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Oct 27, 2014

Palak Paneer Recipe | Indian Cottage Cheese In Spinach Gravy | Paneer Spinach Curry

Palak Paneer Recipe
Palak Paneer or Indian Cottage Cheese/Paneer in Spinach Gravy is a North Indian Side dish that is loved by most of the people around the world. It is also one of the most Popular Vegetarian Restaurant Menu. I have tried few varieties of spinach gravy with Potato(Aloo Palak), cauliflower(Gobi Palak), channa(channa Palak), Tofu(Tofu Palak) and Paneer. Of all the recipes I loved this Palak/Spinach curry a lot. This is a very mild palak/spinach gravy without any fancy masala and more ingredients. I got this recipe from my Neighbor Aunt. I have tried this recipe a couple of times and everytime it turned out awesome. This Palak Paneer can be made in a jiffy, this is a must try recipe for those whole love spinach and paneer.

Oct 22, 2014

Rasmalai Recipe / Homemade RasMalai Recipe

Rasmalai Recipe
Wishing all my readers, blogger friends and everyone a Happy, Joyful and Fun filled Diwali with this Elegant and Delicious Bengali Dessert, Rasmalai. Rasmalai is a rich dessert consist of soft and spongy paneer/chenna dunked in rich saffron flavored Rabdi/Milk syrup. Rasmalai is my most favorite dessert, I was introduced to this dessert by my neighbor friend on a special occasion, from that time I started loving this dessert. In salem(my hometown), Bharathy Sweets were the first sweets shop who sold good and delicious Rasmalai. From my home it was 18-20 km but I visit the shop at least once in a month mainly to buy Rasmalai.

Oct 20, 2014

Bengali Rasgulla | Sponge Rasgulla Recipe | Rasgulla Recipe Using Pressure Cooker Method

Sponge Rasgulla
Two more days for Diwali and know Everyone is gearing up for Diwali. We too started ours and did cleaning and other things Yesterday and today started making sweets and savories. Few more sweets to be prepared and will finish it by tomorrow. Both my boys had given me a list of their favorite sweets and savories that they wanted for Diwali. Hope I could make at least half of list. Coming to the recipe, Rasgulla / Bengali Rasgulla using Pressure cooker method, The traditional way of making Rasgulla is different and a time consuming process but this pressure cooker method is so easy and no fail recipe and also yields super soft and spongy Rasgullas.
Rasgulla Recipe
I have tried both the stove top method and pressure cooker method and felt more comfortable with the later method. The only thing you need to note, use full fat milk and have to knead the paneer well. After tasting my Rasgulla, my neighbor Auntie told that she never made such soft and spongy rasgulla in her life, She also mentioned that the softness is fully based on kneading the Paneer and I did that job very well. I was so happy and felt proud to get such nice appreciation from her. So if you haven't tried making Rasgulla in pressure cooker, just give it a try and you will be surprised with the result and make sure you knead the Paneer well.

Oct 19, 2014

Sweet Somas Recipe | Somas Recipe - Diwali Sweet Recipes!

Sweet Somas Recipe
Diwali is around the corner and everyone is busy with Diwali purchase and other preparation. Even though for us its a working day we love to celebrate this wonderful festival and I planned to finish my sweets and savories by tomorrow. Coming to today's recipe, Sweet Somas is one of my most favorite childhood sweet. Sweet Somas is nothing but a crispy and flaky outer layer stuffed with simple coconut sweet stuffing. This Somas recipe is one of the Traditional Tamil Nadu recipe and is different from the Karanji / Gujiya which has rich stuffing with khoya.
Sweet Somas
But the simple filling for Somas is my favorite and I love to have it as such for snack. I wanted to try this Somas recipe for long time, every year Amma wanted me try Somas and Adhirasam but I was not confident to try it so far. But last week decided to give my hands and first tried Somas. I couldn't believe myself that it turned out so perfect at the first try, I shared it with my neighbor friends and they loved it and appreciated me. Aunty noted my recipe and said that she going to prepare it for Diwali. What else I want, Happy me :)

Oct 18, 2014

Diwali Sweets and Snacks Recipe Ideas | 65 plus Diwali Snacks & Sweets Recipes | Indian Sweets & Snacks Recipes For Diwali

Hope Everyone is getting ready for the Diwali Celebration. I am yet to start mine and hopefully by Monday will start. Today's post is a small compilation of Diwali Recipes that includes Diwali Sweet Recipes, Diwali Snacks & few other sweets and savory ideas. Hope this Compilation will help for the last minute Preparation. Checkout the compilation for some easy and Instant sweets like Doodh Peda, Coconut Peda, Paneer Burfi, Besan Ladoo, Coconut Mawa Ladoo and more recipes. Wish all my readers, friends a Advance Diwali Wishes!!

