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Saturday, October 31, 2009


Thanks Asha for sharing those beautiful Awards!!!Nice of you to remember me.I would like to share it with all my blogger friend.Please accept it....

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sweet Potato Buns

Maida-3 cups
Warm milk-1 cup
Brown sugar-1/2 cup
Dry yeast-2tsp
Cinnamon powder-1/2tsp
Grated nutmeg-1/8tsp
Cooked mashed sweet potato-1 cup
Egg beaten for wash(optional)
(This is given just for a glaze on top)
Mix yeast in warm milk.Mix all above ingredients together.Pour the yeast mixture into the maida mixture & knead it to a soft dough (like a chapati dough).Cover it with a wet cloth & keep it aside for 1 hour(dough will raise).Punch it & knead it again for 2 minutes.Make small balls & place it on a baking tray.Cover it with wet cloth again for 1 hour.Brush egg on top of each bun before baking.Bake at 375 deg.C for 20 minutes or till top is brown.

Mutton Varuval

Ingredients to be boiled with mutton.
Salt to taste
Crushed pepper-1/2tsp
Red chilly powder-1tsp
Coriander powder-1tsp
Turmeric powdetr-1/2tsp
Any meat/Garam masala-1tsp
Ginger & Garlic paste-1 & 1/2tsp
Other ingredients
Crushed pepper-1/2tsp
Chopped onion-1/2
Chopped tomato-1/2
Curry leaves-little
Pressure cook mutton with above ingredients till cooked(with very little water).Heat oil in a pan fry onion,curry leaves & tomato till brown.Add the mutton with the water & fry it till dry.Sprinkle crushed pepper on top & garnish it with coriander leaves.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sweet Potato Paniyaram

Maida-1/2 cup
White rawa-1/2 cup
Mashed sweet potato-1/2 cup
Desiccated coconut-1/8 cup
Cardamom powder-1tsp
Cooking /Baking soda-1/2tsp
Milk for mixing to a batter
Oil-to cook
Mix all above ingredients together,add milk & make a thick batter(like idly batter)rest for 20 minutes.If your batter becomes thick ,then again add little milk & dilute a bit(do not make it like a pouring consistency).Heat paniyaram pan pour a tsp. of oil in each hole.Pour a ladle of batter & cook it both sides till brown.

Couscous Ven Pongal

Couscous-1 cup
Yellow moongh dhal-1/2 cup
Water-4 & 1/2 cups
Salt to taste
Grated ginger-1tsp
Turmeric powder(optional)-1/4tsp
Crushed pepper-1tsp
Curry leaves -little
Cashew nuts-1tbsp
Pressure cook dhal,ginger,salt,water,turmeric powder & couscous till done.Heat ghee in a pan temper.Pour it on pongal & mix it well.Serve it with sambar or chutney..
Note:If you don't like the couscous to become too mashed while cooking in the pressure cooker,then boil dhal separately & then add couscous & cook it till done(like we make uppuma).

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bagara Karela(Bitter Gourd)

Ingredients fried in 4tsp of oil till light brown & kept aside.
Bitter gourd/Karela sliced-3
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Brown sugar-1tsp(do not fry)
Ingredients fried in 2tsp oil & ground to a smooth paste
Tomato-1 small
Tamarind paste-1tsp
Sesame seeds-1tsp
Coriander seeds-1tsp
Red chilly powder-1tsp
Ginger & Garlic paste-1/2tsp
Garam masala-1/4tsp
Ingredients for tempering
Mustard-1/2tsp,Jeera-1/2tsp,Curry leaves-little
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Add the fried karela & the ground paste.Add water & cook the gravy till thick.Add 1tsp of brown sugar before switching off the gas.Garnish it with curry leaves & serve it with hot rice.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fig(Anjeer) Burfi

Big figs-12
Chopped nuts together-1/3cup
(walnut,cashew nut,pistachio,almond)
Char magaz-1 & 1/2tsp
(melon seeds)
Cardamom powder-1tsp
Cook the figs in 1 cup of water till all moisture is absorbed & figs are soft.Cool & make a smooth paste(without adding water).Heat ghee in a pan fry the nuts & melon seeds for a minute & add the fig paste,sugar & cardamom powder.Mix it well till mixture begin to leave the sides of the pan.Spread it on a greased plate.Cool & cut.


