Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dhal Palak



Greens are always delicious to eat.After having heavy food for the past few days I wanted to have something very light but nutritious one.Added to it vegetable market was opened last week inside our township.It was so tempting to see fresh green leaves..And my first purchase there was the palak green leaves.They were so fresh and green that if it could be eaten raw I would have!!!
Hot and soft Rotis with dal Palak makes a lovely combination.Dal Palak can also be had with hot steamed rice with a spicy potato curry.
This dish is very easy and quick to make..
For the recipe please press READ MORE below...

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to all



CooknDine wishes its readers Merry Christmas

Eggless Plum Cake(Eggless No alcohol Christmas Cake)



Christmas is nearing...And my sweet little naughty daughter Y's birthday was 2 days back.I wanted to post a recipe that could match both the requirements.My lil daughter Y always loved fruits n nuts and so the rich plum cake.There is a big story which I keep connecting when she loves to have the plum cake..
 
When Y was inside my womb ,at the nineth month,dearest friend of mine Menz (whose bday is on 25th December)came home with a plum cake to greet us on occasion of the christmas eve.When she wished Happy christmas to me specifically showing the cake to the baby inside,I suddenly experienced the delivery pain and was rushed to the nearby hospital.So I always mention my sweet darls Y as a christmas baby who came out when she got the smell of the rich plum cake...
 
So I made this rich plum cake on her birthday.We don't have non-veg items on any special days.So thought of making an eggless plum cake.An eggless cake....No alcohol...My darls delight...what else I need to make my lil angel's bday special...I jumped into the recipe,made it and was a hit with her...She finished the entire cake and just hugged me with love...What else a mother need?!!!!
 
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Baked Paneer frankies



Paneer is always my kids favourite. I usually make Paneer bajji,paneer bhurji or paneer butter masala.....My younger kid always loved a newer version of the dish.So I wanted to delight her with some new dish made of paneer.That too wanted her to get delighted when she opened her snack box...So I made this and gave this to her  school.She returned home with so much of happiness and she demanded me to make the same for all the kids of her class!!the next day...
I prepare this the previous night,keep it in the fridge and bake it in the morning when I cook the normal breakfast,then pack the snack box...
I never thought this will taste so good even after hours of baking!!!The crunchiness of the coated oats,the softness of the paneer will make a perfect snack for an evening!!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Orange Biscuit cake





There can't be any cake more simpler than this.No creaming of butter,no mixing..no folding...was just browsing for recipes for a cookery competition to be held a day after in our township.Came across chitra's blog and it is amazing.just love all her recipes.I saw the recipe of the biscuit cake from her blog,And the moment I saw it I wanted to have a try I tried this evening for my kids and was a super hit ...My kids just loved it...The mixing time is less and so the baking time..Such a lovely quick recipe!!!
 
Don't want to extend my writing ...Will jump to the recipe
 
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Brinjal Kotsu



       The best combination for the  Ven pongal is this kotsu.Whenever my mom makes pongal she makes onlu kotsu and sometimes there will be additionally coconut chutney on the table.We always love to soak the pongal in this kotsu and gulp it....U could hardly find traces of brinjal in this kotsu even though it is the main ingredient!!!Hence it is one of the way to include brinjal for the ones who hate brinjal...
 
      The same kotsu can be had along with Idly and Dosa.It tastes best with any of the breakfast.I love to have it with Rava Upma!!
 
For the recipe please press READ MORE below..
 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Alcohol free Christmas Cake (Kerala Plum Cake)



Just went to Tuticorin town yesterday and the whole town was in the christmas mood.Almost every shop sold only the christmas items..From a small item to a big one..It was  a colourful treat to the eyes.So much of christmas tree accessories and it is nice to browse through all those items.
 
This reminded me that I should start posting christmas dishes and cakes..It is long since I baked anything.So decided to start with an authentic christmas cake.I scanned the recipe of it but it called for wine and rum..I was quite hesitant to use those for my cakes.One of my friend from Kerala mailed me a recipe which she had taken from Omana Paul's baking class.Thank you so much dear for sharing the recipe...The recipe had no alcohol in it and no soaking business too..Delighted by the recipe I could not wait long to bake it.I baked it the same night and it turned out deliciously well like the one which used alcohol.
 
