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Tofu Tikka (Tofu with yogurt sauce)

As you can see, I love tofu and do some thing with it almost everyday. Whole family love it. In fact they love very single dish with Tofu. Tofu Tikka is something I do for tea time snack. How much ever I do it disappears very fast. Whenever I buy greek yogurt I do Tofu Tikka. You can do it with normal thick curd too. But we find it taste better with greek yogurt
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Sago Bonda

I seldom use Sago for evening snack. However my mum's cook did this during my recent India trip and kids liked it. I also had Sago stock (which I wanted to finish it). I roughly had an idea about what she did. I tried it today for quick evening snack as kids wanted something crunchy. I was so lazy to try any chutney.. I served with sauce. This is perfect for even bachelors!
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Kadai Mushroom

My kids love Mushroom. Most of the time I end up doing Pizza with it. My kids love it simple Mushroom and cheese pizza. Mushroom Rice and Mushroom Gravy (in fact any mushroom) are favourites too. Few weeks ago when we dined out I tried Kadai mushroom and it was pretty good. So I was pretty sure that our family will love it. So here you go with recipe
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Uppu / Kara Seedai Recipe - GOKULASHTAMI RECIPES | KRISHNA JAYANTHI RECIPES | DIWALI RECIPES | DEEPAVALI RECIPES

Whenever my mum does seedai before my marriage she will ask us to help in making the balls we used to scold her saying why on the earth she makes this kind of snacks. Also we used to comment it is better to buy than doing at home.. you have to spend lot of time to get the sizable qty. When I was doing this week I was thinking about it. I have to tell my mum that I have done the balls by myself. This is one of my kids favourite snack
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Cauliflower and peas rice

This is yet another perfect one pot meal for lunch box or weekend brunch or lunch. It is very simple and tasty rice. I have used bisibelabath masala in this rice. With the addition of Mint leaves it really tasted good. Everyone loved the flavour of this rice. Enjoy it
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Choco chips (Chocolate chip) muffin

My kids are big fans of muffin and cupcakes. Since my son came back so late he wanted his birthday cake to be baked on weekend not on his exact birthday. But I wanted to do something that he likes and simple to surprise him. I did this simple Choco chip muffin. Since he likes chocolaty I added more choco chips. It is so simple and you can surprise anyone with this in 40 mins.
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Ragada Patties / Ragada Pattice / Aloo Tikkies with thick lentil gravy / potato patties with thick lentil gravy

I had some left over chutneys in the fridge after doing Pani puri last week. I wanted to do some chat items. However I wanted something more on healthier side (without deep fry). After long time I brought the white peas. It was sitting in the fridge without opening. So the choice is very clear yes Ragada Patties. Before soaking white peas I wanted to make sure I had all the ingredients. Yes! I had. So here you go with delicious  irresistible snack. It is can be a meal by itself
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Methi Thepla

This is one of the food I have tasted from my Gujarathi neibghour during my school/college days. I thought those are methi paratha. And later I used to ask myself why my paratha is not tasting same as what I used to have. Sometime last year I was having my lunch with colleague and tried this methi thepla. It was very similar to my childhood food. So I asked him whether it is same as Methi paratha he said it is called Methi Thepla and it is with different spices. I searched for the recipe on the net. From there I used to do Thepla at home. 
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Alagar kovil dosa / Azhagar Kovil Dosai

I love pepper also dishes with whole urad dhal. I tried this dosa at my friends place. This is very healthy dosa and high in protein. Perfect vegan protein dish. My kids love it too. You can pre-make the batter and keep it for your busy weekdays. 
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Mint Peanut Chutney

One of the thing I look forward to when I plan for dinning at Murgan idli kadai is their variety of chutneys. I love Mint. However my rest of family do not. So always try to find opportunity to sneak in or add it with their favourite. My kids and my hubby are very big fans of peanut. So I wanted to try this chutney. It was instant hit at our home. They were pleasantly surprised by the taste of it
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Peanut Kozhukattai / kolukattai / sweet dumplings recipe (Pidi Kolukattai) - FOR VINAYAKAR CHATURTI / VARALAKSHMI POOJA / VARALAKSHMI Nombu

