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Bitter gourd thokku - Bitter gourd Pickle - Pavakkai Thokku - Pavakkai pickle

My kids love bitter gourd. My sis doesn't make bitter gourd recipes as her kids and hubby don't eat bitter gourd. When I visited her last time she was mentioning about this recipe which every one in her family likes. She told me she servse it as side dish for idli / Dosa / Rice. I haven't tried this version before.. This is a definite keep recipe. I have boiled the bitter gourd with little salt and drained the water. You skip the process and add fresh bitter gourd
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Pandu Mirapakaya Pachadi - Red Chilli Chutney - Spicy chutney for idli, dosa and roti

When I saw this in Gayu's place Ezcookbook. I bookmarked it immediately.. It is new to me to use fresh red chillies in chutneys. So I was so anxious to try this out. I had small red chillies which is spicier so I have used in less qty so the color is not same as what she had but I loved the spiciness of the chutney. I had this with idli. It is so perfect.
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Corn Rava Upma - Corn Meal Upma - Simple and healthy breakfast, Dinner recipe

I saw this Corn meal other day when I was doing my weekly shopping. I wanted to try this upma for quite some time however keep postponing because of my 2nd son who doesn't like Corn. But this week I couldn't resist my temptation any more. So went ahead to buy it. I had some idli / dosa batter in the fridge and I decided to make it for dinner as I had back up in case if my kids / hubby didn't really like it
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Spinach Rasam - Spinach and Dhal soup - Spinach and dal soup - Healthy Soup recipe - Starter Recipe

I love to try different flavours of rasam. Rasam is a very famous South Indian dish which goes with steamed rice. This Rasam can be served as a starter / soup. Perfect for anyone on diet. It is healthy and is a perfect mix of all the vitamin and minerals. Perfect for lazy days. Just this and steamed rice can give you satisfying meal
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Butter beans Tomato rice - Simple one pot meal - Simple lunch box

I love butter beans. Since we don't get fresh butter beans in Singapore (At least I haven't seen) I normally get the canned butter beans. I had a few tins in the cupboard for a while. I wanted to do Chickpeas and Tomato Rice but forgot to soak chickpeas so I decided to use Butter beans. I wanted to use very little oil. So instead of frying tomato / onion I cooked it before grinding to make paste. I loved that taste!
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bottle gourd Chutney - bottle gourd Dip - Simple chutney recipe - Chutney for idli, Dosa, Chapathi

I love vegetable based chutney. The other day I had some bottle gourd left in the fridge after making bottle gourd dosa. I was looking for some vegetable base chutney for my dosa so I decided to use bottle gourd. Initially I was doubtful about the outcome as bottle gourd gives out water so worried that chutney will be watery and taste will be more diluted. To my surprise it came out very nice.. 
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Aamai Masala Vadai - Masala vadai with carrot - Simple snack recipe - No Onion No Garlic recipe - Kids friendly recipe

I love masala Vadai even though it is deep fried. It is full of dhals so it is protein packed. I have posted plain masala vadai before. I love this version because of the crunchy vegetables. Also carrot gives slight sweetness this vada. This vada is so addictive. This recipe is from one of my friend who has completed a Nutrition and diet course. This is a perfect to hide some vegetables in kids favourite dish. Enjoy it.. this post goes to Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. thanks for Saraswathi Tharagaram of sarasyummybites
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Thandai - Thandai Recipe - Holi recipes - Spiced Milk - Maha Shivaratri vrat recipes

As I stated in many of my previous posts I really need some flavour to my milk. Otherwise it is difficult to swallow. We don't celebrate Holi. But after starting this blog I got know lot about new festivals and traditions. My cousin is born and brought up in North India. I got this recipe from her.. Here you go with the flavoured milk recipe.. This can be quite refreshing for this Summer or Maha shivaratri prasad 
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Pineapple Pachadi - Pineapple yogurt salad - Pineapple raita - Pineapple Raita Recipe Kerala Style - Onam Sadya recipe

Pineapple pachadi is a famous Kerala recipe.. Me and my first son love pineapple flavour. Sometimes I do simple yogurt pachadi. This goes well with fried rice or part of full meals. For me I can have this as a simple snack... We get pineapple from different places  all through out the year. Pineapple is rich in enzyme and good for health.
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Broccoli paratha - Simple dinner recipes - No garlic and onion recipes

My kids love broccoli wrap. In fact they love simple cooked broccoli. For me there is only dish so far which is ok with Broccoli - Broccoli pasta. I had this broccoli chapathi / paratha in my to do list for quite sometime. I got to try it this week. As expected kids loved the dish. It is quite filling and a healthy option for dinner or good lunch box recipe
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Bread Pakora - Bread Bajji - Bread pakkora - Simple snack recipe - simple after school snacks recipe

