Keerai Kootu / Spinach and Dal curry

                              Keerai kootu is one of the simplest and comforting dish which taste great with steamed rice. You can use any variety of  keerai for this recipe and adjust spice level to your taste. This recipe is also for Srivalli’s Blogging Marathon […]

Cheesy Gougeres / French Cheesy puffs

            This month Baking partners gave me a chance to experiment about french cheese puffs, Pate a choux pastry, which was adapted from Thomas Keller’s Bounchon Bakery book.  Thanks Swathi for this wonderful recipe.           Gougeres are  small, hollow, savoury puff pastries made of eggs and […]

Giveaway : Enter to win Flipkart e-gift voucher from CupoNation

            Father’s day is around and hope you all looking for some good deals at best price. You are at the right spot to start your online shopping experience with no bargains and with great discounts.  I am sure you will feel good and completely satisfied without emptying your pockets. I am pleased to share this […]

Milk Masala Powder

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Serves:  ½ cup powder Sources: Ingredients: ¼ cup almonds ¼ cup cashews 2 tbsp pistachios 2/8 tsp saffron strands ¼ nutmeg, ground in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder 12 cardamom pods, shelled and seeds crushed 4 peppercorns, crushed 8 tbsp raw sugar / regular white sugar ½ tsp turmeric […]

Strawberry Mango Smoothie

      This is another summer treat from a book named “Juice and Smoothie” written by Jan Castorina, Dimitra Stais, Tracy Rutherford which is very filling and refreshing and best to kick start the day. This recipe goes to Srivalli’s Blogging Marathon under the “Cook from cookbook” theme. To make it more interesting Valli […]

Amba Rasayan / Mango Coconut Delight

             Amba Rasayan is a konkan recipe which I adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor cookbook. Where Amba means Mangoes and Rasayan means juice, where ripe mango is chopped and soaked in the sweetened coconut milk.  This quick fix dessert takes hardly 10 minutes to prepare and taste best when serve chilled. […]

Instant Chocolate Trifle

            Trifle is a dessert dish made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers which is one of the easiest dessert also. The recipe below is adapted from and I have alter to my taste by changing the chocolate mousse to chocolate […]

Savarin / Baba Au Savarin

                Savarin is a rich cake  made with a sweet yeast dough which is soaked in a rum syrup overnight after baking and then either filled with pastry cream or topped with whipped heavy cream and garnished with fresh fruit.   This traditional dessert is often served at celebratory occasions like weddings, […]

NewYork Style Chicken Pan Pizza

          New york Style pizza was the challenge for this month Baking partners started by Swathi, As usual, three recipes were suggested by three friends from the group and I selected New york style pizza given by Pam of Living Rancho Delux where the recipe was adapted from couple sources, Feeling Foodish and Serious Eats. […]

Nut and Tutti Frutti En Croute/ Dil Pasand

              This month Challenge of Daring Cooks was hosted by Monkey Queen of  Don’t Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys and she challenged us with En Croute and I made it more simple. Thanks Monkey Queen,  My family thoroughly enjoyed with lots of childhood memories. What is En Croute?                It is a food that has been wrapped in pastry […]

Thin Crust Veggie Pizza

             This is the first challenge from “Home bakers Challenge” group started by PriyaSuresh of Priya’s easy and tasty recipes.              This group is filled with full of fun, experiment in baking. Every month one person of the team will suggest a recipe and all the members have to bake the recipe and reveal it […]

Chocolate samosa / Dessert samosa

Somosas are the addictive snacks for many of us and Can you imagine samosa in desserts???? Yeah I don’t have any idea about the dessert samosa till I tasted this yummilicious dessert in one of the restaurant here in Irving, Texas. My family totally love it and we are frequent customer to that place for […]

Punjabi Samosa

         When Comes to appetizers, every one choice will be Samosa, a deep fried triangle shape pastry with savory filling, is a popular street food in India. Even though there are many variety of samosas, Punjabi samosa is very special in taste and appearance. Sharing this recipe for Blogging Marathon # 28 under theme ” […]

Keerai kootu/ Spinach dhal curry

          Spinach or any greens are winter vegetables which is fresh and full of nutrition in that season.  This is one type of keerai recipe from my Amma’s kitchen which I enjoyed from my childhood.  I used to prepare this with spinach and amarnath leaves which is widely available here in […]

