As I stated in few recipes before my kids are big fans of Naan or Kulcha. They have very specific type of Naan or Kulcha. This time I wanted to try Masala Kulcha. But my kids wanted Aloo Kulcha. I have seen recipes in many blogs and it is also called as Amritsari Kulcha. Normally my kids take time in the dinner table but there are some foods they finish in no time. This is one of it. This is good for kids lunch box tooPin It Now!
Watermelon Rasam recipe - Watermelon Indian style soup recipe - Rasam recipes - Lunch, Dinner recipes - Vegetarian Side Recipes
Summer around the corner. It is so hot outside. You can see all summer treats everywhere. Watermelon is everywhere. I tried this last season i however couldn't get the final picture. Wanted to post this at the beginning of the season. I get seedless watermelon so I don't have to strain if you get watermelon with seeds then remove the seeds before making juice Or make juice and strain it. My husband could not find out what was in the rasam except the color. Nice red color really tempting.. I could have this as soup alsoPin It Now!
I love this kootu a lot. However rest of the family prefers poriyal. Since I get this vegetable only if I go to Serangoon road (Little India ) I ended up making family favourite most of the time. This time the banana stem was nicer so I ended up buying more than usual. So when I cooked myself lunch I made this. Really enjoyed this with Roti / chapathi and oats porridge. It is very simple to make (most of the cooking time goes for preparing the thandu). It is perfect for this hot summer period too.Pin It Now!
Rajma Cutlet recipe - Red Kidney bean cutlet Recipe - Rajma Tikki Recipe - Snacks Recipe - Starter Recipes
During my college days I loved vegetable cutlet. The best one was from the roadside push cart one near my home. He sold it from 5 PM and we used to wait for the time and rush to buy. It was the most wanted after school snack for myself and my sisters. These days that push cart is no more I really miss that. My kids love the tikkis or cutlets. Cutlets can be served as snacks or stuffing to bread or addition to salad or placed as part wrap. so it is perfect multi purpose recipe. It can be deep fried as well as shallow fried. These days most of the time I do shallow fried. I have added 2 tablespoon of cheese gratings. But you can avoid it or replace it with paneerPin It Now!
I love Matcha. During my last trip to Bali I tasted Matcha yogurt shake. Even though it was a bit sweet I really enjoyed it. It was so hot that afternoon and it was so refreshing. I added it to my list of things to try once I was home. I was feeling like having a ice cream based shake this weekend. Matcha yogult came to my mind. I tried it and loved every bit of it. My son who is not fan of Matcha loved it too. May be because of the ice cream!Pin It Now!
I wanted to try sweet paratha for quite sometime. I had sweet-less Koya (store bought) in the fridge. I wanted to try something which can be mildly sweetened. I was not sure whether kids would like it. So I have added less sugar so the paratha has more of milk taste than sweet. But if you prefer it to be sweeter you can add more sugar. I have used fresh coconut in this recipe but you can try with dry coconut too. This is perfect for after school kids or as an evening snack.Pin It Now!
One of my colleague used to bring wonderful banana cake I have tried once I didn't like the flavour. After that I never tried most of the time I will freeze over ripe banana and add it to smoothie. Last week I was travelling and they forgot to freeze. I had over ripe banana was wondering what to do with it. Having heard about benefits of ripe banana didn't want to throw it. I searched in the web for Banana bread / cake. Finally I did it with my own mix. I didn't add Chocolate chips but if you prefer you can fold in chocolate chips, I had No Egg (egg replacer which is nearing expiry so I have used it you can use Flax egg or butter milk)Pin It Now!
Moongil Rice Kheer - Moongil rice Payasam - Bamboo Rice Kheer - Bamboo rice Sweet Milk - Kheer Recipes - Pooja Recipes - Festivals Recipe - Naivedyam recipes
I have heard about Moongil rice (Bamboo rice) from my grandma. It has been a while since I tasted it. I remember it very vaguely from my early childhood days. The other day when I walked through the aisle of a supermarket I saw bamboo rice. I was pleasantly surprised and picked up without second thoughts. I was pretty sure I could try something quick as we were in season of festivals. First recipe I tried with Bamboo rice is Kheer / Paysam.Pin It Now!
