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Oct 31, 2013

KaraSev / KaraSev Recipe / Spicy Sev Recipe

Its been ages i had this spicy and yummy karasev. Though this is not my favorite snack i love to have this as a side with rice and rasam. But The karasev which is available here are not good, crispy and i do not like it. So i decided to try it by myself and that's the only way to taste a very good kara sev :)
Here's another Diwali snack from Spicy Treats, my version of karasev-crispy, spicy and mild soft karasev. This is one quick version and you can make instantly. Traditionally this Kara sev made using karasev ladle but i used murukku press for making this kara sev with the wide holes achu /plate. This time I tried it Vegan without using butter and it turned out perfectly.

Oct 30, 2013

Maida Biscuits / Diamond Biscuits ~ Kids Friendly Snack / Diwali Sweet Recipe

How many of you love this cute and delicious Maida Biscuits / Diamond Biscuits? Its my most favorite snack during my childhood days, have eaten this a lot. This is so addictive and yummy snack, you can't stop munching this sweet, crunchy and melt in mouth biscuits. But in recent years i have tasted [only tasted ;)] it only once because of diet..this and that.
Like me, my kids also love this biscuits a lot and after a way long time i made for them and they enjoyed eating and playing with this Diamond Biscuits :) As now its Diwali Occasion i wanted to share it here, so it will be useful for many to try this easy and simple, Vegan Snack. Usually this maida biscuits are done using butter or Vanaspathi/shortening but this recipe uses oil only. If anyone looking for a Vegan Diwali sweet then this is one best option, hope you like it too and give it a try...

Oct 29, 2013

Wheat Flour Laddu / Atta Laddu - Easy & Quick Diwali Sweet Recipe

Today's recipe is another simple and easy to make Sweet that you can try this for Diwali, Wheat Flour Laddus / Atta Ladoo. A healthy snack for growing kids. I bookmarked this Atta Ladoo in Raks Kitchen and tried it this week and the laddus tasted so so good and it just melt in mouth like Soan papdi. I felt so, the sweetness and flour texture was similar to the taste of soan papdi. I slightly tweaked the recipe by mixing the ground pistachios with Atta. And also here i used only 1/4 cup ghee and 1/4 cup oil. To me the flavor of ghee and taste of Atta ladoo was fine but you can use which ever is fine to you. One more Easy Diwali Sweet and its a must try, thank You Raji for this wonderful recipe and sure a keeper. Now off to the recipe..

Oct 28, 2013

Mysore Pak Recipe / Soft Ghee Mysore Pak - Easy Diwali Sweet

Hope everyone is busy preparing Sweets & Savories for Diwali. And all my fellow bloggers are rushing to post their Diwali recipes and after a short break i am here with one of the Easy Diwali Sweet - Mysore Pak / Soft Ghee Mysore Pak. Never thought that cooking Mysore Pak is so much easy and i can make it successfully in my first attempt itself. Yep.,this is the first time am trying this popular Diwali snack, since i do not like Mysore Pak and very rarely take one piece if its from Sree Krishna Sweets :)

Oct 24, 2013

100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread / Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Its my long time wish to try a Sandwich bread and finally it happened today :) I all excited to see my own homemade 100% whole wheat bread fresh & hot out to oven. Thanks to Aparna for choosing 100% whole wheat Sandwich Bread for this month's We Knead to Bake recipe. We usually buy whole wheat bread and recently stopped buying it because of it preservatives, but now i will not worry for store bought ones since i got one fool proof recipe. The bread tasted so soft and my kids loved it. I am going to try some sandwich or Bread Upma tomorrow.
This bread is soft and very lightly dense than other whole wheat bread and also easy to make except it need lot of time. The soaker and Biga should be made ahead and totally it takes more than 24 hrs excluding bread baking time.

