16 Jan 2018

Aloo Tikki | Potato Cutlets

Aloo tikki or potato cutlets are tasty and delicious snacks that can be made for the evening. These cutlets are always a favorite among kids. They are made by adding a lot of mixed spices to cooked potatoes along with a binding agent. These cutlets can be deep fried or shallow fried. 
Growing up, my mom used to make lots of cutlets and my brother and me always enjoyed eating it. The most favorite of our cutlets was the mutton cutlets and till today nothing beats my mom's tasty mutton cutlets!


Potato Cutlets


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15 Jan 2018

Mushroom Gravy

Mushroom is a great source of protein, calcium and iron. It is also rich in Vitamin D and selenium, a powerful anti oxidant. I love mushrooms and try to include them atleast once every 10 days. I usually make this mushroom biryani, which we love. This time I made this mushroom gravy, which is creamy and delicious. This goes well with roti or even dosai.

Mushroom Gravy


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How to clean and cut a Banana Stem

Every part of a banana tree is very healthy for our body. This banana stem is the vertical part of the banana plant which supports the entire plant. This is one of the super foods! It is rich in fibre and potassium and iron among many others.


How to clean Banana Stem


Banana stem also called as vazhaithandu in Tamil reduces cholesterol  and blood pressure, helps in treating kidney disease, kidney stones, acidity, hemorrhoids, UTI , constipation and also aids in weight loss.

Being such a rich super food, it is essential to include the banana stem in our daily diet. There are so many dishes that can be made with banana stem. In this post, I will share with you the tips I have learnt on how to buy a banana stem and how to cut it.


How to clean Banana Stem

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6 Jan 2018

Homemade Khoya Recipe

A lot of Indian sweets recipes calls for khova/khoya and if you can find it in a store near you, it makes the job easy but if you can't get it then this recipe will come in handy. Making khoya in the traditional method takes a lot of time so this is a easy simple instant method which works very well. 
I have already posted another method to make instant khoya in microwave, I made this khoya to make this kulfi recipe and I'm sharing it here. It's pretty much the same recipe but the method of making it is different, this is made on stove top whereas the previous recipe is made in microwave.


Instant Khoya


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Kulfi Recipe

I love kulfi! More than ice creams, I enjoy making and eating these kulfis. Kulfi is an Indian ice cream made with full fat milk and it is much more creamier and denser than ice creams. Making the traditional kulfi is a long drawn process of cooking and stirring the milk for very long time. There are many versions of instant kulfi recipes on the net but nothing beats a kulfi made the traditional way.


Kulfi

Kulfi's are mostly set in matkas or sticks and there are many different flavors of kulfi. This recipe that I have shared is the basic kulfi recipe and can be modified as your preference. I have made many kulfi recipes but this is my most favorite recipe ever! Whenever I make this kulfi, I always set it in matkas than setting in sticks as it takes more than 2 days for this kulfi to set in sticks whereas in matkas, it's nice and creamy and perfect to enjoy!

I think the reason it takes 48 hours for this kulfi to set is the amount of khova used. You can try reducing the khova but I simply love the flavor and texture of the kulfi with all that yummy khova in it!!

You can call this a pista kulfi too because of the amount of pistachios I have used. You can add 2 drops of green color to make it a Pista Kulfi.


Kulfi


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Rajma Biryani

Rajma also called as Red Kidney Beans is rich in protein and fiber and is usually known as the poor man's meat. Although the protein content in the kidney beans is lower than animal protein, the protein content found in kidney beans is considered to be excellent for vegetarians.
You can make many dishes out of rajma. I love to make masala with it which goes very well with roti or even rice. This time I made a biryani with the rajma for my kids lunch box. I make biryani every week with either rajma or double beans or lima beans or chick peas or black eyes peas. All of these are rich in protein.


Rajma Biryani


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24 Dec 2017

Sprinkles Number Cake

This is an easy cake that you can make at home for a birthday party. It was my son's 5th birthday and this is the cake I made for the second birthday party. I made a Peppa Pig Cake for the first party and I chose to do this simple cake for the second party.

If you don't want to do an elaborate frosting, you can choose to do this simple design. Every child will love sprinkles and this easy method makes an ordinary cake look fantastic! My son loved to see the sprinkles on his cake!


Sprinkles Number Cake


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23 Dec 2017

Poosanikai Sambar

Sambar is a stew made with lentils, vegetables and tamarind juice. It is a staple of South India and we make some variety of sambar atleast twice a week. I love to make sambar with poosanikai. It makes it so delicious! I mostly use white pumpkin for my sambar.

Poosanikai is also called as Winter Melon/Ash Gourd and White Pumpkin. It is considered as a natural coolant to the body and is rich in anti oxidants and it can also reduce cholesterol. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and heals stomach ulcers. 


Poosanikai Sambar

You can add the poosanikai by itself or you can add it along with some other veggies and make the sambar.
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21 Dec 2017

Cabbage Egg Scramble

Cabbage egg scramble is an easy and simple dish that my husband enjoys having for breakfast. It is made just like the usual egg scramble but with the added goodness of cabbage. Cabbage is one of the vegetables that is low in calories and is an excellent source of Vitamin K and Vitamin C. Paired with protein rich eggs, this makes a very healthy breakfast. You can add this as fill ins in sandwiches too.


Cabbage Egg Fry


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