September 30, 2011

Thank you & A Giveaway…

First I would like to thank all the visitors and readers of this blog, Tickling Palates and for showering your love, support, patronage and appreciation. It has been an amazing gastronomical journey so far. I would like to mention at this stage the good set of friends that I made from the stop overs at various blogs. Simple words such as “A big thank you from the bottom of my heart” will not be sufficient at all I guess to convey what I feel. Hence to show my gratitude, I had been planning to announce this give away for my 200th post itself but had to procrastinate as I was unable to zero in on the giveaway from the list I had. So here I’m announcing this giveaway that I had chosen keeping in mind the healthy lifestyles people are resorting to.

7-Piece- Non Stick Appliances

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September 28, 2011

Akkaravadisal / Akkara Adisil | For Blog Hop Wednesdays


This very word transports me back to my childhood days of standing in the queue patiently waiting for my turn to lay my hands on this prasadham in the nearby Perumal temple at my grandmother’s place. As the month of “Purattasi” has started in which the Saturdays are considered to be very auspicious to worship Lord Venkatesa Perumal, I chose this recipe which I usually make on the First and last Saturdays, from my this week’s Blog Hop partner Kalyani. You can find her recipe here.

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Blog Hop Wednesdays ~ Week 5

Here we are with yet another edition of Blog Hop Wednesdays. Do not forget to check out the new blog hoppers who are joining us from this week on for this fun ride. Also do not forget to check the fun we all had, cooking during the previous blog hops.
 If anyone wishes to join us in this fun ride, do drop in a mail to Now off to the Buffet Table.
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September 26, 2011

Roundup of Let’s Cook Series #7 ~ Scrumptious Breakfast

After seeing these many recipes that you wonderful bloggers cook up in the mornings to kick start your day, I wonder why I never bothered with breakfasts so far. If you were like me then I’m sure that this roundup will definitely make you a changed person or at least I hope so. Also I wanted to change myself into a role model for my children so that they do not skip out on breakfasts. After all you have to practice what you preach especially when it comes to children else they are not going to take your seriously. Let’s move on the visual treat then,



Santosh – Cabbage Paratha

Rajani – Soya & Spinach Puris

Vardhini – Arisi Rava Upma

Kalyani – Instant healthy Dhokla, Funny face sandwich

Nirmala – Instant Dhokla

Krithi – Baked French Toast

Denny – Whole Wheat Adai

Madhusmita – Rice Upma




Khushi – Jack Fruit Seeds Tikki

Kalpana – Appam without Yeast

Shireen – Medhu Vada

Indrani – Tricolor Uthappam

Nupur – Idli Upma, Tomato Dosa

Archana – Bottle gourd Kheer

Denny – Crunchy Rosti style Zucchini Potato Pancakes

Shilpa – Soya Granules Cutlet




Vaishali – Double Ka Meetha

Kalyani – Palak Paneer Parathas with tomato Relish, Poha Idli

Sharadha – Vegetable Dalia Upma

Nupur – Spaghetti in Tomato Chilli Pesto SaucePav Bhaji

Reva – Carribean Porridge

Nisha – Neer Dosa

Dhyuthi – Fruited Brioche Buns




Soujanya – Andhra Idli, Andhra Ulli Pesarattu

Kalyani – Vegetable Upma

Deepali – Namkeen Vermicelli with bread crumbs

Deeksha – Masala Idli

Radhika – Chocolate Banana Muffins

Nupur – Green Peas Dhokla

Krithi – Adai

Deeksha – Uttappam Sandwich




Kavi – Yelai Vadaam

Deepika – Stuffed Bread pakora

Jehanne – Pooris

Priya – Tomato Mini Idli Fry, Milagai Podi mini idli, Sprouted Moongdal Quinoa Dosa

