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Curry, Coriander and Mint Chutney

I love Mint flavour in the Chutney. Color of this chutney is always inviting.. It is also rich in vitamin and minerals. It goes well with lot of food. It is rich in iron (curry leaves), vitamin C (coriander n mint leaves) and protein (Urad dal).  It is very simple and easy one to make (Less time in the kitchen is always good)


Ingredients

  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 bunch coriander leaves
  • 1/4 cup curry leaves
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Vada Pav


When we were in India last year my son had bonda and fell in love with it  Also. We Tried Vada Pav. till I had that I thought vada pav is something to do with Vada (like masala vada or something) didn't realize it is with Aloo Bonda.. First time when I did I deep fried and there is lot of oil.. Later I tried making vada/bonda using non stick kulipaniyaram tawa. it came out extremely well no difference in the taste. So from there I use only this version of bonda/vada
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Bread Uppuma - Bread Upma

Today morning when I get up I was too lazy to do anything.. To lethargic but still has stomach to feed! so wanted to do something quick but interesting for the weekend morning breakfast. Also I had this craving for sweet chutney.. Easy way to fix both the problem is to do simple bread upuma and have it with sweet chutney. Normally I do this with mixed vegetable.. but too lazy and also nothing left in fridge... So did simple upuma with onion and tomato :-). Also I felt like taking photos in the morning.. It was pouring outside and the light is not good.. anyhow I still decide to do step by step photos :-)
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Apple Walnut Quinoa

By Now you guys might have figured out Quinoa is one my favorite. With at twice a week with Quinoa even office my colleagues started trying out Quinoa :-). I wanted to try something that is not having much of spice yet taste good. 

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Eggless Walnut Brownie


My Kids were asking for brownie for so long. I have this pre notion that Brownie will be difficult to do. Other day when I was browsing for eggless cakes I came across this recipe in http://thechefandherkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/03/eggless-cocoa-walnut-browniesand-my.html and realized that brownie is not difficult. Of all the cakes I like Cheese and brownie the most. So decided to give it a try.

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Broad Beans Masala - Butter beans Masala

I got introduced to Broad Beans by my sister. After my 2nd sister got married her MIL used to do it. I don't get fresh beans in Singapore. I use Canned Beans. I am impressed with the nutrition facts of it when cooked it is high in Iron and protein; with small amounts of fat. It is a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. I normally do it as side dish to the rice. 

Ingredients:

Butter beans 1 Can (Drain the water and wash it well)
Onion - 2 (finely chopped)
Tomato - 2 (finely chopped)
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Sambar Chapathi / Chappathi


I had lot of left over sambar. I didn't want to carry to next day also. So wondering what do with that. I have to do something for dinner. I am not having Idli or Dosa batter so what can be done with Sambar. Bingo! Masala Chapathi. I did that quite sometime ago and no can figure it out... And tasted good. It was also pretty soft. 

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Horse Gram Kulipaniyaram

I Like Horse Gram. I almost have one spoon of horse gram powder once a day. I strongly believe with diet, exercise and Horse gram once a day helps me to stay in good health. Luckily this is also liked by my family. So end up doing horse gram in one or other form. You can find plain Kuli Paniyaram recipe at http://great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com/2012/02/kuli-paniyaram.html


Ingredients:
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Ragi Semiya (Sevai/Uppuma) - Ragi Upma


Ragi is one of my favourite grain. Any form of Ragi really!. My entire family loves it. There were times I pack ragi sevai pocket from India. But now we get Anil Ragi Sevai in Singapore itself. Since put carrot and peas you don't require any chutney go with it. It is very simple dish but taste divine! it is healthy also.. What are you waiting for?

Ingredients:

Ragi Semiya -  200gm packet.
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Colorful additions (Addictions?!)

More Flower plants arrived at our void deck! It is so beautiful and eye catching. Don't ask me the names of each one of it I don't know! We don't have to know the name to appreciate the beauty right? Enjoy!


