Thursday, November 19, 2015

Poha Ladoo/ Beaten Rice Ladoo/ Avalakki Laddu

Poha Ladoo
Hope everyone had a brightful and safe diwali. I wanted to post this recipe before diwali but got very busy with the preparations and the post got delayed. I actually prepared this Poha Ladoo thrice in 4 days for this diwali. One was just for a trial and after getting appreciation and approval went ahead with the second round. Again got shortage to distribute and had to prepare it once again. It's a very easy recipe and everyone after tasting it mistook as besan ladoo. I too was happy with the out come. My this year's homemade diwali snacks were all very easy recipes - Poha Ladoo, Rava  Ladoo, Chakkali, Poha Chivda, spicy sev and Nipattu. Will be posting all the recipes soon. As of now sharing my easy Poha Ladoo recipe

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Quick Pillow Cake - How to bake cake in a sandwich maker

After a long time, I am back to blogging. I was very much regular in my kitchen ,experimenting new dishes but been too lazy to write the detailed recipe note in my blog.

Pillow Cake in a Sandwich maker
Today's recipe is a very simple cake recipe which can be done within few minutes and that too in a sandwich maker. Sounds interesting, isn't it? I was glued to the recipe and the very next day I tried it out and surprisingly it came out very well. I tried both the vanilla and the chocolate cake at once. Vanilla cakes got vanished within minutes before I could grab my camera for the click. Finally managed with the chocolate cake. Loved the puffiness and hence the name "Pillow Cake". I found the name super cute. So now, if you don't have an oven or wanna try out a simple version of cake or just a try in a sandwich maker, what are you waiting for, go ahead and surprise your kids with this Pillow cake for the evening snack.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mango Jam

Mango Jam - Preservative free - Home Made

Mango Jam - A very simple, quick and easy homemade jam. My mom introduced me to homemade jam's. She has been preparing this preservative free Pineapple Jam for me and my younger brother ever since our childhood. I have kept her trend going for my kids too now. This year, I gave a try on mango jam and it was a super hit at home. It's super easy to prepare at home and I bet you won't buy those branded products available in market. That was the actual feedback I got from my family. It was so delightful to watch my hubby and father to have it directly with a spoon without even waiting for a bread slice or chapati's.  A must try recipe this Mango season.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Watermelon Popsicles

Watermelon Popsicles
School has reopened and kids are back to school and so does my routine is back on track. There was so many demands from my son ever since his summer vacation started. One such every year will be the popsicles. I usually prepare the mango popsicles for him every summer and this year I added on the watermelon popsicles too. Wow! what a relief to have this on a hot summer day to have that Thanda Thanda Cool Cool effect. This is so easy to make and takes so less time. Kids excitement on hearing that mummy is gonna make something special for you today, is simply PRICELESS. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Top 5 healthy foods available in India

We all know that Indians love cooking and eating delicious foods. My personal guess is that roughly speaking, 50- 60 % of the energy and effort of average Indian housewives goes in kitchen cooking and in planning and making preparations for the next time meal. From north to south and from east to west, every state has its own specific dishes and the strange thing is that despite of hundred trials, no one can attain the complete expertise over the processes and find the secret ingredients of other region’s dishes.

Some of the Indian dishes may be fat provoking but not all of them. Some may be even quite healthy, low in calorie and completely beneficial to your health as Indian food includes an array of spices which are deemed to contain various healthy properties.

Nowadays most of the people suffer from weight related issues in India, especially in urban cities. When it becomes unmanageable then they consult a dietician who put them on some low calorie foods like oats and corn flakes. But then you will hardly find any people who love taking oats and corns.
You will be glad to know that it is not that much necessary to curb your cravings for tasty and flavored foods as there are lots of foods in India which are not just wonderful in taste but they are also very healthy and low in calorie and provide lot of healthy stuff to your body.

1.      Rajma
It is a north Indian dish, which is great in taste, texture and flavor. It is made with boiled kidney beans with thick gravy of tomato, onion, garlic, ginger with other spices added in it. It is usually served with rice or chapatti. 114gm of Rajma consists of 120 calorie and 5gms of protein. It is full of potassium, iron and magnesium. It has several other disease fighting tendencies and overall it helps significantly in boosting the immune system of your body.

2.      Idli Sambhar
Now it’s the time to go down to south and talk about one of the most popular food of South Indians. That is none other than Idli Sambhar. It is prepared with a fermented mixture of several dals and idly rava. It’s very low in fats and rich in proteins and carbohydrates. It is served either with chutney or sambhar - which is made with a combination of vegetables, sambhar powder, tamarind pulp, mustard seeds, black grams, dried red chilies, curry leaves and several other spices.

3.      Poha
Poha is one of the tastiest breakfasts that I can ever imagine. It is made with beaten rice and different variations of vegetables depending upon the taste of the person who is preparing it. Onion, ground nut, peas, lemon, tomato, mustard seeds, potato are the often used ingredients of it.

4.      Buttermilk
It is often called as chaas - extremely beneficial for those who are interested in losing weight! As it contains plenty of water and electrolytes, it is the most ideal thing in case of dehydration. It is extremely helpful in digestion and fights with germs and unfriendly bacteria.