Ragi Dosa recipe - Finger Millet dosa recipe - Healthy breakfast, Dinner recipe - Diabetic friendly recipe - South Indian Breakfast recipe
I had Finger millet in the fridge for a while so I wanted to make use of it. When I was talking to my mum she was mentioning this dosa but using pearl millet. I decided to try the same recipe with finger millet. My husband and my first son who is not big fan of finger millet loved this recipe. They told me this dosa hardly tastes like any millet recipe.. So you can try this for including millet as part of your dietPin It Now!
Teriyaki Vegetable fried rice - Vegetable fried rice with homemade teriyaki fried rice - Rice recipe
Whenever we go to Subway my kids order Teriyaki chicken sandwich (yes they are not vegetarian. However I don't cook Non - veg at home) Last time during our holiday trip I had tasted Teriyaki tofu. It tasted good. I initially thought Teriyaki can go well with only meat food. But this changed my thinking. I decided to try it out with Fried rice. My kids loved it. If you haven't tried before do try it out. I have done homemade teriyaki sauce. For quick one can try with sauce available at stores( I haven't tried though)Pin It Now!
Murungai keerai Paneer Gravy - Drumstick Leaves Paneer Recipe - Moringa leaves Indian Cottage cheese Gravy - Side dish recipes
I had a bunch of Murungai keerai / Moringa leaves in the fridge. My kids wanted Paneer gravy for dinner to go with Chapathi / roti / Naan. Instead of plain Paneer recipe I wanted to try Moong Paneer But my son wanted it with some green leafy vegetable. I had only Drumstick leaves in the fridge. I told them that's what I am going to try. I was crossing my finger as not sure about the taste (So worried that I decided to do it a little early for dinner so that I can come up with another alternative if it didn't turn up good. And for the first time I made it i didn't even bother to take pics. It came out extremely well After that I did it a few times and a couple of time when I was having some get together with friends. Every time they loved it. So it is a must try recipePin It Now!
Recently I have posted Masala Dosa. As I stated in that post Masala dosa is the new found love of our family. My hubby and me are big fans of mysore masala dosa esp from Raj restaurant in Singapore. Since kids do not eating masala I seldom do it at home. But after the Masala dosa I wanted to ride on this new found interest in Masala base dishes. So Without any delay I wanted to try out Mysore masala dosa dosa. As expected every one enjoyed it. May be I need to try all masala base dishes before Kids change their mind. (Yes unpredictable teenage boys)Pin It Now!
Jack fruit seeds korma recipe - Jack fruit seeds kurma recipe - Jackfruit recipes - Side dish recipe
I made this rich and creamy jackfruit seeds korma. It went well with chapathi. Richness came from cashew and melon seeds. I wanted make it as white korma but addition of tomatoes changed the color. So if you prefer to have full white skip tomaotes. Jack fruit seeds alone gave nice taste. But you can do it with Mixed vegetables too. If you are adding vegetables reduce jackfruit seeds quantity. This is definitely must to try during this jackfruit season.Pin It Now!
I have tasted Kara pori with chilli powder, turmeric powder, garlic and peanuts.. I also posted it here. But after starting blog I saw this version beach style kara pori in many blogs. It sounded very interesting. Last month I visited Marina beach and I remembered to try this version :-). I am so hooked to it. So When I returned I wanted to try this ... So hear you go with my version... enjoyPin It Now!
Papaya Halwa - Sweets recipes - Festival Recipes - Naivedyam Recipes - Snacks Recipes - Dessert Recipes - Fruit Dessert recipes
Carrot halwa is one of my husband favourite. So wanted to try other fruit or vegetable base halwa. I wanted to try this papaya halwa for quite sometime however not very sure about he flavour of it as papaya has it's unique flavour and some people quite put off by it. Other day I brought papaya and my hubby brought another one (I told him a week ago Sigh) both are quite ripen cannot keep for long. So I have decided to try out this sweet. Since It is fruit base you cannot keep it for long try to finish it within couple of day. You can serve with Vanilla ice cream or loads of nutsPin It Now!
I love Raw Mango. Even though you get raw mango almost all year along these days the ones you get it during season (summer) is really amazing.. Esp I love the variety we get from my grand ma little garden. I was told that tree is there for past 60 over years (yes ... the fruit is tasted thro' 5 generations) My grandma used to make a sweet mango sambar which I like esp the mango after a day. I can finish 1 to 2 mangoes at one go. This is one of sweet dish I like from my childhood. I have posted Raw mango sambar in my space before. This recipe is almost same except addition of Jaggery. Another similar recipe is raw mango Pachadi but it is done without dalPin It Now!
