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March 29, 2018

Oreo Milkshake Recipe Without Ice cream

Oreo milkshake without ice cream

 Summer vacation is started for Raksha. She requested me to make some yummy milkshakes and ice cream recipes for her. To begin with, I prepared this easy and simple Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream. As I din’t have ice cream in hand, I added some ice cubes and chilled milk in my blender to thicken the Oreo shake. It came out well with a frothy texture. Raksha liked it very much. The flavor of Oreo cookie and cream along with chocolate syrup, vanilla extract adds a great taste to the milkshake.  But to enjoy the best taste of milkshake, you must add ice cream. Soon I will try with ice cream to make it more creamy and rich and make a post here. Ok, lets see how to make Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream.

Do check out my Oreo microwave cake and Oreo microwave brownie.

Oreo milkshake recipe

Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream

Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream How to make oreo milkshake without ice cream and chocolate syrup
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Milkshake
Serves: Serves 1
Prep time: 2 Minutes
Cook time: 2 Minutes
Total time: 4 Minutes


1 cup = 250ml
  • Oreo cookies - 4 nos
  • Chilled milk - 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1/2 tbsp
  • Ice cubes - 2 nos
  • Chocolate syrup - 1 tbsp ( Optional, I used Hershey’s syrup)
  • Vanilla ice cream - 1 scoop (Optional)


  1. Break the Oreo cookies into pieces and take in a blender / mixer jar.
  2. Add sugar, milk, vanilla extract, choc syrup (if using) and ice cubes.
  3. Run the mixie for a minute. Thick, frothy oreo milkhake is ready.
  4. Pour in a glass. Garnish with a piece of Oreo and serve immediately.


  • In a mixie jar/blender, break the Oreo into small pieces. Add boiled , chilled full fat milk, sugar, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, ice cubes.
    Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream
  • Grind for a minute till it becomes frothy. Transfer to a serving glass. Garnish with chopped cookies. Serve immediately.
    Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream
  • Enjoy !


  • For variations, you can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or chocolate ice cream while blending.
  • Adjust the quantity of sugar as per your taste.

Try this easy, yummy, Kids friendly Oreo milkshake and enjoy !
 How to make oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream
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March 27, 2018

Potato Nuggets Recipe – Crispy Potato Cheese Balls Recipe

Potato nuggets recipe
Potato nuggets / Potato cheese balls is an easy, yummy, kids friendly snack/starter recipe. Most of you would have tried Mccain potato nuggets at home for kids birthday parties and small gatherings. But I haven’t tried store bought ones. For the first time, I prepared these potato nuggets recipe for Raksha’s birthday party after watching a YouTube video. All the kids loved it very much with tomato sauce. This deep fried snack became a super hit among everyone. Its a good crowd pleaser. Recently I bought Panko bread crumbs from Metro, Electronic city. It helped to make these nuggets very crunchy and crispy for an hour. Boiled and mashed potato, cheese, bread crumbs and Italian spices are the major ingredients used in this recipe. You can also make it without cheese and go for baked version if you are calorie conscious.  Friends, do try this yummy potato cheese balls for your kids as evening snack during this summer vacation. They will love it for sure. Ok, lets see how to make Potato nuggets with step by step pictures.

Check out my corn cheese balls recipe similar to this.

