March 31, 2012

Keerai Bonda Recipe

Keerai Bonda
My grandma’s place will be surrounded by Drumstick and Neem trees. Each neighboring house will have at least 3-4 trees in their backyard. I  grew up  literally surrounded by them and the drumstick leaves makes a presence daily in the menu in one form or the other. Of all the recipes I looked forward to gorging on the bondas that she makes with the drumstick leaves. The aroma will be so good that it will make you feel faint with hunger. Pity I do no get fresh drumstick leaves quite often now-a-days. I used Arai keerai but if you can get hold of Murungai keerai try this recipe with that and you will not be disappointed.
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March 29, 2012

Homemade Vazhakkai Chips / Green Plantain Chips

Homemade Vazhakkai Chips


Vazhakkai chips is a quintessential food item that is a must in any social luncheons especially in Tamilnadu. Having a good mandolin will enable you to get thin slices of the plantain which in turn will turn out crispier when fried. I had searched and searched for a good mandolin that will give me thin slices but it is my friend in the end who got me the one which worked perfectly for me. Even the costlier ones I owned already could not hold a candle to this cheap Chinese make. Hmmm... seems Though making this might seem so easy getting it perfect every time comes with more practice.


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March 28, 2012

Kathirikkai Milagu Curry / Brinjal Pepper Fry

Kathirikkai Milagu Curry


A medley of two of my favorite ingredients. This simple and delicious curry is also known by the name of “Milagootiya Kathirri Poriyal” in my native place. When literally translated it means pepper seasoned brinjal fry. During the brinjal season this delicious side dish is made often as it goes very well with rice. The liberal addition of pepper makes it more flavorful and a true delight for brinjal lovers which gets done within 15 mins.


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March 26, 2012

Gongurra Pappu / Gongurra Dal

Gongurra dal


Gongurra known as Pulichcha Keerai in tamil and as Sorrel leaves in English happens to be very rich in Iron and including it at least once a week in our daily diet is very good for our health. This recipe is my Amma’s which she learned when she settled in Andhra after her marriage. I love to have this with hot steaming rice for lunch. There actually happens to be two varieties when it comes to Gongurra. One is with green stems and the other one is with deep red stem. Make sure that you choose the latter as it is much more tastier and cooks faster too especially when you are making this thokku. This recipe is very simple and easy to make yet very delicious.


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March 24, 2012

Eggless Almond Custard Cookies

Eggless Almond Custard Cookies


I had been shamelessly bribing my younger one for the past few days with fruit custard. It  happens to be his favorite and the very word made him sit at home and study for the exams instead of wandering around the Apartments with his friends in the hot glaring sun during the afternoons. Just a few table spoons were left in the carton while I was cleaning up the pantry and I decided to use it in a cookie as I did not bake a cookie after the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I kept it very simple with just a handful of ingredients and it came out very well.


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March 22, 2012

Baked Potato Casserole | Step by Step

Baked Potato Casserole


This one pot wholesome meal is adapted from the cook book that came along with the oven. Casseroles typically belonging to Western style of cooking, this is the first time I’m trying it out and was quite happy with the result. All the while I was searching for easy egg recipes this one was lying just right in front of my eyes begging to be made a note of.


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March 21, 2012

Baked Chick Peas / Baked Garbanzo Beans

Baked Chick Peas


Exam time has started and the pressure on the kids makes them binge on fried delights more often. At these times it becomes our responsibility to make sure that the kids eat proper diet and eat healthy snacks at regular intervals. These baked chick peas is one such healthy snack that the kids would love to munch on. My Grandmom and mom roasted them over the stove top but ever since I got the oven I have been roasting the chick peas in the oven only. It consumes very less oil and makes an absolutely guilt free snack.


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March 20, 2012

Baked Cauliflorets & Giveaway Winner

Baked Cauliflorets
I love Cauliflower a lot and especially when fried. But during the recent years, I have completely abstained from enjoying this treat keeping in mind the little scary fellow called calories as these do tend to use up a lot of oil when deep fried. Recently I tried baking them and was mighty impressed with the result. I see no reason why I should not enjoy them in future when I could get the same result by using just a percent of the oil used while baking than when compared to the deep fried ones.

