Friday, October 2, 2009

My gollu & awards

Gollu is a very beautiful festival celebrated in southern part of India.During this period we invite all our relatives home & give them thambulam with a small gift. I really miss gollu in Chennai now.Still i kept a small gollu here in US. A simple one.I loved it & so did my friends who came for my gollu.I have posted my gollu pics here.


I received these lovely awards from my beautiful fri
ends.Thanks a lot..
Jyothi of Food seasons awarded me with the follow
ing awards.Thanx a lot jyothi.It means a lot to me.


Sanghi of tasty bites awarded me this award.Tha
nk u Sanghi that is so sweet of u & u made my day.

Thanx again for such lovely awards.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mattar paneer

People at all age love to have paneer.Especially when it tastes so authentic u cant stop eating it.I learnt to make this authentic mattar paneer from vahrevah.It came out so well...
This is how i made it
Ingredients
Paneer 1/2 cup
Green peas 1/2cup

Tomatoes 2
Onion 1
Cashew nuts 2tsps
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp

Coriander powder 1tsp
Cumin powder 1/2tsp
Chilli powder 1 tsp
Green chilli 1
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves few
Katoori methi 1 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/4tsp
Oil 2-3 tsp
Salt to taste
Cream 2tsps
Whole garam masala which includes-

Cinnamon stick 1,
Bay leaf 1,
Clove 2,

In a kadai add some oil & fry cashew nuts till light brown.Add onion ,ginger garlic paste,turmeric & tomatoes.Cook til tomatoes are soft.Then cool & blend them together.In the same kadai add some oil.Now add whole garam masala & then cumin seeds.Saute for few secs then add the ground tomato onion paste.Add little water to this sauce.To this add finely chopped green chillies,cumin powder,coriander powder & chilli powder.After adding all these ingredients allow it to cook till the raw smell goes & thickness.When it thickness add kastoori methi to this gravy.Allow it to cook for 5 more mins.Then add peas & paneer to this gravy.Simmer after u add all these & garnish with coriander leaves & cream.

Serve hot with parathas or rice.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

colorful tomato rasam

Rasam is my all time favorite item which can be had with rice.U can find a lot of rasam varieties in my blog.I always wondered why we eat our meal in a particular way.Especially the south Indian thali.First comes sambar then rasam & finally curd rice.I always believe whatever v do there is a logical reason behind it.The way we eat this thali also has a reason.

Sambar that we prepare is full of spices & dhal which is rich in proteins.It also has vegetables in it so its quite filling.We eat rasam next which is very light & helps in digestion.It neutralizes all the heavy dhal we eat from sambar.Finally we finish with curd rice which is a natural coolant.It cools down our body & reduces the acidity level in our body.

Usually the rasam we prepare will have very less content in it & simple.But i learnt this rasam which has so many ingredients in it & so grand yet so light.After all parties & outing we wanted to have only rasam for dinner last night.This colorful tomato rasam which i prepared was so gud we finished it fully.
This is how i made it

Tomatoes 2
Green chillies 2
Garlic 1
chilli powder 1tsp

coriander powder 1tsp
cumin powder 1/2tsp
Pinch of hing
Jeera 1tsp
Feenu greek seeds 4-5 pieces
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Pepper 1/2tsp

Red chillies 2
Tamarind paste 1/4cup
Turmeric powder 1/4tsp
Toor dhal water 1/2cup(u can even use boiled mashed toor dhal)
Uradh dhal 1tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar 1/2 tsp

Ghee 2 tsp
Few coriander & curry leaves

In a bowl add some water & heat it.To this add chopped tomatoes & finely chopped green chillies.Then add sliced garlic,chilli powder,coriander powder & cumin powder.Now add salt & sugar.Then add the dhal w
ater & coriander leaves to it.Then add the tamarind juice.Allow it to boil then simmer it & allow it to cook for 30 mins.When the rasam reduces to 80% of the content.

Now make thadka which is very essential to bring out the flavor in rasam.

Befor making thadka crush some garlic,cumin seeds & pepper.Pepper depends upon the spice level u want.Now in a sauce pan add ghee,when hot add redchillies,mustard seeds,feenugreek seeds,then add uradh dhal then h
ing.Now add some curry leaves & crushed garlic pepper & cumin.Now add little bit of turmeric.Now add this thadka to ur rasam & allow it tocook for another 10 mins.
Hing is the main flavoring agent in it.
For more flavor add some onions when u add green chilli.U can even add more garlic when u add onions.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vegetable pulav

I always wanted to learn to make authentic dishes.I keep learning new things every time i log into the different blogs & websites created by many.My latest favorite is Vahrevah.com. chef Sanjay thumma teaches u different ways to make authentic dishes in a easy way.He makes the most complicated dishes appear to be very simple.He truly inspires people to cook.Any one who sees his program will want to cook.

