Thursday, November 28, 2013

Lachha Paratha / Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha / Mulit Layered Paratha - Its Easy & Vegan too!!

Lachha Paratha is a Mulit layered Indian Flat bread/Paratha of Punjabi Cuisine that is traditionally prepared in Tandoor(a cylindrical clay or metal oven) and using ghee. But it can also be prepared using oil in tawa/griddle like chapathi or plain paratha. I love south Indian Paratto, a similar multi layered flat bread that is made with Maida/All purpose Flour. And recently learned the trick of making perfect Parotta and am planning to make a post of it soon here.
Now coming to the Lachha Paratha, mostly this lachha paratha is made using ghee and is not advisable for regular diet meal but i wanted to make it less calorie and also a complete Vegan Recipe, so i used whole wheat flour and oil to make this paratha. Even oil gives nice flaky and flavorful paratha. Hope the step by step pictures helps anyone to make this Paratha very easy and now lets move on to the recipe...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pottukadalai Chutney / Roasted Gram Dal Chutney - Easy Chutney Recipe

Today's recipe is one quick & easy to make chutney that pairs well with many South Indian breafast or dinner recipes like Idli/Dos, Pongal, Chapathi, Paniyaram, Adai, etc., My Maternal mom makes this chutney for my Grand pa since he does not like coconut chutney or kurma recipes. So this kadalai chutney is his favorite sides for Idli and my favorite too. For today's Tamizhar Samyal Tuesday event by Nalini, I like to share this simple and tasty chutney.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kanel Snegle / Kanelbullar (Swedish Cinnamon Snails/Rolls)

For this Month's We Knead to Bake we are baking Kanel Snegel or Swedish Cinnamon Snails. This bread contains two spices - cardamom & cinnamon which gives amazing flavor and taste to the snails. Aparna suggested to try both Snail shaped rolls and the twisted buns, so I tried both but the last minute Baking did not helped me this time and everything was not to my satisfaction and also the snails got burnt. Somehow I managed to take few pictures with a snail for today's post and definitely will be making it sometime soon. Anyway thanks Aparna for suggesting this wonderful bread recipe. Even though it burnt we loved it :) Now off to the recipe..

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Godhuma Dosai / Wheat Dosa / Wheat Flour Dosa - Easy Breakfast Recipes !

If you are looking for an easy, quick, simple, healthy, low calorie and Instant Breakfast or Dinner recipe?, Then this Wheat Dosa / Godhumai Dosai is one perfect recipe & its a diabetic friendly recipe too. One humble recipe with tons of benefits & you can make it in a jiffy. No grinding, no soaking, no resting time, just mix flour with water add some chopped onions, cilantro, ginger and throw in little cumin & pepper that's it your Dosa batter ready. This Wheat Dosa is our breakfast/dinner recipe on my lazy days and we don't have any trouble eating this dosa daily. We love this dosa with some spicy chutneys or with pickles. It tastes great when it is served hot with some spicy chutney or kurma. Now off to the recipe..

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Green Peas Kachori With Spicy Dum Aloo / Peas Kachori & Dum Aloo

I am happy to be a part of SNC / South Vs North Challenge Event, brainchild of Divya Pramil. SNC has completed a successful year and as a Celebration of SNC Anniversary, Divya announced a lovely giveaway at her space. If anyone interested to know about the giveaway please hop on to her space and do join in the Anniversary Celebration.
Last Month itself Divya suggested to try any of the 24 recipes ie 12 recipes challenged by South Team Members and 12 recipes challenged by North Team members. But I couldn't do it last month  and happy that Divya extended the Anniversary Celebration post to this month as well. So here's my post for the Celebration of this great Event. As i joined this just six months back so i have more choice of recipes to try. Of it I tried Green Peas Kachori With Spicy Dum Aloo challenged by Sanoli. This is one yummy combo and my kids loved it a lot. I enjoyed cooking this recipes and thank you Sanoli for this wonderful recipes. I slightly tweaked the peas filling to my taste. Now off to the recipes..

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Chickpeas Curry Masala / Channa Curry Masala / Channa Masala with Coconut

I have planned few things to do this weekend, nothing special simply to Bake & Cook few recipes for blog. But all spoiled because of the bad weather, yes., it was too cloudy and rainy for the past two days. We did not go anywhere and simply watched online movies, TV shows & took complete rest. The weather gonna be like this for the next few months and I cannot cook & click any time. Here, after should keep watching the weather reports and have to cook on the Shiny Day alone :( I know many of my bloggers friends also depend on the Natural light and worrying like me.
Now Coming to the recipe, this is South Indian style Channa Masala / Chickpeas Masala with coconut-poppy paste and chicken masala powder. This is a very simple and quick channa masala and you do not need to pressure cook the chickpeas prior instead soaked chickpeas is enough. This chickpeas masala is done using a pressure cooker. Without any further delay will get into the recipe.,

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Eggless Oats Chocolate Biscottis / Oats Chocolate Biscotti

For this Month's Home Baker's Challenge, Priya given us four Biscotti recipes. Biscottis arenothing but a twice baked cookies, originated in Italy. These cookies or biscuits are oblong shaped and crunchy cookies. Of the Four Biscotti Recipes, I picked this Eggless Oats Chocolate Biscotti. This recipe is Priya's own creation, she had used wholegrain - oats in this Italian cookies that is very innovative and nice way to include wholegrain in kid's snack. I am happy that I tried this eggless oats chocolate biscottis, they turned out good and my kids loved it a lot. All biscottis vanished in two days and not even a small single piece left to their dad. And, yesterday again they asked for biscottis, so I am planning to bake another batch by tomorrow. Thank you Priya for this wonderful recipe and I really enjoyed this month's challenge. This is sure a keeper.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rava Kesari / Kesari Recipe - Easy Indian Sweet Recipes

