Monthly Archives March 2015

Papaya Banana Smoothie

March 30, 2015 DrinksSummer Special  17 comments

Hot summer has already started in most parts of the world.. Here it looks bright and sunny sometimes, yet it feels cold. Never mind!! I get super happy when the day is bright and dry and is much appealing to have a cold drink like this Papaya Banana Smoothie!! All the smoothies, milkshakes or any fruit based drink is an attempt to make Chotu eat/drink fruits.  I try all possible combos to make him happy!!

This is yet another simple and filling smoothie, purrrfect for the summer!!

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Panchratna Dal – Mixed Dal with 5 Lentils

March 26, 2015 Dals/Gravies  11 comments

Panchratna Dal or Panchmel Dal is a protein packed dal with 5 types of lentils. It is a very nutritious and healthy dal that compliments well with roti/rice. Its a breeze to make this dal. I usually make this Panchratna Dal when we get bored with the normal Dal. We really love the flavours of this mixed dal.

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Pomegranate Milkshake

March 23, 2015 DrinksSummer Special  19 comments

I love fruits, milkshakes or any juice for that matter.. But making Chotu eat fruits is the most difficult task for me.. And pomegranate is one such fruit that he really hates. Now that the weather is changing I thought of trying this Pomegranate Milkshake and it did work out well. He just gulped this shake without much fuss!!

This is an easy milkshake without ice cream. Perfect to welcome the summer!!

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Baingan Bartha

March 21, 2015 Dry Sabji  12 comments

I had posted this Baingan Bartha long back. Just wanted to update with new pics as I was not satisfied with the old ones. So here it is – As a new post!! 🙂

Brinjal is not liked by all, but it is one among chotu’s favorites.Hubby who hates brinjal, likes to eat it in this form.. It goes very well with rice or chapathi.

Whenever I make this sabji, we dont need a kuzhambu as this serves as a 2 in 1 recipe. I usually make it in quite a large batch and store it as a thooku for a week in the refrigerator!!

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Kollu Thuvayal – Horsegram Chutney

March 18, 2015 Chutney RecipesSide Dish for Idli/Dosa  7 comments

Kollu known as horse gram is a brown legume which has a lot of health benefits. It helps in reducing weight and extra fats in the body. This Kollu Thuvayal is my grandmother’s recipe. There is a saying in tamil “Koluthavanakku Kollu Elachavanuku Ellu” meaning – for a fat person eating kollu will reduce weight and for a lean person Ellu will help in increasing weight. I really like the rhyme in this saying..

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Almond Cookies – Eggless Almond Cookies

March 15, 2015 Baked GoodiesBars N CookiesChristmas Recipes  16 comments

Homemade cookies are always the best. They taste better than the store bought ones and are cheaper too. This Almond Cookies is yet another easy cookie variety. I would say its the simplest cookie ever. Just have to bring together a few ingredients and bake it. Tadaaaa!!! Almond Cookies will be ready in no time.

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Keerai Vadai – Spinach Vada (with urad dal)

March 9, 2015 Navaratri SpecialPillayar Chathurthi RecipesPongal RecipesSnacks / StartersTamil New Year Recipes  17 comments

Vadai is a popular South Indian snack. This Keerai Vadai is a perfect tea time snack. Its crispy outside and soft inside. Usually in the local tea shops they make it as masal vadai/paruppu vadai (with chana dal). I prefer it with urad dal as Chotu likes the Medhu Vadai best!! So I am more than happy to make this as I can add some spinach leaves to it  Its the best snack to have on a cold/rainy day over a cup of coffee or tea.

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Bread Gulab Jamun – Easy Gulab Jamun

March 5, 2015 Bread RecipesDiwali SweetsHoli RecipesSweets/Desserts  17 comments

“Gulab Jamun”, the very term makes me drool  I am always happy to make Gulab Jamun as it is the only sweet that Chotu really loves!! I wanted to try this instant Bread Gulab Jamun since a long time. As always, I had a pile of left-over bread to be used immediately. So this was the right time to try.. Here u go with this sumptuous and easy sweet as a Holi Special Recipe!!

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Besanwali Bhindi – Besan Bhindi Fry

March 2, 2015 Dry SabjiKootu / Poriyal Varieties  13 comments

Bhindi / ladiesfinger is Chotu’ favourite  I used to make the Stuffed Bhindi Masala quite often earlier. But when I am pressed for time on busy mornings I make this Besan Bhindi Fry. Ever since I started making this Besanwali Bhindi Chotu is driving me crazy, asking for this sabji atleast twice a week   This is a simple yet lip-smacking sabzi that goes well with roti or rice.

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