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December 18, 2015

Eggless KulKuls Recipe-Kalkal(Gul Gul)-Goan Christmas Recipes

Kulkuls recipe
I was thinking to make some special Christmas recipes apart from cakes and cookies.Last year I shared Kerala’s Achappam/Rose cookies recipe.Similarly this year I wanted to try something interesting.So I asked Raksha’s Christian friend Reena’s mom.She told me about this kulkul/Kalkal recipe which is most commonly made in all South Indian Christian houses during Christmas.I browsed for the recipe and found Kulkuls (Gul Gul,Kidiyo,Kidyo, Gala Gala, Kala Kala in Tamil nadu) is a Goan special Christmas sweet recipe. This sweet is most popular among the Anglo Indians as well. Traditionally the Christmas goodies, called kuswar are specially prepared by the Catholics in Goa and are distributed to neighbors, friends and relatives during Christmas.It is a deep fried sweet recipe made of maida/All purpose flour,sugar,eggs,semolina and coconut milk.Being a Vegetarian,I was looking an easy,eggless version and found the recipe from HERE.It came out very well with a crispy & crunchy taste.Raksha & Sendhil loved it a lot and finished the whole batch in few minutesHappy.This recipe din’t disappoint me even if it’s a first attempt.So Friends do try this easy,yummy & unique kulkuls recipe during this Christmas.I am sure your family members would enjoy it to the core.Lets see how to make this Goan special Christmas sweet recipe – KULKULS with stepwise pictures !!
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December 17, 2015

Easy Shortbread Cookies Recipe - Eggless Butter Biscuits - Christmas Recipes

Shortbread cookies recipe eggless
Hope I am not late in sharing Christmas Recipes 2015Tongue.For the past one week,I had been trying various cookies and cake recipes.From today,I will share them one by one till Christmas.To begin with,here is the most popular cookies that everyone must try during this season.Yes,Its melt in mouth,crispy Shortbread cookies(Eggless version).We call this as Butter biscuit/ butter cookies.I browsed through few recipes and came up with this version.This is my first attempt in making these cookies and I must say”It came out PERFECT”. I am completely happy with the results.The ingredients and measurements are very easy to remember.It’s a fool proof,beginners cookie and anyone can bake it easily.Its perfect for Christmas & New year Gifting.With buttery soft and melt in mouth texture,it tastes awesome.You won’t and you can’t stop with one even if you are calorie consciousWinking.I saw few recipes with cornstarch/corn flour and few with a combination of wheat flour & maida.I am sure it works in all the ways as the butter makes the magic here.I have shared all the possible tips and tricks in my Notes section.Do peep into it before you start.Friends,How come a cookie with so much of butter goes wrong.Do try it confidently and surprise your family members by showing your expertise in bakingWinkingYou will be showered with praises!!
Lets see how to make these delicious Christmas special Shortbread Cookies with stepwise pictures and a VIDEO !!

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December 14, 2015

Thala Ajith Biryani Recipe - Mushroom Biryani - Vegetarian Version

Thala Ajith biryani
Hi Friends,
Today I have shared a yummy & delicious celebrity biryani recipe that belongs to our South Indian actor, The Ultimate Star Thala AjithHappyDancing.I have been his fan for years and I am extremely happy to try and share his style of biryani in my blog.Few months back,I came across this recipe in a popular Tamil magazine (Kumudham Snehidhi). Our blogger friend Sundari Nathan shared the screen shot of the recipe page with me as per my request.So sweet of you dearHappy.When I read the article,it is said Thala is a great cook and an expert in making biryani. He used to prepare and serve a delicious mutton biryani for his Co-stars & workers in his shooting spot.Director Mr.Venkat Prabhu and South Indian actress Miss.Parvathy Nair have shared the method of making Thala biryani with all the minute details.Everybody had praised the taste & Thala’s passion of cooking biryani.Having tempted by the article, I tried this recipe at home by replacing mutton with mushroom & soya chunks.I used my own measurements as the quantity of ingredients were not specified in the magazine.I have tried this recipe twice in the past 2 weeks.It’s a very simple bachelor kind of recipe without much fancy ingredients & grinding job.To make this post more special, I served Thala Biryani in Thala Vazhai ilai with onion raita,Plain salna,Chilli potato and Semiya payasam ;).We all loved its awesome aroma and taste.I have shared the screen shot of the article below for your reference in Tamil.If you wish to try Thala’s actual Non-veg biryani using mutton,it will help youHappy.
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December 11, 2015

