Massi Curry | Dried Maldive Fish cooked in coconut milk | Side dish for Aapam /Idiyappam

maasi curry

Maasi /Dried Maldive fish  is one of the dried fish variety but doesn't smell like other dry fish one since this dried by smoked process.Its found in abundant in tuticorin area.You can stock it in your pantry as use easily in thoyagal as it taste excellent.

Vella Aval Puttu| Rice Flakes with Jaggery ( Video recipe)

Aval /Rice flakes itself a healthy super good food that can be had as a snack or as breakfast. Here I have used a thick variety of red rice flakes which is even more nutritious than white flakes. This method does not require any cooking of it and can be done in no time which is the best option for after school snacks. But if you doubt the quality of the jaggery make syrup and add to it. I have made that method in the video.

Posanikai Mor Kuzhambu | White Pumpkin Yogurt Gravy

Posanikai mor kuzhambu with step by step pictures and video.

An easy yogurt based gravy which doesn't require much time & ingredients but taste too good.This is mildly spiced and so a spicy side dish with potato make the meal awesome.Last week when my kids were at holiday due to rain I made this with for lunch and we all loved it to the core.

KFC Style Chicken Popcorn | Easy Homemade Chicken Popcorn

 My son is a die hard lover of chicken popcorn,when ever we got to any fried chicken retail outlets the first item he would order is chicken popcorn.I already have a chicken popcorn recipe in my space ,the difference between this and that is the exterior coating and some ingredients.To make the popcorn chicken look similar too that available in the outlets i coated it with oats & corn flakes.
Do try this method which looked exactly like the one available there.

Mango Yogurt Popsicle | Mango Recipe | Summer Treat

Mangoes are in season and I started shopping for it every week but the taste was not that good.Due to this my kids refuse having it as such .So when I bought them for the first time this season its only me who had to eat them all,But when I purchased it again I already set my mind to make some different recipe with it.

Plantain Stem Buttermilk | Vazhlathandu Moor | Summer Drink

Plantain Stem Buttermilk | Vazhlathandu Moor | Summer Drink

Plantain stem buttermilk with step by step pictures.The climate here in Chennai had slowly changed and we can feel the heat of the sun in midday.Although early morning/dawn, we can feel the cold weather afternoons are too sunny.As it is hot I felt its better to post a summer drink here.After making banans stem thoran I was left with a little piece of it which I made this buttermilk.

Murungakkai Thoran /Drumstick dish | Side Dish For Rice

Murungai keerai thoran with step by step pictures and Video.

I learnt this recipe after marriage only from my MIL. In my in-laws house they  use to make aviyal as often and if they have many drumsticks left behind they will make this. Drumstick  is highly valued vegetable mainly for its antibacterial, medicinal and cleansing properties.  Almost each and every part of the drumstick tree like  roots, bark, fruits, leaves,  flowers even the gums are  useful to mankind.

Try this simple  and easy dish with drumstick and serve for rice.

Mango Pachadi | Tamil New year Recipe

mango pachadi

Mango Pachadi/ mangaa pachadi who will say no to this tangy spicy one.Mostly this in the menu of festivals ,it is meant to have all tastes in it,that's  "arusuvai"-salt,sweet,sour,bitter,hot/pungent and astrigent(thuvarpu).when googled i found  that if making for tamil new year then saute some neem flowers in ghee and add to it.Try this pachadi and i am sure you will fall in love with it.

Chocolate Mousse ( no gelatin ,no agar-agar) | Easy Easter Dessert Recipe | Mousse Recipe

Hallelujah The saviour has risen, lets all sing praise and glory to The Lord. Happy Easter to one and all.On this special day i share with you an easy mousse recipe which i tried from here.I halved the recipe.My kids loved it.

Madras Mutton Curry | Spicy Lamb Gravy | Meat Recipe

Madras mutton curry

We mostly take chicken and some times beef on Sunday while this mutton/lamb willpeep in our menu on  some rare days.Last week when it was my son's birthday i prepared this mutton curry to pair it with appam and idiyappam,oh ! what a try and I'm sure you will love this heavenly combo.

Pineapple Kootu | Side Dish for Rice | Pineapple Recipe

When i had a pineapple i want try a different recipe and came across this which is a combo of sweet,sour and spicy.With the grounded coconut added to it along with coconut oil used for tempering makes this dish to have flavors of kerala.One can just have this with hot steaming rice and curd/yogurt or rasam.

Choc- Peanut Butter Popsicle | Popsicle Recipe

Choc Peanut butter popsicle wit step by step pictures.

Ice cream or Popsicle is an apt treat for this scorching heat.In normal days ,I never drink ice cold juices or water but now automatically i long to have icy juices and creams.Best thing is that I started making more ice creams/popsicle for my hungry ,longing kids at home and they too just enjoying this delish summer treats.