These are the measuring cups & spoon used for measuring ingredients in my cooking.

1/2 tbsp
Cups -
1 cup(250 ml)
1/2 cup(125ml)
1/3 cup(80ml)
1/4 cup(60ml)
1/8 cup(30ml)

Couscous Vegetable Soya Pulao

Couscous-1/2 cup
Water-1 & 1/2 cup
Chopped onion-1/4
Chopped tomato-1/4
Chopped ginger & garlic-1/2tsp
Soy/soya chunks/Meal Maker -a hand full
(Soak in hot water for 5 minutes then squeeze out the water)
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-little
Slit green chillies-2
Mint leaves-5
Cardamom-1,Cloves-2,Cinnamon-a small bit,Bay leaf-1,Shajeera & Jeera-little
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Fry onion,ginger/garlic,green chillies ,mint & tomato till light brown.Add salt,turmeric powder,soy chunks & couscous & fry for 2 minutes.Add boiling water,cover & cook in medium low flame till done.Fluff it up with a fork & serve it with any raita you wish.

Aloo Raita

Potato boiled & cubed-1
Beaten curd-1 cup
Jeera powder-1/4tsp
Crushed pepper-less than 1/4tsp
Salt to taste
Crushed dry mint-1/4tsp
Mix all above ingredients together.Serve it cold with roti or pulao.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mutton & Channa Dhal Gravy

Channa dhal-1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Chilly powder-1& 1/2tsp
Coriander powder-3/4tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Chopped onion-1/2
Chopped tomato-1
Curry leaves-little
Ginger & garlic paste-1tsp
Fennel powder-1/2 tsp
Oil-4tsp,Cloves-3,Cinnamon-1/4'',Cardamom-2,Bay leaf-1
Heat oil in a pressure cooker temper it.Add onions & curry leaves,fry till light brown.Add tomato & ginger garlic paste,saute till tomatoes are mashed.Now add all the dry ingredients one by one & fry till oil separates the pan.Add mutton,channa dhal & 2 cups of water & pressure cook it till done.Garnish it with coriander & curry leaves.Serve hot with plain rice.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Meen Varuval

Fish slices-8
(I used Sierra fish)
Salt to taste
Tamarind juice-3tsp
Ready made fish fry masala-3tsp
Red chilly powder-1/4tsp
Ginger & Garlic paste-1tsp
Oil-to shallow fry
Marinate both sides of the fish with the above ingredients for 1 hr.Shallow fry them in a pan till crisp on both sides & cooked.

Masala Fish Gravy

Ingredients fried brown in 2tsp of oil & ground to a smooth paste
Ginger & Garlic paste-1tsp
Curry leaves-little
Green chillies-6
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Coriander seeds-1tsp
Other ingredients
Fish slices-8
(I used sierra fish)
Tamarind-a lime size ball
(Diluted in water)
Oil-6tsp,Mustard-1tsp,Methi-1/4tsp.Curry leaves-little
Dilute the ground paste in the tamarind water & keep it aside.Heat oil in a pan temper it.Pour the tamarind mixture & boil it till raw smell goes off & thick.Now add the fish pieces ,give a boil & switch off the gas(Do not boil too much after adding the fish it will break).Garnish it with curry leaves.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Potato in White Kurma / Vellai Kurma Recipe / White Kurma Recipe

