30 Sept 2014

Masala Omelette

This is one of the simplest recipes ever! When ever we need a quick side dish or when there are no veggies at home, this omelette always comes to the rescue! You can have this for breakfast also with bread, makes a delicious, flavorful, spicy breakfast!

  • Eggs - 2
  • Onion - 1 medium, chopped
  • Garlic - 1, chopped finely
  • Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tsp, chopped
  • Curry leaves - 2 or 3 chopped
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Oil - 1 tsp

1. Break open the eggs in a bowl. Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, pepper powder and salt. Mix together.

2. In a pan, add a tsp oil. When the oil heats up, add the chopped onions and garlic. Saute till the onions turn translucent. 

3. Add the chopped curry leaves and coriander leaves and mix with the onion.
4. Add this onion to the egg mixture and mix everything well.

5. In  the same pan, add a drop of drop and spread well. Pour the egg mixture and spread lightly.

6. Cover and cook the egg. When one side is cooked, flip over and cook the other side as well.

7. Remove from flame and enjoy!

1. When you cover and cook, both sides get cooked quickly. But this is optional. You can cook without covering too.
2. You can make it more spicy by adding chopped chillies.
3. You can add some cooked vegetables to the mix too.

Until next time,
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29 Sept 2014

Date Walnut Cake

I like to add something healthy in my bakes and dates and nuts definitely qualify as healthy! There are many ways to make a date cake, you can add chopped dates or blend the dates and then add. In this recipe, I chose to blend the dates and make a puree and add to the batter. My family loves nuts so I add lots of it to the batter! This made an awesome soft, moist nutty cake!

Date Walnut Cake

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23 Sept 2014

Instant Brownie Cookie

You must know by now that I am very interested in instant recipes, I go hunting for these recipes and I love my collection of instant microwave recipes. They are easy to make, quick and best of all, they are all single servings so I don't feel bad after eating it!

This is one such recipe. I have been wanting to bake a batch of brownie cookies but have been putting it off since I don't want to be tempted with it and end up eating quite a few! And this recipe, which makes just 1 cookie, was perfect to satisfy my cravings for a brownie cookie! These recipes are awesome!

Recipe Source - here

  • All purpose flour / maida - 2 tbsp
  • Sugar - 2 tbsp
  • Cocoa - 2 tsp
  • Melted butter - 1 tbsp
  • Milk - 1 tsp
  • Baking powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Salt - 1/8 tsp
  • Vanilla - 1/4 tsp
  • Coffee powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Chocolate chips - to decorate (optional)

Here are some other instant microwave recipes

1. In a bowl, add the all purpose flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, coffee and salt. Mix it all together.

2. Now add the melted butter and milk, fold until combined.
3. Grease a microwave safe plate and transfer the dough to it and flatten it slightly.

4. Microwave on high at 900 watts for 1 minute and 10 seconds. If it's still not cooked, microwave for a few more seconds. 

5. You can microwave in short bursts too to prevent the cookie from burning.

Decorate with chocolate chips and enjoy!

1. Each microwave is different, set the time according to the power of your microwave.
2. Powder the sugar and then use otherwise you will taste sugar crystals in the cookie if the sugar is not dissolved well.

Until next time,

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18 Sept 2014

Arachuvitta Sambar

Sambar is a stew made with lentils, vegetables, tamarind and spices. There are many varieties of sambar and this Arachuvitta Sambar is made with fresh ground spices which makes the sambar more aromatic and flavorful. This is a South Indian specialty and made quite often. Once you make this sambar, you will feel like making it again and again!

Arachuvitta Sambar


Preparation time 15 mins | Cooking time 20 mins | Serves 3-4

  • Toor Dal - 1 cup
  • Garlic pods - 5 to 6
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Drumstick - 1, chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • Brinjal - 3, chopped lengthwise
  • Shallots/small onion - 15
  • Tomato - 2
  • Tamarind - a small gooseberry size
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, chopped
  • Water - as needed
To Roast & Grind
  • Channa dal (kadala paruppu) - 1 tsp
  • Raw rice(arisi) - 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds (dhania) - 1.5 tsp
  • Fenugreek (vendhayam) - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli - 2
To Temper
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Hing / Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Curry leaves - few
Arachuvitta Sambar

1. In a pressure cooker, add the toor dal with just enough water along with the garlic pods, turmeric powder and salt. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles until the dal is well cooked and mushy.

2. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker and mash the dal well and set aside.
3. In a pan, dry roast all the ingredients mentioned under 'roast & grind' except coconut. When it turns golden brown, add the grated coconut, give a quick stir and switch.

4. Once this cools down grind it to a dry powder. Now add 3 shallots, 1/2 tomato and 2 tbsp of water and blend again to a paste. Set aside.

5. Soak the tamarind in half a cup of water and extract thick tamarind juice and set aside.
6. In a kadai, heat 1 tbsp oil and add all the items listed under 'to temper'. 

7. Add the remaining shallots and saute until it becomes translucent. Then add the remaining chopped tomatoes ad saute until the tomatoes are cooked.

8. Add the chopped vegetables and mix well. Add the cooked dal and add 1 cup of water. Mix well.

9. Add the ground paste and mix along with everything. Add more water if needed.
10. Add the tamarind water. Mix everything together. Add salt.

11. Allow this mix to boil until the sambar becomes slightly thickened, about 5-8 minutes.
12. Add chopped coriander leaves and switch off.

Arachuvitta Sambar

1. Add any vegetable of your choice.
2. Adjust water according to the thickness of the sambar you prefer.
3. We add garlic pods while preparing dal to deal with gastric issues that arises as a result of dal. You can skip the garlic if you don't prefer.

Until next time,
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14 Sept 2014

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12 Sept 2014

Carrot Salad - A Guest Post by Aara

This is a special guest post for me since Aara was the first person who connected with me when I started blogging. I knew nothing about blogging and had no friends in the blogging world when suddenly I received a message from her. Aara encouraged me a lot and invited me to do a guest post for her blog. She is also very special to me since it was she who introduced me to the lovely ice cream recipes which is a huge hit in my house.

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6 Sept 2014

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins

I have been on the look out for some healthy moist and delicious carrot muffins and these little muffins fit the bill perfectly. These are soft and moist and healthy, that you can bake for your family and friends and enjoy a guilt free snack.
I made these for my family to snack on as we went on a long drive to another city and these fabulous muffins made the journey pleasant and enjoyable!

Eggless Carrot Muffins

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4 Sept 2014

Mutton Kheema Masala / Lamb Minced Meat Masala

Kheema masala or minced meat masala can be made with any meat. I have used mutton but you can make the same delicious masala with any meat you prefer. Tastes really good and goes well with with roti, paratha or even dosa. 
This is the way we make but you can add more spices if you prefer. Either way this makes one yummy dish!

Mutton Kheema Masala

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3 Sept 2014

Event Round Up - In My Veg Box

I have had the pleasure of hosting  citrusspiceuk.com's event ''In My Veg Box - Aubergines". It was great hosting it and there were a total of 20 entries. Thank you to all who participated and thank you Nayna for allowing me to host the event at my space.

Here's the roundup of the event.

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2 Sept 2014

Masala Vadai

This vadai is one of the tastiest and famous tea time snack in South India. For those who don't know, vada or vadai is a savory fritter made from lentils. This specific variety of vada is made from chick peas also known as Channa dal, Bengal gram, Kadalai paruppu. 

Masala Vadai

There are plenty of ways to make this masal vadai and I don't know which is the original version. This is the way we make it in our home and it tastes awesome! I will give the variations in the notes section.

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1 Sept 2014

Bake Fest #34 Event Round Up

The 34th edition of Bake Fest happened here and it was really great hosting it. I thank Vardhini of Cooks Joy for giving me the opportunity to host this event. A big thanks to all who participated and made this event a success.
Here's the roundup of the event.

Click on the link below to view the entries
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