August 30, 2012

Mochai Kulambu

Mochai Kulambu
I love mochai that is also called as hyacinth beans, especially the fresh ones. Though I mostly make sambar for our daily lunch to ensure that we get our daily protein intake from the dals, I just love the gravies like this made out of the legumes itself as they themselves are a rich protein source. Whenever I buy these fresh beans from the market usually I make puli kulambu but this time tried my MIL’s recipe as it has been a long time since I made this gravy.

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August 27, 2012

Rajma Tikkis / Red Kidney Beans Patties

Rajma Tikkis
I’m always on the look out for easy to make and healthy snacks that I can feed the kids when they come back from school. We all love rajma / red kidney beans at home and as I often make sundal for the kids to snack on and add them to Dal Makhani to have with rotis for our dinner, these beans are always available in the pantry. So last week when I made rajma sundal, I reserved some of the rajma and made these tikkis and the kids loved it to bits.

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August 25, 2012

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies – Step by Step

Eggless Chocolate Cookies
Life is total bliss when you wind up with a cookie to have with your favorite cuppa... It gets even better if the cookie happens to be an all time favorite chocolate chip cookie. I had made this long back but unfortunately the pen drive in which I had asked Hubby dear to copy them down was lost when he took away my laptop. Though I love baking cookies, having a small oven can be a big problem as you have to bake in batches which I totally hate.
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August 23, 2012

Aloo Methi Subzi | Potato Fenugreek Leaves Curry

Aloo Methi Subzi
As you all know cooking fenugreek be it either the seeds or the greens are very tricky. The nutrient packed leaves may turn the entire dish tasting bitter if not handled properly. After packing tomato methi pulao to my kids, I had been trying various dishes with the methi leaves and this subzi / dry curry was also a hit with the kids.

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August 21, 2012

Poondu Milagai Podi ~ Garlic Gun Powder

Poondu Milagai Podi

This powder by my Grandma is very popular among the family. A very simple accompaniment to go with idli or dosas that can be stored just like the regular idli milagai podi. Hubby was introduced to this when he was served this for breakfast when we both visited her house after our marriage. Ever since that he is totally addicted. Though I love the flavor of garlic, I do not like eating it in its raw or semi cooked form as I do not like the smell it leaves in your breath after eating.

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August 20, 2012

Chettinad Vazhakkai Kurma

Chettinad Vazhakkai Kurma
Today’s recipe is from the Chettinad region. Though this cuisine is well known for its Non-Veg dishes, I love cooking the simple vegetarian dishes as they are so packed with flavors and aroma is enough to make you hungry all over again. This recipe is from my MIL, which she learned from her neighbor, who happens to be a Chettinad Aachi. This kurma is very much different from the Chettinad Vazhakkai Curry which also happens to be the same Aachi’s recipe.
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August 17, 2012

Murungakeerai Paruppu–Drumstick Leaves Dal

Murungakeerai Paruppu

Of all the greens, next to coriander leaves my favorite greens happen to be murungakeerai aka Drumstick leaves. It could probably be due to the fact that I grew up eating it on a daily basis and let me not forget to mention that every household in Grandma’s place used to have at least 3 of these trees in their backyards and add to that my grandpa’s insistence on having to eat at least one green dish for the day, these leaves were cooked so frequently.  But of course it is very very difficult to get these leaves here now-a-days.


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August 16, 2012

I Love Baking #7

The Internet connection has been playing havoc ever since the corporation people started digging the roads for maintenance a fortnight ago and add to that the power shut down woes it is very difficult to maintain a semblance of timing to post. So my apologies for coming up this late with the announcement for this month.

In case you are not sure what to bake and would like to get some ideas, not to worry, just check what the avid bakers have baked in the previous months and get, set, baking. Bake away and present your recipes to the linkies below. This is open to everyone and anyone who happens to love one thing and that is “Baking”.

Just a few notes before we go linking,
1. Your bake can either be sweet or savory. Please do not link entries with meat and alcohol.
2. Make sure that your post is linked to this announcement.
3. The linkies will be open till 31st of this month.

1. Butter Naan
2. Soya Puffs
3. Reine de Saba avec Glaçage au Chocolat
4. Devil Cake
5. Eggless PalmSugar Chocolate Almond Cake
6. Eggless Finger millet chocolate cake
7. Baked Sabut / whole Gobhi Masala
8. Bread Cuppizza!
9. Eggless Vanilla Cupcake
10. Eggless Chocolate Cupcake
11. Stuffed Bun
12. Chocolate Loaf Cake
13. Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
14. Hasselback Potatoes
15. Rakhi for raksha bandhan
16. Eggless Dates Cake
17. Eggless Savoury Muffins
18. Kale Chips
19. Pita Cheese Pizza Bites
20. Baked Vegetables
21. Eggless chocolate chip cookies
22. Soft and fluffy choco muffins
23. Roasted Tomato and Barley Soup
24. Cappuccino Swirls
25. Garlic Bread Stick
26. Savory Zucchini Tots
27. Eggless Lemon Coconut Bread

This linky list is now closed.
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August 13, 2012

Chocolate Jujubes

Chocolate Jujubes
It was Arjun’s Birthday on July 31st and as usual baked him a cake, made his favorite starters and with his best friends at home in the evening, I would say that he had a fabulous and a memorable birthday. To thank his friends he wanted to take something special for them to school. I wanted to make something with chocolate and these jujubes seemed a very good idea. One look at the way his eyes lit up when I showed him the box was enough to know how much he is going to be popular among his friends.
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August 9, 2012

Paneer Tawa Masala

Paneer Tawa Masala

This month Blog Hop Wednesdays is so special to me as it marks the First anniversary. It had been an enjoyable ride this past year which I would never have missed it for my life time for all the things that I learned and which helped me to better myself in return. My partner for this month is Anusha, who also happens to be my partner in crime, if I can say so. It sometimes even amazes me that we even think alike on many things that suits the “Soul sisters” description very aptly.


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August 8, 2012

Blog Hop Wednesdays ~ Week 20

This month’s edition of Blog Hop Wednesdays is so special as it marks the event’s first anniversary. What started with just a few handful of people have grown so big. My heartfelt thanks to all the friends who have participated so far to make this event successful. A special note of thanks to all the friends who have been a part of this right from the very beginning. a warm welcome to yet another month, where you can see the bloggers whipping out delicious food from their partners.

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. Shahi Tukda with Badaam Gulkand
3. Chatpati Moongfali
4. Banana Halwa
5. burghul pilaf
7. Spring Rolls
8. Lachcha Parathas & chilli chapatis
9. Couscous Peas Tikki
10. Inchi Thogayal (Ginger Chutney)
11. Paneer Capsicum Sandwich
12. Mathri -Indian crackers
13. Greek Salad
14. Palak Kichdi
15. Kothamalli chutney (coriander dip- Jain style
16. corn cheese balls
17. Savoury South Indian Shortbread
18. Protein Powder Kulfi
19. Cauliflower Pasta
20. Peas Pohe
21. Mixed Vegetable Masala
22. Kolai er Dal / Bengali Urad dal
23. Peanut Rice
24. Bitter gourd raita
25. Butterscotch Apple & Walnut Cookies
26. Spiced Herbal Tea
27. Broken Wheat Salad
28. Paneer Tawa Masala
29. Coconut Cookies
30. Aloo-Simla Mirch Masala
31. Manchurian Chicken
32. Simple Meal
33. Banana prune smoothiee
34. Puffed Rice Upma
35. Chocolate BUrfi

This linky list is now closed.

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