Kalyani – Semiya Upma

Deepali – Noodles Cutlet, Channe ke Kabab




Shilpa – Sukhadi

Radhika – Idli with Tricolor Chutneys

Kaveri – Moong Sandwiches

Anusha – Capsicum Paneer masala Dosa

Harini – Set dosa, Stuffed Spring Onion Paratha, Oats Muffins

Veena – Oats Rava Idli with coconut chutney

Chandrani – Vegetable Poha Pulao




Kalyani – Vermicelli Puliohara

Jayashri – Onion Wheat uthappam

Shireen – Cheese Mushroom Spinach Mini Quiche

Lavina – Broccoli Paratha

Sabdha – Sago Idli

Suja – Javvarisi Dosa

Vaishali – Zesty Fruits

Kavi – Poha Upma

Hyma – Wheat Dosa




Hyma – Sweet potato Roti, Vendhaya Uttappam

Vandana Rajesh – Pesarattu

Meenakshi – Homemade Muesli

Dhyuthi – Omelets

Kalyani – Fruit Chaaat with honey & Nuts

Radhika – Papaya Iron Punch

Kalyani – Sugar free Mocktail

Vatsala – Sweet lassi


Due to an unfortunate spamming episode a few weeks back there are chances that I might have lost some entries. If you do not find your entry here please leave a comment along with your recipe link and I shall only be too happy to include it here.


Thank you dear friends for participating with such zest and for making the day’s beginning wonderful. I hope you will continue to send your entries to this month’s theme featuring on Hibernative Foods, by which I mean food that is rich both in protein and fat. As always, I shall look forward to your wonderful and innovative recipes.

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September 23, 2011

Vankaya Bhajji / Pappu ~ Aubergine Dal

Having settled in Hyderabad after her marriage for a few years, Amma can cook Andhra cuisine like a Pro. So I did not find it difficult to adapt when I got married into a Reddiyar family.  It was in fact very easy to adapt as both our cooking methods synched so well. Very rarely does DH look into this space of mine and while doing so last week, he commented that he did not see any recipes belonging to Andhra region. I cook so many recipes often and yet have not blogged about it.  I guess it is the lazy me to be blamed for that.

Vankayya Bhajji

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September 21, 2011

Paneer Gulshan

When people get used to their comfort zones it is very difficult for them to come out of it. This happened to my SIL’s family too. When her DH was diagnosed with Diabetes it was very difficult for them to switch from eating rice to wheat. They used to have rice for lunch and dinner and it proved to be difficult for her to prepare and serve rotis as per the Doc’s advice on a daily basis. Changing one’s lifestyle to which one got used to over the years is of course always difficult.
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September 19, 2011

Vegetable Brinji Rice

This one pot meal is a very flavorsome and a quick one to make if you have everything ready at hand that satisfies your hunger pangs . I had this in the party that I mentioned in this post. It immediately reminded me of the wedding lunches where all are served 1 or 2 big scoops of this rice as a part of the meal. This is an adaptation of my SIL’s recipe which I happen to like more than my own version. We prepared this mixed rice when I was in home town to attend a function and took it on our trip.

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September 18, 2011

Let’s Cook Series #8 ~ Hibernative Foods

Have you ever wondered why we have so many festivals lined up from the latter part of the year? Why do we make so many sweets and savories to celebrate these festivals? The festivals start with the month of Aadi, which starts from the 6th month of the year, we then have Krishna jayanthi, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Navarathri and round it up with Diwali. If you are wondering what the heck has that got to do with this month’s Let’s Cook Series please read on.
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September 17, 2011

Tagged ~ 7 links Challenge

I have been tagged by my dear friends Jay and Sangeetha a few days back and I can see that this tagging game has already caught the blogging world like fire. Thank you both for the tags. Here are my links for the following categories.

1. The Most Beautiful Post: According to me I think these two will be appropriate because the first click is eye catchy and the second one has absolutely wonderful memories attached to it.

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September 15, 2011

Poondu Vengaya Puliodharai

I’m always on the look out for easy to make and pack recipes for the lunch box which is also liked by my kids and as to them it should be spill free too. One pot meals of course makes the mornings so much hassle free saving so much time.

Poondu Vengaya Puliodharai

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September 14, 2011

Eggless Oats Almond Cookies

It is that day of the month ~ Blog Hop Wednesdays and I happily hopped off to Deepali’s Space. As I wanted to try out more baked goods I had no difficulty at all in choosing a recipe. It is definitely cookie time for me. Ever since I baked these Oats Cookies, I had wanted to try out an eggless version and this recipe was just perfect.
Eggless Oats Almond cookies
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Blog Hop Wednesdays ~ Week 4

Here we are with yet another edition of Blog Hop Wednesdays. Do not forget to check out the new blog hoppers who are joining us from this week on for this fun ride. Also do not forget to check the fun we all had, cooking during the previous blog hops.
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If anyone wishes to join us in this fun ride, do drop in a mail. Now off to the Buffet Table.

