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January 29, 2016

Bharwan Bhindi Recipe - Stuffed Okra Fry

Bharwan bhindi recipe
I love to try fry recipes with stuffed vegetables.Usually i made Stuffed brinjals like this.But its purely of South Indian style.So i was looking for a typical North Indian style stuffed vegetable fry recipe.This morning I came across Bharwan( meaning stuffed in English) bhindi i.e stuffed Okra masala fry in my favorite Vahrehvah Vahchef’s youtube video. The recipe for masala was so simple with besan & less oil.Its a no onion no garlic Jain recipe and it looked mouth watering too.So without any second thought,i went for this recipe by making some small changes as per my family’s taste buds.It came out really well and got thumbsup from SendhilDancing.As the chef says,the masala used in this recipe can be used to make Bharwa Shimla mirchi, Bharwan Karela and even stuffed tindora.And this stuffed bhindi fry would be a great side dish for roti/chapathi , simple Veg pulao or any paratha. But i loved to have it as a snackWinking.Lets see how to cook bharwa bhindi recipe with step by step pictures.

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January 27, 2016

Avarekalu Huli Recipe – Field Beans Gravy–Karnataka Recipes

Avarekalu huli
Avarekalu(Cow pea/field beans/Lilva beans in English,Mochai in Tamil) season is around in many parts of Karnataka.In Bangalore,every year during december-Janurary Avarekalu Mela is conducted in Food street,V V puram.Recently when i met my School moms friends,Tara was telling me about the varieties of avarekalu dishes she tasted in Avarekalu Mela.I got tempted to try some recipes with it and post here.Last year during this time,i shared Hitkidabele Avarekalu saaru and Avarekalu Pulao recipes.So this year i tried a yummy Avarekalu Huli recipe and Avarekalu dry palya  for rice by getting the recipes from my friend Megha.She shared her mom’s recipe which was very different from the ones i saw in various blogs.So i tried it & came out really well.We loved this gravy with rice.It was tasting more like Arachuvitta Vathakuzhambu.I used less oil than what Megha suggested.Still it was very tasty.Ok,Lets see how to prepare Karnataka style Avarekalu Huli.
Avarekalu saaru

Avarekalu Huli Recipe

Avarekalu Huli Recipe Avarekalu Huli Recipe - Gravy for rice adding field beans
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

  • Avarekalu with skin / Field beans - 1/2 cup
  • Potato - 1 no
  • Brinjal - 1 no
  • Big onion – 1 no
  • Garlic bulb – 1 whole ( with 15 cloves)
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Tamarind - A big gooseberry size
  • Grated coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp
  • Dhania powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - 1 sprig ( optional)
To temper
  • Cooking oil or gingely oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few

  • Wash and keep the avarekalu.Wash and peel the skin of potato.Chop into 4 big pieces.Wash and cut brinjal into chunks.
Avarekalu huli recipe
  • Pressure cook avarekalu,chopped brinjal & Peeled,chopped potato adding required water & salt.Set aside.
  • Soak tamarind in a cup of water.Brush the onion with oil.Burn the whole onion(with skin) over direct flame.Use a tong & hold the onion.Roast it all the sides in low to medium flame.When the skin of onion turns black,remove & let it cool.Similarly roast the greased whole garlic bulb on all sides till its skin turns black.( Refer Notes for variations)
Avarekalu huli recipe
Avarekalu huli recipe

  • Peel the outer skin of garlic & onion. Grind it to a smooth paste adding soaked tamarind, coconut,chilli powder,turmeric powder,dhania powder and coriander leaves.Mix this paste with the cooked avarekalu,potato & brinjal pieces. Check for consistency  & taste and add some water  or chilli powder,dhania powder if needed.
Avarekalu huli recipe
  • Let the gravy boil for few minutes.Gravy will thicken as it boils.Switch off the flame & temper mustard seeds,cumin,urad dal & curry leaves.Add to gravy and mix well.
    Enjoy !

