I am not a big fan of either coffee or milk tea. But I prefer to have Tea than Coffee. However no one at home prefer to have. Most of the time I do when someone visiting me or during weekend. Recently my another Chinese colleague went to India and brought over Tea but not sure how to make it so I was asked for the recipe. So I wanted put the recipe and share with her also. My helper is an expert in this. This recipe is from my helper
Yet another multipurpose paste which can be used in different ways. I tried it on Rice / Semiya it is pretty good. I think it will go well with Idli / Iddiyapam etc.. It is easy way to get the kids to eat Drumstick leaves Ingredients
Drumstick Leaves (murngai keerai leaves) - 2 Cups Small Onion - 6 Garlic - 6 pods Green Chillies - 4 Fresh grated Coconut - 3 tablespoon Tamarind - small gooseberry size dry red chillies - 4 Salt as required Oil - 2 tablespoon Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon Urad Dhal - 2 teaspoon
Heat the kada When it is hot add oil and when Oil is hot add mustard seeds When it start to splutter add urad dhal Heat the oil add red chillies Just fry for 1 min Add small onion fry till onion is soft Add garlic, Green Chillies (slit the chillies before adding) fry till Garlic is fried well Add coconut fry for 1 min Add Drumstick leaves Fry till leaves are cooked Add salt Let it cool and transfer into mixie and grind the paste with less water. The gravy need to be thick
I have used Drumstick leaves thokku to make quick and tasty semiya. This is the first time I did this. Everyone at home loved it. Easy way to include Iron as part of your diet without adding more clories
Semiya -1 cup Roasted Gram dhal - 1 tablespoon Drumstick leaves Thokku - 3 tablespoon (increase / decrease per ur taste and consistency) Pin It Now!
Since I brought Sundaikai for sambar I left with more Sundaikai. So I hv decided to make something for myself and for my helper. Wanted to try first before making it for entire family because Sundaikai has it's own taste. I liked it
Sundaikai - 1 Cup Garlic - 4 finely chopped Tomato - 1 and 1/2 (finely chopped) Sambar powder - 1 teaspoon Oil - 3 teaspoon Pin It Now!
When I started to include Soup as part of our regular menu I started with Tomato soup thinking that kids will like it as that is one of the very common one. However it didn't go very well. Then I came across this recipe in Mallika Badrinath book and I did it for myself thinking that this won't go well rest of the family. When I started to have this for dinner my son asked me about this and wanted to give it a try (later I asked them what triggered the desire to try.. His answer was the color :-)). To my surprise they loved it. So this is one of our regular item for dinner Pin It Now!
I used to use ready made mix for rawa idli after few of my failed attempt (at the beginning of my cooking years) For the purpose of blog posting the recipe I hv requested for ENO salt from my friend who came from India recently and I tried today from scratch. To my surprise it came out pretty well
Sundaikai is one of my favourite and my mum make tasty sambar with that. Everytime when I am India or when she is here she will do it. I thought it is lot of work to get it done and never tried before. This week I saw this in the market and decide to give it a try. This recipe is given to me by my mum. I did make adjustment to coconut (I reduced it) Ingredients: Coriander seeds - 2 teaspoon Mustard - 1 teaspoon
After my diet program back in 2011 Q2 I am pretty bored with salad (till I start this blog). This salad without Almond is part of my diet. And I was not doing it for last 6 months! But kids and DH like it. Tonight I had light dinner so wanted to get something to complement it. Easier option is making salad. Since I had baby spinach I decided to make Spinach, Strawberry and Almond Salad.
Baby Spinach - 1 Cup Strawberry - 5 Roasted Almonds - 10 pomegranate - 1/4 Cup Apple Cinder - 2 teaspoon Or Lemon Juice - 2 teaspoon Maple Syrup - 2 Teaspoon Pepper - 1/2 teaspoon Tofu - 1/4 cup
Method: Cut tofu into small cubes Heat the kada add 1/2 teaspoon of oil and add cut Tofu and fry till it is cooked. Keep it off Mix everything in a big salad bowl and mix it well & ServePin It Now!