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Horse gram masala

Yet another recipe with Kollu / Horse gram. I use lot of horse gram in my diet. I like unique taste of it. normally in my mother / MIL places they use Kollu for porridge. Whenever we start to comedown with flu my mum will definitely do porridge. Till quite sometime ago, I also do just porridge and that too during sick days.. after reading about nutrition and benefits I have started using it more often and in different dishes

Ingredients:
Horse gram - 1 cup (Soak Overnight and pressure cook it )

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Aval Oats Idli

I used to do the Oats idli using 3 Cups rice and one cup Oats. But it used to be bit sticky so I stopped it for a while. I saw this reciepe @  Kamala's Corner. It came out pretty well. My kids cannot even notice that it is of Oats till I told them. Now I am sure oats idli will be back on our regular menu


Ingredients:

Parboiled (idli) Rice – 2 cups
Urad dhal – 1 cup

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Chinese fried Quinoa

I was so lazy today morning to do a main dish and a vegetable to go with it. I wanted something quick and yet wholesome. it has been quite some time since I posted Quinoa so decided to do Quinoa based recipe. After adding all the ingredients I realize that this is close to Chinese fried rice. So I named it as Chinese fried Quinoa. This is one of the best Quinoa recipe so far!
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Eggless Pineapple Chocolate Chips Cupcake



After few sucessful baking I am more motivated to try more baking but still not dare enough to try something of my own.. So I tried to look for Eggless recipe. I came across this recipe in http://www.sharmispassions.com.I made some slight modification. It came out so well. As I try more and more I getting more confident to bake :-)

Ingredients: 
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Snake Gourd (Podalangai) Poriyal 1

This week I couldn't go to Little India so have to manage the cooking with whatever vegetable I get it from wet market near my house. I got good Snake Gourd. There is 2 different type (Short version and longer version). We can get both the variety if I go to Little India. Taste wise I find both are similar. But near my house I get longer variety only.Snake gourd is high in fiber and water content. This method is one of easy one and good for beginners.

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Sweet Potato Oven Baked Fry

We normally use sweet Potato in vegetable (Poriyal) or just boil it. We used to have this almost every week at least once. But recently my kids are not eating it. So I almost stopped buying it. However I saw sweet potato recipe from internet and was showing to the kids ..They jumped on it (It is a surprise to me as both of them were not big fan of French Fries). So I wanted to give it a try. It came out well. Kids for now still hooked on to it...

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Lemon Rasam (Lemon Rasam Soup)


We does rasam for the weekend as that is the time all of us have lunch at home. Even though I like Other type of rasam mostly I do Dhal rasam. Lemon rasam is one of my favourite but I miss the taste of our garden lemon. Anything can beat pluck the fresh lemon and using it in cooking?This weekend we got somebody came from India and got lemon from our garden. So decided to do Lemon Rasam

Ingredients

 Cooked with Turmeric Thuar Dhal - 1/2 cup
Green chillies - 2 (slit into 2)
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Bagel Pizza

I brought bagel for the breakfast. Initial plan was to use Cream Cheese and make Bagel sandwich. But Morning when looking for cream cheese I realized it got over...So what else can be done? Well try Pizza bagel .. It is easy and I was pretty sure kids will like it


Ingredients


Bagel - 1
Tomato Sauce - 2 teaspoon
Bread Butter - 1 teaspoon
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Sweet Rice Roti (Sugarcane rice roti)

I love sugarcane juice. I read few article about it's benefits. But with Lemon or ginger It taste divine. When I met one of my friend she made rice roti out of it. That was long time ago and I forgot to ask for the recipe. So I searched to the net and found the recipe. In most recipe the proposition for sugarcane juice to rice flour is 1:1 but I wanted to have less sweater version so I have used only 1/2. 


Ingredients:


Rice Flour - 1 Cup
Sugarcane Juice  - 1/2 Cup
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Urad Dhal Vada (Medhu Vadai)


I love Medhu Vadai. Of course I have excuse for eating this deep fried item it is high in protein. This Vada is something my kids love it. If you grind the dough properly it will be easy to do. It is so common food back home in India.
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Thai Red Curry

I love Thai food. I used to have it whenever we eat out. I always wanted to give it a try at home. After couple of failed try I gave up because I could never get the exact taste. Last year when I visited my sis in US I saw thai red curry paste which is vegetarian and we tried out it came out extremely well. I packed few tins (now every time she comes over or I go to US this is sure item in my shopping list)

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Rawa (Rava) Pongal

Pongal! I must admit that is last thing I want to have for meal. During my young days in my mother house Pongal means either ven pongal or sweet pongal. I hated it.. Everytime my mum need to do something special for me even during pongal days.. But after marriage I visited a friend just for casual lunch at her home. She did rawa / rava pongal I didn't have a choice .. I tried it. it is not bad at all! really!. Now I can proudly say I can eat pongal but only rawa pongal :-)

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Flower 2

Looks like Rose but not Rose! Pin It Now!

