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Black Rice Kheer - Black Rice pudding - Kavuni Arisi Kheer - healthy Kheer recipe - Healthy dessert recipe - Pooja Recipe - Naivedyam recipes - Festival Recipes

I love kheer recipes. Anytime. You can make it as a healthy dessert or a very rich dessert,but choice is yours.. It can be good snack, morning breakfast, or dessert. Recently I heard lot about black rice. What I heard from my Vietnamese friend is that it is good for hair. It is high in antioxidants. In summary, it is good to include this as part of our diet.Happy new year to all!
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Hummus Recipe - Homemade Hummus recipe

Whenever I travel to Brazil I love to eat in the kilimanjaro restaurant. One of the starters is vegetable with Hummus. I love it .. Chick peas and olive oil is a perfect combo. If you don't believe it you should try it first..The traditional one is made with tahini. But when I do it at home I do it with Roasted Sesame seeds. I also love wrap with hummus.. Hummus is very simple to make. My kids love it with chips.

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Melt-in-mouth German Cookies - eggless baking - snack recipes - cookies recipe

My kids love the soft buttery cookies. I got some baked cookies from my friend and my kids loved it to the core. Initially I thought it is normal shortbread cookies . But when I tasted I find it extremely soft. So I asked my friend she told me she has used potato starch. I had some left after eggless cheese cake. So have decided to give it shot. It came out too good. I refer to the recipe here.
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mulligatawny soup - Simple soup recipe - Millgu Thanni recipe - Healthy starter recipe - Healthy soup recipe

I love Soups. It is a perfect way to detox or take a break from feasting especially in this festive season. Also good to use all the left overs. When I first moved to Singapore I ordered this soup from the menu without knowing what it was .. It tasted exactly the same as what my mum used to do when we fell sick rasam with rice ... Very filling and tasty. I had this in my draft for a while.. Finally able to finish the post
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Sweet Sev - Innipu Sev - Diwali snack recipe - Cheeni Sev recipe - Diwali sweet recipes

Our family is very selective on Sweet items. So I seldom do sweets at home. This time for Diwali I wanted to try some quick sweets.. The sweet Sev is something I tasted back home long time ago. These days I am not having much sweet these days. Other day I had this at my friends place and kind of like it.. I also thought my kids and husband might like it. I have tried this and I am right they liked it too. You can try this for upcoming festival and enjoy! Refer to Karasev recipe here
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Eggless Tutti Frutti Cookies - Kids friendly recipe - Eggless baking - Cookies recipes

My kids love cookies. I always look for opportunities to bake. Baking cookies always gives me an opportunity to involve kids in the cooking process.. They enjoy it too. I had some left over tutti frutti in the fridge. With Christmas, I nearing wanted to bake this colorful cookies. It is so colorful even people who are not big fans of cookies are attracted to it. It really enhances the festive mood
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Cheese naan recipe - Cheese naan without yeast recipe - Kids friendly recipe

My kids love naan especially Garlic Naan, Butter Naan and Cheese Naan. I have posted Garlic and Butter before. My kids were asking Cheese naan at home. Whenever I make these dishes I don't beg them to finishing their meal. They will come to table on time and finish the food without any noise. Plain cheese is my kids favourite. I have made this as stuffed Cheese naan if you prefer you can put it on top instead (but I feel that would bring you closer to Pizza)
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Keerai Dosa - Spinach Dosa - Healthy dosa recipe - Breakfast, dinner recipe

I love to try different versions of Dosa. After Spinach Ada I wanted to try Spinach dosa for quite sometime.. Most of the time I make keerai kootu or Keerai Sambar. My kids love those. Since they have full meals at home only during weekends I ended up doing either one. These days they are at home so almost all the meals are at home. so I had decided to do Spinach Dosa for last weekend's dinner. It came out very well
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Peanut masala chutney - Peanut masala Dip - Side dish for Idli, Dosa, Paratha

Peanut! My family goes nuts about it. My kids love the flavour of peanut. I can safely say at least 1/2 of my earning goes in buying peanut and peanut butter. During my last trip to Trichy my mum has ordered food from outside. It came with chutney. It looked bright red in color. So everyone thought it was tomato chutney but when tasted we are all pleasantly surprised by the taste of peanut in it. Needless to say we all love it! I tried to do it at home with my own guess of the ingredients. We loved it too. My version is less spicy if you want more spicier pls. increase no of chillies. 
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Vegetarian Keema biryani - One pot meal recipe - Protein rich rice recipe - Soya granuels Biryani - Soya granuels Kheema Rice recipe - Lunch recpies