Enjoy making the alcohol free christmas cake...
 
For the recipe please press READ MORE below..
 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Adai (Rice n lentil Pancake) n Aviyal




Adai is one of the most famous south Indian breakfast.It is the traditional breakfast made in the tamil brahmin family.It is rich in protein from the lentils.It is very easy to make as the soaking time is not more than  hour.
 
Adai with aviyal,Jaggery or freshly made butter makes an excellent combination.I love to have the adais with freshly prepared coconut chutney.
 
Usual Adai is very crispy,but we prefer to have a soft adai with little crispiness.I had also modified the ingredients according to the taste of my family members.I had reduced the amount of bengal gram used.
 
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Paneer Pulao



It is one of the most easiest dish one to cook.The left over rice can also be used to make this dish. I make it quite often as my kids loved  it most and also it is very easy to pack for the lunch..
 
Paneer as everyone know is a rich source of calcium and protein.Some kids love to have the paneer just as they are...This dish is not very spicy and apt for the kids and sometimes for us also.There may be variations in the masalas one add.I had added the powders which are kids friendly and attract them to finish it off without leaving anything behind..
 
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12/12/12 Special 12 Oothapams

 
 
 
Its 12-12-12 today... attractive date..The number 12.....It is like another number!!!Yet,it has interesting references and significances in mythology,astronomy,astrology etc..The number 12 ....A dozen,12 months an year,12 jyotilingas in Shaivism,12 days of christmas celebration,12 disciples of Jesus Christ,12 Olympians,12 Imams,12 zodiac signs,12 functional keys in a computer,12 standard keys in a normal telephone,12 basic hues in colour wheel,12 pairs of rib in human,12 notes an octave,12 face cards in a card deck,12 inches in a foot,12 old pennies in a shilling,12 apostles,12 spokes on a cart wheel, 12 hours of an analogue clock, 12 things a Duodecad,12 dozens a gross..and the list just extends...


 
 
Suddenly last night I thought of posting a dish related to 12/12 but don't want to spend more time at cooking.I had more to do with S's project work and assignments!!Then remembered the oothapams that they serve at Saravana Bhavan..And ended with making 12 types of Oothapams...It satisfied  all the categories of taste buds!! of my family... I satisfied all the members with the same batter but with a different toppings!!!
 
And added to all these specials..It was HH's and most of my friends's favourite star(Rajnikanth)'s birthday today..(Gaju are u happy!!!)....Cookndine too joins at wishing him much more years ......
 
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Aviyal/Avial



I had not tasted aviyal till I got married .Of course had heard about it but didn't have a chance to taste it.HH likes this traditional brahmin style aviyal  a lot ,But I don't like aviyal at all!!!.I use to wonder how can it be a sidedish for an Adai..
Since HH liked it much I was intended to learn the process of making it.When compared to other sidedishes the method of preparation of this aviyal is very easy and doesn't take much of our time.As the dish calls for much of coconut grinded I don't make very often at home.
 
HH likes to have curd with all food...esp with Dosa,Idly,Uppuma,Roti etc..After my marriage it was very odd for me to take curd with dosa.I can have curd separately but not with dosa!!May be the people who love curd will love to have this aviyal.As we add curd to this dish,it cannot stay good for more hours.Moreover reheating the dish reduces the flavour of the dish and sometimes it may cause the curd to cuddle!!!
 
 
For the recipe pls press READ MORE Below...

Thursday, December 6, 2012

7 Minute Tirattipal(Microwave)--Celebrating the 10000+pageviews


"There is no love more sincere than the love of food" --George Bernard Shaw

I had been reserving this sweet for a longer time in my drafts.I wanted to post it on some special occasion.But couldn't wait ......I had started this blog few months back to keep a record of all my recipes..I never thought my blog pageviews will hit 10000 hits...
THANK YOU SO MUCH ...please do keep encouraging me...
I was so happy to see 10000+ hits this evening.And I thought this is the apt time to post this dish.
It is dedicated to all my blog readers...Very easy to make and tastes like the original tirattipal made out of milk.This recipe doesn't need much of constant stirring..
 
