Thursday, February 28, 2013

Broccoli In Hot Garlic Sauce

I started cooking broccoli for the past 3 years only, initially I hesitate to cook mushroom, broccoli, dunno the exact reason but strong hesitation was there...I pick the mushroom packets n broccoli crowns but at the end of shopping my mind will change n will keep it in their respective places. This is what happening in the initial days here. One fine day H brought this Broccoli in hot garlic sauce n veg fried rice from China Buffet, after tasting the broccoli I started loving it and after that started using it in my regular cooking.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Curry Leaves Chutney Powder / Karuvepillai Idly Milagai Pdi

Wisconsin is a winter wonderland, it's snowing/ Windy for the past 18 hours n going to be the same next 3 days. its so beautiful to watch the snow fall and also the weather is not too cold, its 30 F or above only. But becoz of heavy wind Schools were closed today...I was so happy to hear this message early morning so that I can sleep for some more time. Then only realized that two kids will be at home. Oh..no..H am going to manage them as I planned to bake (savory bake) today. All my plans were spoiled, since if they are at home means I can't do any work except I can bake a cake or cookies which they love more n help me in such cases. Yes, they help me n obey all my words n somehow I manage to finish my work with them. But in case of savory bake or regular cooking there will be lots of interruption you can't do anything properly. I know this is more common n every blogger mommy took it a challenge n succeed for their blog baby! But most of the time our Kids will win the game, right?! Today also they won the battle n I dropped the baking idea.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Classic Croissants / Buttery Croissants - We Knead to Bake # 2


I never thought that I would bake croissants at home n when it happened that too a successful attempt, I couldn't believe myself and was so excited, I never forget this Croissant making in my life really after lamination process my knee started aching n the next day my fingers were lightly swollen n couldn't even touch the rolling pin on 3rd day, was worried h am going to do the rolling?! n i did the stretching/rolling with all pain...after shaping the croissants it looked so pretty n i got it nrby perfect. when i see those flaky, soft n layered croissants hot out of oven, i totally forgot all my pain and was so so excited n no words to express it. Yaay...I did it!!!. It's not too tough or not an impossible task but still it needs lots of things to be taken care n need more patience.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beets Potato Paneer Paratha / Aloo Beets Paneer Stuffed Paratha - Easy Kids Lunch Box Recipe.


Actually i started to make cutlets with beets and potatoes for Valentine special savory snack and i  made cute pink colored heart shaped cutlets and also the cutlets come out so good and i even clicked around 40-50 pictures. But due to low lighting the pictures were too bad and turned out so dark n grainy ones. I wan't upset because its an expected one since it was around 4.00 pm when i set everything to click pics. So with that doubt I kept some stuffing in the fridge to make the cutlets again in the morning but next day i changed my mind and instead of cutlets made this yummy and filling Parathas along with some crumbled paneer. There's not much cooking involved in the stuffing-beets potato paneer preparation except boiling potatoes which also requires only 15 or less time, so u can make the filling within 20 minutes.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Chinese Veg Fried Rice / Vegetable Fried Rice - Chinese Restaurant Style

We love Chinese Food - Fried Rice, Broccoli in Hot Garlic Sauce, Spring Rolls, Garlic Chicken, Tofu Coconut Curry and veg noodles are our most fav and constant restaurant order. Once in a month we used to go Chinese Restaurants  - Panda Hut, P.F. Chang's China Bistro. Even my kids love this Chinese Fried Rice. Its my long time wish to recreate their Fried Rice & Broccoli in Hot sauce. And finally made it last weekend for our lunch. Traditionally Chinese Fried Rice are made with a day or two days old Cooked Rice(cold Rice) and also in restaurants they use Jasmine/Long grain rice but i used Basmati Rice. Except the rice flavor n taste i got the 90% of Restaurants' Fried rice taste, texture and flavor.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Moongdal Jeera Rice / Jeera Rice - Easy Lunch Recipes


Today's recipe is one of the easiest, aromatic one pot meal, Moongdal Jeera rice. It's nothing but a regular jeera rice with the addition of moongdal. I love adding jeera/cumin seeds in all my cooking, sambar, rasam, stir fry, curries, kuzhambu, kootu everything I love the flavor and above all it's very good for health n has lots of health benefits. Aids in digestion, heals ulcers n related problems. And also its Antiseptic properties help fight flu, by boosting your immune system. A cup of water boiled with cumin seeds, ginger, basil leaves and honey, can give great relief. Cumin seeds contain a good amount of iron. So, try to make it a point to add a dash of jeera powder or 1/4 tsp cumin seeds in all your cooking.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Poosanikkai Puli Kootu / Tangy Ash gourd & Lentils Curry

