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April 3, 2018

Simple Idli Podi Recipe - How To Make Idli Milagai Podi At Home

Simple idli podi recipe
Idli milagai podi / Idli podi (Gun powder in English) is a must & should side dish for idli, dosa in every South Indian’s house. No matter about the varieties of chutney and sambar, we love to have at least one idli or dosa mixed with idli podi to finish our breakfast/dinner. Most of the time we manage to eat instant dosa varieties and idli varieties only with this idli podi as side dish. Even though we prefer homemade idli podi, sometimes I love to buy Sakthi or Aachi idli milagai podi just to enjoy its smooth texture because we grind it slightly coarse. Today I have come up with my MIL’s style simple idli podi recipe ( We call it as Ulutham paruppu molaapdi in Tamil) with 4 basic ingredients. Urad dal, chana dal, red chilli, hing and salt forms the base for this recipe. However you can make N number of variations in this podi recipe by adding garlic, sesame seeds, dhania (Coriander seeds), Jaggery, black urad dal, rice, tamarind, coconut and even horse gram and flax seeds. Remember the color of idli podi varies as per the red chillies and the way you roast it. Long back, I have already shared my mom’s most popular idli milagai podi with garlic. Soon I will try to share the remaining podi recipes with yummy variations.  Now lets see how to make this simple idli milagai podi recipe at home with easily available ingredients with step by step pictures.

Idli podi recipe

Simple Idli Podi Recipe - Idli Milagai Podi

Simple Idli Podi Recipe - Idli Milagai Podi How to make Idli milagai podi recipe for idli, dosa

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Podi recipes
Serves: 1 cup
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


1 cup = 250ml
  • White, round urad dal - 1/2 cup
  • Chana dal - 1/2 cup
  • Red chillies - 25 nos ( I used long ones)
  • Hing / Asafetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
  • Salt - as needed


  1. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan. Roast chana dal and urad dal in medium flame till golden.
  2. Remove in a plate. Add hing to it.
  3. Heat 1tsp oil in the same pan and roast the chillies till crispy and golden brown.
  4. Add the roasted chillies to the dal. Cool down. Add salt and grind everything to a fine or slightly coarse powder as you like.
  5. Store in an airtight box and enjoy with idli, dosa drizzled with gingely oil.
  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a kadai. Roast chana dal & urad dal patiently in medium flame till golden brown. Remove in a plate. Add hing to it.
  • Simple idli podi recipe

  • Heat 1 tsp oil in the same kadai and roast the chillies in medium flame. Do not burn the chillies. Remove when it becomes golden. Add to the roasted dal.

  • Simple idli podi recipe

  • Let the mixture cool down.  Add salt and grind to a slightly coarse powder or fine powder as you like.

  • Remove in an airtight box. Use clean spoon and serve with hot idli or dosa. It stays good for 15 days to 1 month. This idli podi tastes very spicy on the first day. But all the taste gets balanced from the second day and becomes good.

  • Simple idli podi recipe

  • Enjoy !

  • Note

    • Adjust the quantity of red chillies as per your taste.
    • For variations, you can  add 2 tbsp of dry roasted sesame seeds and grind it.
    • You can also add few raw garlic cloves while grinding.

    Try this simple idli podi recipe at home and enjoy with hot idli and dosa drizzled with sesame oil or ghee !
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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 5, 2018

    HomePuff Insulated Lunch Box Review

    Last week I got Home Puff's Double Wall Vacuum Insulated, leak proof, Stainless steel Lunch Box of 1700ml capacity. I am sharing my reviews on this product after using it for one week. I have been using it regularly for packing Sendhil & Raksha’s lunch. Food stayed warm for more than 4 hours If you pack them really hot. I have tried packing Idli & sambar, Ven pongal, Sambar rice, Veg fried rice, Kuzhambu, Kootu, Dal tadka with rice and Veg biryani. Everything stayed warm for more than 4 hours. More over its completely leak proof which is a big relief for me. This insulated lunch box is much much better when compared with my old M****n steel lunch box. Friends, If you are looking for a good Insulated lunch box, you can go for Homepuff’s product. This product would be ideal for gifting too. I have also shared all the PROS & CONS based on my opinion. Have a look at them.

