Monday, October 29, 2012


vegetarian cake

First of all many thanks to my dear friend Aarthi ( Durga ) ( Husband's Cousin ) for sharing this recipe. She is a very good baker. When I asked her for a Easy chocolate cake recipe, immediately she shared this recipe with me.  I tried this and it turned out well. So sharing this great recipe with you all. You all will be very surprised to know the ingredients used in this cake. Here you go for the Instant Eggless cake recipe .....

Monday, October 22, 2012


lobhiya subji

Black eyed beans / Lobia is called Karamani in tamil. During the navaratri festival we prepare this sundal, and offer to god. It is a simple, healthy and Protein packed dish. This can be a ideal evening snack. Here is the recipe..

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Sweet Sundal

Navaratri / Navratri means nine nights in Sanskrit Language, Nava means nine and Ratri means night. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Hindu Goddess are worshipped. Navratri is a very famous festival in india. In south india, it is customary to display Golu ( Exhibition of Various dolls and figurines in odd numbered tires ( Shelves ). When people come to visit a person's house to see the Golu / Kolu, usually they are given prasad ( the offering given to god ) and a small bag of gift. Normally we make Sundal ( South indian style salad ) as prasad. Sundal is made either sweet or savory. Here is a traditional PASI PAYARU Sweet SUNDAL / MOONG DAL  Sweet Sundal recipe .......

Sunday, October 14, 2012


mani kozhukattai

Ammini Kozhukattai / Mini Kozhukattai is a spicy version of Modak without any stuffing. Normally the left over outer covering dough, (which is used to prepare modak) is made in to cute small balls by adding spices , which is then steamed and tempered. This is an ideal evening snack, which will be loved by all. 
Here is my spicy and flavorful version.

For Outer Cover : Dough Preparation 

Raw Rice - 1 Cup
Salt - 1/2 Teaspoon
Oil - 2  Table Spoon + ( 1 Table Spoon while kneading ) 
Water - 2 Cups

Method :

Soak rice for at least 1 to 2 hours. Then grind it to a very smooth batter by adding 2 cups of  water. Now add oil, and salt to the batter and mix well. Heat pan, then pour this batter, Keep the flame in medium low, and start stirring the batter continuously. Slowly the batter will start thickening, mix well continuously so that no lumps are formed. Stir continuously until the batter forms a ball like mass. 
The mixture will start changing its color from white to half white color. Dip your fingers in cold water and touch the dough, if it doesn't stick, then the dough is ready. Switch off the flame and keep it covered. 

When it is still warm, grease your hands well with oil and knead the dough well with a table spoon of oil, and keep it covered until use.

For Making Ammini Kozhukattai / Mini Kozhukattai / Spiced & Steamed Rice Dumplings :

Ingredients :

Outer covering of Modak dough - 1 Cup
Green chilies - 2 or 3 No's.
Ginger - A small piece
Grated Coconut - 2 Table Spoon

To Temper :

Jeera ( Cumin Seeds) - 1/2 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chili - 1 No
Coconut Oil - 1 Table Spoon
Grated coconut - 1 Table Spoon
Asafoetida ( Heeng) - 1/4 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves - Few.
Coriander Leaves - 1 Table spoon ( Finely Chopped )

Method :

Grind Green chilies, ginger and coconut to a fine powder. In a mixing bowl add the modak dough, prepared powder, required salt, and knead well, to form a smooth dough. If the dough is very dry you can sprinkle water. Then make small balls out of the dough, repeat for the rest of the dough and keep aside.
Steam the prepared small balls for 10 minutes and allow it to cool.
Heat oil in a small pan, add mustard seeds, jeera, dry chilies, curry leaves, asafoetida, then add the steamed balls, sprinkle little salt, fry for a minute or two in low flame, lastly add grated coconut,and chopped coriander and give a quick stir.

Transfer to a serving bowl. Tasty and yummylicious mini spicy modak is ready to eat.

Notes :

You can add  1 teaspoon of red chili powder instead of green chilies.
Pepper powder can also be added for extra spiciness.
This kolukattai ( Modak ) is also called Mani kolukattai / Mani kozhukattai.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


पनीर पकोड़ा

Me and my hubby both love paneer. So I keep experimenting with lot of paneer recipes. Paneer pakora being the all time favorite :-)  So if you are looking for a simple, easy evening snack to go well with Tea / Coffee, then pakora is the right snack. So lets go the recipe...

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Solam Masala

I Normally cook the corn cobs directly on the stove top, while its still hot I rub lemon juice, chat masala over it, and have it. I came across this recipe, while reading a book  ( some tamil magazine ) and wanted to try immediately, as it had yogurt, Sugar, chilly powder in it, thought it will be a khatta meetha recipe. We really liked the onion flavor blending well with the spices along with the corn kernels. So thought of sharing the recipe with you all........

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