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.

Beef Mappas | Beef Cooked in Coconut Milk

beef mappas

Beef is a meat which i prepare more often after chicken while mutton is least preferred in my house.This recipe when i saw it here want to try it & it was a super doper hit.Do give a try once & i"m damn sure you will make it again and again.I usually buy  a  tender variety of beef (veal) which is very soft meat type compared to beef.

Sweet Corn Sundal | Easy Snack Recipe

Sweet corn sundal with step by step pictures.

Sweet corn in one of the maize variety which is loved by all people.It is plucked before they are matured as maturation involves conversion of sugar to starch so as to  be eaten as vegetable rather than a grain.It is said cooked corn has anti-cancer properties to try to include it in your diet.Due to the sweet taste it is  a great hit among young ones.By adding salt & spice one can just eat the boiled corn or without spice.In this i have just tempered and added coconut for more flavor.

Barnyard millet/Kuthirivalli Vegetable Khichadi | Millet Recipe

barnyard millet khichadi

As we all know the goodness of millets and many have started using it regularly .I have tried all millets variety and made many recipes,you can check in recipe index.mostly i make pongal with millets and i want to try khichadi with it and tried a day.Healthy and tasty food recipe in just 10mins.

Pidi Karunai Roast


Pidi karunai roast with step by step picture and video.

Pidi karunai roast/ pidi karunai tawa fry is a simple side for rice This can be easily made. The only time consuming part is cooking of the vegetable.Here I cooked in open pot method. But you can even pressure cook.In that case don't overcook just 1-2 whistle will be more than enough.This side dish is a good pair for any gravy/kuzhambu and hot steaming rice. You can also make seppakilangu in the same way.

Thenga Manga Pattani Sundal | Beach Sundal | Sundal Recipes

thenga mangai pattani sundal
If you have been to Marina Beach you would have seen many selling this sundal variety mostly people buy this and enjoy it in beach hence the name beach sundal.

Palak Khicadi | how to make palak khichdi

Palak Khicadi | how to make palak khichdi

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

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.

Mutton rib bone soup | Mutton bone soup | how to make soup


Mutton bone soup with step by step pictures and video.

Mutton bone soup is a healthy soup which is usually served with for people who are anemic. Soups are good for cold weathers.The healthy non-veg soup keeps the body temperature warm. This soup is good to drink in mornings, lunch as well as dinners. This is simple and quick to make soup with bones in a pressure cooker. This can be served as such as soup or can be mixed with hot steaming rice and can have.

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.

Besan ladoo | Indian sweet

Besan ladoo with step by step pictures.

Besan ladoo is one of the easiest sweet to make. It just needs very few ingredients. There are some keen points to have in mind while making this sweet. First, the roasting of the besan flour. You have to roast the besan flour well in ghee for at least 20 mins. You need patience in doing it. keep the flame low and roast it well till it changes its color to a darker shade. If you skip roasting well you make end up having ladoo with the raw smell of the flour. And the second thing is adding the sugar powder after the roasted flour is cooled well. If you add before it you will not be able to make balls.

Orange Skin(Peel) Kuzhambu | Kuzhambu Recipe

orange skin kuzhambu

We all throw out the skin of oranges after eating the fruit but the skin has more vitamin C than the fruit.Try to make this kuzhambu and eat it.

Red Amarnath Leaves Stir Fry | Sigappu Keerai Thoran (Poriyal)

red amarnath leaves stir fry

Greens are very healthy as there are rich on iron, fibre and many nutrients.But nowadays many hesitate to buy the greens because of the hygiene in handling the leaves by the seller/vendor and place where these are grown.We cannot assure the cleanliness but we can clean it  well in more and more water or with rock salt dissolved in water.

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.

Coconut Milk Rice/pulao | Thengai paal Sadam

coconut milk pulao

Coconut milk pulao with step by step pictures and Video.

