Thursday, 25 August 2011


For dinner My avva (grandma) used to make idly every day. Me and
my brother hate idly like anything. Now my kids are attached to
idly. :)) I do present them idly in different forms. They like
and enjoy them.

let us see KUTLY :)

This is idly also called button idly. But in our house it got
the name of KUTLY.

steam the idly in button idly plate.

Make sambar. While u r serving let the kutlies swim in the sambar.
Garnish with coriander leafs. U can also add some ghee on top of
it. YUMMY YUMMY kutly... tasty tasty. :))

Note: Instead of sambar u may also use rasam. Then it is rasam idly. :))

Wednesday, 24 August 2011


Bread is a handy food. Easy to digestion. That is why doctors
advice us to take bread as a diet when we fall ill.
Normally we make sandwich out of bread. If we have bread
at home we can do wonder.

Instead of white bread use more of brown bread or multigrain
breads. Its healthy.

For bread masala toast follow this link:

1.Cheese bread toast:

1. grate the cheese and keep aside.

2. Take a bread slice. apply butter or ghee. Apply some
tomato sauce. sprinkle the grated cheese over it and
toast it in a toaster. cheese bread toast is ready.


In the super market Nutella chocolate bread spread is
available. Kids will love the chocolate coated bread.

Just apply over the bread and it is ready to serve.

3. Pav masala:

1. This is very easy to make. Take pav (which we use for
pav baji). roast in the tawa with ghee or butter.

2. sprinkle some garam masala over it in pav masala is
ready. (it can be sent in lunch box for kids or serve
as a evening snack)

4. potato masala bread:

make potato curry (smashed potatoes)

Take bread slice. spread the curry over it.
cover it with another slice of bread and toast it.
(if u wish u can add some grated cheese, tomato sauce
or u can use green chutney over the potato masala)

this can be served as breakfast food, lunch box for kids
and evening snack.

5. Make paneer burji (for recipe)

stuff the bread slice with paneer burji and toast it.
while making burji U can also add grated carrots,cabbage.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

semiya kichadi

very simple to make and this can be served as a breakfast. U can also
pack this for lunchbox. This kichadi we are adding vegetables. So
it is good for health. We can be happy that something healthy goes into
the stomach.

1. slice onions, tomatoes, green chillies.

2. cut carrot, beans, potato 1 inch long .

3. Boil 2 cups of water. Add 1 cup of semiya. stir well and switch
off the stove. Let the semiya cook in the hot water. cover it.
(no need to strain as we have used the required quantity of water

4. Now take a kadai, add vagar, curry leafs, chilli sliced onions.
Once the onions are done add tomatoes fry for some time
and then add the vegetables. Add some salt and little water
and cook the vegetables. add little haldi powder

5. Once the vegetables are done add the cooked semiya into it
and mix well. Add lemon juice and now the vegetable semiya
kichadi is ready to serve.

Note: Instead of boiling semiya separately and vegetable separately
u can make this as normal semiya upma. But before adding semiya
add the vegetables and allow it to cook. Then add the enough
quantity of water so that the semiya can be cooked.


PACHI PULUSU (In telugu) / VENTHAYA KUZAMBU. This is very simple to make.
I tried this recipe in micro wave. The fragrance u get.....


Tamarind - lemon size
red chilli - 1
curry leafs - few
onion - finely chopped : 1
sambar podi - 1 1/2 spoons
salt - 1 spoon

For vagar : til oil - 1 spoon,urad dhal, chana dhal, mustard seeds, heeng (perungayam)
venthayam (methi seeds).

Take a microwave safe glass bowl. Add the oil vagar items, cove it
with cling wrap and
keep in the oven for 2 minutes.

Once the mustard seeds pops carefully take out from the
oven and add onion and keep for 3 minutes.

Once the onion is done add sambar podi and salt. Mix well.
keep in the oven for 7 minutes.

allow it to boil. Now u will be getting the aroma of venthaya kuzambu.
Its perfect time to switch off the oven and take out the pachi pulusu
for serving.


I love this uppuma kozukattai. In Telugu it is called UNDRALU.
This is Ganesha's favorite. My aunty used to tell on amavasya day
offering kozukattai or undralu to ganesha will remove hurdles and
we can get rid off our loans.


For this v need the following items:
rice rava - 1 cup
seasoning items,
curry leaf, salt to taste
water- 2 cups , oil 1 spoon,asafoetida

FOR RICE RAVA : Normally i wont soak the rice. I just grind raw rice along
with 2 spoons of tuvardal, pepper and jeera. The rice rawa is ready


1. Take a kadai pour oil and make vagar with mustard seeds and
add curry leafs and heeng (asafoetida)pour the water, add salt and
allow it to boil (cover it with a lid so that it will boil soon)

2. Once water starts boiling add the rice rava into it and stir well.
cover it for few minutes and cook. Now the upma is ready.

