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August 16, 2017

White Sauce Pasta Recipe – Creamy Garlic Pasta In White Sauce - Indian Vegetarian

White sauce pasta recipe with step by step photo. My daughter loves penne pasta in creamy white sauce than red sauce. So I made this Indian vegetarian, creamy garlic flavored white sauce pasta at home for our breakfast yesterday. Basic white sauce can be prepared with 3 major ingredients - butter, all purpose flour and milk. It makes the white sauce thick and rich without cream. Garlic and Oregano is used to give a nice Italian flavor. So never attempt this recipe without these ingredients. Original Italian white sauce pasta calls for using heavy cream instead of milk. But I used very simple and easily available ingredients in this recipe.

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August 7, 2017

Cheese Garlic Bread Recipe Without Oven – Garlic Cheese Toast On Tawa

Easy cheese garlic bread recipe on tawa with step by step photo and video. This instant garlic bread recipe without oven was in my try list for years. Sendhil is a big fan of Pizza hut and Dominos style garlic bread. So I wanted to try garlic bread from scratch at home. But before that, I thought of trying this easy, homemade garlic bread recipe using regular white bread. I watched few YouTube video recipes and tried this easy and instant cheese garlic toast for our Sunday breakfast. I tried on dosa tawa as it would be quick to make. It can be served as breakfast, dinner or for evening snacks after the kids come back from school.
Cheese garlic bread recipe without oven

Actually I tried a toast in microwave as well. But it was slightly chewy in taste. But the ones I made in the pan was really great. The corners were crispy and middle portion was soft with a nice flavor of garlic, butter and cheese. If you are calorie conscious, you can skip the cheese and make it as plain garlic bread. If you wish, you can bake this in convection oven. As you all know, garlic bread tastes the best only when served hot. So it doesn’t suit for lunch box. You can make this for kids breakfast, dinner or evening snacks. Ok, lets see how to make homemade cheese garlic bread without oven with step by step photos and video.

Garlic cheese toast on tawa

Instant cheese garlic bread recipe without oven

Cheese garlic bread without oven

How to make easy, instant cheese garlic bread recipe

6 nos

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • White Bread Or Wheat Bread - 6 slices
  • Butter - 1/4 cup (At room temperature)
  • Garlic cloves - 5 to 6 nos
  • Red Chilli Flakes - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/8 tsp
  • Grated cheese - 1 cup (I used Amul Mozarella cheese)
  • Oregano + Basil seasoning - to sprinkle
  • Butter or olive oil - to grease

How to make garlic bread without oven

  1. Melt 1/4 cup soft butter in a bowl.
  2. Add crushed or grated garlic, salt and chilli flakes to it.
  3. Mix well and apply on one side of bread.
  4. Heat a dosa pan with butter.Cook the garlic spreaded side till golden brown.
  5. Flip the bread and grate cheese on top.
  6. Cover and cook till cheese melts.
  7. Remove, sprinkle seasoning and serve hot!

Cheese Garlic bread recipe on Tawa - Step by step photo

  • In a wide bowl, take 1/4 cup of soft butter. Melt in microwave or stove top.
  • To the melted butter, add crushed or grated garlic cloves. I used my garlic press and crushed it nicely.
  • Add salt, red chilli flakes and mix well. Apply this garlic spread on one side of the bread slice.
    Easy Cheese garlic bread on tawa
  • Heat a dosa pan and drop the garlic spread side facing down. Cook till golden in low to medium flame. Apply melted butter or olive oil on the other side.
    Easy Cheese garlic bread on tawa
  • Flip the bread slice. Keep the flame very low. Grate cheese on the top.Cover and cook in low to medium flame till cheese melts and sides become crispy. Remove, sprinkle oregano,basil seasoning and serve hot.
    Easy cheese garlic bread recipe


  • For low calorie version, you can skip cheese and use olive oil instead of butter.
  • Add more cheese if making for kids.
  • You can bake in convection oven at 180c for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • You can also add pepper powder in addition to chilli flakes.

Try this easy, instant cheese garlic bread recipe at home and enjoy !

