Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pav bhaji

PAv bhaji...
8 nos. pav Buns
2 no. Tomato(chopped)
1 nos. Onion(chopped)
1 no. Bell pepper(chopped)
1 cup Potato(chopped)
1 cup Vegetables(cauliflower, carrots etc., chopped)
½ cup Peas
2 tsps. Spice Mix for Pav Bhaji
1 tsp. Chili(powder)
¼ tsp. Turmeric(powder)
½ tsp. Ginger(grated)
½ tsp. Garlic(crushed)
½ no. Lemon
pinch Cilantro(to garnish)
Salt to taste
Vegetable Oil(to shallow fry)

Set aside 1 chopped onion for garnishing. Cook mixed vegetables, potatoes and peas in a pressure cooker. After the vegetables are done, drain and mash them coarsely. Heat butter (or oil) in a pan and fry onion and ginger/garlic. When onions turn translucent, add bell peppers and tomatoes. Continue frying till it turns soft. Now add Pav Bhaji Masala, chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and fry for another couple of minutes. Now you can add the mashed vegetables. Turn up the heat and continue stirring till everything is well incorporated. Take off the stove when the bhaji is thick. Cut Pavs in half horizontally and lightly coat it with butter. Roast them on hot griddle just before serving. Garnish Bhaji with chopped coriander leaves, chopped onions and a thin wedge of lemon.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Banana(Ethakkai or Nenthra pazham) - 2 nos

Allpurpose flour(Maida)
Sugar - 1 - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - A pinch

Oil for deep frying

Mix together maida, tumeric, sugar and water to make a thick batter with a dropping consistency.
Mix well, till all lumps are gone.
If too thick, add more water.
f loose, add more maida.
Adjust turmeric(for colour) and sugar(for sweetness).
Slice the bananas into thin pieces.
Dip the slices of banana in the batter and coat it very well with the batter.
Heat oil in a deep-fry pan.
Put the slices and fry both sides, till Pazham Pori(Fried banana) is fried well.
Keep Pazham Pori(Fried banana) on kitchen tissue paper to remove excess oil.

Serve Pazham Pori(Fried banana) hot.

chakli ---Murukku

butter – 1 -tbsp
chilli powder – 1 tsp
Oil – to fry
rice flour – 1– cup
salt – 0 -as needed
sesame seeds -1 – tbsp
Basin– 1 /2– cup
water – as needed

In a bowl add Rice flour, Basin,sesame seeds,salt,chilli powder,butter, mix well and add water as need.Make into a soft dough.
Now take the murukulu press add the dough into it and press on top into the oil and make a round.
Fry till light golden...Ready ...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mint Rice

Mint Rice

Basmasti rice 2 cups
Mint leaf 1/2 bunch..
greenchilli 4
onion 1
tomato 1
ginger garlic as per taste
cardamom, cinnamon,cloves few
oil 2 tsp
ghee 1 tsp

Soak rice for 15 mins...Grind onion, tomato, green chilli, mint leaf, ginger garlic into fine paste..//Heat oil in a cooker add cinnamon, cardamon,cloves ...add the grinded paste n fry till raw smell goes ..add rice and fry for few seconds and add water. add salt per taste and cook ...


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mint chutney...

Mint chutney or pudina chutney..

Mint leaf (pudina) -1/2 bunch, cut and wash the mint leafs
urad dal ( 1 tsp
tamarind - small piece
onion 1
tomato 1
chilli pwd 1 /2 tsp
redchilli whole 2
mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
oil 2 tsp

heat a oil in a pan add urad dal when dal turns brown add tamarind piece, onion and fry till brown add redchilli whole and tomatoes and fry till tomato cooks add pudina leafs and chilli pwd and grind into paste when cool.. saute mustard seeds at the end...serve with hot soft itlys....yumm

Pudina chutney was my grandmoms fav side ...she used to make it often to serve with curd rice and other dishes...but the one she makes had no tomatoes was was more dry....for itly my mom inlaw makes it this way...and i love it....

love the flavour of pudina....