Vazhakkai Varuval / Raw Plantian Fry

     This is a simple fry made usually made in many household of South India. Plantains are native to India and are grown most widely in tropical climates and seasonal veggies of most cold countries. Plantain are used in many savory dishes somewhat like potatoes.. This Recipe is for Blogging Marathon under ” Seasonal” […]

Neer More / நீர் மோர்

  Preparation time:  Less than10 minutes Cooking time: Less than 5 minutes Serves: 2 Ingredients: 1 cup yogurt 2 cups curd 2 minced green chillies ½ inch minced ginger 2 tbsp minced cilantro 5 ~ 7 curry leaves Salt to taste For Seasoning: ( optional) ½ tsp oil ¼ tsp mustard A pinch  hing Method: […]

No Bake Eggless Pistachios Cheesecake

                 Cheese cake is for this month, Baking Partners challenge and I have chosen, No bake pistachios cheese cake which was adapted from here and I have changed it to pistachio cheesecake, which is very light and yummy in every bite.. Preparation time:  30~ 35 minutes Standing time: 7 hours ~ overnight (including crust standing […]

Mysore Bonda

        Mysore bonda is a hot favorite snack from traditional Mysore cuisine and popular in South India. This is a deep fried savory lentil balls, accompanied with spicy chutney / dip served with cup of tea or coffee. Sharing this recipe for Blogging marathon under the theme” Traditional”. Do check, Blogging Marathon page for the […]

Milagu Kuzhambu

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 ~ 20 minutes Serves: 5 ~ 6 Sources: Ingredients: Gooseberry size tamarind Salt to taste For Grinding: 5 red chillies or to taste 2 tsp pepper 2 tsp urad dhal 2 tsp gram dhal 1 tsp jeera 1 tsp hing Few curry leaves For Seasoning: 3 ~ […]

Vangi Bath /Karthirikai sadam

Vangibaath is a traditional recipe from karnataka, India. Also popular in Tamilnadu and Andhra pradesh with different names. Which is prepared in daily basis with available ingredients at home. This is a simple rice with fried eggplant and a special masala powder added to it, gives nice flavor and taste. I adapted this recipe from […]

Mangalore Sugar poli /Mangalore Holige / Obbattu/ Puran poli

           Holige/ Puran poli/ Bobbattu is a sweet flat bread prepared mainly during festival time in India. Usually dhal and jaggery is used as stuffing where we can also change the stuffing to our choice with jaggery base but Mangalore poli is a special poli made up of dhal and sugar and can be stored […]

Rose Milk

                 Rose milk is versatile welcome drink in many occasions. Which is so simple and tasty. Rose syrup is easily available in most Indain stores and making one is more affordable and easy. I am sure every one has a pleasant memories behind this delicious drinks..Try and blast […]

Cauliflower Peas Egg Bhurji

Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Serves: 2~3 Ingredients: 2 eggs ½ cup shredded Cauliflower ¼ cup fresh or frozen peas ( I used frozen peas) 1 medium size onion, chopped 1 medium size tomato, chopped 1 tsp ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp. minced cilantro Masalas Ingredients: 2 tsp red chili powder or […]

Goan Rice Flour Poori / Rice Flour Puffed Breads

               This is another delicacy from Goan Cuisine, which is easier to make with available ingredients basic ingredients found in our kitchen and taste great with some spicy side dishes. When I tried this recipe for Blogging marathon for Goan cuisine theme from here, my kids totally loved it and become a regular recipe in […]

Eggless White Bread ~ Tangzhong Method

           Tangzhong method / Water- Roux method was developed in Asia and this technique was introduced by Yvonne Chen in her Chinese book, entitled “65°C Bread Doctor”. In her book, she described that this water roux method/ tangzhong is the “secret ingredient” which originated from Japan, to make soft bread which can […]

Smoked / Roasted Garlic

This week Blogging Marathon, I have selected Smoked dishes theme. Generally   Garlic is roasted on the smoker over wood chips, and put the garlic bulbs on grills instead of wrapping them up or putting them in a covered dish (which would of course prevent the smoke from getting at them.)                This smoking can be […]

