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Monday, April 25, 2011


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Mint Rice/Pulao

This is  a  simple and easy rice with fresh flavor of mint leaves . When my daughter came from school,she saw this green rice and gave a big smile . She came,kissed me and said I love this green rice mummy. To my surprise , she said mommy I will eat this myself. So I think how most of the mother's will be feeling on hearing such words.

Then came the interesting part, mommy How you prepared this rice without mustard and onions ?????????????. NOW I Know why she loves this rice :)

How to Prepare this easy , tasty mint/pudina rice?

For this rice you need

1 cup of cooked rice
1 cup of fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup of coriander leaves
10-15 nos. of small onions
1/2 cup of grated coconut
2 green chillies
1 tsp. of ginger garlic paste
Bay leaf
1'' cinnamon stick
2 nos. of cardamom,cloves
10 nos. of cashew nuts for garnishing


Heat oil in a pan, add bay leaf, cinnamon,cloves and caradamom, saute for a min.

Split and add the green chillies, saute it. Add the small onions and fry till they turn slighty brown.

Add the ginger-garlic paste, saute it well,now add the mint leaves .Saute it for a min

Add coriander leaves and saute it well. Now add the coconut and fry them for 3 mins.

Allow this to cool and grind it in blender to a smooth paste , along with sufficient water.

Heat ghee in a pan, fry the cashews and keep it aside for garnishing.

In the same pan, along with ghee , add oil, now add the grinded paste along with salt and stir it gently in a low flame.

Add rice little by little, and mix it gently, check for salt . Mix them gently in low flame for abt 3 mins. Finally garnish with cashews.

Tasty and easy Mint rice is ready to be served.................................

Serve it hot with any raita's or simple serve it with crispy onion cabbage pakoda's and enjoy :)


Be careful while adding green chillies, as they splutter.

You can also add a tablespoon of lime extract at the time of adding the grinded paste in the pan, this helps to retain the color of your rice.

You can add cooked corns,peas to make it more attractive  for children to eat.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


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Finally I have made this gravy, and the reason behind this is my sweet angel. whenever I ask her what she wants for dinner immediately she will tell kofta and chapathi.She has been saying this for atleast 3 months ,becoz once we both were  seeing Raks kitchen, where she has posted cauliflower kofta's with lovely stepwise pictures , I said my daughter we will prepare this, so from that day it started -what is for dinner - Kofta and Chapathi.

Herecomes the recipe,  first let me start with kofta's and then to the gravy 

Broccoli Koftas

For the Kofta's you need

2 medium sized broccoli
3 potatoes
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. of chilli powder
1/2 tsp. of chat masala
2 tbsp. of corn flour
1/2 tsp. of garam masala powder

Pressure cook the potatoes, peel the skin and smash it.

Clean the broccoli and grate it.

Heat oil in a pan, add the grated broccoli, along with the garam masala powder, chat masala powder,turmeric powder,chilli powder and saute it for about 5 mins in low flame.

Add the cooked potatoes, along with corn flour and salt. Mix them well.

Heat oil in a pan, Make small balls of it and deep fry them until they turn golden brown. Drain them in kitchen towel to drain excess oil from it.

Crispy delicious broccoli kofta's are ready.

Now lets start with gravy
For Gravy

2 onions
3 tomatoes
Bay leaf
1 tsp. of cumin seed
1 tsp. of ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
1 tsp. of coriander powder
1/2 tsp. of garam masala powder
1 tsp. of chilli powder

Chop the onions finely.

Chop the tomatoes and grind them in a blender to a smooth puree.

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds,crush and add the bay leaf, saute for a min.

Add onions and saute until they turn translucent.

Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute until the raw smell extracts from it.

Now add the tomato puree along with the powders and mix it gently, keep stirring till the gravy thickens and the raw smell of the powder goes off.

Add sufficient water , along with salt and allow it to boil.

Finally add the fried koftas and garnish with coriander leaves...

Delicious Broccoli Kofta's are ready to be served.................

Serve it hot with chapathi's and enjoy ................................:)


Add these Kofta's while serving.
For Low fat/healthier version you can use paniyaram pans instead of deep frying.
You can also add fresh cream, at the final stage for more richer taste.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


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This is a simple and delicious soup with mushrooms and capsicum.Adding capsicum gives a unique taste to this soup. I think you remember the creamy & cheesy cauliflower soup - replace the cauliflowers with mushrooms and you get a creamy mushroom soup. In both ways the soup tasted yummy........:)

Mushroom soup

For this soup you need

10-15 nos. of button mushroom
1 onion
A small sized capsicum(we are going to use only half of it)
Butter/Olive oil

Wash and chop the mushrooms, onion and capsicum.

Heat butter / Olive oil in a pan. (I used both).Add the chopped onions , fry them until they turn translucent. 

Add the mushrooms and capsicum, saute it well.

Add 2 cups of water, close the pan and allow it to cook.

