Thursday, August 27, 2009

Event-Soup 'N Juice

I am reposting all these soups and juices to Soup 'N Juice for the event hosted by Srieesha of Mom's recipies.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Vinayakar Chathurthi Recipes

These are the recipes submitted to Purva and Priti's Festive Food- FF. Festive Food Event - FF

Recipe for Kozhukattai

For the dough:


Rice flour - 1 cup
Water - 1 1/2 cup
Oil - 1 tsp


Heat the water in a pan and add salt to it. Then add oil in the rice flour and keep aside.
When water boils add to the rice flour and mix well so that no lumps formed.
Then knead well by adding more warm water to make smooth dough.
Make small balls out of dough and keep aside.
For making the modakam take 2 small cups one with water and another with oil.
Just make like cup shape and fill with stuffing close the edges to make pear shape or just make circular shape and keep the filling and seal the edges and close it.
Then steam these for 10-15 min.

For stuffing:
I did three types of stuffings this time..

For coconut stuffing:
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Jaggery - 1/4 cup (acc to your taste)
ghee - 1 tsp
Cardamom powder - a pinch

For Channa dal stuffing:
Channa dal - 1/4 cup
Grated coconut - 1/4 tsp
Jaggery - 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1 tsp
Cardamom powder - a pinch

For Sesame stuffing :
Sesame seeds - 1 tblspn
Grated coconut - 1/4 tsp
Jaggery - 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1 tsp
Cardamom powder - a pinch

Method :

Add jaggery and water and heat it till jaggery dissolves and add cardamom powder and keep aside.

For coconut stuffing:
Heat a tsp of ghee and add grated coconut and fry it for 5 min.
Then add jaggery, cardamom powder and mix well and keep aside.

For Sesame stuffing:
Fry the sesame in the pan and let it cool and powder it.
Then add melted jaggery, grated coconut, cardamom powder and mix well and use for stuffing.

For Channa dal stuffing:
Boil channa dal in cooker for 2 whistle. Let it cool and grind it once.
Then add melted jaggery, cardamom powder, grated coconut and mix well and use for stuffing.

Urad Dal Vada


Urad dal - 1 cup
Raw rice - 1 1/2 tsp
Ginger - small inch
Green chillies - 2-3
Onion - 1/4 cup
Hing - a pinch
Coriander leaves - 2-3 sprigs
Curry leaves - 3-4
Oil - for frying
Salt to taste

Soak urad dal and raw rice for 2 hrs.
Then grind urad dal, rice, green chillies, ginger by sprinkling water little by little. Keep aside.
Then add finely chopped onion, coriander leaves, curry leaves, hing, salt to taste.
Keep it in refrigerator for 10-15 min.
Take one small ziploc bag and wet with little water. Take small amount of batter and flatten it lightly, shape them into round or any shape and make a hole in the center.
Drop it in the hot oil very carefully, turning once in a while, deep fry till golden brown on both sides.
Remove from heat and drain in paper towel.

If you have added so many water while grinding add rice flour and little maida. ( But don't mix powder so much)

Sunday, August 23, 2009


I am very happy and honor to receive this award. Soooooooo nice of you. Thanks a lot!!!!!

Thanks to Ammu of Ammuvin samayal kuripugal and Chaitra of Aathidhyam.


I should really thank Dhanya Rajesh -Amma's Adukkala for passing such cute awards to me One Lovely Blog Award, Kreative Blog Award, I love Your Blog Award here it goes....

Happy Birthday to Lord Ganesha (Vinayagar Chathurthi Special)

First wish all the visitors of this blog a very happy Vinayagar Chathurthi. Let his birthday bring peace and prosperity to everyone in this world!

This month we celebrated 3 birthdays - my hubby's, mine and Lord Ganesh's. I would like to share few thing we enjoyed doing on this Vinayagar Chathurthi.

Yesterday, we brought white modeling clay and glittering glue pen set from Michaels (Arts & Crafts store). My hubby sculpted the idol while running Seerkazhi Govindarajan 'vinai theerphavane' song in background.

Halfway in the process, we realized that it looked like Lord Ganesha is on south beach diet for past several weeks. Yes, the 2 blocks of clay (each 1 lb) we brought is not enough. My hubby drove to Michaels again and brought another block and completed it. I made the ratatooee (mouse) and a bowl of laddu in clay ... hehehe :-)

Here is how he looked while in making (still need to attach 'ear'):

Finally, Lord Ganesha shaped up very well... close to the picture isn't it?

Glittering after the decorations:

Dharisanam in puja

I made sesame (ellu) and dhal jaggery (paruppu chakkarai) kolkattai, ulundhu vadai, semiya milk payasam and of course sundal for this occasion. We did abhishegam in milk, sandal, turmeric, yogurt and vibhuthi. We also offered everything I made along with fruits to Lord Ganesha and completed our puja. We prayed Lord Ganesha and enjoyed our prasadham.

This is a close look at the food and fruits for Lord Ganesh.

Recipes are on the way in my next post. Wish you all once again Vinayagar Chathurthi! Enjoy this day with lot of happiness.

Happy Birthday once again Pillayarappa!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Oatmeal Pancake (Yummy & Heart healthy!)

