Monday, September 30, 2013

Kadala Paruppu Sundal / Chana Dal Sundal ~ Easy Navarathri Sundal Recipe

Just only 5 more days for Navarathri and most of the Indian blogs are flooding with Sundal & other Navarathri related recipes. I too wanted to share few easy and quick to make sundal recipes here for the occasion. We do not have the custom of celebrating this Nine days Festival. But we lived in an Agraharam for more than 10 years and all the families in that area celebrate it in their own way and almost everyone keep kolu/Golu at their home and i love to watch the Golu settings-the lighting, toys(chettiyar bommai, marapachi bommai, park toys are my fav) and above all the Bakshenam they give on all nine days ;) I really enjoyed going to all the maamis' house to watch the Golu, they only give the bakshenam if we sing or recite slogam :) I don't know whether the maamis still remember us but i never failed to recollect the days where we had so much fun at their homes watching golu and eating all those yummy foods :)
This Kadala Paruppu Sundal is one such easy and tasty sundal with very simple preparation. It just needs boiling chana and a simple tempering, no onions, no coconut in this sundal recipe. Its even a perfect filling and healthy snack for Diabetic people.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Vegetable Rava Biryani / Rava Biryani - Easy & Quick One Pot Meal!


Today's Recipe is one easy & quick one pot meal with more satisfying taste & flavor - Vegetable Rava Biryani. Rava Upma is one such recipe which is not liked by most of the people, particularly men. Mr.V also hate Rava upma and never allow to me to cook it for him, i make it only for me and my kids. Upma is one of my fav breakfast/dinner menu. During my school days i even ask my mom to pack upma for my lunch box with sugar. I just love upma with sugar and plain yogurt.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Khaliat Nahal / Honeycomb Buns or Bee's Hive Buns


I love baking breads and it all happened due to Aparna's We Knead To Bake group, special Thanks to Aparna for all her best choices of Bread recipes and definitely i am learning new bread & baking technique every month. And for this Month we are baking Honeycomb Buns/Khaliat Nahal. This is one of the cute and softest bread i ever had. And so delicious and flavorful too. I just loved the aroma of freshly baked bread and these buns are so so good and addictive. Traditionally these buns are made as sweet with plain cream cheese filling, glazed with honey flavored syrup. I too baked the sweet version but with Sweetened Coconut, tutty frutti, & nuts filling. I think now i don't need to explain the taste of these buns, rt? My kids loved it to the core and they enjoyed eating the buns by dipping it in the sugar syrup. These buns makes a perfect tea time snack with some warm milk or hot chai.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Kalan Kuzhambu / Spicy Mushroom Gravy

Kalan Kuzhambu / Spicy Mushroom Gravy is one of the popular South Indian kuzhambu variety that too its popular in South Indian Wedding Dinner. In recent years, have seen in many wedding receptions in my hometown. Many people prefer this Kalan Kuzhambu and Parotta for dinner menu in Wedding Receptions. Even i tasted Mushroom first time in a wedding reception dinner only. I liked this spicy kuzhambu, its so flavorful and yummy with parotta & Ghee Rice. Then my mom got the recipe from a Cook and tried it few times. We all love this mushroom kuzhambu and i love it with hot idlis and with Jeera Rice or Ghee Rice.
If you haven't cooked Mushroom this way, please give it a try to feel the real flavor and taste of this kuzhambu. Dunno why i did not posted this recipe in my space, Thanks to Nalini for starting Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday event, in which one should post traditional or regional recipes of Tamil Nadu on every month's 2nd and 4th Tuesday. So keep watching i am gonna share few of my hometown special recipes here in coming weeks.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Dill Leaves Cabbage Pakora / Dill Leaves Pakora

Thanks to Priya & Veena for starting Lets Brunch On Sundays Event, in which a blogger should post any recipe on 2nd and 4th Sunday under no theme & specific rules. Really i need a commitment to post on Sundays or else i will be lazy and postponing it to Monday morning, afternoon or evening. Now this Event pushed me to come up with a recipe today. Today's recipe is one quick and yummy snack/starter, Dill Leaves Pakora. The weather started changing slowly and the early mornings and evenings are cold and chill. The chill evenings sure need a hot and spicy snack with soothing Chai/Coffee. This Dill Leaves Cabbage Pakora is one perfect snack for the Chill Evening with a cup fo hot chai. And its a very flavorful and yummy crispy pakoras. Not only for evening snack this can be served as a side dish for your lunch meal. Just a simple rice & rasam makes a great satisfying meal with this crispy pakoras.
Have tried Masala Vadai also with dill leaves but that day i couldn't take a pic of it but this clicked few pics of this aromatic and crispy pakoras. Without any further delay will move onto the recipe...

