April 2014
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Sprouts Sandwich, a very healthy breakfast dish. Sprouting at Home, a very simple and the sprouts would be very fresh compared to the preserved store-bought sprouts. We are going to prepare a mild masala using sprouts and going to make yummy sandwich. This is a very healthy breakfast dish as it is rich in protein and fiber content.  Instead of filling the sandwich with butter or cheese, try this yummy sprouts masala which helps to boost your protein and fiber content. Also try to use whole wheat bread instead of the white ones to make this dish more healthier.

Spicy Paneer Gravy, this recipe is for spice lovers. The dish is hot and spicy and goes well with roti/ chapati or even we can mix with white rice and have it. Paneer cooked in pepper coconut based gravy makes it so delicious. We usually make Paneer Butter Masala, Kadai Paneer, Mutter Paneer but this is different from them as the underlying gravy is based on coconut-pepper mixture.

Andhra Pulihora (Andhra Tamarind Rice) is a special and traditional dish. A close Telugu friend of mine, concoct this pulihora very tastily and I always request her to make this yummy dish whenever we meet for any pot-luck. I learn from her how to make this traditional wonderful dish. The Pulihora is very tasty and mild in spice hence even my 2year kid love to have this rice.

There are many variations in making the Pulikachal / Puliyodharai Rice. Some of the popular puliyodharai/pulihora rice recipes are given in the link below.

Whatever the flavour of ice-cream, we all love to devour them. This time its Pista Icecream. Mostly in ice cream stores, pista icecream are made using pista essence thats the reason of the pale green color. Here, I have not used any essence, its all fresh pistachio nuts and hence the colour of the icecream will not be green, but the taste is delicious compared to using pista essence. Fresh Homemade Pista Icecream are always scrumptious and creamy. Serve this yummy icecream with your favourite toppings and see how your kids are enjoying this delicious dessert!

This week, I have come up with simple and healthy lunch menu. Often we are bored of making usual sambar, or karakuzhambu and we tend to look for something easy at the same time healthy. So I have selected Curryleaves kuzhambu, beetroot poriyal, pumpkin kootu and kottu rasam as a lunch menu. For kuzhambu and kootu we need to go for grinding. Hence I have selected poriyal and rasam as simple. Kottu rasam is so simple we are not even going to cook dal and not going to use tomato. So it is very easy to make rasam. Beetroot poriyal is also healthy and easy to cook. 

Curryleaves are very healthy and many of us tend to remove it from dishes. In curryleaves kuzhambu we are going to grind the curryleaves making the healthy leaves to get blended well in the kuzhambu. Finally pumpkin is also a low calorie veg and a stew out of pumpkin is so tasty and protein rich too as we are going to add dal. 

Serve this yummy menu with cooked rice and appalam or potato chips and I am sure your family is going to enjoy this delightful menu.

South Indian Lunch Menu 6 - Curryleaves Kuzhambu, Kottu Rasam, Beetroot Poriyal, Pumpkin Kootu
South Indian Lunch Menu 6 - Curryleaves Kuzhambu, Kottu Rasam, Beetroot Poriyal, Pumpkin Kootu


Curryleaves KuzhambuPumpkin Stew
Curryleaves KuzhambuPumpkin Stew

Kottu RasamBeetroot Poriyal
Kottu RasamBeetroot Poriyal

South Indian Lunch Menu 6 - Curryleaves Kuzhambu, Kottu Rasam, Beetroot Poriyal, Pumpkin Kootu
South Indian Lunch Menu 6 - Curryleaves Kuzhambu, Kottu Rasam, Beetroot Poriyal, Pumpkin Kootu

Beetroot is low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants. Beetroot is of exceptional nutritional value; especially the greens, which are rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C. Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fibre, manganese and potassium. The greens should not be overlooked; they can be cooked up and enjoyed in the same way as spinach. 

Many people dislike beetroot because of its color. But the color of the beetroot is harmless. We should make our kids have this atleast once a week. I have given here the recipe of simple beetroot poriyal. You could also find beetroot thugayal recipe in the site.

Mint leaves (Pudhina) are very good for stomach ache and it cure the chest pains. It cures all stomach ailments including indigestion. It has many medical properties.Taking mint juice at night before going to bed induces restful sleep. Taking mint tea half an hour before meals stimulates appetite. Infusion made with mint leaves is useful for cold, flu, hiccups and flatulence. Keep your breath fresh by chewing some mint leaves .Here is the recipe made of Mint leaves - Mint leaves kuzhambu (Pudhina Kuzhambu).