3. Now we have to make the kozukattai. Touching little water in
the hand make the upma into an egg shape. Once u r done
steam them in the cooker (like we do for idli).

Now the upma kozukattai/ Undralu is ready to serve.

Serve it with coconut chutney.

Note: Some like to add grated coconut. If u wish to add coconut
add it while the water is boiling.

Thursday, 18 August 2011


I would like to share this very simple thakkali thokku with u all.

Take 1 kg riped tomatoes. Wash it and put it in a cooker.
cover it with lid and allow it cook. After 2 whistle switch off
the stove.

Once the steam get released, open the lid and smash the tomatoes.
Keep it in the stove cook until the waters evaporate.Stir occasionally.
Now add chilli powder, salt and haldi powder and boil.

Then in a separate kadai make vagar with (til oil) and mustard seeds
pour this into the thokku and boil for another 10 minutes.

Now simple thakkali thokku is ready. This is the good companion for
Idli, dosa, chappathi and puri. U can mix this in rice and enjoy :))


This is one of my favorite tiffin. This can be saved for breakfast or dinner.


Soak 1 tumbler rice, 1/4 cup - tuvar dal, 1/4 cup- channa dal,
little urad dal and moong dhal.

Red chillies - 10. Soak above said ingredients for 2 to 3 hours.
Grind well using a wet grinder or mixer. Add salt to taste.
Also add some asafoetida and curry leafes.


Take a kitchen full of adai batter and make dosa in the tava.
Roast both sides and serve with morkolambu or avial.

U can add spinach to the batter and make spinach adai.

If u add murungai leafs (drumstick leafs) it is murungai adai.

By adding finely chopped onions over the dosa u can make onion adai.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011


I learnt this from my aunty. Its easy to make. Taste very good.
This toast can be served as a breakfast. Kids will like this.

Take Big onion - 2, medium size tomato - 1, red or green chilli -2,
grind them into a paste.
Add salt, 3 spoons of rava or suji(fried), coriander leafs and
keep for 5 minutes. This is the masala.

Now take a sandwich bread. Apply one spoon of masala over the bread.

In a heated tawa add a spoon of ghee, place the bread over it and toast.

Allow the masala to cook, slowly turn the toast into other side and
toast. Now the super tasty masala bread toast is ready.
No need for any side dish. U can just enjoy the toast as it is.


MOREKULAMBU this is south indian kadi. ( I will post the gujarathi kadi
recipe also)

The best side dish for adai is avial. But sometimes i do make this
morekulambu, which will also be a good one.


Soad 1 spoon tuvar dal (tuvaram parupu) and 1 spoon channa dal
(kadalai paruppu) for 30 minutes.
coconut : 1/2 cup shredded.
Green chilli : 2

curd : 1 1/2 cup
salt to taste.
curry leaf: little
If u wish u can give tadka :)

Take coconut,green chilli and soaked dals. grind and make a soft

Pour the mixer in a bowl add some water and allow it to boil.
Keep stirring . Add salt and boil.

In the mean time beat the curd and keep it aside. Once the
raw smell of the dals over in the mixture add this beaten curd
and add very little water.

After adding curd keep the mixture in the
stove for 5 minutes. Do't boil too much.
Remove from the fire and add curry leafes in to it
and now the thick and divine smell
mor kulambu is ready to serve. :))

I normally do't give tadka to this. If u wish u can
give tadka with urad dal,mustard seeds.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Mysore pak in microwave

Mysore pak.... my husbands' favorite. For varalakshmi vrutham
i made Mysore pak in microwave. (this recipe is given by famous
culinary expert mallika badrinath)

1. Besan powder or kadalai mavu : 1 cup
2. powdered sugar : 1 1/2 ccup (if u like more sweet add little more )
3. ghee : 3/4 cup
4. Milk powder : 2 spoons (optional)
5. water : 2 teaspoons. (if u are not adding milk powder then avoid water also. instead use 2 spoons of milk)

(mix besan, powdered sugar well and keep aside)

1. Take microwave safe bowl. (glass bowl is best)
Pour the ghee into it and microwave for 1 minute.

2. Now add the besan powder, sugar powder mix and
milk. Mix well and keep in the oven for 5 minutes.

3. Once u see the bubbles coming up take out the mixture
and pour into a greased plate.

4. allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

5. Then cut into pieces.

6. when it completely cools ready for serve.

(this won't be very hard one, something like melting mysorepak,
because i keep for less minutes)

Tuesday, 9 August 2011


My kids like variety cooking. When tummy is kush mummy is kush :))
I make the food whatever they like. My kids prefer roasted dosa.
I used to serve them this podi dosa.

1. Idli mozaga podi
2. Dosa batter
3. Ghee/oil


Its very simple one. Make a crispy dosa with the batter. I would like

spread the mozaga podi over the dosa. Fold and serve it hot.

side dish can be coconut chutney. But with out anything also u can
enjoy the dosa as it already has podi.

Andhra's nalla karam podi, kandi podi can also be used.

