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Palkova (With Fresh Milk) Recipe - Simple sweet recipe - Diwali recipes

During my childhood days, Palkova is one of the most frequent sweet at our house hold. Esp at my grand ma house. They used to make it in brass containers. They used to have dozens of cows and buffalos. Buffalo milk is used to make curd and Cow milk is used for drinking as well as making some sweets like Palkova. I have already posted Microwave palkova. I wanted to make this fresh milk base version for quite sometime. Finally I got to do it. The ingredients are very little for this however it takes a while to do it. So do it when you have little time to kill.
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Masala Idli - Mixed Vegetable Idli - Breakfast recipes - Dinner Recipes

When I was doing my 6th standard, I visited my cousin sis and she made vegetable idli. I was so impressed. Usually I am not a big fan of idli esp plain idli (Now things are different. Of course now my kids are like that). I love to include mixed vegetables whenever possible. If you want to makeover plain white idli into colorful attractive dish this is good option. You can add your kids favourite vegetables to make ot more interesting. This one can be good lunch box item too
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Mexican Salad with Subway Style Chipotle Southwest Sauce - Homemade Southwest sauce - Kids friendly recipe - Salad recipes

These days I am trying to make my salad more interesting. Of course some of the sauces are not qualified to be part of a healthy diet. Southwest sauce is something I got introduced 10 years ago during my family trip to US. The first dish I have tasted with it is pasta. When I was looking for Southwest sauce in the market couldn't find decent one. Later when I started to have my weekend subway fix I was happy to find southwest sauce. So Southwest has been our family's favourite for quite sometime. After starting food blog this is something I wanted to try at home. One of the key ingredients in this is Chipotle chillies. I saw this chipotle chilly in adobo sauce can in US in my last week trip and I brought it without 2nd thought. In general this sauce is done using mayonnaise. I have replaced 1/2 the qty with Greek yogurt. It is up to your preference.
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White chocolate chip cookies Recipe - Eggless White chocolate chip cookies - Cookies Recipe - Simple baking recipes

My micorwave got spoiled for the last couple of months. With a busy schedule at work / travel I couldn't really look for new one. Esp I wanted to do a little bit of research before buying new one as my last purchase didn't turn out be good. Also I have a fixed slot for a microwave (yes I have size restriction) Finally I brought my new one during May long holidays. First thing I wanted to see is its baking results. My son was asking for cookies for quite sometime. So I have decided to try out White chocolate chip cookies. Merry Christmas to all the readers!
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Coconut Semolina Cake - Basbousa recipe - Simple cake recipe - baking recipes

Basbousa is a traditional Middle Eastern cake, made from semolina and soaked in syrup. It goes by many different names from Revani to Nammoura, Hareesa, Shamali and Pastusha. This is totally new to me. I only started to see this after I started blogging. My husband is a big fan of Kesari which is South Indian sweet with Semolina, sugar, Milk and bit of Ghee. So when I saw the ingredients of this cake I was pretty sure my husband would like it. I wanted to try this for a while. There are many different recipes even though the main ingredients are same some are with coconut some or with flour, some are with milk, some are with yogurt etc.. I decided to go with milk as it is closer to kesari.
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Beetroot Rasam - Beet Rasam - Beet Indian soup - Starter Recipe - Lunch recipe

I had this beetroot rasam last time when I was in India. It was quite filling I love the unique flavour of beet and fresh spices. With steamed rice it really tasted nice. I took the recipe from my friend and last week I wanted something simple for my lunch so I have made this rasam. It is also perfect for irritating throat too. Beet is also helps in detox.. This can be served as Soup too. So What are you waiting for?
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Whole Wheat Jam Thumbprint cookies - Eggless Thumbprint Cookies - Kids friendly cookie recipes

My kids don't like Jam.So normally I don't have any jam at home. During my last family gathering, my sis kids wanted to bake some cookies. They like jam. So I was thinking of making jam cookies for them. My sis is particular about making healthier version of cookies. So decided to do with wheat flour. I have used fresh milled wheat flour. You can substitute with Atta. The cookie came out pretty crispy and tasty
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Bajra Chocolate Cake - Eggless Pearl Millet chocolate Cake - Eggless Baking Recipes - Baking recipes - Millet Recipes

