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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Gond Ke Laddu - Sweet balls made with wheat flour and Edible Gum

Gond ke Laddu is a traditional Rajasthani Dessert. "Gond" is the edible gum that is fried in ghee, puffed up and added to roasted wheat flour to make Laddus. This edible gum is available in the Indian Stores as Khatira. It is in crystal form in pearly yellowish translucent pieces of different sizes. Usually this edible gum generates heat and this Laddu is usually consumed in the winter months. And this laddu should not be consumed by pregnant women.
I made this laddu as a part of the Rajasthani Thali I posted yesterday. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rajasthani Thali

I am a part of the challenge South vs North started by Divya Pramil. There are two teams - Southern Team and Northern Team. Every month one person from each team will challenge the other team with recipe from their region. To know more about the challenge click here. This month Manjula from the north team has challenged us with Rajasthani Thali - a delicious spread of Rajasthani dishes while Sowmya of our team challenged north team with Vendhayakeerai paruppu urundai morkuzhambu.  I had missed last 3 challenges and this time didn't want to miss the challenge. 
Manjula had challenged us with Rajasthani Thali comprising of Gond ki Laddu, Bati, Moong Dal, Bajri ki roti, Makkai ki roti, Panchmel ki subzi, Dhana wadi, Gatte ki kadhi, Boondi Chaas and Kesar Malai Lassi. 
Rajasthani Thali
But since I could not prepare all the items in the list, I made mini thali comprising of Gond ke laddu, Gatte ki kadhi, Dal and Baati. Today I am sharing the picture of the Thali I made and in the next few days will post the recipes too. I really enjoyed doing this month's challenge where we enjoyed the entire meal from Rajasthani cuisine.  Thanks to Divya and Manjula for the challenge.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Semiya Payasam/ Vermicelli Kheer

I am so happy to share with you that our site has crossed over 5 lakh views now.  It was possible only with your constant support my dear friends. A Big Thanks to All my friends, readers and fellow bloggers!! So to celebrate, I am sharing a dessert today, Semiya Payasam/ Vermicelli Kheer. It is a sweet pudding made with vermicelli, milk and loaded with raisins and cashew. A comforting dessert prepared for any festival or even served in a special meal.

Semiya Payasam

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Avarakkai Poriyal | Indian Broad Beans Stir Fry

Today's recipe is Avarakkai Poriyal. A simple stir fry made with Indian Broad beans. It is so easy to make and is Vegan.  
Avarakkai Poriyal

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Thayir Semiya/ Curd Vermicelli

Today's recipe is Thayir Semiya. Vermicelli is cooked and mixed with yogurt and then tempered and mixed with fruits of your choice. I have been wanting to post this recipe since I made this for my son's birthday. I got a lot of compliments for this dish at the party. Today I made this again and didn't want to miss this time too. Though it was a busy day today, I managed to click some pictures and here I am now ready to post it.  Usually this dish is served in parties in place of thayir saadham/ curd rice. But when the weather is warm, imagine having chilled thayir semiya loaded with fruits..It is pure heaven!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mutton Fry Recipe | South Indian Style Mutton Fry | Lamb Fry

mutton fry recipe
Mutton Fry
Today's recipe is the South Indian style mutton fry. It is a simple and flavorful dish that can be had along with rice / chappathi. When I am in no mood to cook anything elaborate then just rasam, rice and this mutton would be right enough to make a the meal special. The other mutton recipes that I have already posted are Mutton Biryani and Mutton Kuzhambu

easy mutton fry recipe, south indian style lamb fry

mutton fry recipe

Mutton Fry Recipe

This is a spicy mutton fry made in South Indian style using freshly ground spices.

