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.

Rasam | Pepper Rasam | South Indian Rasam | Video Recipe

Rasam is a tamarind soup cooked with coarsely pounded spices.This thin drink usually served in last serve of a big meal help for digestion.This is also good for people who are recovering from the illness or people in sick.

Snowman Cookies-eggless | Christmas Bakes

After seeing many snowman cookies in different blog i too want to try it.As kids have their half yearly exam and were at home my daughter enjoyed making it,she helped me too.

Prawns Briyani

This briyani is so easy to make.We all like to have briyani on spl days.I made it for my son's birthday.Try it out.

Homemade Grape Wine | Christmas Recipe (with video)

Grape wine

Updated on dec.2014(below is the wine colour i got in 2014) [ The reason for more deep colour is that i added some caramel syrup in to it.]

This is the first time I tried the wine and quite happy with the result. I was a bit tensed but gathered the courage to make it. I referred information from many pages..This wine was very good than my rice wine.I think all will be busy shopping ,preparing cakes&cookies ,etc. We too have finished our shopping, kids are waiting to go to native to celebrate Xmas, I am much worried as they are not studying for their exams.

Glass Stained Cookies | Christmas Cookies

Glass stained cookies with step by step pictures.These are so-called because of the glass finished look in the centre of it.The glass effect is by the hard coloured candies which melt in the oven and give the effect as it cools.

Eggless vanilla pancake | Simple pancake | Breakfast recipe


Eggless vanilla pancake with step by step picture and video.

Pancake is the easiest breakfast option when you don't have any batter leftover in your refrigerator. Just whip up flour with all the ingredients and make them. You can easily pancake with or without eggs. Here I have shared a simple eggless vanilla pancake recipe. My son is a die-hard fan of this pancake and I mostly make pancake only for him. You can use either a mix of maida(APF) and wheat or simple APF.

Healthy Gingerman Bread Cookies | Christmas Bakes

I was longing to bake this gingerbread cookie for a long time but i don't have this cutter. When i saw it on a bakery suppliers FB page i immediately ordered and got couriered in two days.I have used mixed flours to make it a bit healthy.

Mulled Wine | Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Version| Christmas Recipe

Mulled wine is nothing but an alcoholic drink where red wine is boiled along with spices and then served warm or hot.It best for this Christmas season.I have already post homemade red wine recipe on my blog.I recently did some wine for my dad and was having a bottle of it.I want to make a new drink with it for Christmas and googled up.Mulled wine got my attraction.Each recipe uses different spices and I ended up adding my own spices to make it.

Snake gourd baji | | Podalangai baji | snack recipe


Snack gourd / Podalankai baji with step by step picture and video.

As the weather here in Chennai is rainy and cool we are appetite towards some bhaji/pakora for tea time snack. Bhaji can be made with any vegetable. Just prepare the batter, dip the vegetable, and fry it. Serve it hot with some tomato sauce for evening chai. check out the baji bonda ready mix here.

Oats Muffins | Healthy Breakfast Muffins

Oats Muffins | Healthy Breakfast Muffins

Oats muffins make an excellent breakfast option as it is loaded with oats, egg, milk.To enhance more nutrition you can even add some nuts/dry fruits in it.For people opting for eggless option avoid egg and use yogurt/curd to get a moister muffin.

Tomato Soup | Soup recipe | How to make tomato soup

Days are getting shorter and nights are long and cold.Evenings are so cold and we log for something warm/hot.To cope it up soup comes in handy.I am not that a soup person but also won't  avoid if I get a hot bowl when it is cool outside.My son would grab a packet of a readymade packet of an instant soup when we go for grocery shopping,mostly it would be sweet corn soup packet.No one in my family will order tomato soup or like towards it, but things changed after our trip during summer.When we went for a short trip to Coorg we had an opportunity to taste tomato soup with bread sticks.It was totally yummy and we all started liking this soup.

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.

Ragi Poori/Puri | Breakfast Recipe | How to make millet Poori

Ragi poori with step by step pictures.
Poori/puri is a deep fried recipe.Although deep fried it is not an issue in having it once a while for breakfast.My son loves poori and insists me to make every week.Due to the deep fry technique, I avoid it.