  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder & dhania powder as per your taste.
  • This gravy is meant to be thick.If you want to make it slightly thin,add little water.
  • If you don’t want to burn the onion & garlic,Just chop them and saute in a tbsp of oil.
  • You can also replace red chilli + dhania powder with 1 tbsp of sambar powder.

Try this yummy avarekalu huli saaru recipe for rice & enjoy !!
Avarekalu huli
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January 25, 2016

Sorakkai Dosa / Bottle Gourd Dosa Recipe–Sorakkai Recipes

bottle gourd dosa
Usually i make Kootu with sorakkai(Suraikai,sorekai in tamil,sorakaya in telugu,Lauki in Hindi,Bottle gourd in English).But this time for a change i tried dosa with bottle gourd as suggested by my MIL.She usually adds it while grinding rice flour dosa/verum arisi dosa or in paruppu adai to make the dosa very soft.But i added some spices along with rice & bottle gourd to make a spicy,flavorful dosa like adai.My friend Shalini used to tell me about her Karam dosa recipe.So i just used those spices for grinding this batter.It came out very well with a nice color as i expected.With coconut chutney as side dish,we loved it a lot.I was very happy that i could make a spicy,yummy,flavorful dosa variety adding a healthy vegetable.Friends,if you buy bottle gourd/Sorakkai,don’t forget to try this dosa.You can enjoy it for your breakfast and dinner as well.Ok,lets see how to make bottle gourd dosa with step by step pictures.
Here is my Sorakkai Kootu Recipe – 2 versions,check it out !
Sorakkai dosa

Sorakkai Dosa/Bottle gourd dosa Recipe

Sorakkai Dosa/Bottle gourd dosa Recipe Spicy,soft dosa made of bottle gourd.
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 15nos
Prep time: 120 Minutes + Fermentation
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 125 Minutes
1 cup = 200ml
  • Idli rice - 2 cups
  • Sorakkai/Botlle gourd - 1 cup (chopped)
  • Red chilli - 8 nos ( I used Byadge chilli to get bright red color)
  • Ginger - 2 inch piece
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera - 2 tsp
  • Hing/asafetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed

  • Wash and cut the bottle gourd.Scrape the outer skin and discard it.Now slit the bottle gourd into two pieces and remove the central soft,spongy part.Discard it.Chop the remaining bottle gourd into pieces and add to batter.
  • Wash and soak the idli rice for 2 hours.After 2 hours,take the big mixie jar and add the  chopped bottle gourd flesh part,red chillies,cumin seeds,hing and ginger piece.Grind it to a  smooth paste.Now add the rice draining the soaked water and required salt & water.Grind it to a smooth paste.
  • Transfer the batter to a bowl and let it ferment for 8 hours or over night. The next morning,mix the batter well and add some water if its very thick.Heat dosa pan and pour a ladleful of batter.Spread it thin and drizzle a tsp of oil around the dosa.Cook the dosa in medium flame and flip the other side.Cook for few minutes and remove.Serve hot with coconut chutney.
Sorakkai dosa
    Enjoy !
  • If you don’t want to flip the dosa,cover & cook the dosa for few minutes,fold it and serve.
  • I used byadge chillies to get more color and less spicy taste.Please adjust the quantity of chillies as per your need.
  • If you wish to make this dosa as thick adai adding lentils,soak 1/4 cup of toor dal and 1/4 cup of chana dal with rice and grind the batter.

Enjoy this yummy,colorful,healthy bottle gourd dosa with coconut chutney & Idli podi !!
How to make bottlegourd dosa
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January 22, 2016

Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe – Eggless Chocolate Cake Without Condensed Milk

