare pulao with veggies and this biryani takes place in my kitchen very rarely.

Fish Masala | Fried Fish in Fried Masala | Fish Recipe

fish masala

Fish Masala is nothing but where the fish is first slightly fried then a thick masala from fried spices is made in which the fried fish is added to absorb the flavors.For the first time We tried it in December and it was a super it and since then we had made it thrice.For this recipe I searched google and gathered ideas to make it.Actually the thought to make this would not have happened if my father had not asked,yes it my dad who asked for the masala and we (together with my husband) searched and prepared it.The ingredients may look bit lengthy but all things are sure in your pantry.When  you get some good fleshy fish do try to make this once and I assure you will make it again and again.

Besan flour chakli | Kadalai mavoo murukku


Besan murukku with step by step pictures.

Besan murukku is another easy recipe for even beginners to try. With Diwali around the corner try this quick and simple recipe to share with friends and families. Just mixing the flour to make a soft dough. Then pressing it and frying. 

Kai murukku | Diwali snack


Kai murukku with step by step pictures.

I have never realized that I would make this kai murukku in my life. Thanks to this blogging world which makes the impossible possible. Already I have posted kai murukku in my blog long back but in it I soaked rice, wet ground it and prepared the murukku. But here I powered the rice and make the dough. Here is the link to it. Also I that previous one I used fried gram dal powder whereas here I have used urad dal powder. You can use either of them. The only thing to have in mind is to make a crack-free smooth dough.

Peanut Sundal | Verkadalai Sundal


Peanut/Verkadalai Sundal with step by step pictures.

Peanut sundal is one healthy sundal which can be made in few minutes. As its festival season in India, people make a variety of sundal each day to offer to their God. This sundal can be made with or without coconut. I saw many soaks this peanut overnight and cook it. But I usually just pressure cook it which is good for me.

Homemade urad dal powder



Homemade urad dal flour with step by step pictures.

As festivals are lining up I decided to post relating to that. Urad dal flour is one keep ingredients when making murukku/chakli. Though it is available is supermarkets making it at home is also easy and economical.

Masoor dal payasam | Onam 2019


Masoor dal payasam with step by step pictures.


Happy Onam to all the people to celebrate it. On this special day here I am with a super yummy dessert/payasam, masoor dal payasam. I have another reason to make this dessert, there are two birthdays in a row, today my husband's and a day after tomorrow it is my birthday. So to celebrate it I made this.

Momos chutney

Momos chutney with step by step pictures.

This is a sweet, spiced, and tangy chutney/dip. Making this dip is so easy, just boil the ingredientss and grind it. Instead of tomato, you can use vinegar also. In that case just boilree chill in water. THen grind it with vinegar.

Sathu mavoo karupati pidi kozhukattai | Health mix palm jaggery kozhukatai


Sathu mavoo pidi kozhukatai with step by step pictures.

For this festival season try this healthy pidi kozhukatai in alternative to your regular one. You can use either homemade sathu mavoo or store brought. Here I used store brought flour. It just takes nearly 10-15 mins to make this recipe. Dry roast the flour then make a dough with palm jaggery syrup. Make it into the desired shape and steam it.

Nei Appam | Unniappam | how to make appam


Nei appam /unniappam with step by step pictures.

Nei appam alias Unni appam is a Kerala's delicacies. Usually, the rice is soaked, ground and the appam is made. But nowadays many make it in many different ways. Even I make this appam with wheat flour, banana, and sweetener. I want to make the authentic appam and tried it this week for an evening snack. Since this batter no need for fermentation I soaked in afternoon, ground and made it in the evening. As the name says they use ghee alone to make it but here I have a mix of both ghee and oil.

Foxtail millet Sweet dumplings in coconut milk | Thinai Paal kozhukattai


paal kozhukattai

As festivals are nearing many will be thinking what to make for it.This festival why not make something different from regular rice-based kozhukattai to millets.Last week I made this for snack I also made another version which I  will post soon so stay tuned.


Black rice idli/dosa


Black rice idli/dosa with step by step pictures.

Being a south Indian idli/dosa is one of our regular breakfast or dinner. Apart from regular white rice idli/dosa, I try to make a batter with many millets. When a bought a pack of this black rice I have an idea to make idli/dosa with it. After making black rice /Kavuni rice payasam I decided to try this breakfast recipe and it turned out super soft and tasty. You will never notice any difference in taste except the color.

Sesame rice | Rice variety


Sesame/Ellu rice with step by step pictures.


