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June 24, 2017

Rava Pongal Recipe – Sooji Pongal– How To Make Rava Pongal

Rava Pongal is one of the easy to make South Indian breakfast recipes. It is very popular in Tamil nadu. Rava khara pongal recipe ( sooji pongal) is prepared with Semolina ( Sooji in Hindi) and Yellow moong dal as major ingredients. Its cooking method is very similar to our Ven pongal recipe/Ghee pongal but semolina is used instead of rava.
Rava pongal recipe
Even though rava pongal is not widely available in Tamil nadu hotels, this must be a favorite breakfast recipe to many of us. In my home, Sendhil loves rava recipes a lot more than me & Raksha. So I try to make rava upma, rava dosa or this rava pongal at least once in a week. I started making this recipe after watching a cookery show by our beloved Chef DamuHappy. After making it several times, I started preparing in my own comfortable way. I have shared the same in this post. Quantity of water and ghee is the key for soft pongal. If you have cooked moong dal in hand, rava pongal can be prepared quickly and easily. Bachelors and working women can try this for breakfast. Ok, lets see how to make sooji pongal/ Tamil nadu style rava pongal with step by step photos and a video ( Video is under editing). I will try to share it soon.
How to make rava pongal

Rava Pongal Recipe - Sooji Pongal

Rava Pongal Recipe - Sooji Pongal How to make rava pongal recipe - Easy, yummy South Indian breakfast recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Semolina / Sooji / Rava - 3/4 cup
  • Yellow moong dal - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 2 cups ( for dal) + 2.5 cups ( for rava)
  • Salt - As needed
To temper
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Pepper corns - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cashew nuts - 5 nos ( break into two)
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece ( chopped finely)
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Asafetida/ Hing - A pinch


  1. In a pressure cooker base, heat 1 tsp of ghee and roast the moong dal till nice aroma comes out. Add 1 cup of water and pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles. Open the cooker once its done and mash the dal.
    How to make rava pongal
  2. Heat a kadai and dry roast the rava in medium flame for 5 minutes. Take care, Rava should not burn. Transfer it to a plate.
    How to make rava pongal
  3. In the same kadai, heat ghee and add pepper corns.When the pepper corns starts to splutter, add finely chopped ginger, cashews and curry leaves. When the cashews start to turn golden, add cumin seeds and hing.
    How to make rava pongal
  4. Mix well and add water 2.5 cups of  water immediately ( I used 1:3 ratio of rava & water). Add the required salt, cooked moong dal in the water.

  5. When the water starts to roll boil, simmer the flame completely or switch off the flame if you are a beginner. Add the roasted rava slowly in one hand while mixing the water in other hand. This is most important to avoid lump formation.
    How to make rava pongal
  6. After the rava is mixed well with water, it becomes thick. Cover & cook for 5 minutes in low flame. Open the lid and mix it once. Again cover cook for 2 minutes till rava becomes soft and well cooked.
     How to make rava pongal
  7. Add 1tbsp of ghee at the end, mix well and switch off the stove. Initially, when the pongal is hot, it looks mushy. But it will become non-sticky and stay soft when it becomes warm. Serve with your favorite side dish like coconut chutney or gosthu.
How to make rava pongal
Enjoy !

  • Do not reduce the quantity of ghee mentioned in the recipe. U can always add more if you want.
  • You can add more water for cooking rava. 1:4 ratio of rava & water is also fine.

Enjoy this easy, yummy South Indian breakfast Rava pongal at home !
Rava pongal - How to make rava pongal
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June 20, 2017