Ingredients for grinding to a smooth paste
Coconut milk- 80ml
Khuskhu / Poppy seeds -1tsp
Somph / Fennel seeds-1/2tsp
Cashew nut-8
Other ingredients
Finely chopped potato-1 big
Frozen peas-1/2 cup
Onion chopped-1/2
Tomato chopped-1/2
Slit green chillies - 4
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves few for garnish
Salt to taste
Curry leaves-little
Bay leaf-1
Heat oil in a pan temper it with above ingredients.
Add the onion, tomato ,curry leaves, ginger garlic paste & green chillies , fry till light brown colour.
Add salt, potato & peas, pour water & cook till soft.
Add the ground masala cook in low flame till gravy is thick.
Switch off the stove garnish with coriander leaves and serve it with rice or roti.
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Palak Paratha

Whole wheat flour-1 cup
Salt to taste
Jeera powder-1/2tsp
Coriander powder-1/4tsp
Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Palak-a hand full
(I used pasalai keerai)
Green chillies-1
Ginger & Garlic paste-1/4tsp
Mix all above ingredients together & make a soft dough.Take small balls & roll it out into a thin circle.Cook on tawa adding oil on both sides till done.Serve it hot with any gravy or raita.

Masala Cheese Sticks

Ingredients to marinate the string cheese
String cheese cut into half-3
Chilly powder-1/2tsp
Roasted jeera powder-1/2tsp
Coriander powder-1/4tsp
Salt to taste
Garam masala-a pinch
Other ingredients
Maida to dust -little
Egg beaten for wash-1
Bread crumbs to roll-little
Oil to deep fry
Marinate the cheese string with all above ingredients for 10 minutes.Dust each piece in flour,then dip in egg & immediately roll it completely with bread crumbs.Deep fry it in medium flame till golden colour on all sides.Serve it with ketchup.
Note:Make sure that the cheese is rolled out evenly otherwise the cheese will start melting out.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Trip To Turkey

My friend's hubby had gone to Turkey for 2 weeks,I am sharing some of the picture sent to me.I am not very familiar with the dishes names.He told me they had displayed 45 varieties of desserts in the buffet.Pl.see & enjoy........

Avocado Raita

Avocado mashed-1
Green chillies-1
Coriander leaves-little
Curd beaten-1 cup
Salt to taste
Curry leaves
Hing-a pinch
Grind green chillies & coriander leaves to a smooth paste.Mix all ingredients together.Temper it.Serve it cold.

Palak Mutton Gravy / Spinach Mutton Gravy Recipe / Palak Gosht Recipe

Palak Mutton Gravy / Spinach Mutton Gravy Recipe / Palak Gosht RecipeIngredients
Palak/Spinach Puree-1/4 bunch
(I used pasalai keerai)
Salt to taste
Chilly powder-1/2tsp
Coriander powder-1/4tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Green chillies-4
Kitchen king/Garam masala-1/4tsp
Bay leaf-1
Whole pepper-8
Ingredients ground to a coarse paste
Ginger & Garlic paste-1tsp
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Add the ground paste & fry till raw smell goes & its light brown in colour.Add the dry ingredients & fry.Add the palak puree & fry for 2 more minutes.Add mutton ,needed water& pressure cook till done.Serve it hot with roti ,plain rice or pulao.
Note:You can also make this dish with chicken.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Deviled Eggs

Boiled eggs -2
(cut into half & yolk removed)
Pickled Jalapeno chopped -1
Cottage cheese-1 tsp
Salt & Pepper to taste
Dijon mustard-2 drops
Chopped capsicum & red chilly powder for garnish Method
Mix all above ingredients together.Fill it in the eggs & keep in fridge for 5 minutes.Before serving garnish it with capsicum & red chilly powder.

Note:You can also replace egg yolk instead of cottage cheese.But i like the cottage cheese filling.This dish has to be served cold.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Oats Apple Crunch

(seeds removed & cut into 8 thick slices)
Pancake syrup/Maple Syrup or Sugar syrup-1/3 cup
(I used Pancake syrup)
Instant coffee powder-1/4tsp
Cinnamon powder-less than 1/4tsp
Quick oats-1/2 cup
Butter cut into small bits-8
Mix pancake syrup,cinnamon & coffee powder together.Give a boil & keep it aside.Dip each apple slices both sides & roll it in oats.Arrange it on a baking tray.Place a bit of butter or brush it with melted butter on top of each slice & bake it at 300 deg C for 15 minutes or till slightly crisp.