Oct 22, 2013

Boondi / Kara Boondi Recipe ~ Easy Diwali Snack Recipes

Here's another easy & tasty Diwali snack, Kara Boondi recipe. Really making boondi is not that much hard just little bit patience is required, yes.,you have to clean/wipe the boondi ladle every time to get round shaped boondis and also check batter consistency by dropping few drops and add flour or water accordingly, that's it its so simple and you can make this yummy snack. This is my kids and hubby's most favorite snack and every time we buy Provisions in Indian store definitely a packet of Boondi will be in the list. Not only for snack they love this as a side dish with Curd rice, Rasam & rice, Sambar Sadham and even mix it with Rice puffs which makes a great snack. This is my second time and am happy that this time my Boondis were near to perfect.  But i couldn't able to take detailed step wise pictures as i was making it alone without Hubby's help and also i don't have tripod so for a detailed pictorial checkout my Boondi Laddu recipe. Now off to the recipe..

Oct 21, 2013

Garlic Murukku / Poondu Murukku

Today's recipe is simple and easy to make savory snack that can be made for the upcoming festival, Diwali. This Garlic Murukku is one of my childhood favorite snack and my mom makes the best Garlic Murukku. I wanted to post this recipe for long time but did not get chance and now after seeing all other blogs with the Diwali Sweets & Savories recipes i too wanted to share few recipes here and this Garlic Murukku is first in the row :)

Oct 17, 2013

Vazhakkai Varuval / Vazhakkai Fry / Spicy Raw Banana Fry

This is one of the simple & quickest stir fry that pairs well with any kind of south Indian meal - with sambar, rasam & curd/Yogurt or with one pot meal like Arisi Paruppu Sadham, Sambar Sadham, Bisi Bela Batha and even with Variety rice like Lemon Rice, Tomato Rice, Curd rice. Mr.V even like this fry to eat like appetizer, he finish this whole bowl in one go. He loves this kind of fry a lot and Potato Fry is his most favorite. Mostly i cook Vegetarian on all special occasions and if i ask him for the menu his choice will be Sambar, Rasam, Potato Fry, Medhu Vada & Vermicelli Payasam. I love to talk about his favorites and liking a lot but will stop here and move on to the recipe. I have already posted a simple Vazhakkai Stir Fry but this is little different from it which involves tempering and also the addition of onions which took this simple fry to next level with lovely flavor and caramelized onions with the spices smells and tastes so good that cannot be explained you have to feel it, so next time when u get Raw Banana or Vazhakkai try this simple and easy to make fry without fail and please feel free to share your lovely feedback. Now off to the recipe...

Oct 15, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Fund Raising Event

Hello Friends,
We are feeling proud to announce this useful fund raising event to bring awareness among many people and also to help people who are already diagnosed and need help with regards to the cost of the treatment. Here, we bloggers joined together to spread this awareness lot faster and in a wider range in the network world. We would like to sincerely thank each of our blogger friends to put this forward and as well as help with regards to the donation as well.

Oct 14, 2013

Eggless Chocoalte Mug Cake / Eggless Chocolate cake in a Mug / Microwave Chocolate Cake

I have been posting all savory Sundals & side dish recipes for past week and for a change wanted to share this Instant Chocolate Cake recipe which i tried long long back and now only got time to click and share this easy & single serving Chocolate cake. Have tried many Eggless cake recipe even my Eggless Carrot Mug cake  & Mango Mug cake recipes are a very moist, soft and delicious cake with bit dense texture but this Chocolate cake is so so light, airy and fluffy cake and you will not say its a Eggless cake. That too with all simple & Basic cake Ingredients, just give it a try to feel the real taste and flavor. All you need is just 2 minutes to enjoy this Chocolaty treat. I have spared so many 2 minutes for this chocolate cake and enjoyed it a lot with my kids. They love it a lot and one time made 4 mug cakes for us :)  Ok now off to the recipe..