Friday, September 20, 2013

Broccoli Masala / Broccoli Onion Tomato Masala

One more addition to my Broccoli Recipes, Broccoli Masala. This recipe was lying in my draft more than a month, somehow this did not get my attention these days and there are few more recipes like that which i cooked and clicked long back. For some reason and events the other recipes took the priority and now these recipes helps me to feed my blog since i did not cook anything recently. Almost spending my days sitting idle not interested in anything. The weather also dull and dark one more reason for my laziness, hope my mind change in coming days so that i can cook some yummy recipes to share here :)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Chilly Tomato Chutney / Spicy Tomato Garlic Chutney

Today's recipe is one simple and easy to make chutney which serves as an accompaniment for Idly/Dosa, Upma, Pidi Kozhukattai, Paniyaram, Rava Dosa, Ragi Dosa/Ragi Adai,Wheat Dosa or even good as a Sandwich spread. I came to know this simple chutney from Priya, thanks Priya for sharing this easy breezy chutney with great taste. Even my kids love this chutney, this stays good up to a week, if refrigerated. This even pairs well with curd rice. Just 4 main ingredients needed for this chutney and the recipe as follows...

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ragda Patties / Aloo Tikki & Ragda Recipe

Happy Onam Wishes To All who Celebrate this grand Festival. Actually i planned to share few Onam Sadya recipes but couldn't do it may be next year will try to share. Now coming to today's recipe Ragda Patties / Ragda Pattice, Popular Indian chaat or one of the famous Mumbai's Street side food. But i have tasted this refreshing and yummy chaat in my hometown chaat shops. I still remember that shop which was near to my home in salem town area, they sell all kind of snacks/deep fried snacks, sweets, chaat recipes and I am a big fan of their Chaats - Ragda Pattice, Samosa Chaat, Cutlet Chaat, Pani Puir, Masala Puri, Kachoris, Dahi Puri & so on. A plate of this Ragda Pattice is just Rs.5 (13 yrs back) with so yummy taste and so many days this platter was my dinner meal. Really this is so filling, healthy and delicious snack/meal.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Honey Drizzled Semolina Cake / Semolina Cake

This month's Home Baker's Challenge, Shama of Easy 2Cook Recipes challenged us with 6 different savory muffins, sweet muffins & cakes. Of the six i tried this Honey Drizzled Semolina cake and the cake turned out super good and delicious. A very easy and simple cake with great taste. Thank you shama for this yummy choice of recipe and i really liked it. Sure this gonna be a keeper recipe. Here i used our regular semolina/sooji/white rava, I simply pulsed it in a blender and used it in the recipe. But the semolina flour will give you a perfect cake like texture, mine was bit crumbly and crust was bit crisp we loved it too.
I also added 1/4 tsp cardamom powder to the sugar syrup since i forgot to add Vanilla to the cake batter, so the cake was dominated by cardamom flavor and it was like a buttery Indian milk sweet. Do give it a try, definitely you will love it.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bhel Puri - Easy & Healthy Chaat Recipe!

After a short four days break, am here with an easy and refreshing snack/Chaat recipe - Bhel Puri. Bhel Puri is nothing but a simple and easy to make chaat with rice puffs/murmura and one of my Hubby's favorite chaat. He love this bhel puri a lot and that too the one from Raj Bhog NJ is his most favorite. When we were in NJ, Raj Bhog chaats  & snacks shop is near to our apartment, just a 5 minutes walk to taste all those refreshing chaats and snacks in an affordable price. Really we miss NJ's Indian Restaurants, chaats  & snacks shops.
But i try to recreate all those chaats & snacks at home and this is Bhel Puri is one such recreated version and also i referred few sites and finally fixed with this simple version. The only thing is it should be served immediately as soon as its done but some people love the soggy rice puffs also, so its purely your choice. We love both crispy & soggy rice puffs.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Kara Kozhukattai / Rice flour Kozhukattai / Savory Steamed Rice Dumplings

Everyone is busy preparing for the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival. It is nothing but the Birthday of Lord Ganesh and we Celebrate this special day by offering  Modak/Modhagam, Sundal, Laddo, Sweet Pongal, Lots of fruits as Prasadham and adorn Ganesha Idol with Arugampul, Erukkam poo Mazhai. In India we Celebrate the day in grand manner but here i do with all the available things. In India the Chaturthi day started ie September 9, Monday. Here, we will do the Pooja tomorrow morning only. Wishing Everyone a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Wishes and May Lord Ganesh Bring your home Prosperity, Happiness  & Fortune.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Peanut Sundal / Verkadalai Sundal