Are you bored with regular upma (rava or rice)? I saw this mixed millet rava in the shop. When I opened it I thought the rava was a bit small so I was not sure whether it was for Kanji or upma. I had decided to give it a try for upma. I have followed the same recipe as rava upma. I have added vegetables to make it a one pot meal. If I make certain millet (Pearl and ragi in upma form) alone my hubby would complain. But this one no problem at all. I love the nutty taste in it. I had this for breakfast and it kept me full till lunch.Do try it out if you can get this mixed millet rava.Pin It Now!
I normally buy jack fruit at least once a week. I dry the seeds and collect it. Since we had some guest for the last couple of weeks, I ended up buying more Jackfruits. So I had quite a bit of seeds. I wanted to do the kara poriyal with that. I wanted to do something I have tasted a long time ago at my friends house back in India. I had some left over coconut thogaiyal in the fridge. So Instead of making fresh coconut paste I had used it. The poriyal tasted good (exactly same as what I had in my mind). Well yet another new dish!Pin It Now!
Chocolate Cheesecake recipe - Chocolate Cheese cake with chocolate ganache - Eggless Baking recipes - Baking recipes
I have made plain cheesecake using my cheesecake recipe many times. It is also my most Pinned recipe in pinterest. For my son's birthday Cheesecake is a must (even when we go out and when they try cheesecake they complement mine! Now a days they don't order cheesecake when we go to restaurant . I amso happy when I hear these complements from them) This time when I was planning to make cheese cake I have decided to do full chocolate cheesecake. Also wanted to do ganache to give a surprise to my son. It came out so nicePin It Now!
Last time when I visited my sis she had made this kanji / porridge. I loved every bit of it. Somehow I felt this version reduces the Oats' stickiness. It goes well with pickle or coconut thogayal or Paruppu thogayal. It is very filling. I always make this a little thicker and have it with Thogayal. you can make it thick alsoPin It Now!
Dal dhokli, varan phal, or chakolya is a Gujarati / Maharashtrian dish. I tasted this during my college days since my sister's close friend is from Gujarat. So we got to enjoy their dishes. This is perfect for breakfast / brunch or as an after school snack. It is quite filling. It is a fairly simple dish except for the part of adding Dhoklis at right time / right temperature. Normally their dishes would have a tinge of sweetness but I didn't add Jaggery also I have added garam masala instead of whole spices. You can use 2 bay leaves, cloves 2, Cinnamon 1 inch. Since my kids prefer not to have whole spices in their mouth I have used garam masala. It is also a no garlic, onion and ginger recipePin It Now!
I have bookmarked from Nalini's space for a long time. I forgot about it. When I watched this in Venkatesh bhat show decided to try it out. Since my kids love poori and they have moved avay from Maida Poori. they are more open to try different flavours and with Wheat. I love the urad dhal flavour in Kachoris. It give nice aroma to the food. It was the reason for me to book mark it. I add Roasted Urad dhal flour when making puri for chaats. My kids love it. So I am pretty sure kids would love this combo too except for the ajwan flavour in it. It is quite rare in my home to use Ajwan in cooking. When I tried it everyone loved the combo! Gravy is also without onion, Garlic and tomatoesPin It Now!
Milk peda recipe - Paal peda recipe - Dhoodh peda recipe - Simple Diwali Sweet recipe - Milk Sweet recipe
I recently started ordering my vegetables from an online portal. This Rainbow carrot is their speciality. I wanted to try this roasted carrot (esp baby ones which are very attractive) after I saw it in foodgawker. After a couple of time finally I made it. It is really very tasty. I have added a teaspoon of garlic butter which I think made a big difference. If you are very health conscious you can skip it but I recommend strongly. The mixed carrots I got had mostly orange and yellow carrot. When I roasted that in microwave the whole house smelled lke the garlic flavour. Addition of butter enhanced it. This dish is very simple and easy to put together.Pin It Now!