One such items i learnt from him is this vegetable pulav.I always wanted to know the difference between a pulav & biryani.Many will know it.For some of u like me who do not know the difference here it is. A pulav is one in which we cook all vegetables & rice together.When we prepare biryani we layer vegetables & rice one over the other & cook.Pulav is simple & easy than our rich biryani.

This is how i made it

Ingredients
Basmati rice 1 cup(i used raw rice since i didn't have basmati rice)
Onion 1
Potato 1
Mixed vegetables 1/2cup(i used carrots & peas)

Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
Curd 1/2cup

Cinnamon stick 1
Cloves 2
Elaichi 1
Black cardamom 1
Kala jeera 1 tsp
Bay leaves 2
Mint & coriander leaves few

Chilli powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Cumin powder 1tsp
Pepper(crushed)1 tsp
Oil 3 tsp
Salt to taste

Wash & soak rice in enough water for 30 mins.I used 1:2 ra
tio for rice & water.In a kadai add oil & add the whole garam masala(Cinnamon stick, Cloves , Elaichi , Black cardamom , Bay leaves ) & kala jeera in it.Now add the chopped onions & saute.Add little salt to the onions which will help it to cook faster.Now add ginger garlic paste & mix well.Add potato & other vegetables to it.Mix well.Add all the powders one by one & saute well.To this add the coriander , mint leaves & pepper & mix them all together.Mix the masala & vegetables with rice along with required water.Add the necessary salt.Switch on the rice cooker & wait till the rice is done.The smell that comes out when the rice is cooking is enough for an appetizer.When the pulav is ready allow it to stand for 2-3 mins before serving it hot.




Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Idly sambar

Hello all.....Blogging after a real long time.Right from the time i wanted to blog every day i could hardly sit with my laptop.Was very busy enjoying.Any ways back to blogging.I learnt quite a few items these which was very interesting.Will share all the items i learnt & made in future & all the tips i got.

Idly sambar is one favorite dish served in many south Indian restaurants.Saravana bhavan idly sambar is so famous i always wanted to
make sambar like that for idly.Here it is sambar that has Saravana bhavan sambar taste.Simnce i dont have small idly mold with me i made regular idlies.


This is how i made the sambar

Ingredients
Toor dhal (cooked) 1cup
Pearl onions 1 cup
Tomato 1

onion 1
Tamarind juice 1 cup (diluted)
mustard seeds 1/4tsp
Channa dhal 2tsp
Coriander seeds(dhaniya) 4 tsp
Red chilli 10
Pottu kadalai 1 tsp

Oil 3tsp
curry leaves & coriander leaves few
Turmeric powder 1/4tsp
Salt to taste
Jaggery 1tsp

In a kadai add oil.Add channa dhal,coriander seeds & 8 red chillies.Roast them till little brown.Keep aside.Now add oil in the same kadai & add onions.saute a while & add half of a tomato & saute till tomato is soft.Allow it to cool & grind them all together to a fine paste along with pottu kadalai.Now in
a kadai add oil.Splutter mustard seeds.When it pops add pearl onions & curry leaves.Now add red chillies and then the tamarind juice.Now add remaining tomato, turmeric powder & salt.Add the ground paste.Allow this mixture to boil till the raw smell of tamarind goes.Now add the cooked & mashed toor dhal to this & allow it to boil a little more.Now add jaggery & chopped coriander leaves & serve hot with idlies.

When serving with idlies first layer with idlies then pour some sambar on top.Add chopped onions & pour 1 tsp ghee on top.Garnish with coriander leaves.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Oats n fruity

Oats is generally considered a health food.It is said to help in lowering cholesterol levels.It has soluble fiber in it than any other grain, resulting in slower digestion and an extended sensation of fullness.I happened to see this oats & fruits drink in a TV show.Made few alterations according to the items i had to make this health drink.

This is how i made it
Oats 50 gms
Apple 1
Badam 8
Dates 4 or dry grapes 1 tsp
Sugar little
Milk 1 cup


In a heavy bottom pan add little water & milk.To this add oats,cook & cool it.Soak badam over night in water.Soak dates or dry grapes for 10 mins.Grind badam and dates/dry grapes to a fine paste.Use the water u used to soak badam to grind them as it has lot of nutrients.To this add the sliced apple & grind to a paste.To this paste add the cooked oats &sugar & grind to a thick shake.Serve chilled.