This recipe I discovered by chance. I had some left over idyappam dough and wondering what to do. I was thinking of doing kolukattai. Dough was bit dry and couldn't make it into normal kolukattai covering. So I just added sugar, coconut and peanut powder and made it as pidi kolukattai. It was super duper hit. My first son who was not a big fan of sugar base Indian sweet loved it too. So here you go with the recipe
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Sweet Kozhukattai / kolukattai / sweet dumplings recipe - FOR VINAYAKAR CHATURTI / VARALAKSHMI POOJA / VARALAKSHMI Nombu

Sweet Kozhukattai or Mothagam is a delicious sweet & a favorite for Lord Ganesh. It is a must have dish prepared for Ganesh Chaturthi. I have tasted similar dish in Chinese cuisine also (dumplings). With same outer cover we can do numerous variation in shapes and stuffing. In this I have given it for Chana (bengal gram dhal) stuffing. Even though it has lot of steps it is all worth it in the end. Try it out!
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Keerai Vadai - FOR VINAYAKAR CHATURTI / VARALAKSHMI POOJA / VARALAKSHMI Nombu

I had keerai vadai in one of the restaurant sometime ago. I like Masala vada / vadai. I brought Spinach and wanted to try it out with vada. My kids love to have snack / salad / soup in the evening right after their playground. They think the workout they had in the playground or stadium makes any fried snack less guilty. So normally I do vada or deep fried snacks during the weekend. Since I had some fresh spinach I decided to try out the keerai vada (spinach lentil fritters)
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Semiya Kesari / Vermicelli Kesari - - FOR VINAYAKAR CHATURTI / VARALAKSHMI POOJA / VARALAKSHMI Nombu

My husband is big fan of Rava kesari. So everytime I wanted to some simple sweet I end up making kesari. I have posted Kesari, Pineapple Kesari, Papaya kesari before. Today I wanted to do some quick dessert. However I run out of rava. Still wanted to do Kesari. I remember tasting Semiya Kesari sometime ago. So decided to go with it. My husband initially was not happy that it is not his favourite kesari but in the end he said it is also not that bad (In fact he finished the first serving and asked for more)
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Ada Pradhaman (Rice flakes kheer) - Palada payasam recipe- Pooja recipe - Onam Recipe - FOR VINAYAKAR CHATURTI / VARALAKSHMI POOJA / VARALAKSHMI Nombu

I must admit this is a new dish to me. After seeing this in many blogs during Onam I add it to my list of things to be tried. I tried for the first time last month. But couldn't take pics of final products. For me making kheer is one way of flavouring my milk ( I need some flavours to take milk) also it is easy to make it healthy. I loved this recipe.. My son also loved it
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Horse Gram Sundal - FOR VINAYAKAR CHATURTI / VARALAKSHMI POOJA / VARALAKSHMI Nombu

There are certain food / ingredients I must have every day otherwise my meal is not complete. Horse Gram is my favourite from my childhood however my mum does only horse gram porridge. I just love it. When she does it I have it for almost every meal. Now I do almost all the dishes with it. Luckily my whole family love it too. This is very healthy sundal salad. I do that for offering to god too. As there is no Onion in it
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Bengal Gram Salad (Kadala Parruppu Sundal- Sour Variety) - FOR VINAYAKAR CHATURTI / VARALAKSHMI POOJA / VARALAKSHMI Nombu

Sundal is easy recipe yet you can do numerous variations in it. It is very healthy. These are not just for festive season, also we can make this for kids as after school snack. My kids enjoy all types of sundal, this one is not an exception
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Beetroot Halwa (Beetroot milk sweet)

My husband and my 2nd son is big fan of Carrot Halwa.  Also my whole family loves dishes with Beetroot. Last weekend one of my friend called me and told me they are coming to visit for tea time. I had no titbits left to serve them (surprising!) I wanted to do quick sweet and remember beetroot halwa I had at my friend's place I had one beetroot left in my fridge. I have tried long time ago and it was a hit. So decided to go for it
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Sevai with Mixed vegetable and flax seeds powder

