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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Capsicum Sambar | Easy Sambar recipe using Capsicum | Kudamilagai Sambar

Today I am sharing here a easy recipe using Capsicum- Capsicum Sambar. Sambar is a staple in South Indian cooking and we use different vegetables for making it. Today I used Capsicum to make sambar. I used the simple method of making it with homemade sambar podi. Coming to the recipe,
capsicum sambar recipe

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Capsicum Chutney Recipe | Bell pepper Chutney (with Coconut) | Side dish for Idli/dosa


The recipe I am sharing today is Capsicum Chutney. There are capsicums still left in the bag hubby got last week and I am trying to use them in different ways to feed both my family and blog. After posting capsicum masala curry , a side dish for Chappathi, I wanted to post a side dish for idli and dosa too. So yesterday tried this coconut based capsicum chutney to serve with dosa for dinner. It came out delicious and everyone loved it. 

Capsicum chutney

Monday, September 28, 2015

Capsicum Masala Curry | Bell pepper curry | Quick and easy side dish for roti/ Chappathi

Today I am sharing here a quick and easy to make side dish for Roti/ Chappathi using Capsicum- Capsicum masala Curry. My Husband is so fond of Capsicum and he got a bag full of them. I had to find different ways to use it up. It is so versatile and it can be used for so many different recipes. I made stir fry with carrot and capsicum. The next day I made this Capsicum masala curry to serve as a side dish for Chappathi. Hubby liked it so much and requested to make this curry often. It is easy to make and delicious too. Point scored there, right? Coming to the recipe,

Capsicum masala curry recipe

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pattani Sundal | Dried Peas Sundal Recipe | Easy Sundal Recipes

Today I am going to share a simple Sundal recipe- Pattani Sundal. (Dried Peas Sundal). With festivals around the corner, navarathri is also coming up, I wanted to post few sundal recipes here in the blog. So starting with a simple sundal recipe.  You can use both Pachai Pattani (green peas) or yellow peas. This sundal can be made to offer God as neivedhyam or can be had just as a snack. This is a healthy snack and vegan too. 

Easy sundal with peas

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Mushroom Biryani Recipe | Kalan Biryani | Mushroom biryani made in pressure cooker.


Mushroom biryani is the first choice if we look for a vegetarian alternative for a non vegetarian biryani. This is the tamil month of Puratassi (sep mid to oct mid) and we don't eat any non-vegetarian food during this month. Mushroom came to the rescue this weekend and I made Mushroom Biryani. Though I have made it so many times earlier, I haven't clicked or posted it in the blog. This time I wanted to make sure that I posted it here. This is a flavorful one pot meal made with freshly ground spices. I served it with Raitha. 
How to make mushroom Biryani
Mushroom Biryani

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Easy Recipes For Vinayagar Chaturthi | Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes



Wondering what special neivedhyams to make for Vinayagar Chaturthi? I am sharing here the compilation of easy to make kozhukattai, Sundal and sweet recipes. Seeing this you might get ideas. All the recipes are  easy to make and following which you can make the most delicious varieties to offer Lord Ganesha.

Kara Kozhukattai Recipe | Spicy Pidi Kozhukattai | Easy Vinayagar Chaturthi Recipes

Today I am sharing recipe for another easy to make Kozhukattai for Vinayagar Chathurthi. It is Spicy Kozhukattai made using Rice flour. I have used store bought Rice flour. If you have home made Rice flour, you can use that too. This is the most easiest and simplified version of making Kara Pidi Kozhukattai. 

Spicy Kozhukattai

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe | Inippu Pidi Kozhukattai | Vinayagar Chaturthi Recipes

This year(2015) Vinayagar Chaturthi comes on 17th September.That is in another 2 days. It is kozhukattai recipes everywhere in the blog world. This tempted me too. So I have decided to share some basic kozhukattai recipes for this Ganesh Chaturthi in the next 2 days, that can be easily made using rice flour. 
The recipe I am sharing today is sweeter version of Pidi Kozhukattai that is made with Jaggery, grated coconut and powdered cardamom. As I prepared it just to post in the blog, I made only few and my kids liked it so much that they ate all and complained that I hadn't made enough for them. I have promised them that I will make these sweet kozhukattai's  again for Vinayagar Chaturthi. Since it was evening, there wasn't much light and also I couldn't keep the kids waiting, so clicked just few pictures. May be will update with better pictures later.
Sweet Pidi kolukattai recipe
Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Kara Pongal using Thinai Arisi | Foxtail millet Spicy Pongal

I have heard a lot about the health benefits of millets before, but only recently we have started including Thinai (Foxtail millet) in our diet. At first, I got Thinai Arisi / foxtail millet rice in a exhibition stall. I asked the person in the stall if there are any special instructions for cooking this millet, he said you can cook it just as you cook normal rice. I made Ven Pongal with it and it came out very well. Since then I have made this Pongal almost 4-5 times. As I was away from blogging then, it didn't make it to the blog. When I recently made this for Krishna Jayanthi to offer to God, I clicked few pictures to post it here. 
I have made this Venpongal as a vegan version without adding ghee. It is healthy and delicious as there is moong dal along with foxtail millet and is flavored with cumin, pepper and a hint of ginger.
Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe
Thinai Ven Pongal

Friday, September 11, 2015

Mushroom Masala Recipe | Mushroom Recipes

My daughter is fond of mushrooms. Mushrooms are very nutritious, so we encourage her in that aspect and I keep trying different recipes using mushroom. Last week I prepared this mushroom masala for lunch and served it with Baby Corn Pulao. It can be served with Chappathi/rotis too.  Today I am going to share this mushroom masala recipe.
Recipe using mushroom
Mushroom Masala

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chicken Chukka Varuval Recipe | Chicken Sukka | Kozhi Varuval

I am sharing Chicken Sukka Varuval Recipe today. It is one of the famous dishes in Chettinad restaurants and whenever we go there, we will either order Chicken Chukka or Mutton Chukka. This restaurant style recipe can be easily prepared at home. After being in abroad, we don't get the luxury to visit restaurants as we would in India, had to try replicating at home. It came out very well and everyone enjoyed. This Chicken sukka is a dry fry made with boneless chicken and freshly ground spices. 


Monday, September 7, 2015

Baby Corn Pulao Recipe | Easy to make Baby corn Pulav

The recipe I am going to share today is Baby Corn Pulao. It is a flavorful one pot meal made in pressure cooker. It is quick to make and perfect for packing lunches too. This baby corn pulao or pulav is mildly spiced and it can be served with raitha or any spicy side dish. I served it with mushroom masala.  
Pulao with baby corn
Baby corn Pulao

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Paal Payasam Recipe | South Indian Rice Pudding


Hello Friends, It has been long since I have blogged. After moving to India from US, it had been a busy phase of life where there were so many other things that took priority and couldn't find time for blogging. Though I tried to post few recipes from there but couldn't stay active in the blogging front. Neither I took my camera out nor my laptop. Now we have moved to UK for Hubby's Project. After coming here, spent first few days for house-hunt and other stuff. Now that we are finally settled, I wanted to get back to blogging. I cooked and took pictures of few recipes but didn't post them still. Just was waiting to make something sweet, as this will be my first post after the break. I made Paal Payasam for Gokulashtami and thought why not post this and here I am with the recipe.
Paal Payasam is a traditional South Indian dessert. It is easy to prepare and very delicious too. I prepared this in the pan (without pressure cooker) while it can be made in pressure cooker too. The creamy milk and rice gives a comforting feel to this payasam. 
Milk Payasam
Paal Payasam