Thanks Shanti for the nice idea.....

Friday, October 16, 2009

Doodh Peda (Milk Sweet)

Milk powder-2 cups
Condensed milk-1 tin(14oz)
Butter-10 tsp
Cardamom powder-1tsp
Saffron-a pinch
Pistachio for decoration
Mix all above ingredients thoroughly.Cook it in microwave for 3 minutes, at every 1 minute interval mix it well.Mixture has to thicken.Let it cool down .Grease hands with ghee,knead the mixture and shape it.Garnish it with pistachio.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


I wish each & every one a HAPPY & SAFE DEEPAWALI ..........
Thanks Sanghi for passing on this Deepawali gift ,I would like to pass on this gift to each & every friend who has not yet received.........

Omapodi / Om podi / Ompodi(Sev)

Besan/kadalai mavu-2 cups
Rice flour-1 cup
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder-1tsp
Butter melted-1tbsp
Oil-to deep fry
Dry roast ajwain & powder it.Soak the powde in warm water for 1 hrs.Strain (use only the water) & mix all above ingredients together to form a soft dough (this dough will be a bit sticky).Heat oil in a kadai/pan fill the sev press with batter & squeeze it in circles.Fry it till light brown on both sides.Place it on a kitchen paper to remove excess oil.Cool & store it in air tight container.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Thanks Sangeetha once again for the great Deepawali gift.I am sharing this with my fellow bloggers.............

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Stuffed Capsicum With Pasta & Vegetables

Capsicum-1 big
(cut into half & seeds removed)
Salt & pepper to taste
Cooked shell pasta-a hand full
Frozen mixed vegetables-a hand full
Grated cheese-little
Pasta sauce-3tsp
Italian seasoning -1/4tsp
Olive oil-little
Chopped onion-3tsp
Add the capsicum to boiling water with salt ,after 1 minute remove it pat it dry or you can also place it in microwave for 1 minute with salt sprinkled inside the capsicum. Heat oil in a pan fry the onions till light brown.Add the pasta,seasonings & vegetables ,cook it till vegetables are slightly cooked.Add pasta sauce & switch off the gas.Fill this mixture inside the capsicum.Apply oil around the capsicum & bake it at 350 Deg. C for 5 minutes.Sprinkle cheese & bake for another 5 minutes.Serve it with ketchup.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Thanks Sangeetha for passing on this beautiful award.I am very happy to receive it.

I would like to share this to all my blogger friends who have not got this yet.Please accept this as my Deepawali Gift !!!!!!

Chocolate Maida Burfi / Maida Burfi Recipe

images of Chocolate Maida Burfi / Maida Burfi recipe
Maida Burfi
Maida-1 cup
Sugar-2 cups
Ghee-1 cup
Cocoa powder-1tsp
Put sugar in a bowl & add water just to immerse the sugar.Boil it till you get a two string consistency keep it aside.Put maida & ghee in a pan & fry it till raw smell goes off & gives a frothy appearance(it will take only 3 minutes),mix the cocoa powder to it.Now switch off the gas & start adding the hot sugar syrup(not boiling hot) little by little & keep mixing it till everything is absorbed & forms a soft dough(like a soft chapati dough).Immediately pour it on a greased plate.Level it well with a greased spatula or back of a cup.Cut it to desired shape while still warm.Yummy burfi is ready!!!!!!

