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Thursday, April 23, 2009


The first time when I tried making naan at home,I took the recipe from a cookbook and it had yeast in it.My hubby does not liked the smell of yeast,me neitherSick. May be I dint knew the right way of using it(but I used an active one,that's for sure!)
The next time,almost after 2 yearsRaised Eyebrow,I tried out the same recipe,omitting the yeast part. It came out quite good! DancingI thought of sharing with you all!

Aloo gobi I tried after I got the recipe from my friend S.It tastes great with this Naan.
(Pictures Updated)

Aloo gobi recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 15 mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Serves: 2


Potato 2 nos.
cauliflower 15 bit size florets
Onion 1 no.
Tomato 1 no. medium
redchilli powder 1 tsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Jeera 1 tsp
Coriander leaves 2 tbsp Chopped
Oil/Ghee 1 1/2 tblsp
Salt as needed


  1. Microwave potatoes in high for 2 minutes,and peel off the skin and cube it and keep aside.( potatoes should be only 3/4 th cooked) Parboil cauliflower in salt added water and drain the water and keep aside. Cut onion length wise and cube the tomatoes.
  2. Heat kadai and add oil/ghee and when hot splutter cumin.Add onion and fry till transparent,add the tomatoes,red chilli and turmeric powders and fry for a minute.
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  4. Then add the potato,cauliflower,coriander leaves and sprinkle salt and little water and mix well.Cook covered till the cauliflower and potato becomes soft but not gooey and absorbs the masla.(mix in between once/twice)By this time,the tomatoes would have given a coat to the aloo and gobi. Transfer to the serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves.
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Transfer to the serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves.



Naan without yeast recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 3 Hr    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Makes: 6


Maida/All pupose flour 2 cups
Fresh thick curds 1/2 cup
Milk,warm 1/2 cup
Sugar 1/2 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
Baking powder 3/4 tsp
Cooking soda 3/4 tsp
Melted Ghee/Butter 4 tsps


  1. Sieve maida with baking powder and cooking soda for 3 times.( to ensure even mixing) take the seived flour in a bowl and make a dent in the centre. Pour milk,curd,salt,sugar in that dent.
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  3. Mix well after a minute,gather the flour with your finger tips and dont knead hard.Keep aside covered for 2-3 hours. (U can keep upto 7-8 hours)Knead the dough softly at the time of making and make even sized balls.The size should be larger than our chapatti making ball.
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  5. Dust the rolling platform generously with maida and roll it and pull one edge to make a tear shape.( I could not get that shape this time properly I dont know) Apply water on top of naan and turn over it to the hot tawa so that the water applied part sticks to the pan.
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  7. Cook covered in medium flame and after a minute if u open,u could see it has puffed up.Now turn the pan upside down and cook the otherside on direct flame till the other side becomes light golden in colour.If u r not comfortable in this u can simply take and put the nan in direct flame as u do for roties ,otherwise also u can turn over it in tawa itself and cook.Its your choice.But cooking in direct flame sure gives a good finish to the naan. Apply butter/ghee over both sides and serve hot.! I served with aloo gobi AngelIt is coming very very soft and please do try it and tell me how it came!!!


Break!! I am taking a short break for 2 weeks,see u all after May 10th!


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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Baby corn manchurian recipe My kid loves baby corn a lot! So I am always in search for recipes using baby corn. I have tasted baby corn manchurian in restaurants and always wanted to try at home! When I googled for images,I got attracted by the picture of Nag’s Baby corn Manchurian. So I decided to try and she too have adapted the recipe from her sister,so double the assurance. I already once have tried Gobi manchurian and today I tried the baby corn version. Since it was tasting awesome,I thought I will have this recipe in my blog too..:)
            Since I wanted my baby corn in a softer side,I just pressure cooked it till 3 whistles. Other wise I followed her recipe,other than few measures that I changed according to my taste. I did used a sprig of cilantro leaves,since I like it that way.
Baby corn manchurian recipe 