I love soya. I add soya products to our cooking whenever possible. Once when I was at lunch people were taking so high about Keema biryani.. One of my friend who is vegetarian was talking about it too. I was wondering how come she had tasted Kheema / Keema biryani. Later I asked her for the recipe.. Here you go with the recipe
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M&M cookies - Candy cookies - Eggless M&M Cookies - Kids friendly recipe

My kids were asking for M&M cookies for very long time. I seldom buy M&M due to colors. I brought M&M just for making cookies but when I was about to do it it disappeared .. This time when I brought the M&M I made this cookies immediately. Kids enjoyed every bit of it. It is perfect snack for the kids. No complaints from kids!
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Sprouts and cabbage gravy - Side dish recipe - Simple side dish for paratha, steamed rice, roti, Chapathi, Pulka

I love simple side dish for chapathi / Roti / Pulka. I always keep some sprouts in the fridge for some quick and healthy dish. Towards end of of the week I always end up with some vegetables in the fridge which is not enough to make any dish by its own. I am not sure about you! This time had some cabbage so I have decided to try some gravy with cabbage and sprouts. It came out pretty well. I had with steamed brown rice also.. It goes well with both rice and roti
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Bitter gourd Powder - Pavakkai Podi - Podi For rice, Side dish for Idli, Dosa or idiyappam

Other day when I was talking to my mum she was talking about bitter gourd powder that her friend passed to her.. She said it was nice and no taste of bitter gourd.. and she just listed the ingredients to me without any measurement. Tempted by the way she was describing I have decided to try out. I have add Sesame seed as extra ingredients. The powder came out pretty good
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Dahi Ke Kabab - Dahi Ke Kebab - Healthy snacks - Yogurt base recipe

This dish is totally new to me. I started to see in many blogs after started blogging. I was bit skeptical about it so I kept on postponing. Finally I got courage to try this. I always  buy greek yogurt because I initially wanted to try this with greek yogurt. But decided to try with normal as I thought hanging yogurt overnight will give a sour flavour to kebab. This is mughlai specialty. I have seen versions with Paneer. I didn't add Paneer but  it is your choice. You can add 1/4 cup paneer to it. If you add Paneer reduce chana dal flour into 2 spoons. I have followed the recipe from here
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Beetroot Kootu Recipe - Beet and Lentil Gravy flavoured with Coconut - Simple beet recipe - Simple side dish for rice, roti, pulka

I love making kootu as it is simple and it goes well with steamed hot rice, pulka or roti. This can be a pretty good meal replacement after festive feasting or weekend indulgence. Beet is one vegetable all of our family member love in any form. So it is a must in my weekend grocery list. Most of the time I make Beet poriyal, Beet chutney and Beet Rice.  Making kootu with Chana dhal is my favourite. I wanted to post this for a while. Here you go with the recipe
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Sev Paratha - Simple paratha recipe - Kids friendly recipe

My kids like all savoury snacks from India. Sev is one of it. I saw this recipe in Sanjeev Kapoor show in internet video. I have clicked this sometime ago.. Every time I visit India my mum pack Sev without telling her as I use it heavily (for chaats or stuffed paratha or just as snack). I find this paratha is perfect combo of flavour and the crunch pieces in Paratha is really good and provide satisfying meal. This can be good party menu..
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Nuttella marble cheese cake - Cake recipe - baking recipe

After tasted cheese cake I made for my son's birthday my 2nd son wanted cheese cake for his birthday too. But he wanted chocolate cheese cake. I was suggesting nutella instead which he readily agreed to. Since my hubby is not a big fan of chocolate base dessert I did this marble cheese cake. Everyone enjoyed.. Now a days if I want to bake their vote is for cheesecake ...
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Raw Banana Kofta Recipe - Kachchaa Kela Kofta Curry Recipe - Side dish for Rice, Roti - Vegetarian curry recipe

I love Kofta / Cutlet recipes as it serve as multipurpose.. you can either serve as snack or as part of main dish. I have seen this dish in many blogs before but never tasted it  till recently. Recently I have been visiting India more often for work so end up tasting lot of new flavours / curries.. I loved the combo. But the Gravy was very rich. I didn't have cream on hand so I have decided to use Cashew, Melon seeds and watermelon seeds for richness.. It tasted so amazing.
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Carrot dosa - No ferment Vegetable dosa - Healthy dosa - Breakfast, dinner recipe

I love to sneak vegetables to give natural colors and flavours. I have Posted Carrot dosa before. It has different ingredients. This version is very simple and even bachelors can try. The color and natural sweetness of the carrot would be attractive to the kids. Easy to get your daily color or vegetable servings right?
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Chickpea, Radish Biryani - Kondakadalai Radish Biryani rice - Chana Radish rice - Mullangi Lunch box recipe - One Pot meal

