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Oct 16, 2016

Baked Namak Pare Recipe | Baked Namak Para | How To Make Namak Pare | Baked Namkeen Snack Recipe

Baked Namak Pare
 Baked Namak Pare/Namkeen recipe with step by step photos. Namak Pare or Namkeen is nothing a deep fried flavorful North Indian Snack recipe. Again, this is my neighbor Aunt's recipe and I did only few changes due to lack of my ingredient and also instead of deep frying I baked them. Baked Namak Pare also turned out so perfectly crunchy and tasty.

Oct 15, 2016

Onion Raita Recipe | How To Make Onion Raita For Biryani/Pulao

Onion Raita
Onion Raita is one of the best and most served accompaniment for any Biryani & Pulao. This onion raita doesn't involve cooking or partial cooking just a mixing of onion and few other ingredients with curd that's it. But it sure require some tips and tricks to make a perfect tasty onion raita without the strong onion pungent smell and taste. Hope this method of Onion Raita will help you to make a perfect tasty onion raita without any strong undesired flavor and taste and at the same time a tasty and crunchy onion slices.

Oct 12, 2016

Pudina Rasam | Easy Pudina Rasam Recipe | Mint Rasam

Pudina Rasam
Weather is getting colder these days and last week I was not feeling well, caught with cold and sore throat and wanted to have something warm and spicy. I craved for some hot soup but I don't have vegetable stock/broth and also not well to cook something elaborate. Then our south Indian clear soup aka Rasam came to my mind and also rasam doesn't need much preparation or time, you can make it in a jiffy. Instead of plain Rasam I made this Pudina Rasam/Rasam With Fresh Mint Leaves and it was so soothing and perfect for my sore throat, sipping hot piping rasam with some extra crushed black pepper instantly relieved my congestion and sore throat. I actually, felt better after drinking a cup of Pudina Rasam. Even my kids like to drink rasam more than having it with rice. So next time, when you make rasam do try this Pudina Rasam, it is so flavorful and healthy. Now off to the recipe..

Oct 10, 2016

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe | Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe
Paneer Butter Masala | Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala Recipe with step by step photos. Paneer butter Masala is a popular restaurant menu which is loved by kids and paneer lovers. My kids are not exceptional and whenever we visit any Indian restaurant, their constant order will be Butter Naan & Paneer butter Masala or Butter Chicken if it is Sunday. Paneer Butter Masala is a rich buttery  tomato based mildly spiced gravy with paneer. There are so many recipes for PB Masala I am sharing the easiest one that tastes even more yummy and flavorful than the restaurant one without any artificial color and freshly prepared ingredients.

Oct 7, 2016

Karamani Masala Sundal | Masala Sundal Recipe | Black Eye Bean Sundal With Sundal Masala | Varuthu Aracha Masala Sundal Recipe

Karamani Masala Sundal
Even though i like to include beans/legumes in my diet, I do not like regular sundal but once in a while like this kind of masala sundal with some spice powder/masala powder. The spices blend enhances the taste and flavor of the sundal. Here's is Karamani Masala Sundal/Spicy Black Eye Bean Sundal. This is almost like my Varuthu Aracha Sundal, this time added some pepper corns to make it bit spicy and also to treat my cold and congestion.
Sundal prepared using legumes and pulses are rich in protein, fiber and low in calories and are perfect filling and healthy snack and sometimes makes a nice side with curd rice or with rice and rasam. We had this Karamani Masala Sundal for our lunch along with curd rice. The masala podi i used for this karamani sundal can be used to make any veggies stir fry or even in puli kuzhambu and Sambar for extra flavor and taste. Now off to the recipe..

Oct 5, 2016

Sabudana Vada Recipe - Vrat Recipe | Sago Pearls Vada | Sabudana Vada

Sabudana Vada Recipe
As now Navarathri time and some people observe fasting and make different neivedyams to offer God. Those who observe Navarathri Fasting, have to eat no onion. no garlic, no grains recipes based on their family's tradition. This sabudana vada is one of the easiest fasting recipe, I made this sabudana Vada when I observed Shravan Somvar Vrat. Sabudana vada is nothing but a deep fried patties made using sago pearls, mashed potato, roasted and crushed peanuts as main the ingredients. These vadas are crispy, flavorful and delicious snack that you can make anytime and enjoy with a cup of hot Tea or Coffee.

Oct 3, 2016

Vegetable Pulao Recipe | Easy Vegetable Pulao Recipe | Restaurant Style Veg Pulao Recipe

Easy Vegetable Pulao
Easy Restaurant style Vegetable Pulao recipe with step by step photos. This is one of the easiest and simple one pot meal with lot of flavor and taste. This recipe of Vegetable pulao is perfect for weekday's lunchbox or a weekend special lunch along with some kurma or paneer gravy. My kids love this veggie pulao for lunch and I make it weekly once for their lunchbox. I wanted to share this recipe here since long time but due to one or the other reason I kept postponing it.
Last week,  I spent some time by cooking and clicking this vegetable pulao and Onion Raita. Cooking and taking food pictures are really helping my mind free from anxiety and stress but, Not all the time. Some how managing and hoping for the heal soon. Now off to the recipe..