NOTE:You can avoid sugar if u don't want it sweet.
Can use any seasonal fruits like strawberry,papaya or pear.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Meethi keerai

I always loved spinach & all green leafy vegetables.Any form of keerai i would eat with out hesitation.I always wanted to make meethi keeri in South Indian style.So made this keerai kai this weekend.We just loved it.This meethi keerai is very gud for people with diabetics.

Here is the recipe

Meethi keerai 1cup(finely chopped)
Onion 1
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Dhaniya powder 1/2tsp
Coconut 1/4cup (grated)
Sugar 1 tsp
salt to taste
oil 1 tsp

Mustard seeds 1/4tsp
Moong dhal 2 tsps

Soak moong dhal in water for 10 mins.Squeeze out wate
r & set aside.Wash methi leaves completely & chop them finely.In a kadai add oil & splutter mustard seeds.Now add the cut onions & saute.Then add the cut meethi leaves,moong dhal,chilli powder, dhaniya powder & salt.Mix well cover & cook.When the leaves have cooked add sugar & grated coconut.Mix well.

Avoid sugar when you prepare for people with diabetics.



Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dates cake

Month of May has been a month full of fun & enjoyment.I was going out almost all weekends and whole week busy with planing stuff.We bought a big box full of dates last week.I made this dates cake last Friday.It came out so well it was over the same day.

This is how i made it
Dates 1cup(seedless)
All purpose flour 1 cup
Milk 3/4cup
Sugar 3/4cup
Oil1/2cup
Baking soda 1 tsp

Chopped almonds 2 tspGrind dates with little milk to fine paste.To this ground paste add oil & beat well.Now add flour & baking soda.Add the remaining milk to this mixture & beat them together.Add the chopped almonds to this mixture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Grease a bakin
g tray with oil.Now pour this mixture in the tray & bake for 30-40 mins.Yummy dates cake is ready to be served.Cut it into desired shape when cooled.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Godhumai adai

Hello all....iam blogging after almost 3 weeks.I have been quite busy going out & having fun.We went to NY & celebrated our wedding anniversary in Atlantic city with friends & cousins.Happie shopping too.Only today i got bac the energy to sit in front of my laptop.

After all the food we had out side i decided to make something healthy.So i made these godumai adai this week.It was easy to m
ake & quite filling too.

Suitable for diabetic people.Here is the recipe...
Ingredients
Wheat flour 1cup
Rice flour 1/2cup
chilli powder 1/2tsp
Green chilli paste 1/2tsp
vegetables 1cup(beans,cabbage,peas)
onion 1cup
coriander leaves few
salt to taste
oil few tsps

Mix all ingredients & make batter.Batter should not be too watery nor too thick.It should be in in thick pouring consistency.Make small adais.It will take a little long to cook.If u add oil to the batter u don't have to use oil when cooking adai.

Try it u will love it.U can have it with raita or pickle.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Vegetable rasam

I had this rasam full of vegetables in a restaurant here.It tasted so gud that i wanted to try it at home.It came out so well.We loved it

This is how i made it

cooked toor dhal 1 cup
tamarind juice 1cup (diluted)
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
salt to taste
pinch of hing

garlic 5 pods
red chillies 3
jeera 1 tsp

oil 3 tsp
Mustard seeds 1/4tsp
vegetables 1cup(i used carrots,beans,peas & cauliflower)
Tomato 1 chopped



Grind garlic,jeera & red chillies.In a bowl mix cooked dhal,tamarind juice,turmeric powder,hing & salt.Cut vegetables into small cubes & cook separately. In a kadai add oil & pop mustard seeds.Then add the ground garlic paste & saute.Now add the tamarind mix,tomato & vegetables.Allow them to cook till the raw smell of the tamarind goes.Vegetable rasam is ready.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Event entry

Its been quite some time since i sent something for an event .So these are my entries to Mahi's 15 minutes cooking....