Chicken Kholapuri

Ingredients dry roasted & made a smooth paste
Dessicated coconut -1 tbsp
Coriander seeds-3tsp
Cinnamon stick-1/2''
Star anise-1/2
Kadal pasi(Dagad phool/Lichens )-a small piece
Sesame seeds-1tsp
Red chilly powder-1tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Ginger & Garlic paste-1 & 1/2tsp
Other ingredients
Chicken cubed -3/4 pound
Chopped onion-1
Chopped tomato-2 small
Curry leaves-little
In a pan dry roast all ingredients till nice aroma comes.Then fry the coconut till brown(don't burn).Cool & grind everything to a smooth paste. Marinate the chicken with the ground masala for 1hr.Heat oil in a pan fry onions till brown in colour.This gives a good flavour for this dish.Now add curry leaves & tomato fry till its mashed well.Add the chicken & fry for 2 minutes.Pour water & cook it till the chicken is cooked & gravy is thick.Garnish it with curry leaves.
Tips:Add Kashmir chilly or powder for nice red colour.Onions & coconut should be fried till nice brown colour.This adds the flavour for the dish.Oil must be added a little more ,but i reduced the amount.

Friday, October 9, 2009


Thanks Vineelasiva for passing on this Award to me.Taking this as a Diwali gift from you.Here is the meme part:
1.Where is your cell phone :On top of the kitchen counter
2.Your hair : Black
3.Your Mother : Baghyalakshmi
4.Your father :Damodaran .
5Your favorite food : Mutton Biriyani
6.Your dream last night : None
7.Your favorite drink :Lassi/Buttermilk.
8Your dream/goal :Not to loose interest in cooking.
9.What room are you in :Bed room
10.Your hobby :Cooking & watching movies
11.Your fear : Water
12.Where were you want to be in 6 years : Present place
13.Where were you last night : Home
14.Something you aren't : Moody
15.Muffins :Oats muffins
16.Wish list item : None
17.Where did you grow up : Chennai
18.Last thing you did : Cooking
19.What are you wearing : Pant & Kurthi
20.Your Tv : Switched off
21.Your Pets : Gold fish & 5 Guppies
22.Your friends : A lot.....
23.Your life : Good
24.Your mood : Happy
25.Missing someone : None
26.Vehicle :Cars ( Honda & Toyota )
27.Something you're not wearing :Shorts
28.Your favorite store : WalMart...
29.Your favorite color : Yellow
30.When was the last time you laughed : 1 hrs back when my friend came for lunch.
31.Last time you cried : Don't remember
32.Your best friend : My daughter.
33.One place that i go over and over : Grocery store
34.One person who emails me regularly :My blogger friend
35.Favorite place to eat : Home
I would like to pass this award to all my blogger friends who has not yet received this Award.

Mutton Pulao (Malabar Cuisine) / Malabar Mutton Pulao / Mutton Pulao Malabar Style / Mutton Pulao recipe

Mutton Pulao (Malabar Cuisine) / Malabar Mutton Pulao recipe / Mutton Pulao Malabar Style recipe / Mutton Pulao recipe Ingredients for rice
Basmati rice-4 cups
Coconut milk-1 cup(165ml tin)
Salt to taste
Whole garam masala
(Cloves-5,cardamom-5,cinnamon-1/2'' stick,Bay leaf-1)
Lime juice-1tsp
Ingredients to grind to a smooth paste
Green chillies-4
Ginger & Garlic paste-1tsp
Fennel seeds (somph)-1tsp
Star anise-1
Cinnamon-1/2'' stick
Coriander seeds-1/2tsp
Nutmeg-1/4 piece
Ingredients to marinate mutton
Mutton-1 & 1/4 pound
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Chilly powder-1tsp
Coriander powder-1tsp
Ginger & Garlic paste-1tsp
(mix everything & marinate overnight or for at least 3hrs)
Ingredients for gravy
Mint & coriander leaves-each one small bunch chopped
Chopped tomato-1 big
Sliced onion-1 big
Lime juice-1tsp
Ground masala(recipe above)
Fried onion for garnish- littleMutton Pulao (Malabar Cuisine) / Malabar Mutton Pulao recipe / Mutton Pulao Malabar Style recipe / Mutton Pulao recipe

Heat ghee in a pan temper with the whole garam masala.Add the washed & drained rice & fry for 2 minutes.Now add coconut milk,water,salt & lime juice.Cook it till done & keep it aside.
Heat oil & ghee in a pressure cooker fry the onions till light brown in colour.Now add the tomato,lime juice,mint,coriander leaves & ground masala & fry it till oil separates .
Add the marinated mutton & cook it till done.If water is there in the gravy dry it put by simmering the gravy.
In a heavy bottomed pan make layers alternatively with gravy & rice.Top it up with fried onions & mint leaves.
Keep it in very low flame for 10 minutes.Before serving mix it well.Yummy Mutton pulao is ready to serve with raita!!!!