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Potato cheese balls

Potato nuggets recipe / Potato cheese balls

Potato nuggets recipe / Potato cheee balls How to make potato nuggets recipe with cheese
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks
Serves: 14 nos
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Potato - 2 nos (Big sized)
  • Corn flour - 2 tbsp
  • Grated cheese - 2 tbsp ( I used Cheddar cheese)
  • Bread crumbs - 1/4 cup
  • Red chilli flakes - 1 tsp
  • Italian herbs - 1 tsp ( I used oregano,spice mix)
  • Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Salt – as needed
  • Corn flour + Water – 2 tbsp + 1/4 cup to make paste.
  • Bread crumbs – 1 cup (to coat the nuggets)
  • Cooking oil – to deep fry the nuggets
  1. Wash and pressure cook potato in low flame for 2 whistles. Peel the skin, mash and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, take the mashed potato, grated chees, bread crumbs, corn flour, oregano mix, chilli flakes and salt.
  3. Mix well to make a dough without adding water. Cover and let the dough rest for 1 hour in refrigerator.
  4. Take the dough and make shapes. Coat in corn flour paste and bread crumbs. Arrange in a plate.
  5. Cover and let it chill for 30 minutes in refrigerator.
  6. Deep fry in oil under medium flame till it turns golden in color. Serve hot with tomato ketchup.
  • Wash and pressure cook potato adding required water. Cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Remove and peel the skin of cooked potato. Mash it well and set aside.
    Potato cheese balls
  • In a wide bowl, take the mashed potato, corn flour. bread crumbs, grated cheese ( Pizza cheese or Cheddar can be used), oregano mix, chilli flakes and salt.  Add garam masala powder if using. Mix well and make dough without adding water.
    Potato cheese balls
  • Cover the bowl with a lid and refrigerate for one hour. Take small balls and roll into cylinders as shown in the figure below.
    Potato cheese balls
  • In a small bowl, mix corn flour + water to make a paste. Take bread crumbs in a wide plate. Dip the prepared cylinder shaped nuggets into the corn flour paste and then roll in bread crumbs to coat well. Arrange all the nuggets in a plate.
    Potato nuggets recipe
  • Cover and Let it rest for 30 minutes in a refrigerator.  Heat oil in a kadai to deep fry.
  • Drop a pinch of dough to check the oil temperature. If it rises to the top immediately, oil temperature is right. Now lower the flame to medium. Drop 3 to 4 nuggets in each batch. Cook patiently in low to medium flame till it turns golden.  Flip it whenever needed. Do not keep the flame high because the outer layer browns faster and cheese starts to ooze out from the balls. Remove when it turns golden in all the sides. Drain the excess oil in a tissue paper.
    Potato nuggets recipe
    Serve with tomato ketchup. Enjoy !


  • Panko bread crumbs helps to retain the crispness for long time. But you can use homemade bread crumbs too by grinding 4 to 6 bread slices in mixie.
  • You can also double coat the corn flour paste and bread crumbs as I did for my corn cheese balls recipe.
  • Adjust the quantity of chilli flakes and oregano as per your taste.
  • Addition of garam masala is optional and not mentioned in original recipe. I used it.
  • You can make this nuggets ahead and freeze till use. For this, roll the nuggets in bread crumbs and refrigerate it till you deep fry it.
  • I used Cheddar cheese in this recipe. You can use any processed cheese, mozarella, Parmesan etc.
Try this easy, yummy potato nuggets for your kids. They will love it !
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March 22, 2018

Indian Potluck Party Recipes Ideas - Vegetarian Potluck Recipes Menu

Indian potluck party recipes

Here is the list of Indian vegetarian potluck party recipes menu ideas comprising of South Indian and North Indian party snacks, main course, side dish recipes and dessert. Potluck is nothing but a gathering of friends where each guest contributes a different, unique, homemade dish or food to be shared among everyone. In simple words, a potluck party is a meal or party to which each of the guests brings or contributes their own food to share. Smaller, more informal get-together with distributed food preparation may also be called potlucks. Other names for a "potluck" include: potluck dinner, potluck lunch, spread, Jacob's join, Jacob's supper, faith supper, covered-dish-supper, dish party, bring-and-share, shared lunch, pitch-in, bring-a-plate, dish-to-pass, fuddle, and carry-in.(Source : Wikipedia). In India, it is also known as kitty party. Potluck lunch or potluck dinner is the most common one. The only traditional rule for potluck is that each dish should be large enough in quantity that has to be shared among a good portion with the guests. In some cases each participant agrees ahead of time to bring a single course, and the result is a multi-course meal. Guests may bring in any form of food, ranging from the main course to desserts. Nowadays people started to conduct potluck parties with themed lunch and dinners for special occasions and festivals.

People in abroad ( especially in US) conduct potluck parties almost every weekend. As my friend Shalini is in US, she used to share all the pictures of potluck and discuss the recipe menu with me. All the pictures and the recipe ideas given in this post are shared by my friend Shalini based on the various potluck parties conducted by her friends. Thank you so much dearie. As we had already shared Kids birthday party menu list, framing this potluck recipes menu ideas was not difficult for us. The list I have shared here comprises of the most popular dishes that is liked by all. I have also shared a list of 2 sample Potluck party menu for lunch and dinner at the end of this post with the most popular combinations to give you an idea. Hope this post will be helpful to you all. Friends, do share your potluck recipes in the comments section. It would be a great help for all.