Murgh Malai Kabob / Chicken Malai Kabob

Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes Preparation time: 10 minutes Standing time: 1 hour Cooking time: 10 ~ 15 minutes Serves: 6-7 Source: Vah chef INGREDIENTS: 200 grams boneless chicken, cut into bite size pieces 2 tbsp melted butter or oil For Marination: ¾ cup heavy cream ¼ tsp green cardamom powder 1 tsp white […]

Pumpkin Soup

              Soups is a primarily liquid food generally served warm or cold. It is a combination of mixed vegetables and meat or both. Traditionally soups are classified into thick and clear soups. Where thick soups are puree of the vegeatables clear soups are extracted water or broth of meat […]

Egg Bhurji / Anda Bhurji / Muttai Masala

Egg Bhurji is easy and quick to make recipe in absences of meat and seafood in our pantry. It can be used in many ways like stuffing in paratha roll, as masala in dosa and also like a filling in samosas or puffs. Egg Bhurji is very famous in North India and also popular street […]

Tofu Bhurji / Scrambled Tofu / Vegan Bhurji

                       Hi All. It’s been awhile since my last blog, quite busy for all these months. And I truly appreciate all of the love and support I’ve constantly received from y’all. 🙂     I am happy to be back in Blogging marathon. And I am starting with 3 different Bhurji recipes and today I […]

Mutter Peas Masala / Paneer Peas curry

Today recipe is from Tarla Dalal’s cookbook “Paneer” for Blogging Marathon “Cooking from a cook” theme.  This delicious version is very simple to make but as its own flavours.. Try this once and sure you will save it in your top menu list…   Total time: 35 minutes Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 […]

Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani

Butter chicken or murgh makhani is a authentic and flavourful recipe in Indian cuisine and now it is popular in the countries all over the world. Frying tomatoes in butter gives a rich bright color to gravy with out any artificial food colors. This gravy is usually served with naan,roti,parathas,roomali roti and steamed rice. I […]

Mini Apple Pie for Baking Partners Challenge # 6

         This month Baking Partners challenge is my favorite American dessert – PIE…and two option was given, one is sweet version and other one is savory version.. First I thought to prepare Savory one and later I changed my mind to prepare apple pie. I must thank Gayathri  of Gayathri cookspot for suggesting this […]

Quinoa sweet Pongal / Varagu arisi sarkkarai pongal

         Happy Pongal greetings to you all.  I want to make this pongal bit healthy this time, so I used Quinoa.  This is the 1st time I tried to substibute rice with Quinoa in sweet pongal and I was very curious to see the outcome.  Without any compromization the output was amazing.  Pongal got disappeared […]

Mix Berry Smoothie with Avocados

                                        My morning are always busy with the kids. Making them to have their breakfast is a big task with them! especially with my younger one. I tried various recipes for breakfast along with our traditional […]

Fruit Cake

             This recipe was adapted from Vahchef kitchen which is very simple & easy to make.  Tempting cake, fully loaded with chopped dry fruits makes more rich & delicious.  Still remains one of the most well known cakes through out history. Ingredients:  Dry Ingredients: All purpose flour / Maida – 1 cup (or) 125 grams […]

Rawa Pongal

Ingredients: Rava – 1 cup Moong Dhal – 1/2 cup Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp water – 1cup  + 1 1/2 cup ~ 2 cups Salt – to taste Fried broken Cashew – As required for garnishing. For Seasoning: Oil – 3 tbsp + 1 tsp of Ghee Cumin / Jeera – 1 tsp Whole […]

Egg Free Ragi Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake

                Ragi / Finger Millet is one of the staple food in Southern part of India. It is most nutritious food which is rich in calcium and protein and also have good amount of iron and other minerals. We can prepare various dishes in ragi like puttu, dosa, […]

Dish in 30 Minutes – Rice Recipes and Giveaway

In our busy life who would hesitate to learn a dish which can be made in 30 minutes.  Especially the weekdays with kids going school and spouse to work making breakfast and lunch pack is the most challenging task for any individual.  So I came up with an idea to host a special event called […]

Pumpkin Pie

                            Thank you all my followers, friends and fellow bloggers who continually supported me and my blog during my long silent! I am overwhelmed by the messages from you all for caring and concern about me! This three years blog break really […]