Make it within 10 minutes and surprise your guests...It was a major hit among my friends and everyone enjoyed eating this..
 
Try it and let me know how it turned up too..
 
For the recipe please press READ MORE below
 

Poricha Kootu(Snake gourd)




This poricha Kootu was a new item to me when my MIL introduced it to me after my marriage.At my parent's house they add minimal amount of coconut in all cooking. But it was the other way round at my inlaws place.My MIL told she is going to make this poricha kootu and I literally took out the meaning...as a Kootu which is porichatu(deep fried)!!!This is an authentic Brahmin style of cooking ..I was struggling to cope up with the new environment and the food habit but got used to it after few months..Now I can make poricha kootu very easily(though I don't take much of it).
 
I make it only during the festival time ( we don't use onions,garlic on any festival day).Sometimes I make it in gravy consistency and pack it for lunch to the kids...As this dish doesn't call for onions/garlic it is very apt to make when we want our work to be done soon.
 
Make it,Have it...Enzoieee
 
For the recipe Please press READ MORE..
 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ulundhu Vadai(Urad Dhal Vada)



Though diet version of the vada tastes good it cannot beat the taste of the normally deep fried vada.When I was preparing the thayir vada-diet version I reserved some batter for deep frying..This vada goes very well with the Semiya/Vermicelli PayasamUrad dhal is very rich in proteins.For the kids we can skip the diet version of the vada and make for  them this delicious Urad dhal Vada..Vada/Pongal,Vada/Idly are famous combinations that they serve at most of the south Indian restaurants
 
The same vada can be used to make thayir vada,sambhar vada,rasam vada,Chutney vada..I love to have them with Payasam.They taste fantastic when we have the payasam and the vada on a banana leaf
 
Enjoy making this vada...
 
For the recipe please press READ MORE below...
 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thayir Vadai (Diet Version)



I love thayir vada..But the only factor that I don't love is the deep fried vadas in oil..Last week I was making paniyarams and like Archimedes I shouted Eurekha as if I invented something!!!Just I got an idea to make my favourite thayir vada with very little oil....Just cook it in a paniyaram pan instead of the normal deep frying!!It is pretty good idea right!!!On the other hand I was worried whether it would taste good..Instead it tasted very well and I gulped in more vadais...

I use to wonder how the thayir vadas taste so heavenly and soft...All that goes to the act of soaking the hot vadas  in warm water...
 
This recipe is for the people who are more concerned about the health aspects and are mor diet conscious!!!Make this vada...and enjoy it as either Curd Vada/rasam Vada or as Sambar Vada
 
(Kaval Kottam is a beautiful book by Mr.Venkatesan which had won Sahitya Academy award.The book explains a lot about the history of Madurai.I loved reading it and atlast completed it..A part of this novel is shot as a tamil movie named Araavaan)
 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Rava Kichadi




This is an instant breakfast which can be served to the guests.I don't make it very often as my kids don't prefer this.Only HH loves it and I hardly make it at home!!!I made it as I wanted to post it in my blog..HH was very happy on this regard as he could taste more delicious dishes.HH and the kids are more straight forward at passing on the true comments about how the food tasted!!!
 
Making this kichadi again at home had brought back my old memories...When my inlaws came to visit us for the first time after our marriage this was the breakfast I cooked for them ...Infact my father-in-law asks me to make this whenever he visits us...!!! We miss him and it brings back his thought whenever we make it...
 
It is a modified version of the regular Rava upma with a little bit of touch here and there.Rava kichadi with a combination of thick coconut chutney is enough to satisfy the tastebuds of any person...
 
