Monday, 15 July 2013

Corn Mania- A food event

Monsoon is in its full swing and with the pitter patter raindrops comes the Corn cobs, also know as bhuttas. One can see it everywhere be at the Sabzi mandi or at roadside thelas or bhuttawalas selling the corn cobs roasted over coal fire and rubbed with chilli powder and salt. I love having it this way due to the smoky flavour it gets when roasted over coal. Similarly one can prepare many yummy, healthy and delicious recipes using corn like the corn rice, corn tikkis, corn upma etc.

So why don't we explore  and experiment dishes using this golden globules that is so high in nutrient, a good source of vitamin B1 and Vit B5. Corn a rich source of foliate essential for the regeneration of cells , its also high in fibre aides in digestion. I am sure everyone loves to include Corn/bhuttas in their diet, so why don't we share the different nutritious recipes from our kitties in this season when its found abundantly around us.
This event is about dishes made out of Corn, so dish out as many recipes as possible post them at weliciousdelicious's event " CORN MANIA".

CORN MANIA - Food blog event.

Event rules:

1) Event starts from 19th July 2013 - 19 August 2013
2) Only vegetarian recipes are allowed.
3) Archived entries as well as fresh entries are allowed  but should be linked with this announcement page and should be highlighted.

4. Please send in as many recipes as possible.
5) Submit the recipe using the Linky tool.
6) If you have problems using the Linky tool email me the entry to in the below format :
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 Recipe Name:
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Friday, 12 July 2013

Broken Wheat Upma

Broken wheat upma is a real healthy breakfast option and one of the easiest one to prepare on any day. All you need is the cooked the broken wheat and the regular stuffs and it gets done in 10 mins.
Broken wheat is very nutritious as its not refined but just the whole wheat processed to small size and can be had by anyone in any form like porridge or upma. Its an excellent source of fibre and carbohydrates and hence an ideal healthy ingredient to be included in the diet.
Ingredients                                         Quality                             
Broken wheat                                          : 2 cups
Grated coconut                                       :  1/4 cup
Onions chopped                                     : 1 medium sized
Curry leaves                                            : a few
Green Chillies  chopped                       : 2-3
Coriander leaves chopped                   : 1-2 tsp
Salt                                                           : to taste
Mustard seeds                                        : 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder                                   : 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida                                               : a pinch
Oil                                                             : 2 tbsp.
Preparation Method:                                                                         
- Wash the broken wheat properly and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles by adding 3 cups of water.
- Remove from the cooker, drain excess water if any and spread it on a plate. Keep aside.
- In a wok, heat the oil. Splutter the mustard seeds, add urad dal, chana dal, saute them for 5 mins, add the ground nuts, fry them for 3-4 mins.
- Add the Asafoetida, green chillies, turmeric,onions, curry leaves and saute till the onions are done.
- Add the cooked and cooled broken wheat, grated coconut, salt to the pan and mix well.
Remove from flame, Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot!

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Soya chunks curry (Kerala style)

I love anything made out of Soya chunks, be it biryani or curries. We all know that its very nutritive and hence Vegetarians should include it in diet as often as possible as its a rich source of protein.  
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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Oats payasam(Oats Kheer)

Most of the weekends are a feast day for us when I prepare typical Kerala cuisines coupled with something sweet to cater my family's sweet tooth and if I don't make something sweetish for some reasons then hubby would buy something from the shop to sooth their urge or else H and kids start looking for Jaggery or anything sweet in the kitchen.
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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Vada Pav

Its raining cats and dogs here almost every day, especially in the evenings and thus its so difficult to control the temptation to have tea along with something crunchy and spicy fried snacks. 
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Potato (Aloo/Uralakizhangu) curry

I love to have idiyappam or appams with either Kerala style Potato curry or with Kadala(Chana) curry. Today I prepared Potato curry as side dish for Idiyappam and thought will share with you all.
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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Tomato Onion chutney (for dosa, idli etc)

Tomato Onion chutney goes very well as a side dish with Idli, Dosa, Uttapam etc. Its a bit spicy and does not require coconut to be added. It could be made in advance and can be refrigerated for 3-4 days .
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Saturday, 8 June 2013

Muringa ila moru curry/ Drumstick leaves curry

My amma is so fond of muringa illa thoran and moru curry/drum stick leaves Kadi that, twice a week she used to include both these dishes in the menu list but my brother and I never used to like it, so poor amma had to prepare another curries /dishes of our liking and slowly the frequency of dishes using Muringa ila/Drumstick leaves reduced in our house. 
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Thursday, 6 June 2013

My first Blog Award- "The Liebster blog award "

I am so excited to share with everyone that today morning I have been awarded with the " Liebster blog award " by Manasi S from Indian Delights. This is my first award for the food blog and thanks a lot Manasi for sharing the award with me, you made my day.
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Saturday, 1 June 2013