Cheese Galettes

Cheese Galette is an ancient way of preparing rustic cheese pie more like pie crust. But i made it like crackers for my friend who follows low crab lifestyle! Replace flour with almond flour makes it low carb. This delicious galettes, just melt in mouth with unique flavour and sweetness of the almond flour. Linking […]

Hot Chocolate

Preparation time: 5 Minutes Cooking time: 15 Minutes Servings: 3 Adapted from Tv show.. INGREDIENTS: 1 cup milk 1 cup half and half 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 1 tbsp sugar (optional) A pinch of salt Method: 1. Heat milk and half and half in a saucepan  over a medium heat. 2. When the milk […]

Fudge Popsicle

  Ice creams and Popsicle are always a special treat for kids during summer and you can surprise your kids with this quick and easy recipe with no fancy ingredients in it. Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes Chilling time 4~ 6  hours Makes: 6~8 Popsicle Recipe adapted from On a Stick! by Matt Armendariz. […]

Corn Tortillas

      A tortilla is a type of thin, unleavened flat bread, made from finely ground maize and it is a stable food of Mexico. Which is a basic of many traditional Mexican dishes, such  tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, flautas, quesadillas, chilaquiles, and tortilla soup (sopa de tortilla). Warmed corn tortillas are also often served […]

Lamb / Goat Kidney fry

               This would be a mouthwatering dish for those who loves to eat goat organs. This is very famous in many part of South India and they are high in cholesterol and iron. They cook very fast that you have to have an eye.  If they cook too long they will become chewy and hard […]

Parboiled rice Thattai

Last week, my friend Savitha’s Mother in law came from India, She bought lot of home made snacks where Savi shared some of those. In which I am very much attracted to Maida biscuits ( will post it soon) & Thattai which was differently prepared from my method. I got this recipes from her mil […]

My 100th Post – Rabri Malpuva

This morning I realized it would  mark a  milestone in my blogging journey… YES.. Its My 100th post. I am grateful to my friends, fellow bloggers & well wishers, who encouraged & supported with their comments and special thanks to my Hubby Who stand behind me & motivated me to start this blog and made […]

Payaru Kanji with Thenga Chammanthi

Payaru Kanji is a comforting porridge recipe from Kerala, Which is very easy to make in less than 20 minutes time.  This one pot meal is very nutritious and even served in many church after a long service on Good Friday day.  This Kanji can be prepared in various method according to their family tradition. […]

Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

                           This Butterscotch recipe is absolutely delicious and flavourful than store bought one which is super easy to make at home.. I stumpled upon this recipe when I saw this @ Smitten space and gave a try and to say it is a fool proof one..Just try this and enjoy with icecream or […]

Ganache / How to make chocolate ganache

           Ganache is a glaze icing sauce used as a topping for many chocolate desserts and I selected the same for this week blogging marathon under the ‘Basic liquids” theme. Try and enjoy this quick sauce for many of your dessert.. Total time: 10 minutesPreparation time: 5 minutesCooking time:5 minutesServes: 1/2 cupSource: Food network INGREDIENTS: […]

French Macarons – Baking Partners Challenge # 7

  This month Baking partners has been challenge and interesting for everyone, it was very interactive and informative month which helped most of us to know each other. Thanks to Swathi for giving this wonderful opportunity to make macarons.  Making macarons is not new for me but still every time consistency is very important to […]

Fenugreek Garbanzo Pilaf / Methi channa pulao

Prep time: 30 minutesCook time: 30 minutesServes: 4-6 Sources: sarasyummybitesIngredients:1 bunch / 1lb fenugreek/Methi – 1 bunch / 1 lb1 cup channa (optional)1 medium size onion, sliced thinly1 medium size tomato, chopped2 ~ 3 green Chillies or to taste, finely chopped1/2 tsp turmeric Powder 1 tsp red Chili Powder or to taste1 tsp Coriander Powder […]

Eggless Ginger- Spice Cupcake

                     Congrats Srivalli for this Silver jubile blogging marathon event and I wish you to continue this journey successfully. As part of this event, I have choosen COOKING FROM A BOOK theme for this 3 days and I like to share 3 different recipes from three different cook books. So today I am […]

Dish In 30 Minutes ~ Soups & Salads with Giveaway

                                  In our busy life who would hesitate to learn a dish which can be made in 30 minutes.  Especially the weekdays with kids going school and spouse to work making breakfast and lunch pack is the most challenging task for any individual.  So I came up with […]