    Home Puff Double Wall Vacuum Insulated - Stainless Steel Lunch Box With 3 Leak Proof,1700 Ml - Grey

    PROS & CONS:
    1. Looks so good and professional.
    2. Its containers are with top grade stainless steel interior (304-Grade Stainless Steel) and exterior with Double Walled Vacuum Insulation for temperature control and durability over time. High Quality Lid with Silicone lining for heat insulation, BPA-free, non-toxic.
    3. Well Designed with 3 separate Leak proof food containers with silicone gasket rings to keep dry and wet food hot in the same. I have tried packing sambar, Dal tadka as well.
    4. Easy and comfortable to handle with good grip. Easy to carry too.
    5. Every HomePuff lunch box comes with bag which unzips into a tablemat. This bag is made up of specially coated aluminium material which repels water and food stains.
    6. Quantity of food would be enough for one adult/ 2 children.
    7. Food stays hot for 2 hours and becomes warm for more than 6 hours. Similarly cold foods remain cold for 2 to 3 hours.
    CONS :
    1. This product is a bit pricey.
    2. Looks big in size.
    3. It would be better if there is some partition in one of the containers. It helps to pack more dishes. 
    4. Please do not expect the food to be to hot. It stays warm around 60 to 70c upto 5 hours.

      Homepuff lunch box reviews
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    February 17, 2018

    How To Make Eggless Red Velvet Cake Recipe Without Condensed Milk

    Eggless red velvet cake recipe

    My daughter Raksha is a big fan of Red velvet cake. So I tried eggless red velvet cake recipe at home with whipped cream frosting for the first time on Valentine’s day. Last year during this day I had shared a simple and easy eggless red velvet cake in a mug using microwave. So this year I wanted to try in convection oven. It came out moist, soft, spongy without even using condensed milk, butter & eggs. Cooking oil and buttermilk are the magic ingredients in this recipe. I was very happy with the result even though its my first attempt. Thanks Ranjani for the fool proof recipe. Actually cream cheese frosting is most suitable for red velvet cake. But I used heavy whipping cream for the frosting as I din’t have cream cheese in hand. We loved this combo as well. I used food coloring liquid for the bright red color. I din’t want to test with beetroot juice as its my first attempt. Last year we ordered red velvet cake from a popular bakery chain for Raksha’s birthday. But it was not good at all. We were disappointed with the taste of frosting and felt the cake was not even moist. When compared with that cake, my homemade eggless red velvet cake is outstanding. Beginners can dare to try this recipe. You will get good results for sure. You can also use this recipe to make red velvet cupcake. Ok, Lets see how to make eggless red velvet cake at home with step by step pictures.
    PS : Sorry for the bad decoration. I am still in the learning phase. Hope I can do a perfect frosting soon ;).

    How to make eggless red velvet cake at home

    Eggless red velvet cake recipe

    Eggless red velvet cake recipe

    How to make soft, moist eggless red velvet cake without condensed milk.

    Cuisine: Indian
    Category: Eggless cakes
    Serves: 1/4 kg
    Prep time: 10 Minutes
    Cook time: 30 Minutes
    Total time: 40 Minutes


    1 cup - 250ml
    • Maida / All purpose flour - 1 cup
    • Baking powder - 1 tsp
    • Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
    • Cocoa powder - 1 tbsp
    To mix
    • Sugar – 1/2 cup ( I used regular crystal sugar)
    • Buttermilk - 1/2 cup ( thick curd ( 1.5 tbsp + 1/3 cup water)
    • Cooking oil - 1/3 cup ( Any flavorless oill)
    • Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
    • Colorless vinegar - 1 tbsp
    • Red food color - 1 tsp
    • Heavy whipping cream - 1/2 cup ( I used Tropolite brand)
    • Icing sugar - 1/4 cup
    • Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
    • Sugar + water – 1 tbsp each for sugar syrup.


    1. In a small bowl, whisk curd & water to make buttermilk. Keep aside.
    2. In another wide bowl, take sugar and cooking oil. Mix till sugar melts.Then add the remaining wet ingredients and make a smooth liquid.  
    3. Keep a sieve over this bowl. Sieve maida, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder.
    4. Mix gently with a whisk to make cake batter. Transfer to a greased baking pan.
    5. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes.Check with toothpick.
    6. Remove the pan and let the cake cool completely. Invert in a plate and cover with a cling wrap to avoid drying.
    7. Now beat the heavy whipping cream adding icing sugar, vanilla essence till stiff peak using electric beater.
    8. Slice the cake into two rounds. Drizzle sugar syrup all over the cake base.  Apply frosting.Decorate with piping nozzles as you like. Refrigerate the cake for an hour before use.
    9. Cut the cake and enjoy chilled cake.


