Beetroot Chaas | Beetroot Buttermilk | Summer Drink

Beetroot Chaas | Beetroot Buttermilk | Summer Drink

Its just mid march and heat here in Chennai has started shooting up and it has become little difficult to bear the heat in afternoons. I have completely avoided going out during the day and my best time for all shopping happens to be after five in evening.We have planned to go walking after my daughter's semester exam and I hope it must go well as scheduled.

Bitter gourd /Karela Fry | Bitter Melon Fry

Bitter melon which is called bitter gourd or karela in India is one vegetable i hate from my childhood days,even after i started cooking i never buy this vegetable due to its bitter taste. My husband would keep on insist me to include this like other veggies but i never did.This is not the situation now where i started buying this and indulging it. When i made this fry even my kids love it as it does not taste bitter and they finished it off. Do try this way and feed children who hate this vegetable.

Whole Black Urad Dal idli/ dosa

 Black urad dal idli/dosa with step by step pictures.

Idli/ dosa is one staple breakfast is most south Indian homes. I would always keep a batter of it standby in my refrigerator. If I make white rice batter next time I would opt to grind millet batter. You can check many varieties of idli/dosa recipes in my blog. Check the side menu which has a few lists of it. To add to that collection here comes another variety using the whole black variety urad dal. Since the dal is ground wholly the batter will look little greyish. But there is no compromise in taste. You will never feel any different. The whole black dal is very healthy.

Bhindi Masala | Side dish for roti/ chapati

Bhindi masala with step by step pictures.

Bhindi masala is a quick dish that you can make for roti or chapati. It can be made dried or semi-dried. for a completely dried version avoid adding onion or tomato. But when making for roti we always prefer little masala. So add onion which gives body for this masala. If you have less quantity of bhindi you can add capsicum to increase the masala quantity.

Thandai spice powder | Homemade thandai powder

Thandai is a drink prepared on a colorful day, Holi, the starting of the spring season.Although Holi is celebrated in a grand manner in northern India nowadays I see people in the south also enjoy this fun-filled day by splashing color over one another. Two years before I have prepared this drink with instant one-time masala where all ingredients are soaked, ground, mixed with milk and then filtered. You can check that recipe here.

Rava Ragi Idli | Instant Idli | Healthy Breakfast/ Dinner

Instant idli with ragi flour and rava/semoline/sooji.Let us see how to make this simple ,healthy yet delicious idli/steamed cake which is suitable for breakfast or dinner .I already have quite some variety of idli recipes in my blog ,so check the breakcast label and get to know about it.This is an instant version just mixing ingredients and steaming it unlike the ragi idli where you need to soak rice+ millet,grind and allow to ferment.It comes in handy for dinner when you have no clue what to prepare.Do try and I'm sure you will fall in love with it.

Chicken fry white pasta

Chicken fry white pasta with step by step pictures.

Pasta is a super savior recipe when it comes to dinner. When I have no idea what to cook for dinner I mostly prepare pasta. This recipe to cam to our mind for one day dinner when my kids asked for any new recipe. My daughter readily said that she will prepare the dinner and this is her recipe. The only thing I did was clicking and eating.

Green peas kurma

Green peas kurma with step by step pictures.

Green peas kurma is an excellent side dish for appam/ chapati or idiyappam. The addition of the ground coconut masala paste in the gravy enriches the flavor and taste of this kurma. So please don't skip adding it. This kurma can also be made with fresh green peas. Here I have used dried version hence we need to soak and boil the peas.

Nutella Cookies | Eggless Cookies

I wanted to try this Nutella cookie for a long and with much excited I tried a batch last month.While baking there was some burnt smell but I thought its not a problem and it is baking correctly.But I was wrong when I removed it from the oven the lower part all got burnt well and it was too bitter due to that.i was in pain as I wasted more ingredient and to my justification for not wasting I ate few cookies .

Tutti fruity loaf cake | Eggless loaf cake

Eggless tutti-fruity loaf cake with step by step pictures.

This is a simple tea cake that beginner can easily make it. I made this for tea snacks last month. Here I have fully used atta flour. But can also make it with plain flour or a mix of plain+atta. Instead of tutti fruity you can use choc chips or even a mix of dry fruits & nuts.

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.

Fish Dum Biryani | how to make fish biryani

Fish dum biryani with step by step pictures.

This is my favorite biryani. Before marriage, I have never eaten this. My first taste was when my husband made it. It was soo tasty and I used to ask him to make it. But there was no time for him when he was on vacation. On our wedding day this year, he made it and decided to blog it.

Brookies | Eggless Brookies

Brookies with step by step pictures.

Brookie is a  brownie and cookie. It will be soft and chewy. If you want your brookies to not spread much keep the dough refrigerated for sometime before baking and then bake. I did so and hence the brookies don't spread much.

Sugarcane juice Pongal | Karumbu charu Pongal

Sugarcane juice Pongal with step by step pictures.

 Happy Pongal to all.

This is a regular Pongal in which sugar cane juice is added for sweetness instead of jaggery. It tastes so good when it is warm. Now is the time to make this as you will have leftover sugarcane from the festival. As I got just a cup of juice it was not able to give the sweetness, hence I added some rock candy.

Rava Kara Pongal | Easy Breakfast Recipe | South Indian Breakfast

rava pongal

Rava / sooji cooked along with moong dal and tempered with spices makes a great breakfast which can  be done in no matter of time.The only time-consuming work is cooking of the dal and all others are so quick.

When you have any leftover idli/ dosa batter in the refrigerator and worried what to cook for breakfast do give a try this Pongal and I'm sure you will love it.I simply served it with instant sambar.

Seem pal | Therattipal | Palm Jaggery- Colostrum Milk sweet

Seem pal/ Colostrum milk sweet with step by step pictures.

Seem pal is very nutritious cow milk that it gives after the birth of a calf. It will be light yellow in color and will be thick. When we were in our Christmas vacation in our native, there came a bottle of this milk. My co-sister made this healthy palkova with palm jaggery. It was so tasty. We just added minimal sweet. You can also use white sugar, jaggery instead of palm jaggery.  It a really time-consuming job. It hardly took one and a half hours to make a liter of the milk.