Paneer Paratha Recipe - Stuffed Paratha Recipes

Paneer paratha recipe
Basically I love to try different varieties of paratha recipes at home.I make aloo paratha and mooli paratha most often.But I have not tried paneeer paratha & gobi paratha recipes so far.I have tried many paneer recipes like paneer gravies,korma,Paneer Kheer, Paneer biryani & even Paneer bonda. But somehow I haven’t tried my hands on the most popular paneer paratha recipe.Yesterday I bought a 200gms block of paneer just to make this stufffed paratha.It was so easy to make and it came out so tasty,flavorful and soft.This paratha would be loved by kids and adults as well.For variations,you can mix some grated cheese along with paneer and make it for kids.Try making this paratha for you lunch or dinner.It tastes yum.Lets see how to make this easy & healthy paneer paratha recipe !
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December 10, 2015

Fruit And Yogurt Parfait Recipe – Parfait Recipes

Fruit parfait recipe
Parfait Recipe – When my friend Shalini told me about this recipe,I had no clue of What is parfait,how it is made,how it tastes Thinking.Immediately I browsed for the recipe & images.I found in Wikipedia that Parfait is a type of food that is eaten as a dessert or breakfast in United States. It is a French word that means perfect.In the United States, parfait refers to either the traditional French-style dessert or to a popular variant, the American parfait, made by layering parfait cream, ice cream, and/or flavored gelatins in a tall, clear parfait glass, and topping the creation with whipped cream, fresh or canned fruit.In Canada and the United States, parfaits may also be made by using greek yogurt layered with granola, nuts or fresh fruits, such as peaches, strawberries or blueberries.I loved the simplicity of this recipe and tried it for our Sunday breakfast using strawberry flavored yoghurt layered with muesli & fresh fruits.It came out very colorful and we loved its taste too.So I thought of sharing this easy dessert cum breakfast recipe for you to try if you are bored with our usual Cereals with milk comboWinking.Its so healthy &a tummy filling recipe.After tasting this strawberry yogurt parfait,I wish to try all the variants of parfait recipe and taste it.Ok,Lets see how to make this easy and healthy fruit yogurt parfait recipe.Vegans,please replace yogurt with non-dairy yogurt.Actual recipe calls for granola,but I used muesli here.It was super crunchy to taste !
fruit and yogurt parfait recipe

Fruit yogurt parfait recipe

Fruit yogurt parfait recipe Fruit yogurt parfait recipe - Easy American breakfast at home !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes


  • Granola Or Muesli - 4 tbsp
  • Flavored yoghurt - 2 cups ( I used DANONE Strawberry yogurt – 80gms)
  • Fresh fruits ( Blueberry , Strawberry,Apple and Cherries) - as needed
  • Refrigerate or freeze the yoghurt for an hour and let it be cold and thick.I bought Danone & Nestle yogurt.But used Danone.Take all the required ingredients and keep it ready.

  • In a clear glass/Parfait glass,put 2 tbsp of muesli as the first layer.Then add half of the yogurt from 80gms cup. Again layer it with muesli and then add the remaining yoghurt.Lastly layer it with chopped fresh fruits.Garnish with a fresh mint leaf and serve immediately.Healthy and tasty fruit yogurt parfait is ready.Enjoy !Doesn't it sound easy ?? ;)
( If you use greek yogurt,u can mix sugar with fresh fruits and then layer it to give a sweet taste.I used sweetened Strawberry flavored yoghurt.So I din’t use any extra sugar.For variations,you can use chopped banana pieces,cranberry,raspberry etc)
If you don't have flavored yogurt in hand,just blend the strawberry adding some sugar,Mix with homemade thick curd & hang it for an hour by tieing them in a cloth or freexe it for an hour to make it thick.Excess water content would be removed.Then you can use this thick curd for making parfait !