I wanted to try Millet cake without any mix of Atta or All purpose flour but was not sure about the outcome. So I kept postponing it. However this time I brought freshly grinded Bajra Flour or Pearl Millet flour. So I decided to try out the cake. I had some Orgran, No Egg, Egg replacer in my fridge for quite sometime. I wanted to use that for the cake. You can use any Egg substiute (for 2 eggs) or Eggs to make this cake. To my surprise the cake was so soft and texture was little grainy. It tasted amazing. My 1st son who is not big fan of bajra loved it too. You cannot even figure out the difference. So dig in without guilt. 
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Maa Vilakku Recipe - Maavilakku Maavu Recipe - Karthigai Deepam Recipes - Naivedyam recipes

I love the maavu (from maa vilakku) those days my grandma does maavu during thiruvizha.. I wanted to try this for a while. I finally made this for Karthigai. It is very simple dish. Normally my grandma makes this in 'ural'. My MIL still does it in ural only.. So to me this can be only done in Ural. But later after browsing other blogs I found out can be done in mixie / blender too. so I decided to give it a try. Normally we use only rice, grated coconut and Jaggery . However my helper suggesting to add roasted gram and puffed rice. I find it tasted good too.. But if you prefer to go without it it is also fine
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Eggless rainbow cake Recipe - Rainbow cake with Cream cheese frosting recipe - Baking recipe - Cake recipe - Eggless Cake recipesWhen w

When we had bloggers meet in Singapore, Prema from Prema'scookbook brought a cake and it was so soft and tasty. It melted in the mouth. When I wanted to bake rainbow cake instead of following my condensed milk base recipe,I remembered the cake from Prema so I decided to search her website. I followed her recipe from here. It came out so soft and everyone liked it. This is the first time I have added part of wet ingredients at later stage. It came out very nice Thanks to Prema.  I got 4 colors Red, yellow, blue and green. And I have used Blue+Red for Violet,Indigo - Blue + Little red.
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Chana chaat cup - Chickpeas chaat in cup - Snack recipes - Kids friendly recipe

Sometimes parents have a very big challenge to get their kids to finish their breakfast plate everyday!. Sometime we need to find something different or serve regular food in different way. I tried this Potato chickpeas in Samosa sheet cup. It disappeared very fast and at the same time, they had pretty balanced start for the day. Chickpeas has protein, Potato has carbohydrate. Only thing is that instead of serving as bread sandwich serve it in a cup made with samosa sheet. You can serve it in Papad cup or bread cup. 
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Dum Ki chai Recipe - Hyderabadi Dum ki Chai Recipe - Rich Koya tea Recipe - Tea Recipes - Drink Recipe

I love any variation of tea. I love Ginger Tea with Milk , Lemon grass tea or Ginger tea without milk. So sometime ago I saw Dum Ki Chai at Lubna space. I was hooked to it. I wanted to try this for very long time. When I visited India few months back, I got the chance to try in Hyderabad. So I kind of liked it but at the same time felt it was a little rich. This evening I was in a mood to try something rich and I remembered this tea. I had Koya in the fridge. So I decided to try it out. I followed this recipe from Lubna's space
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Cabbage and Potato Sukke - Cabbage and Potato Curry - Cabbage and potato semi dry gravy - Side dish recipe

My mum used to do this but she does it as a side dish for rice. But till now I didn't know the other name for it. One of my colleague used to bring for his chapathi. I love it as it is a little spicy and easy to pack as it is a semi dry gravy. Recently my husband wants to have cabbage in his diet more often.. So I wanted to try this for our chapati / roti. This goes well with rice too..
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Bitter gourd Pesto Pasta Recipes - Pasta Recipes - Diabetic friendly recipes - Bitter gourd recipes - Pavakkai recipes

Pesto is one of my go to in making my meals. I have made pasta, rice or korma with that. It tasted amazing & it was super hit in our family. So when I had 1 bitter gourd in the fridge, first thing that came to my mind is to do bittergourd pesto. I wanted to try out the pesto first and if comes out well then we can try with pasta. It came out so well that it got finished before I could have my meal. I have tried this a few times after that
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Pinwheel with Puff pastry - Masala pinwheel with puff pastry - Puff pastry pinewheel recipe - Snack recipes - puff pastry recipes - appetizer recipes