Watermelon Iced Tea | Summer Drink

Its unbearable in Chennai as the temperature is soaring high i feel little irritate to do all house hold chores but now way i have do amidst all heating woes.Coming to this recipe which i made a month before for testing how is iced tea with fruits.To say the truth it was delicious.My daughter use to pick a brand's ready mix ice tea whenever we go for grocery shopping together,but i don't like that or never tasted it.After my adventure using fruits in it I'm totally addicted to it.Give a try this summer and remain hydrated.

Tomato Pickle | Tomato Thokku | Step by Step Pictures


Tomato pickle with step by step pictures and Video. 

Making pickle at home is quite interesting, healthy and easy.Thanks to this blogging world which has introduced me to different areas which I had never thought would happen and this pickle making is one such.Though pickles are easily available in all shops even with small quantity pouches we don't know whether its healthy as some preservatives could be unhealthy.So making it from starch at home without any preservatives is good for you family and try for some.

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.

Pazham Sarbath | KanyaKumari Special | Summer Drink | பழம் சர்பத்

If you have been to Kanyakumari district then you have come across this drink.This sarrbath will be found almost all streets there and people love having it.It only in that district one can get this red colored nannari synthetic concentrate.So whenever I go to my native I make sure I buy a bottle of it for me.

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.

Thandai | Spiced Milk with Dry Fruits | Holi Recipe

Thandai with step by step pictures.

Happy Holi to all, my hearty wishes for all and I wish you lives be colourful.This thandai is a spiced milk with dry fruits and a must in this holi festival.Being a food blogger i too want try it.We all loved it to the core

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.

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.

Oats Buttermilk | Oats Mor | Oats Recipes

Oats buttermilk with step by step pictures.

Oats ,which is considered as a healthy cereal,helps to reduce cholesterol and is a apt cereal for weight watchers.The content of beta glucan,unique soluble fibre,make this oats a healthiest cereal grain.I got this recipe on the pack of a branded oats pack and tried it yesterday which turned out super tasty and healthy.

Sweet Corn Rice | Easy Lunch Box Ideas

sweet corn rice

Sweet corn rice with step by step pictures and video.

We all love to have boiled sweet corn with some butter and chat masala powder.My kids love them a lot.When i bought a pack of frozen corn i just don't want to make the same instead attempted to make a new recipe and that's this rice variety.We had it with a spicy non-veg curry so  yummy .Do give a try once as its very easy to make and you can even pack them for lunch box.

Kambu/Pearl Millet Sadam & Kambu koozh | Millet Recipe

pearl millet rice

We all know the health benefits of millets and i need not brief it again for you.They  are high in fibre and low in carbohydrates and its best to use millets instead of rice in our diet.Last week for my kids lunch i packed rotis  so that i can have millet for lunch.I made with 1\3 cup first the sadam/rice then diluted it with buttermilk and had the porridge.

Strawberry Mojito | Non Alcoholic Mojito | Summer Drink

Mojito is nothing but a carbonated drink with dominating citrus flavor.Mostly in this drink alcohol is used but since here we don't prefer alcohol I just used soda water.You can make this drink with any fruit but citrus fruit really more punching and refreshing.

I already have lemon mojito recipe which is just a mix of lemon,mint and aerated drink.Here in this strawberry mojito I just have added  fresh strawberry with lemon juice and carbonated drink with soda water.Do check my raspberry fizz, gulkand milkshake,oats buttermilk , mango iced tea for some ideas to make summer drink for this scorching heat.

Beef Pickle | Beef Recipe | how to make pickle in beef

beef picke

Beef pickle with step by step picture and video.

If you love beef then I am damn sure you will love this beef pickle too.This is my sister-in-law's recipe she makes it very tasty.I learnt it from her and tried to make it.In the same way you can also make prawn pickle.One main thing to do in this pickle making is frying the beef well. If nit fried well chances that the pickle will get spoil soon. Also for long shelf life keep refrigerated.

Dry Coconut Podi | Kopparai thogayal


Dry coconut/kopparai podi with step by step picture and video.

Kopparai is a dried coconut which has no water inside it. When we keep coconut for long time say 3-4months the water inside it will dry off automatically. We can make many recipes with that dried coconut. I usually carry some coconuts when I travel back from my native. There were two dried coconuts last time. I first tried with one to check how it would be. To my surprise it turned out great and so I made the same with the other dried coconut. It just few minutes to make it.

Ghee Rice / Nei Choru | Easy Lunch Box

ghee rice

Ghee rice with step by step pictures and video.

Ghee rice is one of the easiest rice type one can make and it suits with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian gravies.Try this easiest version

Methi Mattar Malai | Green Peas and Fenugreek Leaves in Cream Sauce | Side Dish for Roti/Naan

Methi mattar malai with step by step pictures and video

Methi mattar malai is a creamy north indian curry recipe made with fresh or dried fenugreek leaves, peas and cream. It is known for its combination of mild sweet ,spice and bitterness taste. It can be served for roti, chapathi or even jeera rice.

You can use either fried or fresh methi leaves. here I used dried one. If using fresh leaves leaves saute them in butter/ghee to reduce its bitterness and then add to it. For more rich version you can use frsh cream instead of milk.