Vellayappam/ Rice coconut pancakes

Appams/Rice pan cakes are synonymous to Kerala and has become an identity for Keralites although its very common in other parts of South India as well. The basic ingredient of any Appam are rice and coconut and then you just change the few ingredients of the appam.
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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Honey coated vegetable balls

This recipe was in my items to be experimented list, since a long time but kept on avoiding due to some or the other reasons. And finally I made it today as my hubby has not gone to his clinic  for my son wanted him to be at home in the evening to take him and his sis for swimming.
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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Kairi rice/ Raw mango rice

Kairi rice/Raw mango rice
Whenever I see raw mangoes, it reminds me of the huge mango trees we had in our backyard when we used to stay in MP. There were five of them, of different varieties. Amma was very fond of her kitchen garden and she had planted almost all the fruits yielding trees and our gardener used to maintain it very well.
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Friday, 24 May 2013

Dahi Vada

Another dish that's a favourite snack or appetiser in Summer is Dahi vada or Dahi bhalle, its a regular summer menu item not just in North India but also in South India as well and why not, this sweet and tangy dish acts as a coolant during these hot sultry days.
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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Sweet and sour kairi vegetable stew

As a kid, I used to love anything Amma prepared using 'Raw mango', be it the pickle, coconut and mango chutney. After marriage although I haven't tried any dish using Raw mango except the refreshing drink Panna,
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Friday, 10 May 2013

Mango milkshake


I am sure Mangoes, The king of fruits are everyone's all time favourite fruit, and love to include in some or the other form in the diet. One can prepare so many different beverages,
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Monday, 6 May 2013

Rajma curry /Kidney beans masala curry

Being a South Indian, we always had rice either with 'Sambhar, moru kari(kadi), errissery etc" but then once I got a chance to have rice with the delicious "Punjabi Rajma curry" at one of my punjabi friends house and that changed my perception about this wholesome spicy
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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Strawberry falooda

Falooda is a all time favourite cold beverage in our home, I prepare Falooda using either rose syrup or strawberry as I love the colour these two ingredients impart in Falooda.Its a sweet beverage made by mixing many ingredients such as syrup, vermicelli, jelly, basil seeds(Sabza),milk,ice cream of any flavour.

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Monday, 22 April 2013

Kerala Pazham Manga curry (Ripe Mango curry)

Pazham Manga Curry
 I have been waiting for summer season as, its the season when we see the king of fruits "Mango", everywhere around us and I love mango in any form, the colour of the mangoes itself is so inviting that I can have it at any time of the day and I guess same craze is passed onto my kids as well, as they also want only mango to be served for breakfast/lunch or dinner.
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Saturday, 6 April 2013

Watermelon Grapes Parfait


Watermelon-grapes parfrait
I have been waiting for Summer to start for many a reasons and one amongst them is that I wanted to try "Parfait" the simplest and delicious dessert/breakfast, ever since I had read about it last November, when it was very very cold out here and hence I didnt try it out then, as one of the main ingredients of any type of Parfait is "Yougurt/Curd" which we avoid including in our diet during winter.
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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Semiya(vermicelli) payasam

Semiya payasam
"Semiya payasam/seviyan kheer" is one of the rich,yummiest and yet simplest payasams any one can prepare,when there is a lack of time. I prepare this whenever there is a demand for something sweet and there is a time crunch.
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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Oats idli

Oats Idli
I had this post on "Oats Idli" in my draft since a long time and have prepared it many a times since then as love, but somehow had completely forgotten about it till one of my friends asked me to post the recipe for the same. Its very healthy and nutritious dish to start your day with. So here it goes...
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Monday, 25 March 2013

Pulse Appe

One of my dearest friends wanted to know the recipe for Appe and I misunderstood it to be "Unni appam". So to please my friend, I packed few Unni appams to office when I prepared the same at home. But after few bites she gave me a amused look and said this tastes good but I was referring about the salty and spicy Appe. 
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Apple jalebi

Apple jalebi

Summer vacations, the best part of the year for any kid has finally arrived and I am sure every kid looks forward to it, be it for the sheer excitement of traveling to wonderful vacation getaways to chill out or to visit hometowns, spending quality time with family or just to be at home without being worried about studies, routines etc.
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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Lauki kofta curry

Lauki Kofta curry
I somehow never liked the taste of Lauki/bottle gourd . I still dont understand what taste it imparts into the currys made up of Lauki, so for me it was a no-no, when I started cooking after marriage even though my husband used to get it as often as he could and I used to give it to my maid as often as possible without my husband's knowledge till I learnt that it can be used to prepare delicious Kofta curry which both of us liked. 
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Monday, 18 March 2013

Mathanga erissery (Kerala style Pumpkin curry)

Mathanga Erissery
Kerala food menu is incomplete without Erissery and it can be prepared using Pumpkin/Raw Banana/Yam. Manthaga/Pumpkin is a healthy and easy version of Erissery which also is an integral part of Kerala Onam sadya but somehow I never liked it much as a kid, but over the years I have developed a liking for it due to the simplicity of this dish and loads of health benefits of "Pumpkin/Mathanga" and I try to include pumpkin weekly once or twice in the diet in any form. 