Please click READ MORE to get into the recipe..
 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Beetroot Poori/Pink Beauty



At my daughter Y's Preschool they had pink day yesterday.Apart from dressing herself in all pink she even demanded for a pink snack and a breakfast.It is very hard to compromise the kids...My elder daughter S likes Pink colour and my younger one Y likes Poori.So to satisfy both the kids and also considering the nutrient part I planned to make this Pink beetroot poori.Astonishingly I became an ardent fan of it(I hate the normal pooris!!!).It was so soft and the colour was very much appealing too.It needed no side dish too. But it is little bit sweet in taste .Depending on the beetroot quality, the colour and the taste changes...
 
The photo session didn't last for longer time.By the time I make a click either I find a poori missing or my younger one standing beside compelling me to finish off the clicks.So neither I  clicked much photos nor I took effort at concentrating on the props...
 



Friday, November 30, 2012

Mysore Pak



This post had been lying there on drafts for many days since diwali.This is HH's favourite sweet.Whenever he visits Coimbatore he brings home a pack of Krishna Sweets mysore Pak.The one I made tasted nearly similiar to that of the one at Krishna sweets.For the ones who are not aware of Krishna sweets..It is a famous sweet shop at Coimbatore which sells very soft and tasty  ghee mysorepak.
 
BEWARE...This dish consumes lots of ghee..So those whose are diet conscious please skip this post.They would not taste good if the ghee amount is reduced.Once in a while we can make this for any very special occasion.
 
I made many trials while making this.For the first two trials when I tried to reduce the ghee quantity it turned out very hard.After 2 trials I sticked on to the amount of ghee and was a super hit.So no compromises on ghee quantity..
 
Yes.. Krishna sweet mysorepak can be made at home...Hurray!!!I was so excited after it turned out so well....
 
For the recipe please press READ MORE

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Why we put lamps on karthigai???

Our ancestors were the real scientists...They had linked these scientific things with the spiritual and religion things so that the people would do it strictly....

Karthigai is one of the Tamil months.Karthigai season falls between the hot summer and the cold winter..during this period there is a great advent of insects which might cause many diseases.They might also destroy crops in the field which might drastically affect the cultivation.

To avoid such destruction they had made this as a habit of lighting lamps at all houses.In some houses they also have a practice of lighting the lamp for the whole karthigai month!!The insects might get attracted by the light and they come near it.when they reach near the lamp their body gets heated up by the flame and many get burnt...So we get rid of most of the insects...

Added to it in all temples they burn sokkapannai..it is nothing but burning dried palm leaves .The flame and the smoke of the palm leaves evade most of the poisonous insects....

In northern districts of Tamilnadu there is a practice of making a plaything out of palm leaves and inside they keep the burnt hot coal.they tie the play thing with the thread and rotate it around by standing in the centre.this is a quite risky one...there is a belief that if one rotates this they will not get any attacked by any diseases.They call it by name mavallai(don't know the exact name)
When it is circled there are fire sparkles that come out.they destroy the insects...

This is one of the reasons why we light lamps during karthigai....there might be many reasons but this was the one which my grandfather explained to me in detail when I was young.He was a strict atheist and he educated us with more science than with the fantasy stories

With the modern revolution ,most of us(including me) had been giving up the concept of joint family..I want my kids to get more of those knowledge than that of the one inculcated at schools..but no other go due to commitments on various fronts we are all compelled to live as a small family.

So I always leave my kids with the grannies and grandpas when they are free...I usually ask my kids to speak more to the aged people.they know more tactics of how to put in any information in an easy way.

Whenever i meet any old people may be in any occasions I try to speak with them the more.they provide us more information that we don't get in any books

I have the habit of recording all those informations in my personal book.

May be if I had not been into engineering I would have definitely taken history....such an interesting subject...

Thought of sharing the karthigai deepam info with my bloggers so that they can pass it on to their future generations...

Please comment if u like this info...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Palm Leaf Kozhukattai(Panai Olai Kozhukattai)


In Southern districts of Tamilnadu it is a traditional practice of making this panai olai kozhukattais on Kaarthigai deepam.This year the Thirukarthigai,main deepam is on 27th of November.Three years earlier when I was new to Tuticorin,I thought the tender palm leaves that were sold during the deepam time was used as a fuel to make the special dishes on that day.I got to know that I was totally wrong when my neighbour aunt gave me a sweet made of rice flour and jaggery and stuffed into it.
 