Monday, 8 August 2011


I tried this recipe. came out very well.

For palak paneer rice v need palak - 2 bunches (washed and finely chopped)
Basmati rice - 2 cups (wash and soak for 15 minutes)
Onion sliced - 1
paneer cubes - 100 gms
dhaniya powder - 1spoon

red chilli powder - 1/2 spoon
garam masala - 1/2 spoon
haldi - 1/4 spoon,
curd - 1cup
water - 11/2 cup
ghee - 1 spoon,
jeera - little
green cardamom - 1
cloves - 1
tej patha (bay leaf) - small piece
salt to taste

ginger garlic pate - 1/2 spoon

Take a kadai. Heat it add ghee. Then add jeera, cloves, caradamom and tejpatha.
once they crackle add sliced onion fry for a while.
Then add the ginger garlice paste and fry.

Now add the chopped palak, haldi and salt and fry. Once the palak is
cooked add the paneer.

Then add the dhaniya, red chilli powder and garam masala salt.
Add the soaked and drained basmati rice into it and slightly fry it.

Then add curd and water. Allow the rice to cook.

Once the rice is done transfer the rice into a serving bowl.
And super tasty palak paneer rice is ready.

No need for raita. Potato chips or papad will be good companion for this

This can be packed for lunch box. Kids will like this.:))

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Tomato onion chutney - micro oven style

I like Tomato onion chutney. But in the busy busy mornings
frying tomato onion will add more work to me. I have my best
friend Micro oven. He is very handy. :))

Let us see how v can make tomato onion chutney in ovan.

Sliced Big onions - 2
Sliced Tomato - 1
Red chillies - 3
urad dhal - 1 Spoon,
salt to taste
oil 2 Spoons.
curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds - 1 Spoon

1 First take micro ovan safe bowl. add 1 Spoon oil, urad dhal, red chillies cover
it keep for 2 minutes in ovan.

2. Take out carefully and add the chopped onions and tomatoes.
mix well and keep in the ovan for 3 minutes.

3. Take out and allow it to cool.

4. Transfer it into a blender. Add salt and grind well.

5. Now take same micro ovan safe bowl. Add oil, mustard seeds,
curry leaves and keep in the oven for 2 minutes.

6. Now add the tomato onion paste into it. Stir well and keep in the
oven for 3 minutes.

Tomato onion chutney is ready to serve.

Roasted appalam/papads

Diet conscious people will avoid fried papads.

If u have micro wave u can enjoy crispy papad whenever u want.
It will take 1 minute only.

Place the papads in the ovan

set one minute time your papad is ready.
crispy papads....

With this u can make masala papads at home:
chop onions, tomatoes, green chillies, coriander leaves.
garnish them over the fried papads and add little chat masala
and pinch of salt. If u like squeeze little lemon.

Now tangy masaledhar papad is ready!!!!!


I love crispy dosas. Tired of making aloo masala dosa. I
tried this paneer burji dosa. It came out well and
My kids love them.

Here is the recipe:

To Make Paneer Burji:
Paneer : 200 gms
Finely chopped tomatoes : 2
Finely chopped Big onions : 1
Ginger garlic paste - 1/4 spoon
dhaniya & cumin powder : 1 Spoon
red chilli powder : 1/2 spoon
garam masala : 1/2 spoon
amchoor powder : a pinch (optional)
capsicum finely chopped - 1 (optional)
salt to taste, jeera, kasoori methi and oil for tadka
For dosa :
Dosa batter

Making paneer burji:-
1. Take a kadai add one spoon oil into it. Once the oil is heated add
Jeera and kasoori methi.
2. Now add the sliced onion and fry it. Add ginger garlic paste into it
and fry. Then add the chopped tomato, cover and cook until the tomatoes are

3. Then add the salt, dhaniya & cumin powder, garam masala, aamchur powder
and stir well. Add 1 spoon water so that masalas can combine well.
4. Now add the grated paneer into the masala stir well. paneer burji is
ready. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Now make paper dosa like this and pour 1 Spoon of oil in the
middle of the dosa only. (This will make the dosa crispy)

Now take 1 spoon full of paneer burji and keep it in the middle
of the dosa and wrap it. Serve it with coconut chutney.

Srilankan dhal

srilankan dhal made with lentils.

It can be mixed in rice or good companion with bread. :)
INGREDIENTS Lentils /masoori dhal 1 cup, garlic cloves - 4, Thick coconut milk - 1 cup,Sliced onion - 1, green chilli-2, curry leavs- few, haldi- a pinch, salt to taste, oil - 1 spoon, mustard seeds for tadka.

In a pan add some water and boil it. Then add the masoori dhal into it
and add garlic and haldi (turmeric). When the dhal is done add salt and
coconut milk.

In a separate pan add the oil and make tadka , add curry leaves, green chillies and
fry the onion until it turns brown. Pour this tadka into the dhal
and yummy yummy dhal is ready.