I used to make potluck along with my school moms group friends when I was in Banashankari. Mostly it would be a lunch party from 1 pm to 3 pm before kids come from the school. It would be good and fun filled if the number of participants is more in potluck. Our group have 8 people. A week before the potluck, we used to frame the menu which includes starters, main course and dessert recipes. We write down the names of dishes and the person who is going to cook it. Mostly we all make the food at our home and conduct the party in one of the friend’s place. Some people used to buy it from outside especially sweets and snacks. The person who is hosting the party in their house doesn’t have to cook anything but they take the responsibility of buying use and throw plates, cups and spoons.  As soon as all the friends meet, we used to display the food in the dining table . Our first job is to click pictures to share in social media pages. Then we go for tasting the food. After we finish eating, we used to chitchat or play UNO, cards or some one minute games for the last 30 minutes to 1 hour. It would be full of laugh and fun. Then we disperse to school to bring our kids back home. This is how we conduct the potluck parties at least once in a month. On the whole day, it keeps us refreshing, energetic and make us forget all the family or work related stress in the mind. I would strongly suggest all the ladies to have a fun gathering like this at least once in a month.
Now, lets move on to the collection of Vegetarian Party Recipes list. Hope you like this and find it useful.


  • Plastic/ Disposable plates
  • Disposable cups for juice, water
  • Disposable bowls
  • Thermal food bags for carrying food
  • Bowls and Ladles for serving food
  • Tissue papers
  • Water bottles

Potluck recipes Indian vegetarian

  1. Gobi 65 / Gobi Fry
  2. Paneer 65
  3. Baby corn 65
  4. Gobi manchurian
  5. Baby corn manchurian
  6. Vegetable manchurian
  7. Paneer manchurian
  8. Medu vada/ Urad dal vada
  9. Masala Vada 
  10. Sabudana vada with peanut chutney
  11. Pepper Vada (Anjaneyar temple vada)
  12. Mixed Vegetable Vada
  13. Sweet corn vada
  14. Cabbage vada
  15. Thattuvadai set
  16. Pakoda (onion, cashew pakoda, Veg pakoda, pudina pakoda)
  17. Pani puri
  18. Onion rings
  19. Punjabi Samosa
  20. Vegetable cutlet
  21. Aloo tikki
  22. Vada pav
  23. Dahi Vada
  24. Samosa chat
  25. Canapes
  26. Potato Chips Or Nachos with salsa
  27. Veg spring rolls
  28. Veg Puffs
  29. Masala papad
  30. Honey chilli potato
  31. Paneer tikka with green chutney
  32. Dhokla OR  Khandvi
  33. Paneer pakora
  34. Mirchi bajji / Chilli bajji
  35. Stuffed Chilli Bajji (Andhra style)
  36. Onion Bajji / Pakora
  37. Potato bajji / Aloo Pakora
  38. Raw banana bajji
  39. Hara Bhara Kabab
  40. Potato wedges
  41. French fries
  42. Falafel with hummus
  43. Dabeli
  44. Kachori
  45. Kerala Pazham Pori
  1. Tomato soup
  2. Lemon coriander soup
  3. Carrot soup
  4. Dal soup
  5. Mushroom soup
  6. Veg clear soup
  7. Minestrone soup
  8. Sweet corn soup
  9. Mulligatawny
  10. Tomato basil soup
  1. Shikanji
  2. Jal jeera
  3. Thandai
  4. Aam panna
  5. Masala chaas
  6. Lemonade
  7. Lemon juice
  8. Mango juice / Homemade Frooti
  9. Fruit punch
  10. Orange juice
  11. Rose milk
  12. Lassi (mango lassi)
  13. Smoothie
  14. Soft drinks
  15. Masala coke
  16. Buttermilk (Seasoned buttermilk tastes better)
  1. Roti / chapathi
  2. Paratha varieties ( Aloo & Gobi is the most preferred ones)
  3. Kulcha ( Plain & stuffed Kulcha)
  4. Poori
  5. Idli
  6. Dosa (Masala dosa)
  7. Vada / Medu vada
  8. Ven Pongal & Sweet Pongal
  9. Rava kichadi & Masala rava kichadi
  10. Uthappam (Plain, Podi, Onion, Mixed Veg)
  11. Rava idli
  12. Idiyappam / rice sevai
  13. Semiya biryani / Pulao
  14. Kuzhi paniyaram
  15. White sauce pasta
  16. Veg noodles
  17. Pav bhaji
  18. Vada pav
  19. Thayir vada
  20. Sambar vada
  21. Sambar idli
  22. Idli fry
  23. Mini dosa recipes
  1. Sambar Varieties For Idli, Dosa
  2. Chutney Varieties
  3. Idli Podi
  4. Gravies & Kurma ( chana masala, saag, Paneer, Aloo, ,mixed veg, palak, dal makhani , dal tadka, veg kofta, methi malai, matar paneer, aloo gobi)
  5. Raita (Onion, cucumber, boondi, carrot raita, mixed veg, masala)
  6. Sambar For Rice
  7. Kuzhambu Varieties ( Vathakuzhambu, Kara kuzhambu)
  8. Rasam Varieties
  9. Kootu Recipes
  10. Poriyal recipes ( Potato, cauliflower poriyal works great)
  11. Vadam, Vathal
  1. Puliyogare / Tamarind rice
  2. Tomato rice
  3. Veg biryani varieties
  4. Lemon rice
  5. Veg pulao
  6. Hotel Veg Pulao
  7. Jeera rice
  8. Paneer pulao / biryani
  9. Mint pulao
  10. Karnataka Bisibelebath
  11. Tamilnadu sambar sadam
  12. Vegetable Fried rice
  13. Coconut rice
  14. Plain rice, sambar, rasam, Kara kuzhambu  any dry curry ( potato curry, mixed veg curry, bhindi fry (North Indian), cauliflower curry )
  15. Curd rice, pickle
  1. Kesaribath
  2. Rice kheer
  3. Sweet pongal
  4. Gulab jamun
  5. Carrot halwa
  6. Rava ladoo
  7. Rasagulla
  8. Rasmalai
  9. Moong dal halwa
  10. Easy Atta halwa
  11. Semiya payasam
  12. Ice creams
  13. Sabudana kheer
  14. Fresh fruit cream
  15. Fruit Custard
  16. Badam kheer
  17. Carrot kheer
  18. Kaju katli
  19. Cakes and muffins 
  20. Paal Kozhukattai
  21. Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai 
  22. Rava Ladoo 
  23. Besan laddu
  24. Moong dal ladoo
  25. Beetroot Halwa