Ajwain leaves/ Karporavalli rasam | Immunity boosting rasam

Ajwain leaves rasam with step by step pictures and video.

Ajwain leaves also known as Karporavalli in Tamil, Dodapatre in Kannada is a medical herb.  The dried version of this leaf is oregano, the seasoning used in Pizza toppings. This leaf is best for cold and cough. One can directly have the leaf raw. During this monsoon season try to include this leaf more in your diet. One such way is this rasam which can be served with hot steaming rice or can have as soup.

Instant Idli | No soaking no fermentation idli | Idli with Idli rice rava (video recipe)

Instant idli with step by step pictures and video recipe.

Happy new year to all, I wish and pray for success and prosperity to follow in this new year.
Let me start my first post of this year with a healthy note. We all know steamed food and that too if it happens to be idli it is very good and healthy. But making idli need a batter which involves a long procedure of soaking, grinding and fermenting. Many people complain about not getting soft idli and hence they avoid making the batter at home.

Beetroot Rasam | South Indian Rasam with Beetroot

Beetroot Rasam | South Indian Rasam with Beetroot

Beetroot rasam with step by step pictures.
Mostly it will Saturday when I will be clueless what to cook for lunch.One such day I got this idea to cook simple rasam with beetroot.The recipe is same as rasam only difference is I added some cooked beetroot juice init. It was on that day I made beetroot chaas to accomplish the meal.

Dry Fruits Ladoo | Dates & Nuts Balls | Festive Sweet Recipe

dry fruits ladoo

Dry fruits ladoo with step by step pictures.

Dry fruits and nuts laddoo/ balls are so easy to make which makes the best way for kids to eat them.Its healthy since no other sweetening agents were added to it as the sweetness for dates & raisins are quiet enough for the taste.With festive season around make this and have fun.You can even make it any shape cylinders and then cut it or even in a shape of  modak.

Easy Snack For Diwali | Savory Snack

I have just made a small collection of the some deep fried snack that you can easily at home for this diwali.It may look like hard to make but I assure you that its damn easy to make.Do give a try and stay healthy with home made recipe.

Easy savory snack to try for this Diwali.Click each recipe name to see the detailed procedure.

Wheat Flour Muruku

Easy Snack For Diwali | Savory Snack 

Wheat thattai. (Video recipe)


Wheat thattai with step by step pictures and video recipe.

Wheat thattai is a crispy deep-fried snack recipe. We can usually make thattai with rice flour but here I have made it with wheat flour. To get a crispy thatai one needs to roll it very thin else you will get a soggy thattai. Let us see how to make this.

Potato Murukku | Aloo Chakli | Easy Snack Recipe

After many sweet recipes here i come with a salty one.Diwali ,Festival of Light is around the corner and I hope all will be busy preparing sweet & savoury for it.Do try this chakli  variety which is very easy and tasty.

Adhirasam | Festive Sweet Recipe

Adhirasam is  one of the famous sweets i think which i made in all religion for their festival,its one of my favourite.Mostly now a days people buy them shop,as it very easy,me too the same.This is the first  time i tried and it came out quite well.

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.

Garlic karasev | Festive snack recipe

Garlic Karasev with step by step pictures.

Karasev is the simplest snack to make. I have already posted this during my early years of blogging. In that one, I added pepper for spiciness. To do a little varaition I have made this garlic flavored Karasev. Just grind few flakes of garlic and add to the flour, mix and make the dough. Let us see how to make this.

Rose flavored Coconut Balls | Rose Coconut Balls | Easy Sweet Recipe

Rose flavored Coconut Balls | Rose Coconut Balls | Easy Sweet Recipe

Rose flavored Coconut Balls with step by step pictures.

Craving for any sweet dish like me  then try this easy and yummy coconut balls with rose flavor.Why not try this  easy sweet for Rakhi festival tomorrow to treat brothers.Thanks a lot priya for this sweet coconut ladoo.