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Yield : 4 servings

Ingredients :

  • Mutton / Lamb : 1 lb
  • Oil : 1 Tablespoon
  • Mustard Seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Onion : 1 no. (medium sized) sliced
  • Curry Leaves : 1 Sprig
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Chilli Powder : 1 Teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder : 2 Teaspoon
  • Salt : As needed
To grind to paste :
  • Onion : 1 no.(medium sized)
  • Garlic : 5 cloves
  • Ginger : 2 " long
  • Fennel Seeds : 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cloves : 4-5 nos
  • Cinnamon : A small piece
  • Khasa khasa / Poppy seeds : 1/2 teaspoon

Instructions :

  1. Wash and clean mutton and keep it aside.
  2. Take the ingredients listed under 'to grind to paste' in a blender and grind them to fine paste.
  3. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the mustard seeds and when they crack add the sliced onion and curry leaves and fry till the onions turn translucent.
  4. Then add the ground paste and then add turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Then add the mutton, salt to taste and mix well. Add about 1/4 cup of water mix well, cover and pressure cook it till its done.
  6. Wait till the pressure releases. Open the lid and turn on the heat till all the masala thickens and the fry reaches the required consistency.
  7. Serve it warm.
South Indian style Lamb Fry

Friday, July 19, 2013

Pavakkai Poriyal | Bitter gourd Stir Fry

Pavakkai / Bitter gourd has lot of medicinal properties. But because of its bitter taste most of them do not like this vegetable. But I love this vegetable. Today I am posting a simple stir fry made with it. I came across this recipe from my friend Priya's site. I have prepared this so many times now and I really love this simple poriyal. 
Pavakkai Poriyal
Recipe Source: Cook like Priya

What are the ingredients needed?

Pavakkai/ Bitter gourd, 3 nos
Onion, 1 large
Green chillies, 2 nos
Oil, 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds, 1/4 teaspoon
Curry leaves, 1 sprig
Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon.
Chilli powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder, 1 teaspoon
Sugar, 1/4 teaspoon
Salt, as needed
Bitter gourd Stir Fry

How it is made?
  1. Cut the pavakkai, scoop out the seeds and dice them.
  2. Then soak them in salted water for  at least 10 minutes. This is done to reduce the bitterness from the pavakkai.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet, add mustard seeds and when they crack add onions, curry leaves and green chillies and fry for a minute or two.
  4. Then drain the pavakkai, squeeze excess water  and add it to the pan and then add turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder along with sugar and required salt and mix well.
  5. Cook in low flame, stirring in regular intervals till it is completely cooked.
  6. Serve it warm along with rice.
It serves 4 person.

  • Adjust chilli and chilli powder according to your heat tolerance.
  • Instead of adding chilli powder and coriander powder, you can add sambar powder too.
  • Priya has added amchoor powder to the poriyal. I tried adding about 1/2 teaspoon and I loved it. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Easy Rasam Recipe (Without Rasam Powder)

Today's recipe is a Simple Rasam that can be prepared instantly. I am posting this recipe mainly for beginners in cooking. It is a quick and easy method to prepare rasam and also does not require rasam powder/ rasam podi. 

Easy Rasam Recipe without rasam powder

What are the ingredients needed?

Tamarind, about a small lime ball
Tomato, 1 no.
Garlic, 4-5 cloves (crushed)
Oil, 2 teaspoons
Mustard seeds, 1/2 teaspoons
Dry red chillies, 2 nos (optional)
Curry leaves,1 sprig
Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Coriander powder, 2 teaspoons
Chilli powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Pepper powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Asafoetida, a pinch
Salt to taste
Cilantro leaves, to garnish

How it is made?
  1. Soak tamarind in a cup of warm water, extract the juice and discard the pulp.
  2. Heat oil in a sauce pan, add mustard seeds and when they crack, add the crushed garlic, curry leaves and red chillies and fry for a minute or two.
  3. Then add the chopped tomatoes, cook till it turns soft.Then add asafoetida, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, pepper and cumin powder mix well, add some water (about 1/4 cup) and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Now add the tamarind extract and required water to get the right consistency, salt to taste, mix well.
  5. Let it cook for few minutes in medium heat till the rasam starts to froth. Then turn off the heat. Do not let it to boil.
  6. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Chickpea (Garbanzo Beans) Cucumber Salad - Easy Healthy Summer Salad

 Today's recipe is a simple Salad- Chickpea Cucumber Salad. It is very easy to make and is healthy. It is light and refreshing and is perfect for summer.  
Chickpea Cucumber Salad

What are the ingredients needed?