How To Do Friday Lakshmi Pooja At Home – Thiruvilakku Pooja Procedure

Mahalakshmi pooja procedure - Thiruvilakku pooja
This post explains a simple method of how to perform Mahalaxmi puja / Thiruvilakku Pooja every Friday at home.I have included Puja vidhi/ pooja procedure, slokas, mantra and songs required in Tamil & English. I have shared a downloadable PDF format for Lakshmi Pooja slokas, mantras in Tamil.  
            In South India - Tamil nadu, most of the housewives do this thiruvilakku poojai regularly at home in a simple way by chanting 108 potri. We worship Goddess Mahalakshmi in the lamp and perform this pooja.When I posted Friday neivedyam recipes, my readers requested me to share our Pooja vidhanam with Ingredients needed, Pre-preparation, Pooja kolam/Rangoli, songs in a detailed manner just like my other festival procedures post. Few readers wanted me to share a simple pooja that helps working women and busy moms. So I have shared the pooja procedure in two ways by referring my Friday pooja book in Tamil.One is a very simple version( Panchopachara pooja) that hardly takes 5 to 10 minutes to do it. It would be ideal for working women to do it either in the morning or evening around 6 pm. Not just on Friday, you can do this pooja everyday. The second one is my family’s traditional way with 108 potri which I learnt from my MIL. Some people make it in an elaborate way by keeping kalasha. If you are looking for the authentic Mahalakshmi pooja vidhanam with shodasha upachara puja, please refer my in-laws blog – Learn kolam. I have shared it in detail.
Basically Lakshmi puja is performed by married women seeking long life for their husband, health, wealth, peace of their family.This pooja gives us immense benefits if done whole heartedly with full faith.In North India, this puja is performed during Diwali in a grand manner.  Today I have shared this post mainly for beginners and newly wedded girls. I have also mentioned the benefits and significance of this pooja. I have shared all the pictures from my pooja room. Hope it would be useful for you all to get some ideas.
When I was young, I have seen Thiruvilakku pooja performed in Amman temples & Murugan temples in Tamil nadu. But I never thought it can be performed at home till my marriage. I came to know about it from my MIL. She used to do this pooja every Friday at home. Initially I was just a listener sitting along with her and watching it. After 5 years of my marriage, I started doing it on my own by following her method while she continues to do it in our Salem house even at this age. After buying our own house, I performed Vaibhava Lakshmi pooja by keeping Kalasam for 11 weeks as advised by my neighbor. Its an elaborate pooja just like Varamahalakshmi festival. So I will share it later.In this post, we will see how to do Friday Mahalakshmi pooja at home in a simple way without keeping kalasam/Kalasha. As usual, this post would be very lengthy as I have given all the sloka in English and Tamil.So please bear with me. If possible. I will try to make a separate post in Telugu and Hindi with the help of my friends and try to make a PDF of them in near future. Thanks for visiting this page. If you find this post helpful, please share a few words in the comment section which will make me happyHappy.

Click THIS LINK to download the PDF format of sloka, mantras in Tamil.

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June 15, 2017

Bread Pizza Recipe On Tawa,Oven, Microwave With Video

Bread pizza recipe on tawa, oven, microwave(with video)
Vegetable Bread Pizza is an easy and quick breakfast and snack recipes for kids.It tastes good with or without cheese.Actually Bread pizza can be made in 3 ways.It can be made without oven ie. in dosa tawa ( Stove top) or it can be baked in convection oven or microwave if you have at home. All are easy to make and tastes good in its own way.Its a great idea to use the leftover bread slices. I feel tawa and microwave options are easier as it takes less time to cook than baking in convection oven. But we should do it carefully as the chances of burning is more.This morning I prepared bread pizza recipe on stove top, oven and microwave just to make this post. I have shared all of the 3 methods below with a short video. Choose & try whichever is convenient to youHappy. I have used store bought pizza sauce and pizza seasoning/ spice mix. You can make it  just by using tomato ketchup & pepper powder. To make a pucca Indian version, sprinkle some garam masala powder or tandoori masala powder, marinated paneer cubes if you have in hand. You can top with lots of cheese for kids & without cheese if making for you & your husband ( If you are calorie conscious)Winking.Adding grated mozzarella cheese is just for attracting kids because taste of this pizza comes from the sauce, mixed vegetables and spice mix.Just play around with your favorite veg and non-veg toppings and enjoy it. Now lets see how to make this easy and simple recipe for vegetable bread pizza without oven( on tawa), microwave and convection methods with step by step photos and video.

Bread pizza on tawa

How to make bread pizza on tawa, oven and microwave

How to make bread pizza on tawa, oven and microwave Easy, yummy, kids friendly bread pizza recipe on tawa/stove top, convection oven and microwave methods
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Kids Recipes Indian
Serves: 5
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Bread slices - 5 nos
  • Grated Cheese - 1/2 cup to 1 cup ( I used Amul Mozzarella cheese)
  • Capsicum - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Big onion - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Ripe tomato - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Black Olives - 5 nos ( sliced)
  • Boiled Sweet corn - 1/4 cup ( optional)
  • Pizza sauce or paste sauce or schezwan chutney - as needed ( I used pizza sauce around 3-4 tbsp)
  • Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Chilli flakes - 1 tsp ( optional)
  • Oregano mix or pizza seasoning mix - 1 tsp