Beetroot Puri/poori | Pink Puri | Colourful Breakfast

beetroot puri

Beetroot poori with step by step pictures and video

If your kids love puri then try to add some veggies to it make it colourful.T hey will love its colour and taste.My kids loved it a lot.

Gossberry/Amla Curd Recipe | Nellikai Thayir Pachadi


Amla thayir pachadi with step by step pictures and video

Amla/nellaikai/Goosberry is one healthy fruit rich in nutrients and high in vitamin C. Many people love it due to its tanginess & sourness. With some salt, it would be awesome. Amla/nellikai is one of the best coolant and hence you can take it often this summer.

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.

Strawberry Peda | Milk peda with Fresh Strawberry | Valentine Day Special

strawberry peda

Strawberry peda with step by step pictures.

Love is in air @};-, yes we can see almost in all places like media,news papers,commercials,etc and even this blogging spaces are loaded with new recipes relating to the day.When I was thinking what to make for this day I decided to make a milk sweet with strawberry.I had some strawberries left after I made that strawberry mousse . So I decided to make this fruit peda. This is a quick recipe which hardly takes 10mins. Do try this and joy the day with loved ones.

Choc chips Cookies | Valentine Day Special

Simple and melt in mouth choco chips cookies with step by step pictures.It had been months since I baked some cookies in my kitchen, so I decided to do one but this time with an ingredient I never tried before in cookies. Yes its egg, I have baked many cookies but never ever used eggs in it.This is my first try and the result product was soft ,yummy and just melted in our mouth.Within few minutes all of it got vanished and as I mom I was happy.

Mint Thogayal | Pudina Thokku for Rice

Mint thogayal with step by step pictures.

I love mint flavored dishes due to its refreshing aroma and different taste. My daughter also has started liking it and I make this mint rice once a fortnight for their lunch box. Whenever I buy a pack of fresh I always check for new recipes to make the most for the fresh mint. As most of the leaves wither soon which hurts me lots. In all my efforts I ended up throwing at least some bunches in the garbage.

Healthy Cupcakes | Vanilla Cupcakes with Cane Sugar

Healthy Cupcakes | Vanilla Cupcakes with Cane Sugar

Vanilla cupcake with step by step pictures.

Healthy vanilla cupcakes with unprocessed cane sugar. As many know white sugar is not good for health I have seen many people are changing to other sweeteners in the place of white sugar. So when I made this cupcake with unprocessed cane sugar I clicked and so blogging.

Horsegram Vada /Kollu Vadai

Horsegram Vada /Kollu Vadai

Horse gram vadai with step by step pictures.

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.

Nethali Meen Thokku | Anchovies Fish Recipe | நெத்திலி மீன் தொக்கு | Video Recipe

Nethali Meen Thoku | Anchovies Fish Recipe | நெத்திலி மீன் தொக்கு  | Video Recipe

Simple and easy fish thokku.Here I have used anchovies fish but you can use any fish variety.Since my kids don't like that small fillets in this fish I removed it all but you can use it together.

Cabbage Kofta Curry | Side dish for Roti/ Chapathi (Indian Flat Bread)

cabbage kofta curry

Cabbage kofta balls curry with step by step pictures.

Kofta is nothing but fried pakora balls. One can make these deep fried balls with any vegetable. Just mix the grated or finely chopped vegetable with spices ,flours  and deep fried them .You can serve it as such for tea time snack.Lets us see how to make this

Cluster Beans Dish | Kothavarai Thoran | Side Dish for Rice

Cluster beans called as " kothavarai" is one type of beans variety which is rich in iron content.This os one vegetable I rarely buy and if aviyal  is one menu at home then it's necessary for this vegetable as this gives nice crunchy effect to the dish.sometimes I use normal french beans in aviyal but that taste differ.

Sweet Rava Pongal | Pongal recipe


Sweet rava pongal with step by step picture and video.

Pongal is celebrated on the first day of Tamil month " Thai". It is the harvest festival  celebrated in Tamil Nadu.On this day people make pongal with rice both sweet and savory version.For this year I made sweet rava pongal instead of rice.I do have some variety of pongal in my blog, you can check it out.

Barley Pongal | Healthy Indian Breakfast

Looking for some healthy breakfast recipe then try this barley pongal which is healthy,filling,tasty and easy to make.I got this recipe idea from here.While making i was little worried how my kids would like it or not, my daughter who is a best critic liked it very much.Barley has many health benefit  some are its very rich in fibre,great source of zinc,etc.One thing i would like to share is ,eat it hot ( not only this any pongal variety)to get the real taste of it.

Sugarcane juice Pongal | Karumbu charu Pongal

Sugarcane juice Pongal with step by step pictures and video

 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.

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.

Samai Paal Payasam | Little Millet Pudding | Millet Recipe

We all know about the health benefits of millets and many would have been using it in many can check all my millets recipes from my recipe index.Here i have use it to make a sweet dish,a pudding which not only taste good but healthy too.Do give a try this payasam with the millet in alternative to your regular rice.