Cooked Chickpeas,1 cups
Cucumber(peeled, diced), 3/4 cup
Onion(finely chopped), about 2-3 Tablespoon
Carrot (grated), 1/4 cup
Cilantro, (finely chopped),about 2 tablespoons

For Dressing
Lemon juice, 2 tablespoon
Olive oil, 1 tablespoon
Salt, as needed
Ground pepper, 1/2 teaspoon

Healthy and delicious Chickpea Cucumber Salad

  • Soak Chickpeas for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight and pressure cook it. Drain any excess water and keep it aside.
  • Peel the cucumber, scoop out the seeds and dice them.
  • Chop the onions, grate the carrots, and chop the cilantro.
How it is made?

  1. Prepare the dressing by mixing lemon juice, olive oil, salt and ground pepper.
  2. In a bowl add cooked and drained chickpeas, diced cucumber, grated carrot, onion and cilantro and mix well.
  3. Then to this add the dressing and mix well .
  4. It is ready to serve.
Serves 2 persons.

Healthy Vegan Summer Salad

  • The ratio of the ingredients can be adjusted as per your personal taste.
  • You can also use canned garbanzo beans. Drain, rinse and use.
  • You can make the salad ahead, refrigerate and serve it chilled.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies - Egg less

Today's recipe is Strawberry Thumbprint cookies that I prepared for the Home Baker's Challenge started by Priya Akka.This month Viji who blogs at Virunthu Unna Vaanga challenged us with Cookies. She gave us choice of 4 different cookies from which we had to bake the cookies of our choice or if interested can bake all the 4 cookies. I baked Strawberry Thumbprint cookies. The original recipe used nutella for the filling but I used Strawberry Jam. I baked it for my daughter's birthday party and it was a huge hit among the kids. 
Egg less Strawberry Thumb print cookies with Jam

Recipe Source: Sinfully Spicy

What are the ingredients needed?

All Purpose Flour, 1 1/2 cups
Salt, 1/4 teaspoon
Baking Powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Unsalted Butter, (Room Temperature), 1/4 cup 
Granulated White Sugar, 1/2 cup
Vanilla Extract, 1 teaspoon
Strawberries, 7-8 nos.(cleaned and hulled)
Red color, as needed
Strawberry Jam, as required

Strawberry Thumbprint cookies (Egg less)

How it is made?

  1. Take the strawberries and crush them well then add the red food color (about 2 drops) to get the desired color, mix well and set aside. This mixture should be about 3 - 4 tablespoons. 
  2. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder and keep it aside. 
  3. Cream butter and sugar together. To that add the vanilla extract and strawberry mixture and mix well.
  4. Then add the flour mixture and mix well to form dough. The dough might be slightly sticky.
  5. Cover the dough in cling wrap and refrigerate it for about an hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  7. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Take out the refrigerated dough and grease your palm with oil and equally divide and roll the cookie dough into small balls.
  9. Arrange the prepared balls in the cookie sheet and gently flatten them.
  10. Using a thumb or back of the teaspoon make a indentation in the middle of the cookies to fill the jam.
  11. In a microwave or stove, heat the jam until it is liquefied. Then spoon the liquefied jam in the indentation.
  12. Bake these cookies for 12-14 minutes or until the bottom starts turning brown.
  13. Transfer these cookies to  wire rack, cool completely and store in air tight container.


  • The cookie dough will be sticky. When refrigerated it will be easy to work with.
  • The color of the cookies depends on the color of the strawberries and the food color used.
  • Instead of strawberry jam you can use other jams too. 
  • If you are using nutella then do not fill the nutella ahead of baking. First bake the cookies let them cool completely, then fill them with nutella.
  • Since every oven is different baking time varies with each oven. Take care not to over bake the cookies.