Eggless chocolate cake recipe
Last month I tried this eggless,super soft,moist & spongy basic Chocolate cake recipe without condensed milk for my FIL’s birthday. I wanted to share this as my new year’s post but I couldn’t do it. This post was lying in my drafts. As I am out of station, I thought of sharing this post today. I tried to do icing/frosting for the cake but it was not good. I must learn to do it perfect.But the cake base was a super hit at home.I have tried eggless chocolate cake with condensed milk for my black forest cake recipe.So i was looking for a recipe without condensed milk & butter.I came across this recipe Sharmis blog,made a small change and tried it.It came out very well.I have baked this cake so many times for Raksha’s school Christmas & New year party but without icing.I just made a simple decoration by drizzling some Hershey’s chocolate syrup and sprinkled some sugar balls. All her friends loved the cake and asked her whether your mom is a chef. This was the best complement I’ve ever received for my baking. And now Iam happily sharing this fool proof recipe with you all. Try it for your family and take the credits. Ok,lets see how to make this eggless,spongy,moist chocolate cake recipe using oil.If you wish to try this cake using pressure cooker,please refer THIS POST for the baking procedure.
Eggless chocolate cake

Eggless Chocolate cake recipe

Eggless Chocolate cake recipe Eggless Chocolate cake recipe - Moist,soft and spongy
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Eggless baking
Serves: 10-12 pieces
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 35 Minutes
Total time: 45 Minutes

1 cup = 250 ml
  • All purpose flour/maida - 1.5 cups
  • Cocoa powder - 3 tbsp
  • Baking soda - 1 tsp
  • Baking powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Granulated Sugar - 1 cup
  • Chocolate Chips - 2 tbsp
  • Water - 1/2 cup (125ml)
  • Boiled milk - 1/2 cup ( at room temp) ( Vegan use 1 cup of water instead of milk)
  • Vanilla essence - 1/2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice or White Vinegar - 1 tbsp
  • Oil - 1/4 cup (60 ml)

  • Sieve and mix the dry ingredients ( Maida,baking soda,baking powder,salt and cocoa powder).Keep aside.Take the wet ingredients ( oil,water,milk,vanilla essence,vinegar) and mix well.Add sugar and stir well to dissolve it.
  • To this,add the sieved maida mixture.Make a smooth batter using a whisk.Make sure there are no lumps and sugar is dissolved properly.Grease a baking tray with butter and sprinkle maida all over it OR line the baking pan with butter paper.
  • The consistency of batter should be thin and falls like a thin ribbon.Lastly add the chocolate chips and mix well.
  • Pour the batter and keep it ready.Pre heat the oven in convection mode at 180c and keep the baking pan inside the oven.Let it bake for 30-35 minutes.Remove and check it with the back of spoon or tooth pick.If it comes out clean,cake is done else bake for 5 more minutes.Let the cake cool down for 15 minutes.Invert the cake and remove it in a plate.You can do icing & decorate the cake as you wish Or simply drizzle some chocolate syrup and sprinkle sugar balls.Serve & Enjoy !

  • I used milk & water in equal quantity but the original recipe used only water.So Vegans can replace milk with water.
  • If you trying this cake for the first time,you can just half the measures given here and try it.
  • If you wish to try this cake in pressure cooker,do refer THIS POST for the procedure.
Try this easy,yummy eggless chocolate cake at home.You will love it !!
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January 21, 2016

Red Rice Idli Dosa Recipe – Healthy Idli Recipes

Red rice idli recipe

We all know Red rice has amazing health benefits when compared with our usual white rice.So i always think to include it in my regular diet. Last week I made this healthy red rice(Kerala Rosematta) idli recipe for the first time. I have tried varieties of idli recipes using millets,brown rice,oats and even with barley. When I saw 1/2 kg of Kerala red rice in my pantry which I bought for my Onam sadya, red rice idli & dosa flashed in my mind.I browsed through many recipes and watched some youtube video recipes too.Finally i came up with this version. Idli came out super soft and dosa was very flavorful except the color was dull white.I was very happy with the result and including this in my Idli varieties collection.Sorry,I am not able to post this recipe with stepwise pictures as they got deleted by mistake.Please find the picture of red rice I used in this recipe. Lets see how to make this healthy, soft idli recipe using Kerala Red rice Happy.