Its  1st July and  we are in the second half of 2015 couldn't guess how fast months move on.Although it goes the same way we all feel that days are passing  very fast.I pray that God must grant his mercy to fulfil all my resolution i took at the beginning of the year.If you too are in the same situation don't lose hope firmly believe in God and do you best and surely you will achieve it with HIS great mercy.
Sunday meal is always special with either biryani or fried rice or pulao with a must chicken/mutton/beef. Sunday while thinking what to make for lunch a thought rose to make this coconut milk rice and made it.It was super tasty with very mild spiciness and i am sure kiddos will surely like it.

Mangalore Buns | Banana poori/puri


Mangalore buns with step by step pictures and video.

Mangalore buns is nothing but banana poori which is deep fried. It is made by making a dough with mashed banana, flour and spice,  which is given some resting hours. After it is rolled into small poori's and deep fried. With the addition of banana these pooris are super soft and delicious. Do give a try and i'm sure you will fall in love with it.  An over-riped banana can also be used for it. An authentic recipe uses refined flour(maida) but here I have used a mix if maida and atta.

Fudgy Brownies | Double Chocolate Brownies


If you are looking for something rich in chocolate then this brownie is the one for them , sinfully chocolaty and it tastes awesome and I bet you just can't stop  with a piece.I had cooking chocolates left  which I actually bought to make a cake for my son's birthday.Since it was exam time for my daughter & she  won't study if I arrange for a party I dropped my plan and this chocolate was left untouched. Although my kids ate few pieces of it there were some left which I used it here to make this brownie. Do try this and enjoy .

Wheat flour sweet pidi kozhukattai

Wheat flour sweet pidi kozhukattai with step by step picture and video.

Wheat flour sweet pidi kozhukattai is a simple to make easy kozhukatti. Unlike pooran kozhukattai where we have to make outer dough , inner stuffing , make the outer dough into a shape , fill with the proan and steam, here just mix all the ingredients make into shape and steam it. We can make this with any flour, ,millet, rice flour, etc.
Let us see how to make this.

Sweet stuffed Foxtail millet kozhukattai /Mothagam | Healthy Kozhukattai

In my previous post of kozhukkai( Foxtail millet paal kozhukatai) i wrote about another version than this is the one.Yes this is a stuffed version of healthy kozhukattai ,try making these and enjoy the festival.

Motichoor ladoo without making boondhi | Easy diwali sweet

Motichoor laddoo with step by step picture and video.

Motichoor ladoo is sweet/balls prepared by soaking tiny fried besan flour balls in sugar syrup. One difficulty in making it is the tiny balls. Here I have shared an alternate way to make this laddoo by not making that boondhi.  Here we use channa dal instead of besan flour. Let us see how to make this.

Instant Oats Idli- Easy Breakfast | Step by Step

Instant Oats Idli- Easy Breakfast | Step by Step

Instant oats idli with step by step pictures And video.

Easy instant, healthy idli with oats.When you don't any batter in the refrigerator make this idli and enjoy.It is somewhat similar to rava idli except for the addition of roasted oats flour.

Seedai | salt and sweet version | Festive recipe

Seedai with step by step pictures.

Seedai is a deep-fried snack which is made with rice flour and urad dal flour. A dough is made with both flours along with salt and spices for salt version. For the sweet version, jaggery water ( jaggery just melted is water)is used. Though we don't celebrate these festive I love to make recipe related to each festival.

Aval Kesari | Rice flakes/Poha Sheera | Indian Sweets

This aval kesari is so easy to make like the most easy kesar,rava  kesari which hardly need around thirty minutes.When ever you have sudden carving doe any sweet ,like me ;;) then make this and relish it.Here i have used red thick variety rice flakes/aval but you can use any variety.If using thin variety then reduce the water amount.

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.

Kathirikai podi curry | Brinjal podi masala (video recipe)


Kathirikai podi curry with step y step picture and video.