Oct 15, 2014

Oats Murukku Recipe | Oats Pottukadalai Murukku

Oats Murukku Recipe
After a Burfi and Ladoo sweet recipes, here's a savory snack Oats Murukku /Oats Pottukadalai Murukku to try this Diwali. Can't Imagine Diwali Celebration without nice and crunchy murukku. Both My Mom and Grand mom are best in making murukku and their signature recipe is Thenkuzhal. I still remember the flavor, taste of Thenkuzhal prepared by my Grandma. Not only for Diwali Celebration, whenever we visit her place she makes Thenkuzhal, Somas and Adhirasam for us in big buckets. We happily munch those yummy throughout our vacation, really my kids miss her and at least I am good at making those traditional snacks and savories for them. Though I am not perfect like Her but still I am happy that I could make some for my kids and they love it too.

Oct 14, 2014

Coconut Peda | Coconut Mawa Peda | Coconut Mawa Ladoo Recipe - Easy Diwali Sweets

Coconut Mawa Ladoo
Today I am here with another easy and instant sweet recipes, Coconut Peda and Coconut Mawa Ladoo. Both the peda and Ladoos are delicious and instant sweets that can be made in a jiffy. This is my own recipe, Yesterday while preparing Coconut Condensed Milk Ladoo(coming up next) I tried the same with Milk-Mawa Powder and that turned into this beautiful and delicious Coconut Peda and Coconut Mawa Ladoo. I planned to make Coconut Mawa Ladoo and proceeded with my recipe but at the end when I tasted the Ladoo it tastes like Palkova with coconut flavor. Hence, I named as Coconut Peda and shaped into Pedas and some like Coconut Mawa Ladoo.

Oct 13, 2014

Peanut Burfi Recipe | Easy Burfi Recipe | Easy Diwali Sweets Under 15 Minutes

Peanut Burfi Recipe
Last Friday I was preparing the list of the recipes that I wanted to cook and post before this Diwali. For each recipe I lack one or more ingredients and was upset and wondering what I can make with the available ingredients at home. Luckily, on that day V was at home and he suggested this Peanut Burfi that requires only 2 key ingredients. He also told that my Mil makes best peanut burfi and peanut ladoos with jaggery. Since i don't have jaggery that time I took the burfi idea and prepared this Peanut Burfi instantly. These Peanut burfis are very simple, quick and very delicious and addictive too. I added little milk, since i did not have the patience to wait till the sugar melts. Milk did the job easier and faster and also burfis were rich and delicious. This burfi needs only 15 minutes or less time and can be made instantly, so why are you waiting for? go ahead and make this peanut burfi for this diwali and share with your family and friends. Now off to the recipe..

Oct 12, 2014

Omapodi Recipe | Moongdal Omapodi | Pasiparuppu Omapodi

Omapodi recipe
Moongdal Omapodi is one of my favorite savory snack. This Moongdal Omapodi is must in our Diwali Savory Snack along with Thenkuzhal Murukku, Ribbon Pakoda and Mullu Murukku. My Mom makes the best Omapodi, very yummy, crispy, crunchy omapodi. This tiny and thin Omapodi is quite addictive and you can't stop munching until it is over. This Moongdal Omapodi is entirely different from the Besan flour Omapodi which I posted long back. Moongdal Omapodi was in my to do list for a long time, Every year I kept postponing it and finally tried this year. I was so happy to see the outcome as it is my first try. My kids loved it a lot and named it as "Spaghetti Murukku". For this Omapodi you need fresh roasted and ground yellow moondgal flour and now with my new Indian Mixer it is easy to prepare homemade flour at home. Just to share here tried a small batch and planning to make a big batch for diwali.

Oct 11, 2014

Besan Ladoo Recipe | Besan Mawa Ladoo | Besan Ladoo With Milk Mawa

Besan Ladoo Recipe
Besan Ladoo is one of the Popular North Indian Sweet that can be made easily, instanly without much effort. The Traditional Besan Ladoo is loaded with ghee, so rich and delicious sweet. But this Besan Ladoo recipe uses less ghee and I got this recipe from my neighbor Aunt. She actually suggested to make Besan ladoo with Sashini/Sugar syrup. Auntie told that she prepares Besan Ladoo with sashini/sugar syrup. But i was not confident with the sugar syrup method so I used powdered sugar instead.

Oct 9, 2014

Stir Fried Spaghetti Recipe | Stir fried Pasta with Tri-colored Pepper

Stir Fried Spaghetti Recipe
Looking for something spicy, vegan, simple and quick meal, then you should try this Stir Fried Spaghetti. I like Pasta / Spaghetti a lot. More than the sauce based pasta, i love this kind of stir fried Pasta. It is simple without much spices, sauce and also i used whole grain spaghetti so tasty and equally healthy too. I also cook stir fried pasta with some Indian spices too.
On a lazy afternoon, i was craving for some savory dish, at the same was not in a mood to cook one pot meal as its only for me. Then after a long pause I decided to cook spicy Pasta for me. Then i remember about the colored pepper in the fridge and used it in my pasta. To the same recipe, you can also add some thinly stripped carrots, cabbage and any desired vegetable. But this simple garlic and pepper flavored shpagetti with tri colored pepper turned out so flavorful, yummy and satisfying.