Palak is one our family favourite. However, I use even local version of Palak. I prefer to use organic version for leafy vegetables. Once in a while I used to buy Indian Palak however I don't find much of taste difference. So now I use local version of Spinach only. some time I use baby Kai lan. Kai lan is richer in calcium than Spinach. But the taste is little sticky and very slight bitter.
Ingredients : Spinach - 1 bunch Green Chillies - 2 Pin It Now!
I love this dish and back home my mum does it very often. Those days I seldom worry about oil (gone those days now every drop count). I used to have traditional iron which requires lot of oil.. So I seldom use it..Last Nov when I was in India I brought Non stick Kuli paniyaram chatti. Now it is regular item for our dinner or weekend breakfast.
Peanut in any form is favourite for my kids. It has been my surprise that I didn't do this chutney for last 3 weeks (my son is correct.. I realize that when I search for the post for recipe). So today I made Peanut Chutney. According to the kids it goes extremely well with Dosa Ingredients: Roasted Peanut - 1 Cup Grated Fresh Coconut - 1 tablespoon Red Chillies - 3
Tonight for dinner I did lasagna which is not my favourite so I decide to something diff. Other day I brought new Tahini paste. so wanted to use that to make simple Salad yet full or nutrition like protein, iron and calcium
Quinoa - 1/2 cup Tahini (sesame seed) Paste - 3 teaspoon ( I used black Tahini) Salt as required Pin It Now!
This is one of my mum favourite. I find it very cheesy. You bet, Kids love it. Whenever my mum is in town she will do this. I haven't done this by myself. When were talking about options for dinner my first son wanted to do something with mushroom, Broccoli and cheese..So I wanted to try this out. But I didn't have any vegetable or Lasagna sheets. I told my son if we can get all ingredients let's do it or we do it next week (I buy Vegetable from Wet market every Sat morning). He reluctantly agreed. Luckily I got all I wanted to do Lasagna from NTUC and I am read for my experiment. It came out well :-) Pin It Now!
By now you guys might have noticed I use avocado twice a week. Last week the avocado I brought was different type. The flesh is more of yellow shade than green. It didn't go well for sandwich. So I decide to do Milk shake. I added more ice cream than normally I would other than that it tasted just as other type
I love Pineapple. I used to have it quite often. However after the delivery of my 2nd son every time I eat any Pineapple cream biscuit I end up with sore throat. So I almost stopped eating pineapple also. Last few months( Part of my diet program one of the fruit recommended is Pineapple) I have been eating again at least once a week. Kids seems to love it also. So far I am doing fine also... So happy now that I can enjoy my favourite fruitPin It Now!
My kids were not found of Mullangi due to the strong aroma. However couple of years back our trip back home changed that. My mum had little garden and as part of it she was growing all the Indian vegetables. Kids got so excited to take their own vegetables and get it cooked. Especially Radish as it is under the sand Vegetables are fresh and it tasted so good.
Ingredients: Radish - 1/4 kg (We can White / Pink) Cooked Thuar Dhal - 1/2 Cup Tamarind - Lemon sized Pin It Now!
If you are going for diet program and after achieving your ideal weight start introducing your regular food slowly. This will help your body to get used to normal food. Also allows you to monitor your body reaction Also check your weight till you get back to normal eating during this period so that you can understand any specific food triggering weight increase Remember what you have gone thro' is lifestyle change not just few days or months crash diet.Pin It Now!
This is a very healthy break fast because of oats and ragi. My Grandma complained that Ragi roti with rice flour is bit harder if you eat later (not hot) sometime I felt it also.Today morning I was thinking why don't I try using Oat's powder instead of rice. It is really turned out to be good. and it kept me filled for long time. It is definitely much healthier option than the one with rice flour. And this is going to be my favourite for making Ragi roti
When I opened the fridge yesterday I had only Cauliflower no other vegetables. But I already made Cauliflower before in this week. Normally when I make repetition kids were not happy.. At 10 PM at night the only option is to try to make something diff using Cauliflower. Friday being long day in the school they have only yogurt when they come back.So they need something spicy to with it. So I tried this. This is nothing new just little more ginger. They liked it
I had left over idli so fro today morning breakfast I made idli Uppuma. Traditionally my mum or MIL uses Idli podi however I started use Kollu podi for the past 1year. It tastes nice. I like pepper spice than chilli. My kids like this also. If they are willing to take this for school break this is definitely a good option. For them you can serve with tomato sauce.