Easy garlic bread on tawa
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August 3, 2017

Paniyaram Recipe With Idli, Dosa Batter – Kuzhi Paniyaram Recipe

Paniyaram recipe with leftover idli, dosa batter is my most favorite South Indian breakfast and dinner recipes. I can have it 24x7. In Tamil nadu, people make kuzhi paniyaram at least once in a week. Not only in Tamil nadu, this paniyaram recipe is very popular in Karnataka and Andhra as well. In Kannada, it is called as Paddu or Guliyappa. In Telugu, it is Gunta ponganalu. There may be slight variations in the paniyaram batter recipe but the taste and preparation is almost the same. Generally people say kara chutney ie. Red chutney is the best side dish for paniyaram but I love my mom’s watery coconut-fried gram dal chutney( Pottukadalai chutney) that tastes like road side hotel chutney. You can find the same in the pictures.

Paniyaram recipe with dosa batter

Before marriage, my mom reserves some leftover sour dosa batter and make ghee paniyaram especially for me. Yes, Kuzhi paniyaram tastes the best when prepared with sour dosa batter more than fresh idli,dosa batter. It would be crispy outside and soft inside. The flavor of ghee and smell of sour batter takes this dish to next levelWinking. Sometimes my mom adds a pinch of cooking soda if the batter is too sour. I love to have this paniyaram as evening snack too. So my amma makes it after I come from collegeHappy. After marriage, I follow my mom and make ghee paniyaram for Raksha and rarely for myself and SendhilWinking .
Long back, I made a post on Paniyaram varieties in which I had shared my MIL’s style sweet paniyaram, Kara paniyaram and masala paniyaram recipes. At that time, many readers asked me whether it can be prepared without paniyaram pan. I don’t think so. Deep frying in oil is the only alternative. But the shape and texture will change. Moreover it absorbs more oil and make the dish high in calories. If you want to taste this delicious paniyaram in a healthy way with low calorie, you need to buy a non-stick paniyaram pan. Just a few drops of oil or ghee would be enough to make this yummy delicacy.  In South India, you can find this pan commonly in all the vessel shops. If you are in abroad, you can buy it online as well.  Ok, lets see how to make this most popular Paniyaram recipe with step by step photo.
Paniyaram recipe

Paniyaram recipe / Kuzhi paniyaram recipe with idli,dosa batter

Ellu sadam recipe

How to make Kuzhi paniyaram recipe using leftover idli,dosa batter

South Indian
20 nos

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Leftover idli,dosa batter - 2 cups
  • Big onion - 1 no (Finely chopped)
  • Green chilli - 2 nos (slit or finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - very little if batter is thick
  • To Temper

  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 2 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 tsp ( finely chopped)
  • Asafetida/Hing - 1/8 tsp

How to make the recipe

  1. Take the dosa batter in a bowl. Add little water if its too thick.
  2. Temper mustard seeds, urad, chana dal, hing.
  3. Saute onion, green chilli, curry leaves and coriander leaves.
  4. Add to the batter. Check for salt.
  5. Heat paniyaram pan with 1 tsp oil in each hole.
  6. Pour the batter.Cover the pan.Cook both sides and remove.
  7. Enjoy with coconut chutney or kara chutney !

Paniyaram recipe / Kuzhi paniyaram recipe - Step by step photo

  • Take the leftover dosa batter in a wide bowl.Add little water, say 1/4 cup if the batter is too thick.
  • Heat oil in a kadai.Temper mustard, urad dal, chana dal and hing. After dals turn golden, saute the finely chopped onion, green chilli, ginger, curry leaves, coriander leaves and little salt. Saute till onion becomes transparent.
    Paniyaram recipe with dosa batter
  • Add to the dosa batter.Mix well. Paniyaram batter is ready.Check for taste, add salt only if needed. If the batter is too sour, you can add a pinch of cooking soda. Mix well and rest the batter for 10 minutes.
    Paniyaram recipe with dosa batter
  • Heat paniyaram pan adding 1 tsp oil or ghee in each hole. Pour the batter and keep the flame medium high.Cover the pan and cook for sometime.
    Paniyaram recipe with dosa batter
  • Use a stick like pointed tool or spoon to flip the paniyaram. Cook the other side. Remove in a plate. Serve with your favorite chutney !
    Paniyaram recipe with dosa batter


  • To make it more healthy, you can add grated carrot, cooked peas to the paniyaram batter.
  • You can add finely chopped chilli to make the paniyaram taste spicy.
  • Adjust the flame from medium to high to cook the paniyaram with golden tint on top as shown in the picture.
  • Adding coriander leaves is optional but it adds a nice flavor.
  • Add ghee instead of oil if you are making for kids. I make this way and pack for Raksha's lunch box
Try this easy, yummy Kuzhi paniyaram recipe with leftover dosa batter.