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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Sabudana/Sago/Javvaris Kheer

Sabudana Kheer

I happened to prepare this kheer by chance, I have never had this kheer before I prepared it my own, when I chanced upon the small sized sabudana. Although first time I didn't succeed much due to lack of proper understanding of proportions but with few trials I have almost mastered it and have prepared it in different ways. Sometimes by adding saffron to milk , sometimes along with Seviyaan/Semiya.
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Monday, 11 March 2013

Sabudana/Sago Vada

Sabudana/Sago Vada
Sabudana vada is one of the very tasty and crunchy snacks of Maharashtra and is an integral part of the menu items for lent/fast/vrata.Yesterday being Shivratri, my kid's nanny(mausi) told me the importance of observing Shivratri vrata and also suggested to prepare either sabudana vada or khichdi on this auspicious day.  
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Methi Malai Paneer

Methi Malai Paneer

They say cooking is an Art!!!!! there is no denial to it. Its like a blank canvas, where in an artist mixes and matches different colours to convert his/her creativity into a masterpiece and similarly a cook/chef or homemaker uses his/her culinary skills to prepare a dish using different food items, but can you imagine how it feels to a novice cook when it comes to decide "What to cook".
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Monday, 4 March 2013

Ada Pradhman( Steamed Rice chunk kheer)

Ada Pradhman
Any Kerala Sadya,whether it's Onam sadya, Vishu sadya or a marriage sadya can't be complete without Pradhaman and amongst all Pradhamans, Ada Pradhaman tops the preference list. And I am sure every malayalee, would vouch for its unique authentic divine taste. 
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Monday, 25 February 2013

Angoori Paneer Tikka

Angoori Paneer Tikka
Angoori Paneer Tikka, is one of the yummiest starters made up off Paneer/Cottage cheese.
And paneer being an all time favourite party ingredient, this tangy black grapes sauce sandwiched between paneer slices, skewered and roasted, sure can be served as a unique starter for any party.
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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Soyabean thoran( Soyabean chunks with coconut)

Soya bean granules thoran
We all know the health benefits of Soya bean and one can have it in any form, be it as beans, chunks or granules. Soy is cholesterol free and an excellent source of protein especially for vegetarians and hence I always try to include Soya in any form in the diet chart 2-3 times in a week. Although I love the Soya chunks curry my mom prepares using typical Kerala masala but I also liked the thoran prepared using the soy granules.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Set Dosa

Set Dosa
The other day, had been to one of the south Indian restaurants and came across this item in their menu card, which looked different and yummy. With the first byte and from the aroma only I realized that this is something I have had at one of my good friends house quite some time back and had loved it then.
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Monday, 21 January 2013

Parippu vada/Masala dal vada

Parippu Vada
Parippu Vada is one of Malayalee's favourite tea time snacks, readily available in every  restaurant, street side shops in Kerala  and we love to have it with hot sipping tea. 
Some people prefer making it with Channa dal, but I like the way my mom prepare it using Toor dal/Bengal Gram/Sambhar parippu, which renders the Vada a crunchy feel after its fried.
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Kanda Poha

Kanda Poha
Kandha Poha, is one of the Maharashtrian breakfast recipes which is very healthy and tasty in itself. Its so very simple to make yet so filling.  Its made either using only onion known as Kandha Poha or using only Potato known as Batata Poha.
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Tomato rice/Thakali rice

Tomato rice/ Thakkali chor
Mausi(my kids Nanny) has taken 4 days off, so the kitchen is all mine and its now my responsibility to make something nice for my family.I enjoyed the first day of her absence and prepared whatever my family loves to have ,but by the end of the day I was completely exhausted and hence decided to keep the second day's menu to be less elaborate so that I can spend time with kids and take care off other stuffs as well and hence decided to prepare the simplest and yet yummy "Tomato rice" for lunch as it does not require too much of preparation.
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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Cherupayar parippu(Split green gram)

Cherupayar parippu(Split green gram)
Cherupayar parippu(Split green gram/ Daal) is an essential part of Kerala "Onam Sadya" and is a typical Kerala style daal. I love having it with rice and papad(Kerala pappadam). Yummy!!!!! thats what I would describe the combination of this threesome : Rice, Cherupayar parippu and papaddam with ghee drizzled on it.
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Poori Sabzi

Poori Sabzi
The schools have re-opened after Christmas vacation and today being the first day , I asked  my son what he would like to have in his tiffin box, with a grin on his face he asked me, Mama can you prepare "Poori sabzi" for me. I obliged to his cute wish as I wanted him to go to School happily, after such a month long vacation. With this wish he had another in line , that I should take the snaps of the poori and have it posted in the blog as I do with other dishes.
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