Baby corn Manchurian recipe

Indian Starter
Prep Time: 10 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 3


Baby corn 12
Maida/all purpose flour 4 tblsp
Corn flour 2 tblsp
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Salt As needed
Oil For deep frying

Other Ingredients

Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
Onion 1
Capsicum 1
Green chillies (optional) 2 nos.
Cilantro/Coriander leaves 1 sprig
Spring onion 1/2 bunch
Red chilli powder/pepper powder 1 tsp( I used red chilli powder here)
Chilli sauce 1 tsp
Soya sauce 2 tsp ( Use more if u need)
Corn flour 1 tsp dissolved in 1/2 cup water
Salt as needed


  1. Mix cooked baby corn,salt,redchilli powder,ginger garlic pate and the flours,with sufficient water,the corn should be coated well with the batter. Deep fry till golden brown and keep aside.
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  3. Cut onion,capsicum into cubes or length wise as per ur wish. Chop the coriander leaves and spring onion.( Use the bottom part of spring onion when u fry onion). Heat a broad pan with oil and add ginger garlic paste followed by onion,green chillies and fry till onion turns transparent and then add capsicum and fry for a minute.
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  5. Add the sauces,salt,red chilli powder and fry for a minute in high flame.Add the fried baby corn with chopped coriander leaves and spring onion and mix well.
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  7. Now add the corn flour dissolved in water in a sprinkled manner and stir well,till you get a juicy baby corns covered in this sauce evenly.
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  • Do not add more than 1 tsp of corn flour and 1/2 cup water, if corn flour is added more, it will turn soggy.
  • You can add a tsp of lemon juice along with sauces for a tangy twist.
  • Be generous adding coriander leaves, as it lends a great flavour.
  • I used to pressure cook before, but then I found its not necessary, so when I updated this recipe, I skipped that step. 
  • Also, I forgot to add red chilli powder in step 3 when i updated the step wise pictures.
                        Decorate with spring onions,chopped and enjoy as a starter or side for fried rice!!



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    Sunday, April 12, 2009

    Paruppu Thogayal

    This is how my mom and mom-in-law makes paruppu thogayalHappy. Usually paruppu thogayal will be in the menu if they make vatral kuzhambu...which is the best comboLove Struck.
                   My mom-in-law makes another variety of paruppu thogayal,which uses moong dal and coconut...Cool,which I will blog some other time.
                  Till I got married my mom used to grind this in ammi kallu...Raised Eyebrow which,tastes the best!But now a days,we use mixer for grinding.

    Paruppu thogayal recipe

    Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
    Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Serves: 4


    Thoor dal/Thuvaram paruppu  1/2 cup 
    Red chillies  3 nos 
    Garlic(small variety)  3 flakes 
    Salt  As needed 
    Oil  few drops(for frying,optional) 


    1. Fry dhal with red chillies,with little oil till golden brown.
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    3. Cool down and grind it to a coarse paste with added salt,peeled garlic(i used small variety,use only one if u use the big flakes) and required.
    4. To eat with rice,mix this paste with rice and little sesame oil or you can have as an accompaniment for vatral kuzhambu rice or curd rice!.
    You can add 2 tblsps of coconut while grinding,that will give you an enhanced taste!


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    I ate tomato rasam at Sangeeta's place first and liked very much,the tangy taste and flavor of tomatoDrooling.Then I decided to try on my own as I usually make garlic rasam and paruppu rasam always!Hypnotized. Then I made some changes according to my convenience and taste and now a days I like this very much! DSC_2441


    Red ripe tomatoes 3 nos.,big
    Tamarind extract 1 tblsp (thick)
    Rasam powder 1/2 tblsp aprox.
    Curry leaves 1 sprig
    Coriander leaves 1-2 tblsp
    Salt As needed
    Sugar 1/2 tsp

    To temper:

    Mustard 1 tsp
    Red chillies 2-3 nos.
    Jeera 1 tsp
    Curry leaves 1/2 tsp
    Ghee 2 tsp


