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Vegetable biryani with masala powder - Veg masala Biryani - Rice recipes - Lunch box

During one of my holiday trips I had tasted Veg briyani and it was simple yet nice. No coconut or nuts and it was purely all the masalas (without typical Biryani masala like Cardamom, Cinnamon etc..) I kind of like it. So I wanted to try and recreate it at home. It came out pretty good. As it is without usual biryani masala my kids liked it too. I have made it with cooked Bastmati rice. You can add any rice or millets. 
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Palakkottai Mango curry - Chakkakuru Manga Curry - Jackfruit Seeds Mango Curry - Jackfruit seeds recipe

I bookmarked this last year season itself. This is totally new to me. It sounded so simple yet very tasty. But not sure whether it would go well with steamed hot rice or  served as a side dish. I had decided to try it out with rice so I made little watery. My sons loved it.  Served left over curry   as side to Adai (ada) it went well with that too. If you want to serve this as side make it thicker. Do try it out during this season. I have used my own masala combo while grinding not sure whether it is really traditional but it tasted good. Instead of Onion & coriander powder if you replace it with cumin seeds pls. go ahead. Also adjust Mango qty based on sourness of Mango. 
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American Chopsuey Recipe - Fried Vegetable noodles with Tomato Ketchup sauce - Dinner recipes - Snack recipes - Kids Recipes

I wanted to try this American Chopsuey for quite sometime. However My husband not big fan of Tomato ketchup. Sauce for this noodles is mixes of Tomato ketch up, Chilli sauce so was postponing trying this for quite some time (in fact more than a year). Other day my son brought his friends home. So thought this dish would go well with them. They loved every bit of it. I used normal noodles. Hakka noodles will go well for this too
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Vegetarian rendang Recipe - Local Singapore Recipe - Side Dish Recipe

After I started working in Singapore,  the first team outing was to a local Chinese restaurant. The had ordered Vegetarian Fish. Being a pure Vegetarian I was literally expecting disaster and also since it was the first outing with my colleagues I was rehearsing different ways how to say no to them. I asked a girl sitting next to me to explain the dish (politically correct) she went like this is made out of Mock fish blah blah.. I never heard about mock meats before that. So nervously waiting for my dish to arrive. Once there I tried a bit must admit the first time when I tasted I didn't like it at all. After so many years, now I started to like some of the dishes. Rendang is usually done using beef (of course there are chicken version too). Last year I visited Gokul - Vegetarian restaurant in Serangoon road (little India) we ordered few local dishes. Rendang was one of it. It tasted excellent. One of my colleagues asked me to post in my blog too. I referred few sites in net and finally I came up with my own mixes. Loved it. I have used Mock Lamb but you can try with Mock chicken or Tempeh
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Achari Okra recipe - Achari Ladies Finger recipe - Side dish recipe

Our family is fond of yogurt base gravy or curry. The other day in the market I saw this beautiful ladies finger /okra but it is not enough for making ladies finger fry, I was looking for options to use Ladies finger. Initially I was thinking about Besanwali bhindi or Stuffed okra. I had this achari okra in my to do list. So finally I have decided to do Achari Okra. It went well with roti/ you can serve it with hot steamed rice too.
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Zucchini fritters recipe - Zucchini Indian Pancake recipe - Gluten free recipe - snack recipes - breakfast recipes -

Zucchini is something I started to use only after moving to Singapore. I am still finding way to include that into our regular diet. I have posted quite a few recipes in my space. Normally I make Zucchini bajji or Zucchini western pancake. I wanted to try Indian type of gluten free pancake for our tea time/ Snack. I had this a couple of times for weekend brunch too. My kids and my hubby love this version than western pancake. Once I added Carrot with it. It tasted nice too. Do try this out this will give nice alternative to regular Indian vegetables
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Narthangai Pachadi - Citron pachadi - Citron in Chilli and Jaggery sauce - Side dish recipe

During my childhood my great grand ma makes this pachadi. I wanted to try this for quite sometime.. However whenever I asked for Narthangai my mum makes pickle / pachadi itself and sends it.. So I never got a chance to make a post in this blog. This time when my sister visited me I told her to get Narthangai itself. So finally I can make it and do stepwise pictures. So do try it out and enjoy
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Kovaikkai kondaikadalai poriyal - Kovakkai chickpeas poriyal - Tindora Poriyal

