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Vadakari (Vada Curry) is one of the popular side dish in Tamilnadu. Vadikari is the best combination for Idly, dosa, Kal dosa and even for Pongal. In some specific district of TamilNadu, we can find Pongal with Vadakari as one of the breakfast menu in hotels. The aroma of masala with crispness of vada makes this dish extraordinarily tasty. I usually like Idli with Vadakari combination. This goes well even with Chapati. So why not prepare this all-rounder side dish today itself !

Vellai Poosanikaai kotu (Ash gourd stew) is a typical South Indian recipe. Ash gourd is an excellent source of vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin C. This a good vegetable for maintaining a healthy blood pressure. We can make 3 varieties of stew with ash gourd. Tamarind based stew is called Rasavangi, We can also make this stew  with or without stew. This white pumpkin stew goes well as a side dish with rice and chapati. White pumpkin kootu is a kootu variety which I make quite often in my kitchen. Its a very tasty kootu and can be cooked quickly and easily.

Spring rolls are a large variety of filled, rolled appetizer. These refreshing rolls make perfect finger food for a get-together. This is a popular Chinese snack. The outer cover is made with maida (all purpose flour) and the filling is combination of veggies. We can get pastry sheets or spring roll sheets in shops usually in freezer section. We can buy those sheets and just prepare the filling and then stuff the pastry sheets with the filling and deep fry the rolls. That is one instant version. We can also preprare the dough in home and prepare the rolls. In this recipe, I have made the rolls by making the outer cover using maida instead of using store bought wraps. Filling for this roll is simple. We can use veggies like cabbage, carrot, capsicum, onion and then stir fry the veggies with pepper and salt and finally add soy sauce to have a tinge of Chinese flavour. Vegetable Spring Roll simple to make snack and a perfect appetizer or snack for any parties.

Thiruvathirai Kali is prepared on the auspicious occasion of Thiruvathirai. Cendanar of Naukoor, a disciple of Paddinattu Adigal, used to eat only after feeding some Saiva devotees. Due to a constant bad weather he could not get together all the essentials for a proper meal. He had no option but to mix water with flour and prepare a mashed paste. Lord Siva understood his predicament. He wanted the people to know how sincere his devotee was to him. Therefore he disguised himself as a Siva devotee and visited Cendanar’s hut and enjoyed what was given to him as food. The temple attendants saw the premises scattered with the mashed paste the following morning. Inquiries led to an understanding of Cendanar’s piety and he was thereafter bestowed with all due respect. This incident took place in a Markali Thiruvathirai. This is why Thiruvathirai Kali forms an important prasad on this holy day.

Dhokla is a popular Gujarati dish which can be served for breakfast or as a snack. The conventional dhokla is made out of besan. You can check out  the recipe of conventional Dhokla here. In this recipe, instead of using besan as main ingredient, we are going to use Semolina. Semolina based dhoklas are instant considered to conventional. But I prefer soaking semolina in curd overnight which gives more flavor and also softness to these dhoklas instead of instant batter. Steam cooked semolina cakes are healthier and perfect dish for breakfast.&nbsp Try this Rava Dhokla and share your experience!;

Christmas Holidays started! My daughter wants to bake a cake. This time, her choice is 2 layered Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. This sounds bit higher in calories, but for kids, especially during holidays, baking and decorating the cakes are fun. This whole week, I have planned for many baking dishes like cookies, homemade chocolates etc. Carrot cake are always so yummy with a rich flavour of cinnamon and nuts. This Eggless Carrot Cake is very simple to make at home. All we need is fresh red carrots that actually adds a nice appealing color and also enrich the flavour. Freshly grated carrots added to cake batter along with cinnamon and nuts is all time favourite for many of us. We can also make plain carrot cake without frosting and that will also be very much tastier. Lets see how to make this Eggless Carrot Cake with Cheese Cream Frosting Recipe.

Chocolate Cake are always Special. Especially kids love the chocolate flavour in most of their dishes. Eggless Chocolate cake are easy and simple to make at home. Even if we don't have Conventional Oven also we can make the cake using our normal pressure cooker. I have already published another version of eggless chocolate cake which is made with yogurt and this version is conventional using milk.

