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Masala Tea

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

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Drumstick leaves(Murngai Keerai) Thokku

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

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

This goes to Srav’s Cooking Concepts Vegan  

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Keerai Semiya

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)
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Sundaikai (turkey berry) Poriyal

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
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Beetroot Soup

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
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Rawa Idli

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

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Sundaikai Channa sambar - Sundaikai chana Sambar - Turkey berry chickpeas sambar

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)
Coriander seeds - 2 teaspoon
Mustard - 1 teaspoon
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Spinach, Strawberry, Almond Salad

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

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
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Singapore Skyline

When I return from office I saw this beautiful evening set from my living room window.. My Son was recommending a snap to share in the blog.. why not! here you go

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I saw this new plant addition at my neighbor's collection. Initially I thought it was sunflower but when I had a closer look it is actually Daisy. It is so pretty couldn't stop taking a snaps

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Palak Paneer

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
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Kuli paniyaram

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. 


Dosa batter - 2 Cup
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Peanut Chutney

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


Roasted Peanut - 1 Cup
Grated Fresh Coconut - 1 tablespoon
Red Chillies - 3
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Peerkankai (Ridge Gourd) Thuvaiyal

Every week  I try one Thuvaiyal.  I use it as my side dish for lunches for the days where no one else pack lunches. Thuvaiyal is my favourite It goes well with any dish


Ridge Gourd (Peerkankai) – 1
Red Chillies – 2 to 3
Urad Dhal – 1 teaspoon

Bengal Gram Dhal - 1 teaspoon
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Tahini Quinoa

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
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Basic cooked Quinoa

Basic instruction to cook Quinoa


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Optional: Soak the quinoa for 5 min in the cooking pot. Soaking helps quinoa to cook evenly, and loosens up any residue of saponin (usually removed in processing), which can give a bitter taste
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Vege Lasagna

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 :-)
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Avocado(guacamole) Milk Shake

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


Avocado - 1
Sugar - 3 teaspoon

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Pineapple, Banana and Grapes Salad

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 fruit Pin It Now!

Radish (Mullangi) Sambar

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. 

Radish - 1/4 kg (We can White / Pink)
Cooked Thuar Dhal - 1/2 Cup
Tamarind - Lemon sized
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Health Tip #12

Eating after Diet

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!

Oats Ragi Roti

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

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Cauliflower Ginger Fry

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

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avocado(guacamole) vege/fruit salad

I didn't use avocado this week and I had fully ripe one in the fridge. So decided to do Salad. I was also so lazy to prepare any other dressing so just went with Mayonnaise.


Thinly sliced Lecttuce - 1/2 Cup
Avocado - 1 (diced)
Red Apple - 1 (wash and dice it)
Cucumber - 1 Cup
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Idli Uppuma (Method 1)

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.
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Pumpkin Sambar

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
  • Pumpkin-  400g
  • Thuar dhal – Half cup
  • Garlic - 5 pods (sliced lengthwise)
  • Sambar powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Sambar (Small) onion – 10 cut length wise
  • Tamarind - Gooseberry size (small ball)
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Beans Poriyal with Coconut

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.

French Beans - 1/4 KG
Oil - 1 teaspoon
Salt as required
Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Urad Dhal - 1 teaspoon
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Rawa Uppuma - Semolina upma

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
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Plain Chapati - Chaphati recipe - Chapatti recipe - Roti Recipe - Soft Pulka Recipe

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 :-)


1 cup of Wheat flour (can use wholemeal flour)
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
Soft Tofu - 3 able spoon

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Soya Chunks Kuruma

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

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Bread Chutney Toast

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


Chutney - 4 tablespoon
Whole meal bread - 2

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Gooseberry Rice (Nellikai Sadam)

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 :-)

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Lemon Brown Rice

My kids love variety rice over Sambar / rasam. This is evergreen option for my kids. It is simple and easy to put together. This photo is done by my son.


Cooked Brown Rice – 1 cup
Lemon - 1
Red chilly or green chilli – 4

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Ginger Chutney

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
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Pesarattu (Green Gram Dhal) Dosa

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


1 cup whole green gram dhal

Onion - 1 (Medium size)
1/2 cup grated onions
1/4 inch piece

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Carrot Chutney - Healthy dip with Carrot - Healthy chutney recipe

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.

Grated Carrot - 1 cup
Red Chilli - 5
Bengal gram dhal - 1 tablespoon
Urad dhal - 1 tablespoon
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Yogurt Quinoa

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
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Bitter Gourd Fry

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

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Chow Chow Green Gram Kootu

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)

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Simple Spinach macaroni

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

    2 C cooked whole grain macaroni
    1/2 medium Onion; chopped
    3-5 cloves Garlic; minced (U can vary this per taste)

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Vella (Urad Dhal and Jaggery) Vadai

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
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Pav Bhaji Masala

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
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Broccoli Cheesy Wrap

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 )
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Paruppu Urundai Kulambu

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 :-)

Thuvar Dhal – 1 Cup
Tamarind – Gooseberry size
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Vaghareli Roti (Roti strips in yogurt sauce)

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 recipe.

I had this for breakfast (Wholesome breakfast!)
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Araichu Vitta Sambar

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
Thuar Dhal - 1/2 cup
Chow-Chow - Chopped into 1 inch cube 1 cup
Sambar Onion - 5 to 6

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