I had some left over rice sevai. I wanted to make something that will go with weekend brunch. I wanted to try with Sesame seed powder and realised I ran out of it. So I was looking for options. I had Flax seeds powder in the fridge ( it was sitting there for a while) so decided to make use of it. Since just using it alone might be pretty bland I have decided to add more vegetables. It came out pretty well. My son asked whether we can make it every time I make idiyappam or sevai
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Broccoli Walnut Pesto Pasta

Pasta! tell me which kid doesn't like. My kids are no exception. Pasta is the dish in which I can sneak in vegetables that they don't like it. I wanted to try the less creamy version of broccoli pasta. So I have decided to do broccoli walnut pesto pasta. Kids enjoyed it. I loved the taste of it. Finally I found one dish in which I can tolerate broccoli. Yahoo! now I can say I eat all vegetables...
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Dulce de leche - Pressure cooker method

I Love toffee / caramel taste. I tried Dulce de leche this very long time ago.  I loved the taste of it. After seeing the process of making it for some reason I was very hesitant.. May be the time / method not sure which one is reason. I was looking for it in SG and recently when I was in US I tried to get. But couldn't find.  So I have decided to try out. Actually in the process of making it I realized that it is not that difficult at all. Sometimes it is just the fear or hesitation you need overcome.
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Banjari Dal

I brought whole urad dhal for doing Dhal Makhani / Dal Makhani. I was looking for the recipe which will make use of whole black gram dhal (whole urad dhal). I was scanning thro' the recipe I have bookmarked / copied from the books/magazines. I have came accross Banjari dal (dhal) from Sanjeev Kapoor. I tried out. When I first tried light was not co-operating with me. 2nd time when I did it everything was perfect. Here you go with the recipe
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Mugalai Pulav

Yet another of our family favorite. This rice is perfect combination of spices, Vegetables and Fruits. Very easy to meet daily severing of veg and fruits. This rice doesn't require any side dish. This is perfect balanced meal for the kids lunch box. I do this quite often during this season as I get sweet seedless grapes. In my opinion this gives very nice taste to the rice.
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Zucchini Masala Poriyal - Guest post for Food Corner (Foodssrilanka)

I wanted to try Some Indian type masala poriyal with zucchini. These days I do buy almost every week. I started using zucchini in my cooking only recently. As this is some new vegetable that I got introduced after coming to Singapore (After marriage only). Initial periods I was not sure what to do with it. When My sister visited me few years (almost decade ago) she told me it tastes good you can make almost every Indian dish with it. This masala poriyal tasted extremely good. Amila from foodssrilanka given me opportunity to do the guest post. Amila has been my constant support. She is one of other great friend I got thro' blogging! When She initally annouced featured guest blogger @food corner I sent an email to her with my article. She accepted immediately
Do visit her space for nice recipes and reviews.  You can see this recipe on her site too at http://foodssrilanka.blogspot.sg/2013/08/featured-guest-post-zucchini-poriyal.html
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Thai Spicy basil rice - Vegetaraian

Whenever I go to Thai restaurant rice I always look for is Basil rice. It is very flavourful and tasty. Even though I love spicier version,  because of kids I normally reduce the chillies when I do it at home.  This is very simple yet pretty flavourful rice. Perfect for weekend brunch or lunch as you can spend little time in the kitchen yet present very interesting dish.  Thai Basil Vegetarian Fried Rice is a delicious preparation of rice that is made spicy with thai red chillies. You can experiment with you choice of vegetables and egg. Since I normally cook vegan version I didn't add any egg
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Ginger Garlic Paste

I don't feel comfortable with store brought ginger garlic paste. I feel it is less flavourful and the taste is not that fresh. Most of the time I make ginger garlic paste fresh. Sometime ago when I visited my sis she was having home made ginger garlic paste and it tasted good as if it was freshly made. I also think it is easier for week day cooking if you have it handy. As most of the recipe calls for ginger garlic paste it is really useful to have it handy. This can last up to 1 month if you keep it in the freezer. After making the paste I also divide it in small portion and store it. This means you don't have to thaw the entire bottle of paste. Just take what is needed.  This way it lasts even longer
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