I had 1/2 Radish in the fridge. I could not make sambar or poriyal with that. I wanted to try rice with it. Now a days our family is particular about protein in each meal. So I decided to add Chickpea to this rice to increase the protein. I was little skeptical about the combo.. My son told me it sounds weird. But after finishing the dish he was saying not bad. When he was having his meal he even went for second serving.. It is definitely a keeper recipe
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Mushroom Vegetable Wrap recipe - Healthy wrap recipe - Breakfast recipe - Brunch recipe

Wrap is one of our favorite breakfast item for weekend esp sunday. Normally I will buy vegetables for the week so I will make wrap with vegetables most of the time I make it with broccoli. However at least once a month I do try other vegetables. Mushroom, Bell pepper and cheese really interesting combo. you should try it out
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Milagu Adai (Karthigai Adai Recipe) - Karthigai Deepam Recipes - festival recipe - Pooja recipes

I love Adai / Aviyal combo. That is one of my most favourite combo.. Most of the time my mum does pori urundai for karthigai deepam. In Singapore we get brown rice pori urundai. Before starting the blog I used to buy and use that for naivedyam .. But these days I try to do it at home as much as possible. When I was searching for other recipes for Karthigai deepam I saw this in Kamala's Corner. I decided to try it out. Since my son is not a big fan of pepper pieces I decided to grind it together with batter. You can add fresh powdered pepper to batter (after grinding)
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Jackfruit appam - Healthy sweet recipe - Festival recipes - naivedyam recipes - Karthigai deepam recipe

I love any dish which is naturally sweeten with natural sugar.. Fruit based dishes fit the bill very well. I am a fan of Jackfruits I saw this recipe in one of the cookbooks sometime ago.. I got some jackfruit other day for our evening fruit snack but we went out. I remembered this recipe. So I made this and I didn't add any additional sugar as sweetness from Jackfruit was good enough. If you prefer you can add sugar or jaggery. I have used paniyaram pan if you prefer to deep fry you can do so
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Spicy Mushroom Sukka Recipe - Mushroom Sukka Recipe - Mushroom with freshly grinded masala and coconut - Side dish for roti / Bread / Chapathi

I love mushroom and pepper combo. Last time when I visited India I tasted the combo of mushroom and pepper. Loved it to my core. So I wanted try the recipe.. These days I take pic of new dish I come across and  I sent the pic to my friend who is from chettinad. If it is spicy and flavoured with pepper I always think it is from Chettinad. She had this recipe from her mum. Everyone in our family loved it.
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Meal Maker Fry - Soya Nuggets Fry - Soya Chunks Fry - Snack Recipe - Kids friendly

My kids love Meal Maker. Other day I wanted to do some snacks for after school. Normally I use Tofu but I ran out tofu. I had Meal Maker in hand so wanted to do some simple fry for them to try. It was a super hit with them. The Nuggets were super crispy outside but soft inside. It is also a very simple and quick dish. This can go as a starter or as a side to your rice too. Do try this out
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Oats Mixed Vegetable Oothappam - oats uttappam - Healthy dinner recipe - Healthy breakfast recipe - Oats recipe - Instant Oats uttapam recipe

I try to include Oats in my family meal at least every alternate days. My kids not big fan of oats Porridge however they like Oats Adai, Oats dosa, Oats Cup Cake, Oats Soup .. I wanted to try this instant uttappam. It is quite filling and healthy. This can be done for dinner or breakfast. This is can be included as part of a diet plan. With mix of vegetable it also provides well balanced meal for the kids
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Ellu Chutney - Sesame seeds Chutney - Side dish for idli / Curd rice

I love to try different different dips for idli / dosa. Sometimes mixing it with vegetable makes it easy to feed kids vegetables. Seeds / nuts are one of most favourite food for our family. My kids love Ellu podi rice. Sometime when I am lazy I just do that rice. I use white sesame seeds for most of the dish which use sesame seeds. Other day when I was cleaning the cupboard I saw thess back sesame seeds.. Wondering what to do with that I remembered sesame seeds chutney / Ellu chutney my friend used to bring for idli. I decided to give it a try.
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Beetroot Pesto Pasta - Beet pesto Pasta - Healthy Pasta Recipe - Kids friendly recipe