Ginger -Lemongrass Tea | Tea with milk

lemongrass tea

Ginger-lemongrass tea with step by step pictures and video.

I mostly prefer tea/chai for the evening and my day always starts with a cup of coffee. Since my kids don't drink tea or coffee I usually make simple tea or cardamom or ginger tea else combination of both. I have a small garden on my terrace where I grow some flowering plants, a banana tree, and a few kitchen greens. You can check the pictures on my Instagram account. I bought a lemongrass plant long back and had not used it in many recipes. On googling I found it's very useful for weight reduction and decided to first try a tea with it. With the aroma of lemongrass & ginger, the tea tastes so unique and I have decided to make it often.

Kesar Kaju Katli | Saffron Flavoured Cashew Burfi | Indian Sweet

Sweets/desserts always cheer me up and hence I always prefer to start a new month with a sweet note.Kaju katli/ cashew burfi is commonly liked by all and my kids to love it.This Kesar Kaju katli has an extra flavour of saffron in it.I already have some methods of kaju katli in my little space,you can check instant method and regular method by clicking the link.

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.

Red Rice Flakes Coconut Milk Pudding / Aval Payasam With Jaggery | Payasam Recipe

Red Aval/Rice flakes payasam

Payasam is an easy dessert one can prepare .When ever i carve to eat something sweet i make  a payasam for lunch relish some and keep it in fridge and will indulge as often.when can make payasam with many ingredients.Here i have used thick red aval (rice flakes),jaggery and coconut milk.Need to say the taste sooo yummy.

Channa dal sundal | Kadalai paruppu sundal | Sundal recipe


Channa dal Sundal with step by step pictures and video.

Sundal is usually made during navarathri . Any legumes/dal can be made as sundal. It is a protein-packed dish and healthy. If you are making this during festival avoid garlic or else if you make it on other days you can use 2-3 cloves of garlic while tempering. Channa dal, moong dal. masoor dal, etc all of it can be cooked and made as sundal. 

Masala Tea | how to make spiced milk tea


Masala tea

Masala tea with step by step pictures and video.

Tea/chai is a staple drink in many households in India. Each one makes it in their own way. Here I have used ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and cloves. But some will use fennel seeds and a dash of nutmeg also.

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.

Instant Murukku | Leftover rice chakli (Video recipe)


Leftover rice murukku with step by step pictures and video.

Murukku/chakli is a common snack quite popular all over India. For any festival, people prepare it at home. Many variety and shapes it can be prepared. It is also available in all departmental stores.  Nowadays people try making this murukku in a different way and one such way is this method. If you have any leftover rice try this murukku.

Mealmaker Kebab | Soya chunks Kebab

Mealmaker / Soya nuggets kebab with step by step pictures.Meal makers are rich in proteins and are quite easily available in all departmental shops , now a days even all vegetable vendors sell this.Whenever I buy a packet of this, my kids first choice would be meal maker 65  since they love that the most as it looks and tastes like chicken fry.If the dinner menu is chapati then sometime it would be soya chunk masala. 
 If you are looking for vegan patties for your burger then do try this soya chunk patties.
 Let's see how to make this soya kebab.

Goosberry / Amla Pickle | Instant Pickle Recipe

amla pickle

Amla pickle with step by step pictures and video.

 Amla is very rich in vitamin c and has a great immunity power. This pickle can be made very quickly and tastes yummy.  My daughter starting liking this more and whenever I make this she just finishes it very quickly, she even eats it with chapati. Keep it under the refrigerator if using after a day.Try this easy pickle and enjoy it.

Broccoli Soup | Cream of Broccoli

cream of broccoli
Broccoli is one of the fibre rich food which has many nutrients, minerals and vitamins.It supports heart's health.Its high anti-inflammatory fight helps to fight against allergies and inflammation. It so easy to have this vegetable, just chop it and get stir fry and eat it. Some days before I posted cauliflower soup and just followed the same method to make this soup.

Kambu Idli | Pearl Millet Idli | Healthy Breakfast ( video recipe)

When it comes to millets I love to try any of it and you can check my blog which have some decent amount of millet recipes.Kambu /Pearl millet, though I have used it before but did not try making idli with it.So tried and hence blogging about it here.