Sesame is a quick variety rice recipe which just needs a total of 5 mins if you have your cooked plain rice ready. Just dry roast the powder, cool and powder it. Mix the powder to the cooked rice and tempered the rice. That's all your ellu sadam is ready in a jiffy. Sesame is called as Ellu in Tamil. For this recipe, you can use either white or black sesame seeds.

Jaggery cake | Eggless jaggery cake


Jaggery cake with step by step pictures.

Jaggery is a simple, addictive cake with less sweetness which goes well with a cup of tea/coffee for breakfast or snack. This cake was so delicious that I couldn't stop with a piece. Since I used wheat flour and maida half and a half it was a bit healthy too. As we have used jaggery even diabetic people can have with a limit.

how to clean a burnt vessel (video included)



Last week I left my milk pot in low flame and went out. I thought I have switched off but when I returned back it was a disaster. The milk has all burnt up resulting a vessel totally charred. Initially
I thought I need to trash the vessel, later after seeing some videos I tried this method and it worked. It is so easy just any washing powder you use to wash the cloth is needed. The next time when accidentally burn a vessel try this method.

Mushroom masala | side dish for roti/chapathi

Mushroom masala with step by step pictures

 Mushroom masala is a quick recipe that can be made quickly for roti/chapati or even naan. Though I have made this mushroom masala earlier many times I have never blogged about it. So last week when I made I decided to click and hence posting here. Just sauteeing onion-tomato in oil, adding spices, mushroom and simmering till it blends well. That's it you masala is ready.

Besan chila | how to make besan chila


Besan Chila with step by step pictures.

Besan chila is quick breakfast recipe which can be made within ten minutes. When you don't have any batter in your refrigerator this recipe comes in handy. Just mix everything, pour over a hot pan, make and eat. This can be had as such or with ketchup. You can add veggies like grated carrot, chopped capsicum also. Here I have added just onion and tomato. This can be had either as breakfast or snack.

Homemade Bajji-Bonda Mix


Bajji- Bonda mix with step by step pictures.


When it comes for evening snack many prefer deep fried snacks and me too not an exception. I make methu vada if I have sambar left out from morning breakfast. Else I opt for bajji, masala vada, etc.  To make perfect bajji the mix is very much important. The correct amount of rice flour with besan flour gives a perfect crispy Bajji or bonda. By using this mix you can  any bajji or bonda.

Black rice dessert | Kavuni Arisi payasam



Black rice/Kavuni Arisi payasam with step by step pictures.

Black rice is one of the healthiest rice and it is different from red rice and brown rice. It is also called forbidden rice by the Chinese. Some health benefits of it are, it is rich in antioxidants, helps to fight diabetics, as this rice is gluten-free it is the best alternative for those with gluten allergies, etc. This rice is found to be to have the highest content of the antioxidant anthocyanin. Sine this rice has a deep dark color it gets the name as black rice but when cooked it gives a purple shade.

Homemade peanut butter


Homemade peanut butter

Peanut butter is so easy to make with just 3 ingredients. Markets are flooded with this butter in different brand name although sometimes I buy it, my daughter, who had become a grat of this butter says homemade is best when compared to the readymade one. So please give a try this butter ar home and I'm sure you won't go back to any brand. You can either make this butter smooth or crunchy. Here I ground half the quantity to a fine consistency and added the remaining and just coarsely ground along with the fine one.

Horsegram Vada /Kollu Vadai


Horsegram Vada /Kollu Vadai


I don't need to say about the benefit of horsegram, let me add few if you don't know about it.For people who are obese, this horsegram is a big gift. Try eating it more & you will lose weight. As the name says it gives horsepower/energy to us. I made it this evening and to say the true nothing was left for me to taste both my kids finished it.

Chettinad Ennai Karthikai | Bringal in spicy gravy


Ennai Kathrikai is flavorful kuzhambu/gravy /masala with the aroma for freshly ground masala. Chettinad cuisine is known for its taste and aroma. It will be a feast if we dine in a Chettinad restaurant. Pls, don't miss the chance to taste their delicacies when you get an opportunity.

Ice apple Rose milk | Nungu rose milk



Ice apple called Nungu in "Tamil" is one of the best summer coolants. You can find this only during the summer. This fruit looks transparent and doesn't have any taste of it. When added to a drink it takes the taste of it I have already posted some variety of it, check it out here.

Ragi/Finger millet kara paniyaram | Breakfast/dinner recipe



Ragi kara paniyaram with step by step pictures.