Freshly cut onion, cucumber, tomato, carrot
Fruits salad


Tea / chai
Water Bottles


  • Any Fruit juice
  • Masala vada / Gobi 65 / Medhu vada
  • Rava kesari / Kesaribath Or Sweet pongal
  • Bisibelebath & chips
  • Vegetable pulao or biryani with raita
  • Roti with mixed vegetable kurma or Paneer butter masala
  • Plain rice, Sambar , Rasam,  potato curry OR cauliflower curry
  • Gulab Jamun with icecream
  • Payasam/ Kheer ( Vermicelli or rice)
  • Sliced vegetables & fruits for salad.

  • Tomato soup or sweet corn soup
  • Gobi manchurian 
  • Vegetable spring rolls or samosa
  • Roti/ Naan/ Kulcha/ Rumali roti
  • Paneer butter masala / Dal makhani/ Mixed vegetable gravy
  • Vegetable Dum Biryani with raita
  • Vegetable noodles with sauce
  • Plain rice, dal tadka
  • Sambar or rasam
  • Papad or chips
  • Carrot halwa with icecream or fruits custard
  • Mixed fruits salad 

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March 19, 2018

Sorakkai Kootu Recipe - Bottle Gourd Kootu For Rice

Sorakkai Kootu
Sorakkai kootu / Bottle gourd kootu for rice is an easy to make, yummy South Indian style kootu recipe with coconut, moong dal. We call it as sorakkai poricha kuzhambu too. I make it as side dish for vathakuzhambu. Long back, I had shared my MIL’s sorakkai paal kootu and sorakkai sweet kootu recipes. Recent days, you would have seen me making all my kuzhambu, poriyal and kootu recipes prepared using pressure cooker easily. For this recipe too, I have used my pressure cooker to ease my job. It came out very tasty and flavorful. I loved it with vathakuzhambu rice and curd rice. For variations, you can use chana dal instead of moong dal like hotel ones. Friends, do try this easy, healthy bottle gourd kootu at home and share your feedback with me. Lets see how to make Sorakkai kootu for rice with step by step pictures.