Sep 30, 2016

Masala Papdi Chaat Recipe | Papdi Chaat With Yellow Peas Masala(Ragda) | Papri Chaat With Ragda Recipe

Masala Papdi Chaat Recipe
Today's recipe is also a refreshing and filling chaat, Masala Papdi Chaat, nothing but a papdi(crispy namkeen) served with Ragda, chaat chutneys, onion, tomato and some fine sev. I never know about this Masala Papdi Chaat until I saw this on a menu card in one of our local Indian Restaurant. First, I got confused with Masala Puri, spicy peas masala served with crispy golgappa/Puris and ordered it I love Masala Puri a lot. But, I was wrong and they served Peas masala with Papdis. I was happy that I ordered it, so that I got a new recipe to try and blog.

Sep 28, 2016

Ragda Recipe | Ragda Chaat Recipe | How To Make Ragda(Yellow Peas Masala) Recipe

Ragda Recipe
Ragda/Yellow Peas Masala Chaat is one of our family's favorite chaat. Ragda is a versatile dish, that you can serve it in number of way, you can serve it as such with some finely chopped onions, tomato and crispy fine sev on top. And also you use it for Masala Puri Chaat, Samosa Chaat, Ragda Patties, Aloo Tikki Chaat and Masala Papdi Chaat(Coming up Next). There are many recipes for Ragda/Yellow Peas Masala I have already shared 2 different recipes, a simple version of Ragda and Green Peas Masala Chaat.
This version of Ragda is slightly spicy, tangy and addictive recipe. I added a ladle of Tamarind Sweet Chutney to the boiling ragda and it added a special tangy mildly sweet to Ragda/Yellow Peas Masala. You can also replace the tamarind chutney with Amchur powder and some hint of sugar or jaggery. Now off to the recipe...

Tamarind Sweet Chutney Recipe(No Dates) | Imli Ki Meethi Chutney | Tamarind Chaat Chutney Recipe

Tamarind Chaat Chutney
Tamarind Sweet chutney/ Imli ki meethi chutney. I have already shared Tamarind sweet chutney with dates and this recipe is without dates. I got this recipe from my neighbor Aunt from whom i learned and shared some Punjabi Recipes, Sabzi and Kachori.

Recently, I started going for walk with her and while walking we usually talk about recipes from different cuisines especially Indian cooking. She likes to try south Indian recipes and ask me for Dosa Batter, Sambar, Lemon Rice, Tamarind Rice recipes and I ask for her special Punjabi recipes. And this week, I got 3 recipes and I am going to try those recipes in coming week, so keep watching for yummy and healthy Punjabi traditional recipes.

Sep 26, 2016

Hotel Style Vegetable Kurma Recipe | Hotel Chapathi Kurma Recipe | Vegetable Kurma(Hotel Style) Recipe

Hotel style Vegetable Kurma
Hotel Style Vegetable Kurma or Chapathi Kurma recipe with step by step pictures. Today's recipe is a popular south Indian vegetable curry using coconut and cashew. This kind of kurma is served with Chapathi in Hotels, very flavorful and delicious kurma. Here, in US, most of the Indian restaurants don't serve this kind of kurma for rotis but in one of the local restaurant near to my house, they had Chapathi Kurma in their menu, they served chapathi & vegetable Kurma exactly the same way how they serve in Vegetarian Hotels in Tamil Nadu for Chapathi. The kurma was so flavorful, spicy and brought the memories of my home town Lakshmi hotel.

Sep 23, 2016

Tindora Nutrela Sabzi | Tindora Soya Chunks Sabzi | Nutrela Sabzi with Tindora

Tindora Soya Sabzi
Today's recipe is a very healthy and filling sabzi using tindora and nutrela(soya chunks). I got this recipe from my neighbor Aunt and slightly tweaked to my taste. Aunty makes such a healthy and interesting sabzi with unique combo of veggies. I loved this Nutrela and Tindora combo, this sabzi is full of protein, fiber and very filling side that pairs well with Phulka. One or two phulka is more than enough for a meal along with 1/2 cup of this sabzi. I did not use tomato in this recipe and instead used curd/yogurt. If you want to make it Vegan, you can use 1/4 cup of finely chopped tomato or even skip tomato and curd and make it plain sabzi like Aunt's recipe.

Sep 22, 2016

Lauki Raita Recipe | Bottle Gourd Raita Recipe

Lauki Raita Recipe
Lauki(Bottle gourd) Raita is a simple, refreshing and diet friendly recipe. Bottle gourd/Lauki is rich in fiber low in calories and the regular consumption of bottle gourd helps you to shed pounds. This raita is also taken during vrat/fasting days, especially during somvar vrat & Navarathri Vrat. During my Somvar Vrat/fast, I make this raita to have it with my Sabudana Khichdi. Lauki Raita & Sabudana Khichdi makes a great healthy and filling meal.

