Jun 30, 2010 kids favourite

Aapam is my kids favourite these days. Mu younger one is a very very veryyyyy big fan of aapa. Dont know how he became so crazy. He loves aapam with coconut milk and my elder one loves cheese aapam. Making aapam is so easy that I dont heistate when he insists me in making them for his breakfast or dinner

Soaking and grinding similar to dosa batter is the process. Once fermented the batter will be ready to use

Jun 21, 2010

Salty, tangy, cuminy buttermilk

I love the aroma of cumin and also the slightly bitter taste. In hot summers my mom makes this buttermilk to help us all combat the heat and relish the taste. It is as refreshing as it sounds. A very simple to make and easy to relish recipe that wins every heart

Serves... 1 person
Serve option... Chilled with ice cubes

This is what u'll need....

Curd 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Lemon zest 1/4 tspn
Roasted cumin powder 1/4 tspn
Water 1 cup

Here is the stir....
  • Blend everything together till it smooth and frothy
  • Place few ice cubes in a glass tumbler
  • Pour buttermilk into it and top it off with a sprinkle of roasted cumin powder
  • Serve it chilled and beat the summer heat

Koduma dosai / Wheat flour dosai

Sometimes when i run out of dosa batter and am running lazy to make something for dinner, we go for this simple koduma dosai which we love. Try it with spicy chutney or sambar and you are sure to like it.

Serves... 2 ppl 
Serve option... Hot with chutney

This is what u'll need....

Wheat flour 1 cup
Onion 1 medium
Green chillies 3-4
Coriander leaves handful
Salt to taste

Here is the stir....
  • Mix wheat flour and water to make a smooth flowing batter. Make sure there are no lumps.
  • Toss in finely chopped onions, green chillies and coriande along with salt
  • Mix everything together and keep aside
  • Heat a skillet and pour a laddle of batter to make a dosa. Drizzle little oil on the sides
  • Flip it over and cook it on the side too like you would do for normal dosas
  • Serve hot with your favorite spicy chutney and enjoy the taste

A simply refreshing lassi

Summer is creeping in slowly but steadily making us all cut down on evening chai and rather long for juices n lassis n shakes n drinks... A different option everyday makes your heart feel happy and more refreshing. Everbody loves lassi and so do i. I love the simplest version more on top of other flavored ones. A sip on a hot evening is a heavenly treat

Serves... 1 person
Serve option... Chilled with ice cubes

This is what u'll need....

Curd 1 cup
Milk 1/4 cup
Sugar to taste
Honey 1 tspn

Here is the stir....
  • Blend everything together in the mixer until frothy
  • Put few ice cubes in a serving glass and pour the lassi into
  • Serve chilled for a refreshing taste

Aaloo gobhi sabji

A simple aaloo gobhi sabji with hot chapathis tastes heavenly for those everyday meals. A little spicy, a little dry, a little moist and really delicious sabji that suits everybody's needs in the family is always a good addition to everyday menu list. My mom used to make it often and so do i ...

Serves... 2 ppl 
Serve option... Hot chapathis
This is what u'll need....

Cauliflower 1/2 floret
Potato 2 medium
Onion 1 big
Tomato 1 small
Red chilli powder 1 tbspn
Cumin powder 1/2 tspn
Coriander powder 1/2 tspn
Cumin seeds 1 tspn
Gg paste
Salt to taste
Here is the stir....
  • Wash and cut cauliflower into bite size pieces. Peel and dice potatoes too
  • Heat oil in a pan and add jeera/cumin seeds to it. Wait till they start to sizzle
  • Toss in finely chopped onions with salt and fry till they turn translucent
  • Spoon in gg paste and fry till they lose the raw flavor
  • Add chopped tomatoes, red chilli powder, cumin powder and coriander powder and cook covered for 2-3 mins
  • Add cauliflower and potatoes to the pan. Pour about half a cup of water and cook it covered for 10-15 mins or till everything is done
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with fluffy, puffy  chapathis

Jun 2, 2010

Chicken manchurian... balls style

I had some chicken poppers or chicken balls leftover from a previous days menu and so made these manchurian balls. These are so yummy that they are always gone in a jiffy. I never have had enough as i am a slow eater :) and everything is gone before i can pick a few and pop them in my mouth. Dishes like these are a feast to the eyes and to the tummy too. Love making this everytime i get a chance

Serves... 2 ppl 
Serve option... Hot hot hot...
This is what u'll need....