My kids are big fans of puff pastry. I had one puff pastry sheet left to finish. I had this puff pastry pinwheel in one restaurant in India. So I have decided to try it out. I made the stuffing with potato and peas. You can have it with mixed vegetables. If you are adding mixed vegetables reduce potato by 1 and replace it with 1/2 cup of mixed vegetables. Make sure your vegetables are chopped finely. This can be served alone. This is a perfect after school / tea time snack. Also good party starter / appetizer.
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Sprouted Chana Pulao recipe - Sprouted Chickpeas Pulao - Sprouted Kondaikadalai rice - Healthy one pot meal

My son loves Chickpeas / Chana. I have posted chana rice before. Last time when I visited my cousin she made Chana pulao but it had a very different flavour. she told me she had picked up the recipe from a magazine.  I noted down the recipe. It is a perfect and simple recipe for any one pot meals. It can go well for party too
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Stuffed Oreo Chocolate chip cookies recipe - Oreo Stuffed cookies - Cookies recipes - Kids friendly Recipes

In our family, Oreo seems to be the most favourite biscuit around kids. I am not a big fan of Oreo. I was looking at a post in Buzzfeed and I saw this stuffed oreo cookies and my son who happen to pass by asked me if I was going to make it (it is like can you make it). I decided to surprise him when we came back from his outing and I served him the cookies and told him it was chocolate chip cookies. He asked why it was so big. I told him to try first and let me know the taste. He was so happy to find out that it was actually Oreo stuffed cookies. You can try and surprise your kids too. For the base cookies I followed my shortbread cookies
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Dabeli Chaat Recipe - Kutchi Dabeli - Chaat recipes - Famous Indian Street food - Snack Recipes - Starter Recipes

I love any chat. I have posted normal pav bhaji, Mushroom Pav Bhaji  and Paneer Pav Bhaji. I normally do vada pav for Sat night or evening snack. When I first saw the pics in menu of restaurant I first thought that this is also similar to vada pav. But it tasted different and I loved it. I am pretty sure my kids would love it. I googled for recipe and I have created my own in the end. I loved the flavour of homemade Dabeli masala . You can use the store bought one too
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Fruit and vegetable briyani rice - Rice recipes - one pot meals recipe - lunch recipes - Party food recipes

Any mix vegetables rice / briyani is my go-to recipe esp for a lazy weekend lunch esp Sunday. I have posted many vegetable briyani versions, Mughali veg rice and Mugalai Pulav with Fruits. I wanted to try Fruit and Veg together. Also I wanted to do mixed rice without much Indian masala so this rice has less masala. If you don't have all the spices it would be still fine just use whatever is available. This is a perfect way to feed your kids with both vegetables and fruits in one dish
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Almond Vanilla cake - Eggless Cake recipe - baking recipes - Cake Recipes - Eggless Baking

My son wanted simple Vanilla cake for quite some time. I wanted to try something diff. So I decided to make almond vanilla cake. I had some left over Milk powder. I read in some magazine that milk powder gives nice texture to cake so I decided to use Milk Powder. I have used my own measurements (didn't follow any of my previous cakes) and was crossing my fingers. When I tasted the batter (yes I do that to check the consistency and sweetness) I got my confidence back. It came out pretty good. My kids enjoy it as evening snack also as morning breakfast cake
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Vazhaipoo Kuzhambu Recipe - Valaipoo Puli Kulambu Recipe - Banana flower Kulambu recipe - Plantain Flower Recipes - Vazhaipoo Recipes

I love to try different puli kulambu recipes. It is a  every other week esp for a weekend meal. After Pakora, I was left with handful of Valaipoo and was not sure what to do. It is good enough only for kulambu or sambar. I never heard about sambar before so wated to try kulambu. I thought that masala, tamarind paste would make great combination with Valaipoo. As expected, it came out pretty good. Even if you are not a big fan of Plantain Flower you should try. This is perfect for both steamed white or brown rice. So do try out this recipe with Plantain flower / Valaipoo / Bhale Hoova / Arati Poovu..  
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Bonda more kulambu - Bonda mor kulambu recipe - Kalyana Mor kuzhambu recipe - bonda mor kuzhambu recipe - Simple Kuzhambu recipe - Side dish for Rice recipes - Lunch recpies