Sep 20, 2016

Plain Paratha Recipe | How To Make Plain Paratha | Plain Paratha With Step By Step Photos | Plain Parante Recipe

Plain Paratha Recipe
Today's recipe is a Basic/How To's recipe, How To Make Plain Paratha. Plain Paratha is nothing but a Indian flat bread made with loads of ghee or butter for layering. I am planning to post this Basic Recipe for way long time and finally made it today. I make this Plain Paratha for kids breakfast and lunch box along with some sabzi. Paratha/Parante are so flavorful and tasty by itself and a simple raita or pickle or whipped butter is more than enough.

Sep 19, 2016

Kathrikkai Mochai(Avarai) Kottai Kuzhambu | Kathrikkai Mochai Kara Kuzhambu | Brinjal Field Beans(Dry Beans) Curry Recipe

Kathirkkai Mochai Kuzhambu
Today's recipe is a popular south Indian Kuzhambu  using Mochai or Avarai kottai, it is called as Val Beans or Field Beans or Dry Lima Beans in English. Kathrikkai Mochai Kara Kuzhambu is similar to Puli Kuzhambu nothing but a tamarind based curry with coconut. We use Kuzhambu Milagai thool for this kuzhambu. The real flavor and taste is achieved only by using kuzhambu milagai thool and tempering with Nalla Ennai(Sesame Oil). This is my Mom's recipe and she always uses Poppy seeds along with coconut to make coconut paste which gives unique flavor and texture to the kuzhambu. But adding poppy seeds is optional but I used in this kuzhambu. Now off to the recipe..

Sep 15, 2016

Banana Blueberry Cake | Banana Blueberry Mini Bundt Cake Recipe | Eggless Banana Blueberry Cake Recipe

Banana Blueberry Cake
One of the best way to use over ripe bananas is to use it in baking a cake or muffin or Banana bread. No one at My home wanted to eat the ripe banana as such. So, i always use it some make Banana Muffins or Oats Appam. This time I also had some fresh blueberries so I remembered about the banana blueberry cake recipe video which i watched Long back on Tip Hero site and using that as base recipe I skipped eggs and altered other ingredients and tried this Eggless Banana Blueberry Bundt cake.

Sep 12, 2016

Bhindi Masala Recipe | Bhindi Dry Sabzi | Bhindi Capsicum Masala

Bhindi Masala Recipe
We mostly prefer rotis/Phulka for dinner and making a variety side dish everyday is a big task for me. We love sabzi or dry curry kind of side dish for Phulka along with mild dal or plain yogurt. Last week, made this simple and easy to make sabzi using Bhindi/Okra with Capsicum. Bhindi/Okra paired well with capsicum and the sabzi turned out so good, adding capsicum is optional but sure it gives lot of flavor and taste to the masala.

Sep 7, 2016

Vada Pav Recipe | Vada Pav With Spicy Dry Garlic Chutney Recipe | Vada Pav(Mumbai Street Food Recipe)

Vada Pav Recipe
Vada Pav is a popular street food of Mumbai, nothing but a soft Pav buns served with Batata Vada, green chutney and spicy dry garlic chutney. When I made this last year I tried with Homemade Pav Buns and Chaat Garlic Chutney, that time I was so tired and stressed because I baked Pav Buns and with the fresh pav made Masala Pav and Vada Pav(with Batata Vada) all on same day. It was really a tiring day and now I am wondering how I made everything single handedly on one day?! I didn't even concentrate on presentation and for name sake clicked few pictures, when compared to this new Vada Pav pictures, the pictures I took on that was too simple. Fortunately or Unfortunately, due to my laptop crash all my food pictures got deleted. So, now I am preparing all those recipes again with new and fresh pictures.

Aug 31, 2016

Oats Kozhukattai Recipe | Oats Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe | Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai With Oats

Oats Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe
Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner and thought of sharing a festive special recipe using Oats. This is a sweet version of Oats Kozhuakattai. I have already shared Pidi Kozhukattai using Ragi Flour and Poha/Aval. This time tried with Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. I love oats in any form but mostly I prefer savory recipes with oats. But, this time tried pidi kozhukattai and it turned out super perfect and delicious. If you love Oats like me, then this sweet kozhukattai is a must try. The sweetness from jaggery, coconut paired well with Oats and tasted so good. So, for this Ganesh Chaturthi try this easy and yummy Oats Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai and Offer as Neivedyam to God and enjoy with your friends and family. Now off to the recipe..

Aug 29, 2016

Batata Vada Recipe | How To Make Batata Vada | Easy Batata Vada Recipe

Batata Vada Recipe
Batata Vada is a spicy and delicious deep fried snack prepared using potato/aloo/batata. This recipe is almost similar to the south Indian Urulai kizhangu Bonda/Masal Bonda, expect the use of spices and potato filling preparation is different. Anything with potato is most welcomed at home and that too a deep fried snack is sure a hit. My kids enjoyed this snack. Batata vada can be prepared in no time, if you have some boiled potato in hand then you will need only 10-15 minutes to make this yummy snack.
I prepared this batata vada last week especially to share here, because I lost all my drafted food pictures due to hard disk issue. I usually, I write the recipe and save it in blogger and only on the day of posting I upload the pictures till that time it will be in my personal laptop. And Now, all the food pictures were lost due to my laptop issue and we couldn't retrieve any data from hard disk. So, I have to cook and click for my further posts. I will try to cook and share some easy recipes.