Pudhina Kuzhambu | Mint Kuzhambu
Pudhina Kuzhambu


Preparation time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Servings4


Pudhina Kuzhambu | Mint Kuzhambu
Pudhina Kuzhambu

Ingredients:
Mint Leaves1 Bunch
Onion1
Tomato1
Tamarind1 lemon size
SaltTo Taste

* 1 Cup Capacity = 250ml

For Grinding:
Red Chilli4
Fenugreek Seeds1/4 teaspoon
Coriander Seeds1 teaspoon
Peppercorns1 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds1/2 teaspoon
Oil1 tablespoon
For Seasoning:
Oil1 teaspoon
Mustard Seeds1 teaspoon

Pudhina Kuzhambu | Mint Kuzhambu
Pudhina Kuzhambu


Method
  1. Soak the tamarind and extract the juice

  2. Chop the onion and tomato. Heat the pan and pour two teaspoon of oil. Once the oil gets heated then add the cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds,black pepper, coorinder seeds, red chilli and fry them in the oil till its color changes to light brown.

  3. Add the onion and fry them till its color changes to light brown. Add the tomota now and keep on frying them. Add the mint leaves to the mixture now and continue frying for 2 minutes in the medium flame.Switch off the flame and allow the mixture to cool.

  4. Grind the mixture in the mixer. Add water if required while grinding and grind it to a nice paste. Add the one teaspoon oil in the pan and once the oil gets heat then add the mustered seed. Once the mustered seeds starts pops up add the hing and the curry leaves. Then add the tamarind water. and salt and allow it to boil for 5 minutes. 

  5. When the raw smell of tamarind goes off, add the ground paste and mix them well and allow it to boil. Add water if the mixture is very thick. Keep in the medium heat for 5-10 mins and then remove from flame

  6. The healthy Pudhina Kuzhambu (Mint leaves Kuzhambu) is ready to searve.
  7. Pudhina Kuzhambu | Mint Kuzhambu
    Pudhina Kuzhambu | Mint Kuzhambu

Easter Holidays, keeping kids in home is sometimes causes trouble. My daughter likes to watch Kitchen Superstar Junior, even I do like to watch kids making extraordinary dishes in young age. My daughter wants to do some dish on her own and she is very keen in that. I am still worried to make her work in stove. I was looking for a simple dish that would be easy for her and came across this simple recipe which kids also can do :-)

Concocting Cake always need oven. Today, I have given here the recipe of No Bake Chocolate Cake |or Chocolate Fridge Cake which doesn't need Oven. This is a very simple to do cake and we can include our children to make this yummy delight. My elder daughter enjoyed doing this recipe and she enjoyed the end product too. We just need to use our refrigerator to get the final delicious cake  It would not be spongy for sure but the crispiness would be enjoyed by the kids!

Ice Creams are always favourite for all of us. That too when it comes to choosing our favourite flavour for icecream, its always hard to select as we love most of the flavours. Many of us are lovers of strawberries and especially kids love to have this flavour in ice cream because of its yummy flavour and also its appealing colour. I still know many people who don't like strawberry icecream. A friend of mine always tell that strawberry flavour look like gelusil syrup ;). Store bought strawberry icecream might not be fresh, they might be prepared with strawberry essence instead of fresh strawberries. Fresh Homemade Strawberry Icecream are always so delicious and creamy and I bet even my friend would love to have ;).

Homemade Strawberry IceCream
Homemade Strawberry IceCream

My daughter enjoyed this icecream so much and I couldn't stop her from having more and more.. Treat your kids with this special Homemade Strawberry IceCream in this summer holidays!

Chocolate cake are always special and favourite among kids and also for many of us. So, I have decided to concoct the yummy Eggless Chocolate Cake today. This is a very simple and easy to do cake and the final cake which we bake is so spongy and soft. We can decorate our cake after baking with icing and cherries too.

My first attempt in baking started with cookies followed by eggless Pineapple cake. After tasting the delicious pineapple cake, My daughter was thrilled as asked me to bake banana and chocolate Eggless cakes. I found Eggless Banana Walnut Cake very simple to concoct, yet, they are so delicious and very spongy and also the bite of walnuts inside the cake makes us enjoy the cake. A very quick and yummy cake to surprise our little ones in their holidays!

Got some Cranberries from the market and wondered how to consume them after making Cranberry Chutney. I did taste the Cranberry Juice in the Restaurants. The ruby red colour and the tart flavour  always attracted me. Did some googling for the home made fresh cranberry juice and attempted to make the same. The result was awesome. I did make one mistake, I didn't use a very fine mesh to filter the ground cranberry, hence I got little thicker juice. Ideally the cranberry juice should be very thin (like water), but it's fine, the taste was very good!

Idli are always healthy as we steam cook the idli and there is no oil involved in making them. For Traditional idli, we need to add rice. Diabetics person and diet followers always try to skip rice and broken wheat is their preference. We can do any recipes with broken wheat which we traditionally do with rice like Broken Wheat Adai, Broken Wheat upma kozhukattai and many more dishes. Broken Wheat Idli | Samba Godhumai Idli | Daliya Idli is one of the very healthy and yummy dish. 

