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Dragon Fruit Soya Milk Shake

Every weekend when I go for vegetable shopping, I buy fresh soya milk from the shop. Today I was in a mood for milk shake. I wanted to try in season fruit Mango.. My son asked me why to waste Mango and he preferred to have it plain (according to him Indian Mango taste the best when it is eaten plain). So I am forced to look for other options. I had dragon fruit in the fridge so decided to go with it


Ingredients


3/4 cup diced Dragon Fruits
2 Cup Soya Milk
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Bottle gourd / Sorakkai / Lauki / Sorakaya / Sorekai Chapathi (Chappathi)

Eating Bottle gourd once a week is good for health. It keeps the weight in balance. I do almost all type of dish with bottle gourd. It is good for low calorie diet and has high dietary fiber. It is low in fat also. For this chapathi I don't need any side dish. It stays fresh till lunch also.. So it is good for kids lunch box also
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Spinach Peanut Fry


I had Keerai at home. Wanted to try something without Thuvar or Moong Dhal . I remember my mum used to do with Keerai with Peanut. I called her to find out the recipe. It doesn't taste same as hers but it tasted good. Normally Peanut is a favourite for kids. So this might be one of easy way to feed greens to kids. It is also well balanced side dish.
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Health Tip #14


Eat several mini-meals during the day.

If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight. But when you're hungry all the time, eating fewer calories can be challenging.
Studies show people who eat 4-5 meals or snacks per day are better able to control their appetite and weight
Divide your daily calories into smaller meals or snacks and enjoying as many of them as you can early in the day
Make sure ur smaller meals add up to recommended calories (Save the calories for having good food)
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Nutella Mixed Nuts Ball

Craving for some healthy sweet but easy to make (of course no mood to go for shopping it should be with ingredients which are currently available). I had almost all of the nuts at home. I used to take Chia seeds regularly ( Note the point I said used to.. However for some reason I hv dropped the habit). So I wanted to include the Chia seeds as part of the dish I wanted to try. When I used to take it regularly I just add it with juice, water. I saw this recipe  at http://www.sensibleveg.com/2011/06/mixed-nut-energy-ball.html So decide to give it a try. Made with Almonds, Cashews, Pumpkin Seeds and Chia seeds. This recipe is so high in protein. 
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Pear Soup

Due to the water content in pears it is really good to for skin and weight management. It is easy and taste almost like Rasam. It goes well as starter. I love it with bread so I have added shallow roasted bread to the soup


Ingredients


Pears (watery type) - 2
Tomato - 3
Garlic - 2 Pods
Pepper Corns - 5 pieces
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Soya Chunks Paratha / Chapathi / Chappathi

My kids love anything I do with Soya Chunks. It is high in protein. It taste pretty good if u add spices which are used for biryani...Soya based recipes are all time favourite for us. For lazy Friday it is always good to have some stuffed chapathi or paratha because you can just use Raita as side dish and easy to make it as well balanced meal.

Ingredients



Soya Chunks - 3/4 Cup
Onion - 1 finely chopped
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Oats Uppuma - Oats Upma

Oats Uppuma used to be my favourite before my diet program. After that somehow I am not doing it regularly. In fact my oats intake has been reduced significantly. In last 2 months I have started having oats regularly at least twice a week. I hate plain oats porridge. Need variety and something that change it's blend taste.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup steel cut oats 
2 carrots cut fine

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Mullangi (Radish) Usili

I like the unique taste of Radish. The smell of Radish also pretty Unique. In this dish, you cannot tell it is radish . It is so tasty. It is good to include Radish as part of regular diet as it helps to maintain the weight. You can do this with Red / White. I have used white one.

Ingredients:

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Carrot Cake with Cheese Frosting



My kids wanted something for the Mothers day and for some reason my 2nd son asked for Carrot cake ( I am not sure whether he ever tried  before.. not sure why he was so fascinated about it). I looked around in the net for some recipe.. I was so hesitant to try this as it seems it is more involved process  than other basic cakes :-). At some point i need to make the progress to next stage so I have decided to give it try anyway. Also this is the first time I tried doing frosting. In the end all the effort paid off. 
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Peas Chappathi / Paratha / Chapathi

My 2nd son hates peas. So we seldom do peas items at home.. For quite sometime I wanted to do Peas Chappathi but not sure whether kids will like it. However today lunch is just for me so I have decided to do it and pack it for lunch. It tasted divine.. may be it is after much longing....


Ingredients
Frozen Peas - 2 Cup
Green Chilli - 3 (chopped finely)
Ginger - 1 inch
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Kollu (horse gram) Kanji (Porridge)

This is one of my favorite from childhood. I love the taste and smell Kollu. It is so easy to make and good for health. It goes very well with Coconut Thuvaiyal. But after kids it has become the dish I make only if anyone has cold/flu.

Ingredients:

Rice - 1 Cup
horse gram / Kollu - 1 Cup
Salt per taste
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Vegetable Biryani

Any Indian blog will not be complete without biryani rice. So here you go...This recipe I learnt from my mum. Her recipe call for full coconut instead of mixing with soya milk. I substitute the Coconut milk with Soya in 50: 50 ratio. Rest is exactly same.. I find my kids prefer this also. I use whatever vegetable available for this recipe. It is very good for weekend lazy lunch recipe. It is simple yet it will make satisfying meal experience for sure!
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More / Mor Kulambu (Kuzhambu)

I like all the Kulambu without dhal. More Kulambu with Paruppu thuvaiyal is my favourite. I like to mix rice with Paruppu Thuvaiyal and eat More kulambu as side dish. I love coriander leaves in any gravy. I have added a fist of coriander leaves while grinding the paste.This goes well with Paruppu podi rice also
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Mint Flower


I have planted Mint plant at our home.. For the first time I saw flower in Mint Plant. This is for your eyes! Pin It Now!