Aug 22, 2016

Cabbage Aloo Sabzi | Potato Cabbage Dry Curry | Aloo Cabbage Sabzi Recipe

Cabbage Aloo Sabzi
I like to make dry curry or sabzi with Cabbage for Phulka or sometimes to go with Dosa. Once my neighbor friend gave some rotis and sabzi for us when I was sick and under treatment. That sabzi which she gave was prepared using cabbage and potato combo which my kids loved it a lot. I was happy that my kids loved eating cabbage sabzi because of  some potatoes in it. So, why not to cook it my way for them and even we liked the combo.
This cabbage aloo sabzi or potato cabbage dry curry is a very simple and easy to make side dish for rotis/phulkas. It requires simple ingredients and less time to make this healthy and filling side dish. This sabzi is perfect for making wrap or roll for kids lunch box. You can also drizzle some green chutney or tomato ketchup or simply the sabzi alone for roti roll, my kids love to have wrap/roll kind of stuff for their lunch box.

Aug 18, 2016

Sabudana Khichdi Recipe | Sabudana Khichdi - Vrat Ka Khana(Fasting Recipe)

Sabudana Khichdi Recipe
Sabudana Khichdi or Sago Pearls Khichdi is one of the easiest and simplest fasting food/Vrat Ka Khana. I love any kind of upma - rava, aval, javvarisi. My Mom makes javarisi upma just like Aval Upma/Poha with lots of onion and she never knew about this khichdi with potato. This sabudana khichdi was introduced to me by my Friend. During Mondays she observe fasting and she eats only one meal and it has mostly Sabudana Khichdi.

I am sharing the recipe that she shared with me and whenever I observe Somvar Fast I make this for myself along with Lauki ke Raita, Kadi Aloo & Sabudana Kheer.  This Monday I made this sabudana khichdi and took some pictures to share here.This khichdi is so easy to make and a very delicious and filling meal and can be taken during fasting or non-fasting days.

Aug 13, 2016

Asparagua Pakora(Bajji) | Indian Style Deep Fried Asparagus - Vegan & Gluten Free !

Asparagus Pakora
Deep Fried Asparagus Or Asparagus Pakora/Bajji Recipe with Step by Step Photos. I have more recipes in my draft but in order to overcome my anxiety pangs I decided to cook or bake a recipe to blog at least once a week. And this week, I cooked this Asparagus Pakora/Deep Fried Asparagus. This is a simple and easy to make snack recipe.

We like to eat Oven Roasted Asparagus just like Roasted Broccoli. But, kids did not like the roasted asparagus and for them I made this Yummy and crispy Asparagus Pakora. These pakoras are vegan, gluten free with full of flavor and taste. To mask the slight bitterness of the stem, I added chaat Masala to the batter and it worked very well. My kids loved the pakoras to the core and enjoyed with sweet chilli sauce.

Aug 10, 2016

Kothu Parotta Recipe | How To Make Egg Kothu Parotta With Salna | Muttai Kothu Parotta

Kothu Parotta Recipe
Kothu Parotta is a popular South Indian recipe particularly in Tamil Nadu. This is a nothing but a minced parotta/layered flat breads sauted with onions, tomato, spices, eggs and with Chalna/Salna. The salna can be vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Here, I used Chicken Salna and it turned out so yummy and flavorful. The taste was much better than the Hotel Kothu Parotta.

Aug 8, 2016

Nawabi Paneer Curry Recipe | Nawabi Paneer - Easy Paneer Gravy Recipe

Nawabi Paneer
Nawabi Paneer | Nawabi Style Paneer Curry is a rich, flavorful and delicious coconut based Paneer Gravy that pairs well with Naan, Rotis, Paratha or even with Pulao/Biryani.

I Know that cooking and baking are therapeutic and it really helps to lower stress and keep our body and mind active but haven't started cooking or baking any special recipes for blog and only sharing the recipes in my drafts.

Even though I love cooking and baking I am not doing anything creatively. Some days are really bad and affect my mind badly and some days are OK, On one such day I pushed myself to cook a new recipe that I haven't tried or tasted before. After a long search I finally decided to cook this Nawabi Paneer recipe, as this paneer gravy is loaded with full of flavor and rich. First time cooked Paneer in coconut based gravy and it turned out so good. We all liked it a lot. If you are bored with your regular Paneer Recipes just try this Nawabi Paneer for a change and I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Aug 5, 2016

Chole Tikki Chaat Recipe | Aloo Tikki With Channa Masala | Aloo Tikki Chaat With Chole

Chole tikki Chaat Recipe
Chole Tikki Chaat is a healthy, filling and delicious chaat prepared with Aloo tikki and Chole/Channa Masala combo and served with green chutney and tamarind sweet chutney. Tikki chaat can be served with different ways, just like plain Aloo Tikki Chaat or with Ragda/Peas Masala as Ragda Patties or with Chole as Chole Tikki Chaat.

