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Choco Banana Loaf | Eggless choc banana bread


Choco Banana loaf cake with step by step pictures.

Whenever an overripe banana appears in my table counter, the first thought that would come to my mind is to bake a cake. Since I love banana I buy them more and since my kids hate them the banana would overripe soon. I see that I eat them before they are overripe. If something left out I make bread, muffins or unniappam. This recipe is similar to eggless banana bread except for the addition of cocoa powder. Here I have used a mix of wheat & maida but you can use either one of the flour or a combination.

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.

Corn idiyappam | Maize flour string hoppers




Corn idiyappam with step by step pictures.

Idiyappam/string hopper is my family favorite recipe. Mostly I prepare this idiyappam for dinner as we can make it more leisurely. You can use any spicy gravy either veg or non-veg to pair up. This string hopper like puttu can be made with all flours. I do have some variety in my blog, check it in the search box. After making yellow corn puttu I decided to make this string hoppers with the flour. You can use only this corn flour or a mix of rice flour with it. I used half cup rice flour.

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.

Yellow corn puttu | Corn meal steamed cake


Corn Puttu with step by step pictures.

Puttu is a steamed breakfast which is considered healthy. It is one of the main breakfast recipes in the state of Kerala. There they serve with kadalai curry, cooked payaru (green grams)-papad, chicken/mutton gravy and for the sweet version they give sugar and banana. I always love to have my puttu with banana and sugar.

Raw mango puli kuzhambu | Mango in tamarind sauce


Raw mango puli kuzhambu with step by step pictures.

Summer vacation is over and the school reopens today. With more than 50 days holiday I had a good time with the kids and not a busy morning routine. All good things end and the schedule starts today. Though I didn't cook much today due to water scarcity in our apartment and my head rotates if I think of the hectic days to follow.

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.

Nannari Syrup with jaggery | Summer drink


Nannari/Sarasparilla syrup with step by step pictures.

Nannari is a medicinal root used to prepare this syrup. You can get this in a local Siddha medical shop,(Nattu Marunthu Kadai). This root is one of the best coolants for this summer. You can easily get this syrup in all departmental store where it will be labeled as a synthetic flavoring used and also they used sugar to make this. I have bought this syrup before but I always want to try it at home. so I bought this root from a local medical store near my house and made it with jaggery. You can also use cane sugar.

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.

Egg biryani | East one pot meal

Egg Biryani with step by step pictures.

This is one of the simplest and easiest biryani one can make. Even a beginner can make this. There is a little story behind this recipe. One evening my daughter carved for biryani after returning home from college. She was in that carve even the word biryani when she heard made her salivating. She enquired whether I have any meat in the refrigerator. When she found nothing so decided to make this egg biryani and relish it. With little instructions from me, she made it wholly. Even these pictures she took it from her mobile. We had it with onion-curd raitha.

Choc Popsicle | Chocolate popsicle | Summer Recipe


Chocolate popsicle with step by step pictures.

Ice creams/ popsicle and summer are both inseparable. My kids always look into the refrigerator for some chilled drink/goodies. So I decided to make some popsicle from the milk they refuse to drink as they started hating drinking hot health drinks. so if you have any leftover milk make this easy popsicle. Even if you don't have mould just pour into a tumbler/ paper cup, set it and serve.

Mutton roast | Mutton pepper roast


Mutton pepper roast with step by step pictures.


Happy Easter to all. The Lord has risen let us sing Alleluia.
 For our Easter lunch, I prepared this mutton pepper roast, mutton biryani, salad, and raitha. It is so simple and easy to make.   If you have the pressure cooked mutton you can prepare this just 5 mins before serving to serve it hot.

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.

Wheat idli/dosa | Broken wheat idli | Healthy breakfast



Wheat Rava idli with step by step pictures.


Wheat rava idli is a healthy breakfast recipe as we have used wheat instead of regular rice. As wheat is used it is very good even for diabetic people and we find this recipe healthy, tasty and filling. I have used regular broken wheat. But you can also use samba wheat. Clean the wheat rava and soak with less water because after soaking we will not throw out the water. We will use the soaked rava together as such to grind. So use very less water for soaking wheat.

Aval Ladoo/ Balls | Poha ladoo | Healthy Snack




Aval Ladoo with step by step pictures.