Ice Cream is favourite for all of us. That too Mango Ice Cream is the most favourite among many of us. There are many variety of flavours in ice cream. Though many of us still order for mango flavour whenever we go for ice-cream shops. Homemade Mango Ice Creams are very easy to concoct and it is very scrumptious too. 
Mango Ice Cream
Mango Ice Cream

We can also top it up with our favourite toppings before serving this yummy ice-cream. Many people like chocolate chips and nuts as topping and some like tutti-fruti. I have used store bought mango pulp, but we can substitute with pulp from fresh mangoes. 

Strawberries are always favourite for many of us. It is so delicious that we can't stop ourselves from having it. Kids also love strawberry and even its flavour in cake, ice-cream and other dishes. Today I have come up with a combination of strawberry along with coconut milk along with tender coconut water. Believe it! Strawberry with coconut milk and tender coconut water juice is so scrumptious. We can also substitute tender coconut water with Soda.

Veppampoo Rasam(Neem flower Rasam) is a delicious bitter rasam which we mainly prepare for Tamil New Year. This is an exclusive Tamilian recipe. Neem is extensively used in Indian Ayurvedic/ unani medicine. If such a wonderful flower can be used to make a tastier rasam then what could be better ever? Neem flower is very good for curing intestinal worms. We can get neem flower in ayurvedic shops (Naattu Marundhu Kadai).

Panagam, a special and traditional neivedhyam dish prepared on the auspicious occasion of Shri Rama Navami, Celebration of Lord Rama's Birth. Along with Panagam, Neer mor and Payasam is also prepared on this auspicious occasion.
Panagam
Panagam

Preparation time5 mins
Cooking Time-
Yield1 Cup

Ingredients:

Grated Jaggery3 tablespoon
Cardamom 4 pieces
Ginger powder1 teaspoon
Water1 Cup
Lemon(small size)1/2


Method:
  1. Squeeze the half lemon and extract the juice
  2. Crush the cardamom and add it to water
  3. To this add grated jaggery, lemon juice, ginger powder and stir well so that the jaggery gets dissolved
  4. The panagam is ready for neivedhyam
  5. Panagam
    Panagam


Bread Murukku, is a quick and easy snack using bread and besan flour. An instant murukku variety to surprise your family. Bread murruku with a hot tea or coffee, a wonderful combination for a nice evening.

This week I have come up with my mom-in-laws favourite Lunch menu. Poricha Kuzhambu, Senai Thayir Pachadi, Kovakaai Fry, Mysore Rasam and rice with sutta appalam. Poricha rasam is one of the traditional and special dish in Tirunelveli district. It is usually served with Senai Thayir Pachadi. Mostly Poricha kuzhambu is served with sutta appalam as it has already been cooked with many vegetables. Any stir-fried vegetable curry would be good for poricha kuzhambu. I have given here Kovakaai fry, we can also have raw banana fry, potato fry, ladysfinger fry.

Since we are not using any tamarind in poricha kuzhambu, a spicy and tangy rasam would be a best accompaniment for this wonderful lunch menu. I have selected mysore rasam as it goes well with this combo. Mysore rasam a delightful tangy and spicy rasam with ground rasam powder and coconut gravy.  Serve this wonderful yummy lunch menu with sutta appalam and see the happiness in your family.

Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time 1 hour
Servings4

South Indian Lunch Menu 5 - Poricha Kuzhambu, Senai Thayir Pachadi, Kovakaai Fry, Mysore Rasam
South Indian Lunch Menu 5 - Poricha Kuzhambu, Senai Thayir Pachadi, Kovakaai Fry, Mysore Rasam

Poricha KuzhambuSenai Thayir Pachadi

Mysore RasamKovakaai Fry

South Indian Lunch Menu 5 - Poricha Kuzhambu, Senai Thayir Pachadi, Kovakaai Fry, Mysore Rasam
South Indian Lunch Menu 5 - Poricha Kuzhambu, Senai Thayir Pachadi, Kovakaai Fry, Mysore Rasam
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Muthia, a famous Gujarati tea time snack. We can make muthia using many vegetables like methi, mooli and Doodhi is one of the frequently used vegetable in concocting muthia. Doodhi Muthia is a steamed dumpling and hence it is very healthy.