Thanks for visiting !

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Apple & Pecan Bars

Maida-1 cup
Baking powder-1tsp
Cinnamon powder-1/4tsp
Butter or Margarine melted-1/4cup
(I used butter)
Light brown sugar-1/2cup
White sugar-1/2cup
Vanilla essence-1tsp
Chopped apple-1/2 cup
Chopped pecan-1/2 cup
Ingredients to sprinkle on top
White sugar-1tbsp
Cinnamon powder-1/4tsp
(mix it together)
Cream cheese glaze
Cream cheese-3tsp
Vanilla essence-1/4tsp
(cream every thing together to a tooth paste consistency)
In a bowl mix maida,baking powder,salt & cinnamon.In another bowl mix butter,egg,brown & white sugar & essence.Slowly add the maida mixture & mix with a wooden spoon till combined.Stir in the apples & nut.Spread it on a greased tray or pan evenly.Sprinkle the Cinnamon & sugar on top.Preheat oven at 350 deg.c & bake it for 25 minutes.Cool & cut into squares & pipe the glaze on top & serve it.
Courtesy:allrecipes with some change......

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Apple Sauce

This is kids favorite dish.....
Red apples big-4
(peeled,seeds removed & chopped)
Lime juice-1/2 tsp
Cinnamon powder-1/8 tsp
Water-1 cup
In a pan combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook it in medium heat for 10 minutes or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash it well or blend it in mixi.Can be stored in fridge for 3 ot 4 days.

Sora Puttu

Sora Puttu (Shark Puttu) recipe from my cousin....

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Oats & Buttermilk Pancakes

Powdered quick Oats-3/4 cup
Buttermilk-1 cup
Flour-1/4 cup
Salt -1/4tsp
Baking soda-1/2tsp
Oil to spray the pan
Combine all ingredients together,make sure there are no lumps.Heat a non stick pan spray oil.Pour a ladle of batter ,slightly spread it.Cover & cook it in medium flame till done(do not turn).Serve it with maple syrup.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Potato Rosti (Potato Pancakes)

A traditional Swiss potato dish that can be served as a crispy side dish or even as a snack.

Potato peeled & grated into long strands-1 big
(squeeze out excess water)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Chopped parsley-1tsp (Optional)
Butter melted-1tsp
Corn flour-2tsp
Oil to shallow fry
Mix all above ingredients together.Heat a pan place a spoon of mixture,slightly press it flat.Pour oil around it .Cook it both sides till crisp.Serve it hot with ketchup.
Note:You can also par boil the potatoes & grate it.This dish can also be baked for calorie conscious people.

Participant's Award

This Award was given to me for taking part in the Deepawali Event by Shanthi .Thanks for the lovely Award.Congrats......& Nice round up Shanti.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tomatillo Ka Salan

Tomatillo-3 cubed
(saute in 1tsp of oil for 2 minutes)
Onion slices fried till golden brown-1/2
Mustard,Jeera & curry leaves to temper
Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Dry roasted sesame seeds-1tsp
Dry roasted peanuts-2tsp
Dessicated coconut-2tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Chilly powder-1tsp
Ginger & garlic paste
Cloves-3,Cinnamon-1/4'' stick,Jeera-1/2tsp
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Now pour the ground masala & fry till oil leaves the sides of the pan. Add the tomatillo,pour water & cook the gravy till done.Garnish with fried onions.Serve it with rice or roti..


Thanks to one & all for voting me to win this wonderfull COOKBOOK !!!!! Keep motivating & encouraging me the say way for upcoming events.......


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