Aug 3, 2016

Cheese Paratha Recipe | Cheese Stuffed Paratha Recipe

Today's recipe is a kids friendly recipe - cheese paratha/cheese stuffed paratha. This is one of my kids' favorite paratha that I often make for their breakfast. These parathas tastes great when they are served hot or warm and is not suitable for lunch box as the cheese gets hard when cooled. If you want to pack for lunch box, add less cheese and more vegetables(onion, capsicum, carrot) so that the moisture from the vegetables gives softness and taste to the paratha even after cooling.

Cheese Paratha is nothing but a regular wheat stuffed paratha with cheese(i used Mozzarella ) and spices filling. I did not use much vegetables here as per my kids' preference, and also chopped the onion and capsicum finely..just only for flavor.

I made this last winter on a cold afternoon, so within few minutes the hot cheesy parathas turned cold and couldn't able to click the gooey cheesy texture. May be i should try this now as weather is too hot these days. If possible, will make it sometime soon and update the pictures. Now off to the recipe..

Aug 1, 2016

Aadi 18 Recipes | Aadi Perukku Lunch Menu | South Indian Variety Rice Menu

Aadi 18 Recipes
Aadi 18 / Aadi Perukku special recipes or Lunch Menu. Aadi perukku or Aadi 18 is celebrated on the 18th day of Tamil Month Aadi. This festival is common in South India and is celebrated as a tribute to water's life sustaining properties. My Mom used to make variety rice, payasam and vada on this special day. I prepared this Variety rice platter for last year's Aadi Perukku and did not get time post it and was lying in the draft for almost a year. Today thought of sharing it as tomorrow is Aadi 18 and this post may help you to prepare your lunch menu.

Jul 26, 2016

Egg Dum Biryani Recipe | Easy Egg Dum Biryani | Egg Biryani Recipe

Egg Dum Biryani Recipe
Egg Dum Biryani or Egg Biryani using Dum Method is a flavor rich and delicious Biryani and my kids favorite biryani too. Some how this Egg Dum Biryani tastes similar to the Restaurant style Dum Biryani. This is the recipe I recently cooked for blog and the Egg Biryani turned out pretty well.
I usually prefer one pot method for cooking Biryani, that is cooking rice and gravy together with all spices, herbs and vegetables or meat in one pot method. As, this method is easy and quick and the entire biryani can be done in 30 minutes or less.

Jul 25, 2016

Mango Pineapple Smoothie Recipe | Easy Mango Smoothie With Pineapple

Mango Pineapple Smoothie
Today's recipe is a delicious and refreshing smoothie using the tropical fruits - Mango and Pineapple. This smoothie requires only 3 ingredients - Fruits, Ice cubes & Simple Syrup. This Mango Pineapple Smoothie is similar to the Jamba Juice' smoothies. Here, Jamba Juice is popular for their fresh fruit smoothies. There is no artificial color and flavors added to the smoothies. We love all their fruit combo smoothies and this Mango Pineapple is our most favorite of all. I simply recreated this smoothie at house following their method, as they make smoothies in front of our eyes. This is almost a year old post in my draft and finally managed to post it this summer.  Enjoy this refreshing and healthy smoothie before the tropical fruit season ends,

Jul 5, 2016

Aloo Tikki Chaat Recipe | Aloo Tikki Dahi Chaat | Dahi Tikki Chaat Recipe | Stuffed Aloo Tikki Chaat

Aloo Tikki / Stuffed Aloo Tikki Chaat recipe with step by step photos. I have already shared the recipe for Aloo Tikki/How to Make Aloo Tikki, this is slightly different from that recipe. Here, i used stuffed aloo tikkis for chaat. For stuffing I used Whole moong/Green Moong but you can also use yellow moong or plain aloo tikkis to make tikki chaat. Likewise, adding yogurt/curd to chaat is purely optional.

Jun 28, 2016

Mini Pepper Podi Idli | Pepper Podi Idli Recipe | Milagu Podi Idli Recipe

Pepper Podi Idli
Milagu Podi Idli / Mini Pepper Idli Recipe is a simple kids friendly breakfast or lunch box recipe. You can even serve this as a after school snack for kids. This is almost similar to my Podi Idli except the addition of freshly crushed black pepper. I made this long back when my kid was caught with cold and cough. I wanted to have him Milagu Rasam and Rice but he doesn't like rasam rice and asked whether he could have idli, so suddenly this idea came to my mind and the Milagu Podi Idli was super hit with kids and they loved it a lot. You don't even need any special side dish for this ildi, just  a ketchup is enough. But you can also serve with Tiffin Sambar or Chutney.