Doodhi Muthia | Bottlegourd Muthia
Doodhi Muthia | Bottlegourd Muthia

Preparation time15 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Yield15 Muthias

Doodhi Muthia | Bottlegourd Muthia
Doodhi Muthia | Bottlegourd Muthia

Ingredients:
Grated (Bottle Gourd) Doodhi1 Cup*
Whole Wheat Flour1/2 Cup
Bengal Gram Flour1/4 Cup
Semolina2 tablespoon
Ginger-Greenchilli Paste1 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder1/2 teaspoon
Coriander Powder2 teaspoon
Cumin Powder2 teaspoon
Fennel Seeds1/2 teaspoon
Lemon Juice1 teaspoon
Baking Powder1 Pinch
Coriander Leaves2 tablespoon
Sugar1/2 teaspoon
Curd2 tablespoon
Oil2 tablespoon
SaltTo Taste

* 1 Cup Capacity = 250ml

For Seasoning:
Cooking Oil1/2 tablespoon
Mustard Seeds1/2 tablespoon
Sesame Seeds1/2 tablespoon
Hing1/4 teaspoon

Doodhi Muthia | Bottlegourd Muthia
Doodhi Muthia | Bottlegourd Muthia

Method:
  1. Peel the skin of the bottle gourd and grate it. Squeeze the excess water and take only the grated bottlegourd. Measure 1 cup of grated bottlegourd and start with the preparation. Take the wheat flour, besan and semolina in a bowl and mix well

  2. Add grated  bottlegourd, chopped coriander leaves, coriander powder, cumin powder, fennel seeds, sugar,curd, turmeric powder and salt and mix well. Finally add oil and baking powder and knead it to a nice and soft dough

  3. Grease oil in the palms and divide the dough into 3 equal parts. Roll each portion into a cylinder. Place the rolled cylindrical muthia dough in a broad sieve and steam in a pressure cooker or steamer for 20 to 25 minutes.

  4. Insert a toothpick to check if the muthia is cooked properly. Remove the cooked muthia from the steamer and allow it to cool off and then make slices and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when the mustard seeds starts to sputter add sesame seeds and hing and saute in medium flame for 2 minutes.

  5. To the seasoned ingredients, add sliced steamed doodhi muthiyas and mix well. Finally garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves

  6. Serve the mouth-watering steamed Doodhi Muthia with hot tea and enjoy the evening snack!
  7. Doodhi Muthia | Bottlegourd Muthia
    Doodhi Muthia | Bottlegourd Muthia

When I have browsing some youtube videos, I came across Tarla Dalala's Oats,semolina and spinach dhokla.  I got surprised by the unique combination and its is doubtlessly nutrition rich. Immediately I decided to do the recipe with a small alteration, instead of the normal semolina I have used broken wheat. Yes! Oats, Broken Wheat, Spinach Dhokla, a very yummy and healthy dish. This is a no oil Dhokla except a few drops to grease the cake tin or cooker vessel. 

Oats, Broken Wheat, Spinach Dhokla
Oats, Broken Wheat, Spinach Dhokla

Preparation time15 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Yield12 Dhoklas

Oats, Broken Wheat, Spinach Dhokla
Oats, Broken Wheat, Spinach Dhokla


Ingredients:
Cooking Oats1/2 Cup*
Broken Wheat (Daliya)1/2 Cup
Chopped Spinach1/2 Cup
Curd1/4 cup
Greenchilli Paste1/2 teaspoon
SaltTo Taste
Eno Salt1/2 teaspoon

* 1 Cup Capacity = 250ml

Oats, Broken Wheat, Spinach Dhokla
Oats, Broken Wheat, Spinach Dhokla

Method:
  1. Take the oats to the mixer and grind the oats to a coarse powder.

  2. Heat a pan and dry fry the broken wheat till we get a nice aroma and turns slightly red color. Take the dry roasted broken wheat in a big bowl. To the broken wheat add coarsely ground oats, curd, green chilli paste, and salt

  3. Mix all the ingredients by adding water little by little and keep it aside covered for atleast 15minutes.  Meanwhile add water to the pressure cooker and cover it with the lid bring it to boil. After 15 minutes, we may need  to add some more water as the broken wheat absorbs all the water. Water level cannot be specified as we need to see and add the water as needed. To the dhokla batter add chopped spinach and mix well

  4. Lastly, we need to add the eno salt. After adding eno sat, just sprinkle very little water over the eno salt and you could see bubbles rising up. Gently stir up once. After adding eno salt we should not stir well. 

  5. Pour the batter to the greased cake tin or cooker vessel and pat it once to level the mixture in the vessel. Place the cake tin inside the cooker and pressure cook it for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, insert a toothpick to check if it comes clean and then switch off the flame. Allow to the cooked dhokla to cool off fully and then carefully invert the cake tin and give a pat. Then using a knife make square or diamond piece dhoklas.

  6. Serve the yummy and healthy Oats, Broken Wheat, Spinach Dhokla with green chutney.
  7. Oats, Broken Wheat, Spinach Dhokla
    Oats, Broken Wheat, Spinach Dhokla

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