My 2nd son is so particular how I make my Tindora or Kovaikkai poriyal even how I cut it. It is one of his favourite vegetable. I have posted my regular Tindora Fry / poriyal in my early days of  blogging. My mum always does this version of Tindora poriyal with Chickpea. Last time when we visited her she made this version and my son liked it. This is one of my favourite version too I can mix it with Rice too. It is perfect for lazy day. I had 1 cup of cooked Chickpea so I have used it. If you don't soak it over night and cook it for this recipe
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Sweet Potato Waffles - Breakfast / Brunch recipe - Kids friendly recipe

My kids love waffles for their breakfast. I tried this sweet potato waffle during my biz trip to China. I have used Pancake flour but if you want you can replace it with Wheat flour. This can be given as a snack as well. This is very simple.. If you want a savory one just add chilli, coriander powder to get sweet and spicy taste. I prefer this version. Here you go with recipe
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Spicy Red Curry recipe - Red thai curry with lentils recipe - Curry recipe

I had very little red curry paste left in the fridge. I was little bored with normal sambar. I wanted to try something else to spice my sambar other than sambar powder. So I wanted to try with Red curry paste. It came out pretty good definitely it is must keep recipe. It is really good fusion recipe. This can be served with rice (white or brown) or roti. I have used store brought vegan red curry paste. You can use homemade too.
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Raj Kachori - Chaat recipes - Street food recipes - Snack recipes - Starter Recipes


Tell me who doesn't like Chaat. I love it in any form. It is a mix of all flavours (with Green chutney, Red chutney) However some chaat like this is new to me meaning I tasted them only after moving to Singapore. Before that eating out is an event as we use to to eat only 3-4 times a year (I mean proper meals in hotels) cakes, samosa or chaat from street side not counted into hotel outing... Those chaats that I had had were standard ones like Bhel puri, Papadi chaat , Pani puri etc.. This chaat can be served as meal itself (esp for chaat lover like me)
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Mexican Stuffed bitter gourd recipe - Bitter gourd recipes - Snack recipes

I wanted to try stuffed bitter gourd for quite some time. But was scared of masala coming out when frying. I brought cooking twine (thread) recently so decide to try out. Then next question is what to use for stuffing. I thought of mexican because with loads of onion and tomatoes in it will reduce the bitterness of bitter gourd. This came out very nice. I have used Lemon garlic flavoured bread crumbs but plain ones work as well.
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Dal Pakwan recipe - Sindhi breakfast Recipe - Chaat Recipes

I love any dish in Chaat style. It gives nice blend of flavour. This is dish new to me. This is one of the most famous Sindhi breakfast. I saw this recipe in very few blogs. I made this for my kids as an after school snack. The crispy  & tasty deep fried  puri/ flat bread served with simple yet very flavorful daal. you will be surprised with the combo if you haven't try do so. It is very addictive and you won't be able to stop till it gets over. I have used all purpose flour. You can try with Atta too
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Vegetable Briji rice - Seeraga samba brinji - Biryani recipes - Onepot meals - Party recipes

I wanted simple South Indian style Mixed vegetable biryani. One day, one of my friend brought some mixed vegetable rice. I told her that her veg biryani is nice. Then she commented it is brinji instead. Initially I thought I didn't hear full then she said it again. Later I have asked her for recipe. She send it to me. I have misplaced it. Then I saw post in Raks Kitchen. It was too tempting. I kind of like the coconut flavour in it. So decided to do it with coconut. I have referred the recipe from Kannama cooks. Modified to my preference.
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Baked Vegetable Recipe - Baked vegetable in creamy whole wheat sauce - Baked vegetable in Casserole - Snack recipes - Kids meal recipe

This is another mixed vegetable dish that your kids would love for sure (ok ok not all but the majority of kids) I have tried making sauce for this with oats, all purpose flour and Whole wheat flour. My kids don't prefer oats. So for this post I have done it with whole wheat flour. Of course you can try with your favourite option. I have tried both Olive oil and butter. Butter works best. You can add your favourite vegetables / seasonal vegetables. I have used regular vegetables for this version. I served it as a starter. My sons loved it!
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Cardamom Tea - Elakkai Tea recipe - Tea recipes