Check out my Idli varities collection HERE

Red rice

Red rice idli,dosa

Red rice idli,dosa recipe

Red rice idli,dosa recipe Red rice idli,dosa recipe - Healthy breakfast ideas
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 25 idli
Prep time: 18 Hours
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 18Hrs15Min

1 cup = 200ml
  • Red rice - 2 cups ( I used Kerala Red Rice)
  • Salem Idli rice - 1/2 cup
  • White round urad dal - 1/2 cup
  • Thick Poha/Aval – 1 tbsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Wash and soak Red rice + Idli rice + poha together for 2-3 hours.Wash & soak urad dal + Methi seeds for 2 hours.
  • Grind the soaked urad dal first adding water little by little in regular intervals.I used nearly 1 to 1.25 cups of water. Make a smooth,fluffy batter.Remove in a bowl.
  • Grind the rice to a smooth paste adding required salt & water.Remove the batter and mix with urad dal batter.Use your hands and mix it well. Allow the batter to ferment for 15 hours or overnight.
  • The next day morning,batter would have raised a bit with sour smell.Batter din’t double for me.Mix the batter well and make idlis.Heat idli pot with water.Grease the idli plate with little oil and pour the batter.Steam the idlis for 10 to 15 minutes till the back of spoon comes out clean. Remove the idlis and serve hot with chutney & sambar.
  • For making dosa,mix the batter well.Add little water if its very thick.Heat dosa pan,pour a ladleful of batter and spread it thin.Drizzle a tsp of oil around the dosa.Cook both the sides and remove.Enjoy !
I served it with  Chidambaram kathirikai gothsu and tomato chutney.

  • Here i have used 5:1 ratio of rice & dal.You can use 4:1 if you use red rice alone.
  • I used a small portion of white rice just for the taste.You can skip it if you wish.

Enjoy this healthy,super soft red rice idli recipe for your breakfast & dinner !!

I served it with  Chidambaram kathirikai gothsu and tomato chutney.

Red rice idli,dosa
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January 20, 2016

Milagu Jeeraga Aval Recipe – Pepper Poha - Poha Recipes

Milagu aval
Last year I got few requests from readers to share different types of poha recipes( Aval in tamil & Malayalam, Avalakki in Kannada, Rice flakes in English, Poha in Hindi, Atukulu in telugu). I have never thought or tried any recipes beyond my lemon aval/Lemon poha. When I got those requests, I started looking for varieties of poha recipes. At that time, my MIL taught me this easy pepper poha (Milagu aval in Tamil) recipe for breakfast & dinner. Its a super easy and super quick recipe that needs just 10 minutes to prepare.We usually make pepper idiyappam but never tried with poha. As Sendhil loves pepper based recipes, it was like double bonanza for me.. No side dish is required for this recipe. So I make this atleast twice in a week. Working women and bachelors can try this recipe if you like pepper recipes. You would love its taste and simplicity. Its is a no onion no garlic Jain recipe. So it can be prepared during festival seasons or for vrat/fasting days.Ok, lets see how to make this easy and yummy breakfast/dinner recipe using poha – Milagu aval/Pepper Poha !! I will try to share more poha recipes in my upcoming posts.

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January 18, 2016

Paneer Dosa Recipe – Paneer Masala Dosa - Dosa Varieties

Paneer dosa recipe
Paneer dosa was in my try list since I had this in a 101 dosa corner.We ordered Paneer cheese dosa for Raksha,Pav bhaji masala dosa for me and Spring dosa for Sendhil.Raksha couldn’t complete the dosa as it was really big. So myself & Sendhil had the remaining. I loved the paneer masala stuffing of the dosa &I could guess the ingredients easily. It was more like paneer bhurji. So I tried to recreate the same at home and succeeded in my attempt too. This is so easy to make and tastes yummy with coconut chutney as side dish. You can try this for breakfast and dinner as well . Lets see how to prepare this yummy, kids friendly dosa with paneer masala stuffing !!
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January 17, 2016