Even though this sambar is very similar to another recipe the taste of the sambar is pretty diff. I add lot of pumpkin into it. Pumpkin has lot of fiber. It gives very nice sweet flavour. With Tamarind sour taste and pumpkin sweet taste together it is really mouth watering. This sambar goes very well with idli also
Simple Beans Poriyal which will go well with all kind of rices. During my diet program I was surprised that Beans are classified under carb group not under Protein. So if you are counting your Carb then watch out for qty.
Ingredients: French Beans - 1/4 KG Oil - 1 teaspoon Salt as required Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon Urad Dhal - 1 teaspoon Pin It Now!
Since I stayed home today I decide to have hot uppuma for the breakfast. Also since I am not going to make this for my kids I can add more onion and ginger also :-)! It went very well with the beans poriyal I made. Rawa is good for health as it has high iron. The Only uppuma I used to have before marriage was Semiya. We used to make fun of others by calling names :-) My husband favourite is
I love chapati. I can have them any time and for any no of days. However my skills to make soft chapati is not that good. My helper does it extremely well & stays fresh and soft for long time. So this is something I always let her do :-) Ingredients: 1 cup of Wheat flour (can use wholemeal flour) 1/2 tsp salt (optional) Soft Tofu - 3 able spoon Water
After my diet I realize the my protein options are pretty limited so I normally include Soya products once a day. Before this year I somehow had some mental resistance to soya chunks. This kuruma can be served with Chapatti or idli or iddiyapam
Soya Chunks - 1 1/2 Cups Fresh thick curd - 1 Small Onions - 1/2 cup Garlic Pods - 4 Cashewnuts - 3-4 Fennel Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon Chopped Curry leaves - 1 Tablespoon Coriander Leaves - 1 Tablespoon Salt - 1 1/2 teaspoon or salt to taste Gram Masala Powder - 3/4 Coriander powder - 1 tablespoon Red Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon Oil - 2 teaspoon
Heat the kada and dry roast Cashewnuts. When it is done keep it aside In same kada, add 1 teaspoon of oil when it is hot add onion, Garlic,curry leaves and fry till it is brown Add roasted Cashew, onion, garlic in mixie and grind together as nice paste Heat 6 cups of water in large vessel When it starts boiling add soya chunks and remove it from fire Keep it closed for 10 mins Strain water and squeeze chunks and repeat the process once again to remove the raw smell Heat the kada and add remaining oil Add Fennel seed and fry for a min. Add Grinded masala when it is done (when oil separates) add Chilli powder, Coriander powder, salt, gram masala powder and fry for another min. Add whipp curd Cook till oil float on the top Add Soya Chunks and cook till it is in desired consistency (When cool down it will get thicker) Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with Chapattis
Today morning I wanted to try one of my favourite but not made for quite sometime. I got left over Ginger Chutney that I have used for this. This one you can do it with Coconut, Ginger Chutney. I had it with Fat free cottage cheese
My Father used to tell me to give gooseberry to the kids everyday. I tried to give them as plain or just plain cooked or honey candy even as pickle. They didn't like it. I started eating raw one (one per day) for the past 1 month. Since kids love lemon rice I decided to replace lemon with Gooseberry try out this rice. They got addicted to it :-)
I love the taste of Ginger. My husband is not a big fan of Ginger. So when he is away on business it is time for me to do all the favourite but not his favourite. This really goes well with Pesarattu. U can see the qty is small as it is for me only (kids don't like this either :-)). They find it too strong
Grated Fresh Coconut - 2 tablespoon Ginger - 1/2 Inch Pin It Now!
Andhra pesarattu or green gram dhal dosa is my favourite. It is healthy option for the breakfast. Anything without plain white rice goes well with me. it is quite filling this is something I picked up after my marriage now even my mum and grandmother does it quite often
I love this Carrot chutney for the mix of sweetness. It goes well with dosa, Chapatti and idli. I have tried as base for wrap also. My kids love it for the color of it. I like it because this doesn't required lot of oil or coconut. It can last longer when we refrigerate.