    • In a small bowl, whisk thick curd + water. Make buttermilk. Set aside. In a wide bowl, whisk sugar and cooking oil. Mix till sugar dissolves. To this  add buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla essence, food color and mix well.
      Eggless red velvet cake recipe
    • Place a sieve over the bowl. Sieve maida, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder. Mix gently and make the cake batter. Batter consistency should be pourable and fall like ribbon.
      Eggless red velvet cake recipe
    • Take a baking pan, grease with cooking oil or butter at the sides & bottom pf pan. Dust the pan with maida & coat it completely. Pour the cake batter till half of the pan.
      Eggless red velvet cake recipe
    • Preheat convection oven at 180c for 10 minutes. Place the baking pan inside the oven and bake the cake for 30 minutes. Prick the cake with a toothpick and check if it comes out clean without batter. If not, bake for another 2 minutes to 5 minutes. Remove the cake pan and allow it to become warm.
      Eggless red velvet cake recipe
    • After 30 minutes, run a knife in the sides of cake and invert it in a plate.Cake falls smooth without sticking to the pan. Let the cake cool down completely if you are frosting it with cream. Else you can make pieces and serve warm as teatime cake immediately.
    • After the cake cools down completely, cover the cake in a cling wrap or polythene cover and rest it for 6 hours to overnight. This will help to slice the cake without or with less crumbs. But If you want to apply icing on the cake, you can also slice it once the cake becomes warm but crumbs will be more. No problem, you can collect the crumbs and use it for decoration.
      Eggless red velvet cake recipe
    • Now remove the cling wrap. Slice into two using a knife or thread.Cut the cake into two roundels using a knife or thread as shown the picture below. Place the base on seperate plate.
      Eggless red velvet cake recipe
    •  Drizzle sugar syrup on both the layers. Do not add too much of sugar syrup. Cake base will become soggy. Stop adding sugar syrup once you feel the cake is completely wet by pressing with your fingers gently.
    • To make frosting, take the heavy whipping cream in a wide bowl. Add icing sugar, vanilla essence. Whip it using an electric beater till soft peaks form. Remove more than half of this cream to another bowl and use it to apply on the cake base. Beat the remaining cream till firm peaks, add food color to a portion of it ( I used pink) and use it for piping.
      Eggless red velvet cake recipe
      Eggless red velvet cake recipe
    • Apply cream on the cake base and layer the cake one over the other. Cover the top and sides with the cream. Now take the piping bag and insert a nozzle. Fill with cream. Decorate the cake as you like. If there are crumbs in the cake, you can sprinkle them all over the cake. Refrigerate the cake for an hour and then cut it. Enjoy !
      Eggless red velvet cake recipe
      Eggless red velvet cake recipe


    • Do not reduce the quantity of cooking oil. Instead you can replace with soft butter.
    • To substitute buttermilk, you can use 1/2 cup warm milk + 1 tsp lemon juice.
    • Baking time may vary as per the oven settings. So keep an eye after 25 minutes.
    • After you apply frosting on both of the cake base, refrigerate it for 30 minutes to set well. Then you can layer them and give the top coating. After coating the sides and top of the cake, again refrigerate it for 30 minutes. Finally you can do the piping design, refrigerate for 1 hour and cut it. All these steps helps to make the frosting set well.
    Make this rich, creamy, soft, spongy, delicious looking eggless red velvet cake at home for birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions, enjoy !
    Moist red velvet cake recipe
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    October 20, 2017

    Rasam Powder Recipe – Tamilnadu Style Homemade Rasam Podi

    Tamil nadu style rasam powder / rasam podi recipe with step by step pictures and video. This is one of the best rasam powder I have ever made at home. I am a not a regular buyer of store bought rasam podi. But my friends used to buy Sakthi masala rasam powder, aachi rasam powder and MTR rasam powder. They say everything tastes good in its own way.  But I love to grind homemade rasam powder with fresh ingredients & make rasam with it  I have already posted my Tirunelveli aachi’s rasam powder recipe for small quantity in my South Indian rasam recipe post. It smells and tastes awesome. I have also shared my Dad’s style rasam recipe using a 2 ingredient, instant rasam powder and easy bachelors style rasam. But some of my readers who tried my homemade sambar powder asked me to share authentic, traditional, Tamil people style homemade rasam powder recipe to grind & store for one month use.
    Rasam powder Tamilnadu
    When I told this to my MIL, she immediately suggested a recipe she read long back in a magazine. She made a trial batch and passed it to me. I loved its flavor and taste. Last month when my MIL came to Bangalore, I told her to make this rasam podi & idli podi and took video for my reference. The quantity I have mentioned in this recipe comes for 1 month use if you prepare rasam regularly. Its flavor and spiciness remains the same if stored in an airtight box. You can grind it easily at home using your Indian mixer. Use it within a month to enjoy its best taste & flavor. Ok, lets see how to make Tamil nadu style homemade rasam powder recipe !
    Rasam powder ingredients