Chicken balls 10-12
Onion 1 small
Tomato 1 small
Capsicum 1/2 small
Garlic 4 big cloves
Soya sauce 1 tbspn
Tomato ketchup 1 tbspn
Oil 1 tbspn
Salt to taste

Here is the stir....
  • Dice onion, tomato and capsicum
  • Finely chop garlic and keep it aside
  • Heat oil in a pan and add garlic to it. Fry for 10-15 secs and toss in the onions, tomatoes and capsicum
  • Toss everything around for a minute or two and add soya sauce and tomato ketchup
  • Sprinkle a little salt if needed
  • Add the chicken balls and stir it around. Cook it for 2-3 mins and remove from heat
  • Serve hot with a garnish of chopped scallions

Simple chicken gravy with little to work on...

A simple chicken gravy with very little spices but a wonderful flavor is a choice of many in my home. It takes time to cook but believe me it does not need you to work that hard. Made this today and had it for lunch and dinner both. Enjoyed the gravy till the end. The best part is it tastes great with rice, chapathis, parathas so a sure hit in every plate it hits

Serves... 4 ppl 
Serve option... Hot rice or chapathis

This is what u'll need....

Chicken 2 lbs
Onion 2 big
Whole garam masala
Turmeric 1/4 tspn
Gg paste 1 tbspn
Curd 3 tbspn(optional)
Coconut 1*1 inch piece
Red chilli powder 1 tbspn
Sambar powder 1.5 tbspn
Tomato 1/2 of a small
Garam masala 1/4 tspn
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tbspn

Here is the stir....
  • Heat oil in a pan and add whole garam masala to it
  • Toss in chopped onions, salt, turmeric, chicken and fry till they turn translucent
  • Add gg paste and cook till it loses the raw flavor, around 4-5 mins on medium flame
  • Meanwhile grind together coconut, curd, red chilli powder, sambar powder, tomato into a fine paste
  • Pour this mixture into the pan and add around 2 cups of water. This gravy tastes best when a little watery so we prefer even a little more water addition
  • Cook on medium for around 30 mins
  • Sprinkle a little garam masala on top and serve hot for a delicious meal

Jun 1, 2010

Simple n quick pasta...

Me and my little one are pasta fans but to the contrary my hubby is not at all interested in these stuff. So i always make it some different way to please my lil one and my tummy too. This is a very very simple version with not many veggies in it but filled with flavor. We love this simple kind and so its an often visited recipe in my home

Serves... 2 ppl 
Serve option... Hot

This is what u'll need....

Uncooked pasta 2 cups
Onion 1 medium
Capsicum 1 small
Carrot 1 small
Chilli flakes 1tbspn
Tomato paste 1 tbspn
Garlic 4-5 big cloves
Salt to taste
Here is the stir....
  • Cook pasta till done and drain it reserving a cup of the pasta water. I like my pasta a little moist and i also the flavor that pasta water adds to the recipe
  • Heat oil in a skillet and toss in finely chopped garlic. Fry for a few seconds till you can smell the aroma
  • Thinly slice onions and toss them in. Keep stirring for a minute and then add thinly sliced carrots and capsicum. Toss them all around for 2-3 mins with a little salt and red chilli flakes
  • Spoon in tomato puree and give a few stirs
  • Add the pasta water as required and cook for about a minute
  • Mix in cooked pasta and stir to coat it entirely and evenly with the mixture
  • Serve hot and enjoy a simple but delicious serving

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