Veg Biryani Recipes – Collection of 40 Veg Biryani Varieties

Veg biryani varieties
I have been sharing varieties of Vegetable Biryani recipes for the past few months in my Sunday Lunch recipes series. Usually people make different types of biryani on weekends especially Sundays, for special occasions like marriage, festivals,  get together/ party, anniversary & birthdays. Not just for Sunday lunch, many people make veg biryani for daily lunch box too as most of them are easy to make one pot meals. So I made a series of different types of veg biryani recipes on Sundays to explore biryani varieties for Vegetarians. I was happy that I could try & share 40+ biryani & pulao recipes. I have made a list of veg biryani recipe in my website and stacked all of them in one page for your quick reference. Please click on the specific image to view the respective recipe.In this collection, you can find the links for Biryani spices list,How to cook basmati rice & Jeeraga samba rice with a side dish for biryani, Indian Veg biryani recipes, Easy vegetable biryani for bachelors, Hyderabadi Veg biryani, Kerala veg biryani, Veg Kofta biryani,Veg Dum biryani, Pakistan biryani, Sindhi biryani, Tamilnadu muslim style biryani, Kuska/plain biryani, Mushroom biryani, Cauliflower biryani, Baby corn biryani, Brinjal biryani, Sweet corn biryani, Soya chunks biryani, Tomato biryani and some of the most popular Biryani recipes in Tamil nadu like Ambur biryani, Dindigul Thalapakatti biryani, Coimbatore angannan biryani and Anjappar biryani recipes replacing mutton & chicken with vegetables. I have also shared a Celebrity biryani recipe”Thala Ajith biryani”-You must try this once. You can also find some Healthy biryani recipes like Mixed pulses biryani, Spinach/Palak biryani, Bittergourd biryani, Qabooli chana biryani,Rajma biryani,Pakistani style mushroom biryani, Millet biryani,brown rice biryani and Kathal biryani. Apart from these recipes, I have shared few pulao recipes like spicy veg pulao,Mushroom pulao and tomato pulao. Friends,do try these recipes during weekends and share your feedback here.Thanks for visiting this page. Hope you find it useful.
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January 14, 2016

Paal Pongal / Milk Pongal Recipe(Vellai Pongal)

Paal pongal recipe
Paal Pongal/Milk Pongal – when you hear this name u may think its a sweet pongal recipe using milk.But Nooo,its just a white pongal recipe in which rice is cooked in milk+water.We usually make this pongal in a pot along with sakkarai pongal for the festival.It looks super white and tastes creamy & rich.We mix this rice with Sambar or kootu and enjoy it.But traditionally we offer this to God by keeping a piece of jaggery,banana with few drops of ghee.If you wish to make it as sweet pongal,you can add sugar & cardamom powder to it.This post is my last minute contribution to Pongal Recipes in this year.Lets see how to prepare Vella pongal/Milk pongal recipe with stepwise pictures !!
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January 12, 2016

Pongal Celebration Procedure – How To Celebrate Thai Pongal At Home

Pongal celebration

Hello Friends, Today’s post is all about the most popular Tamil festival, Thai Pongal celebration at home (also known as Makara Sankranti in other parts of India) along with Pongal recipes link. I have shared the details about Pongal Festival/Makar Sankranti and its pooja procedures of our home along with pictures of our last year celebration. It is purely of Tamil nadu style and it may vary as per your custom and tradition. So this post would be more of essays with images. Please excuse me. I hope this post would help beginners and newly wedded girls to start their Thai pongal festival celebration on their own.

Pongal (Thai pongal/Surya pongal) is a harvest festival of Tamilnadu, South India. It is one of the most important and popular Hindu festivals. This four-day long harvest festival of Tamil Nadu, Pongal is all about thanksgiving to nature and takes its name from the Tamil word Pongal means "boiling over" and is held in the month of Thai (January-February). 'Pongal' literally means overflowing and is named so because of the tradition of cooking the new rice in pots until they overflow, which is a symbol of abundance and prosperity.

