Dec 7, 2013

VEGETABLE CHAPATHI

DSCN5806
                                                                         
                    Vegetable Chapathi is a wholesome meal/dinner. You can have this Chapathi along with Raita,Pickle. There are two ways of preparing this Chapathi. One method is to pressure cook all the vegetables and mix with flour. The other way is grating the vegetables and sauting it. Then it can be used as a stuffing.

SWEET CORN KURMA

DSCN5433
       If you love sweet corn then try this Sweet corn Kurma. This kurma is rich in taste. Adding Capsicun gives a nice flavour to the kurma.

Dec 5, 2013

PARUPPU PODI

DSCN5031
                    I  tasted Paruppu podi for the first time when we got it as a free packet along with Narasus Coffee Powder. It is also very simple to prepare at home.The flavour & aroma will tempt you to eat Paruppu Podi mixed with hot rice topped with Ghee.

Nov 23, 2013

LEMON RICE

DSCN5543
                             Lemon rice with potato fry is perfect for take away. It reminds me of my school days, especially during excursion my mom used to pack it for me.

Nov 15, 2013

GREEN PEAS THOVARAN

DSCN5738
                    I was having a lot of green peas in my fridge. I wanted to use it immediately. So I prepared this Green Peas thovaran. The total time taken to prepare this dish is 15 mins.

Nov 8, 2013

MASALA CHAPATHI

 DSCN5491
             If you are bored with regular Chapathi/Roti try this Masala Chapathi. It does not require any side dishes. Yet it is very easy to prepare .

Oct 18, 2013

MACRONI

DSCN5571
            Now a days Pasta/Macroni is one of the dish that frequently appears in the menu. I have used elbow shaped macroni. There are many forms of it. 

Oct 11, 2013

SPICY OATS KOZHUKATTAI

DSCN5647

                    Prepare this hot & spicy Oats Kozhukattai for your family. I bet you that your family members will definetely won't believe that it is prepared with Oats.

Oct 3, 2013

BEANS PORIYAL

DSCN5597
                         A simple & healthy poriyal which tastes as a best side dish for Sambar Rice,Rasam. The same procedure can be made for Carrot Poriyal by replacing Beans with Carrot.

Sep 27, 2013

CAPSICUM RICE

DSCN5523
       Capsicum rice is a one pot meal. The aroma & flavour of Capsicum will tempt you to eat more and more.

Sep 23, 2013

RAVA KICHADI

DSCN5367
         The texture of Rava Kichadi should be such that it would melt in mouth. Anything with Rava could be prepared easily.

Sep 18, 2013

PEAS CHAPATHI


                        I have prepared this Peas Chapathi with frozen Peas. You can also prepare this with dry green Peas or sprouted Peas. The green color will tempt you to eat more.

Aug 2, 2013

CARROT PORIYAL

DSCN5737
                          Carrot Poriyal is a simple & healthy stir fry which can be served as a  side dish along with rice. Carrot is rich in vitamins so it is essential to include in our diet.

May 28, 2013

PEAS BIRYANI

DSCN5320
             When you run out of vegetables and if you want to prepare a one pot meal try this Peas Biryani. This can be packed for lunch Box.

May 18, 2013

CHAPATHI NOODLES

DSCN5835
          If you have left over Chapathi, try this tasty Chapathi noodles. It can be prepared in Indo chinese style by adding Tomato Ketch up,Soya sauce or it can be made in an Indianesed way by adding Sambar powder,Red chilly powder. Both the ways it taste good.

May 17, 2013

OATS KOZHUKATTAI

DSCN5194
                                   A healthy delight for a tea time carving. Oats is rich in fiber content and it is a low calorie food. You can take Oats in Sweet & Savoury version of porridge,Oats Pongal,Oats Idly,Oats dosai.

May 15, 2013

GREEN GRAM THOVARAN

       DSCN5342
            A healthy side dish which can be served with Rice. Green gram helps to lower the cholestrol level. It is rich in fiber content. As it is low in calorie, it also helps to reduce weight.

May 12, 2013

CAPSICUM PACHADI

DSCN4832
       Capsicun Pachadi can be mixed with rice or it can be taken as a side dish for curd rice.

May 9, 2013

GOBI PARATHA

DSCN4464
     Everyone have their own way of preparing Gobi Paratha. I am posting my version of Gobi paratha. Grating the Cauliflower is only the toughest part in this preparation. If you are preparing for first time, then roll out two chapathis and place the stuffing inside it & roll it into thin paratha. Rolling out stuffed paratha comes only by practise.

May 5, 2013

SNAKE GOURD KOOTU

DSCN2767
      Snake Gourd kootu is similar to Chow chow kootu which I have posted already. It will not be spicy. This is an authentic Chettinad version for preparing Kootu.

May 1, 2013

JEERA PARUPPU PODI

                                                                                     
                Cumin Seeds/ Jeera is a common ingredient in Indian Cooking. Jeera has many health benefits apart from its nice flavour. It has got high Iron content. Antiseptic properties of Cumin helps to fight against flu and boosts our immune system. It also helps in improving digesting process.