Nadan Beef Fry | Kerala Style Beef Fry | Easy Beef Fry | Video Recipe

When its beef cooking for lunch/ dinner it's a real treat for all as we all love it to the core. I use a tender version of beef called veal meat which will just look soft as goat meat.For this recipe you can use both beef variety.Last Sunday I made this recipe for lunch where both my kids were so much involved in plating, shooting and taking photos / videos.with no further stories lets go straight to the recipe

Butterfly pea tea | Blue tea ( Video recipe)


Butterfly blue tea is nothing but a tea made with  "Sangu flower". There are two colors in this flower, white and blue. Blue colored flower is used to make this tea.

This tea has some health benefits such as being full of antioxidants and good for your eyes. This tea doesn't have any flavor. Butterfly pea flowers are kind of considered an "herb" in many countries. I have this plant in my terrace garden.  You can just add hot water to the flower and drink or else can squeeze lemon juice which changes the color and then can have it.

Green gram-rice kanji with roasted chilli thogayal( video recipe)


Green gram- rice kanji with step by step pictures and video.

Green gram- rice kanji is a healthy porridge. It is a one-pot easy dinner recipe that can be easily made. This porridge is filling and be given to people above 2 years. I mostly make this kanji when I run out of an idea for what to make for dinner. In the place of green gram, you can use black urad dal and it is urad dal kanji. Don't skip the addition of garlic as it gives flavor, taste, and aids in the digestion. The thogayal I prepared is the best combo. do try this once and let me know it.

Carrot Muffins | Wheat Carrot Mini Bundt Cake| Eggless Bakes

Carrot mini bundt cakes with step by step pictures.My long term wish to make this carrot cake became sucess yesterday since I had failed init in my previuos attempt. I was so excited when the muffins were out from the oven and they simply tastes awesome with the flavors of cinnamon & ginger in it.Its perfect for evening snack with a cup of tea/chai and can also be served as breakfast for kids.

Therachi/ Thirukkai (Stingray Fish ) Kuzhambu | Step by step pictures.


Therachi fish kuzhambu with step by step pictures.

Therachi which is also known as Thirandai is a healthy fish that has medicinal values. In English, it is known as Stingray fish. We can make this fish in many ways like using coconut or without coconut, can roast spices, and make curry, or with coconut milk too we can make this curry. Each one makes it in their own way. Here we made by roasting the spices. Let us see how to make this.

Pirandai Rasam | Adamant Creepers- Tamarind Soup (video recipe)

Pirandai Rasam | Adamant Creepers- Tamarind Soup

Pirandai rasam with step by step picture and video.

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.

Horsegram Sprouts Masala | Weightloss Recipe

Do you all remember the sprouts which I made some days back and wrote to wait for the recipe I made with it, yes this is the masala I prepared with it.So simple with just the ingredients available in the pantry and it makes the best pair with roti or any Indian flat bread.One can also be used as side for roti or mix it with rice , in both ways it will be delicious.

Easy sambar | Pressure cooker radish sambar( video recipe)

Easy pressure cooker sambar with step by step picture and video.

Sambar is a one-dish which is quite common in many households in South India. Each one makes their way for sambar. Some cook dal and veggies separately then mix it and boil with sambar powder with tempering at last. I make that way when I use drumstick as a vegetable because it gets overcooked when done in a pressure cooker. This method is my most common method which I at least make once a week. do try this quick sambar recipe and share your experience.

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.

Toor dal vada/ how to make toor dal vada


Toor dal vada with step by step pictures and video.

We all make masala vada with channa dal. For a change, I have made it with Toor dal. We get one kg per month from ration and mostly it won't get over in that month. To get it over I make dosa, vadas with it. I have already shared a dosa recipe and you can check it here.

Homemade Rice Ada | Kitchen Basics

Gone are the days when I search shops for this ada to make payasam. After coming to this blogging world I have learned that it can be very easily made at home. Without much writing, let's go off to it.