Monday, December 8, 2014

Cream of Mushroom Soup

cream of mushroom soup

Mushroom soup is easy to prepare and it is far better in taste than ready to make soups available in the market. Soup when served along with bread make it as a good meal. we prefer this simple meal in winter. I always make it a point to cook the mushroom the same day i buy. this way we can avoid the color change in mushrooms.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Chilli Gobi Fry / Cauliflower Fry

Chilli Gobi

When we were in bangalore i have ordered gobi 65 at hotels as they serve it hot, which will be great for the chilling weather. Last year i found out a superb recipe for this chilli gobi at marias menu. soon i tried and liked the fry very much. Though i did not add any sauces, eating just plain was very good. it was super crisp and tasted so good. only drawback is the recipe calls for egg white.

Chilli Gobi snack

Monday, November 3, 2014

Creamy Sweet Corn Soup

Creamy Sweet Corn Soup

I saw this recipe in a TV show long back. when i chanced upon Del monte Creamy style Sweet corn, i bought a tin to try out this soup. It just tasted like the one we have at restaurants. its an easy recipe too. you can just follow the instructions given on the tin and make it. My son loves soup very much. he would taste all sorts of soup, but his all time favorite is my tomato soup. I am preparing mushroom soup this evening, which i will share with you tomorrow.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vegetable Kolhapuri ~ Kolhapuri Vegetable Curry with Kolhapuri masala recipe

Cooking regional cuisines with their own special chilly is like bringing the same flavor and heat required for the dish. If you happen to find Kashmiri chilly, Goan chilly, Guntur chilly, Bedgi chilly, do try the regional special recipes. This Vegetable Kolhapuri needs kolhapuri lavangi mirchi to get the right spice and color for the dish.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tirunelveli Halwa ~ Halwa with Cracked Wheat

Thirunelveli Halwa

Making our traditional sweets brings more happiness. Tirunelveli halwa is my hubby's favorite. He always buys a pack of halwa whenever he visits tirunelveli. I wanted to try this halwa for this diwali, first i was little hesitant to try as it takes lots of ghee to make. Watching masterchef and all the cookery shows, i gathered my confidence and tried it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jangri Recipe ~ How to make Jhangri


Yes! I made it! I jumped out of joy when i saw my jangri holding its shape, i was very thrilled when i tasted crispy and hot jangris. Jangri is my favorite sweet. I like to eat it warm. My Grand father would buy me warm jangri from sweet stalls, and i would devour it! Bliss!! Every diwali i used to experiment making jangri. after failing for 4 years, this time i cracked the jangri code. everyone appreciated it. My son is my best critic. he said its Nice, but it should be more sweet like the ones in sweet shops. Yes he was right. Sweet shops jangri are more sweeter than mine.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Kashmiri Aloo Curry


If you want to make changes in your cooking, change the variety of red chilly you use. I have been trying few dry red chilly and its interesting how it changes the color and taste of the dish. Recently i bought these kashmiri dry red chilly and we love the color it gives. Kashmiri chilly powder available in the markets should plead with these red chilies.


I followed the recipe for Dum aloo, but did not dum cook the curry. It turned out good. The thumb rule to prepare this is you need to use fresh curd rather using sour curd. Lots of spices are part of kashmiri cuisine. Black cardamom, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and cumin all give up a great aroma to this curry.


Though the color of the curry looks dark, it is not spicy at all.


  • Baby Aloo - 1/2 kg
  • Fresh Curd - 1 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Garam masla - 1/4 tsp
  • Ghee - 2 tsp's
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Cinnamon stick - 1 ' inch
  • Cloves - 3
  • Black Cardamom - 2
  • Corriander leaves - to garnish

For grinding the spices:

  • Kashmiri Dry Red Chilly - 5
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Corriander seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp


1. Cook the baby potatoes in pressure cooker for up to 4 whistles. Oncecooked, peel off its skin and prick them with a fork. Now heat a pan, add 1 tsp of oil and roast the baby potatoes for a minute or two.


2. First Dry roast Kashmiri red chilly, cardamom, corriander seeds and cumin seeds in slow flame till they change into light brown color.

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3. Cool and Grind the spices into a fine powder and set aside.

4. Whisk a cup of curd well. add the grounded spice powder, ginger garlic paste and garam masala to the curd and mix well. set this aside.

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5. In a Pan, add ghee, when its hot add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom and cloves.

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6. Slow the flame and add in the curd mix. add salt according to your taste. Once the curd is added to the ghee, give a mix. it will  look like the curdled. but you need not worry. You can add 1/2 or 1 cup of water based on which consistency you need this curry. Then just simmer the flame and close the pan with its lid for 5 minutes and switch off the flame.

