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Banana Chocolate Muffin

I was wondering what to do for weekend breakfast. Kids prefer to have something different other than bread. I was also having fully ripened banana and wanted to use that too. Was asking kids on what do they want to have. Muffin was their choice..So tried out the banana chocolate muffin
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Okra Pachadi / Vendakka Pachadi / Ladies Finger in Yogurt Sauce

I had this pachadi at my friend's place and that reminds me of similar one that my mum does. That is using grinded coconut and green chilli paste. I love this combination with stuffed chappathi or roti. I can have this just by itself also (One way to include yogurt as part  of my diet) If you are yogurt lover this is definitely good alternative to normal ladies finger fry
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Theeyal

Theeyal is kerala dish. This my mum sister's signature dish. She lives in Kerala. When we visit her or she visit us we request her to make this. This is very similar to puli kulambu but with loads of coconut. If you are on diet or counting calorie skip this
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Podalangai (Snakegourd) Besan Curry

I love snake gourd. Back home it is available at the back yard during the season. The ones we get use to be really very long may be that's why it is called sanke gourd. Normally I do simple stir fry with it which you can find at snake gourd simple fry method 1 or method 2 or with peanut. This time, I wanted to try it with Beasan flour with ajwan seeds. It is tasted pretty good
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Onion Paratha / Spring Onion pancake

My son loves anything with plain flour. Most of the time I do roti / Parotta. These days we are crazy about baby corn and spring onion etc.. So I have decided to try Spring Onion Pancake (Onion Paratha) instead of normal roti. My family loved it. It is definitely much easier than doing paratha / parotta... It is so easy to match side dish for this also
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Bajra Poori (Puri)


I don't do poori's that regular these days. These days having poori / puri is an treat as it is deep fried. My kids love the maida poori. I have started doing Bajra poori for last one year.. however never got a chance to post it.  Here you go with the recipe
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Yellow Pumpkin Dry Curry / Stir Fry

I buy yellow pumpkin every week. However so far never tried dry curry with that. My kids love pumpkin sambar. This time I brought bigger piece. So I decided to do dry curry with it. My aunt used to do it. So I called her to get the recipe. It is so quick and tasty dish. Everyone in our family loved it. 
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kanchipuram Rava (Semolina) upma / Kanjeepuram Rawa Uppuma

I was so bored and not decided anything  for dinner till late in the evening. Suddenly I had little time left to do something for dinner. I decided to do Rawa Upma. Instead of normal spices decided to try out with spices used for Kanchipuram Idli. Whole family loved it. The spices used in this gave a good twist to it. Before my kids were not found of upuma but recently they have warmed up to it (changing taste buds ??) So these days I have been doing upma at least once a week.
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Ladies Finger (Okra) in tamarind Sauce / Vendaikai puli mandi

My mum does this very often. My kids love anything in tamarind sauce. In fact they prefer these kulambu over normal dhal sambar. This week I got bored with normal parrupu sambar (using dhal). This week my husband went for weekly vegetable shopping. He brought Okra but the qty is not enough for fry or too much for parppu sambar. So I hv decided to do Okra in tamarind sauce or puli mandi. This can last for few days up to a week in the fridge. It tastes good as it gets old.
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Potato Poha-Kanda Batata Poha - Potato Aval

Back then when I start my career I used to have Maharashtrian  colleague. Poha is one of regular lunch box item. I love Poha also. She used to bring potato poha quite often I learned the recipe from her mother. It is so easy and healthy. My mum used to make poha / Aval more for after school snack than meal by itself. But after my marriage  I do this for main meal. It has all my favourite ingredients Lemon, Poha / Aval. Peanut.. Yummy!
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Karadayan recipe - Karadaiyan Nombu Adai recipe - Sweet Karadaiyan Nambu Adai recipe

I love sweet with Vellam or Jaggery. I remember one of my best friend used to bring sweet rice ada during Karadaiyan nombu. It has been while since I did this. I wanted to post this for up coming Karadayan nombu which is falling on 14th March
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Khoya Vegetable Gravy

I normally bring back fresh khoya everytime when I visit India. It is so fresh and no sugar added.. I use that for making some gravy, malai kofta or just eat by itself ( I am not a sweet person so I can eat without sugar also). Adding Khoya makes the dish very creamy and royal! I love it anytime. If you are on diet this is high calorie side dish. 
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Baby Corn Manchurian

My kids love fusion food. They are big fan of local food too.. Manchurian is one of the food they love it. Normally I do this with Cauliflower. It has been a while since I did Manchurian. This weekend I brought baby corn and wanted to try out with that. Also I want to avoid deep frying. So I have done this with shallow fry. It tasted so yummy. My kids had a spoon every time they pass by the kitchen. 
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Strawberry Lassi

These days I try to take Yogurt at least once a day. I struggle to take plain one. I prefer some flavour or fruits with it. Fruit lassi one of the option. It is easy to make (less time in preparing yet gives you good balanced dish) I normally take it for morning breakfast on the go.
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Capcicum (Capsicum) Tofu Salad

These days I include capcicum into my diet more often. Capcicum has unique taste it is good for making salad. This is simple yet can be served as starter. This recipe is an option for dieters. I was just playing with dressing and my whole family loved this combination.. Now this is done at least once a week.. Enjoy this healthy starter

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Ragi Breakfast Cake - finger millet cake - Millet recipe

Ragi is my favourite grain. I love it in any form. So far I have not used it in baking. I wanted to bake something during the long weekend yet bit healthy then normal cakes/muffin. Also trying do something that will be good for breakfast. I was looking around in the net .. But instead of using any particular recipe I ended up creating my own based on what I had available in my kitchen. Crossing my fingers during entire baking time. Wow! it came out so soft and tasty. Perfect treat for the holiday! Guilt free too!
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