Monday, March 30, 2015


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I usually prefer a Baguette over Sliced Bread. Only Baguettes can handle a fully loaded sandwich and they stay absolutely perfect when packed for work / picnic/ shopping. A spicier filling to the sandwich makes it a yummier meal. Oven roasted some cauliflower florets in desi style and dumped inside the sandwich. This was one of the best sandwich i have ever made. Sooper filling and it tasted great with spicy flavors. 

What you need:
1 cup - Cauliflower Florets
1 tsp - Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp - Cumin powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp - Garam Masala
2 tsp - Olive oil
Salt as reqd

How to make:

Mix all of the above in a bowl arrange on a lined baking tray and cook on preheated  oven for 15 mins or until browned @ 250C.

What you need for the Sandwich:

Baguette / Bread slices, cut into half
Lettuce, torn
Onion, sliced
Cherry Tomatoes, halved
Cucumber, sliced
Green Chutney
Eggless Olive Oil Mayonnaise
Salt n pepper as reqd

How to make:

Spread the green chutney on both the sides of the baguettes, top with lettuces, cucumbers, onion, tomatoes, curried cauliflower, drizzle mayonnaise n sprinkle fresh pepper n salt and close with another slice and serve!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

VIRGIN MOJITO - Summer Series

Virgin Mojito makes a great summer thirst quencher. This is a sure refreshing drink!! Chennai is getting humid as the days r going by.. A perfect drink is the much needed one once you get bk home..This is easy n quick to prepare drink which has always been my fav.. n continues to beee..
 What you need:
1/2 bunch - Mint leaves
2 - Lemons
1/2 litre - Sprite / Soda 
2 tbsp - Sugar
Ice cubes 
 How to make:
Chop mint leaves, slice the lemons into wedges and remove the seeds. 
In a mortar pestel add in mint leaves, lemon wedges, sugar and mash up until the juices are squeezed out.
Add this to the pitcher, pour over the sprite / soda mix well top with more ice and enjoy!!

Notes: If adding plain soda more sugar is to be added.

Monday, March 23, 2015

PAD THAI.. veg version!

Pad Thai a dish from Thailand which is made with loads of veggies, fish sauces, sea foods and topped generously with salted crushed peanuts. Made a cheaters veg version "Pad Thai" with ingredients available at home. Picked up few rare veggies like Bokchoy, bean sprouts, thai chillies, mushrooms from my recent trip back from Singapore.
What you need:
1 pkt - Pad Thai Noodles, cook as per instructions
2 nos - Bok choy, chopped
1/2 of - Green n Red bell pepper, sliced
10 nos - Mushroom, chopped
1/2 cup - Bean sprouts
1 no - Onion, sliced
3 pods - Garlic, chopped
1 tbsp - Ginger, chopped
3 nos - Thai red chillies, chopped
1/2 cup - Salted peanuts, crushed
2 tbsp - Soy sauce
1 tbsp - Lemon juice
2 tbsp - Brown Sugar
2 tbsp - Oil
Salt as reqd

How to make:
Heat a large pan / wok add oil, saute onions, garlic, ginger, chillies, bokchoy, mushrooms, sprouts, peppers, min salt and toss well.

Add rice noodles mix well, add soy sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar give a good toss add peanuts mix well and serve!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


A nutritious tea time snack made guilt free.. Chickpea tikkis --- chickpeas are soaked overnite, cooked, mashed well and blended with spices and made into tikkis on a non stick pan with just a tsp of oil. In a city like Chennai it's really difficult to find eateries selling guilt free snacks/ munches.. Especially i hate the fact that they are dunked in oil and rested on newspapers (don't people know that chances of the inks / toners used to print those papers may be glued to food items). With World cup matches on snacking has become a important part.. while watching TV.

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins

What you need:
2 cups - Chickpeas(white kabuli channa), soaked, cooked and mashed well
1/2 cup - Fresh coriander n mint leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp - Green chilli paste
1/2 tsp - Ginger, grated
1/2 tsp - Cumin powder n garam masala
Salt as reqd
Oil as reqd

How to make:
In a bowl add mashed channa, coriander + mint, green chilli paste, ginger, cumin powder, garam masala, salt and mix well.