Enjoy with pottukadalai chutney as I did Happy.
Kuzhi paniyaram recipe
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July 17, 2017

Masala Idli Recipe – How To Make Masala Idli – Leftover Idli Recipes

Masala idli is an easy, kids friendly recipe that can be made using leftover idli.We can prepare this idli fry with fresh mini idli too. It can be served as breakfast, dinner or as an evening snack for kids. Usually I make South Indian, Tamilnadu style masala idli fry. This time I prepared it in North Indian style adding Pav bhaji masala powder.Actually speaking, recipe of masala idli varies from place to place.It can also be prepared in a simple way adding garam masala powder or fennel powder.
masala idli recipe
As this is my first attempt in North Indian style, I followed this recipe from Spice up the curry & Red Chilly and tried for our breakfast. I adjusted the spice level as per my family’s taste. It came out really well.  Sendhil & myself loved it a lot. I hope Raksha will like it too. If making for kids, you can try the same with deep fried idli pieces. This recipe is a great way to use the leftover idli. You can also add vegetables like finely chopped carrot, cooked peas along with capsicum  to make this dish more healthy and colorful ! Now lets see how to make Indian style masala idli at home using leftover idli with step by step photos & video.
Do check out my other leftover idli recipes like Chilli Idi, Idli manchurian, South Indian style masala idli, Pepper idli and Idli upma recipe.

How to make masala idli

Masala idli - How to make masala idli - Leftover Idli recipes

Masala idli / how to make masala idli

How to make masala idli recipe using leftover idli




Ingredients  (1 cup = 250ml)

  • Idli – 5 nos
  • Big onion - 1 no (Finely chopped)
  • Capsicum - 1/4 no (Finely chopped)
  • Ginger - 1/2 tsp (-do-)
  • Garlic - 1/2 tsp (-do-)
  • Ripe tomato - 2 nos
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Pav bhaji masala powder - 3/4 tsp to 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Lemon juice - If needed
  • Sugar - a pinch (optional)
  • Ghee - 2 tsp

How to make the recipe

  1. Chop the leftover idli into big cubes.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai. Temper cumin seeds. Saute onion, ginger, garlic and tomato.
  3. Add all the spice powders, salt and mix well.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of water to the masala and boil for a minute.
  5. Lastly add the idli cubes, mix gently to coat the masala.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves. Sprinkle ghee & lemon juice if needed.Serve hot !

Masala idli recipe - How to make masala idli fry - Step by step pictures

  • Take the leftover idli and chop into big cubes. You can chop each idli into 8 or 9 pieces.Set aside.
    Masala idli recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter cumin seeds. Saute onion, capsicum, garlic and ginger pieces. After onion becomes transparent,add tomato and saute for a minute.
    Masala idli recipe
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, pav bhaji masala powder, sugar and mix well. Saute till tomato becomes mushy. Add 1/4 cup of water and boil for 2 minutes till masala becomes semi dry.
    masala idli recipe
  • Lastly add the idli cubes, mix gently without breaking.Coat the idli with masala. If masala has more water content, idli will break. So make sure masala is almost dry. Mix idli & cook for a minute.Switch off the flame. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, few tsp of ghee and sprinkle some lemon juice. Mix well and serve hot!
    Masala idli recipe
  • Mash few banana pieces and cook for 2 minutes in low flame. Switch off the flame, sprinkle lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves if desired.I did not add it.Remove and serve with rice.


  • Adjust the quantity of pav bhaji masala powder as per your spice level.
  • Make sure the tomato masala mixture is semi dry before adding idli pieces.

Try this easy, kids friendly recipe at home and enjoy :)
Masala idli recipe

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June 29, 2017

Palak Chapati – Spinach Chapathi – Pasalai Keerai Chapathi Recipe

Palak chapati (Spinach chapathi, Pasalai keerai chapathi in Tamil) is an easy, healthy paratha recipe that can be served with onion raitha or boondi raita and pickle as the side dish.
Palak chapati recipe

I make this easy palak chapathi for our dinner usually. I followed my soft chapati recipe and added masala powders to make this spinach chapathi flavorful and soft. Curd & oil is the major ingredient that helps to make it soft. You can roll it thin or thick and pack it for lunch box if you like. You should eat it hot to enjoy its best taste. For variations, you can add finely chopped palak leaves and add it to make the job easier. Lets see how to make easy palak chapati with step by step photos !
Spinach chapathi