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September 12, 2011

Idlis with Tricolor Chutneys

Being a typical south indian my idea of a scrumptious breakfast would undoubtedly be the age old idlis. There is nothing that beats it when it is served steaming hot, all white, soft and spongy with many chutneys on a banana leaf. No matter wherever you go and whatever you taste, in a tiniest part of your heart you always get to feel “Nothing like Namma Ooru idli and chutney”.

Idlis with chutneys

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September 9, 2011

Paal Kozhukattai

I made this Paal kozhukattai especially for my friend Sangeetha, who was my junior in school and a good friend who lived a few blocks away from me. She recently got married and this is the first Vinayaka Chaturthi that she will be celebrating in her new home. While we were talking over phone she asked for this recipe so that she could make on the festival day and as a good friend I got down to work. I’m a big fan of Chettinad Cuisine and this is an authentic recipe belonging to Karaikudi.


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September 7, 2011

Celebrating 200th Post with Chocolate Truffles

I’m marking my 200th post of this space with these elegant and easy to make chocolate truffles. It seems only like yesterday when I posted chocolate halwa to mark the 100th one. So I just wanted to go by the tradition and celebrate this moment too with chocolates.

Chocolate Truffles

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September 5, 2011

Chocolate Banana Muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffin Recipe
Bananas are awesome. really… They make any bake to which they are added super duper soft and moist. These Chocolate Banana Muffins are no less either. They are super moist with a rich chocolaty flavor and guess what they have no butter at all but uses vegetable oil and just a handful of ingredients.

Incase you are tired of eating the same old traditional breakfasts, then these muffins are a great way to spruce up your day. They are also good to pack for the kids school snacks box. As it is, the only way I could make Arjun to eat banana is by incorporating them in either in muffins or milkshakes, other wise he runs a mile upon hearing that very word. I have to let 2 or 3 of the bananas to become over ripe from the bunch that hubby usually brings home on weekdays for this purpose alone.

Chocolate Banana Muffin Recipe
Also I had been baking this banana bread quite often now-a-days as I get amazing results always. I do not know about my boys but I had become quite bored of making them so often. In fact I had become so thorough that I could them bake while I sleep walk.

I chanced upon this amazing and simple muffin recipe on Nigella’s space when I was looking for a very simple muffin recipe that had very little ingredients in them. I usually follow any baking recipe to the T, as I’m scared of ruining the whole recipe. But this one is so fool proof and a definite keeper and you can play with the quantity without worrying and get the best result every time.

As you can see for yourself these muffins were super soft and moist and raised so well. My boys loved it so much that I had to bake another batch the next day itself for their friends as they too loved it very much.

Chocolate Banana Muffin Recipe

Chocolate Banana Muffins Recipe

Prep time: 10 mins  |  Cook time: 20 mins  |  Makes: 6
Recipe Cuisine: American  |  Recipe Category: Snacks


  • Bananas – 2
  • All purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Brown sugar, packed – 1/2 cup
  • Eggs – 2
  • Vegetable oil – 1/2 cup
  • Baking soda – 1 tsp
  • Cocoa powder – 2 tbsp


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 Deg C (400 F). Grease the muffin pans with oil or butter. I used paper cups and still greased the insides with oil.
  2. Sieve together flour, baking soda, cocoa together and keep it aside.
  3. Mash the bananas well. I used a mixer.
  4. Now add eggs, vegetable oil and sugar one after the other while mixing well after each addition.
  5. To this wet mixture add the sieved dry flour mixture little by little and keep mixing with a spatula to get a thick batter.
  6. Spoon this mixture into the prepared muffin cases and bake for 15-20 mins or till a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack and let it cool completely.
  8. Enjoy as your morning breakfast with a glass of milk or pack for your kids snack box.
Chocolate Banana Muffin Recipe