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March 19, 2012

Midhi Pavakkai Poriyal / Baby Bitter Gourd Poriyal

Midhi Pavakkai PoriyalBaby Bitter gourd is known as “Midhi Pavakkai” in tamil and is less bitter than when compared to the usual bitter gourd. I hate eating anything made with pavakkai / bitter gourd during child hood and I think it continues to be so even now but I love eating baby bitter gourds and I made this simple poriyal after a long time to check if my children have overcome their dislike for this vegetable and it seems they have done so and it was cleaned up without any complaints.

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March 17, 2012

Choco-Chip Nut Cake | Tea Cake Recipes

Choco-chip Nut Cake
I love citrus flavored bakes and as to how this cake happened, the entire credit goes to my hubby as it was he who pulled out the hastily scribbled sheet of paper from among the pile of brochures while he was searching for something. I believe the recipe was written after watching a TV show a few years back, the method was missing, may be it was in some other paper, I do not know. I was not even sure if the I had written down all the ingredients. I just followed my instinct, kept my fingers crossed and the result is what you see here. An absolutely perfect cake with wonderful crumbs perfect for your evening tea to entertain both your family and friends like wise.
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March 16, 2012

Chettinad Kaara Kulambu

Chettinad Kaara Kulambu


Despite having a host of finger licking dishes, Chettinad Cuisine is some how known only for its non-vegetarian dishes which I think is such a pity as almost all the preparations are not only easy to make but also  healthy and nutritive. Here is one such preparation which I make at least once a week for lunch and must in the lunch spread whenever there are any guests at home or during the festival times.


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March 14, 2012

Homemade Pizza Recipe| Step by Step

Homemade Pizza
I’m yet to find a person who would not say no to these cheesy gooey Pizza. Though I have made pizzas many a times it has always been with the ready made pizza bases available in the market and this is the first time I’m attempting it from scratch. This is the recipe that my children chose from Sangeetha’s space for the Blog Hop Wednesdays. As I know her space right from the time she started I know her recipe collection very well and hence left it to my children’s choice. Trust me when I say that I will not buy the base from stores any more and it will be always be homemade from now on. There is something to homemade pizza which makes you fall in love with them all over again.
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Blog Hop Wednesdays ~ Week 15

Welcome to another month of Blog Hopping. Another month where we can gawk at the wonderful dishes the Blog Hoppers have unearthed from their partner’s visual kitchen for the Blog Hop Wednesday. These are tried and tested recipes by our foodie friends.

Please note that this linkies is only for the Blog Hoppers and any other entries will be deleted promptly.  If you are new and want to know more on this then register by submitting your blog here to participate from next month onwards.

1. Petit Chocolate Bites
2. Pizza Muffin Bread
3. Carrot Cabbage stir fry
4. Badam Sharjah
6. Bagels
7. Masala Buns/ Stuffed dinner rolls
8. Minty Rava Dosa
9. Ragda Patties-Mumbai Street Food
10. Homemade Pizza
11. minit idly
12. 1 min Microwave Chocolate Cake
13. Dates & Vermicelli Payasam
14. Spinach-Potato-Sandwich
15. Rasam
16. Moong Daal Chila
17. Mangodi Ki Kadhi
18. Banana Bread
19. Paneer Makhanwala
20. Konkani Dali Thoy
21. Lemon Rice
22. Methi Thepla
23. Couscous & Corn Idli
24. Palak balls with a twist
25. Soya Kheema Burgers
26. Printen Cookies
27. Microwave chivda
28. Coffee milkshake
29. Oats Pasta with Toasted Almonds
30. Cantaloupe Juice
31. Eggless Whole Wheat Banana Loaf
32. Corn and cheese balls
33. Paneer Sandwich
34. Green Beans Salad
35. Chole Palak/Spinach Chana Curry
36. Wholewheat & Corn Pancakes
37. Finger Millet / Ragi Dosa
38. Crispy Baked Onion Rings
39. Carrot salad

This linky list is now closed.
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