My most comforting drink during tea time is cardamom tea. I love cardamom favour so much so I do have Elachi cream biscuits. Otherwise I don't take Cream biscuits. So When I visited Spice Market / spice souk in Dubai I could not resist my itch to buy Cardamom. They had different quality and it was so fresh the whole market filled with a nice aroma of fresh spices. This is my go to recipe these days whenever I make tea for myself. Even though it is simple recipe I still wanted to share my version of it. Enjoy!
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Pizza muffin recipe - Muffin Recipe - Kids friendly Recipe - Snack recipe

I wanted to bake this for my kids breakfast. This is a recipe without any egg or butter. I was not sure how the kids would like it. It turned out to be a good option for packing to school. I have added all three colours of capsicum but you can add your kids favourite vegetables. My kids are not big fans of corn so I didn't add but you can add vegetable of your choice. I have added olive oil but you can add any cooking oil. I have mixed in some wheat flour. I haven't baked whole wheat pizza muffin may be you can try
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Eggless Strawberry mouse - Easy Strawberry Mousse - Easy dessert recipe

Are you looking to make a simple dessert to celebrate your little wins or looking for something to satisfy the sweet cravings? Sweet strawberries in season. In Singapore you get different types of strawberries. We do get American, Korean and Australian strawberries. I love the Korean strawberries. It is really very sweet. When you make desserts or smoothies you literally get away without adding any sugar. In this I have tried this simple eggless strawberry mousse treat for our kids
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Vegetable seekh kabab recipe - Veg Seek Kebab recipe - Vegetarian snack recipes - Snack Recipes

Whenever we eat in North Indian restaurant I used to order Kebab as starter. Flavour of oven roasted kebab / Kabab is unique and I love it. Recently I brought stove top grill pan So wanted to try the kebab at home. Mixed vegetable is good option I have posted Dahi kebab everyone in the family loved it. Addition of besan flour in the kebab gives unique taste. When I used the stove top grill pan it was close to what you get from restaurant (yeah not exactly same. Tandoor oven really really gives real "burnt flavour")
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Banana Stem Peanut chutney- Vazhaithandu Peanut chutney- Valai thandu Peanut chutney- Valaithandu Peanut chutney- plantain stem Peanut chutney- Healthy Chutney Recipe

As you have noticed I always love to try different chutneys esp with vegetable. This provides one serving for the kids. During school days they have lunch outside and I want to make sure they get daily serving of fruits and vegetables for a day. So I try to incorporate it whichever way possible. Chutney / Dip do provide good option for that. I had some left over Platain stem / Valaithandu after making poriyal. I wanted to make chutney. To make it interesting (esp to the kids) I have decided to add peanut to it. It came out very good. I serve it with idli and I had some left over which I used to mix it with steamed rice.
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Panchmel Dal - Panchratna Dal - Healthy side dish for Roti / steamed rice / stuffed paratha

I love the simple and tasty dal it is very healthy too.. Panchmel means 5 different type. So this dal is made with 5 different dals. Now a days you get mixed dal pockets you can use it if you have if not you can mix it yourself. Use equal portion of each of dal. This is very comforting dish. If you run out of vegetables but you want to make side dish for rice or roti or pulka or paratha you can try this one. For seasoning I have used Ghee/ Oil Mix. You can use either one based on your preference.
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Roasted Mushroom Recipe - Garlic Roasted Mushroom Recipe - Simple Snack Recipe - Kids friendly recipe - Mushroom Recipes

My kids love Mushroom.. This is one of the most flavourful dish which can be served as a snack or starter. I find it tastes better when it is hot. So it may not suitable for parties. I loved simple garlic, mixed Italian flavour in this dish. Whole house smelled divine. So far I have used mostly button mushroom in my recipe.. There are so many varieties. Every time I think I should try something different next time. But when I shop my hands goes to button mushroom only.. I hope sometime (soon) I get to try other variety.
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valaipoo biryani - Banana Flower biryani - Valaipoo rice - One pot Meal - Lunch recipes - lunch box recipe - rice recipes

Other day when I visited one of my colleague's house in Chennai she served valai poo (Arati poovu, Bhale Hoova) biryani. She told me that she has checked my blog to make sure that she cooked something new.. Before I tasted it I kind of not sure about the taste of valai poo in the biryani. But it tasted really good. Yeah you had slight "thuvarppu" in Valaipoo which gave it a nice taste. I loved it. She said she got this recipe from her Mother In Law. Her version didn't include Toor dal. But when I made it I added it to enhance nutritional value. It is good way of including a vegetable otherwise seldom liked by kids 
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Cucumber oats buttermilk smoothie - breakfast smoothie recipe - healthy breakfast recipe

