21 Jul 2017

Coconut Carrot Juice

This is one of the healthiest drinks you can drink. The blend of carrots and coconut is a perfect way to start off your day. You can make this like how I have made or just make carrot juice and mix it with coconut milk. Either way it works. I added a bit of cane sugar for taste, you can skip it and make it a complete health drink.

Coconut carrot juice


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Peas Pulao

Peas pulao is a tasty and well loved Indian dish that I make quite often at home. In fact, I make a lot of pulao at home and the most common is this peas pulao. I have already posted 2 other version of peas pulao that we make at home and this is the simplest version of my peas pulao.

Peas Pulao


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15 Jul 2017

Idli Dosa Batter | How to make Soft Idli

The most famous South Indian breakfast is the Idli! It is so simple in 'nature' but so good for health and tasty with a nice side dish. It is also one of the safest Indian dishes. My kids had idli's as one of their first solid food and I always turn to idli when someone is not well at home.


How to make Soft Idlis

Although it is such a simple food, this simple idli is the most fussiest food ever!! My biggest headache for a very long time, was to make soft idlis! I have tried many different recipes, proportions, tips and finally this is what worked for me and I settled on it. I got this recipe from here and here
Most recipes suggest to grind the rice and urad dal separately but I grind them together and it works well for me. 
Even if you come across a 'perfect' recipe for soft idli, you can master it only by trial and error. There are lots of factors that goes into making a soft idli and as you keep making it, week after week, you will perfect it and end up making soft idlis easily!!


How to make Soft Idlis


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14 Jul 2017

Paneer Baby Corn Masala

I usually make a paneer baby corn kurma as a side for pulao which tastes really good so this time I wanted to make a masala as a side dish for roti. Once again this simple dish did not disappoint and tasted really yum! I was going to make the curry with only paneer and baby corn but then added the peas since I had some left over.


Paneer Baby Corn Masala


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12 Jul 2017

Chocolate Banana Marble Cake/Loaf

I love to bake marble cakes, not only does it taste good but the blend of chocolate with some other flavor is just awesome, I never get tired of it! Whenever I have ripe bananas, I always go with baking any one of my favorite banana bakes but this time I decided to bake this beautiful banana chocolate marble cake and it was so good!! 

Chocolate Banana Marble Cake

This cake is so very soft and moist that it wasn't even easy to cut a perfect slice! As soon as I baked this cake, it almost got over! I had 2 slices remaining and I served it to my prayer group buddies the next day and I was asked where I bought it! It was truly delicious!!

Chocolate Banana Marble Cake


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10 Jul 2017

Moong Dal Khichidi

I was introduced to this khichidi by my perima when she came to Chennai. She lives in Delhi and they make this often in her house. We had gone shopping and came home late and when we were thinking about ordering food from a restaurant when she made this khichidi so quickly and we enjoyed a simple home cooked meal.

Moong Dal Khichidi

I loved the taste of this khichidi so much that I made a note to try this out later. But I completely forgot about it until I came across this recipe and I made it for my family and we all loved it. Now I make this recipe quite often at home except I make it with millets. Check out this varagu arisi moong dal khichidi.

Moong Dal Khichidi


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7 Jul 2017

Masala Idli

One of the frequent tea time dish in our house is either idli upma or this masala idli recipe. In most homes, there is always some idli left over everyday and this is a wonderful way to finish up the left over idlis. Very quick and simple to make and everybody loves it too. Also if there are days when your idli just doesn't come out well, you can very well make this dish. 

Check out the crispy baked idli which is also made with left over idli.


Idli Masala


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6 Jul 2017

Homemade Fennel Powder

I use a lot fennel powder in my dishes. While making non veg dishes, fennel powder is a must and I use this powder in some of my veg dishes as well. It definitely enhances the flavor and taste of the dish.
Fennel seeds are rich in anti oxidants and are a rich source of dietary fiber. It also helps reduce LDL levels.
I used to buy fennel powder from the store but it's so easy and simple to make that I started making it at home.


Homemade Fennel Powder


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4 Jul 2017

Kara Paniyaram | Masala Paniyaram

Kuzhi Paniyaram can be made two ways - sweet and karam. Growing up I remember my mom used to make lots of sweet paniyaram and we loved it! But now, my husband and my daughter does not prefer eating anything sweet so I always end up making this kara paniyaram. 


Kara Paniyaram

This dish is a great way to finish up the dosa batter and it brings a variety in our daily breakfast menu. I make uthapam on the 3rd or 4th day of the dosa batter and then on the 5th day of the batter, I make this paniyaram. 
You can also pack this in kids snack boxes and you can make this for evening snacks as well.


Kara Paniyaram


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28 Jun 2017

Varagu Arisi Moong Dal Khichidi

My periamma taught me to make moong dal khichidi with rice and I thought it would be a great idea to make the same with millets. I gave it a try and it came out very well. Now I make this quite often at home. Whenever I feel lazy to cook, then I make this with a simple side dish and it works very well! 


Millet moong dal khichidi

We just love this khichidi, the taste is so heavenly and yet so simple! I do not like to add more masala to this dish other than the turmeric powder, as I feel it takes away from the 'delishiousness' of this dish so I use only turmeric powder and add more green chillies for the spice. You can add some red chilli powder or even garam masala to it.

Millets are considered to be a super food! They are so much more healthy and nutritious than rice and so we try to include it atleast 3 meals in a week. I made this with Varagu Arisi (kodo millet), you can do the same with kuthiraivali, thinai or samai also.


Millet moong dal khichidi


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