I am happy to share that Spicy Treats Crossed 25 Lakhs Hits and 600+ posts, Thanks a ton to all my readers, visitors and my blogger friends. Without all your constant support and encouragement i couldn't reach this. I thank each and everyone who visit my space regularly from My Bottom of my Heart. Special thanks to my Blogger friends who never fail to encourage my work by sharing their lovely comments. Thank you dear friends and hope you will extend your support in the future coming days also. All my centuries post were a special post with lovely Desserts/Sweets. But right I am not in a celebration mood due to some personal issues. But hope we get back to normal soon and will share a delicious dessert for this occasion soon.
Now-a-days i could not visit all your space regularly, so sorry for that and please don't mistake me. I love blog hop but because of personal issues and commitments couldn't do it regularly, i know everyone is having their own personal issues and commitments but still you people are great never fail to visit mine, thanks a ton. I feel so guilty and hope i can spend some time in coming days and definitely check all your wonderful creations. Thanks again!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Ragi Kozhukattai / Ragi Inippu Pidi Kozhukattai

A small break from my Chaat Recipes and gonna share Ganesh Chaturthi Special recipes for next three days. As the blogosphere(mostly Indian Blogs) is flooding with different varieties of Modak/Kozhukattai, Sundal & other related recipes. I too wanted to share some recipes for the festive occasion and at the same time wanted to make some healthy & low calorie recipes.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Papdi Chaat / Papdi & Papdi Chaat Recipe

Today's recipe for Vegan Thursday, Papdi & Papdi Chaat Recipe. This is a simple & refreshing snack and one of my favorite chaat item. I have already posted a similar Papdi chaat with Papdis and freshly grated carrots and beets. This time i tried papdi at home and the result was not bad and not perfect. The papdis were super crispy but the papdi come out with lots of bubbles, so it does not look good otherwise the papdis tasted so good. V and kids did not bother about it and happily enjoyed the snack. Its me who always bother for perfect result and everything and sometimes worry for it and waste most of my precious time by simply sitting and starring at my pics whether to post it or not?  After spending almost an hour and a half, finally decided to share it here. Now off to the recipe...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Peas Chaat / Peas Masala Chaat Recipe / Green Peas Masala Chaat ~ Healthy & Refreshing Snack !

Mr.V love sundals(kind of legume salad) and he mostly prefer it for evening snacks. Though I am not much fond of sundals very rarely prefer Chickpeas/Channa sundal and i love eating these protein packed & fiber rich legumes in chaat form. Peas Chaat / Channa Chaat or any legume simply cooked and sprinkled with chaat masala and few lemon drops would make my snack plate more happy and filling.

This Peas Chaat  / Peas Masala Chaat is one such healthy & refreshing snack, a pure vegan recipe. This recipe was shared to me by my sister long back, 2 yrs back. I cook this peas chaat often but couldn't get chance & time to blog it. But this time made it for blog and clicked happily :) This peas chaat doesn't involve chaat chutneys since we add fresh cilantro, mint, tamarind, jaggery gives spicy, sour & sweet taste. But serving with chaat chutneys makes it even more tasty and refreshing. Without any further delay will move on the recipe....

Monday, September 2, 2013

Barley Adai / Barley Lentils Crepes / Barley Paruppu Dosa

This is another Healthy Breakfast / Dinner recipe with more nutritional value, rich in protein, fiber, low calorie and filling recipe perfect to kick start anyone's day. Its good for diet and diabetic people too. This is one of my recent experiment with Pearl Barley and Mixed lentils combo. Though Pearl Barley is low in protein content compared to the whole grain barley but low in calorie and the addition of lentils like Green gram, Orange lentils/Masoor dal, Tuvar Dal, Channa dal, Urad dal makes it a protein packed meal. The Barley Adai / Dosa is a Instant version it doesn't require fermentation and can be cooked soon after grinding. The dosa turned so crispy and tasty and i served with Kadamba Chutney, which i posted last week. The combo was so good and my kids loved this Barley Adai so much. For a change from regular Dosa & Adai, try this healthy and tasty Barley Adai. And also Pearl Barley are very cheap, healthy and easy to use and also available in all supermarket & Departmental stores. Great nutrition in an less or cheap price.

Announcing Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday Event - Showing the Traditions


We group of friends started a new event Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday which is going to happen in 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.

Tamilnadu cuisine is famous for its flavor and spices,each district has their own signature recipes.We know very well that Tamilians have many delicious foods, for example Kanchipuram is famous for idlis, while Tirunelveli is famous for halwa, needless to say much about the famous Chettinad cuisine and another well known is Kongu cuisine.

Yes we are proud to be Tamilians and we love to share our knowledge of this famous foods, thus we planned this event.In this event you can cook and show case the food which is very popular and traditional in any region of Tamilnadu.Both veg and non-veg recipes are allowed.

This event doesn't have any specific themes or ingredients,cook anything popular in the region of Tamilnadu.The main motto of the event is to know the food cultures followed in each region especially in village sides.


Want to be a part of this event, do leave your mail id in the comment box.