5.      Jowar ka Roti

Nothing great like it for losing those extra kilos from your waistline! It often falls in the favored food list of dieticians. Mix onions, green chilies, coriander leaves, ginger and garlic paste, cumin seeds and a bit of salt and 1tsp of oil to the flour and dough it with lukewarm water. Prepare it like normal chapattis and enjoy its new found flavor!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Kundapur Style Chicken Sukka - Restaurant Style

Kundapur Style Chicken Sukka

People from coastal Karnataka belt are very much aware of this popular chicken sukka dish. Today's post is the non-veg recipe from the most popular restaurant in Kundapur - Shetty's Hotel. I love Mangalorean chicken sukka, but this is something different and includes more ingredients for the sukka compared to mangalorean chicken sukka. Taste wise, no compromise, it's- delicious, spicy and mouth watering dish.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hurigadale Dosa / Fried gram dal Dosa

Dosa is our favorite breakfast dish and I love to try different varieties of them. And hence, I am here with a new variety of dosa which I tried a month ago. I had bought a packet of this fried gram dal with an intention to make a sweet dish Mandige. Since that didn't happen, I wanted to finish this off. I add them to coconut chutney too to get that restaurant style chutney(click here for the chutney recipe) but this dosa was completely new to me.

Hurigadale Dosa/ Fried Gram Dosa

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fried Chicken Kabab - Restaurant Style

Fried Chicken Kabab - Restaurant Style

Fried Chicken Kababs can be counted into Bangaloorean Street food and also to the restaurant food. Since I never have the courage to try on streets which is very common everyday and much tempting, I would refer this to the one of famous Bangalore Restaurant- The Empire. I love their non-veg thali which comes with kerala Parata, chicken curry and this juicy fried chicken kababs. We even get chicken kabab powder in almost all the shops here. After trying with the ready made powder, I still didn't get that perfect taste. I noted down the ingredients and then altered it a bit and finally nailed the recipe. :)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pesarattu / Green Gram Dosa

Pesarattu/ Green Gram Dosa

Pesarattu is nothing but whole green gram dosa which is a very popular breakfast dish in Andhra Pradesh. It's nutritious and very easy to make. This dosa doesnot need urad dal and since we add green gram to this, it becomes more healthier. You can also try this out with sprouted green gram. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Heart Shaped Fried Eggs - Valentine's Day Special

Heart Shaped Fried eggs or Egg Omelette . 
Heart Shaped Fried Eggs

Ever since I saw this on youtube, I was tempted to try this. But never attempted it. Today being a Valentine's Day, I thought of giving this a try and voylla ! such a cute little hearts for the breakfast. It was so fun to cook this today and maybe this is the quickest recipe I am uploading after a trial in my kitchen. Loved every bit of this. Hubby and son were excited too and loved it. I had to hurry up clicking some for my blog here. So without wasting much time, let's head straight to the recipe.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Home made Butter Recipe using mixer


Have you ever thought of preparing butter at home? I know, butter is easily available everywhere but still preparing fresh at home is something different and a must try. Butter being a basic ingredient to most of our cooking especially in baking, doesn't even require much ingredients to prepare at home. I have grown up seeing my granny and mom, shaking a bottle of curds to extract butter and buttermilk. I used to wonder why so much of an effort to do that and I am surely not gonna do that in future. Now my mom, no more continues that process and she does make fresh butter at home within minutes using a mixer. I learnt this from my mom and now I collect the fresh cream (malai) from the boiled milk in a bottle, ferment it and then make this fresh butter at home.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Goan Recheado Fish Fry

Goan Recheado Fish Fry

I have already posted the most popular Goan Fish masala ,i.e Recheado Masala in my blog. Check out the recipe here. Once the masala is ready, you can always relish on this fry as and when you want. I have tried this recipe on different fishes like Bangda (Mackerel), Pomfret and King Fish. It tastes awesome as side starter and needless to say that it can be teamed up with hard drinks as most goan people prefer. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Chicken Bhuna Masala

Chicken Bhuna Masala
Today's special dish is a very simple and delicious Chicken Bhuna Masala. Bhuna means saute or browning. You get bhuna masala mix in supermarkets too but I prefer preparing it fresh at home and believe me, it won't consume lot of time and tastes better than the store bought ones. Do try this out and I bet your loved ones with love this dish just like mine.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pomegranate Raita

Pomegranate Raita

Pomegranate Raita is one of my favorite raita. I just love the colour. Red seeds with white yogurt...hmmm..lovely! My son had to prepare a dish at his school regarding "Cooking without FIRE". He had to carry all the ingredients in a separate box and just mix it in front of the teacher and serve. Cool! Isn't it ?  I didn't want him to carry too many boxes, so I made him to do this raita. After the trial round at home, I got to click some pictures. It's really fun to cook with kids. He enjoys decorating or garnishing the dish.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Custard Halwa

Custard Halwa

Welcoming 2015 year with a sweet recipe Custard Halwa. This halwa is a very quick and easy sweet recipe with less ingredients made from Custard Powder, ghee and sugar. This jelly kind of a halwa was my latest addition for my Diwali last year. Bit late in posting here.