I had few ivygourds left after I make a delicious stir-fry this Monday. I actually planned to make kovakkai thogayal. But then changed my mind to experiment the left over ivygourd to make a gravy so that I can serve with rotis. This Kovakkai masala is a very delicious and easy to make gravy with onion and tomato as base gravy.  Try this delicious Ivygroud Masala (Kovakkai Masala) and relish with any Indian Bread!

Mysore Masala Dosa is a very popular dish in Karnataka. Almost all restaurants in Karnataka serve this delicious dish. Masala dosa is a very delicious dosa variety which is popular in Tamilnadu. the difference between masala dosa and mysore masala dosa is the spicy chutney we apply on the dosa. The spicy chutney adds a lot of flavour to the dosa. This crispy dosa along with the spicy chutney and potato filling is a perfect treat on a perfect morning. Relish this delicious Mysore Masala Dosa  with coconut chutney or idli milagai podi or sambar and enjoy this dish!

Bittergourd Stir Fry Recipe | Pakarkaai Poriyal(Bittergourd Poriyal)
Not many people like Bitter gourd (Pakarkaaai) due to its bitterness. But if it is cooked properly then people love to eat bitter gourd. Bitter gourd has lot of medicinal properties and it is very good for health. It is essential that you consume bitter gourd atleast twice a month. Bitter gourd contains vitamin A, B1, B2, and C. It also contains minerals like calcium, phosphorous, iron, copper and potassium. From the ayurvedic perspective, bitter gourd is excellent for balancing Kapha. It helps purify blood tissue, enhances digestion, and stimulates the liver. Try this Bittergourd Stir Fry recipe and your family will like it.

Traditional nei appam we make for festivals like krishna jayanthi, karthigai deepam, are made with rice. But we can also make delicious appam using semolina. This semolina based appam is crispy outside and soft and fluffy inside. This is also one of the neivedhyam dish many people make for festivals. This semolina appam( Rava Appam) is simpler and easy to make. Kids especially love this yummy sweet. I should have published this recipe well before, during Krishna Jayanthi or Thirukarthigai festivals. But somehow, I missed it. As Margazhi month is approaching, I made this video today. As there are lots of auspicious days in this auspicious month Margazhi, this is one of the neivedhyam dish we can make. 

 Aloo bread pakora, bread stuffed with spicy potatoes, coated with gram flour and deep fry.  This is one of the favorite and special street food in Delhi. A perfect tea time snack. We can make break pakoras plain also without filling. Aloo bread pakora is crunchy outside, spicy and soft inside. generally served as an appetizer for parties. The spice potato filling along with crunchy bread outercover makes this snack a very perfect evening time snack with hot tea / coffee

Mixed vegetable saagu is  one of the popular accompaniment for Set dosa, poori and many more dishes. Saagu is rich creamy gravy with a wonderful blend of spices. A healthy and delicious accompaniment for a wonderful morning. Set dosa with Saagu is a popular breakfast combo in almost all restaurants in Karnataka. A rich and healthy side dish for a morning breakfast. I love relishing this yummy Saagu with roti and also with set dosa. Try this simple but healthy mixed vegetable saagu and share your comments!

Set Dosa, a popular breakfast served in most fast food or tiffin centers in Southern India. A set of soft and thick spongy dosas are served together with coconut chutney and sagu. In Tamilnadu ,generally set dosas are served with vadacurry or getti chutney. This combo is so popular and an integral dish in many restaurants. set dosa is very simple to make at home. The bater needs fermentation as the dosas will be very soft and spongy. 

Want an easy and delicious tea time snack for a nice evening? How about trying Pori upma? Its really very easy and quick to make and yet very yummy and healthy. Most of us have puffed rice all time in our home as it is very easy to make bhel puri or just give the plain pori for kids as a snack. Using the same puffed rice, adding few more veggies and make it a little healthier and also tasty. Try this Pori Upma and share your comments!


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