I love mor kulambu in any form. Our family's most favourite Sunday special esp after all the one pot meals is mor kulambu. It goes well with most of the side dish too. It is also most simple meal option for me. I had this recently in my cousin's place. I am very happy that I got another variation to my favourite dish. I followed same method as paruppu urundai mor kulambu recipe with some modification to the gravy and replacing paruppu urndai with bonda  As a slight variation you can grind the masala with 1/4  leaves. It would be nice too.
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Masala Poori Recipe - Dinner Recipe - Breakfast Recipe - Party Recipe

Poori is one of the easiest recipe to try even for bachelors. It is also quick to do when you have visitors. This is also the most favourite dish for a lot of kids. The other day I wanted to make a quick dinner and had some left over chana masala. So I wanted to do some flavoured one so that I don't have to top up with any side dish. As this has all the masala and plain yogurt go well too. Everyone at home loved it. If you haven't tried so far do try it out
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Achari Potato Recipe - spicy potato with pickle spices - Potato Recipes

I love the Achari (Pickle) flavour. The combination of mustrad seeds and fenugreek seeds is really interesting. I have posted Achari Paneer, Achari Vegetable rice in my space. The other day when I wanted to make some baby potato side I was wondering why not try Achari flavoured one! For sure someone must have posted the recipe on the net. So When I searched I found quite a few posts. I have tried using my own combo which I have used for rice. If you don't have Yogurt you can add Vinegar. This can be served as starter too
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Salem Thattu Vadai Set recipe - Thattai Vadai sandwich recipe - Snack recipes - Kids friendly Recipes

My kids love any snack esp  right after coming back from school. This recipe is something new for me. Normally I make Thattai chaat. I kind of this version of "chaat" as this allows me to sneak in vegetables.. Even though in the cookery show and the blogs I have seen beet, carrot, onion you can let your creativity run wild with this. You can add sprouts, boiled potato even avocado in this. I referred recipe from Raks Kitchen  for this post. But I have tried with tomatoes, avocados too.. It tastes good also
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Dabeli masala powder Recipe - Homemade Dabeli masala powder recipe - Kutchi Masala - Back to basic recipe

I had this chat item during my stay in Chennai. I have tasted diff masala. This happend 6-8 months ago. After that every time when my mum ask for list of things to buy for my India trip this masala will always be there. But couldn't find it in Trichy or Chennai. I asked few of my north Indian colleagues but every time the result is negative. I have decided to try out masala powder at home. Originally I have noted down from Priti's indiankhana. When was planning for making the masala I saw this from Binjal space. In the end I made my own mix based on spices I had. It came out so nice stay tuned for for Dabeli chat
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Rasamalai Recipe - Simple Diwali Sweet Recipe - Diwali recipes - Deepavali Recipes

I wanted to post Rasagulla / Rasamalai for long time. However I wanted to try out with fresh cow milk. At my in laws place we still get fresh milk from cow. My in laws love all the fresh sweets. So I wanted to try this when I was in India. I made this in my last India Trip. I lost one memory card which I was using to record recipes. So I lost Rasgulla pics (both step by step pics and final pics) and rasamalai step by step pic. I decide to post the recipe as making sweet is only during some occasion or when I visit India. When I get chance I will update the step by step pics Happy Deepavaklli / Diwali to all readers
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Ragi Ribbon Pakoda - Ragi Ola Pakoda - Diwali snacks - Kids friendly recipe - Diwali Savoury recipe - Tea time snack recipes

I love Ragi in any form .. I have posted Ragi murukku. Ribbon pakoda is one of most favourite savoury snack. It has many different name too (Ola pakoda, Rottu pakoda, Oatu pakoda, Ribbon tape etc..). My mum does it using different laddle meant for it. I normally use muruku / Chakli press. It is easiest way to feed the millet to anyone who is not taking it otherwise.. This turned out so crispy and addictive. I have added butter as my kids love the texture of snacks with butter. you can add hot oil in the place of butter too. Try this out for this Diwali and enjoy millet base snack
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Suryakala, chandrakala Recipe - Sweet with Koya Recipe - Sweet Recipes - Diwali recipes - Deepavali sweet recipes