Channa chat..a must have healthy food..
Bell pepper baji..an easy yummy fried tiffin item
Pidi kozhakatai..steamed rice balls
Ravai idly...ready in 10mins
Cup of corn...favorite healthy snack for people of all ages.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Avakai pickle

Avakai pickle is the hot favorite of all pickle lovers.Who will not love this pickle!!!
Especially home made ones yummy.I was so l
ucky to get these tangy mangoes when i went to the Indian stores here.I made this pickle last week.Now they are ready to be finished.This is how i made it
Ingredients
Raw mangoes(cut)1 cup
Red chilli powder
Mustard powder
Fenugreek seeds
salt

Gingely oil

Measurement
This is the proposition i used to make the full bottle.For every hand full of cut mangoes i added 2 full spoons of red chilli pow
der,1spoon full of mustard seeds powder,2 & 1/2 tsp full of salt 1/4th spoon of fenugreek seeds.

First wash mangoes & cut them into big pieces(in India they cut it with seeds).Dry these cut pieces on paper so that moisture is absorbed from all pieces.All pieces should be dry.Now using the above mentioned measurement add all the ingredients.Then add gingely oil so that entire pickle is soaked in oil.Oil should float above.Mix well.Let it marinate nicely for 4-5 days.Daily mix the ingredients atleast 2 times.Mangoes will get tender & raw smell of chilli powder will go.This is when ur pickle is ready to use.

Ur yummy avakai pickle is ready.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sandwich

Sandwiches are one way to give vegetables to kids.Not only kids any one will love to have these sandwiches any time.I made this sandwich for breakfast and we loved it a lot.

This is how i made it

Bread slices 2
Cucumber1
Tomato 1

Capsicum 1
onion 1
Mild cheddar cheese 1cup(shredded)
Butter 2-3 tsps

To grind

coriander leaves 1 bunch
green chillies 2
Salt to taste

Grind coriander & green chillies to a fine paste & add salt to it.In one bread slice spread this green chutney.In another bread slice spread butter.Place thinly sliced 4 cucumber pieces,then thinly sliced 4 tomato pieces.Now spread some onion rings and capsicum pieces on top of this.Now spread shredded cheddar cheese.If u have lettuce can spread that too.Now place the slice in which green chutney is spread & spread more butter on top & bottom of this sandwich.Grill it & serve hot with tomato ketchup.



Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cup of corn

Sweet corn is one of my favorite snack.When toasted in fire & lightly salted it tastes yummy.Corn is very gud for health as it contains dietary fibres.It has low sodium content in it.

A cup of corn is a perfect evening snack in chill weath
er.

Ingredients
Corn kernels 1 cup
Butter 1/2 tsp

Salt & pepper to taste

Microwave corn kernels in a bowl for 2 mins or until they are soft.Now mix butter,salt & pepper.Adjust according to taste & serve hot.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Vanilla sponge cake

I always njoyed baking.I bought vanilla cake mix last week.I made vanilla sponge cake & with the remaining mix i made few muffins.

Ingredients

Vanilla cake mix 1 pack
Vegetable oil 1/2 cup

Milk 3/4cupIn a mixing bowl mix all the ingredients Until required consistency is reached.Preheat oven at 400 degree.Pour mix in greased cake tray.Bake for 40-50 mins.Muffins take only 20-25 mins to bake.It turned out very soft & fluffy.




Thursday, April 30, 2009

Rose sharbath

Sharbath is one cool drink served in hot summer in India.Its easy to make & refreshing too.I made this sharbath when it was really hot for past 2 days.I bought rose syrup last week when i went to Indian store.This sharbath was very refreshing when i had it.

This is how i made it
Water 1tumbler
Rose syrup 2 tsps

Sugar 2 tsp


Mix all the ingredients together & serve chilled.



Iam sending this Anu Sriram's RD for summer.

Iced Green tea

Green tea is a gud source of anti oxidants.The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression.Drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent.Green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Both my hubby & my self have green tea regularly.I made chilled green tea yesterday which tasted even better than the hot tea i always have.Items required
Green tea bags 2
Water 1 tumbler
Honey 1-2 tsps

Boil water and take off stove.Put green tea bags & take it out in a minute or 2.Chill this green tea & add honey.Chill & serve.Is n't it a refreshing healthy drink for this summer?!?



Vegetable pizza

Everybody loves pizza.Kids love to eat pizza whenever they possibly can.How gud it will be to have pizza thatz made of only vegetables.Yes i happened to c this in a TV show & made few changes according to the available items.