Parfait recipe

Enjoy this quick n easy International breakfast at home !
Fruit parfait recipe

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December 8, 2015

Cup Corn Recipe - Butter Cup Corn - Easy Snacks For Kids

Butter cup corn recipe
Masala Cup corn is one of the most popular snacks you can find in all the malls and theaters in big cities.Cup corn is nothing but boiled American sweet corn kernels mixed with plain salt & butter.It’s an easy and yummy snack to be enjoyed during this monsoon season.In most of the cup corn stall,u could find a menu showing variations in this recipe like Indian masala,Mexican,Italian,classic,salted cup corn etc.We always go for masala butter corn whereas Raksha loves plain salted ones with extra butterWinking.Most of the time this would be our interval time snacks in theaters.If you opt for less butter,it’s a guilt free low calorie healthy snack for kids and adults.Actually I clicked a picture of the cup corn menu and wanted to share here for variations u can try.But somehow I missed that file in my mobile. I will update this post after I click again.Nowadays I make this for Raksha’s school snack box very often.Its very easy to make if you have boiled corn in hands.You can also use frozen corn.Just cook the corn adding salt ,drain the excess water and mix the spice powders.Ok,Lets see how to make this easy masala butter cup corn recipe at home ! 
List of my corn recipes

Masala cup corn recipe

Cup corn recipe/Butter cup corn recipe

Cup corn recipe/Butter cup corn recipe How to make masala butter cup corn recipe for evening snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • American sweet corn - 1 no ( 2 cups of corn kernels)
  • Butter - 2 tbsp ( add more if u wish)
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp ( use 1/2 tsp for less spice)
  • Chat masala powder - 1/2 tsp ( adjust)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Lemon juice - few drops
  • Pressure cook the sweet corn adding enough water and salt.Once it becomes warm,remove the cork kernels using a knife as shown in the picture below.
Cup corn recipe

  • Boil the kernels in hot water for few minutes to make it hot ( OR mix all these spice powders and double boil the corn kernels to keep it hot till u serve).Drain the excess water and collect the corn kernels in a bowl.Add red chilli powder,chat masala powder,salt and butter. Mix it well,check for taste and serve hot immediately.
Cup corn recipe
Enjoy !
  • For plain salted ones with butter,avoid spice powders and add salt,butter alone.
  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder and chat masala powder as per your taste.
  • You can skip lemon juice and add amchur powder for tangy taste
  • You can also try adding black salt instead of plain salt.

Try this easy,healthy masala cup corn recipe for your kids and Husband.They will love it !!

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December 7, 2015

Garlic Chutney Recipe - Poondu Chutney - Side Dish For Idli Dosa

Garlic chutney recipe
This is one of the chutneys I make for travel because it stays good for a day without refrigeration.My Dad loves this chutney a lot as it tastes spicyTongue.Usually I add more onion and less garlic but this morning I tried the same chutney adding more garlic cloves and less onion.It was tasting great with idli & dosa.Garlic chutney(Poondu chutney in Tamil,Lahsun ki chutney in Hindi,Vellulli chutney in Telugu and Bellulli chutney in Kannada) for idli & dosa can be made in many ways.You could find varieties of poondu chutney in blogosphere.Some people add tomato & some use coconut.It can also be made as dry chutney just like my Poondu molapdi for Vendhaya dosa.The chutney recipe I have shared today is without coconut & tomato. Soon I will share the other variants of garlic chutney.In the mean time,check out my Poondu thogayal/Garlic thuvayal for riceeasy tomato garlic chutney for roti  if interested ! Lets see how to prepare this South Indian style onion poondu chutney for idli,dosaHappy
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December 4, 2015

Milagu Rasam / Pepper Rasam Recipe - Rasam Recipes

Milagu rasam recipe
Pepper Rasam(Milagu Rasam in Tamil) is the most wanted rasam recipe in this rainy season.As you all know pepper is good for sore throat & cold.It gives a soothing effect. So my MIL make this rasam to drink as a soup whenever we are down with flu.Adding tomato & garlic in this rasam are purely optional.If you want to make this rasam without tomato,just follow my poondu rasam recipe and use less garlic cloves.However you make,this rasam tastes great with the flavor & hotness of pepper.Lets see how to make this hot n spicy Indian pepper rasam with stepwise recipes !
Check out my Milagu kuzhambu & Iyengar Milagu kuzhambu recipes too !
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December 2, 2015

