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Pirandai Oorugai / பிரண்டை ஊறுகாய்

Recently during my visit to SIL's home, i happened to see the terrace garden. She had all basic veggies required for home.. and the only thing caught my eye was this adamant creeper (pirandai).. i was looking for it for such a long time..grabbed few for experimentation purpose!!

SH's maami makes wonderful kothamalli thokku she will grind it coarsely in ammikaallu, she makes it bit spicier for me and sends it across to me all the way from Pudukottai. missing her so badly.. 

Usually thogayal is made with this pirandai but i wanted to try something like what maami makes.. so tried my hands first time on Idicha Pirandai Oorugai n yaa i did succeed pretty well... This makes a delicious accompaniment for curd rice... 

How to clean Pirandai:
Select tender pirandais, remove the leaves attached to it and rinse them well.


Peel the sides of the pirandai you can see the fibres (naar) and remove them using a small knife. Chop them into small pieces and they are ready to use.


What you need:
Pirand…

DOODHI / LAUKI NU MUTHIA - Savory Snack

Lauki nu Muthia is a Gujarati Breakfast. Guilt free steamed snack perfect for tea time too. The much ignored doodhi / bottlegourd is made into a yummylicious savory dish. Can be served with some spicy mint / coriander chutney.

Prepared this dish for a Tamil channel "Pudhuyugam" for a cookery show "Konjam Soru Konjam Varalaaru" . It was great experience to face the camera and too cook.. bit of tedious job..  all neatly dressed and to cook with high led lights hitting you, with mike..live recording.. woww.. grt experience to cherish..finally my dish turned good!!


Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 40 mins.
Serves: 3 people

What you need for Muthia:
Lauki / Bottlegourd - 1 cup, grated
Wheat flour - 1 cup
Rava / Sooji - 1/2 cup
Gram flour - 1/2 cup
Green chilli and Ginger paste - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, finely chopped

What you need for tempering:
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
White S…

Drumstick Tokku / முருங்கைக்காய் தொக்கு

I have 2 wonderful neighbors (i call them wonderful because they are individual house owners and most of their yields from the garden is always shared) next door.. When Drumstick is in season they make sure to give it to me.. knowing my interests in cooking and i would try different recipes.. These home grown are way too tastier compared to ones bought from stores.. m always puzzled..

Usually i make soup / rasam but this time wanted to make something spicier to go with breakfasts so ended up with thokku. But it was finished off with curd rice by SH. SH was surprised on seeing me trying such dish n he was glad.. 

During my recent visit to Book Fair at YMCA picked up many cook books all below Rs.30. One such book was Appalam / vathal / uurukaai such a wonderful book with 40 traditional and unforgotten recipes.This is my first try from that book a simple to make but too addictive drumstick thokku.. m not so sure if onion is added but i wanted some volume so went by the book.
Preperation tim…

DIY QUICK STRAWBERRY JAM

Every single day while returning from school my legs stops exactly at the Bakery near my place. My paati without any further questions hands me over with money to pick up the bun butter jam and fresh hot from oven Coconut cookies / Butter biscuits. . Immediately on seeing me that Bakery anna packs my stuffs.

Gone are those wonderful childhood days... I use to wonder how do they make such yummy jam bit pulpy but spreadable.. Though this being my first try on jam i did succeed. 

This is one of the easiest and quickest spread i have ever made. When strawberry prices slashed to Rs.50 per pack picked up couple of them and froze them.

No pectin, preservatives nothing is needed to make this one. Only 3 ingredients and they are done in few mins. Sugar addition can be increased or decreased based on the needs. 

Made wheat bread jam banana sandwich for breakfast.. It was totally yummm..

Preperation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 12 mins 
Stores well for 20 days if refrigerated.

What you need:
Strawberry - 1…

DHABA STYLE ALOO GOBI

Aloo Gobi is a authentic punjabi dish with loads of flavorful spices. In almost all restaurants and dhabas this subzi is served with rotis. Usually potatoes are chopped and deep fried. 