Divide them into equal portions and make them into tikkis (as you wish) 

Grease a non stick pan drizzle half tsp of oil place the tikkis cook on both the sides until crispy and serve hot!!

Served these with red chilli n mustard sauce with a cup of chai!!

Notes: Thes tikkis can be rolled in 2 tbsp corn flour + water mixture and rolled in bread crumbs and then can be made into tikkis. This will give more crunchier tikkis.

If you find tikkis are getting mixed with oil add 2 tbsp corn flour mix the batter again, roll and pan fry them up.

Monday, March 16, 2015


Back from my holidays and now in action with a simple one pot gravy "Batata rassa" potato and tomato based gravy which goes well with any Indian Breakfasts and steamed rice too..  Chennai summer has already in action and quick dishes is what i prefer to cook.. 

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Serves: 2
What you need:
2 nos- Potatoes, cubed
1 no - Onion, chopped
1 large no - Tomato, chopped
1 tsp - Red chilli powder
1 tsp - Coriander powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
1 tsp - Cumin seeds
1 sprig - Curry leaves
Salt as reqd

How to make:
Heat oil in a pressure pan saute cumin seeds, curry leaves and fry onions. Add potatoes, tomatoes, chilli , coriander, turmeric powders, asafoetida, salt, 2 cups water and pressure cook for 5 hisses.

Once pressure is down remove the lid sprinkle fresh coriander and serve hot!!

Monday, March 2, 2015


Little grains / millets are now available easily in almost all markets.. Innovative cooking is what these grains need. Have tried making jowar rotis with jowar flour many at times and they turned out juss okkkk.. But decided to land up with usual dosa / adai with this grain but then went ahead and made them into idlies.. They turned out soft and filling.. Chennai markets has widened itself in stocking organic millets / grains / cereals.. The awareness towards LOW GI foods have increased.. My love towards trying out different variation and combinations using millets are welcomed by SH. He prefers healthy eats especially for his breakfasts..  

Jowar is diabetic friendly grain coz of its high dietary fibre content and its a filling grain.. You just cant eat more than 3 idlies (tats wat s te limit naa)

What you need:
For the batter:
Jowar grains - 2 cups
Brown / parboiled rice - 1 cup
Urad dhal - 1/2 cup
Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp

For the tadka:
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Channa dhal - 1 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Black pepper - 1/2 tsp, coarsely crushed
Carrot - 2 nos, grated
Green chilli - 1 no and Ginger - 1 tsp, finely grated
Curry leaves - 1 sprig 
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
Hing as reqd
Oil - 1 tbsp

Heat oil in pan crack mustard, add hing, curry leaves saute well and then add dhals, cumin, pepper, green chillies ginger, carrots saute for a min and add to the batter.

How to make:
Wash and soak jowar, rice and urad dhal separately for 4 hours.

Grind dhal until fluffy, grind jowar, rice and methi seperately. Mix all the 3 batters add salt and leave for 2 - 3 hrs.

Add the tadka to the batter mix well and pour into idli plates and stem cook for 10 - 12 mins.

Serve hot with chutney, podi and filter coffeeee!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


SH loves pickled onions and cucumbers. These are very easy to make and budget friendly. They taste exactly like the store bought ones. I'd love to add these to sandwiches, burgers, wraps, focacia, pizzas, salads and wat not..

This brine can be used to make any pickled vegetables of our choice. These last for couple of weeks when refrigerated. M very fond of Ravinder's Kitchen show on TLC a Indo American she cooks brilliantly and most of her recipes are jus too damn easy to make. This recipe is from her show..
 What you need:
1 no - Onion, thinly sliced
Half of Cucumber, thinly sliced
2 nos - Bay leaves
1 tsp - Black pepper corns
1/2" - Cinnamon
150 ml - Vinegar
100 ml - Water
1 tbsp - Sugar
1 tsp - Salt

How to make: 
In a tea pot combine all of the above give a nice mix and bring them to boil once it starts boiling switch off the heat. Remove Bay leaf and cinnamon stick.

Place onions, cucumbers in thr respective jars pour over the vinegar mixture an allow to cool.