  • Butter - to grease the tawa & bread


  1. To make bread pizza, wash and chop all the vegetables finely. Grate the cheese and keep aside.Take a bread slice and apply butter on both the sides.Keep in a plate.
    Bread pizza recipe without oven
  2. In a wide bowl, mix all the finely chopped vegetables, pepper powder, salt and pizza seasoning mix.Keep it ready.
    Take the bread slice and apply the pizza sauce on one side.Spread the mixed vegetables. Top with grated cheese. You can either cook them on tawa/pan, microwave or bake in convection oven.
    Bread pizza recipe without oven
  3. Bread pizza in tawa : Heat a dosa tawa and apply some butter. Keep the loaded bread slice.Cover cook in very low flame for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese melts.Remove in a plate and serve hot. Cover cook is very important. If you don’t cover cook, cheese won’t melt and bottom of bread slice may burn.
    Bread pizza on tawa / Bread pizza without oven
  4. Bread pizza in microwave : Place the bread slice in microwave and cook in high power( mine is 800w) for 1 minute or until cheese melts.If the power is less, it may take 1.5 to 2 minutes. If power is more, it can be done under 1 minute.So keep an eye.
    Bread pizza in microwave
    Bread pizza without oven
  5. Bread pizza in convection oven : Preheat convection oven in 180c. Keep the bread pizza in a baking tray. Bake it for 5 minutes at 180c. Cheese melts and the sides of bread slice turns slightly crispy. Remove and enjoy !
    Bread pizza baked in oven


  • The quantity of chilli flakes, pizza mix and pepper powder depends on our taste.
  • You can add any number of toppings like paneer, mushroom, jalapeno, sweet corn etc..
  • Do not cook the pizza on open tawa, it takes long time for the cheese to melt.
  • Microwave bread pizza takes very less time to cook.If you keep for more time, pizza would burn.
Enjoy this easy, yummy bread pizza at home ! Kids would love it for sure !!
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June 13, 2017

Seppankizhangu Poriyal – Arbi Fry - Colocasia / Taro Root Recipes

seppan kizhangu poriyal
This is my MIL’s method of making seppankizhangu poriyal for rice. Sepan kizhangu is known as Colocasia or Taro root in English, Arbi in Hindi, Kesavuna gedde in Kannada, Chamagadda in Telugu.As its a healthy vegetable, we try to include this in our diet very often. Usually I make South Indian style arbi fry with or without coconut or add in gravy/kuzhambu. Today I have shared our version of seppankilangu poriyal with coconut & onion masala.It is a good side dish for sambar & mor kuzhambu. Soon I will share my seppankizhangu roast recipe without coconut. Now lets see how to make this yummy seppang kilangu poriyal with coconut.
Check out my Potato curry, sweet potato curry, small potato curry , Aloo methi
Seppankizhangu poriyal - South Indian arbi fry

Seppankizhangu Poriyal Recipe - Arbi Fry - Colocasia Recipes

Seppankizhangu Poriyal Recipe - Arbi Fry - Colocasia Recipes Seppankizhangu poriyal recipe with coconut & onion masala. Tastes good for sambar & mor kuzhambu rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Poriyal recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Colocasia/Taro root/ Seppan kizhangu - 4 nos
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Sambar Powder - 1 to 1.5 tsp
  • Tamarind - A small piece
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few


  1. Wash the arbi, remove the mud if any.Pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles adding enough water. Remove and peel the skin. Chop into thick slices. Set aside.
    Seppankizhangu poriyal
  2. In a mixie jar, grind all the ingredients given under “To grind” to a slightly coarse paste without adding water. 
    Seppankizhangu poriyal
  3. Take the sliced arbi in a plate.Add the ground coconut masala, mix well and check for taste. Add more sambar powder or salt if needed.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves.Add the masala coated arbi and mix well. Keep the flame low to medium. Mix till the raw smell of masala goes off.
    Seppankizhangu poriyal
  5. Remove when the arbi gets roasted well with a nice smell. Serve with sambar rice, rasam or mor kuzhambu. Tastes yumm !