I started eating Tofu when I moved into Singapore. How I started is a story. When I moved in, (Seems very long) I had one neighbor who was born and brought up in Singapore. He helped me to get used to the local Singapore Market. So we used to go for the vegetable marketing at the wet market. And she used to buy a lot of Tofu base stuff and of course she got really surprised that I don't eat meat or Egg. She repeatedly asked me not even one meal or not even few days in a week etc.. After that she told me Tofu is good for health esp for Vegetarian. Since I didn't even know what it was I never bought it for almost 2-3 years. After I started working, when we go out with colleagues if I am there they accommodate my dietary requirement most cases. Almost 6 month later they asked me whether I have tried any Chinesse vegetarian dishes like mock meat and Tofu etc.. I told them no. So they brought me to chinese restaurant and when the dish arrived I felt my heart beat. The first dish I tried was Crispy tofu coated with Cornflakes. I kind of liked it. So from there onwards I started to include tofu as part of diet once kids started going to school .Tofu became regular at our house hold. I have been doing this tofu sandwich all the time but most of the time during week days. I wanted to do a blog post on this all the time. Never got a chance. I had a few days off this week and I was at home so I decided to have a good brunch so I had this Sandwich as I had all the ingredients.Pin It Now!
Sweet Samosa Recipe - Somasi Recipe - Holi Recipes - Diwali Sweet Recipes - Sweet Recipes - Pooja Recipe - Festival Recipes
This is one of my Sister favourite. I wanted to post this for a while.. I have to find a occasion to make sweets. As my whole family not found of sweets. Diwali is really perfect to try out sweets. I was looking for some interesting yet very mild sweet to be distributed to my Gym friends during this festive sessions. Somasi came to my mind as they like samaosa. Outer crispy layer and milder sweet stuffing inside perfect combo. So I have decided to give it a try. They really liked it. So without further delay let's move to the recipe.Pin It Now!
puli kuzhambhu with dry coconut recipe - puli kulambu with kopparai thengai recipe - Sambar or kuzhambhu Recipes
After Dabeli masala I left with some Dry coconuts. I was looking for ways to use it. I didn't want to try any Chutney as I can taste oil in dry coconut. So I thought of Puli kulambu. I didn't have any vegetables which is suitable for Puli kulambu so I added onion and garlic but you can add any of your favourite vegetable. Also I have used Coconut oil for seasoning instead of normal Gingerly oil. It tasted diff and nice too. Do try this slight variation and enjoyPin It Now!
Pound cake with Cream Cheese - Cream Cheese Pound cake - Eggless Cream cheese pound cake - Baking recipes - Cake recipes
Cheese cake is one the most loved baking recipe in my household esp eggless cheese cake. It is also one of the most popular recipe in my blog. I wanted to try pound cake with it. But every time I get cream cheese I end up making our favourite cheese cake. So this time when I bought cream cheese I purposely bought it in lower qty so that it is not enough to make cheese cake. When I started doing the cake my son was enquiring about what was I baking.I wanted to give some surprise so I didn't tell him about cream cheese. When I mentioned pound cake he went like are you hidding something? Because I have basic pound cake and eggless two tone cake already on the blog, he asked why I was still taking pictures. Finally when he tasted this cake, which was very rich and tasty, I told him about cream cheese and he said now the cat is out of the bag. Let's move on to the recipePin It Now!
I have Avocado at least twice a week. However I rarely do a full version of avocado. Some time just the avocado slices with a bit of salt or yogurt. I wanted to post guacamole recipe for quite a while. Last time when I was in US, I was having dinner in Cheesecake factory.Loved the spicy guacamole dip. So I made guacamole at home using onion, green chillies and tomatoes.Add a pod of garlic just to give flavour. This can be a good side dish for chips, crackers or bread spread.Pin It Now!
Avarekalu sagu recipe - mochai kurma recipe - Field Beans Korma Recipe - Vegetarian Gravy Recipes - Simple Side dish for biryani, rice, roti
I love Mochai esp the fresh ones which we get during this season. My mum is not a big fan so before marriage she does only Mochai Fry or Mochai brinjal Sambar which she does for Ven pongal. So I am not exposed to other dishes before marriage. After that I thought using it for mochai gravy for chapati and roti. It came out pretty well. But every year I get to try this fresh beans only a couple of times as I don't get this vegetable in a near by market so I am lazy to go to Little India for Indian vegetables. This year my mun sent almost a big pack of fresh beans. So I had the chance to try out a few new recipes. Mochai kurma is one of it. I have added fried onion as part of gravy but I recommend that you don't grind it to get the best result.Pin It Now!