Apr 28, 2013

CHICKPEAS TIKKI

      DSCN5170
 Chickpeas Tikki is a healthy starter. Chickpeas also known as garbanzo beans, belong to the legume family along with lentils provides good source of protien. It also reduces risk of heart disease and helps in weight loss.

Apr 25, 2013

THATTA PAYIR KULAMBU

DSCN5000
   In chettinad Thatta payir (Cow Peas) will  surely be in their store room. In olden days they used to preserve sun dried Vathal,Vadagams when it is cheap. Some may prepare this Thatta payir Kulambu with Keerai thandu or Mavathal (Sun dried Mango).

Apr 23, 2013

MOONG DHAL RICE

DSCN4942
      This recipe sounds like Ven pongal but the taste will be different. When you get bored of your regular menu try this once. The preparation time is less than 15 mins.

Apr 21, 2013

VADA CURRY

DSCN4775
       I tasted Vada Curry only once in my life time. But I have watched its preparation in many Cookery shows. Each one follows their own way.Everyone deep fries the Vada, but I thought of steaming the Vada.. 

Apr 18, 2013

ARISI PARUPPU SADAM

DSCN1752
       Arisi Paruppu Sadam is a famous Kongu cusine. I saw this recipe in a cookery show. It can be prepared immediately since there is no chopping of vegetables. The best side dish for this recipe is Potato Chips/Appalam.

Apr 16, 2013

CAULIFLOWER KOOTU

DSCN4666

                   When I heard about " Cauliflower Kootu" ,I wondered how will be the taste of Cauliflower in Kootu. Since I love to have cauliflower in any form, I tried this immediately. 

Apr 15, 2013

Apr 11, 2013

KANCHEEPURAM IDLY

DSCN4421

       When you get bored of having Idly,try this Kancheepuram Idly. Dry ginger is the main ingredient for this Idly. Coarsely grounded Pepper with Cumin seeds gives a wonderful aroma to this Idly.

Apr 9, 2013

MUSK MELON JUICE

           DSCN3737
        This is a refreshing summer drink. When I tasted Musk melon , I felt the taste was good to eat as such. Then when I purchased for the second time I thought of preparing Juice.

Apr 8, 2013

RAVA PONGAL


      This is the first time I am trying & tasting Rava Pongal. When you get bored of Rava Upma,Rava Kichadi try this Rava Pongal.

Apr 6, 2013

MASALA UTHAPPAM

DSCN4225
             Masala Uthappam is  a  twist from the normal Onion Uthappam. The ingredients used are the simple ones available in your pantry. Though it is a simple Masala uthappam the aroma of Capsicum & Aloo tastes good.

Apr 2, 2013

BREAD CROUTONS

DSCN4274
       You can have this Bread Croutons as a guilt free snack. It will be very crispy. You can also top it in Soups. It is very easy to prepare. The left over bread can be used to prepare this snack.

Mar 31, 2013

BITTERGOURD USILI

DSCN3423
      I love to have Usili prepared with Cluster Beans. Already I have posted Beans usili. I had a thought of replacing Beans by Bitter gourd . 

Mar 25, 2013

SEMIYA BIRYANI

DSCN3455
                     When you get bored of Semiya Payasam,Semiya Upma try this Semiya biryani. If you have roasted Semiya/ Vermicilli , skip the roasting part and proceed from the second step.

INGREDIENTS
SEMIYA
1 Cup
CARROT, BEANS,FROZEN PEAS
1 Cup
ONION
1
THIN COCONUT MILK
¾ Cup
CORIANDER LEAVES
Few
SALT
To Taste
OIL
1 Tbsp


TO GRIND
FENNEL SEEDS
1 Tsp
GREEN CHILLY
3
GINGER GARLIC PASTE
1 Tsp
CORIANDER LEAVES
Few

To Temper
BAY LEAF
1
CINNAMON
1 Inch piece
CLOVES
2
BAY LEAF
1
ELACHI
1
STAR ANISE
A Small Portion
OIL
2 – 3 Tbsp

STEP BY STEP PICTURES

DSCN3432
Chop the carrots,Beans,slice the Onions. In a Kadai heat oil & roast the Semiya in a medium flame. (Roasting can also be done with Ghee also)

DSCN3430
In a mixie jar grind the items given under " To Grind " table.
You can also grind the spices which are used as a whole while tempering.

DSCN3433
In  a Pressure cooker heat oil add the items given under "To Temper" table.

DSCN3434
Add the Onions & fry till it turns pink.Now add the Vegetables and fry in medium flame for 3 mins. 

DSCN3439
Add the grounded paste & allow it to boil. Add Salt.

DSCN3438
After the water is evaporated add coconut milk. When it starts to boil add the roasted Semiya/Vermicilli.

DSCN3441
Keep the flame in medium and allow the Semiya/Vermicilli to absorb all the Coconut milk. Stir gently.

DSCN3445
Keep covered for 3 - 4 mins. 

DSCN3444
Do not stir frequently because it will make the biryani mushy. 

DSCN3455
Enjoy with Pickle.

DSCN3450
Raita can also be served.

DSCN3453
You can use any vegetables of your choice.

DSCN3457
Do you want a bite?.

DSCN3452
If you want to make it rich ,Ghee can be used for tempering.

NOTES
You can use fried cashewnuts as toppings.