Brinjal podi masala is simple to make side dish for rice. With the rosted masala powder this dish will taste awesome. It's a perfect combo with rasam or mor kuzhambu. If you like brinjal then you will surely like it.

Puli Inji Recipe | Onam Sadya Recipe ( video recipe)

Puli Inji with step by step picture and video.

Puli Inji is one of the dishes served in Onam Sadya. It is somewhat similar to pickle. Grated or chopped ginger in cooked and simmered in spiced tamarind juice till it becomes thick. It stays wells for a week.
 I got this recipe from here. Try this easiest recipe with ginger and enjoy with your rice.

Carrot Payasam (kheer) | Gajar Ki Kheer | Sweet Recipe

carrot payasam

This dessert is one of the easiest and quickest recipe.This is also one way making kids eat vegetable.I just love the yellow colour of the dessert.

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.

Pineapple Rasam | Marriage Rasam

pineapple rasam

This is an easy rasam with unique taste of pineapple in it.I love my food to be a little sweet hence this rasam was awesome for me.It is  said that they serve this rasam in marriages but i haven't tasted this taste in any marriage yet.Give a try and you may like it..

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.

Little Millet Sweet Pongal / Samai Sarkarai Pongal | Healthy Sweet Pongal Recipe

I love sarkarai pongal and i want to post in during pongal itself but unfortunately we were on a short vacation to yelagiri i couldn't prepare and post it.I was longing to eat sarkari pongal so yesterday i made poori for other and made this samai sarkari pongal for me(as i  like sweet dishes more).Its such an easy recipe,try and eat healthy pongal.

Chettinad Fish Curry - Meen Kuzhumbu | Fish Recipe

chettinad fish kuzhambu

Fish curry is one of the most preferred one for all seafood lovers and we to prepare them in most  days of a week.Some days fish curry sometime veg gravy and fish fry.This chettinad curry stands for its unique fresh masala.

Nutella Brownies | 3 Ingredients Brownies | Easy Brownie Recipe

 Today i am here with an easy brownies recipe ,just three ingredients.I had a bottle of nutella sitting on my pantry for a long time.When i browsed for recipes with it cam across this and decided to go with slight changes in measure.Without any more delay lets go off to the recipe.

Red Capsicum Chutney | Red Bell Pepper- Tomato Dip | Side Dish for Idli/Dosa

Red Capsicum Chutney | Red Bell Pepper- Tomato Dip | Side Dish for Idli/Dosa

Red capsicum chutney with step by step pictures.

An easy side dish for idli/ dosa which is less spicy and tasty.I have not used coconut in this recipe but if you prefer you can add some coconut.The color was so attractive appealing and tempting.

Kerala Chicken Curry / Nadan chicken curry | Step wise pictures

Sunday means either chicken/mutton or sometimes beef.Last Sunday while thinking about it was to try a new recipes from my regular one.I love kerala dishes very much i don't know why may be i am from nagercoil,the border of kerala i love all their dishes.Made this spicy chicken curry and we all loved it.Give a try once and i am  sure you will make it again and again.

Kunafa balls / vermicelli truffles


Kunafa balls aka vermicelli truffles with step by step pictures and video.

Kunafa balls is a simple to make dessert/sweet. With just 2 main ingredients you can make this recipe.If you crave for sweet then just make this and relish.With no further more story lets us go to the recipe.

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.

Beetroot Bread | Healthy Homemade Bread

Beetroot Bread | Healthy Homemade Bread

Baking bread at home is also fun and kinda rejuvenating.Though I have baked baked bread / buns at home it was some long back may be two years before.So last week I decided to try my hand on yeast and tried masala spinach buns which was a massive it.We has it for dinner with mixed vegetable bhaji.

Palak Puri/Poori | Spinach Poori | South Indian Breakfast

My kids love puri/ poori.It had become difficult to make them eat greens and so I added them to it and gave.You can make roti also with the same dough ,I made roti for me poori for them.

