Monthly Archives January 2017

Masal Vadai – Paruppu Vadai – Masala Vadai

January 31, 2017 Diwali SnacksNavaratri SpecialSnacks / Starters  5 comments

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. Medhu Vadai Recipe HERE.

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Palak Paratha – Spinach Paratha

January 29, 2017 Roti/Paratha  6 comments

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

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. Sprouts Salad recipe coming next.. HERE .

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Paneer 65 – How to make Paneer 65

January 17, 2017 Holi RecipesPaneer DishesSnacks / Starters  8 comments

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.  Do try my Paneer Pakoda recipe..

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Poondu Kulambu – Onion Garlic Kulambu

January 15, 2017 Kuzhambu/Rasam Varieties  6 comments

After all the festival food, we wanted a spicy kulambu like this Poondu Kulambu. This Poondu Kulambu is an easy, spicy & lip-smacking one which does not involve any grinding. Usually when it comes to kulambu with garlic my favourite would be this Puzhi Kuzhambu, but when I want to make a quick one I choose this Poondu Kulambu. Was just wondering how I missed to publish this recipe here all these days. Can be made very quickly with simple ingredients that are always available in the kitchen.

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Lemon Rice – Rice Varieties

January 10, 2017 Navaratri SpecialPongal RecipesRice Varieties  5 comments

Lemon Rice is a very common and popular South Indian rice variety. It is an easy and quick lunch box recipe. All u need is rice, lemon juice and tempering. I pretty much told the recipe here. Actually this is not a fancy recipe to be published here, but there are many beginners/bachelors who really need this. My favourite among these rice varieties is Puliyotharai especially with home made Pulikaichal. This Lemon Rice is good to go as is or divine with any potato sabji & papad/crisps.

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Varagu Sakkarai Pongal – Millet Sweet Pongal

January 7, 2017 Navaratri SpecialPongal Recipes  7 comments

I have always wanted to try millet sakkarai pongal. The procedure to make this Varagu Sakkarai Pongal is very similar to the normal Sakkarai Pongal made with rice. This is perfect to make for Pongal festival. Actually to be honest, we did not find any difference in the taste, in the sense it tasted as good as the normal Sakkarai Pongal. When there is no compromise in taste, why not choose a much healthier option?!?  Do check my Aval Sakkarai Pongal as well.. Varagu is known as Kodo Millet in english.

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Kalakand Recipe- Quick Kalakand Recipe

January 3, 2017 Diwali SweetsGokulashtami RecipesHoli RecipesSweets/Desserts  8 comments

Wishing u all a very happy new year!! I always like to begin the new year on a sweet note. This Kalakand is an easy-peasy sweet that can be made in just 15 mins with very simple ingredients. In fact just 2 main ingredients. The traditional method to make Kalakand is quite a long process, but this a quick and shortcut method with condensed milk. I made this for a small get-together at home and it was a super hit. I adapted this recipe from nestle channel and tweaked it a bit. Can the 1st post of the year be without a video?!? Definitely not!! 🙂 Another simple sweet woth condensed milk is 10 Min Palkova.

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