Quinoa, the "mother grain," has a protein value that is extremely high (12-18%) and the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa is easy to digest and naturally contains no gluten. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorous, magnesium, and iron. I try to use Quinoa as part of our meal at least once a week. IngredientsCooked Quinoa – 1 cup Pin It Now!
My husband hates Bitter gourd. This week he is away on a biz so we get to do what we like :-). My kids have different preference when comes to making bitter gourd. My first son likes this one and my 2nd Bitter Gourd roast. I am ok with either one. This requires bit more oil.
1/2 kg bitter gourd 1/2 teaspoon Sambar powder 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 teaspoon chilli powder 1/4 teaspoon sugar Salt per taste 3 table spoon corn flour 4 Table spoon oil ( I use olive) 1/4 teaspoon Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon Urad dhal 1 string curry leaves
Cut the Bitter Gourd into thin round slides Add sambar powder, turmeric powder, chilli powder,salt and sugar mix it well Marinate overnight (for 6 hours)
Add Corn flour and mix it well Heat Kada and oil Add mustard seeds when splutter add urad dhal and curry leaves Fry till Urad dhal is brown Add Marinated Bitter gourd Fry this till it is crispy and brown
I wanted to do something with no Coconut, less oil and healthy . I used to eat Kootu during my dieting days (with no oil.. Thanks to wonderful invention of non stick). This one has whole dhal even though it has more protein watch out for the qty taken as it is counted as Carb also (In case you are on low carb diet)
This week the spinach I saw in the market was very fresh so I ended up buying more. I left with some more even after making kootu this weekend. So decided to do pasta with that. I added lite cheese so that it is healthy.Use of whole grain macaroni healthier option. Some of brands in the market has good protein content. Definitely it is good meal to back for school
Ingredients: 2 C cooked whole grain macaroni 1/2 medium Onion; chopped 3-5 cloves Garlic; minced (U can vary this per taste) Pin It Now!
From the time I started this blog I am doing 1 snack per week. My son commented that, this is one good thing about me blogging (of course he complains that I spend more time on computer) that he get to eat some snacks. My first son is very selective in eating sweets. Vella vada is one of his favourite
Urad dal : 200 gm Jaggery : 175 gm Raw rice: 2 tablespoon
I love Pav Bhaji for dinner on the weekend it is so easy to make it and healthy also. I learned this from my husband office colleague (right after my marriage and at the time I was so new to the cooking). However you do this is something which will taste good :-). For bread I use normal roll or hot dog buns or burger bread. If any Bhaji left over I will use it as sandwich stuffing for school
Big Onion - 2 medium finely chopped Ginger Paste - 1 tablespoon Pin It Now!
During weekends we try to stay away from bread for breakfast. Kids love wrap. I hate broccoli due the texture of it. However my both the kids and my husband like it. I heard enough about the goodness of it. So I use it in wraps (of course I will have different option ) Pin It Now!
Normally I use weekend to try something new or make something that all of us like. Sometime I will have left overs from Sat so Sunday is for something new to try...if the new venture goes wrong always there is a backup :-)
When I was back in India we had Gujarati neighbour. I love their food. Aunt's chapatti was my favourite.. I like the Besan flour taste. Only thing is when I try to use in my cooking sometime I will add more which will make the dishes very think. Yesterday I had lot of chapatti dough left. So decided to try Vaghareli Roti for the morning breakfast. But I almost didn't do it for last 6-7 years so need to google the recipe :-) I have used http://a2zvegetariancuisine.blogspot.com recipe.
I had this for breakfast (Wholesome breakfast!) Pin It Now!
It has been long time since I made this Sambar. Just because this one requires more work compared to the normal sambar (Of course too lazy). Today wanted to try. This goes well with Dosa Also Ingredients: Thuar Dhal - 1/2 cup Chow-Chow - Chopped into 1 inch cube 1 cup Sambar Onion - 5 to 6 Pin It Now!