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Saturday, January 9, 2010


Once again Thanks sangeetha for the lovely award,Friends pl. accept this from me..........A great New Year gift to one & all.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Easy Cheese Cake

My friend's hubby made this tasty cheese cake when he had called us for lunch......Excellent wanted to share it ....
8 ounce cream cheese (room temperature)-2
8 ounce sour cream -1
Sugar-1/2 cup
Lime juice-1tsp
1 large or 2 small pie crusts (graham cracker)
Blend all above ingredients together with out any lumps.Pour it in the pie crust & bake it at 350deg.C for 30 minutes & then reduce it to 275 deg C for again 30 minutes or till its cooked(Oven temperature may vary).Cool & keep in fridge & serve it cold with any filling. with a slight change

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Baked Lotus Stem Chips

Lotus stem-1
(skin scraped out well & cut into thin slices)
Salt & pepper to taste
Melted butter-2 tsp
Arrange the lotus stem slices on a baking tray lined with a foil.Bake it at 375 deg.C till crisp & brown on both sides.Keep checking periodically otherwise will get burnt fast.Mix butter & seasoning in a bowl,put all the baked chips & toss it well.Serve it as a snack.

Groundnut Kuzhambu / Verkadalai Kuzhambu / Peanuts Gravy Recipe / Ver Kadalai Kulambu Recipe / Nilakadalai Kulambu Recipe

Groundnut Kuzhambu recipe / Verkadalai Kuzhambu recipe / Peanuts Gravy Recipe / Ver Kadalai Kulambu Recipe / Nilakadalai  Kulambu Recipe   Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Ginger & Garlic paste-1/2 tsp
Grated coconut roasted till brown-3tsp
Other ingredients
Raw Groundnuts/Peanuts/Verkadalai/Nilakadalai-1/2 cup
(soaked overnight)
Chopped onion-1/4
Curry leaves-little
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Chilly powder-1tsp
Coriander powder-1/2tsp
Tamarind paste-3tsp
(diluted in water)
Heat oil in a pressure cooker temper it.Add onion & curry leaves fry till light brown.Add the dry masala powders & the ground paste.Fry till raw smell disappears& masala leaves the sides of the pan Pour the tamarind paste & soaked ground nuts,give a stir & pressure cook till done.Garnish with curry leaves & serve it with rice,idli or dosa.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Couscous Dum Biriyani

Couscous cooked with little salt-2 cups
Salt to taste
Cubed tofu-1/2 cup
Sliced mushroom-10
Tomato chopped-1
Onion sliced-1/4
Sliced green chillies-1
Chilly powder-1/4tsp
Turmeric powder-little
Mint-1/4 cup
Coriander leaves-little
Ginger & garlic paste-1/4tsp
Garam or Biriyani masala-1/8tsp(optional)
Cloves-1,Cinnamon-a small bit,Cardamom-2,Jeera-1/4tsp,Shajeera-1/4tsp,Bay leaf-1
Fried onion,raisin,cashew nut,almonds-little & Chopped coriander leaves.
Heat oil & ghee in a pan temper it.Fry the onions,mint,coriander leaves,ginger & garlic paste & green chillies till light brown. Add other ingredients one by one & fry till all the masalas are well cooked.Put the masala at the bottom of a heavy vessel & spread the cooked couscous on top of it.Add the fried onion,raisin,cashew nut,almonds,chopped coriander leaves & lime juice on top.Keep it in low flame covered with a tight lid for 10 minutes,till all the aroma gets into the couscous & gravy is a bit dry.You can also keep it in oven for 10 minutes at 200 deg.C.Before serving just mix it once or twice & serve it hot with raita.

Note:You can make this dish even with chicken,shrimp or mutton.
To learn more about couscous read here....

Oats & Lentils Kozhukattai

Ingredients ground coarse
Soaked American lentils-1 cup
Salt to taste
Red chillies-4
Other ingredients
Quick oats-1 & 3/4 cup
(dry roast it slightly)
Mustard-1/2tsp,Urad dhal-1/2tsp,Channa dhal-1tsp
Chopped onion-1tbsp
Chopped green chillies-1
Grated ginger-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-little
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Fry the onion,green chillies,ginger & curry leaves till light brown.Switch off the gas ,now add the oats & ground paste.Sprinkle very little water & make balls.Grease idly plates & steam it till cooked.Serve it hot with any chutney.
Note:Instead of making balls you can also just crumble & steam it & serve it like uppuma.For extra taste you can also add grated coconut.You can use any other lentils of your choice.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Couscous Vegetable Uppuma

Couscous-1 cup
Mixed Vegetable-1 cup
Salt to taste
Chopped onion-1/2
Slit green chillies-3
Chopped tomato-1
Curry leaves-little
Grated ginger-1/2 tsp
Boiling water-2 & 1/2 cup
Mustard-1/2tsp,Urad dhal-1tsp,Channa dhal-1tsp,Jeera-1/4tsp
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Add onion,green chillies ,curry leaves,tomato,ginger & vegetables.Fry it till light brown.Add couscous & salt fry for 2 minutes.Pour water cover & cook it in medium flame till done.Garnish it with curry & coriander leaves.
Learn more about couscous here.....


Thanks Aruna for the lovely Award.......Nice way to start the year.Love to share this beautiful gift with all my friends.Please accept it.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Lentils & Quinoa Sambar Bath

American lentils soaked-1 & 1/2 cup
(soaked overnight)
Quinoa -1 & 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Chilly powder-1 & 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Chopped onion-1/2
Chopped tomato-2
Curry leaves-little
Tamarind paste-3tsp
Frozen vegetables-1 cup
Chopped capsicum-1/2
Drumstick-1/2 cup
Mustard-1tsp,Urad dhal-1/2tsp,Channa dhal-1/2tsp,Methi-1/4tsp
Ghee-3tsp,Cashew nut-8,Curry leaves-little,Red chilly-6
(fry above ingredients in ghee)
Heat a pressure cooker temper it.Fry onion,tomato & curry leaves till light brown.Add the dry ingredients fry a bit,add the vegetables,lentils & tamarind paste.Pour some water & pressure cook it.Once cool open & add the quinoa pour 1:2 ratio of water & cook it till done.Garnish it with cashew nut,red chillies & curry leaves tempered in ghee.Serve it hot with papadam.
To learn more about quinoa see here

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year Eve Feast

We had a lovely & memorable New Year Eve.All the husbands cooked & we ladies had a Day Out!!!!!!! They cooked a variety of dishes & the greatest gift was they even Baby Sitted our Kids.Hats off to our hubbys.....................
You all must be thinking what they prepared ?Here comes the menu....
1.Plain Rice
4.Fish kuzhanbu
5.Fish fry
6.Shrimp fry
7.Tandoori chicken
8.Mutton chukka
9.Mango sambar
10.Egg curry
11.Chicken Biriyani
12.Ice cream & Chocolate cake
(store bought)
They even served it to us with great LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A great Thanks to one & all.Eagerly waiting for another occasion like this.


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