Chocolate chip Shortbread

                           Day 3 of blogging marathon have been successfully completed for this week and according to the theme, I am posting this recipe from cookbook- Baking, written by Carla Bardi.  Total time: 30 ~ 35 minutesPreparation time: 15 minutesCooking time: 15~20 minutesMakes 32 wedges.Adapted from Baking by Carla Bardi INGREDIENTS:2 cups all purpose flour […]

Dish in 30 minutes – Rice recipes Roundup & Winner annoucement

               Thanks for all the participants who contributed their recipes in ” Dish in 30 minutes ~ Rice Recipes” event held in January 2013.  I am posting the roundup below link                                     Round up For ” Dish In 30 Minutes – Rice Recipes” and I am glad to announce the winner of this month event is                                                  Shailaja […]

Aval Upma / Poha Upma

                If you want to fix your breakfast with in 15 minutes then here is the recipe for it..Yes,  aval upma is very easy and healthy recipe  which is neither tangy nor sweet but delicious..Don’t believe in my words. Just try it…Total time: 15 ~ 20 minutesPreparation time: […]

Bechamel Sauce / White Sauce / Cheese Sauce

             Bechamel Sauce / White sauce /Cheese sauce is the basic sauce recipe from Italian cuisine for vegetables or pasta and it taste yum with most recipes. To make more rich you add heavy cream in place of milk. Sharing this Kids friendly recipe to this week blogging marathon under the […]

Arachu vitta sambar / Hotel style sambar

             Arichu vitta sambar is a tradittional way of cooking sambar especially in brahmin community.. Freshly ground masala gives unique texture and flavours to this gravy. Can be prepared with or with out onions.  Vegetbles like small onions, okra / ladies finger, capsisum, eggplant, cluster or broad beans have to be fried before cooking […]

Paasi paruppu payasam / Moong dal kheer

                                I am post this recipe for second day of  Blogging Marathon under kids dessert theme and I have chosen payasam recipe which more traditional and must for many festivals and most liked by kids for its sweetness and texture. Lets get into the recipe.Total time: 25 ~ […]

Methi Chicken Masala / Murgh Methi Masala

Total time:  32 ~ 35 minutes Preparation time: 7 ~ 10 minutesCooking time: 25 minutes Yield: 4 Source: Vahchef Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs chicken 1 medium size fenugreek leaves bunch, chopped 2 medium size onions, chopped finely 1 1/2 tsp garlic paste 1 1/2 tsp ginger paste 2medium size tomatoes, chopped 3 ~ 4 green […]

Ghewar / Ghevar ~ Rajasthani Delicacy..

                      Ghewar / Ghever or honey comb dessert is a Indian delicacy from the Rajasthani cuisine.  Is mainly  prepared during the festival season. Pouring the batter in hot ghee is the tricky part to get the correct texture to the dessert.  I must thanks Manjula Barath of DESI FIESTA for challenging this delicious dessert […]

Fried Masala Eggs / Muttai Veruval

  Total time: Less than 12 minutes Preparation time: Less than 5 minutes Cooking time: 5 ~ 6 Serve: 4 Source: Ingredients: 4 hard boiled eggs 1 tsp  Kuzhambu milagai thool/ Sambar powder or to taste 1/8 tsp turmeric powder Salt to taste 2 tsp oil or as required Method 1: Cut the hard […]

Creamy Cauliflower Potato Peas Soup / Aloo Gobi Mutter Soup

                   This is my 2 week of Blogging Marathon where I have chosen `Mixed vegetable in different form theme. In  this` theme I  have to prepare three dishes in different ways using the same set of vegetables.  So I selected Cauliflower, Potato, Peas from the given set of veggies.               I tried this […]

Aloo Gobi Mutter Cutlet / Cauliflower Potato Peas Patties

AppetizerBlogging Marathoncrispy recipecutletparty menuveg appetizerveg pattiesveganveggies Aloo Gobi Mutter Cutlet / Cauliflower Potato Peas Patties by Saraswathi Ganeshan – January 26, 2013                  I am posting this appitizer recipe for 3rd day of Blogging Marathon. As mentioned earlier, I am using the same vegetables this time and made cutlet. Very easy and quick for parties […]