I am so bored with regular oats meal. If you are like me then this will be good alternative. It is also very quick to make so it is perfect for busy mums / Housewifes. Good option for dieting person. I love these savoury  smoothies for breakfast. If pre roast the cumin and pepper this dish can be one of simplest but tasty. It is also a cold version of smoothie so you can make it the first thing in the morning to avoid missing breakfast in haripari 
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Mixed bean salad with strawberry salad dressing - Salad recipes - Healthy one pot meal - Diet recipe - Party recipes - Diet recipes

Salads have become so interesting for me ever since I started to try using different salad dressings. This is perfect way to make your boring salad into enjoyable one. I mistakenly brought home 2 pockets of strawberry which I did know how to use. I remember having salad with strawberry dressing during one of my office outings. I love  strawberry smoothie . So thought of combining buttermilk and strawberry for salad dressing. I have used raisins to sweeten the dressing. You can replace it with sugar and if your strawberry is sweet you can all together skip it. Happy dieting!
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Avarakkai Kootu recipe - Broad Beans Kootu (gravy) recipe - Side Dish recipe

Kootu is a comfort food. If it is a lazy day you just need kootu and steamed rice to have a comforting meal. This is quite simple to make and I always feel with one vegetable, dal and onion it is quite balanced too.  If I use sambar powder then I normally do not use coconut. However this version is with coconut. While I have used mixed dals for this recipe, you can do it one dal only. Do try this during this season and enjoy
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Tiffin Sambar with Toor Dal - Idli Sambar recipe - Sambar Recipes - Vegetarian Gravy Recipe

I love to try different sambar recipes for idli / dosa. My husband can have sambar with literally anything. My mum does idli sambar with toor dal and moong (yellow split) dal. However I do this version quite often too. I wanted to post it with video. Finally made it. It is quite flavourful because the powder is made with fresh spices which is fried in little bit of ghee. I like the Ghee smell but if you prefer oil you can use oil to fry too. It goes well with idli / rava idli or dosa. You can add your favourite vegetables. Sometimes I add 2 tablespoon of coconut but this version has no coconut added.
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Puli Milagai - Indian Pickle with Chilli, Tamarind and Jaggery - Side dish for idli, dosa and yogurt rice

In my childhood days during the season of fresh green chillies (normally around Pongal days) my great grandma used to make Chilli pickle which is most favourite. I can finish the entire Jar in few days. Tangy Tamarind, Sweet Jagger and firey Chillies really fantastic combinations. Now a days you get green chillies almost everyday. I was asking my grandma for recipe.. Finally she found the hand written one. So hear you go with the recipe
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Vegetable Makhani dum biryani - Vegetable Makhani Biryani - Biryani recipes - Onepot meals recipe - Rice recipes - Lunch, Dinner recipes - Party Recipes

My sons doesn't prefer typical South Indian full meals on daily basis even though they have lunch at home only weekend normally Sunday either I do Puli kulambu, Mor kulambu or one pot meals. They like mixed vegetable biryani or rices. I wanted to try Paneer Vegetable Makhani biryani. It is rich and creamy one pot meal. It tasted great. For sure you won't get disappointed. This is similar to Jaipuri vegetable pulav but the way it is cooked is different. My sons told me both are very different.. They like this one more. They finished their plate faster than usual. 
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Palak Mixed vegetable Recipe - Palak paneer style Mixed Vegetable Palak Recipe - Side dish recipes

I have posted Diwani Handi in my space. After I saw Palak Mixed vegetable in rakskitchen I have bookmarked. I loved the dish and love the fact that yogurt was used instead of cream. I have book marked it. It is a delicious alternative to palak paneer esp when you are on diet and want to avoid paneer. My son loves Paneer. So I added few pieces. This healthy one pot gravy goes well with poori or chapathi. If you have any left over,  mix it with steamed rice or make a nice sandwich!
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maravalli kilangu Adai - Tapioca Adai recipe - Breakfast or dinner recipes

I love Maravalli kilangu / Tapioca. Last trip to India I tasted this at my friends house.. It tasted like adai with very little variation. She was expecting me to find the difference as I am food blogger, I initially thought it is with millet. but later she told me she has used Maravalli kilangu. I am surprised. I noted down the recipe from her and wanted to try it out. We do get this kilangu / yam. Loved the texture and taste of it. 
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