September 26, 2012

Chilli Garlic Potatoes with Noodles

Chilli Garlic Potatoes
The past week and this week is pretty grueling as it is exam time for both the kids. They both are working so hard and I just make sure that they I just point them both in the right direction when ever they need guidance. As a reward for their hard work when I let them to indulge with some French fries a week back the elder one just mentioned he would be very happy if he could get the best of both the fries and noodles in just one single dish.

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September 24, 2012

Adai Recipe | Murungakeerai Adai | Mixed Lentil Crepes – Step by Step

Adai has become a very favorite breakfast at home at recent times. Earlier I very rarely used to make as there were no takers. But ever since the boys returned from my MIL’s home where they spent their summer holidays they started to love this one very much. I asked her to try it out with them as they did not eat any at my place. I thought once they see their cousins enjoying it they might also begin to love Adai and it worked like a charm. 

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September 20, 2012

Muttakos Kootu / Cabbage Kootu

Cabbage Kootu
Cabbage is a veggie that is mostly ignored at home. Other than adding it to any stir fried rice or noodles I very rarely make anything of it as the kids do not like its smell. When ever I make a poriyal/stir fry out of cabbage I end up having to finish it all as nobody touches it. So I make this kootu/Stew out of it as they cannot find out what vegetable has been used in it and they finish it off without complaining. Even if they ask I tell them it is make of some other vegetable.  This mildly spiced kootu/stew will taste just perfect when served as an accompaniment with any kuzhambu that is very spicy. 

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September 18, 2012

Cheppakizhangu Fry / Arbi Fry / Taro Root Fry

Cheppakizhangu Fry
Cheppakizhangu / Arbi is a tuber that is mostly ignored at home. Mostly it is the potatoes that rules and mostly preferred by the kids as well. My mom makes a fantastic roast which I love very much but unfortunately since no one at home likes Cheppakizhangu much I never make it anymore. But I guess as the kids grow even their preferences and likes change with them. I wanted to grill instead of deep frying but may be some other time as I was not sure of the result, I did not want to put my kids off arbi permanently.

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September 17, 2012

Eggless Oats N Dates Pancakes

Eggless Oats & Dates Pancakes
During the weekdays the breakfast option is very limited for my kids. They are always in a hurry and it is really big deal if I get them to finish their bowl of oatmeal. On weekdays the brunch will consist of ildi, sambar, pongal or puri and at times medhu vadai too. Even if I attempt to make something else Hubby dear will start to complain. So I could try out something different only when the kids get holiday during week days. I tried these pancakes for them with eggs when they had holiday for Ramzan last month.

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September 14, 2012

Baby Corn Satay

Baby Corn Satay
My kids are absolutely nuts about baby corn for reasons unknown to me. During the season time I love chewing on the juicy cob for the free facial exercise that it gives Winking smile and I also make these vadas/fritters using sweet corn for the evening to have along with tea. But other than that despite the baby corn being the junior I do not happen to a great liking for it, but my kids, they just love it. Did you check out my Facebook page where in I had shared an easy way to shuck corn in just a minute?

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September 12, 2012

Kozhukattai Flour | How to make Rice Flour at home

Kozhukattai Flour - Rice Flour
Did you like the idea of using Oats for a healthy Kozhukattai in my last post ? Well, this is the basic rice flour that I use to make Kozhukattais, idiyappam or puttu in our home. Though there are good quality rice flour available in the market which I do use when I do not happen to have any stock, I prefer to make the flour at  home when I make neiviedhyams / prasadhams for the festivals and also while making bakshanams / savories.

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September 10, 2012

Kozhukattai / Modakam / How to make Kozhukkatai – Step by Step

Oats Poornam Kozhukattai
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in India by the Hindus every year and we make many varieties of kozhukkattais (stuffed dumplings) to offer Lord Ganesha as it happens to be his most favorite prasad.  I have used Oats along with the grated coconut for the stuffing and since this is the first time I’m experimenting with oats I must say that it came out very well and no one could tell the difference. For anyone new to this, well you can call it Sweetened Indian Momos.

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September 8, 2012

The Chakhle India Cookbook Review

The Chakhle India Cookbook
Mom, this guy used to be a Model, cool isn’t it? was my elder son’s reaction upon reading the Introduction section and I could very easily understand his awe. And yes I could not help my eyes from being drawn to the charismatic face of the Cook cum Author Mr.Aditya Bal, who also happens to be host of a popular food show on NDTV Times “Chak Le India”. It would be an understatement if I say that the camera loves him and why?

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September 6, 2012

Oats Rajma Toast

Oats Rajma Toast
Ah! the last 10 days or so has been taxing both physically and emotionally and very slowly everything is getting back to normal. This toast is something that I made for my BIL from the left over Rajma Masala as the Doctors have advised to include lots of Oats and for a person who is mostly used to eating rice all 3 times of the day, making these changes to his diet is proving to be very difficult. 