My kids love pasta..in any form. Beet has an unique flavour and really goes well with pesto. I love every single bite. My son who initially was skeptical about it loved it too. If you want to add spinach to that go ahead. It is an easy way to sneak in vegetables into kids meal! Esp Beet gives a nice attractive color too..So Enjoy!
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Eggless Cheese cake - Eggless Cheesecake - Egg-less baking - Simple cheese cake

My son was asking for cheese cake for a while. For some reason I couldn't make it. I wanted to at least try this for his birthday. Finally I made it.. It is pretty easy and the key to a good cake is that all ingredients has to be in room temperature. My kids loved every bit of it. When I went on a diet my consultant advised to eat Cheese cake if I want to have any dessert.. Don't ask me whether it is healthy or not.. I am not sure about that.. but for sure this has less sugar and oil than other cakes
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Pumpkin Paratha - Pumpkin Chapathi - Simple roti / paratha recipe - breakfast, brunch, Dinner recipe

In our family we all love Orange pumpkin. Making pumpkin sambar every week is a must. My kids love it esp with idli. I had some left over after the pumpkin Sambar. I have decided to use it for making paratha. It came out very soft and tasty. With the natural sweetness of pumpkin and rest of the spices it tasted really good
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Urad dhal ladoo - Urad Dal Ladoo - Ulundu Ladoo Recipe - Nuvvula Sunnundalu - Urad dal Laduu - Simple Festival recipe - Diwali recipe - Navratri recipes

I visited one of my sister's friend during last year Golu. My sister keeps very big golu every year. Last year my mum was visiting her too. So we had a good time. I was there for 2 days I ended up visiting about 5-6 houses.  I had this ladoo at one of the houses. Before having this I thought it was moong dal ladoo. After my first bite I realized it is urad dhal. I loved it. I make urad dhal porridge  for my breakfast. So love this version of sweet. It is one of the healthier Ladoo.. Happy diwali to all of you!
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Magizhampoo Thenkuzhal (Murukku) Recipe - Sweet murukku recipe - Sweet Chakli recipe - Murukku with Sugar Candy

This is yet another variety of murukku. But this is slightly sweeter. This is so soft and very flavourful murukku. Kids love it. This is one of the recipe that I know practiced in our family from generation to generation. This mildly sweeten Chakli will disappear very fast for sure. 
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Corn Flour Halwa - Karachi Halwa - Easy Diwali Sweets

Corn flour Halwa is a very easy and simple Diwali sweet. I have tasted this only from stores.. My mum doesn't make this that often.. I have seen this colorful sweet in the mixed box. I bookmarked recipe from here. Maybe the color attracted me. After that I have seen this recipe in many blogs. The Halwa looked glossy and perfect in texture. So I decided to try it out for this diwali. It came out pretty good. I have used brown sugar so the color is more deep.
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Wheat, Ragi Ribbon Pakoda - Wheat ragi ola pakoda - Finger millet, wheat pakoda - Simple Diwali snack recipe - Festival recipe - Kids friendly

I love Ragi in any form .. I have posted Ragi murukku. I always live the flavour of Ragi in these kind of Savoury snacks.Whenever I go to India it is a must. I wanted to make Ragi Ribbon Murukku for this diwali.  When I was discussing this with the kids my helper was suggesting to combine Wheat and Ragi and very little rice flour. I tried and it came out pretty well. Only thing is when she made the dough I was bit scary after seeing the consistency of the dough. It was bit more watery than normal murukku dough. The dough got thicker within 10 mins. If dough get thicker and hard to press just add hot water and knead to soften dough.
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Kaju Katli - Kaju Burfi - Simple Diwali recipe - Kids friendly recipe - Simple Diwali sweet recipe

Kaju Katli is a rich and very popular sweet in India. Actually now a days you get it in all shapes and color. During my childhood this is one of the sweets I felt had less sugar. We always buy from outside. I made this recently and realized this is very simple recipe and quick to make. It also requires only 4 ingredients and requires very less ghee. My sister kids are very fond of this sweet.
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Kodubale recipe - Ring Murukku recipe - Spicy Ring Murukku - Diwali recipe - Snack recipe

When my kids are small they like this round shape murukku over other versions. May be because of the shape. I normally buy this from shop for them whenever I visit India. Because I always think it is lot of work. However after starting the blog I wanted to try this for a while finally I was able to try it out for this Diwali. It is no doubt more work than normal murukku. But every one in our family enjoyed it so the effort is all worth it!
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Atta Ladoo - Wheat flour Ladoo - Godumai Mavu ladoo - Simple Diwali recipes - Pooja recipes - Navratri recipe

