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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Paruppu Rasam - Spicy Tangy lentil soup

I love Rasam a lot and I often make rasam at home. Today I am posting Paruppu Rasam recipe. I have already posted two rasam recipes - Simple Rasam & Garlic Pepper Rasam, both doesn't require rasam powder. But I made this rasam using rasam powder. I will post the recipe for rasam powder too shortly. This rasam is made without garlic. This rasam is so flavorful and healthy. Warm Rasam with Rice and appalam is always a heavenly combination. 
Paruppu Rasam

Monday, August 26, 2013

Special Vegetarian Mini Lunch Thali

August has been a month of celebration with dear ones celebrating birthdays one after the other. Now it is my dear friend Manjula's birthday. Happy Birthday, Manjula!! She is one of the very good friends I have got through blogging. Facebook has a main role in helping with the growth of this friendship. The chats, the giggles, the sharing of joys, sorrows, fears, etc., etc., what not. She is such a sweet cheerful person who can lighten up any moment. She is also an enthusiastic blogger. You all might know about the ghevar and Rajasthani thali she made for the SNC challenge, the beautiful breads she challenged for HBC challenge. Also the event, "Come on- Lets Cook Buddies" she conducted in her space for the non bloggers was very successful. I am really amazed by the amount of effort she puts in each day for her blog, the cooking and the clicking with her energetic toddler around. Since it is her birthday today, we friends decided to treat her virtually with the theme Thalis. I prepared a special Vegetarian Mini Lunch Thali. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Poondu Milagu Rasam/ Garlic Pepper Rasam

Today I am sharing with you a simple and easy to make Rasam recipe- Garlic Pepper Rasam.  It is very quick to make too and doesn't require rasam powder, Dal or even tomato. As the name suggests the flavor of pepper and garlic is predominant in the rasam. This rasam aids in digestion and also can be had as a remedy for cold. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Besan Burfi (Gram flour Fudge)

Today I am sharing the recipe of Besan Burfi I prepared for Rakshabandhan. This festival celebrates the relationship of brother and sister. And having an amazing brother, I would never want to miss this festival. But my brother is far away in Philippines and it is almost 5 years now since I met him in person. Every year I do wish for the next rakhi, he is with me. Hopefully next year my wish comes true. My kids celebrated Rakshabandhan. Here is the picture of my daughter tying rakhi to my son. Hope you all had a wonderful celebration too. Do share with us how you celebrated the day.

Rakshabandhan 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Onion Raitha/ Thayir Vengayam/ Thayir Pachadi

Today I am posting a simple recipe- Onion Raitha. It is a perfect side dish to Biryani. I would rather say Biryani is incomplete without Raitha. Though there are different types of raitha, I am posting the basic onion raitha which can be whipped in seconds. 
Onion Raitha

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Banana Paniyaram / Vegan Banana Aebleskivers

Today I am posting Banana Paniyaram, Indian version of Aebleskivers. I tried this recipe from my friend Preeti's site. Her site is full of great recipes with interesting combination and amazing photographs. Though I have bookmarked a lot of recipes from her site, for now I tried out this simple snack. This is a easy to make snack, which can be prepared instantly and also it requires few ingredients. My kids loved this and they gobbled it, as I took it from paniyaram pan (couldn't wait for it to cool down too). If you have ripe bananas, hungry kids and not much time, then this is the snack for you.

Banana Paniyaram

Friday, August 16, 2013

Asian Style Chocolate Marble Bread (Roux method)

Today I am posting Asian Style Chocolate Marble Bread prepared using roux method, which is also known as tangzhong method. A roux starter (water and flour mixture) is prepared and then added to the other ingredients and then the bread is baked, which results in super soft bread. I have already posted Japanese style Hokkaido Milk Toast using this method. Today's bread is a Chocolate Marble braided bread. This bread is not too sweet and it can be had with nutella to give a boost to the chocolate flavor.
Chocolate Marble Bread Recipe using Tangzhong Method
Asian style Chocolate Marble bread using roux method

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Brioche Rolls with Nutella

Today I am posting Brioche Rolls with Nutella. I got the recipe for this brioche rolls from Priya Akka's site. I baked this for a picnic , this brioche has a shiny beautiful crust and is soft on the inside with nutella filling makes it a perfect package for the picnic. Since I could not click this at home because of lack of time, I clicked few pictures on the picnic site. These brioche were delicious and was a hit.