Jun 22, 2016

Chicken Chalna Recipe | Hotel Style Chicken Chalna Recipe | Chicken Chalna For Parotta

Chicken Chalna Recipe
I thought, after sharing my pain with my friends and readers, I will feel bit better but it didn't helped me. I only felt so down and weak, not able to do any thing. Past two days went simply sitting and crying, today somehow pushed myself and started writing this post. Coming to the recipe, Chicken Chalna or Chicken Salna is a spicy south Indian Style Chicken Gravy that is served with Parotta or Idli /Dosa or even with Biryani. This Chicken Chalna recipe is my Mom's recipe and she got this recipe from a Parotta Master who lived as our neighbor in my Home Town. He just gave the hint of the recipe and she recreated it perfectly. This Chalna is tend to be darker in color which we couldn't with natural spices. I think they may use some artificial color to get that deep greenish brown colored gravy. Other wise the taste was similar to the hotel chalna. Instead of Chicken, You can even use vegetables to make vegetable chalna. Now off to the recipe...

Jun 20, 2016

Indo-Chinese Veg Fried Rice Recipe | Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe | Restaurant Style Veg Fried Rice(Indo-Chinese Style)

Veg Fried Rice Recipe
Amma/Mom, the word itself gives so much happiness, energy and hope to life. No one and nothing can compensate a Mom and her unconditional love and care. I lost my MOM on May 20th 2016 due to sudden cardiac arrest at the age of just 50. I never thought that I will not meet her forever.
It is one month now but I am in that same state of shock, pain, fear and loss. I have no good reason to console myself and stay strong. She is not that much old or not sick person. On May 19th night 9.45 pm India Time, I spoke to her and she was normal happy and excited because of her daughter( My sis) and grand daughter's arrival. It was only a 13 minutes conversation, usually our call will not end before 2 hours but that day I wasn't feeling well  with severe dizziness and headache that i couldn't lift my head. So she felt sad for me and told me to take rest and said, that she will call me in the morning to check how I am doing.

Feb 12, 2016

English Muffin Bread Recipe | No Knead Easy Bread Recipe | How To Make English Muffin Bread

English Muffin Bread Recipe
After a long time I baked bread,  English Muffin Bread...this is one of the easiest bread I have baked ever. This English Muffin bread doesn't require kneading, stretching or shaping the dough. Just mix all the ingredients, allow to rise then transfer to the loaf pan, set to rise and bake. The final product was soft and yummy bread, this bread has nice texture perfect for toast, both sweet & savory toast. Also, No oil or butter required except to grease the pan. Cool isn't?!

Feb 9, 2016

Tandoori Chicken Burger Recipe | Baked Chicken Patty Recipe | Indian Style Chicken Burger | Baked Chicken Patty Burger Recipe

Baked Chicken Patty Burger
Tandoori chicken burger recipe with step by step photo. I came across this recipe from a Facebook Page food recipe video. I slightly tweaked the recipe and also instead of shallow frying i baked the chicken patties. I made this Tandoori Chicken Patty Burger last Sunday for our lunch along with baked potato Tots. Baking method is not only healthy but also it gives perfectly tender and juicy chicken. I skipped Egg and Used only breadcrumbs to coat chicken that resulted in crispy crust.
I prepared Mint Flavored Yogurt Dip as spread for Chicken Burger. The patties tasted yum with that dip. Try this Indian Style Baked Chicken Patty Burger for a change from your usual chicken recipes and am sure kids will love it. These patties can be made ahead and also it freeze well.

Feb 3, 2016

Aloo Tikki Recipe | Indian Style Potato Patties Recipe | Aloo Tikki - Easy Snack Recipe

Aloo Tikki Recipe
Shallow fried aloo tikki
My kids wanted to have some snack after coming from school and daily the lil' one gives idea for the snack. Some days he ask for some simple snack like Rice Flour Puttu, Kara Pori and deep fried delights like Onion Pakora, Dal Vada. Most of the days I make something for their after school snack and some days I plan to make something that I haven't shared here so that I can feed both my kids and my blog :) I made this aloo tikki last week for their snack and also clicked some pictures to share here. I often make aloo tikkis or patties either for snack or for lunch as Aloo tikki Roti Roll which was my kids' favorite lunchbox recipe. I have shared the recipe in my Instagram Page.
You can make this tikkis in large portion and freeze it for later. Whenever required just thaw and toast it in tawa and serve as a snack or as sandwich or with roti roll. Either way these aloo tikkis tastes great with chaat chutneys.

Feb 1, 2016

Muttai Masala Recipe | Onion Muttai Masala | Egg Masala Recipe

Muttai Masala Recipe
When ever I don't have veggies at home I prefer to cook Egg recipes like Egg curry, Poached Egg Kuzhambu or this Muttai Masala. There are some simple dishes that I make way often but never shared it here, some quick sabzis, onion tomato masala, muttai masala, Indian Style Beans Soup, Simple Salads, Masala Pasta, Tomato Pasta and more day-to-day recipes I wanted to share here but didn't get chance to click pictures OR I have to cook it specially to take pictures like this Muttai Masala.
One fine day I was completely bored and free and thought to cook and take pictures to feed my blog. But no proper veggies or cooked beans in hand, then immediately this Muttai Masala came to mind and without any second thought prepared and clicked some pictures :) Onion Egg Masala is a quick and simple side dish prepared using boiled eggs and more onions. This muttai masala pairs well with plain rice and with rotis too.