Ragi/ finger millet is one for the healthiest millet which is very suitable for this summer season. Since it cools our body temperature one should have this millet in any form during summer. I usually make many south Indian breakfast recipe with it and you can check it by searching in the search box. Paniyaram can be made with idli/dosa batter but I want to make a batter especially for this paniyaram. So I decided to try this. Just a cup of millet and 2 tbsp urad dal I used.

Homemade Sambar Powder | how to make sambar powder


Sambar powder with step by step pictures.

Sambar powder is one of the most used powders in the south Indian kitchen. It is not alone used for sambar but can be added in vatha kuzhambu, stir-fries, and koottus. My mom always makes a fresh small batch of this powder every time she makes sambar. But I never make it and always go for a shortcut method with readymade sambar powder. Fresh sambar is so aromatic and tastes the best. So always make a small batch and use within a week.

White chocolate popsicle | Popsicle recipe


White chocolate popsicle with step by step pictures.

This popsicle is so easy to make with just 3 ingredients. You can either add vanilla essence which is purely optional. both my kids loved this popsicle and my son enjoyed it to the core. It is best for the summer as the heat is soaring up day by day. I have used white choc chips but you can also you a white chocolate bar.

Pineapple Kesari | Pineapple Semoline Pudding



Pineapple Kesari with step by step pictures.

Kesari is one of the easiest sweet one can make very quickly. whenever we carve for some sweet my daughter would say to make this we would love it. Together with pineapple, this Kesari tastes yum. If you are a pineapple lover then I'm damn sure you will love this.

Pav bhaji | Indian Street Food


pav bhaji

Pav bhaji with step by step pictures.

This is one recipe I learnt after coming to this blogging world. On seeing fellow bloggers making mouth-watering pav bhaji I got remembered of this when I first tasted it in Mumbai some 20 years back. Now I tried my own version of cooking the vegetables in a pressure cooker and mashing it. THen adding it to the sauteed onion tomato masala along with spices and thickening it. The Everest pav bhaji masala does the magic in this recipe. Sometimes I make this with leftover veggies along with some legumes to make it nutritious. Here I have black-eyed peas.

Vendakai/ Okra Mor Kuzhambu (without coconut)



Vendakai mor kuzhambu with step by step pictures.

This kuzhambu is simple to make and taste delicious for hot steamed rice. The temperature here in Chennai is soaring high day by day and it becomes unbearable to cook in the heat. So I am opting for quick and easy lunch recipes like curd rice, lemon rice, rasam, etc. This mor curry comes in this category which can be prepared quickly. Here coconut is not used instead soaked dal is used to make the paste. Pair some papad or any fries to have a filling and satisfying meal.

Cabbage thoran | Onam sadya recipe



Cabbage thoran with step by step pictures.

Every day we use to have different vegetables as a side dish for rice and this is one such. It tastes good and also easy to make. You will find this humble vegetable is almost in meals across all hotels.

Kiwi Lemonade | Summer drink



Kiwi lemonade is an excellent summer drink to quech your thirst. It tasted best when servved chilled or with ice cold water and ice cubes. Just blending all the ingredients in a mixer/blender and serving it. no need to filter after blending the fruit. For more variation you can blend 2 mint leaves and dilute with club soda.

Cauliflower pepper stir fry | Easy side dish for rice/roti



Cauliflower pepper stir fry with step by step pictures.

When I decided to follow low carbo diet I started liking this cauliflower , until then I rarely buy it and not much interested to cook it. The only dish we often make before was cauliflower fry. But I started liking it I make soups, kurma,etc. with it. This pepper stir fry recipe with is is any easy and simple side dish. Just boiling the florests aand pany roasting with spices.

Karadaiyan Noombu adai- sweet &savory version

Karadaiyan Noombu adai- sweet &savory version

Karadaiyan nombu adai with step by step pictures.

Even since I started blogging and whenever I see co-bloggers post recipe regarding any particular festival I'm will be so much tempted by it. All though we don't celebrate nombu means fasting I wish to try to justify my role as a food blogger. This recipe happened to be the same one which I  longed to try for many years and tried it yesterday for our evening snack.

Fresh Red Chili Sauce



Red chili sauce with step by step pictures.

When I saw this bright red colored fresh red chili in the market I immediately grabbed some to make few recipes. Apart from this sauce, I didn't do any recipe and the remaining just went into curries and sabzis. This is one of the winter recipes and I bought this along with fresh turmeric in December. This post was lying in my draft. This sauce can be used to the side for momos, crackers and can even use in making any masala. Recently I used it to make potato masala for roti which turned out yummy.

