>> Saturday, July 31, 2010

This is one of my hubby's favorite sweets, which I make at home when I usually have lot of milk that needs to be used up within few days........ I make paneer with the left over milk and store some for cooking and make few rasgullas with the remaining paneer. My hubby like the rasgullas to be in their usual white color, while me like them colored. So I made few orange colored rasgullas too.. :)


Grissini - Italian breadsticks

>> Friday, July 30, 2010

Grissini are long, thin pieces of crispy  bread, better known as bread sticks, and they are a popular accompaniment to many Italian meals. The origins of grissini appear to lie in the 14th century, and the food seems to have emerged in Turin(Norther Italy). Grissino Torinesi, or bread sticks in the style of Turin, are very popular, and Turin prides itself on its grissini production.  Grissini may be straight or twisted, slightly flattened and may be rolled in seasame seeds, fresh herbs. The dough may also be livened up with ingredients like brown sugar, honey or red pepper flakes.


Oats Sago Moong bean dosa/ Oats Javarisi Pachhai payaru dosai

>> Thursday, July 29, 2010

In a mood to try something new for breakfast, I added oats, sago and whole moong bean together into a healthy dosa batter. It tasted great with the mild crunchiness from oats and also turned out as green colored dosas due to addition of whole moong bean.


Fenugreek sprouts and sweet corn pulav

>> Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fenugreek (Venthaiyam in Tamil) is one of the amazing spice that's being used in our cuisine either as seeds, sprouts or leaves. Fenugreek seeds some how find their way into all the masala podis used for our cooking like rasam podi, sambar podi. Also the seeds are used in most of the kuzhambhu recipes, especially fish kuzhambhu. Use of fenugreek seeds in fish curry preparation helps to eliminate the raw flavor of fish. Also roasted seeds make thier way into all the pickles. Apart from this fenugreek leaves known as Venthaiya keerai in Tamil is usually used to make kootu, parathas. Dried fenugreek leaves popularly known as Kasuri methi is used in most of the North Indian curries as flavor enhancer.


Spinach Sweet corn Kootu

>> Monday, July 26, 2010

This is a simple kootu that goes well with rice or chapathi. The combo of corn with spinach makes the kootu to taste great with the mild sweetness from the corn kernels. I have used kadalai paruppu or bengal gram for the kootu. This recipe can also be tried with other varities of dals like moong dal or toor dal.


Spanish Almond Cake - Bizcocho De Almendras

>> Saturday, July 24, 2010

This is one of the common dessert in Spanish cuisine which is simple and easy to bake. Its popularly known as Bizcocho De Almendras. This is my first cake recipe and it turned out to be really soft and delicious. My hubby was really surprised with the cake and he himself finished off with most of it.. :) Of course I was really happy about it..


Peas Tofu curry - Tried and Tasted

>> Wednesday, July 21, 2010

When I read about the Giveaway from Versatile kitchen, that wanted us to try any recipe from the blog.. The recipe that caught my eye was Muttar tofu/ Peas tofu curry.. It's because I was having a pack of tofu left in my fridge that needs to be used sooner. Its not only the same dish.. Its the same story too.. :)


Chicken puttu

>> Sunday, July 18, 2010

Those were the days in India, where we can have sura puttu or shark puttu whenever we wish to have. But here, where to go and hunt for shark.. :D So to make up for the shark puttu, comes the chicken puttu.. :) It's a simple recipe made using roughly ground chicken. I would not call it chicken kheema, because the consistency of the ground chicken is much finer than that of a kheema.


Pachai paruppu Javarisi Payasam/ Moong Dal Sago Khree

>> Tuesday, July 13, 2010

When I came across I love my dad event, the first dish that came to my mind was this payasam. Pachai paruppu javarisi payasam is one of my dad's favorite dishes. He loves the payasam with the grated kopparai thengai(dry coconut) added to it. But since I did not have kopparai thengai, I have used fresh grated coconut. Payasam still tasted the same with fresh coconut. Its a simple dessert that will be great with some spicy vada especially masala vada. That's how my mom used to make it for my dad.. :)


Plantain Dry shrimp fry / Vazhakkai Sennaguni varuval

This is one of the simplest and yummy side dish that could be made with dry shrimp which is commonly know as Sennaguni/ Chennaigunni in Tamil. The combo of plantain with dry shrimp works great. Its one of my mom's recipe, which is my dad's favorite too. Same recipe can be adopted with other vegetables like bottle gourd, beans, chayote (chow-chow in Tamil) and brinjal/egg plant.


Tunisian chickpea Soup - Lablabi

>> Saturday, July 10, 2010

Today I am here with a soup recipe from Tunisia. What made me to try this soup is the 9th Mediterranean cooking event at Tobiascooks.com. We got to make any dish from Tunisia, to get into this event. I searched for various recipes, of all, this chickpea soup impressed me. Its quiet simple recipe that was very similar to our Indian cooking using the same spices as we do.


Turkey Kheema Briyani

>> Wednesday, July 7, 2010

This is a simple and yummy recipe that we can opt for, when we are bored with the usual Turkey kheema curry. I have used 98% fat free turkey kheema and also used just a tablespoon of oil. Hence this briyani turned out to be lighter than the usual briyanis. Lesser fat, just made the lunch lighter without compensating for the taste. Kheem briyani with the chicken tikka masala made it a real happy lunch plate.


Mango Carrot Badam Halwa

>> Monday, July 5, 2010

Today I had a chance to know about the Sizziling Summer Contest, when I was browsing. In an idea to join the event, I searched my kitchen and found having few mangoes. I didn't want to make the usual mango shake or the mango juice.. Thinking what can be done.. May be some sweet using mango.. How about mango kesari.. Nooo.. Mango burfi.. Its still a no.. Then came the idea of mango badam halwa..


Savory Cookies - T & T from Dil Se..

>> Sunday, July 4, 2010

I always want to try making cookies myself. Being a poor baker, I keep hesitating to start off with baking cookies. But today I pushed myself to make my first cookies myself in my oven, which turned out to be great!!!


Jack fruit seed Soya chunk Potato fry/ Pala kottai Urulai Varuval

>> Saturday, July 3, 2010

Should call it a lucky day for shopping.. After two years of my stay here in San Diego, it was today, that I had a chance to find jack fruit and banana leaf in the near by Chinese grocery store..

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