Jan 27, 2016

Bread Omelette Recipe | Omelette Sandwich Recipe | Easy Indian Breakfast Sandwich Recipe | Quick Sandwich With Omelette & Chaat Chutney

Bread Omelette Recipe
I often make Omelette for kids & V's breakfast and if I have bread at home either Homemade Sandwich bread or Deli's Fresh Bread then it will be Bread Omelette or Savory French Toast for Breakfast. This is very quick and easy to make breakfast recipe that involves only very few ingredients but feel free to use more or less desired vegetables for omelette and also add a slice of cheese for your sandwich. But we love this simple way with a touch of  Chaat Green Chutney as spread. Green chutney pairs well with omelette sandwich and gives unique taste and flavor to the simple dish.  I am sharing two recipe with same ingredients, Bread Omelette and Omelette Sandwich. For both recipes the ingredients are same and only the final step differs and so the serving way. So two recipes in one post. Here you go.,

Jan 26, 2016

Ginger Cardamom Tea Recipe | How To Make Ginger Cardamom Tea | Inji Yelakai Tea Recipe

Ginger Cardamom Tea Recipe
Today's recipe is a Kitchen Basics / How To's, Ginger Cardamom Tea Recipe with step by step photos. V and myself don't have the habit of drinking tea/coffee regularly but once in a while I make Tea and it is only Ginger Cardamom Tea. Or whenever we are sick or during winter evenings I prefer to drink hot and flavorful Ginger Cardamom Tea. Ginger and Cardamom has tons of medicinal and soothing properties. If you are feeling sick and down, just a small cup of hot Ginger Cardamom tea is enough to refresh and makes you feel good and warm. Making Good tea or coffee is really a challenging task to me, it comes only by practice.

Jan 25, 2016

Parotta Recipe | Parotta - Step By Step Recipe | South Indian Layered Bread - Hotel Style Parotta Recipe

Parotta Recipe
Parotta is a soft, flaky layered South Indian flat bread that is popular in Tamil Nadu & Kerala. Parotta is often served with Salna both Vegetarian and Non-Veg Salna. This is similar to the North Indian Lachha Paratha that is prepared using Wheat flour whereas the parotta are made using maida/APF. Many think that this parotta requires lots of oil to get the soft and flakiness and also requires too much labor like kneading, beating and shaping the dough but it is not true. You can make this Parotta with less oil and minimal work. Only thing it requires is "TIME". Yes.,it need couple of hours to be done without much oil and stress. The more you rest the dough more the softness and flakiness. The rested dough stretch by itself without use of much oil. I used less than 4 tbsp oil for all the 4 parottas.

Jan 24, 2016

Brussel Sprouts Poriyal | Brussel Sprouts Stir Fry With Moongdal | Indian Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Brussel Sprouts Poriyal
Today's  recipe is a simple and healthy stir fry using Brussel Sprouts. Brusse Sprouts is a small leafy green vegetable that looks like a mini cabbage. And also the taste and flavor similar to cabbage. Once in a while I buy Brussel sprouts and make Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts like Broccoli, Kootu and this Poriyal. Brussel Sprouts pairs well with Indian spices and any south Indian dishes like Sambar, Kootu, Poriyal, Kurma with brussel sprouts tastes great.

Jan 22, 2016

Vazhakkai Bhaji Recipe | Raw Banana Fritters | Vazhakkai Bhaji - Quick Tea Time Snack Recipe

Vazhakkai Bhaji Recipe
Bhaji is one of the easiest and quickest tea time snack. Bhajis are the most common snack prepared instantly for unexpected guests at home. Mom often makes Bhajis for our snack time since my sister loves bhajis especially vazhakkai bhaji. And also these bhajis are easy and quick to make.
In my home town, vazhakkai bhaji is popular and you can find in most of the road side shops & Tea Shops during evening time. They serve Vazhakkai Bhaji with a Onion Masala and coconut chutney. I wanted to share this recipe along with onion masala but because of lighting problem I skipped it. May be I will share it later.

Jan 20, 2016

Aloo Beans Sabzi Recipe | Punjabi Aloo Beans Sabzi | How To Make Punjabi Style Aloo Beans Sabzi | Potato Green Beans Sabzi

Aloo Beans Sabzi
Punjabi Aloo Green Beans Sabzi recipe with step by step pictures. Like my other Punjabi Recipes this sabzi recipe is also from my neighbor Aunt. Whenever, I make sweets or snack or baked goodies I share with my 2 Indian neighbor families. And in-return they fill my box with a yummy food. Long back auntie returned my box with full of aloo beans sabzi. Sabzi was so good, full of flavors and my kids liked it a lot. I was happy that they ate all of the green beans along with rotis. So, immediately I want to know the recipe and called auntie and noted down the recipe.
This is one of our family's favorite side dish for rotis and I often make this for lunch box along with Phulka. This sabzi is very easy to make except chopping green beans. If you have helping hand like me yes.,V did this job for me. Most of the time he only chop green beans and okra the previous night. So that it will be helpful for me to cook both breakfast and lunch in the morning.