Palak Chapati / spinach chapathi recipe

Palak Chapati / spinach chapathi recipe Easy , healthy palak chapathi / Spinach chapathi recipe with step by step photos - Easy, instant dinner recipes
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dinner Recipes
Serves: Serves 14 nos
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 35 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Wheat flour / atta - 2 cups
  • Palak leaves - 2 cups
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Green chilli - 1 no
  • Curd - 1 tbsp
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Ajwain/ Carom seeds OR cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed


  1. Wash and clean the palak leaves. Grind the leaves, green chilli and ginger to a smooth paste adding required water. Set aside.
    Palak chapati/ spinach chapathi
  2. In a wide plate or bowl, take the whole wheat flour, ajwain, ground palak, curd, cooking oil, salt, garam masala powder and mix well.
    palak chapati recipe
  3. Add little water only if needed. Make a smooth dough.Knead for 5 minutes. Grease with oil. Cover & rest for 30 minutes.
    palak chapati recipe
  4. After 30 minutes, make ball sized dough and dust in wheat flour.Roll it thin or thick as you like. I rolled it medium thick.
    palak chapati recipe
    palak chapati recipe
  5. Heat a dosa pan. Put the chapati and cook in low to medium flame. When bubbles start to appear, flip the chapati and cook the other side. Apply oil on both the sides by flipping the chapathi.
    palak chapati recipe
  6. Remove and serve hot with onion raita or boondi raita.
    Enjoy !

  • Adjust the quantity of masala powder as per your taste.
  • For variations, you can add finely chopped palak leaves, grated ginger & green chilli instead of grinding them.
  • You can use cumin seeds instead of ajwain.

Easy, healthy palak chapathi is ready to relish with boondi raita & pickle.
Palak chapathi recipe
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May 16, 2017

Ragi Poori Recipe – Finger Millet Poori – Ragi Recipes

Ragi Poori Recipe
I am happy to share a millet recipe after a long time in my space. As you all know, I have been trying varieties of Poori recipes during weekends and sharing the same in my web page. Soon I will make a collection of them in my page for quick reference. Last weekend I tried ragi poori for our Sunday breakfast. Ragi (Finger millet in English, Kezhvaragu in Tamil, Mandua in Hindi, Ragi in Kannada, Koovaragu in Malayalam, Ragulu in Telugu) is a very healthy millet that is rich in calcium & iron.Usually I make recipes with ragi flour at least once in a week to include it in our regular diet.  Most of the time I prepare ragi dosa as its a quick, easy and instant dosa recipe. Sometimes Ragi porridge/Ragi kanji and ragi idli. Recently I came across this finger millet puri in some websites. I quickly browsed for the recipe, made some changes and tried it. It came out really well and soft.Though it looks hard & dry in the picture, the actual texture and taste was really nice. We are adding equal quantity of wheat flour to the ragi flour to give a binding to the poori dough. Rava is used to maintain the puffiness of poori for long time. Ghee is to give softness.Do try this poori  for a change with a healthy addition of Ragi.You will like it I think :). Lets move on to the recipe of how to make Ragi poori with step by step pictures ! Please watch my basic Poori video for reference as the ingredients and the method of making this ragi poori is almost the same.

Finger millet poori

Ragi Poori - Finger Millet Poori Recipe

Ragi Poori - Finger Millet Poori Recipe How to make Ragi Poori/Finger millet poori recipe for breakfast - Basic poori recipe with a healthy addition !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast Recipes
Serves: 9 nos
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 2 Minutes
Total time: 22 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Ragi flour / Finger millet flour - 1/2 cup
  • Wheat flour / Atta - 1/2 cup
  • Ghee - 1/2 tsp
  • Rava/Sooji - 1 tsp ( I used upma rava,coarse ones)
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking oil - to deep fry poori

  • In a wide bowl, take the ragi flour, wheat flour, required salt, rava, ghee and mix well. Now add water gradually and make a thick dough.No problem if the dough is slightly sticky and have cracks.
    Ragi Poori recipe
  • Now grease your hands with oil lightly.Knead the dough very well for 5 minutes.Dough will become smooth and non-sticky. Do not rest the dough. Make poori immediately else it may drink oil.
    Ragi Poori recipe
  • Make small balls from the dough and set aside.Keep it covered with a plate. Take one ball, dust in wheat flour and roll into small, thick poori. Poori won’t puff up if rolled thin.
    Ragi Poori recipe
    Ragi Poori recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai and when it gets heated , drop a pinch of dough.If it rises to the top immediately, oil temperature is right.Oil should not be smoky hot.Drop one poori and when it starts to float on top, press it with a ladle gently. Poori puff up well. Flip the poori and lower the flame to medium.
    Ragi Poori recipe
  • Cook the other side and remove in a tissue paper. Again increase the flame and drop another poori. Repeat this and make all the puri. Serve hot with kurma! I made Karnataka style vegetable sagu as side dish.
    Ragi Poori recipe
  • Enjoy !