I made a lesser guilt free version of boiling potatoes and added to the subzi. This is a quick to make dry subzi perfect to go with indian breads as well as with plain rice. This subzi can also be made into a semi gravy version by adding some water and cashew paste.

You can also try any of these quick side dishes for roti:
Paneer Lababdar
Broccoli Babycorn Kurma
Soya chunks and Bell pepper curry

Preperaton time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Serves: 2 

What you need:
1 - Big potato, peeled, diced and boiled in salted water, tuemric until half done
1 - Medium sixed cauliflower, cut into florets and boiled in salted, turmeric water until half done
1 no - Onion, chopped
1 tbsp - Crushed garlic
1 tsp - Crushed ginger
1 tsp - Green chillies, finely chopped 1 tsp - Red chilli powder 1 tsp - Coriander powder 1⁄4 tsp - Turmeric p…

GUD AATE KA HALWA

Gud Atte ka Halwa is a popular North Indian recipe. During poojas this is made and distributed. The success of this halwa is nothing but slow cooking on low heat.

Tradionally we make Paal Poli (Milk Poli) on Bhogi. But felt deep frying a hassle so ended up with this simple n warm halwa. 

The colour of the halwa totally depends on the colour of the jaggery.. it is best to use fresh ones..

Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Serves: 3


What you need:
1 cup - Whole wheat flour
1 cup - Jaggery, grated
½ cup - Ghee
1 cup - Water with pinch of salt
½ tsp - Cardamom powder 
2 tbsp - Almonds n Cashews 

How to make:
In a heavy pan heat ghee and fry cashews and almonds until golden brown remove and set them aside.

Add the wheat flour to the ghee and roast in low heat until the aroma comes approx 8 mins. 

Mean while in another pan heat water add jaggery and bring to gentle boil and switch off the heat.

Add the jaggery water mixture to the wheat mixture and keep stirring in low heat. 

Keep stirring until …

BULGUR WHEAT AND COURGETTE SALAD

Delicious healthy and tasty salad for a meal. Bulgur wheat addition to any meal makes it 100% nutritious. It's high in fiber and gluten free.

Preperation time:20 mins
Serves: 2
Very Easy to prepare

What you need:
Bulgur Wheat - 1/2 cup
Courgette - 1/2 cup, Green n Yellow, sliced
Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 tbsp
Cherry Tomatoes - 1/4 cup, halved
Feta - 1/4 cup, crumbled
Parsley - 2 stems
Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Salt and pepper as reqd

How to make:
Cook the bulgur wheat as instructions. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, season with salt n pepper and serve cold.

CHUTNEY N MAYONNAISE SANDWICH (Wheat Bread)

I love Sandwich's for breakkie.. Wheat / Multigrain bread with some crunchy veggies n also some boiled eggs makes a complete healthy start of the day! Boiled potatoes and beetroots can also be added.

At times going on yummy guilty food is nothing wrong.. so had generous amount of eggless mayonnaise spread on one slice and on the other slice chatpatta green chutney (mint n coriander)

Freshly squeezed fruit juice should be a refreshing start with this sandwich.

Preparation time: 10 min.
Cooking time: 10 min.
Serves: 2

What you need:
Wheat Bread slices - 6 nos
Onion - 3 thin slices 
Tomato - 6 round slices
Cucumber - 6 slices
Few Lettuce leaves 
Eggless Mayonnaise - 3 tbsp (store bought) 
Mint and coriander chutney - 3 tsp (Handfull mint, corinader, one green chilli, ginger small piece, tsp of cumin powder, salt all ground to smooth paste n used)
Salt n Pepper powder as reqd

How to make:
Apply mayonnaise on one slice, green chutney on the other slice place, lettuce leaf, onion slice, 2 tomato n cucu…

DAL KHICHDI - OP METHOD (One Pot)

OP is one famous method of easy cooking and it has become my fav method of cooking too. Termed as One Pot is cooked in a cooker and in few hisses the dish is ready to be served. 

Made Dal Khichdi with rice, yellow moong n green moong with some spices and veggies which made a complete healthy meal.
Spicy masala papad, curd n pickle is all needed for this sooper yummy kichdi!!


Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Makes: 3 servings

What you need:
3/4 cup - Rice
1/2 cup - Split yellow moong dal
1/2 cup - Green moong dal
1 tsp - Green chilli, ginger paste
1/4 cup - Green peas
1/2 cup - Cauliflower florets
1/4 cup - Onions, chopped
1 tbsp - Ghee 
3 - Cloves / Laung, 1/2" - Cinnamon / Dalchini, 1/2 tsp- Black peppercorns / Kalimirch
1 tsp - Cumin seeds / jeera
1 tsp - Red chilli powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder 
1/4 tsp - Asafoetida / hing
1 tsp - Salt as reqd


How to make:
Mix rice n dal together and soak in water for 30 mins.

Heat ghee in a pressure pan add cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, cumin seed…

GRILLED PINEAPPLE SALAD with DESI STYLE DRESSING

Grilled Pineapple Salad makes a grt crowd pleasing salad at parties. The sweet and tangy ness from the pineapple makes it a popular fruit. This salad can be made in umpteen variations it all depends upon our taste buds.

Made a chatpatta dressing the desi way to go along with this salad. 
What you need:
1 no - Pineapple, skinned, cored and chopped as desired
1 no each - Red, yellow n green bell peppers, chopped
1 no - Onions, sliced 
3 tbsp - Olive oil
Salt and pepper as reqd

For the dressing:
2 Tbsp - Jaggery, grated
1 tbsp -  Tamarind paste
1/4 tsp - Red Chilli powder
1/4 tsp - Cumin powder
1/4 tsp - Amchur / Dry Mango powder 
Salt as reqd
1/4 cup - Water

In a pan add all ingredients cook till it thickens, cool and use it.

How to make:
In a bowl add olive oil, salt, pepper and mix it. Add all the veggies n pineapple give a nice toss and grill for 10 mins or until they get to slightly charred.

Drizzle the sauce and sprinkle fresh coriander and serve warm.

NAVRATAN DAL

Not in a mood to cook, literally i end up with dal n roti for dinner.. There would be pickle and curd to go along with this..

Picked up a pkt of Navratan dal mix it came with mixed lentils.. Thoor dhal, Channa dhal, Moong dhal, Moong Chilka, Whole Masoor, Urad dhal, Masoor Malka, Masoor dhal and Urad chilka. This mixture of dals is definitely a healthy one.. 

You can try any of these Roti / Phulka variety to go with this dal. Herbed Phulkas,Soya Methi Phulkas,Ragi roti,Palak Ragi Roti
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Serves: 4

What you need:
Navratan dal - 1 cup
Onion - 1 no,finely chopped
Green Chilli - 1 no
Garlic - 2 pods
Tomato - 1 no,finely chopped
Oil + ghee - 1/2 tbsp each
Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Dry Red chilli - 2 nos
Salt - 1 tsp
Asafoetida/ hing a pinch
Fresh coriander leaves : to garnish
Lemon juice - 2 tbsp


How to make:
Soak the dals for 15 mins and pressure cook with turmeric powder and green chillies for 5 hisses, once cooled add half cup…

SPROUTED CHICKPEA COCONUT CURRY

A simple less than 30 minute curry with mild flavors makes a great side dish with steamed rice, Indian breads.. Sprouted chickpeas have always been my fav wen compared to any other sprouts. 

This curry can be made in different variations but this one best suits the taste of my family. Made whole wheat garlic naan to go along with this curry!

Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time : 20 minutes
Serves: 3 

What you need:
Sprouted Chickpeas - 1 pkt
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder -gen pinch
Water - 2 cups

Wash and pressure cook above all for 3 hisses. Once cooled down separate water and chickpeas and save water for later use. Mash half of the chickpeas.

For the gravy:
Thick Coconut Milk - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 no, chopped
Tomato - 1 no, chopped
Garlic - 2 pods, chopped
Ginger - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Amchur / Mango powder - 1/4 tsp
Hing / Asafoetida - gen pinch
Salt - 1 tsp or as reqd
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Fresh coriander - 1 tbsp, chopped

How to make:
Heat oil …