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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22 Jun 2017

Dairy Free Coconut Panna Cotta

I love making panna cotta! It's simple, easy and tastes really delicious! My daughter had developed some mouth ulcers and so I was looking to give her some coconut milk since coconut and coconut milk is excellent to heal mouth ulcers. 


Dairy Free Coconut Panna Cotta

But she was not liking the coconut milk so I made some desserts for her. I made the coconut milk panna cotta which has some dairy cream in it and then I made her this coconut milk panna cotta without dairy. It's so delicious and every kid will definitely love it!


Dairy Free Coconut Panna Cotta


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21 Jun 2017

Sweet Potato Roast

Since sweet potatoes are sweet in nature we normally we don't make a roast with it, we just pressure cook them and eat it and it tastes really good. But since sweet potatoes are very healthy, I was looking to include it in my kids diet and decided to make a roast out of it as they normally love potato roast.

To mask or cut down the sweetness of this veggie, you will have to add a bit more masala to it and even then some sweet potatoes are too sweet and you cannot mask it's sweetness. Some sweet potatoes are mildly sweet and this roast tastes really good when made with those ones. My husband refused to eat it as he felt the roast was still sweet!! But my kids and me enjoyed it!! 

Sweet Potato Roast


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