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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 refrig…

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 - B…


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!!


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…


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 p…


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 th…


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. Most of the nights dinner is phulkas with some side dish and we are not tired of it. 

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 t…


It surprises me that parents spend huge sum of their hard earned money on these daily Breakfast Cereals.. Is tat the recent fashion to dig in bowl of cereals for Breakfast.. I don't mind rarely but not daily.. Parents happily and proudly say that my kids dont eat idli / dosa / upma???!!#!##  Wat's wrong with these parents why do they end up spending so much which is not worth..

Our country has the best and and the cheapest healthy, nutrient packed, low GI wonder millet RAGI.. It has great flavors and its available so easily and choices of breakfast preperation is ample.. Ragi idli, dosa, sprouted ragi idli / dosa, Sprouted adai with lentils, Ragi Bread, Ragi Sevai, Ragi puttu and the list is endless..  

The one tedious part is the method of cooking few additions to ragi can be made to make it easy to cook. Ragi fills tummy so portion control works perfect.

Thalipeeth is a savoury pancake or flat bread and it is a specialty of Maharashtra, made using roasted mixed grains and lenti…

WHITE PASTA SAUCE (no flour / no cheese)

White Pasta sauces are made with APF / Maida with loads of cheese and milk which gives the perfect creamy texture. This cheaters version has no flour/ cheese nothing, but still it did turn creamy.

What you need:
2 cups - Cauliflower florets
1 cup - Milk
10 nos - Cashews, powdered
2 pods - Garlic 
1/2 tsp - Salt
Generous pinch of red chilli flakes / cayenne pepper, italian seasoning, black pepper and fresh herbs

How to make:
Cook cauliflower in salted water until tender and cool it down.

In a processor add cauliflower florets, cashew powder, milk, garlic and blend until smooth. Transfer to a container add chilli flakes, salt, pepper, fresh and dried herbs and give a nice mix and its ready to go with pasta.

*Instead of fresh garlic / garlic powder can be used which makes the strong flavor of garlic bit lighter.

* Salt can be increased or decreased.

*Milk depends upon the consistency we need. It's better to keep it not so runny.

*Sauce can be cooked in simmer and be stored in air tight con…