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September 4, 2012

Rajma Masala / Rajma Curry

Rajma Masala
Rajma aka Kidney beans has become the new love of my boys at home. They love it so much that I’m making this masala that is so apt to have with rotis as a side dish at least thrice a week. There are so many types in which this masala is made. This is a very simple side dish but packed with aroma and flavors and will make you wishing for more. You would also love the Rajma tikkis that I posted a while back.

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September 3, 2012

Let’s Cook #19 ~ Legumes / Lentils

Being a lacto-vegetarian, I depend a lot on legumes or lentils, which is also called as pulses in India for my day to day protein needs. Though there are a lot of vegetarian food that are so rich in protein, some are alternatively rich in fat too eg., paneer / cottage cheese. After my underweight younger son started showing interest in food, I have started to include more of lentils and legumes in my day to day cooking as his Doctor has also highly recommended to increase his intake of proteins.

I’m sure many of you have also across this scenario where your children are concerned. Indian cooking uses a lot of legumes / lentils and I’m sure you friends can come up with varied recipes using the same as well. Hence this month’s theme is also going to be the same.

Let's Cook
Now to some rules to participate in this event:
  1. Cook and post a recipe in your blog pertaining to the theme with a link to this announcement.
  2. Your recipe can be of any cuisine and follow any method of cooking.
  3. Only vegetarian recipes, eggs are allowed of course. Please avoid linking any recipes with meat.
  4. We are looking for fresh entries and to try out new recipes. So, no archived or reposed entries please. Your post has to be between September 1 and September 30, 2012.
  5. Multiple entries are welcome and linking back to this announcement is a must.
  6. Usage of logo is optional but I would be happy if you could use it, as it helps spread word.
  7. After posting your recipe just submit your entry to the linkies you will find at the bottom of this post.
  8. In case you have any problem linking, then send a mail to  with your name, recipe name and recipe url with the subject line as Let's Cook: Legumes / Lentils.
  9. Non bloggers are most welcome to participate. Just send me the recipe with a click of the recipe if possible to the above mentioned email.

1. Sprouted Green peas and Aloo Curry
2. Garlic Rasam with Toor Dal
3. Lobia Curry/Black Eyed Pea Gravy
4. Kerala Style Vegetable Sambar
5. Tomato Rasam
6. Vada with sambhar
7. Dal Dry - Lentils Curry
8. Karuveppilai Kuzhambu
11. Kadala/ Black Chickpeas Curry
12. Chana Masala
13. Sprouts and Corn Salad
14. Onion Uthappam
15. Spicy Steamed Cup
16. Dal Tadka/Dal Fry
17. Rajma Masala
18. Dal Jo Chillo (Savoury Lentil Pancakes)
19. Moong Sprouts salad
20. Rajma Spinach Dosa
21. Spicy Pumpkin Hummus
22. Pumpkin Chickpea gravy
23. Vegetarian Khichdi
24. brown-channa-vada
25. Brown Channa-Vada
26. Lobhia - Chawli Chi Usal - Black Eyed Beans Curry
27. Urud dal Chutney
28. Moong Dal Patties
29. Churi Dal
30. Punjabi Rajma Masala
31. Kadalai Paruppu Pushanikai kootu
32. Mamidikaya Pappu
33. Trevti Dal
34. Rajma Tikki Burger
35. vegetable dhansak
36. Soya Potato Patties
37. Paruppu Thovaiyal
38. Dal Papad
39. Cholar Daler Bora
40. Dal Palak
41. Peas Kurma
42. Dal Jo Phulko ( Sindhi Stuffed Dal paratha)
43. Bengal Gram Fritters Curry
44. Chutney pudi (Bangalore style)
45. kondaikadalai curry
46. green gram dhal curry
47. Rajma Curry
48. Puran Poli
49. Mathanga Parippu Curry/ Pumpkin Dal Curry
50. Kala Vatana Usal
51. Besan Dhirde
52. Besan Ke Laddoo
53. Protein Packed Pulao
54. Moong Dal Rasam
55. Kathirikai/Egg Plant Sambhar
56. Moong Dal Khichdi
57. Brown Rice Dhokla
58. Dal
59. Kala channa gravy (black chickpea)
60. Panchratna Dal
61. Caribbean Dhal
62. Green Lentil Dal
63. Triveni Dal
64. Kootu curry
65. Thengai Thuvayal
66. Kerala Olan
67. Masoor Dal with Pasta Sauce
68. Mini Corn Uttappam
69. Kathirikka Thogayal
70. Rajma Palak
71. Moong Dal Ladoo Chaat
72. Plantain Peel Stir Fry
73. Olan

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