When the mushrooms get cooked , turn off the flame and allow it to cool. 

Strain the water,grind them in the blender and filter it(by using the same water we have strained).

Add this filtered puree in the pan,along with salt  and stir it gently.When it starts to boil, turn off the flame. 

Delicious Mushroom soup is ready to be served.............

Sprinkle some pepper and serve it hot :)

You can chop two mushrooms finely , saute them in butter and finally add them in soup while serving.

Note :
If you want you can also add a cup of milk at the final stage and also you can serve with grated cheese for children. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Potato Podimas

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This is a simple recipe with potatoes, very less ingredients are used and hence it takes only 15 mins. to prepare this tasty dish. Hope u enjoy it :)

For this recipe you need

2 nos. of Potatoes
2 nos. green chillies
1 big sized Onion
1 tbsp. of grated coconut
1 tsp. of mustard and urad dal
A sprig of curry leaves

Chop the onions and green chillies.

Boil the potatoes, peel the skin and chop them into chunks.

Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seed, when they stop spluttering add urad dal followed by curry leaves.

Add chopped onions , saute until they turn translucent.

Add chopped green chillies and saute for about 2 mins.

Add the potatoes along with salt .

Finally add the grated coconut , mix it gently and turn off the flame

Potato Podimas is ready to be served........

Serve with rice and enjoy..................:)

Friday, April 8, 2011


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Bitter gourd is considered to be a good medicine for diabetic patientst. Most of them avoid this because of its bitterness and here comes a solution for it. Soaking the bitter gourd in tamarind water for minimum half an hour, will definitely remove the bitterness from it. Hope you try and enjoy it  :)

For this recipe you need

2 nos. of Bitter Gourd
1 tsp. of chilli powder
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
2 tsp. of corn flour
2 tsp. of rice flour
A pinch of asafoetida
Tamarind water
Oil for frying

Wash and chop the bitter gourds , soak them in tamarind water along with turmeric powder and keep it aside for about 30 - 45 mins.

Drain the tamarind water, add the corn flour, chilli powder, rice flour, asafoetida and salt. Mix them well.

Heat oil in a pan, and fry them in medium flame. 

when they turn golden brown , drain them in kitchen towel to remove the excess oil from it.

Crispy bitter gourd chips is ready to be served...............

Serve it with sambar/rasam rice and enjoy.............. :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


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For this recipe you need

4 - 5 nos. of  Brinjal/Kathirikkai
2 onions
2 tomatoes
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
1 tsp. of chilli powder
2 tsp. of Homemade gotsu powder
1 tbsp. of tamarind water

For seasoning

1 tsp. of mustard and urad dal
A sprig of curry leaves
2 red chillies
2 tsp. of chana dal
A pinch of Asafoetida


Wash and chop the brinjals, Heat oil in a pan, add the chopped brinjals and saute it well until they gets softened.

Allow the brinjals to cool ,grind it in the blender and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add the mustard seeds when they stop spluttering add the mustard seed.

Add the curry leaves, chana dal, split the red chillies and add it along with a pinch of asafoetida.

Add the chopped onions, saute it until they turn translucent.

Add the tomatoes, along with turmeric and chilli powder .Mix it gently and allow the tomatoes to get cooked well.

Add the grinded brinjal paste along with sufficient water along with tamarind water and stir it gently.

Add the Gothsu powder , mix it well and allow it to boil. Finally garnish with coriander leaves.

Brinjal Gothsu is ready to be served...................

Serve it hot with Hot Idli's/Crispy Dosa's and enjoy................:)

Make sure the gothsu powder gets mixed well or else dilute it with water and add to the gravy.



                    Brinjal Gothsu 

                  Moong Dal Pakoda's

                      Aloo Paratha

                     Tomato Iguru

All these recipes goes to CWS-CORIANDER SEEDS  event guest hosted by me , started by Priya.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011


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Here comes a simple and delicious fry with baby potatoes. It won't take much time to prepare as very less ingredients are used . This goes very well with all varities of rice. Hope you will enjoy the recipe.

For this recipe you need

10 - 15 nos. of baby potatoes
2 tsp. of sambar powder

Wash the potatoes , boil the potatoes in a heavy bottomed pan with sufficient water ,peel the skin and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add the baby potatoes and saute until the outer skin turns golden brown, keep stirring continuously.

Add sambar powder and salt, mix it well .

Cook the potatoes until you get the perfect consistency....

Simple baby potato fry is ready to be served........

Serve it with sambar/curd rice and enjoy........:)

Sending Instant Tomato chutney, Tomato Kurma, Tomato - Green chilli ThokkuTomato chutney with Chana dal ,Tomato soup, Carrot Tomato Soup with Oats to the event CWF-WF/WV-TOMATO hosted by Sanyukta started By Kiran

Sending Aloo Paratha and Coriander Chapathi to the event Herbs and Flowers in my Platter" - Coriander leaves/Cilantro hosted by  Krithi started by PJ