stuffed chilli bajji recipe - Mirchi Bajji recipe - Stuffed milagai bajji recipe - Snack recipes - Chaat Recipes
I wanted to try this for quite sometime but my family doesn't really like spicy items so I was kind of hesitating for a while. In our last trip to US we had ordered Andra Cut Mirchi Bajji. I loved it but everyone else felt it was spicy. My sis was wondering whether I really ate this spicy still (I used to during my school and college days but after marriage reduced due to family preferences. Normally after a while your taste buds change). Later I went to India and in Phoenix mall kailash parbat I saw Mirchi Chaat. I was kind of curious and ordered that. It was served with sweet chutney, sev and yogurt . Stuffing is with potato so it is not spicy at all. So I decided to try it out to see whether kids can take it. . They liked the Chaat version. First pic in this with stuffing Video is with stuffing too. 2nd pic is for chaat and 3rd one is without stuffing. You can skip the stuffing preparation but rest is same if you want do without stuffing. For a chat just mix the ingredients under for Chaat and drizzle over cut bajji.Pin It Now!
I wanted to try this for quite some time. However my 2nd son is not fond of Corn so I was waiting for a good opportunities to do this. Last year during our vacation in India we had ordered this starter in one restaurant. Knowing his taste we ordered something else for 2nd one. But it took sometime to arrive. By looking at the smooth round ball he just tried without knowing it. He kind of liked it as corn was all mashed up. So I decided to try it out at home. He liked it too So I have found a way to include Corn as part of his diet not a healthy way thoughPin It Now!
Puff pastry base dishes are my go to recipes for quick snacks / even dinner. Sometime I cannot decide till very late what to do for our dinner. Those days if I have any dosa / idli it becomes handy otherwise it is so difficult to come up with last min option. Those days this Puff pastry comes handy. Other day it is almost 6+ and I didn;t even decide what to do for Dinner. Our dinner time is around 7. Luckily I had all the vegetables in the fridge You can use your favourite vegetables. I have used store brought Puff pastry. You can use Naan or your favourite basePin It Now!
I love avocado and chocolate combo. I wanted to try a pudding with Avocado. When I was talking to my friend she was saying she made this Paleo friendly recipe. In her recipe there was no semi sweet chocolate. I wanted to give it to my son who does not like flavour of dark chocolate. So I decided to add semi sweet chocolate of 75g. Sugar in it was good enough. I have served this in bite size cups. This is a less calorie version than other pudding with cream. Try this out for this valentines dayPin It Now!
Methi Masal Vada recipe - Fenugreek Leaves Vadai Recipe - Methi Chana dal vada recipe - Snacks recipe - Festival Recipes - Pooja Recipes - naivedyam recipes
Masal Vada is one of the most liked snacks at our household. I have tried different versions. One with carrot, Plain. Other day at my friend's place she had it with Fenugreek leaves / Methi leaves. It was so tasty. I have added to my list of things to try. I realized I have added more methi leaves in my recipe and I have done one plus in the end so the Vada color has changed. If you prefer you can just add the leaves after grinding dal and mix it. This is also done without Onion and Garlic. But my Friend recipe was with onion. Both version tasted good. If you are doing for Pooja do it without onionPin It Now!
Moongil rice appam - Bamboo Rice Appam - Healthy Breakfast recipe - Healthy Dinner recipe - dosa recipes
These days all the good old items like Millets, Moongil rice are becoming more common in India. Every time I go to India I find few new items with millets. Whenever I find something new, I get it sometimes. Some times the Ingredients I buy become expired or old. I need to remember new things so that it doesn't go wasted. These days when I buy something new I would try it out immediately. This time I brought Moongil rice. I tried Payasam. After that I had left over rice. So I wanted to try out either dosa or appam. My kids asked for appam. It came out well. Haivng healthy food doesn't have to be boringPin It Now!
I have posted a version of Vangi bath or eggplant pulav in my space quite sometime ago. Brinjal or Eggplant or Katharikkai is not a favourite with our kids and my husband. So I have to find dishes to sneak it in. However when it is its season I cannot resist the small cute brinjals. Other day I brought some. I wanted to try out brinjal masala but after seeing this in Bhat's special I wanted to try out this version. I love the idea of tamarind paste and jaggery. It came out quite nice.I have used brown rice. But white or basmati rice would go well tooPin It Now!
