Monday, April 29, 2013

Potato Curry With Fresh Spice Powder/ Urulaikizhangu Podi Curry

          Once again, another potato curry, but do we get tired of potatoes, definitely no. This curry is similar to the Kathirikkai Podi Curry, with only a little variation here and there, but still I thought I should do a separate post on it. It tasted awesome with a mild fenugreek flavor and goes well with almost anything, especially  tastes very good with sambar and curd rice..
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Strawberry Almond Milkshake

          It's already very hot here in India, especially the afternoons, no longer do I feel like having hot coffee or tea, even kids want to have something cold. Milkshakes are the best, kids get their daily dose of milk, plus, when you add fruits and nuts to it, makes it even more nutritious. Since strawberries are now in season, I made this Strawberry Almond Milkshake, very easy to make and very delicious..
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Kothavarangai Poriyal/ Cluster Beans Curry

          Kothavarangai also known as Guar Beans and Cluster Beans is widely used in Indian cooking. In Southern India, the kothavarangai paruppu usili is a very common dish. In my house, I also make this simple poriyal/ curry with it, the chana dal and fresh coconut added to the curry gives it a nice taste and it goes well with rice and dal or sambar..
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Dal Parathas/ Flat Breads With Lentil Filling

          Dal Parathas, flat breads stuffed with a lentil filling, I had tasted this so many years back, during our stay in Singapore. Whenever I made polis/ flatbreads stuffed with a sweet lentil filling, I had always wanted to try out a savory version with a spicy lentil filling, this is the first time I made it. I have used split moong dal and added some minced ginger and coriander to add some flavor to the filling. It was very filling and makes a complete meal with a vegetable curry..
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Eggless Lemon Cranberry Muffins

          It's going to be a little slow here, in my blog, since I am going to be in the US for the next one month, so not much cooking, I'll be doing some posts though, from drafts, and of course I'll be visiting other blogs whenever I get time. Coming to today's post, it's been a long time that I had made muffins, and I had these dried sweetened cranberries, that I wanted to finish up, so googled a little and came up with these eggless Lemon Cranberry Muffins. They came out very well, a little denser since I had replaced half of the flour with whole wheat flour, perfect breakfast muffins with a nice citrus flavor..
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Vegetable Hakka Noodles

          This is my first noodles dish here, though I have made it a couple of times, I wanted to get it perfectly before I blogged about it. A very easy dish, if you get your noodles cooked perfectly, just follow the instructions on the noodles packet, you should be fine. With the vegetables and tofu added, this makes a complete meal..
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Pomegranate Juice

          Pomegranate, I am not going to go into a discussion about this wonderful fruit's health benefits, enough has been said, and also I am in the middle of so many things now, so straight off to the dish or drink. Pomegranate juice, unlike back in the US, here in India, whenever I tasted it, it's made with a little milk and tastes lot more sweeter, I think kids would prefer this much more. It's very easy to prepare, just takes about 5 minutes and perfect for the hot weather..

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cucumber Raitha/ Cucumber With Curds

          Cucumber Raitha, this is the most common raitha that's served with Briyanis and Pilafs. Very simple to put together with grated cucumber and curds, so refreshing especially in this hot Indian summer. My daughter just loves this, another reason, I make this very often..
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Baby Eggplant Roast

          Today's recipe is going to be another brinjal/ eggplant dish. I have used these mini baby brinjals for this curry. The masala that I have used here is actually used for stuffing these brinjals, but since these cuties were really small, I didn't stuff them. This is a slightly different masala with ginger, green chillies and peanuts (recipe source: one of my Andhra friends) which gives a very different flavor to this curry, goes very well with both rice and rotis..
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Monday, April 8, 2013

Mulaikeerai Kootu/ Amaranth Leaves With Lentils

          Both my husband and daughter love green leafy vegetables, so I make them at least 2 or 3 times a week. It'll be some kind of kootu or masiyal or sometimes a sambar or saute. When I saw this fresh bunch of Mulai Keerai, also known as Amaranth Leaves and Chinese Spinach, I had to pick it up, but this time I didn't want to make the regular kootu, wanted to try something slightly different. This kootu is a very easy one, no grinding required but still is very flavorful with the added ginger, goes very well with both rice and rotis..
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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Coconut Onion Chutney

          Once again it's been a busy weekend, so it's going to be a simple dish, a chutney. Most of the South Indian tiffins like idlis, dosas, vadais, adais, almost everything is served with some chutney, the most common being the coconut and tomato chutney. This Coconut Onion chutney is a slight variation from the regular one, I have used shallots ( sambar onions) and it tastes very good with almost everything..
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Quinoa With Fresh Rajma/ Kidney Beans

          I love rajma/ kidney beans, both fresh and dry, and the fresh beans tastes simply too good. It can be used in curries, kurmas and pairs well with most vegetables. So when I wanted to try something with quinoa, I used these kidney beans which I had in the freezer, added some fresh masala and the result was a very filling and tasty dish. Serve it with some vegetable raitha for a complete meal..
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Midhi Pavakkai Curry/ Baby Bitter Gourd Curry

          Midhi Pavakkai/ Baby Bittergourd, this is another vegetable that I missed when I was in the US, but now that I am in India, enjoying it. They are added to sambars, but my favorite is this curry, once again my mother's recipe. This bitter gourd doesn't taste as bitter as the bigger variety, and when made it this way, tastes really good, I simply love it, try this simple and easy fry if you can find this vegetable..
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Monday, April 1, 2013

Eggless Dinner Rolls

          Again I am late at posting this month's challenge for the Eggless Baking Group, well I had baked and clicked a couple of days back, but the last few days, had been a little busy. This month's challenge was Dinner Rolls from Cooking Classy, we had to do an egg less version and I made it butter less too. I have halved the recipe and used only 2 1/2 tablespoons of oil, yet the rolls were perfect, so soft and delicious, great with some cheese or nutella. I had kept it outside for 2 days and then refrigerated it, tasted good with just 30 secs in the microwave. I thoroughly enjoyed baking this, a recipe that I'll be using again and again..
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