brioche rolls with nutella

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt (Blueberry Fro-Yo) without Ice cream maker

blueberry frozen yogurt, homemade frozen yogurt.
Today I am here with Blueberry Frozen Yogurt (Fro-Yo).  I wanted to try frozen yogurt at home for a really long time. I had lot of blueberries left so I decided to try blueberry frozen yogurt. The blueberries gave a beautiful colour and flavour and made it very attractive to the kids. My kids loved it and they have been requesting me to make it again already. The process of making home made frozen yogurt is very simple - Strain the yogurt to remove excess liquid, prepare blueberry sauce/ compote then mix yogurt and sauce together, then let it set in the freezer, then scoop it and serve. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Ghee Rice Recipe | Nei Sadam

Today I am posting Ghee Rice. I prepared this rice and clicked few weeks ago and it has been sitting in my draft for quite sometime. I have been working on the post for the past 2 days but still couldn't post it. Today I am determined to post it.
It is a flavorful rice with mild spices and Ghee. Usually it is served with some spicy side dish. I served it with mutton fry. Who doesn't like something so easy to make and tastes delicious??  :)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Gatte ki Kadhi

Today I am posting another recipe I made for Rajasthani Thali- Gatte ki Kadhi. Gattas are the gram flour dumplings that are boiled and sliced to bite sized pieces and are simmered in a yogurt based gravy(Kadhi). I served it with rice and it also can be served with parathas.
Gatte ki kadhi, Rajasthani Kadhi recipe

Friday, August 2, 2013

Dal Baati

Today I am posting yet another dish I prepared for the Rajasthani Thali, the famous Dal Baati. No Rajasthani Thali is complete without this dish. Baati is a baked flaky bread served with Dal. Here the bati is rolled and baked in the oven and fried. But there is also another method where it is boiled and fried and served.  Will post the recipe using that method later sometime. 

Dal Baati

For the Baati

What are the ingredients needed?

Wheat flour, 1 1/2 cup
Salt, to taste
Ghee, 3 tablespoons 

How it is made?
  1. Mix wheat flour, salt, add water and ghee,knead to form a stiff dough.
  2. Divide this equally and roll them to small balls. 
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 375 F and bake these balls for about 15 minutes or till the top is lightly browned.
  4. Take it out and serve it with Dal.
  • Baati can be fried in ghee after being baked to give it a even color. But I didn't do it. I just brushed it with ghee.
  • Baati is dipped in ghee, so that they absorb most of the ghee. But if you are not comfortable with it, then you can drizzle ghee on it when it it is still warm and serve.

Dal Baati
For Dal

What are the ingredients needed?

Moong dal (Split green gram), 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds, 1/4 teaspoon
Asafoetida, a pinch
Green chillies, 2 nos.(optional)
Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Red chilli powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Ginger-garlic Paste, 1 tablespoon

Salt, to taste
Garam masala, 1/4 teaspoon (optional)

Cilantro, to garnish (optional)

How it is done?
  1. Pressure cook Moong dal. Wait till the pressure is released, mash it and set it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and then green chillies and fry for a minute or two.
  3. Then add turmeric powder, chilli powder, asafoetida and ginger-garlic paste and saute and then add the mashed dal and add about half a cup of water and mix well.
  4. To this add garam masala to this and let it cook for about 6-7 minutes in low flame.
  5. Turn off the heat and garnish with cilantro and serve.

  • Using green chillies are optional. Adjust the chilli powder if you are not using it.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Uppu Paruppu/ Simple Dal

Today I am posting a simple dal recipe. It is Uppu Paruppu. Split Pigeon peas/ Toor dal is cooked and tempering is added to it. That is all. It is very simple and easy to make, also it is Vegan. My kids love this dal when served with rice and dollop of ghee. Not only them, even I love too. It is just very comforting. 

What are the ingredients needed?

To pressure cook
Toor Dal/ Tuvaram paruppu/ Split Pigeon Peas (split red gram), 3/4 cup
Oil, 1 teaspoon
Turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon
Garlic, 4-5 cloves
Tomato, 1 no (optional)
Water, 1 1/2 cups

To temper
Oil, 2 teaspoons
Mustard seeds/ kadugu, 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds/ Jeeragam, 1/2 teaspoon
Red chillies, 2 nos
Onion, 1/2 (thinly sliced)
Curry leaves, 1 sprig
Asafoetida/hing/ perungayum, a pinch
Salt, to taste
Cilantro, to garnish

How it is made?
  1. Wash the Dal and pressure cook it along with the ingredients listed under 'to pressure cook'. Then wait till the pressure releases and mash them well.
  2. Then heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and then add red chillies, onions and curry leaves, asafoetida and fry for a minute or two till  onion turn translucent.
  3. To this add the mashed dal, mix well, salt to taste and turn off the heat. If needed, add little water to dilute the consistency, otherwise no need.
  4. Garnish with cilantro and serve it with rice. 
  • Instead of red onions, you can use pearl onions (about 7-8 nos, de-skinned &sliced)
  • You can also use green chillies instead of red chillies