This food is highly nutritious with a sugar free(Palm Jaggery) ingredient.This dish is prepared by covering the ingredients inside a palm leaf and steam cooking it.
 
Palm Jaggery(Karuppati/pannai vellam) is of great medicinal value too..I started using this from the time I came to Tuticorin ..It is a very good substitute of the white enemy..the Sugar..!!!
 
This is the first time I tried at home and it came out very successfully....I wanted my kids to know about these authentic dishes...They were so excited to have a sweet inside a palm leaf....the palm leaf gave a nice added flavour to the kozhukattai...
 
Wishing all my blog readers
A very  very happy Karthigai Deepam
 
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Karthigai Pori Urundai



 I love the various types of diyas that I used to light on karthigai deepam.And added to it the pori urundais,olai kozhukattais and the appam makes the day very yummy!!!Pori urundai is an authentic snack.It is very simple and easy to make.I make this very often at home and send it as a snack to my kids during the school days.I maximum try to avoid giving them  the junks from the shops..So my kids don't find it very special as it made very often at home.The caramelized colour and the crunchiness of the pori attracts the kids.
 
For the recipe please press READ MORE below...
 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Baking Partners: A new Baking Group


 

A group of home bakers helping each other to achieve perfection.

 

Baking a home made Baking a homemade bread, cake or cookies will give the best outcome. However in order to achieve the best results, a perfect recipe and right techniques are required.

 

We are a small group of home baker friends, who love and want to learn more about the nook and corners of baking.  We are planning to try out recipes from books/magazines and cooking shows.  Every member gets a chance to present their choice of recipe and share important points with the rest of the group.

 

Main purpose of this group is to learn the techniques, critic the procedure if there are ways to improve, and to eat a delicious food.

 

Rules are simple, we will choose one recipe and send it out to the group by 16th of every month and the reveal date will be 15th of the next month. On that day we will blog about it. A linky tool will be open during that time and each member can link their post.

 

First month we are going to do a recipe, 2nd and 3rd month will be a theme and the 4th month we will be back at a recipe. By doing in between recipes, we will able to learn more.

 

All enthusiastic bloggers interested in baking are welcome, please email Swathi  of Zesty South Indian Kitchen  at favoriterecipes12@gmail.com.

 

We will appreciate the use of logo or worded link that will help to spread the word.  A bunch of thanks to Tina for designing this beautiful logo

 

If you   want to make it a gluten or vegan free diet, you can do those modifications also.

 
 
 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Arachivitta Sambhar




After getting married  into an authentic Brahmin family the first thing I learnt was the Arachivitta sambhar.At my mom's house we make  simple sambhar with the sambhar powder...It was after marriage I learnt cooking and my first trial was the sambhar...My best critic is HH who always gives me the true comments !!(Though I had tested all my newly tried dishes on him!!)..Here at my MIL's house sambhar means its only arachivitta sambhar.During my earlier days after marriage the job of making sambhar was cumbersome!!Somehow after several trials I learnt the complete process of adjusting the tamarind and the chilli...
 
Though I am comfortable with the process I hardly make sambhar.It is only once a week we make this.As my kids  don't like packing sambhar sadham for their lunch...I hardly make  sambhar..
 
But it is apt when we feel like having an elaborate lunch.A simple sambhar with appalam/potato curry is an awesome combination...
 
For the recipe pls press READ MORE below..

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bisebelabhath



 Bisebelabhath which means hot lentil rice in kannada is a famous dish in Karnataka.It has a slight variation from the sambar rice.After my marriage I was invited for lunch by one of my hubby's colleague who hails from Karnataka.She served us hot hot bisebelabhath with a nice aroma of ghee.That was the first time I taste the rice..From then on I became a fan of this dish.Still I can get back the flavour and the taste of the one she had served me..It brings me back my nostalgic memories.....
 
I had been trying various combinations of bisebhelabhath powders and after many trials I was satisfied with the one mentioned by Mrs.Mallika Bhadrinath in her cookbooks.The one I had mentioned here is the recipe adapted from her cookbook.
 