Here i go with only vegetable pizza recipe

Big egg plant 1
Pizza sauce 4-5 tsps
Bell pepper(red,green,yellow & orange) 1 cup
onion 1

Black pepper 1tsp
Rice flour 1tsp
Mild cheddar cheese(original recipe had mozzarella cheese)1-2tsps
White pepper 1 tsp
Olive oil 1 tsp
Olives few

Jalapenos few
mixed vegetables 2-3 tsps
salt to taste

Cut eggplant into thin round pieces.Sprinkle some crushed black pepper & rice flour on these pieces & toast them in dosai thava till they cook on both sides (like how v make dosai).I used little olive oil when tossing eggplant.Set aside.In a kadai add olive oil to this add chopped onions & saute till raw smell goes.Then add bell peppers & mix well.Now add mixed vegetables to this & saute till they cook.I used frozen vegetables.Add white pepper powder & salt.Take off stove.

Arrange cooked eggplant pieces in a microwave
safe plate.Using these eggplant pieces as base top it with pizza sauce,sauteed vegetables,jalapenos,cheese,olives.Microwave in high for 30-50 secs or until cheese melts.

Healthy only vegetable pizza is ready.Isn't it healthy???

This is my entry to Mahi's 15 minutes cooking

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mambazha pachadi

Manga pachadi is prepared on tamil new year day to depict the different phases of life.I couldn't get hold of raw mangoes but could get less sweet ripe mangoes.So i made mambazha pachudi.This is also my dad's favorite & my mom prepares this with raw mango & sweetex.He still njoys eating this.

This is how i made it
Ripe mango 1cup(only pulp cut into pieces)
Jaggery 1/2cup(it depends upon the sweetness o
f the mangoes)
Elachi powder a generous pinch

Peel mango skin & cut the pulp into small pieces.In a kadai add the cut mangoes pieces and add little water.Mix well,cover & cook.When the mangoes are cooked add jaggery to this cooked mangoes.Mix well & cook till jaggery melts & mixes with the mangoes.Ur simple mambazha pachadi is ready.

Iam sending this to Methai mela hosted by cooking 4 all seasons.

Pal payasam-my 100th post & an award

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Iam so happie to make my 100th post.Blogging has been so much fun that i didnt realize i reached a milestone.I thank all my blogger friends for their support.A special thanx to Vidhas of Appetizing recipes who have been full of support right from the day i started blogging.

Here goes my 100TH Post pal payasam.This is a all time favorite of my family.My dad loves this payasam.Since he has diabetics i prepare it separately for him with sweetex.I love to c the joy in his face when he has these occasional sweets as he loves sweets.He is very strict about his diet,so w
e all take immense care to prepare his favorite items.Pal Payasam
Ingredients
Milk 1 litre

Sugar 1 tumbler
Rice 1 hand full


Wash rice & add to milk.Pressure cook this milk for
5 whistles & then turn the flame to as low as possible.Now leave this payasam to cook for 1 hour from the time u kept the stove in low flame.After an hour take off stove allow it to cool.Now add one tumbler sugar to this.This payasam tastes great when serve cold.So cool & chill this payasam before serving.

Iam sending this to Anu sriram's RD for summer event & mithai mela hosted by cooking 4 all seasons.

Vidhas of appetizing recipes have been showering with awards right from the beginning..She has passed n i love ur blog award.Thanx a lot Vidhas for all ur love & affection.Iam so honoured.



Tuesday, April 28, 2009

carrot rice

Carrots-favorite food of Bugs Bunny hardly needs a description for they are well known and loved by even the youngest children in many countries. Carrots benefits are legendary. Bet your mother told you that eating carrots would keep your eyesight bright.

My hubby always love to have lots of vegetables.So i always make vegetable rice for his lunch.One such rice i made was this carrot rice.Ingredients
Cooked rice 1 cup

carrots 1cup(cut into small cubes)
onion 1
chilli powder 1tsp

salt to taste
oil 2 tsps
mustard seeds 1/4tsp


pressure cook rice & set aside.In a kadai add oil & splutter mustard seeds.When they pop add onions & saute.Then add carrot pieces,Chilli powder & salt.Add little water mix,cover & cook till carrots cook fully.To this carrot mixture add cooked rice & mix well.Adjust for salt.

For added falvor i added 1 tsp dhal powder(paruppu podi) to this rice & mixed.

This goes to FIL-Carrots hosted by Sanghi.




My other entries to this event are

Carrot kheer


Carrot juice


Chocolate drink

Chocolates are hot favorites of every one no matter what is their age.I am a regular chocolate drinker.I always loved anything in chocolate.Although iam weight consious i never stop eating chocolates.That too chocolate milk served chill can drink no stop.Ingredients
Chilled milk 1 cup
chocolate powder 11/2 tsp
Sugar 1-2 tsp

Blend all ingredients in a blender & serve chilled.

This goes to Anusriram's RD for summer.