Pongal is usually celebrated from January 13 to 16 every year. In 2019, Pongal takes place from January 14-17. The main festivities occur on January 15. This festival marks a period of plenty, peace and happiness. On the first day known as Bhogi, people clean their homes thoroughly and in the evening, all unwanted goods are lit in a bonfire. The second day is Perum Pongal, the most important. It is also called Surya Pongal because people worship Surya, the Sun God and his consorts.Women decorate the central courtyard of their homes with beautiful kolams  (Visit my in-laws blog for kolam ideas), done with rice flour and bordered with red clay.Traditionally they cook pongal in clay pots on stoves made of stones and offer Sun God along with Freshly grown seasonal vegetables,sugar cane,legumes and pulses. The third day , Mattu Pongal is meant to offer thanks to the cows and buffaloes, as they are used to plough the lands. Jallikattu, a violent taming the bull contest, marks this day. On the last day, Kanum Pongal, people go out to picnic packing Varieties of rice.The festival of Pongal is mainly associated with the rural people. People wish each other on this day. Pongal wishes are exchanged between family and friends, and there are celebrations within the family.

Click this kolam picture to view pongal kolam designs from my in-laws blog :)

Disclaimer : I have shared the procedures based on our tradition. Please take this as a reference, consult the elders of your family and do the pooja as per your practice. Beginners can follow this if you don’t have any specific procedure at home.
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January 10, 2016

Pongal Festival Recipes –Thai Pongal Recipes

Pongal festival recipes

Hello friends,
In this post, you can find the collection of Tamil Festival -Thai pongal festival recipes and kaanum pongal recipes. Pongal is a harvest festival of Tamilnadu. In other parts of India, people celebrate this festival as Makara Sankranti. I have made a detailed post on our Tamil Nadu style Pongal Celebration. Please check the link given below. On Pongal festival day, traditionally we make sakkarai pongal/Sweet pongal in pot ( venkala paanai), milk Pongal/ Vellai pongal, Urad dal vada without onion, suzhiyan, adhirasam, Payasam,Sambar/Pongal kuzhambu, poriyal, kootu, thayir pachadi and offer to God for neivedyam. It should be a no onion no garlic lunch menu. On kaanum pongal day, we make either 5 rice varieties or a simple lunch menu with rice & thengai thogayal/Coconut thogayal. I have shared the links for all these recipes. I have also shared the links for few Andhra & Karnataka Makara Sankranti recipes. Please click on the specific picture to see the recipe.Wish you all a very happy pongal !!

Please click to know HOW TO CELEBRATE PONGAL
  1. Sweet Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal in cooker ( With Video)
  2. Sweet pongal in pot
  3. Ven Pongal recipe in cooker
  4. Ven Pongal ( Mom's style)
  5. Paal Pongal /Vellai pongal / White pongal
  6. Kalkandu Pongal
  7. Akkaravadisal /Iyengar Pongal
  8. Millet sweet Pongal
  9. Millet Ven pongal
  10. Aviyal
  11. Mixed Vegetable Kootu
  12. Pongal Kuzhambu / Thalagam
  13. Puran poli/ Obbattu
  14. Ulundhu vadai/ Urad dal vada ( without onion)
  15. Cabbage vada
  16. Pepper vada/Anjaneyar Koil vada
  17. Maa vilakku
  18. Adhirasam
  19. Suzhiyan
  20. Puli sadham/Tamarind rice
  21. Coconut rice/Thengai sadham
  22. Lemon rice
  23. Ellu Sadam
  24. Curd Rice
  25. Thengai thogayal/Coconut thogayal
  26. 20 Payasam Recipes
  27. Andhra Pulihora
  28. Poornam borelu
  29. Chitranna
  30. Karnataka Lunch Menu
  31. Tamilnadu Full meals menu with serving order

Side dish for pongal
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    January 7, 2016

    Momos Chutney Recipe–Spicy Chilli Garlic Sauce

    Chilli garlic dipping sauce for momos
    This recipe was requested by a reader.She had specifically told me to post street shop style momos chutney.Recently I ate Veg momos in a famous momos shop near Banashankari BDA complex to know the actual taste of this chutney/Dipping sauce.Long back,i had posted Momos recipe with a spicy tomato chutney HERE.But this time I prepared momo chutney by asking my friend Megha who is a big fan of Chicken momos with dip/chutney.So she knows the recipe very well.She told me a spicy red chilli garlic chutney recipe without tomato.Yesterday I made this chutney for wheat flour momos.It tasted very close to the ones i had in momos shop.I was completely happy with the outcome.Thanks a lot Megha Happy.I couldn’t click a picture with momo as everything vanished before i clickSmug .I will try to update this picture with momos soon.Now lets see how to make spicy dipping sauce/chutney for momos.
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    January 6, 2016