Easy Walnut Chutney Recipe - Side dish For Idli,Dosa

Walnut chutney recipe
Nowadays I started to look for some healthy chutney recipes other than my usual coconut chutney & onion,tomato chutney recipes.Recently I came across this walnut chutney recipe in a facebook page.Its recipe was very similar to my hotel style thick coconut chutney recipe.So this morning I tried it for our breakfast as a side dish for Samai idli/Little millet idli( Recipe yet to come).After having this chutney,Sendhil told its taste is very similar to peanut chutneyHappy.Its an easy to make,South Indian style chutney using less coconut.You can make it without coconut too.It was tasting good with Samai Idli & Dosa as well.If you don’t have walnuts in hand,you can prepare this chutney with Almonds/Badam or just with the skin of badam peel.It will come out well.Refer notes section for more variations.Lets see how to make Indian style,healthy walnut chutney recipe in detail !Check out my 40+ Chutney varieties HERE
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December 1, 2015

Brinjal Biryani/Kathirikai Biryani Recipe

Brinjal biryani
Actually I wanted to finish my Sunday Lunch Recipes series this week by posting an interesting biryani recipe.But suddenly I changed my plan and postponed the conclusion of this series to next weekend as I came across this yummy biryani recipe using my favorite vegetable, Brinjal Winking. I have tried brinjal gravy as a side dish for biryani but never thought of making a biryani adding whole brinjals.When Valarmathi shared this Kathirikai biryani,I was so excited & bookmarked it immediately to try this one.In Andhra,people call this as Vankaya biryani but its method & ingredients are slightly different. I made few additions to the original recipe and tried it yesterday.It came out very well.Being a big brinjal fan,I loved this rice to the coreDancing.I am so happy to add this biryani recipe in my Sunday Lunch Recipes Series and this is my 35th recipe in this series!Lets see how ro make this yummy & delicious Brinjal Biryani/Kathirikai Sadam recipe.I am dedicating this post to all brinjal lovers like me Happy.
Brinjal biryani

Brinjal Biryani Recipe

Brinjal Biryani Recipe How to make birnjal biryani / Kathirikai sadam
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Biryani
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 200 ml
  • Raw Rice OR Steamed Rice - 1 cup
  • Cooking oil or ghee -  2tbsp
  • Small brinjals - 6 nos
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Ripe tomato - 2 nos
  • Curd – 2 tbsp
  • Green chillies – 2-3 nos
  • Whole Garam masala - 1 each ( cinnamon,2 cloves,cardamom,black stone flower,bayleaf)
  • Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Mint leaves – few
  • Coriander leaves - few
  • Water - 2.5 cups
To stuff & marinate brinjals
  • Ginger & garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Dhania powder –1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - as needed
  • Wash and slit the brinjals into 4 pieces without removing the stem. Keep them immersed in water till use to avoid discoloration.Mix all the masala powders & ginger,garlic paste with lemon juice given under “to marinate & stuff brinjal”.Stuff this paste inside the brinjal and let it marinate for 20 minutes.
Brinjal biryani recipe
  • In a pressure cooker base, heat oil and saute the whole garam masala & fennel seeds.Do not burn the fennel seeds.Add onions & slitted green chillies immediately.Saute until transparent.Add the tomato pieces & saute until mushy.
Brinjal biryani recipe
Brinjal biryani recipe

  • Now add the marinated brinjal and mix well until it shrinks slightly. Add mint leaves +coriander leaves.Mix well and then add curd.Stir it well & add water with required salt.
Brinjal biryani recipe

  • Add the rice,mix well & pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.Open & fluff it with a fork.Serve hot with raita!
Brinjal biryani recipe
  • Adjust the quantity of spices as per your taste.
  • You can replace brinjal with mixed vegetables or mushroom.In that case u don’t need to marinate.Instead add the paste after sauting onions & mix well till its raw smell leaves off
  • I din’t use basmati rice or jeera rice for this biryani.You can use them if you wish.For 1 cup of basmati rice,u should add 2 cups of water after soaking the rice for 20 minutes.for jeera rice, use 1:2 water without soaking the rice.

Try this easy,yummy biryani recipe if you are a brinjal fan.U will fall for its taste !
Brinjal biryani

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