     Seppankizhangu poriyal


  • You can use potato or tapioca instead of arbi and make the same way.
  • Tamarind is used to reduce the itchy feeling of this vegetable. U can skip if you wish.
  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per your taste.
  • If you want you can replace sambar powder with 1 tsp red chilli powder and 1 tsp dhania powder.
Easy, yummy seppankizhangu poriyal recipe for rice is ready ! I served with brinjal gravy and vadam Happy
Seppankilangu poriyal recipee

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June 10, 2017

Bajji Bonda Mix Recipe – How To Make Bajji Bonda Pakoda Mix Powder At Home

Bajji bonda mix powder
Bajji, Bonda, Pakoda & Vada are the most popular tea time snacks recipes in India especially South India.Most of us make these crispy, deep fried delicacies during weekends or for guests as evening snacks.My friends in Tamil nadu buy Aachi or Sakthi bajji bonda mix powder regularly.But in my family, both MOM & MIL never buy store bought bajji bonda mix.They make it fresh whenever needed. Both follow the same proportion of besan flour and rice flour to make bajji batter / Bajji maavu. By learning from them, I can make different types of crispy bajji recipes at home easily.Not me, anyone can make it perfect if you know the right proportion of ingredients & the consistency of batter. I never thought of making homemade bajji, bonda mix recipe until Raksha started to eat them during weekends or holidays very often. Whenever I ask her choice of evening snacks, her reply would be mostly onion bajji or homemade cake. I don’t make cakes thinking about the consumption of maida. So I prepare onion/potato bajji or pakoda based on her wish. Sometimes I feel lazy to make it. So I started making bulk quantity of my own, homemade bajji, bonda mix and store in refrigerator for a month. It stays good even without refrigeration. I don’t add food color or cooking soda in the mix. I add them while making bajji only if needed. Lets see how to make bajji, bonda mix at home easily! If you have this mix in hand, you can make varieties of bajji, bonda or pakoda in just 5 minutes.  I hope all the moms like me would find this post usefulHappy.

Do check out my rava upma mix and instant poha upma mix recipes too.

Check out Raw banana bajji,  Potato bajji,  onion bajji,  Karpooravalli bajji,  aloo paneer bonda,  Potato bonda,  Instant bonda,  Mangalore bonda,  millet flour pakoda.

How to make bajji bonda mix at home

Homemade Bajji, Bonda Mix Recipe

Khoya Kaju Gravy RecipeHomemade Bajji, Bonda, Pakoda mix – How to make bajji, bonda mix recipe at home 

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks Recipes 
Yields:  1.5 cups
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Gram flour / Besan flour – 1.5 cups 
  • Rice flour - 1/3 cup
  • Asafetida / hing – 1/2 tsp 
  • Red Chilli Powder –  1.5 to 2 tbsp (Adjust based on spice level)
  • Orange Red food color –   2 pinches ( optional)
  • Cumin seeds or ajwain/omam - 1.5 tsp  
  • Cooking soda or baking soda – 1/4 tsp (optional, I add a pinch of soda while making bajji)
To make bajji, bonda or pakoda
  • Bajji, bonda mix – as needed
  • Vegetables like onion, potato, brinjal, raw banana
  • Water – as needed 
  • Cooking soda or baking soda – a pinch  ( If needed)
  • Cooking oil – to deep fry 


  • In a wide bowl, mix the besan flour, rice flour, red chilli powder, cumin seeds or ajwain, salt, food color ( if using) and mix well. If you want, you can sieve the flour, salt, chilli powder for uniform mixing and then add cumin seeds. Adding soda in the mix makes the bajji absorb more oil while frying.So add  soda while making bajji.
    Homemade bajji bonda mix powder
     Homemade bajji bonda mix powder
  • To make bajji or bonda : Take the required quantity of bajji mix in a bowl.Add a pinch or dash of cooking soda. Mix well.Add water to make a slightly thick batter. If the batter is too thick, vegetables won’t get coated properly. If the batter is thin, bajji will have tails. So add water gradually. Dip the vegetable in the batter, deep fry till golden in color. Please refer my ONION BAJJI RECIPE & POTATO BONDA for more details.
    Homemade bajji bonda mix powder
  • To make onion pakoda : Take the required quantity of bajji mix in a wide bowl.Add thinly sliced onion and mix well. Rest for 5 minutes. Add water and make a thick paste. Onions should be coated well. Add some hot oil and make pakoda. I will try to make a detailed post soon. Check out my Millet flour onion pakoda if interested.
    Homemade bajji bonda mix

  • Enjoy !
  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder as per your taste.
  • Adding Kashmiri chilli powder gives a nice color to the bajji. You don’t need to add food color too.
  • You can store this mix upto one month.  
  • For masala flavor, you can add garam masala powder & ginger-garlic paste while making bajji.
Make this easy mix at home. Enjoy bajji, bonda anytime !
Bajji bonda mix
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June 8, 2017