    Rasam Powder Recipe - Tamil nadu Style Rasam Podi

    Rasam Powder Recipe - Tamil nadu Style Rasam Podi

    Tamil nadu style, homemade rasam powder recipe with easily available ingredients

    Cuisine: South Indian
    Category: Rasam Recipe
    Serves: 1 cup
    Prep time: 5 Minutes
    Cook time: 10 Minutes
    Total time: 15 Minutes


    1 cup - 250ml
    • Dhania / Coriander seeds - 1/2 cup
    • Pepper - 1/4 cup
    • Cumin seeds / Jeera - 2 tbsp
    • Toor Dal - 2 tbsp
    • Chana dal - 2 tbsp
    • Methi seeds - 3/4 tbsp
    • Red chilli - 25 to 30 nos
    • Curry leaves - fistful
    • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tbsp


    1. Measure & Take all the ingredients required for rasam powder.
    2. Sun dry or dry roast one by one.
    3. Cool & Grind to coarse powder.
    4. Store for a month & make rasam with it.


    Measure all the ingredients given for rasam powder. Sun dry them for one day till it gets heated. Then grind to a coarse powder and store for months.
    Alternatively you can dry roast all the ingredients one by one carefully without burning them
    Heat a kadai and dry roast coriander seeds till it gives nice aroma.Remove in a plate.
    Then roast the methi seeds and roast till golden brown.Remove in the plate.
    rasam powder recipe
    Dry roast cumin seeds and then pepper corns till its heated.
    rasam powder recipe
    Now roast toor dal and chana dal till it gets heated. Collect them in the plate. Then roast the red chillies in medium flame till it becomes crispy, keep it in a separate plate.

    rasam powder recipe
    Lastly roast the curry leaves. Switch off the flame and let it be in the hot kadai till it turns crispy. Transfer it to the red chilli plate.

    rasam powder recipe
    After it cools down, transfer to a mixie jar. Add turmeric powder and grind everything to a slightly coarse powder.  Grinding coarsely helps to retain the flavor for long time. But do not grind it too coarse. Store in an air tight box once the powder cools down completely.

    rasam powder recipe
    You can add 1 tbsp of this rasam powder for making rasam for 3 people.
    This rasam powder stays good for 1 to 2 months. Use a clean spoon for handling.


    • I have used more red chillies which helps to retain the flavor and spiciness for more days. If you reduce the quantity of chillies, powder will become bland in taste after few days. 
    • You can skip curry leaves if you don’t like. Instead you can add some fresh curry leaves while making rasam. 
    • Toor dal and chana dal helps to give some thickness to the rasam. So adding cooked dal water is optional. 
    • Use fresh ingredients and grind it whenever needed.

    Try this yummy, flavorful homemade rasam powder and make rasam with it. You will love its taste !
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    September 7, 2017

    Birthday Party Recipes Menu Ideas – Indian Party Food Items List

    List of Indian food ideas for kids birthday party recipes menu at home / vegetarian food items list for birthday party dinner & Lunch – Organizing Children’s birthday party is really a challenging task for parents. Some people love to conduct an elaborate dinner or lunch party and some prefer to make a simple tea party by just providing cake and snacks based on their budget. Most of the people wish to keep the party in the evening or in the afternoon if its a weekend. Since its a kids party, many people stick to vegetarian menu if they have a mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian guests. Be it a simple snacks party or an elaborate dinner/lunch party, choosing the cake, planning the menu, decoration of home/ party hall and arrangements would be tough for many especially beginners.

    Indian Birthday party menu list 
    So I have tried my best to help you choose the party menu. Birthday party food items should be attractive, kids friendly and healthy at least to some extent. Not just for kids, menu should be appealing to adults as well. Long back I had shared a simple kids birthday party menu idea after getting inspired from one of my friend’s party. After I made that post, I too got the confidence and started conducting simple birthday party at home for Raksha’s birthday. I got many mails from my readers to post more related to this topic. So today I have come up with the list of kids friendly, birthday party menu items list for Indian kids to help parents like me. I have also linked the recipes for reference. Its purely a vegetarian menu but you can find both South Indian & North Indian recipes.