Flower 1


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Flower



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Maida Roti

My mum used to hire a cook whenever we have function at home. He makes lot of ceylon food. One of it is Maida Roti and Coconut Sambal. Kids loved it last time when we were in India. I seldom do it. Yesterday when I was checking the menu for dinner kids wanted to do this.  It is almost same taste with less much oil. Yet, it is not healthy (Maida is too refined flour almost no vitamins in it :-))

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Kovaikai (Kovaikkai, tindora) Rice

Even though I started eating Kovaikai after moving to Singapore I love Kovaikai. Back in India in my grandmother place it is a food for Parrot. My 2nd son is big fan of Kovaikai. However we get this vegetable only when go to little India.


Ingredients:


Cooked Rice - 1 Cup
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Rajma (Kidney Beans Masla)


When I was carrying my kids I used to do this at least twice a week as it is rich in Iron. Sometime ago I brought the dhal which doesn't get cooked even after soaking for 12 hours.. So till brought another batch I almost give up doing Rajma. This is my favourite Whole dhal. Just cook it or mix it with any salad or make gravy for Chapatti
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Vegetable Wrap - 1


It's Weekend and it's non bread day :-). I normally do wrap or waffle on Sunday. If I do wrap most of the time it is with broccoli and  cheese. Today I wanted to try out vegetable wrap. When I first said my son first reaction is why do you want keep trying new stuff. In the end everything went well .. He loved it. He asked me to do this again :-)


Ingredients
Finely chopped mixed vegetable - 2 Cup (I have used Carrot, Beans, Cauliflower, Potato)
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Chow Chow (choyote) Thuvaiyal

Every week I do one Thuvaiyal using vegetable. I use this for my lunch box. This is for me to try out new chutney / Thuvaiyal variety. This week I wanted to try Chow-chow. It came out very well. I prefer Tomato to tamarind. When I kept this on the table I didn't tell the kids and my husband about what is used in the chutney. They couldn't guess it. 

Ingredients 


Chow Chow - chopped 1 cup
Bengal Gram Dhal - 1 tablespoon
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Tofu Puli Kulambu (Kuzhambu)

Some weeks ago, when I went to wet market the aunt who runs the veg shop there told me that Tofu in Puli Kulambu would be very nice. I love Tofu so wanted to give it a try. I normally do the Puli Kulambu the day because I strongly believe the kulambu taste better next day..This really came out so well 


Ingredients:

Onion - 2 (Finely chopped)

Tomato - 2  (Finely Chopped)
Garlic 4 Pods
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Tomato Kurma (Kruma)

This is my favourite Kurma. My mum's speciality . Whatever I do it doesn't taste same as what my mum does. But our family likes my version of it too.. May be the more you eat the more you get used it. My 2nd son is not a big fan of Tomato except this and tomato Thokku. This can go well with idli or dosa. If there is any left over I used to have it with Bread next day for breakfast. You try it this will become your regular bread sidedish..

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Carrot Dosa - Healthy vegetable dosa


It has been while since I did the Carrot Dosa.  I run out of normal dosa batter. So wanted to have some dosa for Dinner so wanted to do something which you can do right after grinding

Ingredients
Raw Rice - 1 Cup ,
Idli Rice - 1/4 Cup
Grated Carrot - 3/4 Cup
Dry Red Chilli - 5
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Orange Rice

When I first did Orange Rice (I think that was in the first year of my marriage) my husband was so skeptical and started asking why we do rice out of Orange and all.. It is better to eat as fruit etc.. I was asking him to give it a try first before judging it.. When he tried he liked it. Now it has been part of our regular meal.. But I must admit whenever I do this for a get-together first impression I get is rice out Orange? but so far everyone who tried this rice liked the taste of it.
Ingredients:


Basmathi rice - 1 Cup
Fresh Orange Juice - 1 Cup
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Nutella, Cheese Bread Sandwich

I was planning to have Avocado nutella sandwich. But when I peel the avocado skin right before breakfast time , realized it was spoiled. With kids sitting on the table, I was thinking about what is the alternative I have. Decided try out Nutella, Cheese grilled bread Sandwich. It is simple yet kids friendly recipe. It is also for lazy Sunday Morning breakfast


Ingredients

Bread - 2
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Paneer Butter Masala