Jan 19, 2016

Carrot Kheer Recipe | Easy Carrot Payasam Recipe | Carrot Kheer - Indian Dessert Recipe

Carrot Kheer
Carrot Kheer Recipe with step by step photos. Spicy Treats completed 5 years of blogging and celebrate the occasion I am sharing this rich and delicious Carrot Kheer. Five successful year completed by last week but I was sick and couldn't able to cook and post any recipe. More than my sickness, Browsing about the symptoms made me more upset and depressed. Thankfully, my test results were normal but still some issues there and hoping to recover soon.

It is better to late than never, So I don't want to skip a celebration post and made this simple and easy to make Carrot Kheer. Usually I prepare a week or 10 days before Blog Anniversary Date and decide the recipe and sometimes buy props too. This year I couldn't plan anything. Somehow managed to cook something simple for the occasion.

Jan 12, 2016

Cauliflower Hash Browns Recipe | Guilt Free Hash Brown Recipe | Low Carb Hash Brown - Healthy Kids Snack Recipe

Cauliflower Hash Browns
Recently I see more food recipe videos shared by many popular pages On Facebook. And some of the recipes are really interesting and tempting to try. I have tried few recipes and noted down few to try and this Cauliflower Hash Brown is one such recipe I saw it on Facebook. This Cauliflower Hash Browns recipe is a simple and  healthy snack for kids.
I just added one extra ingredient from that video, Corn Starch for crispiness and binding. The flavor was so good and my kids loved it, all the guilt free hash browns vanished in no time. These are perfect for breakfast too along with a fruit and milk. If you are ok with egg in the recipe, then you must try this :) You can also make it spicy by adding cayenne pepper or chilli powder and some dried herbs for extra flavor. But with salt and pepper alone tastes yumm :)

Jan 10, 2016

Baked Potato Wedges | Potato Wedges In Oven Recipe | Easy Baked Potato Wedges Recipe | Vegan Baked Potato Wedges

Oven Baked Potato Wedges
V and kids are very much fond of potatoes and they love potato in any form, That too French Fries and wedges are their most favorite. But eating those fancy fries at fast foods aren't good for health and kids may get addicted to those fancy fast foods Right?!. So we reduced, no stopped eating fast foods. Instead, I bake them at home, homemade fries and potato wedges are so simple to make, guilt free and without any artificial flavors and taste enhancers.
Today, I am sharing the easiest Potato Wedges Recipe, I love to add some spices to my wedges but you can skip modify the spices to your tastebuds. I personally prefer Russet Potatoes for baking but you can try it with any varieties.

Jan 7, 2016

Sev Puri Chaat Recipe | Sev Puri With Spicy Garlic Chutney Recipe For Chaat | Red Chutney For Chaat

Sev Puri Chaat
Easy Sev Puri Chat recipe with step by step pictures. "Chaats" the name itself enough to make anyone drool and I am not exceptional. I love to try all the chaats at home and except 1 or 2 recipes I tried almost all the chaats. My favorites are Pani Puri & Dahi Chaat but my kids and V love this Sev Puri Chaat more than other chaats.
I have tasted Sev Puri chaat in Devon Ave, they serve Sev Puri with crushed Puris, potato and chaat chutneys but  In some shop they serve the whole puris stuffed with potato, chaat chutneys and generous fine sev.  I followed the former method as have control with the puris quantity and also used the flat and non puffy puris.

Jan 6, 2016

Bean Quesadillas Recipe | Easy Kidney Bean Quesadilla Using Homemade Tortillas

Kidney Bean Quesadillas
Bean Quesadillas is an easy, healthy and filling meal prepared with beans, vegetables and cheese combo. If you have all the ingredients stocked up, then kidney bean quesadillas can be done in a jiffy. You can serve this for lunch or as an appetizer. I used Homemade Flour Tortillas and cooked beans from scratch. Soaked dried red beans for 8 hours and pressure cooked and used it in the recipe.
But for a quicker version you can use Canned Beans. I always soak beans, peas, chickpeas and freeze them for later. So it always easy for me cook up One Pot side dish like Pressure Cooker Channa Masala, Pressure Cooker Chickpeas Coconut Curry to pair with rice or rotis for lunch box.  Now off to the recipe...

Jan 5, 2016

Dahi Puri Chaat Recipe | Easy Dahi Puri Chaat Recipe | Dahi Chaat Recipe

Dahi Chaat Recipe
Dahi Puri Chaat | Easy Dahi Chaat With Step by Step Photos. Chaat with dahi/yogurt is my most favorite and I love chaat chutneys and yogurt combo a lot. I love to add couple of spoons of plain yogurt and Sweet Chutney in my Soup, Salad or in Yellow peas Masala.

 Dahi Chaat is a simple and mouth watering chaat, using Golgappa, Curd & Chaat Chutneys combo. Crispy Puris filled with spiced potato, yogurt and chaat chutneys, sure an addictive and filling snack. Initially, I love to eat chaats at Chaat Shops and restaurants but now I am completely happy with my recipes and simply enjoy the homemade chaats. It only needs some patience and extra time and effort and the result is everyone's favorite healthy fresh homemade chaats.