February 2015
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A special lunch menu this week. A perfectly mouth-watering lunch menu. Paruppu Urundai Mor Kuzhambu with Bitter Gourd Stir-Fry, Kalyana Rasam, Dal with ghee, curd and papad. Always a stir-fry curry would be best choice for Mor kuzhambu. Ladys finger fry, Kovakkai Fry, potato fry, Tara root fry etc. This time I have opted Bitter Gourd Stir-Fry. I love this combination. Mor kuzhambu is generally very light in spice, and hence a spicy stir-fry would be a best accompaniment. 

Bittergourd as the name explains is a very bitter vegetable. Many of us doesn't like bittergourd and we skip this healthy vegetable. But my family loves this Bittergourd and I make different dishes with bittergourd such as Bittergourd Theeyal, Bittergourd Pitlai etc. We can make plain bittergourd stir-fry which might be little bitter but if we add some masalas along with onion, tomato and potato then the bitterness is nicely reduced and this Bitter Gourd Masala Stir-Fry would be so inviting and appetizing and we would love to have more servings. Lets see how to make this yummy Bitter Gourd Masala Stir-Fry (Pavakkai Masala Curry)...

Bhapa Doi is a traditional and popular Bengali Dessert. Bhapa means "Steamed" and Doi means "Curd/yogurt". Bhapa Doi is a very delicious Steamed Sweet Yogurt. I am a great fan of Bengali Sweets. Most of the Bengali sweets are made of fresh homemade paneer or with curd. This is one such mouth-watering dessert which is made of condensed milk and yogurt with lots of nuts. A very simple and quickly made dessert. A perfect dessert to treat our family and friends especially on special occasions. 

Radishes are a naturally cooling food. Their pungent flavor and natural spice can help eliminate excess mucus in the body and can be especially helpful when fighting a cold. Radishes can help clear the sinuses and soothe soar throats too. It has more medicinal benefits. Red radishes are mainly used for salads. I have seen many North Indians eating raw Red Radishes. Such a wonderful and healthy vegetable. Usually for Sambar, we use white radish but this time I have used Red Radish. Red Radish adds a nice and unique flavour to the sambar. Lets see how to make this yummy Red Radish sambar...

Last week, I went to a Birthday Party hosted by a Punjabi Family. One of the main main course was Naan which was served with Paneer Pasanda. Punjabi's love Paneer and they are expertise in making homemade paneer. Paneer Pasanda is a another scrumptious Paneer gravy. Crumbled or Grated Paneer with chopped nuts and golden raisins mixed together for stuffing. This stuffing is extremely delicious. This stuffing is stuffed inside Paneer triangles and shallow fried and then added to the tomato-onion gravy. 

Sweet Corn Cheese Balls (Cheese Corn Balls) is one of the crispy and yummy snack! I learnt this yummy recipe from one of my friends when I was in UK. My friend made this scrumptious snack during World food day in School. Many of the Britishers also loved this Indian Snack. Especially this is one of the favourite snack for all the kids. Sweet Corn Cheese balls with Tomato Ketchup would be a perfect snack! 

Oats Thepla / Oats chapati is a healthy Indian Bread. Chapati / Roti made of whole wheat is a healthy substitute for conventional rice. We all are more diet specific nowadays. To cut our daily calories, most of us are looking for healthy substitutes. Oats, Millets are some of the healthy alternatives. Instead of having plain chapati, we can mix oats, carrot, radish, grated cauliflower etc with wheat flour and knead it to chapati dough and make yummy and healthy chapati / thepla. This recipe explains how to make Oats Thepla / Oats Chapati with step by step photos. We can serve this Oats thepla with any veg gravies of our choice. 