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7. Rest the pan for about 5 minutes and then remove the curry from pan to a serving bowl. garnish with corriander leaves.



Use Fresh curd to prepare this curry.

If you do not have Kashmiri dry red chilli, add 2 tsp's kashmiri chilly powder.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Egg Cheese Dosa

When i was pregnant with my son i used feel very hungry. i would make one thick egg cheese dosa in  2 minutes and get out of the kitchen. those days i hated to stand near the stove. One thick dosa is well enough for a meal. This egg cheese dosa, ragi adai, chapathi wrap with soy granules and noodles used to be my food during my pregnancy. Now i make these egg cheese dosa for my son after he comes home from school. he likes it very much. This is such a long due recipe from my side.

I made a video after a long time. did not have enough patience to edit much. so kindly bear with this video.

  •  Dosa Batter - 1 cup
  •  Cheese slice - 1 / Processed cheese - 2 tsp's (grated)
  •  Green chilly - 1(chopped very finely)
  •  Egg - 1

Beat the egg well and keep aside.

Grease the tawa with a drop of oil and use onion or potato to grease.

Pour the dosa batter and spead the batter. after 30 - 50 seconds, pour the beaten egg over the dosa and tilt the tawa so that egg spreads well. add oil to the sides of dosa and throw in some finely chopped green chillies and cook the dosa on both sides.

If you are using processed cheese, grate it and sprinkle above the egg layer of the dosa. if you are using cheese slices, tear the slices and place over the egg layer of the dosa.

Remove your dosa from tawa and place it on a plate. Fold the dosa when its hot, so that the cheese melts.

Serve egg cheese dosa hot!


If you are serving for kids, skip the green chilly.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Green Peas Idli

Green peas idly

Recently  when we went to a restaurant i noticed chilli idly as the days special item. out of curiosity i ordered it. even the person who took the order said me, that its newly introduced and i should try it for sure! I thought it will do for me, so i did not even think of placing order for the other items. So when i saw my chilli idli coming in a small bowl, i was clean bold! It was just 5 mini idli's coated with milagaai podi.

Green peas mini idly

Coming to this Green peas idly, recipe is simple and i am sure kids will love this one. its ideal for the kids lunch box. I used my mini idly plates to make this idly. Mustard tadka add up a taste to these idly. you can skip or reduce green chilies if serving for kids.

  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Green peas - 1/4 cup
  • Green chilly - 1 (very finely chopped)
  • Mustard - 1/2 tsp
  • Idly Batter - 1 cup
  • Ghee - 1 tsp ( to grease idly plate)


Green peas idly

1. First DE-frost the frozen peas or wash and drain the fresh peas and set aside.

2. In a small tadka pan, heat 1 tsp of oil, add mustard and let it pop. then add finely chopped green chilly and saute in low flame. remove the tadka from flame and mix with the green peas.

3. Grease ghee or oil in idly plate. place a spoon of green peas and tadka mixture in idly plates and then pour the idly batter on top of it. steam the idly for 8 - 10 minutes.

Mini idly variety

Serve these peas idly with chutney of your choice. i served with tomato chutney.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pudalangai Pachadi ~ Snake gourd raita

pudalangai pachadi

Snake gourd is always cooked as kootu at home until i found this recipe. This Raita recipe is simple and also tastes good with just plain rice. When i tried this raita for first time, me and hubby loved it a lot and it was finger-licking delicious!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Podi Idly ~ in a different way

This Podi idly is more for adults, as it has onions and spicy podi spread over the idly. When i saw this podi idly recipe on a TV show, i instantly tried it on the same day. We all found this a different and  a tasty way to eat idly, than always opting for chutneys as sides.

Onion and Podi sauteed idly

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Methi Matar Paneer ~ white gravy

This was the long break i took in blogging. I slowly detached myself from this place. I should not have done that, but blame my least interest in cooking. i very rarely tried new dishes in this break. but my blogging aspiration was always there in me. i kept telling me that i should start again. and here i am. Today i want to thank my two friends Sharmilee and Nirmala. They both bothered and asked me to resume blogging. I Owe you both a tight Hug! even my Son asked me to blog. He is proud of me for blogging and keeps checking the site, for the number of visitors and their countries. this way he could recognize few countries flag!  

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Dry Stuffed Brinjal Curry ~ ennai kathirikai

Brinjal is my favorite. Dry version is what i am making now a days. Mixing this thick curry with hot rice and a tsp of ghee is the best way to eat and relish. To make this curry, you need to pick tender and small purple brinjals. Recently my 6 year old boy started to enjoy this curry. though he felt the curry spicy, he liked the masala stuffed brinjal very much!!

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