Oct 8, 2014

Paneer Burfi Recipe | Paneer Burfi Using Mawa Powder | Quick Diwali Sweet Recipe

Paneer Burfi Recipe
If you are looking for a quick, easy and rich sweet, then this Paneer Burfi is one such recipe. This Paneer Burfi needs only few ingredients and can be made in a jiffy. With fresh paneer burfi tastes great but you can also use Store bought Paneer. Paneer is an Easy and Instant sweet to try this Diwali. I have tried with both fresh and store bought paneer. Yesterday tried this burfi with my new Indian Mixie that arrived late afternoon. I made Carrot juice with the juicer and powdered paneer, mawa and sugar with it ;) Finally bought Indian Mixie(Preethi Blue Leaf) and now i can try all spice powders, flours at home. Now off to the recipe...

DIY Slivered Almonds | How To Make Slivered Almonds | How To Make Almonds For Desserts & Baking | How To Make Blanched Almonds

Slivered Almonds
I wanted to post this How To make blanched Almonds, Slivered Almonds and Sliced Almonds technique for long time. And finally decided to share it now since the festival season is ahead and the use of blanched Almonds & Slivered Almonds is must in Indian Sweets, Baking & for Desserts. These almonds gives nice crunch and taste to the dish and also makes the dish more attractive and pleasing. Not only for desserts & sweets general in take of almonds is good for health.
Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, and are associated with a number of health benefits. Just a handful of almonds, approximately one ounce, contains one-eighth of our necessary daily protein. Almonds can be eaten raw, toasted, caramelized and are availbale in many form like sliced, slivered, almond flour, butter, almond milk. The good protein content of almonds aids in lowering cholestrol and reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Oct 6, 2014

Butter Murukku Recipe | Easy Diwali Murukku Recipe | Mini Butter Murukku

Butter Murukku
Festival season started and it's only 2 weeks for Diwali. I planned to share few Diwali recipes this year also, so keep watching for more interesting and easy diwali recipes this year. Today I am sharing Butter Murukku recipe, this butter murukku is more or less similar to Rice Murukku/Mullu Murukku with added butter flavor and melt in mouth texture. I do not make this murukku often, only two or three times so far since hubby dear doesn't like butter/ghee taste or flavor. I often make Garlic Murukku for our snack. But this time for blog sake made this butter murukku and My kids loved it a lot and half of the murukku gone in no time.
My neighbor maami makes this murukku as a mini mullu murukku that looks cute and tempting, I too tried the same way and you can see those tiny, cute, crispy butter murukku, tempting isn't it?! without any further delay will get into the recipe..

Oct 4, 2014

Vegetarian Mexican Pizza / Mexican Pizza Recipe / Homemade Mexican Black Bean Pizza

Vegetarian Mexican Pizza
For September Month's We Knead to Bake, we were given the choice to bake Pizza but different from the usual one. I usually bake Veggie Pizza at home or sometimes Pizza with spicy Indian style toppings. This time I decided to try Vegetarian Mexican Pizza. A simple and healthy version of Mexican Pizza with Curried Black beans, Medium spicy Salsa, Colored Peppers, onion, tomato & cilantro topping.
Pizza with curried black beans topping turned out so good and filling. My kids loved it too and I was happy that they had some curried beans in pizza form. After referring more recipes on net, I customized the topping to my taste. I used this recipe for the pizza base and this time made center portion as thin and the edges thick crust.

Oct 2, 2014

Aloo Baingan Recipe / Punjabi Aloo Baingan / Potato Eggplant Curry

Aloo Baingan Recipe
Today's recipe is a simple, flavorful and delicious side dish, Aloo Baingan / Potato Eggplant Curry. Again this is another recipe shared by my neighbor Aunt from whom i learnt making Punjabi Kadi Pakora and Punjabi Garam Masala Recipes. But this time, this Aloo Baingan is prepared by me, where as the Kadhi & Garam Masala are prepared by Auntie and I took pictures alone.

One fine day on a casual talk with her, she said the gonna prepare Aloo Baingan and Rotis for dinner. At first on hearing Aloo Baingan, i Thought that it as Baingan Bharta with some mashed potato and was curious to know the exact method of Aloo Baingan. But than she told me that Baingan Bharta is different and Aloo Baingan is different and also the recipe for the later one. I was impressed with the recipe and the very next day i prepared it at home and shared with her. After tasting it, she said that it is little spicy than her version and perfectly cooked masala and yummy too. Whatelse i want, she never fails to appreciate me after tasting my recipes, Aunt and the whole family loves my cooking and Bhaiya always suggest me to open an Indian Restaurant ;) Yeah, that's my dream too and hope it happens one day !! Now off to the recipe...