Linking this to the Home Bakers Challenge at Virunthu Unna Vaanga. To know more about the challenge click here

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Strawberry Granita - Summer Special

Today is our dear friend Vardhini's birthday who blogs at Cooks Joy. When I started blogging she was one of the bloggers whom I looked with much respect and admiration. She is so versatile and her blog contains all types of vegetarian recipes in different cuisine and also lot of baked goodies. Also I love her pictures. She is also a very wonderful person and am so glad that I got her friendship. I really admire how she balances work and family, still she finds time for blogging. Birthdays are meant to be celebrated and we friends have  planned for virtual birthday treat to her.    
Happy Birthday Vardhini!!
Strawberry Granita
I selected Strawberry Granita from her space for the celebration. Since it is summer and very hot outside, something cold will always be welcome. I would say it is quick to make too , that is it takes only few minutes to prepare but the idle waiting time in the refrigerator for it to set is more. This is very easy to make and  so delicious and my kids just loved it. 
Strawberry Granita
Recipe source: Cooks Joy

What are the ingredients needed?

Strawberries, cleaned, hulled & chopped, 1 1/2 cups
Sugar, 1/4 cup
Water, 1/2 cup
Lemon juice, 1 tablespoon
Strawberry Granita

How it is made?
  1. In a blender first add water and sugar and blend till the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Then add the strawberries and lemon juice to the sugar-water mixture and blend till it is a smooth.
  3. Transfer this mixture into a freezer safe bowl preferably stainless steel, since scraping is involved for making the granita.
  4. Place it in the freezer and after 3 hours when it is partially frozen, take it out and scrape using fork and place it back in freezer for atleast 8 hours preferably over night.
  5. Just before serving scrape it again using fork in all the sides. 
  6. Scoop the granita to the desired serving dish and serve.

Strawberry Granita
I have posted one more granita recipe, Mocha Granita sometime back. If interested, do check it out.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Prawn Biryani - Quick & Easy method using Pressure Cooker

Today's recipe is Prawn Biryani. I tried this recipe from Divya Pramil's site. The Biryani came out well. Very flavorful, delicious and the rice was fluffy. This biryani is made using pressure cooker- very easy & quick to make one pot meal.  

Prawn Biryani- Quick & Easy to make one pot meal.
Here is the post with video on how to clean Prawns properly to prepare them for cooking. If interested, please have a look.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mushroom Stir Fry

Today's recipe is a quick and easy stir fry made with Mushroom. We all love mushroom at home and I made this recently when I was running short of time. Simple and easy to make, nothing elaborate but everyone loved this so much that I definitely wanted to blog about this. It is Vegan and very healthy too. 
Mushroom stir fry, mushroom recipes
Mushroom Stir Fry

What are the ingredients needed?

Mushroom, 1 lb (washed, cleaned & Diced)
Onion, 1 no. ( chopped)
Green Chillies, 2 nos.(slit)
Bell pepper, half( diced)
Ginger, a small piece (about 1 inch long) (grated)
Green Onion/ Spring onion, 3-4 nos (chopped)
Oil, 2-3 teaspoons
Salt to taste

mushroom stir fry, mushroom recipes, vegan mushroom recipes

How it is made?
  1. In a skillet, heat oil add onions and fry till they turn translucent. Then add bell pepper and green chillies and grated ginger and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Then add the diced mushroom, salt to taste, mix well and cover and cook till it is done.
  3. Finally garnish with spring onions and Serve warm.
  • You can also add soya sauce to this for extra flavor.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Birthday Wishes to Dear Friend Divya Pramil

Today is our dear friend Divya Pramil's birthday. Divya is one of the sweetest person I have known in the blogging world. If you are talking to her, you will sure be smiling and laughing, she is so bubbly. Since it is her birthday today, we friends decided to give her a birthday treat. Of course it is a virtual treat. I wish she was near me to have tasted this dishes in person. I prepared Prawn Biryani and Chilli chicken from her space. But wanted to serve entire meal, so served rasam sadam and thayir sadam too along side. Hope you like it Divya. 

Happy Birthday Divya!!

I have given the link to the recipe here. Will update the recipe soon in my space in the coming days. both the dishes tasted wonderful and it was a hit in our family.