Close the lid and refrigerator for 24 hrs before you start using them.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

SUN - DRIED TOMATOES - Summer Series 1

Juicyy tomatoes are in season and more importantly at a slashed price tis definitely calls for some pickling.. Nope, i ended up with a bottle of sun dried tomatoes filled with olive oil.. I felt that homemade is better on seeing the costs of 200 gms bottle sold in hyper markets.. For tat cost i cld easily make 4 bottles of some homemade goodness. 

These can be blended with mayonnaise for a quick spread, added in sandwiches / subs / burgers, used while making pizza / foccacia, pastas, salads and the list is endless.. This is such a sooper quick recipe (if there is lots of sun)  very minimal ingredients is all needed..

If there is no ample sun oven method can be adopted but my house was well lit with scorching sun and so i choose the traditional method.

It can stay well for approx 3 months i guess.. This is my first attempt so am yet to nail on its shelf life.

What you need:
Half Kg - Tomatoes, washed and dried using a cloth and then sliced / quartered
1/2 tsp - Sea Salt preferably
1/2 tsp - Black pepper
1/2 tsp - Red chilli flakes
1 tsp - Garlic powder
1/2 tsp - Italian seasoning
1/4 to 1/2 cup - Olive oil for preserving

How to make:
Mix all of the above dry spices and sprinkle generously on the arranged tomatoes on a plate / plastic sheet.

Dry them for 3 days or until the skin of the tomatoes shd be completely dried. 

Cover and dry them to avoid dusts..

This is end of day 1 picture. 
 End of Day 2 picture.

Mine took only 2 and half days coz the heat on the terrace was well sufficient..

Once they are completely dried transfer to a sterilized bottle / container pour the olive oil and store them. 


Orange juice enables the antioxidants filled green tea to an higher level. Even lemons do tat work but the flavors of oranges are always yummierr..

Made a tangy orange green iced tea to sooth my self from the scorching sun!! Used 1 sachet of Lemon n Honey green tea and 1 sachet of Tulsi green tea.. 
What you need: 
Green tea bags - 2 nos
Orange Juice - 1 cup
Honey - 2 tbsp
Water - 1 cup
Orange wedges
Mint leaves

How to make:
Prepare green tea as per instructions and cool it. Mix orange juice, honey, green tea stir well add the wedges, crushed mint leaves, ice cubes and enjoy!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


My paati (grandmom) used to make this spicy curry with potato and raw banana. I vaguely remember em.. Recently when she had called me we had a long discussion about food tat she prepares then i asked her about this one and she did share with me this simple curry powder recipe. This curry powder definitely lifts the flavor of the curry. 

She also said that she makes them with brinjal but i never eat them so she separately makes with potato for me. But she sd it tastes great with brinjal. Then i chose to make with potato n brinjal (m not a fan) but i wanted to try if her words are true.. Yaa it tasted great more than potatoes brinjals were yummy!!

What you need:
For the curry powder:
2 tbsp - Channa dal
1 tbsp - Urad al
10 nos - Dry Red chilli
1 tbsp - Raw rice
3 sprig - Curry leaves
 Heat a pan dry roast all of the above until rice turns crispy, cool and grind into a fine powder.

For the veggies:
3 nos - Purple Brinjal, thinly sliced
1 no - Potato, thinly sliced
1 no - Onion, chopped
1 sprig - Curry leaves
3 tbsp - Curry powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
1 tbsp - Olive oil / Vegetable oil
1/4 tsp - Mustard seeds
Salt as reqd
Asafoetida / hing - gen pinch

How to make:
Heat oil in pan add mustard once it splutters, add curry leaves, onion and saute well.

Add potato, turmeric powder and cook in medium heat until potatoes are half done.

Now add brinjal, salt cover and cook in medium heat. Let it cook for about 5 mins or until the veggies are nicely roasted.

Add curry powder coat well and switch offf the heat. Makes a perfect side dish for sambar / rasam rice!

Monday, February 16, 2015


Made a vegetarian version of Dalcha with all the leftover veggies from the refrigerator. I prefer one shot pressure cooker recipes it's a sooper easy and convenient method.

This is a flavorful, spicy dish which goes well with rice/ roti/ parathas. A perfect side dish with lots of love!! 