    Beetroot Poori Recipe – How To Make Beetroot Puri - Poori Varieties

    Beetroot poori recipe
    This is the first time I tried a poori recipe other than my basic wheat flour poori. As we all got bored of the usual poori with potato masala, I was exploring some interesting poori varieties. I found some healthy,colorful poori recipes like beetroot poori, palak poori, Mint poori etc. I started with beetroot puri and tried for our Sunday breakfast. I referred so many recipes,made my own additions and tried it. It came out so colorful,puffy and soft. Raksha and Sendhil loved it a lot. As I have added all the masala powders, I din’t make any side dish for this poori. I just served it with onion raita and Pickle. But then I felt, an aloo bhaji would have gone great with this poori. So its purely your choice of serving.Try this colorful poori to attract your kids and make your family eat a healthy (partially) breakfast recipe !
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    January 4, 2016

    How To Cook Basmati Rice For Biryani,Pulao

    How to cook basmati rice for biryani
    In this post, I have shared how to cook basmati rice in a pressure cooker, open pot, rice cooker and Microwave oven.
    Basmati rice & Seeraga Samba Rice/Samba rice is one of the most important ingredient for making biryani and pulao recipes.This fragrant rice gives a nice flavor,aroma to the dish and makes it more special.Perfect cooking of basmati rice yields a fluffy,slender,long grain look that makes the dish more appealing to our eyes.So most of us always look for basmati rice cooking tips,correct water ratio,soaking time & proportions to cook it perfectly.Having tried more than 30+ Veg biryani recipes using basmati rice,I thought of sharing my observations and tips to cook a perfect basmati rice in various ways in this post.Cooking jeera rice/Seeraga samba rice is very simple.I have shared the details below.Basmati rice can be cooked in a pressure cooker,rice cooker or in a pot(Open or closed).Its cooking method completely depends on the dish we make.For making one pot biryani or pulao recipes,pressure cooker method or closed pot method is the best whereas for Dum biryani,open pot cooking is preferrable.I personally like to cook basmati rice using open pot method as we can have control over the cooking of rice and remove them without breaking.So in this post,i have shared how to cook basmati rice using pressure cooker,rice cooker,microwave and open pot method.There are many brands of Basmati rice available in the market.But i prefer & buy Kohinoor & India Gate basmati rice.Ok,enough of stories,lets see how to cook basmati rice perfectly with stepwise pictures and its health benefits at the end of this post.
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    January 2, 2016

    Kesari Bath Recipe-Karnataka Recipes

    Karnataka Kesari bath recipe
    2015 was a big year for me.My long time dream of buying an own house came trueDancing.My blogging life also went well.I got so many new readers & a good fan base.Thanks to everyone for your continuous support and encouragement.I wish & I hope 2016 would be much better by God’s grace.I am happy to start this New year post with Karnataka’s most popular Sweet, Kesari bath recipe.In most of the hotels,kesari bath & khara bath are served together as “Chow Chow bath” for breakfast.I have tasted this kesaribath in brahmin’s coffee bar and many popular restaurants here.My Kannadiga friends make Kesari bath with milk & banana and offer it as prasad for Satya Narayana pooja.I will try to get that recipe from my friends and share it here.I usually make Rava Kesari following my MIL’s fool proof recipe adding less ghee and more water.Yesterday for our New Year celebration,i tried Kesari bhath(Sooji Ka Halwa in Hindi) in Karnataka style adding more ghee and water.It came out really well and got credits from my family membersParty.I was extremely happy to see the ghee dripping Kesari bath just the way it is served in hotels.Actually i wanted to serve in a banana leaf but i couldn’t get it.So i clicked it by keeping it in a banana leaf plate.Soon I will make Chow chow bath and post it with a good pictureHappyLets see how to make Karnataka Kesari Bath Recipe with step by step pictures.
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