Betel Leaves Chutney/ Thogayal


Easy betel leaves chutney that goes well with hot steamed rice. I got this recipe idea from nee's kitchen and slightly adjusted to my taste. My kids don't like them but I liked it. The betel leaves itself have little spice hence add green chili according to it. This thokku/thogayal can be kept for a long time if the ground paste is sauteed again in oil till all water evaporates. But I didn't do that as I finished off that day itself.

Whole wheat mushroom pie | Eggless pie


Mushroom pie with step by step pictures.

This is one best pie I baked and it's a savory pie. I made the pie base with whole wheat /atta flour I made it for one Sunday lunch in January. My kids loved it as it was totally delicious and yummy. I made the stuffing with mushroom but you can make with non-veg.

Strawberry yogurt popsicle



Strawberry yogurt popsicle with step by step pictures.

A simple popsicle with strawberry, yogurt, and sugar. As the temperature is shooting up in Chennai we all look for some chilled drink/juice. When I had some strawberry I decided to make this simple yogurt popsicle to cool yourself. Just blend it, pour into mold, freeze it set then enjoy it.

Raw mango Rice | Mango rice | Lunch Box



Raw mango rice with step by step pictures.

Mango rice is one of the lunch box rice recipes that can be made is a few minutes. It may look somewhat similar to lemon rice but here we don't add any spices except turmeric powder. The tanginess in the mango make this rice super delicious and yum.

Chicken Chukka | Chicken Roast

Chicken Chukka | Chicken Roast

Chicken chukka with step by step pictures

This recipe is totally my daughter's recipe. She googled up gather ingredients, took pictures and made it completely. Last Sunday she made it and send me all these pictures to post in the blog and hence I am posing it. To say the truth it was good for the first try and I hope she will improve as she grows.

Ragi-Oats Ladoo | No sugar energy balls


Ragi ladoo with step by step pictures.

Healthy ragi aka finger millet ladoo with no sugar added in it. This sweet is a real energy booster as it has dates in it. When carving for sugar just have one ball of it which not only fulfills your sweet carving it also makes you feel energized. For the more sweeter version you can increase the number of dates. The oil from the groundnuts and sickness from the dates helps to make balls.

Eggless chocolate sheet cake | Valentine's Day special


Chocolate sheet cake with step by step pictures.

Happy valentine day wishes to all. Love is in the air and is found in everything, let us celebrate each day. On this lovely day, I am here with a special recipe of eggless chocolate sheet cake. As I didn' have sheet cake pan I just used my square pan. And for the icing, I just melted margarine, then added cocoa powder, icing sugar, essence, milk and whisked it well till it forms a smooth runny mix. Feel free o add butter in the place of margarine.

Homemade popcorn | how to make popcorn


Homemade popcorn with step by step pictures.

Popcorn is one snack which is liked by all age group of people. When going out for cinemas in the mall one thing for sure would be this popcorn. I had few failures making this popcorn a home hence I mostly by a brand popcorn which never fails and my kids loved it. To get good popcorn the popcorn kernels is the key one. If it is good quality then your popcorn will be the best. To check whether its a good one, first popout one kernels and check if it pops out well then that popcorn kernels are good and you can make popcorn with it. If it didn't pop out kindly ignore it than wasting resources in making it.

Plain tea | Sulaimani | How to make sulaimani


Sulaimani | Plain tea video recipe.

Sulaimani is nothing but plain tea. It is very famous in the state of Kerala. I am not a fan of this plain tea until last year. I started liking this tea and I don't know how it started till now. I even started liking plain green tea which I never use to drink before. I guess it all age factor and we started liking things which we don't like in a young age. To make this tea is a bit challenging for me with tea powder. When making It I always make it by adding more tea leaves making it unfit to drink. It is my husband who pointed out my mistake since he makes perfect Sulaimani. This drink he just made to me and I just clicked it.

Kadamba chutney | Side dish for idli/dosa



Kadamba chutney with step by step pictures.

Kadamba chutney is a made with a mix of many ingredients which goes well for idli/dosa or any millet dosa. Have you seen flower vendors selling kadambam flowers which have a mix of different color flowers and in the same way this chutney also have a mix of different ingredients and hence may be the name( I don't know the exact reason for this chutney and it's my wild guess.) I served this for instant ragi dosa which I will share very soon. Let us see how to make this easy chutney.


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