What you need for the veggies: Recipe inspd from HealthfoodDesivideshi.
Double beans - 1 cup
Small brinjals - 2 nos, chopped
Potato - 1 no, cubed
Raw Banana - half, chopped
Carrot - 1 no, chopped
Onion - 1 no, chopped
Tomatoes - 1 no, chopped
Green chilli - 1no, slit open

For the masala paste:
Star anise - 1 no
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Black peppercorns - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 4 nos
Garlic - 3 pods
Ginger - Big piece

Make a coarse paste of the above ingredients with little bit of water.

For the daal:
Moong daal - 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida powder a pinch
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt as reqd
Oil - 2 tbsp

How to make:
Heat oil in a pressure pan add onion, curry leaves saute well add veggies, spice paste, dry spices, salt, hing and toss well.

Add chopped tomatoes, daal, 2 cups water and cook for 3 hisses and switch off the heat.

Once it cools open the cooker mash the vegetables a bit and serve hot! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Valentine's day around so decided to post one quick recipe for the last rush and for not so dessert lovers but still who don't mind enjoying some.. A sooper quick microwave red velvet mug cake with a hint of cocoa and topped with butter cream icing (cream cheese frosting works better) makes a perfect surprise for the spouse (or whom so ever fits that place) 

Icing is not a must just a gen sprinkle of icing sugar will do or even chocolate sauce works well..

Preparation time:1 min 
Cooking time: 2 mins 

What you need: Inspd frm Kribie Cravings
All Purpose Flour - 4 tbsp
Granulated Sugar - 2 tbsp
Cocoa Powder - 1/2 tbsp
Baking soda - 1/8 tsp
Milk - 2 tbsp
Vegetable oil - 2tbsp
Red food color - 1/4 tsp

How to make:
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl mix well and transfer to an bigger sized microwave safe bowl / mug.

 Microwave for 2 mins (or lesser depends on your oven) cool it and serve with toppings as you wish or a simple vanilla ice cream will also do the trick!!

I cldn't wait till the cake cooled down completely jus frosted and so the icing of course started to melt but see who cares they tasted good..

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Long long ago the only side dish i knew to make for phulkas was dhal and onion tomato gravy (chennai style) All the inventions began only after quitting my job. I dont even remember what all dishes i have tried but the tester at home SH he remembers all my attempts and flops too (very fewww i shd say).. Most of the nights dinner is phulkas with some side dish and we are not tired of it. 

When i was looking at the refrigerator the poor baby corns which i picked up last week was so eagerly looking at me. Fine, i picked em and boiled it so wat m i gonna do with this.. If i make a curry with baby corn swear i will be chucked out of the home.. coz SH hates em and he has warned me not to pick them. Finally, the cord struck and there came in idea of making baby corn koftes with oats in a simple onion, tomato gravy to go with phulkas for dinner. Thank god koftas had no clues of baby corn in it.. it was all mashed and pan fried.. n my other cheating day went well!!

Preparation time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Serves: 3 

What you need for Koftas:
1 cup - Baby corn, chopped
1 no - Potato
1 cup - Powdered Oats
1 no - Carrot, grated
¼ tsp each - Red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder, mango powder, cumin seeds
1 no - Green chilli
1 tsp - Ginger
Salt as reqd
1 tbsp - Oil

How to make Koftas:
Pressure cook baby corn and potatoes for 4 hisses, cool them and mash well.

Make a paste of green chilli and ginger and mix all the ingredients together except oil and make into smooth dough and divide into equal portions.

Grease the appam pan place the koftas, cook on one side flip it and cook until they turn lite golden brown and keep them aside.

What you need for gravy: *Gravy recipe inspired from Veg recipes ofIndia
2 nos - Tomatoes
1 no small - Onion
1 no - Green chilli
1 tsp - Ginger
3 pods - Garlic
5 nos - Cashew 
2 tsp - Pumpkin seeds

Make a smooth paste of all the above ingredients. 

1/2 tsp - Red chilli powder
1 tsp - Coriander powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp - Garam masala
1 tbsp - Oil
Salt as reqd

Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds saute and add the paste, half cup water, spice powders, salt and cook in medium heat until the oil leaves the sides approx 10 mins. 

Add the koftas, cook for a min, switch off the heat and serve hot!!

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