Chicken sausage/ quick side dish for roti(video recipe)

Chicken sausage with video.

This is quite easy to make which makes a good side dish for roti,chapati.This can be prepared in few minutes. You can use any sausage variety.

Idiyappam | how to make idiyappam

Idiyappam with step by step pictures and video

Idiyappam/ string hoppers  is a recipe which is easily digestable as it is steamed cooked. we can make this strings hoppers with any millet flours also.Here I have used rice flour.

Bread Halwa | Easy Dessert with Bread

Bread halwa a sweet which comes in handy when there no special ingredients in the pantry  to make a sweet.Usually, in many marriages, I have seen they serve this sweet in banana leaf when the main course is biryani.This sweet taste awesome after having heavy biryani.Have you not tasted this combo ,then do try in the home.

Vada Curry | Steamed Low Fat Version | Side for Idli /Dosa

Vada curry

I have not made vada curry at home not even tasted @ restaurant but seeing about it many sites even in priya's who has two recipes(version) of it thought why not try.I was confused whether kids will like it but to my surprise they too loved it.Thanks priya for the wonderful recipe.

Soya beans Dosai | Soya Beans Crepes | Breakfast Recipe

After the soya beans dry curry , here comes the next recipe with soya beans which is south Indian famous dosa recipe.In addition to the health factor this dosa is very crispy and cooks very fast.Do give a try once as you cannot find any difference from the regular one and we get satisfied feeding protein filled food to family.

Sweet Potato stir fry | Side Dish for Rice

 I remember one of aunt saying about the benefit of this sweet potatoes and how this can be easily smashed and feed for babies from seven months.I always have a liking towards this potato and can eat in what ever way it is cooked.sometimes I just cook and serve as evening snacks making balls of  it along with grated coconut and sugar.Mostly I cooked and then add some spicy masala made with coconut and spice to serve as side for rice.

Eggless Cornflakes Cookies | Cookies Recipe

eggless corn flakes cookies

I bookmarked this recipe long before and every time when i want to try this anyone ingredients either cornflakes or butter won't be in my pantry.Last week i had everything with me so i made this yummy cookies.

Spinach Buns | Masala Palak Pav | Healthy Pav/Bun

Spinach Buns | Masala Palak Pav | Healthy Bun

Masala Spinach pav/buns with step by step pictures.

Spinach is a healthy green which is used widely everywhere. We can make a variety of dishes with this healthy green, together with dal or just stir fry or in salad and many more. Add its puree to make Indian flatbread varieties is also a way of including it. Here I have used the puree to make buns/pav. Adding other spices to it make this pav and an excellent snack or a dinner roll.

Chicken Tikka | Stove Top Chicken Tikka | Chicken Recipe

It had been a long time since I made tikka at home.The last one I made was this paneer tikka  which was more than a year ago.Last month end was my daughter's birthday and I made it again this tikka but this time I made it on stove top.My son enjoyed it  a lot and asked me to make it frequent.Last Sunday I planned to make it to fulfill their wish with chicken.It very easy to make these tikka at home with very few ingredients.

Raw Papaya Curry | Raw Papaya Thoran | Side Dish for Rice

The first time I tasted this kootu was at my sister-in-law's house, amazed by the taste I enquired her what was it.When revealed it was raw papaya I was shocked as it was so tasty and yummy.Ever since that, I want to try it at home.Back Chennai I always look for raw papaya at vegetable vendors but fail to find it.When I see a papaya tree with fruit I would say, my kids, we should try pluck one or two to make dishes but my daughter would scold me for it.

Mango Loaf cake | Eggless mango cake in pan.


Eggless mango cake with step by step picture and video.

This mango cake is so simple and easy to make. You don't need an oven for it to bake. A pan is enough to bake it. Just maida and rava along with simple ingredients we get an aromatic mango flavored cake.As mangoes are in season do try this for snack with hot cup of tea.Let us see how to make this.