Paneer is favourite for many of us. We can make many different gravies using Paneer, most popular dishes are Paneer Butter Masala, Mutter Paneer etc. You can refer this link for more Paneer Recipes. Now coming to this wonderful dish. SweetCorn is my favourtie ingredient. Very frequently I use sweet corn in many of my dishes. Even when I prepare carrot rice, capsicum rice and many other rice varieties I love to add sweet corn. Such a delicious sweet corn adds a nice flavour to the masala and adding paneer to this tasty masala enriches the whole dish. It is a perfect side dish for any Indian Breads. 

Thinai (Foxtail Millet) is a nutrition rich millet and I have explained about its benefits in my other thinai posts. This is one another dish with the healthy thinai. This adai is simple to make and the procedure is much similar to the conventional adai and the only difference is instead of rice we are going to use thinai. Thinai along with dal and spices gives a yummy taste to the adai. I have enhanced its healthiness by adding some vegetables also. Lets see how to make this delicious and healthy Thinai Vegetable Adai (Foxtail Millet Adai).

We can make many variations of Pulao. SweetCorn Methi Pulao is one such variety. Methi leaves added in Pulao and Biriyani gives a wonderful flavour to the dish. Sweet corn along with methi, together with spices makes this Pulao very scrumptious. This Sweet Corn Methi Pulao is one of the best dish for any parties or occasions. We can serve this yummy pulao with any raitha of our choice. Cucumber raitha is my choice. But conventional onion raitha would also be perfect. Or we can also serve this Pulao with any dal varieties. Lets see how to make this quick and tasty pulao...

Don't be scared of the name Thavala Dosa and assume that the dosa is made of Frog :-) This is absolutely vegetarian recipe only. My mom used to make this yummy dish for breakfast or even for evening snack when we come back from school. This is similar to Thavala Adai. A slight twist to thavala ada will become a crunchy thavala dosa. This dosa would taste good only if eaten hot. Crunchiness of the patter along with pepper gives a unique taste to the dish. A best accompaniment for this yummy and crunchy thavala dosa is Idli Podi or Spicy Tomato Chutney. This is one of the instant dosa dish too!


Onion and Garlic are essential ingredients in Most of the veg gravies which we prepare as an accompaniment for Indian Breads. Sometimes we might need gravies without onion and garlic and we would be scratching our heads to think what will be the best accompaniment and we land in some simple dal. My sister has a habit of not using onion and garlic and she makes lots of different gravies without these ingredients and most of them were so mouth-watering. She makes Lauki Chana Dal Subzi which is one of the veg gravy without onion and garlic and would be perfect accompaniment for any Indian breads. Generally many people doesn't appreciate much about Lauki (BottleGourd), but Lauki is one of the Nutrition rich vegetable. It has 90% of water in it which eases the digestion. Lauko juice is popular for weight loss. It has vitamins and minerals and has other medicinal benefits too. I don't water to list out all the benefits of Lauki and bore you.. So such a healthy vegetable should be part of our kitchen every week. 

Narkel Naru (Coconut Ladoos) is a popular traditional Bengali Sweet. It is made of Coconut, milk and sugar or jaggery. This Coconut Ladoos are one of the important Neivedhyam dish for the Bengalis during Durga Pooja. Conventionally this sweet is made of whole fat milk, coconut and sugar or jaggery. But nowadays we all look for instant sweets instead of spending so much of time to make a sweet dish. So instead of using milk, I have used condensed milk. Using condensed milk is a quick way to make this dish. Condensed milk help us to prepare this dish just in 10 minutes. Very quick and yummy dish. My MIL's younger sister is in Kolkata and she shared this recipe with me. Lets see how to make this yummy dish!!!

Cucumber Dal is one of my favourite dal variety. I like cucumber when we use it in dal or raitha.  My MIL makes cucumber stew with coconut and moongdal and it would tastes so delicious.It tastes dainty and cucumber dal is one of the perfect accompaniment for roti / chapati. Even I love to mix paruppu podi with cucumber dal and mix with rice. Instead of making plain dal, cucumber with thoor dal is one of the rich combination. The preparation of the cucumber dal is same as plain dal, so it would be one of the simplest and tastiest dish for any Indian Bread..

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