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Sambar Sadam Recipe / Easy Sambar Rice

I love the suda suda sambar sadhams served on occasions, not much spicy made with freshly roasted podi / powder. Especially the one our family caterer makes his sambar sadham, seppakizhanghu roast and maangai oorugai. I shamelessly eat 3 to 4 rounds of just sambar rice. 

For the sambar podi, roasted in a tsp oil and ground to smooth powder.
Red chillies - 8 
Dry Coriander - 1 tbsp
Channa dal - 1 tbsp
Methi - 1/4 tsp
Cumin - 1 tsp
Coconut grated - 2 tbsp

Heat oil dry roast everything except coconut transfer to the mixer, now add coconut roast it and grind to together to smooth powder. 

For the rice:
Short grain rice / raw rice - 3/4 cup
Thoor dal - 1/4 cup
Veggies - 2 cups (beans, carrots, averakkai, capsicum) as per choice
Turmeric powder as reqd
Hing as reqd
Salt - 1 tsp

In a pressure pan add all the ingredients, pour 5 cups water and pressure cook for 6 hisses.

For the sambar:
Shallots - 10 nos
Tomato - 1 
Tamarind paste - 1.4 tsp / pulp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Oil / ghee - 2 tbsp
Curry leaves
Fresh Coriander


Nutella hot chocolate is super yummy, creamy, chocolateyy drink perfect for this winter. I love Hazelnut spread just a spoonful into my mouth ends all my sweet cravings. The temperature has come down and it is chilly and windy in the evenings and the best indulgence would be a cup of hot chocolate, it is made more sinful with generous addition of Hazelnut spread.
1 Cup - Full fat milk
2 tbsp - Hazelnut Spread (Nutella)
1 tbsp - Unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp - Sugar
Heat milk in a pan bring it warm not to boil stage now add cocoa, sugar, hazelnut spread and stir in well.
Stir continuously until the spread is dissolved and when it begins to boil switch off the heat and remove.
Serve Nutella hot chocolate with marshmallows on top.


This healthy and power house breakfast, was made the early night and refrigerated overnight. Handful of fresh fruits can be topped to make it a complete breakfast!

There are n number of benefits turmeric has in store, all that is needed is to source good quality turmeric. January is the season of fresh turmeric hence i made use of it. I use them in my smoothies, instant pickles, salads, raita, chutney and what not.

What you need:
2 cups - Coconut Milk / Almond Milk (any milk as per your liking)
1/2 tsp - Fresh turmeric, grated
1/2 tsp - Turmeric Powder
2 tbsp - Chia Seeds

Topping Options:
1 tbsp - Fresh Coconut / Coconut Flakes / Chips
1 tbsp - Almonds

How to make:
In a blender add in milk, turmeric powder, grated turmeric, sweetener if using and blend until smooth.

Add in chia seeds, nuts, dry fruits, coconut flakes or chips, mix well and transfer to the serving containers and refrigerate overnight.

Top with fruits and serve it for morning breakfast.


Methi Paneer makes a flavorful, light creamy side dish for Indian breads as well as for Pulao varieties. Not much of spices are added in this recipe. A slow cooked dish in hung curd / yogurt gives the dish a creamy texture. Yogurt can be replaced to cashew paste or with cream. But that makes the dish bit high in calories. Fresh mehti yields fantastic earthy flavors to the dish, can be replaced with Kasuri methi as well. Ignore ginger and garlic, i had some freshly made paste so added to the dish. 

What you need:
3 small bunch - Methi leaves, roots chopped and cleaned
Paneer - 1/2 cup, sliced in pieces and pan roasted
Yogurt / Hung Curd - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 no, thinly sliced
Ginger n Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
Jeera / Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp or as per reqt
Oil - 1 tsp

How to make:
Heat oil in a pan roast the jeera, add turmeric powder, sliced onions, ginger garlic paste saute until onions start to brown.

Add cleaned, chopp…


Super moist, egg free double chocolate cookies is what all i made for my friends kid. Much better than the preservative loaded super seller in the market. She dipped it in hot milk and drank the chocolatey milk too. Loosely adapted from a TV show, chef approximately added ingredients and i was surprised with the perfect outcome, wish it happens to me as well.

What you need:
All Purpose Flour / Maida - 1/2 cup
Cocoa Powder - 2 tbsp
Brown Sugar - 6 tbsp or you can increase if more sweet needed
Vanilla Essence - 1/2 tsp
Butter - 1/4 cup
Salt - pinch
Baking Powder - 1/4 tsp
Dark chocolate chips / Milk chocolate broken pieces - 1/2 cup
Milk - 2 to 3 tbsp or as per reqt

Hot to make:
Pre heat Oven to 180 C for 10 minutes minimum.

In a bowl add softened butter, milk, sugar, vanilla essence beat until sugar melts.

In another bowl add APF, Cocoa, Baking Powder, Salt mix well add the wet ingredients and give a nice mix, do not beat this mixture.

If this mixture is too dry add a tbsp more milk or just go with i…

Vazhaipoo Vadai | Banana Flower Vadai

Vazhaipoo Vadai / Banana flower is an excellent source of crude fibre, a healthy ingredient which should be included in our diet. My ammamma makes the best vadai, the key secret is both the dal and vazhaipoo ratio has to equal. In Restaurants / eateries the ratio of the vazhaipoo is hardly not even a handfull for a kilo of dal. Next to vadai its usili our favorite with vazhaipoo. Cleaning is the time consuming part but its worth the efforts.

What you need:
Channa dal / Kadalai paruppu - 1/2 cup
VazhaiPoo / Banana Flower - 1/2 cup (cleaned, check yotube on detailed menthods)
Onion - 1 , finely chopped
Green chillies - 2 to 3 
Ginger - small piece
Hing -1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp
Curry leaves

How to make:
Soak the washed channa dal for not more than an hour. Rinse the water completely reserve 2 tbsps of channa dal and grind the rest with green chillies, ginger to coarse paste without adding water.

If its too dry, just sprinkle a tsp of water scrap the sides and grind the batter.

Transfer to a b…