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Friday, May 6, 2016

Cantaloupe Cooler

Cantaloupe Cooler for Summer
Cantaloupe is rich source of Vitamin A and beta-carotene. It is also known as Musk Melon. Mulam Pazham or Kirni Pazham in Tamil. It is called Kharabooja in Hindi. Cantaloupe has lot of medicinal benefits. The best way to select this fruit is by smelling the fruit. It should have sweet and musky smell. Also check for the rind color. The rind color should be yellow or cream colored. I remember my grandma mixes palm jaggery and cantaloupe pieces and serve it for snacks during summer season.  Most of the time I use this fruit in my fruit salad. But this time, I tried Cantaloupe cooler for my kids. They both loved it a lot. Cantaloupe Cooler is prepared by blending fresh Cantaloupe, sugar, lemon juice and ginger. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing healthy Cantaloupe Cooler.




Monday, March 21, 2016

Tawa Pulao

Tawa Pulao
Tawa pulao is a famous street food from Bombay.  This vegetarian rice recipe is prepared in tawa and it uses pav bhaji masala powder for the flavor. Simple and easy recipe for lunch or dinner. First time I tasted this in my friend's home, I loved it.  She sent me the recipe in whatsapp and tried it in home. It was a big hit. It can be prepared with left over rice. I used sona masoori rice for tawa pulao preparation. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing Mumbai street food tawa pulao.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Masala puri recipe my mom's style

Masala puri recipe
My mom always prefer home-made food. During my school days, I remember asking my mom to prepare masala puri. She prepared the below recipe. Me and my bro loved this recipe. After some years, I tasted masala puri in Bangalore. The taste was quite different. Comparatively I liked my mom's version and prepare it frequently for my kids. Mixed sprouts are used to prepare the gravy. This is one of the easy way to make kids to eat sprouts. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing my mom's version of masala puri.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Karuvepilai Podi | Curry Leaves Powder

Karuvepilai Podi | Curry Leaves Powder
Curry Leaves are widely used for seasoning in South Indian Cooking. Curry Leaves are rich in iron and is used in every day cooking. As kids won't eat curry leaves, I mix a pinch of this powder in their rice or dal before serving. Curry Leaves powder is a multi-purpose powder. It can be used to make Karuvepilai sadam, Podi Dosa.  It can also be taken as a side dish to Idli and Dosa by mixing with ghee or gingelly oil. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian  Karuvepilai Podi | Curry Leaves Powder.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Mixed Millets Vegetable Roti

Mixed Millets Vegetable Roti
Mixed millets roti is a simple healthy Indian bread. I have added Ragi | Finger millet flour, Jowar | sorghum flour, Bajra | Pearl millet flour to this roti. Finely chopped vegetables are also added to make this roti colorful and healthy. This healthy roti can be served with curd or raita. It makes an excellent kids lunch box or snacks recipe. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing Indian style Mixed Millets Vegetable Roti.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Chocolate Fudge Squares

Chocolate Fudge
Last week at my kid's school they prepared apple pie. He loved baking. Since then he was planning to bake some chocolate dessert for me. When we went to library he checked for kid's baking recipes. He bookmarked this chocolate fudge and baked it after coming home. This is an easy and quick baking recipe. Just we have to mix all the ingredients and bake it in oven, the fudge will be ready. If needed frosting can be done.Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing easy Chocolate Fudge squares.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Seeraga samba Mushroom Biryani

Mushroom Biryani with seeraga samba rice
Seeraga Samba, an aromatic  rice variety is used for making biryani in my place. It is cultivated in Tamil Nadu. It  derives its name as it resembles more like cumin seeds - seeragam in Tamil. Seeraga samba is easy to cook and rich in vitamins. My mom uses Seeraga samba for any biryani and kushka preparation. My mom's mushroom biryani is always a big hit with her colleagues. She made it for our thala deepavali lunch. Since then everyone in our family loves it. This is a one pot recipe and I used my pressure cooker for preparing it. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing Authentic Kongu Mushroom Biryani using seeraga samba rice.
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