Badam (Almond) Halwa

My cousin does this very often it is her speciality. She swears it is easy to do. I wanted to try out for quite sometime. But was wondering whether Kids and Husband will like it or not.. I asked her for recipe. I know she has told me many times. Her advice is use non stick for making this. It came out pretty well


Ingredients:
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Masala Bread Toast - Rava bread toast - Breakfast recipes

I wanted to do masala bread toast for the breakfast. Not sure my kids will like it. Esp. my 2nd one as he is not a big fan of Tomato. But it was a instant hit. I severed them with Tomato Sauce (may be Sauce that entice them). They didn't notice I have used wholemeal bread for the toast

Ingredients

Bread Slices - 8 ( I have used brown bread)
Rawa (Suji) - 1/2 Cup
Yogurt - 1/4 Cup
Tomato (Big size) - 1

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Brinjal / Eggplant Quinoa

I had some left over brinjals / Eggplant from last week. With kids won't come home for lunch I wanted to try out Brinjal Quinoa. It is similar to Vangai Bath but replace rice with Quinoa. I have added some peanuts to the Quinoa to have some nutty flavour. It really came out well. For Masala Powder you can use either Vaangi Bath made at home or store brought one. You can try out with bisibelabath masala powder also

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Red (Rajma, Kidney) Bean, Vegetable Pasta Soup

Being vegetarian, whenever I am in US on biz, lunch in our office canteen is not very interesting.So most of the time I have to drag myself to have lunch. Given chance I prefer to have hot food. One dish I like there is vegetarian pasta soup. I had cooked left over pasta in the fridge. So I decide to do Red Bean Vegetable Pasta Soup

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hibiscus

After my 4th try!
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Paruppu (dhal) Thuvaiyal - Paruppu thogayal - Parupu thogayal

However and whatever I do this Thuvaiyal is not same as what my mother or MIL does. MIL house they grind it in traditional way (not in mixie) may be that gives the taste. This goes well for More Kulambu and Tamarind rice or vatha kulambu. I did this after long time my kids and my husband were having it for dinner also

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Eggless Two Tone Cake

I have baked normal sponge cake or chocolate cake. However wanted to try Marble cake.I was browsing for the recipe. I have used this recipe from http://www.ramyaacooks.com/2012/04/eggless-marble-cake-recipe.html. I didn't had the rectangular baking dish I have decided to use normal round baking dish. But the cake become 2 layer cake instead. Hence I named it as two tone cake.  It came out real good in taste and a very simple cake to bake. Kids had it for their evening break. 
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Nellikkai (Gooseberry, Amla) Pickle

Lately I have started having one amla per day. Normally I have raw amla. This week when I shopped for it I brought more. So before it would  get spoiled l wanted to use it. So decided to make pickle. We use only tomato pickle at our home that too from my mum. Sometime use mango pickle from my MIL. At most I do only Raw mango instant pickle (simple one) So this is my first attempt at any type of pickle.. It came out pretty well.

Ingredients:

Gooseberry - 5 Nos
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Lemon Oats


Oats for breakfast is regular item at our house. My 2nd son doesn't like Oats. My first one eats Oats every day. I  try different oats dish for weekend brunch or night dinner.  I was so lazy to try anything elaborate or new. So I decided to do simple Lemon oats.
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ABC Juice (Apple, Beetroot, Carrot)

After reading tons of benefits I decided to give it a try. I had everything in my fridge. So decided to try. Normally I do it with Green Apple and Carrot. It is favourite for my Son. 


Ingredients:


Apple - 1 no, chopped (I have used Red Apple)
Beetroot - 1 no, chopped
Carrot - 1 no, chopped
Honey - 1 tablespoon (Optional)

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Eggless Waffles

Waffles is one our holiday or weekend breakfast. My husband's favourite. If I don't make it every alternate week at least he will ask for it :-).. This is easy also you can serve it with different Toppings. It is good for even dessert as you can serve with ice cream


Ingredients:


1¾ cups All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Sugar (add more if desired)
¼ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
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Vegetable Puffs With Puff Pastry Sheets

I love Vegetable Puffs. This is one of the snack time regular during our college days. Thought of those days make me think we are fortunate than our kids. Those days, by the time we enter house, my mum will be waiting with snack and milk.. Being working women, my kids get evening snack during only weekend!. There were asking for Puff for quite sometime. But couldn't find the pastry. Last week when was shopping I saw this pastry sheet and grabbed it
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Oats Ball Sundal


I wanted to try sundal with Oats after some failed attempt I tried below one. It is steamed. It is definitely healthy alternate to the normal regular oats porridge. 

Ingredients
Oats - 1 cup
Rice flour - 1 cup
Coconut gratings - 1/2 cup
Salt as per taste

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Keerai Chapathi / Chappthi

I love anything to do with Spinach. Last few weeks I have been doing Spinach Gravy or kootu.. I also try to include as part of our diet Leafy vegetable at least every alternate day. Few days ago I colleague brought spinach Chapathi for lunch. From that day it is in my mind. I managed to do it for our dinner today.


Ingredients:
Wheat flour- 1 cup
Spinach or any greens- 1 bunch
Garlic- 5
Chili powder- 1/4 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
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Maida Pakoda

My son came back very late and he was asking for some snack. I didn't have anything at home pretty much only nuts and biscuits. So wanted to do something quick and goes well with Tomato sauce. He is not a big fan of onion. This taste good if eaten hot. Otherwise it felt little soggy


Ingredients:


Maida - 4 Tablespoon
Curd - 2 teaspoon
Green chillies - 2 (finely chopped)
Salt per taste
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Yet another flower


Lovely colors!
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