Aval/poha ladoo is a simple snacks to make in jiffy. When sweet carve strikes and not mood to make elobarate one try to make this simplest one and enjoy. Here I have used a mix of cane sugar and white sugar but you can either with any one sugar of mix of both. Also if you prefer making it sugar free just add more pitted dates and grind it and make balls.

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.

Watermelon rind Dosa | Breakfast Recipe

Watermelon rind Dosa |  Breakfast Recipe

Watermelon rind dosa with step by step pictures.

Next time when you buy watermelon don't forget to try this easy recipe. I too was not aware of his recipe until I google up when I don' want to waste my watermelon rind. I have already heard many people say about making dal/sambar with the rind.  So I too decided to try sambar with it which turned out tasty. With no mind to waste a huge amount of the rind I searched and ended up with this recipe. Many use their own proportion to make the batter. So I too ended up with my own quantity, which gave me super tasty and yummy dosa.

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.

Quinoa Sweet Pongal | Quinoa recipe

Quinoa Sweet Pongal | Quinoa recipe

Quinoa sweet Pongal with step by step pictures.


I want to try this quinoa pongal for a long time and it came true last weekend. When I made other breakfast for my kids I ended up making his pongal for me after a long day of craving it. This is so simple and easy to make. Unlike rice which takes more time o cook his quinoa get quickly done.
Some other quinoa recipes in my blog are

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.

Thinnai/Foxtail Millet Spicy Pongal | Healthy Breakfast



Thinnai/foxtail millet with step by step pictures.

I always have an obsession with millet and I love to try all south Indian recipes with it. I have tried idli/dosa, puttu, idiyappam( string hoppers), khichadi, etc with many millets. Although I love sweet Pongal, kara Pongal is family favorite and all love to have it hot. So I see that I make it during weekends to all to relish it hot.

Turmeric Milk | Golden Milk | Haldi Doodh



Turmeric milk with step by step pictures.

Turmeric milk which is also referred to as golden milk is the addition of fresh turmeric roots/rhizome or turmeric powder in milk. This drink is an age-old home remedy/medicine for cold/cough symptoms and indigestion. This drink is rich anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory property. although it is good it also has some side effects causing stomach upset, nausea, dizziness or diarrhea. So when consuming this drink take a break after a week and consume this drink.

Instant Ragi Dosa | Instant finger millet flour savory crepes


Instant Ragi Dosa | Instant finger millet flour savory crepes

Instant millet flour dosa with step by step pictures.


Instant dosa comes as a savior when we don't find time to grind idli/dosa batter or when clueless what to be cooked for breakfast/dinner. As millet flour is used init this dosa happens to be a healthy one. As I mentioned in my previous post, Kadamba chutney, I served this dosa with that chutney. Here I have used ragi flour but I guess you can use any millet flour in a similar way to make this dosa. If  I try with other flour sure I will write about it here.

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.


Chicken cutlet | how to make chicken cutlet



Chicken cutlet/Tikki with step by step pictures.


Chicken Cutlet is a yummy snack /appetizer that every kid would definitely love it. You can use it as an after-school snack or as patties for a burger. I made this for my kids after school snack and served it with mint chutney and tomato sauce. Both my kids loved it to the core. I used chicken breast pieces to make this cutlet but you also boil the usual pieces, remove flesh from it and make. Let us see how to make this easy cutlet.

Tomato rice | how to make tomato rice

Tomato rice | how to make tomato rice


Tomato rice with step by step pictures.

Tomato rice is a simple and easy recipe which is ideal for lunch box. If you have moreover leftover cooked rice try making this rice and have it with roasted papad or boiled egg. Mostly for dinner I make a new dish and if any cooked rice from lunch was too much we opt to make this rice and have it hot with papad.

Eggless Blueberry Muffins


Eggless blueberry muffins with step by step pictures.


When I had a box of blueberry the first thought which came to my mind was to make this muffin. Actually, I planned to make it in December itself but due to personal reasons, Christmas, family marriage, travel, etc I could bake or post. Two days before when I had time I baked this and decided to post. It is healthy as I had made it with whole wheat and unprocessed cane sugar.

Sweet Potato Gulab jamun | how to make gulab jamun


Sweet potato gulab jamun with step by step pictures.


Happy New year to all my readers and friends. May this new year fills you joy, happiness and my prayer for all your dreams come true.