My 2nd son and my husband like Badhusha.  I had some sugarless koya in the fridge. I was thinking about a dish to make with it. with Diwali around the corner I wanted to try some sweet with it. When was looking options Suryakala came to my mind. I had Maillka badrinath sweet book so I was flipping thro' it. I saw the suryakala and Chandra kala recipe it is exactly same just the shape. So Decided to try both. Basically Suryakala is in round shape and chandrakala is in half crescent (moon) shape. You can try both for this diwali and let me know the result
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Maida Burfi - Easy Maida Sweet Cake - Diwali Recipes - Festival recipe

Maida Burfi is one of the most easy sweet you can make for this Diwali / festive season. I must admit my family is not a big fan of sweets. So every time when I make sweet I really make in small quantity. However they are very big fan of food made up all purpose flour. So When I tried this I was thinking they might like this.. As I thought they kind of like it. This sweet can be made with Ingredients which is very easily available at home. If you want to make in larger qty you can use 1: 2: 1 (1 part Flour, 2 part sugar, 1 part ghee)
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Onion Murukku - Onion chakli - Snacks recipe - Diwali Snacks Recipe - Savoury snack recipe

Murukku!! Our family's all time favourite snack. My kids have the habit of having snacks with lunch esp on weekends. They need some crunchy side dish even if you have 2 vegetables. So Whenever they have school break I make Murukku.. Since My first son doesn't like Onion I try to sneak it in his favourite dish. I wanted to try this Onion / Shallots murukku for quite sometime. But was hesitating because of my first son (as it is his least favourite dish) finally I made this. To make it more attractive I made cute little bite size murukku.
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Cashew Burfi - Cashew Cake - Easy diwali Sweets recipes - Deepavali Sweet recipes

This Cashew Cake is one of most favourite sweet for my nieces. My athai patti does it extremely well. So whenever we visit India My mum get her to do the cake. Last time I told Patti I need to take down the recipe and get step by step pics. So She did this at my mum's place. Amount of ghee in it is really makes it rich. Once I asked her to reduce the Ghee she told it won't be nice. I told her let's try but she is correct. Kids told me the taste is not the same. The want the original recipe and they wanted me to post original recipe in my blog. My niece is one of strong follower of my blog. I need to respect her view right? Here you go with the recipe. It tastes very different from Kaju katli 
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Madras Mixture recipe - South Indian Style Madras Mixture recipe - Diwali snack recipe - Kids friendly recipe

My kids and my husband love Mixture. I love to have mixture with rasam rice. I always thought that making Mixture at home is a really complicated task. Regardless I wanted to try making this for Diwali. After doing it I realized that this is one of the easiest recipe and if you are planning for distribution to your friends and family this is one of the easiest snack. Just make sure you gather all the ingredients in one place to  make the job faster. Do try it out at home and enjoy. My mum version has Omapodi more but choice is yours
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Tandoori Roti recipe - Homemade Tandoori roti recipe - Stove top tandoori roti recipe - Tandoori roti without yeast

After posting few Naan recipes Kashmiri Naan, Butter Naan, Garlic Naan I wanted to try Tandoori roti. It is a healthier option than Naan because it is made with whole wheat flour. I have seen recipes with combination of wheat flour and all purpose flour. But I have decided to use only whole wheat. I was not sure it would be as good as Naan because I don't use yeast and it is done on stove top. It came out pretty good. Kids loved it
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Millet Flour butter murukku Recipe - Butter Murukku recipe - Millet Chakli recipe - Millet recipes - Diwali Snack Recipe - Festivals recipe - Kids friendly recipe - Snack recipe

Every time I go to India, my mum gives me freshly milled flour (different flours Millet, Bajra, Finger Millet, Multi grain etc...) This time when I was in India my mum made Millet dosa. It was very tasty. I asked my mum for the flour. It is a mix of Varagu ( Kodo Millet), Kuthiraivalli (barnyard millet), Samai (Little Millet) in equal qty. I din't have stepwise pic for making the flour. But you can take equal qty of these millets. Dry roast them till nice aroma released. Cool down and powder it. Store it in an Air tight container. It stays for at least a month but in the fridge even longer. I use this flour for almost like Rice flour. I made butter murukku with this. It came out very crispy. It is quite addictive too.
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Stuffed Okra recipe - Stuffed ladies finger recipe - Bharwa Bhindi - Gujarati Bhinda Sambhariya - Side dish recipes