In a cold day,bisebhelabhath and appalam makes a fantastic pair.I wanted to specially mention about the appalams made from Kallidakuruchi,Tirunelveli.This is the place where they make all types of appalams(Infact the movie gentleman was also shot here!!!).Kallidakuruchi appalams have a very special taste.This is because of the pure Tamirabharani water that is being used ....Arisi(rice)and kizhangu(Root vegetable) appalams are very famous.So if you happen to visit Tirunelveli along with Iruttu kadai alwa do get some kallidakuruchi appalams too!!Preserve some appalams for having with Bisebhelabhaths...;-)
 
For the entire recipe please press READ MORE below..
 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Baby Corn Stir Fry




BabyCorn is very rich in proteins,vitamins,iron and also phosphorus.It is very easy to digest  as it is a good source of fibrous protein.With the advent of enormous use of pesticides it is difficult for us to boast that we are having healthy and safe food.

But on the happier note , baby corn is a safe vegetable as the young cob is wrapped up with husk and well protected from insects and diseases.So let us all enjoy eating this safe vegetable!!!

My kids love this corn in all forms...be it a soup,deep fry,a pulao,manchurian,bajji etc..It is always delicious to eat baby corns..
 
This stir fry calls for very less amount of oil.
 
For the recipe please press READ MORE below
 

Oats Idly



When I run out of Dosa/Idli batter this is the one that I prefer the most.It is very easy and also fast to make.I hate being at kitchen for long hours.So I prefer cooking the items which are fast,delicious and also healthy.
 
For a breakfast or a dinner this is the best one accompanied with some kara chutney (will be posting the recipe of it soon).The method of making is similar to that of the rava idly with a slight variations in the ingredients..
 
For the complete recipe please press READ MORE below....
 
 



Friday, November 16, 2012

Eggless Banana Muffins(Reposted)

I am reposting the dish to make entry into the event hosted by nivedhanam. I am sending this to the event hosted by nivedhanam and surabhi..This is my first entry for a cooking event.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Bad fall on the other hand had brought me lots of good and happiness to me in all means...As I could walk a little for the past 2 days I tried my hands on the banana muffins.Last week while blogging I came through Anushruthi's  blog
It is awesome..The blog and also the taste of the muffins.

It is the first time I tried with the fruits and was not at all confident even when I lined it on the tray.But to my great surprise the output was so good that I didn't have anything to store !!!This was an unexpected hit...All my friends just loved the taste and they want me to bake this again....

I used Morris banana(yellow),the long one...

pls press READ MORE below to get into the recipe

Carrot Rice





I am back after a long time to the blogger..I had been lazy all these days to post a dish..May be the sweets and oil items would have made me very lazy.So  decided for the next one or two weeks I should skip on to the diet food and say no to sugar!!!
 
This rice is one of the easiest one to make and it looks very richer and also colourful.It is also more easier to pack for the  kids.
 
There are may variations which with one can prepare this rice.I had done in a way which my kids prefer..If cooked rice is ready this can be done in 5-10 minutes
 
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Monday, November 12, 2012

CooknDine wishes its blog readers a Very happy Diwali...

Say No to crackers and say Yes to life....
Let us not still pollute the  already polluted air!!!Let us save some good air for our future generations.
Let us think a while about the children who lost their lives  on a blast at a cracker unit,Sivakasi.
 




***Mysore Pa recipe will be loaded soon...

Have a Sweetful Diwali!!!

 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Festive recipe-Kaju Lotus



I had been there at coimbatore for more than 7 years and those times are very memorable to cherish...Love the place,people and also the serene climate..(I knew now it had completely changed!!!)...Still the sweets at Sri Krishna Sweets are the one whose taste havenot changed at all!!!They are the best at preparing the mysorepas...Just love the melting taste...
 
I use to wonder how they could make such a beautiful tasteful sweets.Out of that the various shapes of katlis were the hightlight..The kaju katlis in various very attractive shapes like lotus,apple,mango etc are just awesome to watch.I never thought I could make the one at home..
 