My kids love cakes! They are open to try different types of cakes. When I googled for Ragi chocolate cake I saw a fabulous recipe at Lite bite Ragi Chocolate Cake in Lite Bite. Loved the texture of it. Without hesitation I had decided to try it out. However I wanted to make it even more healthier. So I have substituted with whole wheat pastry flour and added oats. You can enjoy cake / dessert without guilt
Mochai is one of the vegetable which I love the most, mainly fresh ones. Even though I am not a big fan of pongal as a dish, I love the sambar that my grandma makes on pongal day which is with fresh eggplant and mochai. After Kids started school in Singapore so I seldom go back home for pongal. This year I got a chance to visit my mom in the beginning of Jan. So my mum got me a bag full of Fresh Mochai. I tasted this biryani back home so I have decided to try it out.
Curry leaves powder recipe - How to make curry leaf powder step by step recipe - Podi recipes - Powder recipes
My mum normally makes all these kinds of powder and packs for us. I don't even have to tell her. She roughly knows how long each batch lasts and she prepare the next batch. She makes it with all leaves. This time I told her I wanted take pic for the blog so don't make it I will do it by myself. So finally I can make this powder. I always have couple of these ready made powder. I used it to make seasoned Left over sevai, Oats upuma or simply add it to the steamed rice with a ghee for my lazy days. It is very handy for your bachelor sons too!Pin It Now!
Cranberry Tomato chutney recipe - Indian style Cranberry tomato dip recipe - Chutney recipes - Dip recipes
I love Cranberry however the rest of my family doesn't so most of the time I don't use it in cooking. When I tasted this chutney at my cousin's place in US I loved the combo. It is an Indian version of dip / chutney. It tasted like tomatoes with a minor twist. I had this with paratha. This can be served with your Oats porridge or any type of porridge too. This can be served as side dish for curd rice, Sometime when I am hungry I have it with un toasted bread too.Pin It Now!
Creamy Tomato Pasta with Cream cheese - Cream cheese tomato pasta - Kids friendly recipe - Party recipes - Pasta recipes
My kids love pasta in any form. During our last holiday, pretty much at least one meal a day we ended up having in one Italian restaurant and they loved the pasta there. My son was asking for similar pasta at home. Thinking about it I was pretty sure it had cream cheese. Also I was left with Cream cheese after my cheesecake (Cheesecake has became most favourite cake for my kids these days). I wanted to surprise my kids with Cream cheese pasta (I didn't commit as I was not sure how it would turn up). After I made the sauce I was pretty sure they would love it. They loved every bite of itPin It Now!
These days both of my kids don't like to have soups for starter (not sure teenage plays part here). So I have to do it only for my meals. Most of the time I prefer clear vegetable soup. The other day I felt very hungry so I wanted to try out a little thicker and filling soup. I have added a few cherry tomatoes when boiling the soup and it gave nice flavour to the soup. This is perfect for one pot simple meal after all the feasting.Pin It Now!
These days I order vegetables thro' online too. Sometimes by mistake I click twice or something so it become 2 sets. Our family is not a big fan of potato once in a while I buy baby potato for making this roasted cheesy potato. I do this more as after school snack. This time when I ordered I ordered twice (it seems) . So I ended up with so much I need to figure out what to do. My helper was suggesting sambal potato. Sambal is basically Chilli, Garlic, Ginger and onion paste. I thought it would go well. So decided to give it a tryPin It Now!
Murungai keerai Rice Recipe - Drumstick Leaves Rice Recipe - Moringa leaf Pilaf Recipe - Rice recipe - One pot meal
Peanut sauce vegetable fried rice - Peanut butter vegetable fried rice - Lunch recipes - Kids friendly recipe
Are you mad about peanut butter just like my sons? Doing fried rice with peanut butter sauce was in my mind after I had tried Sprouts salad with peanut butter. I have followed the same recipe but modified a little to suit the rice taste. It came out very good and perfect for kids. You can add your own mixed vegetables or whatever is available on-hand. Since it is so fast to make it is perfect for lunch box too. You can make the gravy and keep it in the the fridge the previous day too.Pin It Now!