I always have a fear of doing any stuffed vegetables but after trying stuffed brinjal / Eggplant the next item on my list is stuffed okra / ladies finger. I was looking for recipes on the net but in the end I made my own mix for stuffing. It came out pretty good. however I am sure it is not traditional recipe for stuffing. My kids loved it too in the end you want happy family meal not whether it is traditional or not right? My ladies finger was little bit longer so I\ cut into 2 but if you have smaller one you can just remove the end and the head portion and use the entire ladies finger
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Karupatti Payasam Recipe - Green gram Palm Jaggery Kheer - Paasipayaru Karupatti Sweet Kanji - Healthy dessert recipe - Pooja recipes - naivedyam recipes

As I mentioned in my previous Kheer / Payasam posts Kheer is one fast and never go wrong dishes. It also provides options to be healthy too. Recently I use Palm jaggery in my diet. I feel my hemoglobin is getting better. Some of my friends also provided similar feedback. So for this festive season I wanted to try kheer with Karupatti / Plam jaggery. It tasted so nice (even though the color is not so appealing). Palm jaggery provided a different / unique taste to Kheer. 
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Spicy Pasta - Simple Pasta recipe - Kids friendly recipe - Snack recipe

Last week when my kids were back from school they told me they were hungry and felt like having some quick filling snack. I asked then whether they want 2 mins noodle. They told me with all the recent saga they don't prefer to have that. So I Was thinking about doing quick Pasta recipe for them. Later thought about this recipe. It is so quick and still a flavourful dish for your hungry kids. This can be good dish to entertain the kids during this festive season.
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Macaroni Kheer - Macaroni payasam - Pasta payasam - Simple Pooja, festival recipe - simple sweet recipe

I love to try different kheer. Since I use less sugar I always think kheer is part of a well balanced meal. My hubby and my 2nd son love kheer. Sometimes I just do it for dinner yes your right, I don't need any special occasion to make a quick kheer. When I told my son I am going to make Macaroni kheer he told me it sound bit weird. But in the end he liked it too. 
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Valaipoo Vadai - Valaipoo Vada - Plantain Flower Fritters - Snack recipes

Other day I visited my sis and she asked for valaipoo vada. I knew the ingredients but not exact measurements.   So I called my mum to get measurement as I didn't have my recipe notes with me. Also added to my list of things to be posted. Recently we had space under our blocks for common gardening. There was a Plantain tree there. It had couple of flowers and she allowed me to take some, nice of her. I started using that space for my little gardening effort. I have added onion as the last ingredient as my first son likes it without onion. So reserved the dough for him with out onion. You can mix in all the ingredients together. Add onion as the last ingredient. 
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Aubergine Mozzarella bake recipe - Eggplant Mozzarella bake recipe - Snack Recipes - Kids friendly recipe - Party recipes

Eggplant / Aubergine is not the most favoured vegetable at our house hold. I love it so I am still finding something which can tempt my kids to eat it. I saw this cheesy bake in one magazine and later I saw it in Raks space. I have bookmarked it. This can be served as a meal by itself or served as a snack. This dish is very simple and you just need to assemble your ingredients. Very simple recipe to impress your guests` / kids. With this you can create Italian restaurant dinning feel at home! Enjoy! 
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paneer chana masala - Chole paneer masala recipe - Vegetarian Gravy recipe - Vegetarian Curry recipe - Paneer recipes

My kids are big fans of Paneer. My first son loves everything with Chana / chole also. I was looking to make some side dish for Naan/ Roti and he was asking for paneer chole masala. I have followed my Punjabi chole masala recipe. Instead of coconut you can add either cashew or melon seeds. This curry goes well with fried rice / roti / naan or bhatura. If you make it little thicker can be good sandwich spread too. Multipurpose curry is really good right? you can double the qty and reserve one batch for sandwich! 
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Eggless ricotta cheese cake recipe - Ricotta cheesecake recipe - Eggless baking - Cake recipe - Kids friendly recipe

My kids love the home made cheese cakes. I have posted 3 of them Plain Cheese cake, Nuttella zebra cheese cake and Oreo cheese cake. When we were in Italy I tried a few cheese cake it tasted different from American ones and it was lighter. I kind of like both. After I searched for difference. Later I read that Italian one is using Ricotta and American one is using Sour cream. This year for my son's birthday he wanted cheese cake again. So I decided to try it with Ricotta. Since I made it for his birthday I was crossing my fingers. I followed recipe from Joy baking. Original recipe is with egg. I made my version without egg also added melted white chocolate It came out pretty good
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Surakkai Korma - Sorakkai Korma - Bottle Gourd Korma - Side dish for Roti, rice, Pulka, Paratha