Ladoo / Laddu is one of easy sweet you can make to offer god for any festival. this atta ladoo requires very little ghee. So this is one of healthier version. I made it with brown sugar. you can replace that normal white sugar. I have added chopped nuts and raisin you can add nut powder too. Wheat flour ladoo is new to me I refer to my Urad dhal Ladoo recipe...
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Matcha, Frozen banana, Greek yogurt breakfast smoothie - Breakfast recipe - drink recipe

I have posted Vegan Matcha breakfast smoothie and Greek yogurt Match smoothie with Coconut. I love to try different variation of Matcha for my morning breakfast smoothie. The other day I had greek yogurt, matcha and frozen banana smoothie. I loved it. Now it is a must for me every alternate day. It is quite filling too.. Sometimes I have this smoothie after my workout
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Punjabi Kofta Rice - Whole urad dhal kofta rice recipe - Healthy rice recipe - Lunch recipes - Dinner recipes - One Pot meal

I saw this recipe in one of the magazines. It looked amazing with less spices. Also I had some black whole urad dhal in stock for quite sometime. So decided to use that. Rice turned out to be very tasty with the crispy potato and Urad dhal kofta. This rice is a really nice combo of flavours and nutrition. This is a perfect one pot meal for your kids lunch box .. I lost all the step by step pics will update once I am able to do it again
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Oats murukku recipe - Oats Pottukadalai Murukku recipe - Oats Chakli recipe - Snack Recipe - Diwali Recipe - Deepavali Recipes - Kids friendly Recipe

My kids are crazy about homemade murukku. Since these days I go to India almost once a month I seldom get chance to make snacks at home as I pack most of the stuff from India. Other day My son told me I am not making much of murukku because I have posted the recipes in my blog Smiley.. Also as there were preparing for the exam I asked them what kind of snack they wanted they told me they want Murukku. I had some oats flour left after my waffles so I decided to use that. This is first time I tried by adding it to coffee.. It tasted divine.. do try out if you haven't done it before
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Soya Bean Dosa - Soya bean Indian pancake - Soya Bean Idli Recipe - Healthy breakfast recipe

I have posted instant soya dosa using soya flour in this blog. My kids really love that. I use Soya bean to make Sundal more often. I wanted to try Soya Bean Dosa. Anything to make our meal healthy and protein rich...Just like instant soya Dosa this one also big hit.. You can completely replace the Urad dhal with Soya Bean too. I wanted to play safe that's why I added urad dhal.
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Diwali recipes - Diwali sweets recipes - Diwali snacks recipes - Deepavali Snacks

Diwali brings back alot of childhood memories. When we are kids we used to get new clothes only during festivals that too Diwali and Pongal that too 2 sets only . So we always look forward to the festival so that we get new dresses and show off to the friends and neighbors. We also get any new gold jewelry only during Diwali. My mum used to spend entire day to shop for us.. Being 3 girls at home we still buy lot of fire works. My mum start to prepare the menu at least 1 month before.. We also do lot of snacks / sweets. My grand mother use to do the snacks and distribute to all their kids.
We always have competition who will light the first cracker in the street. I don't have any fear for the fire works. I used to get up very early in the morning, take oil bath and do the crackers and go back to sleep. We also distribute snacks/ sweets. So you will feast on different items... After moving to Singapore I miss all the crackers. If we have plan to visit India My mum buy and keep the stock of fire crackers. But after the major Sivakasi fire cracker accident few years ago my kids refuse to do fire works! Any way Festival mood is good .. I wonder in the olden days our ancestors have festivals at regular intervals for brighten up the mood. Whatever be the reason I am loving it 
I have complied list of Diwali recipes for easy reference 
Savory Snacks / Diwali Snacks


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Kulcha recipe - how to make kulcha - Simple dinner recipe

My kids love anything with plain flour. When we go out their choice is north Indian because they can get Naan, Kulcha etc.. If I want to go to South Indian restaurants it must have Batura / Bhatura. After making Naan at home they were asking for Kulcha for sometime.. It came out pretty good. 
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Chocolate mocha breakfast shake - Simple breakfast shake with Banana and coffee

When I grew up I was a "Boost" girl. I am not a big fan of coffee. Even now I prefer Tea over coffee. However recently I ended up taking Karupatti coffee every other day..It is quite relaxing during busy days. I love the combo of Banana and Coffee. I have already posted the recipe for Banana Coffee. Recently I was down with dental issue and pretty much on a liquid diet for couple of days (but i didn't loose a kgSmiley ) I had some frozen banana in the fridge so I have decided to use that to make Chocolate Mocha breakfast. Also I have added dates for the sweetness. This is combo is real killer.. So Enjoy Milk Shake
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