 Check out my sorakkai sambar, sorakkai paal kootusorakkai dosai too !

Bottle Gourd Kootu

Sorakkai Kootu Recipe – Bottle gourd Kootu

Sorakkai Kootu Recipe - Bottlegourd Kootu

Sorakkai Kootu Recipe – Bottle gourd Kootu For Rice

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish for rice
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Bottle gourd / Sorakkai - 2 cups (Chopped into small cubes)
  • Moong Dal - 1.5 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Sambar Powder - 1 tsp (Adjust)
  • Salt & Water - as needed
To Grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Rice flour - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Water - to grind
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – Few
  • Red chilli – 1 no
  • Hing / Asafetida – A pinch


  1. Wash and peel the skin of bottle gourd. Chop into small cubes.
  2. In a pressure cooker base, temper and take the chopped bottle gourd, moong dal, turmeric, sambar powder, salt and water. Mix well.
  3. Grind coconut + rice flour, cumin to smooth paste adding water.
  4. Add the coconut paste to the cooker. Cover and cook in very low flame for 2 whistles.
  5. Open the lid after steam is released. 
  6. Mix well and serve hot with rice.


  • Wash and peel the skin of bottle gourd/ Sorakkai. Cut into two halves.Now remove the spongy center portion which has seeds.Chop the hard portion into small cubes. Set aside. Grind coconut, rice flour, cumin seeds to smooth paste adding required water. Keep it apart. 
  • In a pressure cooker base, heat coconut oil and temper mustard seeds, urad dal, red chilli and curry leaves. To this, add chopped bottle gourd, moong dal, turmeric, sambar powder, salt & water. Mix well. Add the ground coconut paste. Mix well together.  (If you use chana dal, soak in water for 20 minutes and then add to cooker along with bottle gourd pieces)
  • Sorakkai Kootu recipe
  • Pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles. Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mix & check for taste. Add more sambar powder & salt if needed.
    Sorakkai Kootu recipe
  • Serve hot with plain rice or vathakuzhambu rice.

  • Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per your taste and spice level.
  • You can use 1/2 tsp of red chilli powder and 1 tsp of dhania powder instead of sambar powder.
  • For variations, you can skip cumin seeds while grinding.
  • You can also do the tempering at the end. 
Try this easy, yummy Bottle gourd kootu in pressure cooker and enjoy with rice !
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March 16, 2018

Cabbage Sambar Recipe - Muttaikose Sambar For Rice

cabbage sambar
I learnt this cabbage sambar / muttaikose sambar recipe for rice from my friend Shalini. She told 3 different ways of making this sambar in South Indian style but I chose to try cabbage sambar with freshly ground masala like arachuvitta sambar. It came out very flavorful and great in taste. We couldn’t even find any trace of raw cabbage smell in the sambar. If you want to try no onion, no garlic sambar recipes for festivals or occasions, you can try this recipe. Sendhil is not a big fan of cabbage recipes. But he loved this sambar a lot and told me to prepare it often. It tasted good with idli, dosa as well. After making it thrice in the last 2 weeks, I am posting this recipe. Friends, Do try this muttaikose sambar recipe for a change and share your feedback with me. Ok, lets see how to make South Indian Cabbage sambar recipe with step by step pictures.

Don’t forget to check out my cabbage masala kuzhambu for rice, dosa,
cabbage poriyal, purple cabbage poriyal, purple cabbage salad, Cabbage kootu, Cabbage vada recipes.

muttaikose sambar recipe

Cabbage Sambar Recipe

Cabbage Sambar Recipe

South Indian style cabbage sambar recipe

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sambar Recipes
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


To Pressure cook( 1 cup = 250ml)
  • Toor Dal - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Cabbage - 1 cup ( thinly sliced)
  • Small onions or big onion - 10 nos / 1no ( Optional)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Cooking oil - Few drops

  • Tamarind - Big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Hing / asafetida – a pinch
  • Jaggery – 2 pinches
To saute and grind
  • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds / Dhania - 1.5 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1.5 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Methi seeds / fenugreek seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli - 4 nos ( use 6 nos for spicy sambar)
  • Grated coconut - 2 tsp
  • Water - to grind to paste
To Temper
  • Ghee - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – Few
  • Red chilli – 1 no
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish


  1. Soak tamarind in water. Wash and chop cabbage. In a pressure cooker base, take all the ingredients mentioned under “to pressure cook”. Add water and cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Mash the dal well after steam is released. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai and roast the spices for sambar. Grind to smooth paste.
  3. Take 1 cup of tamarind extract and add to cooked dal in pressure cooker. Add ground masala, salt, sambar powder, jaggery, hing and boil the sambar for few minutes till nice aroma arises.
  4. Temper in ghee and add to sambar. Switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  5. Cover and leave for 2 hours before serving for all the flavors to blend well. Serve with hot rice drizzling ghee.


  • Soak tamarind in warm water. Take 1 cup of tamarind extract and set aside. Wash and chop cabbage into thin or thick slices as you like. Peel and Chop onions.
  •  In a pressure cooker base, take toor dal, chopped cabbage, chopped onion (optional), turmeric powder, few drops of cooking oil and few torn curry leaves. Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Mash the dal with a ladle after steam is released. Set aside.
    cabbage sambar recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Roast all the ingredients given under “to saute and grind” in medium flame without burning it. Lastly add the coconut, switch off the flame and mix well. No need to roast the coconut. Just mix with other roasted spices. Let it cool. Grind to smooth paste adding water.
    cabbage sambar recipe
  • Add 1 cup of tamarind extract to the cooked dal in pressure cooker. Add the ground masala paste, sambar powder, salt, hing and jaggery. Mix well and roll boil the sambar for few minutes till nice aroma arises. You can add some water if sambar is too thick.
    cabbage sambar recipe
  • Heat ghee in a small tempering pan. Add mustard seeds, red chilli, curry leaves and let mustard start to splutter in low flame. Add this to the sambar. Mix well and garnish with coriander leaves. If possible, rest this sambar for 2 to 3 hours before serving for all the flavors to infuse well. At the time of serving, you can reheat it or serve it with plain hot rice drizzled with ghee.
  • Enjoy this cabbage sambar with any poriyal and papad/ appalam.cabbage sambar recipe


  • Adjust the quantity of red chillies as per the taste.
  • Tempering in ghee adds a nice flavor to this sambar. Do not skip it.
  • Do the tempering only at the end.
  • Tomato is not necessary for this sambar.If you want to add, saute in oil and then add to cooked dal.

Try this easy, yummy cabbage sambar for a change and enjoy with plain rice, poriyal and appalam !
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March 10, 2018

Onion Chutney Recipe Without Tomato, Coconut - South Indian Vengaya Chutney

Onion chutney without tomato and coconut is my daughter Raksha’s favorite chutney for idli,dosa. So I make this South Indian, Tamil nadu style onion chutney/ vengaya chutney recipe at least once in a week for her lunch box. She fondly calls it as cooked onion chutney. Basically I am a big fan of raw onion chutney recipes more than cooked ones. But Sendhil and Raksha never touches raw onion chutney. So I learnt some varieties of cooked onion chutney recipes from my Mom & MIL. This is one among them. Its a very simple and easy recipe with just 3 major ingredients, onion, red chilli and tamarind. Color of this chutney depends on the roasting of red chillies. If you roast it till dark brown or black, color of the chutney also changes. Ok, lets see how to make onion chutney recipe for idli, dosa with step by step pictures.

Check my video on 3 raw onion chutney recipes and my collection of 60 chutney recipes.

Onion Chutney Recipe

Onion Chutney Recipe

South Indian style Onion chutney recipe for idli, dosa without using tomato, coconut

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Chutney Recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Big onion / Small onion - 3 nos / 20 nos
  • Red chilli - 3 to 5 nos ( I used 3 spicy chilli)
  • Tamarind - A small piece
  • Salt & Water - As needed
To Temper
  • Cooking oil or sesame oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - Few


  1. Wash and peel onion and chop into small cubes.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai. Saute red chilli and onion adding salt and tamarind.
  3. Cook till onion becomes transparent.
  4. Grind to smooth paste adding water.
  5. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. Add to chutney.
  6. Serve with idli , dosa adding sesame oil on top.


  • Wash the onion, peel the skin. Chop into small cubes. Set aside.