I tried this for the first time and it turned out so well...It is very easy to make and any beginner could make it if one has that patience and interest to do it..
 
Lets celebrate this diwali with this colourful sweet...(Please Say No to crackers!!!)
 
For the recipe please press READ MORE Below....
 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Mullu Murukku



Crunchy Murukkus are always nice to have...Some have it as a snack.Some have it along with the rice as a side dish...I had even seen people crushing it and putting it in a tea cup(filled wit tea) and drinking it.....For my elder daughter when she was in her kindergarden I used to make murukkus in different shapes of the alphabets..The way it popped out of the oil was so nice to watch...
 
Murukku is very easy to make if the flour is made ready..We can keep the flour for 1-2 months if nicely stored.I usually refrigerate it..
 
Diwali doesn't pass over without the murukkus....It is the essential item that has to be made...
 
Let us say No to the crackers and celebrate this diwali with lots of sweets and happiness..CooknDine wishes the blog readers a very very happy Diwali..
 
For the recipe please press READ MORE below
 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Chick Peas Salad



Preparing the kids for their semester exams are the most tiresome job!!!I was running after saindhu for the past one week..to make her sit at one place and make her to glance at her books!!!During the exam time she used to skip her morning breakfasts..Her favourite item is anything with curd...She is simply satisfied with a simple  cup of curd ..So I was browsing for the dishes which called for yogurt as one of the ingredient..finally found this one from a webpage and it sounded very good and it tasted too fantastic.....

For the healthier and diet version one can replace the full cream Curd(for the kids) with fat free curd...(For the ones who are on diet)

During the photoshoot I had completely finished off half of the Cup...From then on it became the main breakfast for my kids on most of the days..

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Paneer Frankies



My Elder daughter Saindhavi is very choosy in her food habits.I wanted her to take a complete healthy lunch.So I kept on trying various kinds of combinations which would make her taste buds to work and luckily she loves the wraps and so the paneer.
 
Added to it the time of preparation of this dish is very less.And need less time of packing too for the lunch.The wraps with the foil wrapped on it attracts any kid.I keep changing the inner stuff and pack the lunch for her.
 
One of my friend had been asking for recipes which would be a perfect lunch for the kids.These are the very common lunch that we have at home accompanied with little bit of Curd rice.
 
Jane this is for you dear...
 
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Vegetable Pulao



I had been searching for the Ramba(Not the tamil Actress!!!)leaves quite a few months, after one of my aunt told about the aroma of it.Luckily during the bakrid time(it is one of the main ingredient used in briyani) I came across the one at the market and had asked for the plant too for my garden..The leaves are flat in shape and after cutting it from the plant the aroma increases after 2 days when it starts drying.but after 4-5 days the aroma subsides...so use it after 2-3 days of plucking it...They are known by Daun Pandan in Hindi and  Screw Pine leaf is the common name.The aroma will be similar to that as Seeraga Samba Rice..
 
After letting it to dry for 2 days,my kitchen was completely packed up with the aroma of ramba Leaves...I cannot resist making a vegetable pulao using the seeraga samba rice.

This is a kids friendly dish.The aroma of the seeraga samba(a variety of rice)rice used is just awesome.It is simple to make and pack for the lunch.Rice with some curry/fried waffers will make a nice combination.
 
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hot and sweet Mango Pachadi



My mother makes this pachadi in a different way.I had tasted many types of mango pachadi but I like the one my mom makes.It combines all the 3 important tastes such as sweet,Sour and karam...We make this pachadi only during any important occasions.This pachadi tastes good only with a particular type of mango named kili Mooku mango.The sour taste of the mango used should be less,for the dish to come out well.
 
One of my schoolmate had asked me for the recipe long time...I didn't come across this type of mango at Tuticorin.Luckily last week during ayudha pooja I saw this mango in the market and decided to make pachadi.Hope this was the recipe my friend was looking for..Please let me know vetri.This post is for you!!
 
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Oats Kuzhi Paniyaram



I got bugged of eating oats in the form of porridge and upma.So thought of trying an item which is similiar to dosa,idli variety.when I browsed through some of the blog I came across this one from the ramya's blog.
 
