July 29, 2011

Garlic Smoked Tomato Chutney And A Tribute To An Amazing Couple

Errr… This post is somewhat going to be a bit long. The recipe is simple, short and unique. You can always scoot down to the recipe but you won’t know what you are missing out on the next few Para's. This recipe and the post is a tribute which if I did not do I will not be able to consider myself worthy.

Garlic smoked tomato chutney

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July 27, 2011

Cauliflower Peas Kurma

cauliflower peas kurma
What to cook as a side dish for Rotis today? This eternal query has been around since the time of our grandmothers and mothers. But though there are so many options to try it never clicks immediately. Also the time factor and the availability of goodies in the pantry must also be taken into consideration in our cases.

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July 26, 2011

Roundup of Let’s Cook Series ~ School Break-Time Snacks

This series round up had been special as it featured upon snacks and I’m sure all of us have the age old head ache of what to pack for our children snack box. I hope this roundup opens up our mind and gives us various ideas to try out and make the kids happy in the process.

I hope you all find this round up a treat as much as I did and benefit out of it. Here are the entries I received.

Gayathri Kumar has sent in Eggless Pumpkin Cake
eggless pumpkin cake

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July 25, 2011

Pineapple Rava Kesari / Halwa

Pineapple Rava Kesari
I simply love the pineapple flavor to bits but you all have to admit with me that getting the skin off to bite into the succulent juicy flesh of the fruit could be very frustrating. The numerous cuts in my hand in the past while engaged in that particular activity has put me off from enjoying this fruit. I have religiously stuck to the tinned ones.

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July 22, 2011

Channa Masala

Chana Masala Recipe

Chana Masala aka Chole masala is the most preferred side dish to be had with Chola puris especially by my kids. This is the North Indian version or rather the Punjabi style Chana Masala as it uses onions, tomatoes and other North Indian spices to make this masala a lip smacking protein rich side dish for chapathis or rotis. If you would prefer a South Indian style curry with the flavors of coconut, you can check out this Kadala Curry recipe. This masala can also be used as a sandwich spread and a stuffing for savory breads. 

how to make Punjabi Chana Masala recipe

Chana Masala Recipe

Prep time: 10 mins  |  Cook time: 25 mins  |  Serves: 2
Cuisine: North Indian  |  Category: Side dish

Chana Masala Recipe


  • Kabuli Chana / White Chick Peas - 1 cup
  • Onion - 2
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Garlic - 5 pods
  • Tomato, medium - 4
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Red Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 3 tsp
  • Chana Masala Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp


  1. Soak the Kabuli channa overnight or for 8 to 10 hours in water. Discard the soaked water and rinse well. Pressure cook with 2 pinch salt for 3-4 whistles or till soft. Drain it and reserve the cooked water separately.
  2. Puree the tomatoes and keep aside. Chop the onion finely.
  3. Heat a pan with 2 tsp oil. Add Cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Roast for a minute till the aroma arises. Add onion, ginger and garlic and sauté till the onion turns translucent.
  4. Switch off the stove and immediately add red chilli powder, coriander powder and cumin powder. Fry it in the heat itself. This will prevent the powders from changing color.
  5. Finally add coriander leaves and mix well. Let it cool completely. Grind it to a smooth paste using little water.
  6. Heat the remaining oil in the same pan and add the ground onion paste. Keep sautéing this paste till it turns into a nice brown color over low flame. Now add the tomato puree and the cooked water of channa and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add cooked kabuli channa, salt to taste and chana masala powder and mix well. If needed add more water and cook over low flame covered with a lid.
  8. Cook till the raw smell disappears and the aroma arises. This should take 10 minutes. The gravy would also have thickened a bit at this stage.
  9. Switch off and garnish with coriander leaves and serve with Naan or any Indian flat bread of your choice with a lemon wedge.

Chole Masala Recipe


  1. Adding more salt while cooking Chana will harden it and make it go dry.
  2. I used Everest brand of chana masala powder.
  3. Before serving squeezing the lemon juice over the chana masala will balance the flavors and increse its taste.

This is off to Let’s Cook – Subzis for Rotis and to Susan’s MLLA

How to make chole masala

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July 20, 2011

Announcing Blog Hop Wednesdays

This announcement is not an event actually but an endeavor to bring together like minded bloggers who are willing to visit other blogger’s space, experiment and have fun at the same time. I’m sure that many of you visit other’s blogger space, register your comments, bookmark some and forget totally about it after some time. This has happened to many a times and had been pondering over this idea for some time now.

This venture is an attempt to broaden our horizons, get to know and try out new recipes and at the same time be connected with other bloggers meanwhile making ourselves into becoming the best cook. Throw in some interaction, suggestion, ideas with a new blogger every week it will be added fun giving us all a chance to visit others space and going through it fully. I have named it as you can see “ Blog Hop Wednesdays” with the following logo. Hope you all like it.

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July 18, 2011

Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka
This flavorsome simple dal happens to be my children's favorite to be had along with the rotis. It is full of goodness loaded with proteins which is a plus for people who are vegetarians and one of the best ways to add proteins into their diets and to keep you filled for a long time.

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July 15, 2011

Announcing Let’s Cook Series #6 ~ Subzis for Rotis

First, I would like to thank all you readers and my dear fellow bloggers who had given an enthusiastic support to this series so far by sending your entries and for participating so actively. Thank you for letting me to take a peep into your kitchen.

Though Rotis/Chapatthis/Phulkas/Naans/Parathas were considered to be a staple diet of the North Indians it is now widely being made in the kitchens across the country and world. It is a rich in carbohydrate and considered a high fiber diet than when compared to the rice and will become a wholesome food high in nutritional value when paired with a great Subzi/Side dish.
Subzis for Rotis

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July 14, 2011

Peas Chaat ~ Beach Style | Gravy Version

peas chaat 
First of all let me tell you that this is not the usual Pattani Sundal that we get to eat in the beaches. During the summer holidays when my SIL’s family came to visit us, we all had an opportunity to visit the beach and that is where I came across this chaat. My kids loved it so much and pestering their dear Daddy to take them to the beach just to enjoy this chaat.

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July 12, 2011

Eggless Banana Loaf / Bread


I am all smiles as I am drafting this post. This particular recipe has got a couple of firsts to its credit. This is the first bread that I am baking and also this happens to be the first baked goody in my new home and kitchen after I shifted residence. As this is the first time I decided to experiment with less quantity to be sure of the results.

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July 7, 2011

Butter Cookies


I distinctly remember my grandmother cultivating in me the habit of munching on cookies with milk on mornings and evenings when I was a child. It is one of the sweet moments that I would never ever wish to forget in my life.

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July 5, 2011

Mint Aloo Chaat

This is the second time I’m trying out this chaat and feel so happy that I got the texture correctly this time. I had this at my friend’s house when myself and the kids went over to her house for some well deserved bonding time. My kids loved this chaat very much and were asking me to make it. I just had an idea of what all must have gone into it and recreated it.

The first time something was really missing with the texture and the flavors did not get incorporated well enough. This time I found out and rectified the mistake and it was just perfect.


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July 1, 2011

Giveaway Winner and more Kudos

When I logged in to check my mails after a fortnight of absence due to the fault in my phone connection I was quite overjoyed to see that I had been selected as the giveaway winner sponsored by Aarthi.

I received this giveaway book last week which as you can see is by Tarla Dalal, a Padma Shree Awardee in the field of cooking. Thanks Aarthi for sponsoring. The pictures in this book are awesome and absolutely drool worthy. Hope I don’t stop with drooling over all the pictures and try out all the recipes.

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