  • Heat oil in a pan. Saute onion, red chilli adding salt. Add tamarind and saute in the same heat. Let the mixture cool down completely.
  • Grind to a smooth paste adding required water.Temper mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. Add to chutney. Mix well and serve with hot idli, dosa.
  • Enjoy !


  • You can use either big onion or small onions. Each has its own taste and flavor.
  • This chutney tastes mildly bitter if the quantity of onion is more or if the chilli is roasted till dark brown in color.
  • For variations, you can saute one ripe tomato along with onion and grind the chutney.
Try this easy, yummy onion chutney recipe for idli, dosa and enjoy !
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March 8, 2018

Easy Dal Tadka Recipe - How To Make Dal Tadka Using Pressure Cooker

Dal tadka recipe
 North Indian style Dal tadka is an easy and quick to make Indian lentils/dal based recipe. Its a good and healthy side dish for plain rice, Jeera rice, ghee rice and Phulka/roti/chapathi. It is an one pot recipe that is prepared with toor dal, spices, onion and tomato. Dal tadka can also be prepared using combination of toor dal, masoor dal, moong dal, chana dal etc. There are many versions of dal tadka recipe like Dhaba style, Punjabi hotel style and Gujarati style dal tadka recipes.But each recipe has its own taste and flavor with minor variations in the procedure and ingredients used. Today I have shared a basic recipe of how to make dal tadka at home using pressure cooker with simple ingredients following the recipe from Veg recipes of India. It comes out very well every time. Its our family favorite recipe. This has become my go to recipe for dal tadka. Original recipe has called for using charcoal to infuse smoky flavor in the dal just like the restaurant ones. But I skipped this step as I don’t get charcoal in my place. Ok, Lets see how to make dal tadka with step by step pictures.

Dal tadka recipe in pressure cooker

Dal tadka recipe

Dal tadka recipe

North Indian Dal tadka recipe with step by step pictures.

Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


1 cup = 250ml
  • Toor Dal - 1/3 cup
  • Water - 2.5 cups
  • Big onion - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Ripe tomato - 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Green chilli - 1 no ( small, finely chopped)
  • Ginger – 1/ 2 tsp (Finely chopped)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Cooking oil - few drops
  • Salt - As needed
For tadka / To temper
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Crushed garlic - 5 cloves
  • Red chilli - 1 no (whole)
  • Curry leaves – Few
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Hing / Asafetida – a pinch
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Crushed Kasoori methi - 1/2 tsp (optional)


  1. Wash and take the toor dal in a pressure cooker base.
  2. Add chopped onion, tomato, ginger, green chilli, turmeric powder, few drops of cooking oil to the dal. 
  3. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. Mash the dal after steam is released.
  4. Add salt and crushed kasoori methi. Boil for few minutes adding water.
  5. Temper the ingredients & add to dal. Garnish with coriander leaves.


  • Wash the toor dal.Take in a pressure cooker base. Add finely chopped big onion, tomato, green chilli, ginger, turmeric powder, few drops of cooking oil and required water.
    How to make dal tadka
  • Pressure cook in very low flame for two whistles. Open the lid after steam is released. Mash the dal with a whisk nicely. Make sure dal is completely mushy.

  • To the cooked dal, add salt and crushed kasoori methi. Mix well and check for taste. Add little water to adjust the consistency of dal. Please remember this dal thickens when it cools down. So add some water to bring the dal to flowing consistency. Simmer the dal for few minutes.

  • Heat ghee in a tadka pan/ Tempering kadai. Lower the flame. Splutter cumin seeds, curry leaves, whole red chilli, crushed garlic cloves and hing. Keep the flame low and add red chilli powder, garam masala powder. Mix immediately and switch off the flame. Take care not to burn the chilli powder. Add to the cooked dal on top of it.
  • You can garnish with coriander leaves and fresh cream if you like. Mix and Serve with plain rice, jeera rice or phulka.
  • Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of red chilli powder as per your taste.
  • For variations, you can saute the onion, tomato , chilli, ginger and then add to toor dal. Pressure cook them together and proceed with tadka at the end.
  • In some restaurants, they add a tbsp of fresh cream for garnishing.
  • You can use equal quantity of masoor dal, toor dal and moong dal instead of using toor dal alone.
Try this easy, yummy North Indian Dal Tadka Recipe and enjoy with plain rice, ghee rice, jeera rice or phulka !
How to make dal tadka recipe in pressure cooker

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