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tomato garlic thokku

Tomato Garlic thokku
Tomatoes - 2
garlic - 5
redchilli pwd - 1 tsp
turmeric pwd - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp
asefeotida - 1tsp
mustard seeds - 1 tsp
gingerlly oil - 5 tsp
salt as per taste
Grind tomatoes into fine paste . HEat oil and add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds,asefeotida and garlic and fry well till the raw smell goes...dont let it brown so much...add tomato paste and cook till it becomes thick , add turmeric , chilli pwd,salt,1tsp oil and simmer and boil until the oil floats.
best used with dosa,adai,peasaruttu,idli, and curd rice...
opt - can add tamarind and grind it with tomato...for more ripe taste...
Love it...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chicken Briyani

Chicken 1/2kg
marinate chicken with yoghurt 1/2 cup,
turmeric 1 tsp
chilli pwd 1 tso
corainder pwd 3 tsp
ginger garlic paste

Basmati rice - 2 cups
canola oil - 2 tbsp
spices - cinnamon 1", cloves - 4 cardamom pods -3 , bayleaf -3
curry leaves optional
chopped tomatos 2
sliced onion 1 big
green chilli , ginger garlic paste 2 tsp
mint leaves 1/2 bunch
chopped corainder leaves 1 small bunch
lime juice one small lime

Marinate chicken pieces with masala ginger garlic and yoghurt and lime juice. heat oil or ghee in a pan add onion fry till brown add ginger garlic and green chilli paste...when raw smell goes add tomatoes and fry till the tomato cooks and oil sperates add the marinated chicken pieces and cook ..add 2 cups washed basmati rice , mint leaves and coranider leaves and water 3 cups and keep for 2 whistles until the rice cooks.....

optional can add the chicken gravy with half cooked basmati rice in a rice cooker ...
tasty yummy briyani ready...
Briyani is always been my favourite and cant stop making it ...


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Alferado Sauce pasta

whole grain pasta ( used the egg noodle pasta ) opt penne pasta

2 tsp cream cheese

1 cup milk

3 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 clove garlic

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper (more or less, to taste)

3 tbsp. dry parsley ,

Basil leaf

Red capsicum 2

spinach lf 1/2 cup
garlic butter (spread on garlic bread) 1/2 tsp

SAuce 1 tbsp all purpose flour

Heat olive oil add garlic fry till raw smells go add redcapsicum and fry well add butter spinach salt pepper.....mix milk and all purpose flour well with no lumps add to the mix boil till the sauce forms....add basil leaf parsley and pasta and mix well

pasta ready serve with garlic butter bread


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Chicken fajitha and spinach tortilla with sour cream..

Chicken tenders - 4 to 5 cut into pieces
parika - 1 tsp
salt as per taste
pepper 1 tsp
taco seasoning mix pwd..
lime juice 1 tsp

mix all ingredients with chicken and shallow fry or grill ...
redcapsicum or green capsicum
onion grilled in pan...
serve tortilla with layer of chicken, capsicum and sourcream....
easy tortilla ready they give in chillies....
extra can make black beans....and white basmati rice with little lime juice and top with corainder leaf ...rice
like chipotle..

Yummo!!!! Enjoy!!!!

happy vishu

Friday, April 2, 2010

Brinjal Fry

Brinjal - 5 to 6..

Onions 1 no

tomato 1 no

ginger garlic paste 1/2 tsp

mustard seeds 1/2 tsp

Corainder pwd 1tsp

chilli pwd 1/2 tsp

turmeric 1/2 tsp

corainder leaf few to decorate

curry leaf

oil 2 tsp

method : dice brinjal lengthwise..heat oil add mustard seeds, when crackle add onions ginger garlic paste when raw smell goes add tomatoes.. and brinjal and cook until tender...add turmeric pwd chilli pwd corainder pwd, and fry well end add curry leaf and corainderleaf...
Spicy tangy taste

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Avaraikai Poriyal

This recipe reminds me of my motherinlaws preparation...she makes this for sambar and i just love it...

Avaraikai Broad Beans - few as needed for sabji.....
onion 1/2 onion cut into small pieces
Mustard 1/2 tsp
Cumin 1/2 tsp
turmeric 1/2 tsp
grchilli 2 nos
coconut grated for garnishing
oil 1 tsp

Heat 1 tsp oil when hot add Mustard and Cumin and when crackle add onion, avaraikai green chilli and sprinkle water and close the lid and cook until the avarai add turmeric cook well...until soft....remove from fire and add coconut...