I was not a big fan of Paneer before my diet program last year. So the Paneer dish I do is with Spinach (Palak Paneer). However I started doing my diet and being vegetarian one of the 3 options for me to include protein as part of my diet is Cheese (any form of course low fat). With some hesitation I started to try different dishes out of Paneer. Last year when we visited India we went to restaurant and my kids ordered Paneer Butter masala. They fell in love with that. When we are back my son continue to ask for it (even now when we dine at north Indian this is definitely one of the side dish we order) . It is easy to do it at home. After much of search and few try below is the recipe we stick to it... It is simple yet very satisfying dish. 
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Coconut Quinoa


By now you might have noticed I posted dons of Quinoa. Yes I love Quinoa. I am not a big fan of Coconut After starting this blog I started to experiment with different things so wanted to try out coconut Quinoa. Quinoa, If eaten it has slight bitter taste but it was totally unnoticeable in this dish. To my surprise I love this coconut dish. This dish is full of protein and this one of the best combination with Quinoa.
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bottle Gourd (Soraikkai, suraikai) dosa

When my was talking about it few years ago I used to wonder dosa using bottle gourd. But when my mum came to visit me she made this and it is so tasty. It is also good for the health. She uses Idli rice as total but I use 1/2 brown and 1/2 idli rice

Ingredients:

1 cup Brown rice
1 cup Idli rice
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Onion, Garlic Chutney

Me and my Family love Garlic. Any thing with garlic. Just not raw garlic or garlic smell. So in most of the recipe I fry Garlic first before adding it. This chutney is all of our favourite. This goes well with any dosa, Idli even as spread on bread

Ingredients:


Small Onion - 1 Cup (Peeled) or big onion - 3 (sliced thinly)
Garlic - 15 pods
Red Chillies - 4 (Adjust to ur spice)
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Ven Pongal / Khara pongal

Let me confess I hate pongal esp Ven pongal. All my cousins who are all first child in their family hates pongal also.  Even on pongal day we used to have something specially prepared for us. But both of my kids love it. So I make pongal once in a while but I will do something else for myself :-)

Ingredients:
Raw rice - 1 cup
Moong dhal - 1/2 cup

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Sweet (Sakkarai) Pongal

My first son likes only 2 Indian sweets Sakkarai pongal and Mysore pak. So Whenever I want to do something to celebrate quick Sakkarai pongal is my first choice. My husband love it too. Whatever I do it is not as tasty as my mum or MIL may be due the the amount of Ghee in it. Their version when you put it in mouth it just goes inside...

Ingredients:

1 cup raw rice

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Oats Adai

If I see any new dish using Oats I will give it a try. I am big fan of Oats. My husband swears his cholesterol is controlled by having Oats in the morning. My 1st son believes he got his immunity due the daily breakfast of Oats. I like it because it tastes good and keeps u fuller for longer period
Ingredients
  • oats - 1 cup
  • Thuar dhal - 1/4 cup
  • Bengal Gram (Channa) dhal - 1/4 cup
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Tomato Rasam

Typically a South Indian dish, Rasam is known for its health benefits. Rasam has special place in my diet from the beginning. After my 1st Son I used to take only Rasam to shed the extra (I gained a lot) weight. This can be served with rice or as soup.  I love tangy flavour of tomato. I follow Mallika Badrinath recipe


Ingredients


Ripe tomato - 5 (Medium)
Tamarind - Marble size ball
Curry Leaves - 10
Coriander Leaves - 2 tablespoon
Green Chillies - 3
Small onion - 4
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Agathi keerai Poriyal

Agathi keerai is good for health. I was adviced my MIL that we shouldn't be consumed very often. We can take this 2 times per month. I normally buy this once in a while (not as frequent as other greens). This leafy vegetable supposed to help in cleaning up stomach.


Ingredients :


Agathi keerai - 1/2 bunch
Big Onion - 1 Chopped finely
Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon.
Urad dhal - 1/4 teaspoon.
Moong dhal - 1/4 teaspoon. (Optional)
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Avial recipe - Aviyal recipe - Perfect side dish for rice or Adai

Avial is my favourite. Especially with Adai. My 2nd son hates it. So I don't do it that often. I use whatever vegetable available Even though I prefer Indian vegetables in it. It is so easy to do. This is one dish I haven't found the replacement for coconut and do with coconut.

Ingredients:

Drumstick-1
Yam / Senai Kilangu-1/2 Cup
Raw banana/vazhakka-1
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Orchid



I love Orchid. Orchid is Singapore National flower. In my block all my neighbor own one or many orchid plants. So I am always surrounded by the beautiful orchid flowers..  Pin It Now!