Oatmeal is very heart healthy with lot of fiber and lowers cholesterol, blood pressure. I love pancakes. Oatmeal pancakes is one of my favorite breakfast esp on Sundays. A perfect pancake to me should come out puffy, spongy, should have right level of sweet, invitingly colorful and should be a feast for nostrils. Here is what I enjoyed yesterday for breakfast:


1. Rolled or Old style or Irish Oats 1 cup

2. 100% whole wheat multi-purpose flour 1/2 cup

3. Egg white (or whole egg beat if you prefer) 1/2 cup

4. Baking powder 1 tsp

5. Agave for sweet 1 tblsp (or sugar if you prefer)

6. Blueberries 1/2 cup

7. Fat-free milk (1/2 cup)

8. 100% Maple syrup (cheap HFCS high-fructose corn syrup mix is no good for both health and taste)

Add oats to the milk and soak it for 3-4 hours or overnight in refrigerator. Add egg white, wheat flour, baking powder, agave (or sugar) and blend in processor / coffee grinder. Bring a non-stick pan to medium heat and pour 5 to 7 spoons of the mix (non-stick greasing stuff or oil is not really needed for pancakes). Turn it over in 1 to 2 minutes and take out once it becomes puffy and golden color.

Enjoy with 100% maple syrup and a small cube of butter if you wish. Perfect breakfast with coffee or fruit shake. What else... indulge into the bliss!

Welcome your thoughts...!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Event Recipes

I am sending this recipes to 'Side dish for chapathi' event hosted by Viki.

I am sending this recipes to 'Side dish for chapathi' event.

Green Beans Stir Fry

Green beans are the excellent source of Vitamin c, vitamin k, and manganese.
They are also good source of vitamin A, magnesium, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and niacin.
The major health benefit of common beans is their ability to lower cholesterol due to their rich source of fiber.
The presence of vitamin k in green beans makes them very good for maintaing the health of bones.
The high amount of fiber present in green beans helps in lowering high blood pressure.
Regular consumption of green beans has been associated with strengthening of the immune system.
Beans is used to make curries, rice dishes, gravies and many more. This is one of the favorite dish of my hubby.

Here goes my recipes...


Baby green beans - 2 cup
Onion - 1 medium
Garlic - 2
White sesame seeds - 1 tblsp
Chilly powder - 2 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
For garnishing Sesame seeds - 1 tsp

Boil the green beans with salt until it become soft.
Dry roast the sesame seeds and grind it with salt to a fine powder and keep aside.
Heat oil add cumin seeds, onion, garlic and fry till it turns light brown.
Then add cooked beans, chilly powder, garam masala cook on high flame for 5 min.
Then when it become dry turn off the heat.
Serve with rice or chapati.

I am sending this recipe to 'Side dish for chapathi' event hosted by Viki of Viki's Kitchen.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Cabbage Soup


Cabbage - 1 small
Onion - 1 medium
Milk - 3 tblspn
Black pepper powder as per taste
Salt to taste


Wash and chop the cabbage. Chop the onion and keep aside.
Heat a pressure cooker with oil and add onion and fry till they are pink. Then add cabbage and fry for 5 min.
Then add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 2 whistle.
Once cooled sieve and grind it to smooth paste and add water as per consistency.
Then cook without lid add milk, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to boil till you get thickness.
Serve hot.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Three Awards And Tag

Ganga has passed me I Love Your Blog Award, One Lovely Blog Award, Kreative Blogger Award, and Tag.... I am really very honored and very very happy to receive my First Three Awards...... Thank You...
Thank You So Much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What is your current obsession?
What are you wearing today?
Skirt and Top.
What's for dinner?
Chapati and chicken kulambhu.
What's the last thing you bought?
Starbucks coffee and Very berry coffee cafe.
What are you listening right now?
LIstening Melodious songs.
What do you thing about the person who tagged you?
She have a nice blog with lovely recipes.
If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like to be?
Anywhere I will be very happy if my hubby with me.
What are your must- have pieces for summer?
cotton dress, Heaters(A/C)
If you could go anywhere in the world for next hour, where would you go?
Which language do you want to learn?
Who do you want to meet right now?
My mom
What is your favorite color?
Pink , Yellow, black
What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own closet?
My Jeans T-shirt and some Silk sarees.
What is your dream job?
What's your favorite magazine?
Anantha vikatan, Kungumam.
If you had $ 100 now, what would you spend it on?
Will buy some b'day gift for my Hubby.
What do you consider a fashion faux pas
To wear short skirts.
Who are your style icon?
I admire beauty and who have good dressing sense .
Describe your personal style?
Simple, traditional and modern outfit.
What are you going to do after this?
Eat my Dinner
What are your favorite movies?
Many movies nothing specific.
What inspires you?
Give us three styling tips that always work for you?
My smile
Coffee or tea?
What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?
Just admire nature
What is the meaning of your name?
A bright star
Which other blogs you love visiting?
Favorite Dessert/ sweet?
Gulab jamun, jangri
Favorite season

The rules are :

Respond and rework - answer the question on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own. Then tag eight or ten other people.
I would like to share this awards and tag with .....

I think I am the last person to post this one. I wish to share this award to the great bloggers below. Kindly accept this award and please pass it to your friends. If you already got these awards just ignore it.

viki - Viki's Kitchen
Ramya - Ramya cooks
Priya - Akshayapaatram
Sarah naveen - Vazhayila
Seena - Simple and Delicious

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