Easy Sambar Sadam – Bachelors Style Sambar Rice Recipe

Easy sambar sadam recipe - Bachelors style
South Indian style Sambar rice / Sambar sadam is an yummy, healthy one pot recipe for vegetarians that is packed with the nutrients of rice, dal and mixed vegetables.Usually I make my hotel style sambar sadam at least once in a week for Sendhil’s lunch box. I prepare it by adding sambar powder made of freshly roasted & ground spices. Recently I saw this easy, bachelors style sambar sadam video in Tamil. Its so easy to make, absolutely no grinding job, no pre-cooking of dals & no tamarind too. Yes, Its 100% a bachelors kind of recipe and it would be helpful for students, working women and busy moms to cook easily in the weekday mornings. I loved the idea and tried it the next day. It was so quick to make and tasted really good.I made few changes in the original recipe by adding mixed vegetables & spice powders to make it more healthy and flavorful. Sendhil love it a lot with rice papad or vadam as side dish.I loved it with pickleWinking. It tastes good even if cools down. So we can pack this for lunch box as well.  You can skip onion to make a no onion no garlic version on festival days. You can use almost all the vegetables except beetroot and bitter gourd as they dominate the taste. Friends, do try this easy, sambar sadam in pressure cooker and let me know your feedback. I am sure you will love its simplicity and taste. Lets check out how to prepare South Indian style Sambar rice with step by step photos and video !
If you like to make Hotel style sambar sadam recipe, please check this link. For Karnataka style Bisi bele bath, check out this link .

How to prepare sambar sadam

Easy Sambar Sadam - Bacehlors Style Sambar Rice Recipe

Easy Sambar Sadam - Bacehlors Style Sambar Rice Recipe How to make Sambar Rice Recipe easily in a pressure cooker - One pot rice variety

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Rice Varieties Indian
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Raw rice or Steamed rice - 1 cup
  • Toor dal - 1/3 cup ( You can use 1/4 to 1/2 cup)
  • Water - 5 cups
  • **Mixed Vegetables - 1 cup ( 1 small carrot, 1/2 radish, 1 brinjal, Beans 3 nos, broad beans 5 nosl)
To saute in pressure cooker
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 5 nos
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp ( finely chopped)
  • Green chilli - 1 no ( Slit )
  • Big onion - 1 no ( sliced)
  • Ripe Tomato - 3 nos ( finely chopped, I used 2 big tomato)
  • Sambar Powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Dhania powder -1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Hing/Asafetida – 1/8 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
To Garnish
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp ( finely chopped)
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp

  • Wash rice & toor dal.Drain the water & Set aside. Wash & chop all the required vegetables.
                             How to make Sambar sadam
  • In a pressure cooker base, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, methi seeds,curry leaves and coriander leaves. Saute for a second. Add sliced onion, slit green chilli and saute till onion turns transparent.
  • Add finely chopped tomato, mix well.Add turmeric powder, hing, sambar powder, red chilli powder, dhania powder and salt. Saute in medium flame till tomato turns mushy. Do not burn the masala.( Tamarind extract is not needed for this recipe)
    How to make Sambar sadam
  • Lastly add the chopped vegetables.Saute for a minute. Add the washed rice, dal and 5 cups of water. Mix well and check for taste.Add more salt, chilli powder or sambar powder if needed.
  • Close the cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles in very low flame.Open the cooker after steam is released. Mix well. ( If you want to add tamarind extract, add it now, boil for a minute till its raw smell goes off).Don't forget to garnish with chopped coriander leaves and add 1 tbsp of ghee. Serve hot with chips, papad or pickle if you like !
    How to make sambar sadam
  • Enjoy !
  • Red chilli powder and coriander powder are not given in the original recipe.So if you don’t have in hand, just add 2 tsp of sambar powder instead of 1 tsp.
  • Tamarind is not used in this recipe. If needed, you should add tamarind extract only after opening the cooker at the end because rice & dal won’t cook mushy in tamarind extract.
  • Adding coriander leaves and ghee is a must. It gives a nice flavor.
  • The quantity of water depends on the texture you like. I like it mushy,so I added 6 cups of water.

Try this easy, one pot sambar rice recipe and have a quick, hassle free lunch !
Sambar sadam

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