  1. Use over ripe bananas for this muffins. They will taste great.
  2. You can use white granulated sugar instead brown sugar but you will not get the dark color.
  3. Feel free to add vanilla essence if you wish.
  4. Mine were done in exactly 20 mins but I baked for another 5 mins to get a slightly crisp upper crust as my boys love them very much.
  5. Oven timings will vary accordingly.
Chocolate Banana Muffin Recipe
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September 2, 2011

Roundup of Let’s Cook: Subzis for Rotis

I am so sorry for this delay in posting last month series roundup. I had deleted my own post instead of publishing it. How stupid could one get? So had to work on it again. But I’m so happy for it, as all the wonderful entries are etched in my mind. I enjoyed doing this roundup very much as it always poses a big headache when it comes to making a subzi for rotis. Children do demand that we make something new every time and not the same old ones which makes them very bored. So you are welcome to choose from this array of delectable subzis to make for every day and make your family happy.


Sangeetha – Cauliflower Peas Subzi

Shobha – Mirch Ka Salan, Hare Bhare Baingan

Harini – Dal Kurma

Mahi – Potato Kurma

Ambreen – Bhari Bhindi


Shobana – Paneer Makhani

Harini – Dal Makhani

Deepali – Okra in Besan Curry

Saraswati – Butter Beans Gravy

Prabha mani – Paneer Capsicum Masala

Fathima – Cabbage Egg Fry


Kalyani – Baked Stuffed Capsicum

Santosh – Chick Pea Curry, Paneer Pasanda

Pinky – Palak Paneer

Sangeetha – Tindora Raita

Dhyuthi – Vegetable Kurma


Neha – Palak Paneer

Shobha – Kashmiri Saag

Kalyani – Paneer Potato Curry

Sangeetha – Aloo Methi, Paneer Butter Masala

Deepali – Kathal ki Subzi (Jackfruit Subzi)


Swetha – Mutter Paneer

Krithi – Kadai Mushroom

Shobha – Moong dal Cabbage Poriyal

Ramya – Moong & Palak Curry

Kaveri – Mixed Vegetable Kurma

Nupur – Methi Malai Paneer


Shobha – Stir Fried Cabbage & Capsicum, Besani Shimla Mirch

Santosh – Lauki Kofta Curry

Aparna – Paneer Mushroom Masala

Shy S – Potatoes in Mustard Gravy

Divya – Tindora masala


Tadka Pasta - Psychedelic Greens, Masala Mushroom Medley,

Vimitha Anand – Matar Paneer

Vardhini – Paneer Manchurian

Chandrani – Chal Potol


Harini – Minty Black Eyed beans Gravy

Nirmala – Panch Legume Curry

Pranathi – Chatu Besara, white pumpkin Gravy

Ramya – Mushroom Pepper Fry, Brinjal Stir Fry


Veena – Sweet Corn Curry

Vatsala – Zuchini Besan subzi

Deepika – Two Squash Kofta

Anamika – Soya Kheema Matar

Sangeetha – Aloo Chole

Jabeen – Paruppu Urundai Kulambu


Laxmi – Peas Kurma

Sukanya – Shahi Paneer malai Kofta

Kaveri – Mushroom Matar Masala

Spandana – Aloo Soya Subzi

Sravani - Kara Pendalam/Cassava Curry

Pradnya - Akhkha Masoor


Anu – Chole Masala

Khushi – Egg Curry, Paneer Tikka Masala

PJ – Microwave Aloo Matar

Neha – Paneer Butter Masala

Sreevalli – Potato in Poppy seed gravy


Sobha – Vegetable Kurma

Vindya - Adrakwale Gobhi Matar / Gingery Cauliflower and Peas

Sharadha – Capsicum Aloo

Richa - Bittergourd with raw mango sabzi

Kalyani – Tiranga Shimla Mirch

Kaveri – Badami Peas Masala


Pradnya – Baby Corn Jalfrezi, Creamy Spinach

Avika – Arbi Do Pyaaza

Nupur – Capsicum Masala

Denny – Dal Banjari

Indrani – Aloo Gobhi Masala


Vatsala – Makhana Paneer

Radhika – Dal Tadka, Channa Masala, Cauliflower Peas Kurma, Paneer Tikka Masala,   Thakkali Thokku & Kadai Vegetable Gravy

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