Best had with sambar....and rice...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Horse Gram Dal

Horse Gram Dal

The most healty dal....says we can get power like a horse once u eat tht....

Horse gram 1 cup soaked overnite

Turmeric 1 / 2 tsp

chilli pwd 1/2 tsp

salt as per taste

coconut 2 tbsp

jeera 1/2 tsp

small onion few

garlic 2

mustard seeds 1/2 tsp

Cook dal with haldi and chilli pwd in a cooker till cooked...Grind coconut with jeera small onion 2 garlic into paste and add to the dal and give a boil..saute small onion add mustard when crackle temper to the gravy and add corainder leaf//

Ready to serve with rice or roti

Fish Fry

Pomfret : 1

turmeric : 1/2 tsp

chilli pwd : 1/2 tsp

Pepper : 1/2 tsp

salt as per taste

lime juice

method.. Easy and simple marination of fish with all the ingredients and fry the fish with oil...

thts the quick and easy method...

opt : can add ginger garlic paste , fish fry masala....


Vegetable curry.

VEgetable curry

Capsicum - 1Carrots - 1 , potatoes 2, beans - few, cauliflower - 4 to 5, green peas - 1/2 cup, onion 1, ginger garlic paste 1/2 tsp , 1, halidi 1/2 tsp , chilli pwd 1/2 tsp, corainder pwd 1tsp, jeera 1/2 tsp fennel seeds 1/2 tsp, garam masala 1/2 tsp, curry leaf, curd 1/2 cup cashew optional few , tomato...


Cut all the vegetables in cubes and in a pan add oil add jeera fennel seeds onion fry well add ginger garlic paste and curry leaf tomato and make a paste add the vegetables and fry until the masala is coated add haldi corainder pwd, chilli pwd , garam masala,and cook the vegetables..Mix curd with cashewnut and grind well into paste....add the curd and give the gravy a boil ..garnish with corainder leaf ...serve with chappati....tates like kurma but with no coconut...

optional instead of curd can mix milk and give it a boil....tastes gud

my healthy version of kurma.....

Lime Rice./.
Cooked Rice - 2 cups prefer cold rice
Haldi -- 1/2 tsp
peanuts 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
curry leaf
corainder leaf few for dccoration
oil - 1 tsp
lime or lemon juice of 1 ..
green chilli 2 or 3
redchilli 1
method : Heat a pan add oil and mustard seeds when crackle add curry lead, red chilli green chilli peanuts and let the peanuts cook ...add haldi and slowly add the cooked rice and mix till all the rice is coated ..add lime juice on the rice and mix well , corainder leaf for garnishing and salt per taste.
yummy like rice like the way they serve as prasadam in temples is ready....try using basmati rice for a change ...tastes different...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Carrot, Potato, Vellarika ( yellow Cucumber) Pumkin , raw Banana, long beans, Yam, bittergord

curd, turmeric, salt as per taste, coconut grated curry leaf, coconut oil, green chilli,

method cut all vegetables in length wise like french fries and cook all with little water till all veges are soft....grind curd with curry, leaf green ,chilli...i grind coconut little fine as the normal recipe is just crush the coconut...add the coconut to the veges and cook well...give it a boil and remove from flame and add coconut oil and curry leaf

serve with sambar or rasam.


Cucumber vellirika or chow chow ( chayote) : 1cup (diced) Toor Dal :1/2cup Turmeric powder :1/2tsp Red chilli powder ,

small onions - 5

coconut oil

curry leaf

A very simple but tasty gravy..a family famous has no coconut so even cholestrol free

method :

Boil turdal with with cucumber , haldi, redchilli powder , salt, when cooked well boil well saute small onions cut dark brown and add to the curry....add curry leaf and at the end coconut oil....

tasty family curry ready serve with spicy thoran like bindi or baigan ..

Peanut Chutney

Ingredients Peanuts - 3/4 cup Onion 1 Redchilly pwd 1/2 tsp or more as needed Garlic pods 3 Salt as required To...