Oct 13, 2013

Announcing Diwali Delicacies Event

Hello Friends,
Welcome you all to an Another Interesting Event - Diwali Delicacies. Diwali or Deepavali popularly known as the "festival of lights," and is Celebrated all over India. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the Victory of good over evil. These lamps are kept in order to Welcome the goddess Lakshmi. And also on the special day Firecrackers are burst because it is believed that it drives away all evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

Pachai Payir Sundal / Mung Bean Salad / Green Gram Sundal Recipe

Happy Dussehra / Dasara Wishes to all who celebrate this special occasion. Dasara/Vijayadashami  is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, the victory of Goddess Durga over the demons Mahishasur. As the name suggests Vijayadashmi or Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar which corresponds to September or October of the Gregorian calendar. The first nine days are celebrated as Maha Navratri or Sharada Navratri and culminates on the tenth day as Dasara. On this Day people of the Hindu faith observe Dussehra through special prayer and food offerings to the gods at home or in temple. Many people also believe that it is lucky day to start a new venture, project or journey on Dussehra. So on this special occasion i wish all my readers & blogger friend and family a good health, wealth & peace.

Oct 9, 2013

Paneer Bhurji - Easy Paneer Recipe

Generally in Puratassi (Tamil month name) Month we do not eat any non vegetarian dishes including egg in this month. Though i am not a NV eater but i like to add eggs regularly in my diet and whenever i am lazy and run out of veggies i mostly prefer Egg Bhurji for my dinner with Chapathis. I love Egg Bhurji a lot and my kids too love it a lot and they can have a extra half chapathi with it :)

Oct 4, 2013

Pachai Payir Vella Sundal / Vella Sundal / Whole Moong Sweet Sundal - Navarathri Recipes

Today being Friday and also tomorrow Navarathri (in India it started today) i wanted to share this Vella Sundal / Pachai Payir Vella Sundal. This Vella Sundal is one of the recipe which is prepared on any one of the nine days as Nivedyam. My neighbor maamis also give this sweet sundal as Prasadham on one of the Nine Days when we visit their Home to see Golu. I would like to watch their Golu on all nine days, each day they decorate the Golu differently. Though my mom make this Vella Sundal during Ayutha Pooja or Vinayagar Chathurthi i love the sundal which is made by my Neighbor maamis during Navarathri. Dunno the reason but i love Maami's Sundals or Kozhukattais more than my mom's recipe.

Oct 3, 2013

Batata Poha / Aloo Poha / Potato Rice Flakes

Poha one of my favorite breakfast and I sometimes prefer Poha Upma for my evening snack too. One quick and easy to make recipe with great taste. Have tried few varities of Poha upma like Spinach Poha, Tomato PohaMango PohaBroccoli Lemon Poha and this Batata Poha is in my to do list for long time. And recently got to try it and it turned out awesome, Poha are best when it served hot. For this Batata Poha I used Ginger-Green chilli-Cilantro paste & love this combo a lot and have already used in many of my recipes and with this Potato Poha also it paired well and on the whole  a spicy, flavorful and yummy Poha. If you like Poha & Potato then you must try this combo for a more satisfying and comfort meal.

Oct 2, 2013

Cauliflower Capsicum Sabzi / Cauliflower Sabzi - Easy Side Dish For Chapathi !

Life without gadgets - laptop, internet, mobile is something different and also bit boring, today we had some internet issue and got the connection after 6 pm. I felt that I was left in an Island without no people around me. I even could not make India call or chat/call with any friends as my Landline also needs wifi. I don't know how to spend the day without my laptop and mobile but you know the day went very well, did some useful work.

Oct 1, 2013

Oats Curd Bath / Oats Curd Rice / Oats Savory Oatmeal

Today's recipe is one healthy, low calorie, filling and quick meal which is perfect for Breakfast or Lunch or even for dinner. Savory Oatmeal is my constant diet menu, so comfort and satisfying meal to me. Compared to the sweet version I love this savory oats, even my kids love this savory oats. For garnishing I used pom seeds, raw mango but oats good with plain yogurt and a dash of salt. Tempering and garnishing makes it look more attractive, colorful and also adds more taste and flavor.