I had this whole sorakkai and wanted to try something new with it to go with Chapatti. My son was asking for Korma. I remembered a dish I had tasted sometime ago. It had a sesame seeds taste also tasted like korma. I wanted to try it out. I have added the ingredients per my preference. You can try with your moderation. It tasted pretty good. It is simple dish and goes well with steamed rice too (I had it next day for my lunch). Do try out as this can be good alternative to veg korma
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Mixed bean Millet porridge - Samai, mixed bean porridge - Millet and mixed legume porridge - Healthy Breakfast Recipe - Millet recipes

When I am on a biz trip to China I take heavy breakfasts as hotels serves good breakfast. Being vegetarian, lunch is normally a very light one. The place I stay serve few porridge other than oats. Millet, Corn and black rice. Just a porridge for me is very plain. I need some flavouring. Also need to add some protein to it. They serve good salad options such as chickpeas (garbanzo, Chana), Rajma (Kidney beans), Corn etc.. So normally I will add all of these to make a wholesome meal. This is in my list for posting for long time. Finally here you go
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Black rice salad with Avocado dressing - Salad recipe - Healthy recipe - Starter Recipe

Starting on a diet doesn't have to be boring.. Also Having salad for one meal can be interesting too. I had this Avocado dressing in my recent US trip.. Normally I use Lemon juice to give a tangy taste. However the sauce I had was different. As we discuss this I realized this is from Vinegar. So I decided to try it out using vinegar. I have tried it with Power blend greens, Dragon fruit, Fig and Black rice. You can add this sauce to your favourite salad too..I made the dressing with buttermilk but you can have it with Greek yogurt too.
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Pumpkin Pachadi - Pumpkin Greek yogurt sauce - Greek Yogurt recipes - Pumpkin Recipes - Pachadi Recipes

I had some left over pumpkin after making mashed pumpkin. I wanted to make pachadi for my keerai Rice. I was not sure about which pachadi. Then I opened my fridge and remembered I had the pumpkin so I have decided to use it. In this if you want to add little Jaggery you can go ahead. I didn't add. As I wanted some spicy pachadi. Addition of small onion or shallots give nice flavour to the pachadi so don't skip it
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Kerala Paal Payasam Recipe - Unakkalari Payasam - Onam Sadya Recipes

I love to try different Kheer recipes. For me this is one way of having milk. Sometime I don't add sugar or fry the nuts in ghee. However for the festival / Naivedyam I end up doing with sugar and ghee. Unakkalari rice is new to me. I started seeing this after I started blogging. I have seen Kanji and Payasam with it. So I have decided to try it out for this new year. It is so creamy and tasty. I have used Raw sugar. You can use Jaggery too. Happy vishu / new year. This Kheer or payasam doesn't require any ghee or nuts. So go ahead and use full fat milk to balance it 
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Veg puff pastry Open Pie - Simple puff pastry recipes - Kids friendly recipes - Snacks recipe

My family loves anything with puff pastry. So far I have been using store brought puff pastry. I wanted to try this open Pastry pie with very less spices as some of my colleague who is following my blog from other country wanted me to post some simple dish (as they find it difficult to find Indian Spices). For spicing the dish I have used 1 green chilles and Red chilli flakes (used for pasta). I have used Roma tomatoes. It gave nice flavour to the curry.
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Roasted beetroot, Chickpea, Feta cheese salad with Orange Vinaigrette Dressing - Roasted Beet Salad - Salad Recipe - Starter Recipe

Recently I started liking roasted Beet. Beet and feta cheese is a really good combo. Roasting Beet really brings a out nice flavour. As you have started to notice I started posting salad recipes with different dressing. This salad does have Feta cheese but you if you use low fat Feta cheese you can still try it as part of your dieting program. If you are on a diet you really need to be little creative and try out different combos. This will make the program interesting. As you try few things you might end up with no of choices..If you decide to make dressing ahead of time pls. keep it in fridge don't keep it for long. At the most just keep the dressing for 2 days(total)
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