Initially I was not confident that it would taste good.But the result was vice versa...It tasted more tastier than the normal panniyarams...This comes in our breakfast menu when I run shortage of the Idly/Dosa batter.It doesn't need much of preparations also to be done...
 
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Masala Pori


Ayudha pooja was over..I wanted to finish off the left over puffed rice(Pori in tamil).And in the chill climate I wanted something to munch in without putting in any calories...this is the best choice and wanted a masala variety of it.I just love the garlic smell in the mixture.It gives an additive smell to the pori.

This is a simple recipe which is very easy and quick snack to make.Spicy Pori with a hot filter coffee in a rainy day ..the taste is unexplainable..
 
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ajwain Biscuits/Omam Biscuits


Ajwain is very good for digestion.I just love the aroma of the carom seeds..The salty sweet taste of the biscuits along with the exotic flavour will just melt you even if you are diet conscious...

It had been raining in tuty last week and the after rain situation here is pathetic..We could not take a drive to the bakery.So decided to bake some biscuits at home and hence there is heavy pour of biscuit rain in my blog...And to my surprise the biscuits got baked so good and tasty..
 
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Dum Aloo



Fry it,Bake it,cook it,Mash it,make a curry,make a gravy,or just write potato on paper ;) Call it Aloo Dum or Dum Aloo ....Potatoes are always my favourite...And they are the first love to my  kids.So I keep cooking potatoes very often at home.
 
Dum Aloo is a typical North Indian dish(Kashmiri).It is named so as it is cooked under Dum or pressure .Though my way of cooking is not the authentic way of making it(Dum it),the taste still matches the one cooked in that method..
 
Dum Aloo with Butter Naan/Romali Roti/Roti is a tasty combination...Scrumptious!!Dum Aloo is a lip smacking side dish.We can keep on scripting about the Aloos(Potatoes in hindi).
 
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Masala Biscuits (Eggless)(Karam)


It had been raining heavily at Tuticorin for the past 3 days(which is an unusual scenario!!).I don't like biscuits as they are very sweet in nature..I usually take the Kara biscuit that is available at Ganesh Bakery(famous for its macroon).I just wanted to try a similiar type of this biscuit.Just came across the blog nammaruchi which had this recipe.
 
With the mixture of coriander,chilli,curry leaves,mint leaves the taste and flavour is fantabulous...Now i got addicted to this biscuit.In a monsoon season, hot chaii with such a crunchy masala biscuit is too much for an evening.
 
Just try it out and pass me the comments..
 
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vazhaithandu Poriyal(Banana Stem Curry)



The consistent rain had made me very lazy to cook.So just browsed my system and I found these photos in my gallery lying for many days.So thought of posting it.This dish is very easy to make and also can be had like a salad.My children have it like a sundal.The banana stem as such has many medicinal uses.Infact many people drink juice of it to reduce their weight.
 
Banana stem combined with the moong dhal is a healthy combination and a cup of it is enoug for a 11am snack.The dish is quick to make and also calls for very few ingredients...
 
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chala Meen Kulambu/Chala fish Curry (No coconut)



Fish is a rich source of Protein and Omega B.The taste of the sea fish differs that from the river fish.I had tasted both the varieties.Being at Mettur for 4 years I tasted variety of river fishes.Now being at Tuticorin which is famous for its sea foods I had been tasting fresh Sea fishes.One among them is the simple Chala Meen(In english it is named Sardine).It is less expensive and also easily available.The taste is too good and simple.
My mother makes delicious fish curries.Most of my friends who had visited my house will agree upon this.It tastes as if she had added ghee...So I usually call it as Nei Meen Kulambu(Ghee fish Curry).
We make it in the evening ,keep it aside and eat it in the next afternoon.It tastes too good after a day.That is why there is a famous song in tamil movie which says"Nethu Vacha Meen Kulambu ennai izhukuthadi".
The curry tasted good with hot steamed rice and also with the hot steamed idlis..
Here is the recipe..
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