I have tasted this at my cousin's place. I haven't done it at home. One of the day when all of us were during tea time my kids were looking for some snack. I asked them whether they want to try bread pakora they said yes without any hesitation. It is simple and fast to make it. So made this for them.. They loved it. They told me they couldn't taste the bread :-)
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Potato spinach cilantro wrap - Potato spinach cilantro wrap - Lunch box recipe - Breakfast recipe - Kids friendly recipe

I do wrap quite often. I try different stuffing with it. I have posted quite few wraps in my space. Other day I saw curry flavoured wrap in the market and somehow I had an idea of a Potato based wrap from the time I bought it. I wanted to do some wrap for my weekend brunch. So I wanted to make it more balanced so I added spinach also. This wrap is a good option for kids lunch box / after school snack. You can use this to make Chapati roll also.
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Jaipuri vegetable pulao -Vegetable Pulav recipe - Rice one pot meal - Party food - Biryani rice

I love one pot meals that saves time yet you can impress your family and guests with it. Normally when we go out we don't order rice. For a change other day when we visited kailash parbat we have decided to try some rice. I didn't want to order normal peas or Jeera pulav. Wanted to try something new. When I saw this Jaipuri pulao it sounded rich and interesting. So decided to give it a try. It was really tasty. So I have tried at home. 
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Ginger chutney - Andhra Allam Pachadi Recipe

I used to have this ginger chutney in stock all the time .. This recipe is from my previous helper. She does this very often as it is healthy. I love ginger flavour. I had asked her to record few recipes  before she left. I had misplaced the recipe. Other day when I cleaned my cupboard I saw it. Without wasting time I made this chutney. Even though it goes well with Idli / dosa I can literally can have with anything...
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Paneer Lababdar - Rich Paneer side dish for fried rice, Roti, Naan

When I was in UK we visited a few Indian restaurant. When I visit Indian Restaurants I normally look for the new dishes. I saw this Paneer Lababdar and asked the guy in the restaurant what it was all about. He was explaining to me that it was a Onion Tomato gravy but rich dish as it has cream and milk. My kids were big fan of Paneer. So we ordered the dish. I was thinking it will be close to Paneer butter masala. But tasted different. I could taste the sesame seeds and ajwan. I have tried this at home. I didn't add cream but the taste came out pretty good. And we had this without much of guilt 
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Idli Manchurian - idli Manchurian recipe - Snack recipes - Kids friendly recipe - Leftover idli recipes

My kids are big fans of fusion recipes. Manchurian is one of their most favourite fusion dish. I had some left over idlies and wanted to make some snack out of for our weekend evening. I had fresh spring onions, Capsicum so decided to do manchurian. They said this tastes really good. Crunchy outside and soft inside! wow! so addictive
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Vallarai keerai Thogayal - Vallarai Keerai Thuvaiyal Recipe - Healthy chutney recipe - Healthy Thuvaiyal recipe

Vallarai Keerai which is called brahmi leaves in English is good for health esp for improving memory. Whenever I go to in India I will try stuff I don't get in Singapore. So having keerai / greens for everyday meals is a must for me. I literally have thogayal for almost for everything (with rice, idli or dosa even upma). Here you go with simple recipe. Recipe is very similar recipe as Thuthuvalai keerai recipe
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Kuthiravali Pualo - barnyard millet Pulao - barnyard millet Pulav - Millet Recipes - Simple and healthy Dinner or lunch recipes

I love millet based recipe.. I always feel it keeps you full for long (may be it is just a feeling). This is one of the easiest recipe with millet. It is perfect for fasting. I have added onion to the Pulao but you can skip it if you are doing for fasting. This is a healthy meal and well balanced meal too. It is called Jhangora in Hindi / Odalu in Telugu / Oodalu in Kannada. This recipe is so simple even bachelors can do it 
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Tirunelveli Kara Kulambu - tirunelveli kara kuzhambu - South Indian Recipe

I love puli Kuzhambu. There are different ways of doing puli kulambu. So I always try different kulambu with different spices.  I have tried the gravy with Thuvar dhal (Jackfruit seeds with drumstick gravy). It was really different and tasty. So when I heard this combo from my mum I requested her to make it. Here you go with the recipe. I will be away for a short trip to China will not be having access to facebook and blogger.. will be back soon.. So response to your questions or comments might be delayed...
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Kutchi Paneer - Paneer in spinach and Chickpea flour sauce - Simple Paneer recipe - No Onion, Garlic recipe

I got a new office colleague who follows Jain food. Jain food is generally without Onion, Garlic. It is a relatively new cuisine for me. I was talking to her about my blog and asking for special paneer recipe without onion and garlic. She passed me this recipe. At first name attracted me to it. It is really tasty and simple recipe. As part of Shhh Cooking Secretly Challenge Hema Viji of Aromatic Cooking gave me Spinach and Chickpeas flour (Besan flour). So I wanted to try something other than pakoda. I saw this recipe in a note pass down to me from my friend. So here you go with the recipe.. This recipe goes to Shhh Cooking Secretly Challenge
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