Palak Pakoda – Spinach Fritters

February 19, 2017 Bachelor Friendly RecipesKids BaySnacks / Starters  11 comments

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Palak Pakoda/Spinach Fritters is a simple & quick pakoda made with fresh spinach leaves. I have used palak variety, U can use any spinach. It is a perfect evening snack, particularly for those fussy kids who refuse to eat spinach/greens. This is a quick fix recipe especially when u have unplanned guests as it can be prepared in a jiffy. They are crispy, tasty & divine with a cup of filter coffee. My favourite combo is, this pakoda along with a piping hot cup of Masala Chai..

19/02/17 – Post updated with new pics and video.. :)

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Mor Kuzhambu with Vadai – Mor Kuzhambu

February 16, 2017 Kuzhambu/Rasam Varieties  7 comments

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Mor Kuzhambu or Butter Milk Kuzhambu is an easy and quick kuzhambu that most of u might know. Just sharing here, my version of it. Vegetables that can be added include okra, chow chow or poosanikai. Paruppu Vadai with Mor kuzhambu is a special and perfect combination. This goes well with steamed rice and paruppu usili or potato fry or seppankizhangu fry. I make it with vadai when time permits, else with veggies. Both tastes good. If nothing is available, I make it as a plain kuzhambu and temper it with vadagam too.

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Red Velvet Mug Cake – Microwave Cake

February 13, 2017 Cakes/Muffins  3 comments

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Red Velvet Mug Cake is an easy and super-quick dessert, perfect for a last minute Valentine treat! My previous trials have never resulted in such bright red colour. Finally found a good quality red food colour and made these gorgeous looking Red Velvet Mug Cakes. I saw this recipe in Gemma’s bigger bolder baking website and made a few changes. It can be made in less than 2 mins (depending upon the power of your microwave), perfect small sized serving & is eggless!! Cant ask for more! Right?!? I just topped my mug cakes with white choc chips. If u want to use a cream cheese frosting – check HERE. U can even top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Coconut Rice – South Indian Coconut Rice

February 9, 2017 Bachelor Friendly RecipesRice Varieties  5 comments

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Coconut Rice is a simple and yummy lunch box rice variety. It can be made in just 15 to 20 mins. Not much cooking skills are needed to make this. In the sense, it is perfect for bachelors. Am not a big fan of variety rice, but once in a while I like to have it. Puliyodharai is an exception though! Coconut Rice and potato fry is an unbeatable combo! In fact I would say it is the default combo at home :) Finally not to forget that this Coconut Rice tastes very flavourful when made with freshly grated coconut.

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Chow Chow Kootu – Chayote Kootu

February 6, 2017 Kootu / Poriyal Varieties  5 comments

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Kootu is a South Indian side dish for rice made with veggies, lentils and coconut. Chow Chow Kootu is a simple kootu variety that goes well with rice. Our family favourite combo is with rice & Poondu Kulambu, though we like to have with sambar as well. It tastes good with chapathi or mixed with plain rice too. I normally prefer adding a handful of moong dal or chana dal while making the kootu. Do check my Podalangai Poricha Kootu which is quite a spicy version of kootu.

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Tomato Pasta – Cheesy Tomato Pasta

February 2, 2017 Bachelor Friendly RecipesBreakfast/DinnerKids BayPasta / Pizza Recipes  5 comments

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I am a big fan of pasta & especially this Cheesy Tomato Pasta. There are many shapes of Pasta. I have tried many shapes and this Farfalle is my favourite. I usually make Tomato Pasta with homemade pasta sauce, but when not available I use tomato sauce and spice it up with seasoning just like I have done in the video. I should say this pasta tastes much better than the ones that we get in restaurants & pizza outlets. Especially here, it tastes totally bland. I had posted this recipe long back, now updated with new pics and video :)

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Masal Vadai – Paruppu Vadai – Masala Vadai

January 31, 2017 Snacks / Starters  5 comments

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Masal Vadai is a popular South Indian tea time snack. It is very commonly available in the local tea shops there. I should say it smell’s divine if u happen to be near a tea shop when they make it. It is perfect on a rainy day with a hot cup of coffee or tea. It’s also called Paruppu Vadai. Usually some people do not prefer to add fennel seeds. U can skip it if u don’t want.. The only planning u need to do is the soaking of chana dal. If that is done the rest of the process can be done in 15-20 mins.

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Palak Paratha – Spinach Paratha

January 29, 2017 Roti/Paratha  6 comments

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Palak Paratha is an easy and healthy twist to the normal roti. Especially to those fussy kids who refuse to eat spinach. The vibrant green colour is another added advantage to attract kids. This Palak Paratha along with some dal and sabji is a complete balanced meal. Last time when I bought a packet of spinach, I ended up making some Palak Pakoda and the rest went into this paratha. I served it with dal and cauliflower sabji :)

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How to make Moong Sprouts – Green Gram Sprouts

January 24, 2017 BasicsSnacks / Starters  2 comments

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Making Moong Sprouts at home was a long time due post. My mom includes Moong Sprouts in her cooking quite often. When I thought of trying some dishes with it, I could not find it here. I am sure we get it in Chennai – especially in any Pazhamudhir store. The only dis-advantage in using the store bought sprouts is the use of unclean water in making it. Having said that, HOMEMADE is always the best right?!? As a result, I made it at home. It is a very easy & straight forward process. U just have to plan ahead as it will take a couple of days to sprout.

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Paneer 65 – How to make Paneer 65

January 17, 2017 Paneer DishesSnacks / Starters  8 comments

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Paneer 65 is a very popular starter in any Indian restaurant menu. It is a spicy pakoda kind of snack that can be had with coffee/tea or as a starter. Paneer is an universal favourite especially for vegetarians. Chotu just loves paneer in any form. I made this Paneer 65 during the holidays and he could not resist to pick one while I was clicking the pics. U can see the result below :) The only planning that u need to do is to marinate the paneer. Once that is done it is only a 15 min process.

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