    1. Soak tamarind in hot water and extract the juice and keep aside. Chop the tomatoes and keep aside. Heat kadai and temper with the tempering items,given in the "To Temper" table.
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    3. Add the chopped tomatoes to it,with salt and fry for 4-5 minutes in medium flame.
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    5. Continur frying until it becomes mushy.
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    7. Add 3 cups water,curry leaves torn and the tamarind extract.
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    9. Boil for 4-5 minutes.Lastly add the rasam powder,sugar and just boil for a minute or two.
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    11. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or just enjoy as soup!
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    tomato rasam


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    Tuesday, April 7, 2009


    My MIL tries various recipes from TV cookery shows, one such try is this double beans masala curry recipe. I had no idea about double beans before marriage or even never knew there was one such bean existing. But When I tasted for the first time, I found it tasty and healthy. Perfect when You have no vegetables in your fridge!


    Double beans masala curry recipe

    Indian Lunch
    Prep Time: 12 hours soaking time    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 3


    Double beans 1/2 cup 
    Onion 1 no. 
    Turmeric 1/8 tsp 
    Curry leaves 1 sprig 
    Salt  As needed 
    Coconut oil 1 tsp (optional) 

    To Grind:

    Coriander seeds 1/2 tblsp
    Coconut 2 tblsp
    Red chillies 3-4 nos.
    Garlic 1 flake
    Black pepper whole 1 tsp
    Jeera 1/2 tsp

    To Temper:

    Mustard 1 tsp
    Urad dal 1 tsp
    Oil 2 tsp


    1. Soak the double beans overnight and pressure cook the next day,for 3-4 whistles.
    2. Cut onion length wise and keep aside.
    3. Grind the ingredients under the "To Grind"table,to a powder.
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    4. Heat oil in kadai and add mustard,urad dal and then add curry leaves and onion,fry till onion turns out golden brown.
    5. Fry till transparent
    6. Then add the cooked beans,salt and turmeric and fry in medium flame for 2 minutes.
    7. Add the ground masala powder and add enough water to the beans to make a gravy.
    8. Mix well and cook in low flame,till the water completely evaporates.Keep turning in between to avoid burning.
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    10. Fry till the masala turns golden brown.
    If desired add coconut oil at the end and transfer to the serving bowl and Serve as accompaniment for rice!


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    Thursday, April 2, 2009

             This is another simple poriyal which is our family favorite!!


    Cluster Beans,Chopped 1 1/2 cup
    Moong dal/Paasi paruppu 2-3 tblsp
    Sambhar powder/red chilli powder 1 tsp
    Turmeric powder 1/8 tsp
    Coconut gratings 1/4 cup
    Onion 1 no.
    Salt As needed
    To Temper:
    Mustard 1 tsp
    Urad dal/ulutham paruppu 1 tsp
    Curry leaves A sprig
    Oil 1 tsp


    1. Remove the head and tail of cluster beans,wash them and chop them finely as shown in the picture.
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    3. Boil the cluster beans in water,along with moong dhal,turmeric,salt,sambhar/red chilli powder.
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    5. Cook till done,moong dal should be just done,not too soft....by that time moong dhal gets cooked,cluster beans too should have got cooked just right.
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    7. Drain the water and keep aside.
    8. Heat kadai and temper with the tempering items,followed by onion and fry till onion turns transparent.
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    10. Add the cooked cluster beans,moong dal and fry for two minutes in medium flame till moisture gets absorbed.
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    12. Add the grated coconut and stir well for a minute.
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    14. Transfer to the serving dish! Serve as accompaniment for rice.

    Variation: Sweet Poriyal
    • My mother used to add 2 tsp of sugar and stir for a minute .(before adding coconut)
    • It tastes great when mixed with ghee and hot rice.Believe me!!Big Grin
    Another day I tried this cool drink from Essence of Andhra - Uma's blog - Cucumber Lemonade! Tasted great :) Thank you Uma!


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