  • Do not add more ghee. Poori won’t puff up.
  • Poori should be rolled thick to puff up well.
  • Adding Rava is also optional.
  • Do not rest the dough for long time. Poori may absorb more oil.
  • Poori won’t puff up if oil temperature is less. So maintain proper heat.
Ragi Poori with mixed vegetable kurma is an yummy combination. Do try it !
Ragi Poori - Finger millet puri
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May 14, 2017

Veg Mayonnaise Sandwich Recipe – How To Make Mayo Sandwich Recipe Indian

Mayonnaise Veg Sandwich
Vegetable Mayonnaise sandwich was in my try list for long time. I make sandwich recipes only during weekends if I have less time to prepare breakfastWinking. Most of the time I make vegetable sandwich in this way. Recent days I started looking for varieties of Indian vegetarian sandwich ideas. One such recipe is this Veg Mayo sandwich. In fact my friend Shalini told this recipe long back but couldn’t try it. Last week I bought a box of Fun Foods Veg Mayonnaise ( eggless mayonnaise) to slather in Veg burger for my daughter. Suddenly I reminded about this sandwich and tried it with few leftover bread slices at home. As the sandwich filling/spread is a no cook recipe,I felt it very easy to make.The only time consuming part is to grate or chop the vegetables finelyTongue. When you make it for just two people, its not that difficult too. I have toasted the bread with butter before filling with the mayonnaise spread. But toasting the bread is completely optional. If you want to prepare a quick and simple sandwich, you can just smear butter in the fresh, plain bread slice and enjoy it. If your kids like this sandwich, you can pack this for their snack box. Overall, this sandwich is a good choice for Indian vegetarians to make a quick breakfast or dinner. Ideal for bachelors and working women. Lets see how to make Vegetable mayo sandwich recipe with step by step pictures. I will upload the video soon.

Check out my Grilled Cheese sandwich and paneer sandwich recipes too !

Mayo sandwich recipe

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich Recipe - How to make Indian Veg Mayo Sandwich

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich Recipe - How to make Indian Veg Mayo Sandwich Easy, quick Vegetable mayonnaise sandwich recipe for breakfast or dinner !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sandwich recipes
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Bread slices – 6 nos ( I used white bread, U can use whole wheat bread too)
  • Eggless Mayonnaise – 1/2 cup ( I used Fun Foods brand)
  • Grated carrot – 1/4 cup
  • Capsicum – 2 tbsp ( Chopped finely)
  • Big onion – 1/4 cup ( chopped finely)
  • Boiled Sweet corn – 1/4 cup
  • Chopped Tomato - 1 tbsp
  • Black Pepper powder – 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli flakes – 1 tsp
  • Chat masala powder - 1/2 tsp ( optional)
  • Salt – as needed
  • Grated Cheese  or cheese slices – 2 tbsp /  3 slices (Optional)
  • Butter or ghee - As needed ( to toast the bread)

  • Take a bowl and mix all the ingredients except bread slices. Make the filling and keep it ready.
    Vegetable mayonnaise sandwich
  • Heat a dosa pan and melt a tsp of butter. Toast a bread slice till golden brown on both the sides. Toast all the slices similarly.
    Vegetable mayonnaise sandwich
  • Take a toasted slice and spread the mayonnaise stuffing.Cover it with another slice of bread. Cut it diagonally and serve immediately.
    Vegetable mayonnaise sandwich
    Vegetable mayonnaise sandwich
  • For variations, you can skip the toasting part and make it in raw bread to make your job simple. If you use fresh bread, this sandwich would be very tasty. For this, apply butter on one side of bread, spread the filling and cover with the another buttered bread slice. You can also grill this sandwich if you wish.Enjoy !

  • Adjust the quantity of pepper powder as per your taste.
  • You can add grated cheese in the filling if making for kids.
  • You can make this sandwich using fresh, raw bread slices without toasting them.
  • For variations, you can keep slices of onion, tomato, cucumber instead of making filling with mayonnaise.
Try this easy, yummy veg mayo sandwich for your kids. They will love it.
Veg mayonnaise sandwich
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