Rava Kesari is a popular South Indian sweet that is made using Semolina/Sooji/Rava. It is made during all festive occasions & Weddings. This is a simple and quick sweet, you can make this sweet instantly if you have rava/sooji at home. This is one of the easiest & quick nivedyam. This Rava Kesari even makes a quick Cake to celebrate Birthday instantly. Have cut Kesari Cake few years and even this year for my husband's birthday i made this Kesari Cake since I was sick at that time. So prepared this Kesari cake instantly(see 4th collage pic)

I wanted to share this recipe for a long time, but every time one or the other reason prevented me to click. This is the first sweet recipe I learned to make and from the first time it was successful. As its very simple and also it can be prepared in 20 minutes, I often make this sweet for all special occasions. Recently made this on Diwali day and clicked few pictures to share here. I used only few drops of ghee for flavor so my rava kesari doesn't have the glossy, shiny texture and it looks dry like upma, but taste wise it was good and I am happy with the reduced calorie/fat :) I sometimes use oil also for this Rava Kesari. Either way it tasted good, but the addition of ghee makes it rich, delicious and flavorful sweet.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Orange Tutty Frutti Loaf Cake / Orange Fruit Cake / Condensed Milk Fruit Cake

Today's recipe is a rich, delicious & flavorful After School snack recipe, a loaf cake with Orange & Tutty Frutti combo. I baked this cake long back and because of Diwali recipes & other Events I completely forgot it. And today it is Sunday and its time for Lets Brunch On Sundays Event by Priya and Veena. So I found this recipe when i searched my folder for today's recipe. This is a very simple and easy Eggless Cake recipe with lovely orange flavor. I have already tried a  Orange Loaf Cake,a low calorie cake with Olive oil and that was Hit with my kids and I too loved that cake. This time got this recipe from Tarla Dalal site that is with Tutty Frutti combo. I just Love Fruit cake and the addition of tutty frutti or nuts makes it more filling and delicious, perfect to pack for your kid's snack box. The flavor and colourful cake sure to impress kids, so go ahead and bake it for your kids. Definitely they gonna love and ask you to bake often. Now off to the recipe..

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes /Chocolate Mocha Cupcake with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

After a long time i am posting a Baking recipe, i did not bake anything recently and even not interested in baking. But when we friends planned for the Virtual Birthday Treat for Priya, decided to bake any recipe sweet or savory from her space. Since Priya love baking a lot and also her space is loaded with lots and lots of baked goodies, from sinful delight to healthy bakes. I have bookmarked many recipes too. As a part of her Virtual Birthday Celebration we planned to try her Baking recipe, preferably a Chocolate based ones. Since we know she love chocolates and anything with chocolates are her most favorite. So i picked her Chocolate Mocha Cake and tried as a Cupcakes with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting.
This is a very simple and easy to make recipe with awesome result. The cake turned out so good, super moist and delicious cake my kids and H loved it a lot. Thank You so much Priya for this wonderful recipe. Now off to the recipe...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

South Indian Mixture / Madras Mixture / Diwali Mixture

Mixture is nothing but a mix of deep fried snacks like Boondi, Omapodi, Karasev along with Peanuts, cashews, Poha. This is the simple South Indian Mixture, to this You can also add Maida Biscuits, fried Chana Dal and for a sweet touch raisins, sugar or sweet boondi also added. Today am sharing the simple & Basic South Indian Style Mixture / Madras Mixture. This is popularly made during Diwali time. We too make this mixture in a tall bucket to distribute it to our relatives, friends and neighbors on Diwali day. Mixture is one of my favorite childhood snack. More than a snack i love this mixture as a side dish. I can even have Thanni sadham(cooked rice with water n salt) with some mixture. I love the sweet biscuits/Maida biscuits in mixture. So i reserved 1/4 cup mainly to add in my mixture :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Whipping Cream Pound Cake ~ My Guest Post for Rendez Vous With a Foodie, Priya's Versatile Recipes !

Whipping Cream Pound Cake
Today's post is a special Guest Post of mine featured in Priya's Versatile Recipes. So Thanks a ton Priya for this wonderful opportunity. I know Priya for the past two years and she is a Gem of a Woman, so kind, lovable, caring and down to earth person whom i met through this virtual world. I know more about her personally, we talked over phone for hours and hours and also chatted for hours together. Such a jovial person and she never fails to bring a smile on my face while chatting. Whenever i am down or tensed she is the first person whom i ping and she always there to console me with her humble and positive words. I am blessed to be her friendly sister and wish to be so forever.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Milagu Rasam / Pepper Rasam

After all rich and delicious Diwali Sweets & Savories here comes the simple, healthy and soothing recipe, Milagu Rasam / Pepper Rasam that is perfect for the Chill Weather now. I make Rasam weekly twice or thrice, since my lil' one prefer rasam and rice for lunch.
Every family has their method of making Rasam / Rasam Powder and this is our version. This Rasam does not require Rasam Powder just a coarsely ground cumin, pepper and garlic is enough. The recipe as follows..

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kaju Halwa / Kaju Kesari / Cashew Nut Fudge - Easy Diwali Sweet Recipe

Hello folks, Hope you had a blasting Diwali Celebration and enjoyed the festival with your family & friends. We too had fun eating sweets & savories which i cooked, simple lunch - Vegetable Biryani, Raita & Vermicelli Paal Payasam. The day went happily & peacefully with my family. Only thing which made my kids upset was they did not burst any firecrackers but what to do here we don't have such facilities. Hope in future they get a chance to enjoy Diwali in India with their Grand parents, Uncles & Aunts :)