Today's recipe is a south Indian traditional recipe, very healthy and filling side dish made using lentils and ash gourd. This is a tamarind based curry and i first time tried this recipe from Vardhini's CooksJoy. This recipe was recommended to me by my sister who is one of Vardhini's follower :) We usually make kootu without tamarind and i had already posted a 3 different version of koottu. This Puli kottu is entirely different from my family version and so my sister wanted to try this recipe using cluster beans as per the original recipe. And it was liked by her family members and she recommended me to try this kootu. So without any second thought i tried this puli kootu with poosanikkai and it turned out so good. Its even liked by my 4 yr old :) Thanks Vardhini for this yummy recipe, we loved it!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine Cupcakes / Hidden Heart Cupcakes - My Guest Post for Nalini's Kitchen



Today's recipe is a special post, my guest post for Nalini of Nalini's Kitchen. Nalini is one of my close friends in the blogging World. I am so happy to do this guest post for her. She has a lovely space with more delicious recipes which are presented well with inviting pictures. Her authentic south Indian recipes are more notable, have tried few recipes from her space and totally loved it. She has most varieties of cookies like, Linzer cookies, Thumbprint cookies, Spritz Cookies and all of them are Eggless cookies. I really amazed at her passion for cooking when she continuously posted 3 Thaali. Delicious platter with mouth watering dishes. If u haven't checked those mouthwatering recipes please do drop by her space.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Pomegranate Semolina Pudding / Pomegranate Rava Kesari - Easy Valentine Indian Sweet!!


Today's recipe is a classic Indian sweet, Rava Kesari but made using fresh Pomegranate Juice and i named it as Pomegranate Semolina Pudding. I too wanted to share some sweets/desserts as Valentine special recipes. But becoz of the weather really not in a mood to eat sweets/desserts always my mind crave for some hot n spicy curry, crunchy snack and warm soup. But at the same time i wanted to share a sweet with pink or red touch then suddenly got an idea to make one of the easy and quick Indian sweet, Rava Kesari. So for blog sake i made this sweet today :)

Poondu Milagu Kuzhambu / Garlic Pepper Gravy

It's snowing continuously for the past three days n now my place looking so beautiful with snow covered everywhere. I like to admire the beauty, particularly the trees n shrubs looks more beautiful. Weather also not too cold above 15 F only. Wanted to click some pics of that heavy snow on my backyard but don't want to take risk since last week for same reason went out to take food pics with snow BG, that time weather was too cold (below 10 F) so I couldn't stay out for not more than 10 minutes n was in hurry to enter n while closing the patio doors I got my fingers stuck between the door and got hurt on my fingers badly, still blood clot on one of my finger hurting me:(

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Chicken Pepper Masala / Easy Pepper Chicken / Chicken Pepper Fry

pepper chicken without capsicum
Generally I won't experiment with chicken since am not much fond of chicken or other non vegetarian recipes, i only eat chicken if its made more tasty and spicy. So i always follow the best recipes either from my mom or from good websites...But it's long time wish to try chicken like my Mushroom Pepper Masala. last month tried that recipe with chicken instead of mushroom n to my surprise it turned out so good n even my 3yr old liked the chicken with curd rice :) U too try this yummy n spicy flavorful chicken n impress ur family!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Honey Cheese Corn Muffins / Honey & Cheese Corn Muffins



I really missed by space and blogging for the past few days. One or the other things kept me away from blogging and its almost a week i posted any recipe here. Blogging is one of the best stress reliever to me and i felt relaxed after posting a recipe by reading all my fellow bloggers lovely comments  :)
So today i wanted to share a recipe which i made few weeks back, easy and delicious Corn Muffins with the goodness of honey and cheese. This is the first time i tried muffins with corn meal and i loved it. I had some mozzarella cheese left after using it in my Pinwheels Pizza and Onion Cheese Pull Apart bread and wanted to use it and searched for a recipe and i found this recipe interesting. But i halved the recipe and slightly modified it to my taste. Added some chili flakes to it and loved the spicy, sweet n bland flavor of corn meal. Do give it a try!!