    Non-vegetarians, please excuse me. You can get some ideas from this list and make fries, gravies, biryani with chicken, mutton and egg. I took the help of my friend Shalini to frame this list. As we live in apartments, we have the chance of attending many parties. Shalini is in US now. Being in abroad, her friends conduct some potluck, get together and parties during weekends to meet people and build relationships. So she could help me well with her own ideas. I have also got some menu ideas from my school moms friends. With the help of this list, you can decide the party menu based on your budget. You can cook the food on your own or buy from outside/ restaurants.You can also opt to make Jain food without using onion and garlic.
    All these pictures shared in this post are the ones I collected for years. The picture given below is the simple decoration I made at home for Raksha’s birthday party.

    Birthday party decoration ideas

    I have categorized this list as Starters/Appetizers, Main course, Dessert, Drinks & Beverages that are suitable and loved by kids from 3 to 10 years. Basically kids love to have foods based on tomato, paneer, sweet corn, cauliflower, baby corn, bread, cheese and fruits. So I have given most of the dishes using these ingredients. These recipes would be surely a winner among the kids. Friends, do make your own permutations and combinations according to your kids preferences and frame the party menu. Hope you all find this list useful. Do leave a few words in the comment section and help me with your suggestions for more recipes and a few words of appreciation to motivate me if you find this post helpful. Ok, lets move on to the list of birthday party menu ideas ! Friends, do help me by sharing your thoughts and more recipes to include in this list.

    Birthday party menu

    In the above picture, you can find a sample of simple snacks party and the lunch party menu. If you are inviting kids without parents, you can give a simple party by giving a drink, starter/snacks, cake and a dessert. Finger foods is the best option for kids below 10 years. Skip the main course. To make it even more simple, you can just finish it with cake & samosa or veg puffs.  If you are inviting adults/parents, then you can go for wider options. Birthday party should be more of fun, hassle free and memorable. So you can arrange for small games, magic shows, music, dance to make the party more interesting.

    Do refer my Simple birthday menu post to get some ideas on how to conduct the party & gifting for kids. I have also shared a sample menu at the end of this post to get some idea.

    Also check out my Indian potluck party recipes menu if interested.

    Drinks/ Beverages/Welcome Drinks

    Starter/Appetizer/ Snacks

    Main course


    • Sweet corn salad
    • Mixed Fruit salad
    • Kosambari
    • Vegetables with dip/ hummus
    • Fruits on skewers


    Sample menu for simple birthday party

    • Orange juice
    • A slice of Birthday cake
    • Mini samosa with ketchup or Veg puffs or cashew pakoda
    • Gulab Jamun

    Sample menu for Dinner or Lunch party buffet

    • Any aerated drink or Fruit punch for welcome drink
    • Tomato soup/Sweet corn soup
    • French fries or aloo tikki or kabab with tomato sauce/green chutney
    • Gobi manchurian
    • Roti / Naan / Kulcha
    • Paneer butter masala or Mixed veg gravy
    • Dal tadka
    • Dum aloo or baby potato gravy
    • Veg Dum Biryani with raita
    • Plain rice, rasam, fryums
    • Curd and pickle
    • Gulab jamun
    • Carrot halwa
    • Ice cream
    • Fruit salad
    • Paan/ Beeda


    • Pastries are better than the cream cakes. So choose the cake accordingly.
    • Make less spicy food as you are cooking for kids. Parents will adjust/ compensate about the taste.
    • Kids prefer deep fried foods for starters. Gobi 65 or manchurian is the best choice.
    • They love the food more if its cheese, paneer and potato based.
    • Kids love to have poori more than roti.
    • Most of the kids love paneer butter masala and potato, peas kurma more than mixed vegetable kurma.
    • Always keep some plain rice, dal and rasam to tackle fussy kids.
    • If you arrange for dinner party, make some idli too.
    • Its always better to avoid aerated drinks like pepsi, 7up etc. You can give some fruit juices instead. No problem even if its store bought.
    • Gulab jamun would be the best dessert for Kids. No kid would say NO.
    • Ice cream is also a must for kids.
    • Keep some hot water ready. Many kids are allergic to cold stuffs like ice cream , chocolate and cakes. So you can tell the parents to give them hot water immediately after they eat ice cream/chocolates to prevent from cold, fever. I am sure this tip works.
    • Finally, do not force your kids to eat everything in the plate. Most of the kids love to eat the cake, starter and dessert. Do not worry about it. Parents can feed them later at their house if needed.
    Hope this list helps you to decide the menu quickly. Thanks for visiting this page !

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