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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Masala dosa is my favourite in my childhood days. I love the Potatoes cooked in a simple yet flavourful way that goes well as both stuffing for dosa and with puri/ poori. My dad takes us to restaurants only once in a blue moon. Even if we travel, my mom will pack idli or some variety rice. So we rarely get chance to restaurants. So if I get a chance, my order will be one and only the “masala dosa”.  And now, in contrast, now in Singapore, we eat out atleast 2-3 times a month, thanks to AjWinking. He is just like me in that case, love restaurant food and he is also like me when it comes to taste. His order for breakfast will be always poori, masala dosa. That’s it. Every single time. But at home he asks for my vegetable masala dosa. He always wants something specialCool.


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Monday, September 24, 2012

       This is the first time I am trying veg momos. Tasted for first time as well. I had a wish to try this ever since my SIL posted this. But have been postponing trying this due to various reasons. Now since a reader requested this recipe in my recipe request page, I thought of posting it. Since this is the first time, I took some time to make this. But its quite easy. For me making a post became a pressure today, otherwise its easy. Perfect for your kids and your family. Its really delicious and I bet you wont stop eating just one. I have tried this with maida, you can also try this with wheat flour.


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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mushroom Biryani Recipe
      Mushroom biryani recipe !! Yes! You read it right. I never thought I would post mushroom recipes in my space ever. Because it took so much time for me to make up my mind to buy and try cooking that. Then few tried it flopped very much. Poor people who tasted my preparationsPhbbbttt. I don’t even know how to handle this veggie. Since my family also hate mushrooms, I can never try it out that often. So one day suddenly I asked Sharmi to do a guest post for Raks kitchen and she said OK the very next second I asked. Again suddenly it struck in my mind to ask a mushroom recipe to her, so that I can have at least one recipe here with mushrooms.



Monday, September 17, 2012

Ganesh chaturthi / Vinayagar chaturthi is only 2 days away and here is the channa sundal recipe we make for the festival. You can make the same with black channa too. I love both channa white and the brown/black. I often make channa masala or pindi channa for Aj. Sundal I make only very rarely. But I love it. This year we are not celebrating the festival as paati passed away, so made it last week and clicked too. Very simple recipe, but flavourful one. Channa or konadakadalai is how we call. But when I was studying in Trichy, many of my friends call kondakadalai as Sundal as such. It was funny for me for a while but then when I heard it from others too, then realized some people also call kondakadalai as sundal! Happy.

Channa sundal recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Snack
Prep Time: 12 hours soaking time    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 3


Channa/ Kondakadalai  1/2 cup 
Coconut, scraped  3 tblsp 
Salt  3/4 tsp 


To Temper

Oil 1 tsp
Mustard 3/4 tsp
Urad dal 1 tsp
Red chilli 2
Asafoetida 1 pinch
Curry leaves 1 sprig



  1. Soak channa overnight and pressure cook it with salt and water just to immerse it for 4 – 5 whistles.channa-sundal
  2. Heat kadai with oil and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table. Add the cooked channa drained from water.channa-sundal-2
  3. Stir fry for 2 minutes until moisture evaporates and add the grated coconut and fry for a minute. Transfer to the serving bowl.channasundal3


  • You can add onion after tempering. Also you can replace red chillies with green chillies.
  • You can grind green chilli and coconut and add it at last instead of tempering and adding grated coconut towards end.
  • I added salt while cooking. This prevents over cooking of channa. Sometimes if the soaking hour is less, then adding salt will prevent channa from cooking properly. In such cases, add salt after cooking channa.

Delicious sundal is ready… Its very healthy guilt free snack!


Updated :

I am sending this sundal to Priti of Indian Khanna’s  Festive food event.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

     This is one of my old posts, I posted the recipes for sweet and uppu/ ulundu kozhukattai recipes together. The post is too long with all the pictures and two videos. So I thought of updating everything as separate posts, so that it will be easy to browse. Ulundu kozhukattai is my favourite and when we eat sweet and uppu kozhukattai alternatively, it will taste heavenly. Ulundu kozhukattai is very flavourful, as well as healthy. Here is how my mom/MIL makes this.


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kadalai-paruppu-pooranam        This is one of my old post re-posting for easy reference. We always make sweet pooranam with channa dal. We also add coconut to it. I have seen either people making channa dal pooranam / kadalai paruppu pooranam or coconut pooranam, but our version is a mixed version. We love this to eat as such. My brother Sen loves this a lot like anything. Even Vj loves this. I am not a big fan before, now a days I don’t know I like everything ;) So here is our version of kadalai paruppu pooranam.


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Monday, September 10, 2012

   When I was compiling easy and basic recipes for “Bachelor cooking ideas” Page last week, I was wondering why I have not posted some simple and basic recipes. One such recipe is this Potato curry/ potato fry/ உருளைக்கிழங்கு கறி yet here in my blog! I have other two posts of potato curry recipe – one an unique curry with some flavourful spices and the other one in 100% micorwave cooking that I posted for an event. So I clicked this last time when I made it with rasam.  This is an unbeatable combination – Rasam and potato curry. I never realized that until my friends keep telling about this combo. Until then I used to make it only with sambar. This is easy to make in a jiffy. So along with a simple rasam, it makes an excellent yet quick meals, perfect for a lazy day in your kitchenDrooling.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

     I have only tried once mysore rasam from a cookbook when I started learning cooking. And it came out terrible. I thought that is how that rasam tastes. When ever I eat out in restaurants and have rasam with coconut, I always liked it and wondered what the recipe could be. But after few years only I realised its mysore rasam and it is supposed to taste great! When Jeyashri posted her Mysore rasam recipe, I immediately told her she has to make it for me when ever I go for lunch to her home. Well I have few recipes like that, I tell her she has to make for me and got lucky to taste too. I know she is a great cook, so I never miss chance to take advantage of a friend who is a great cook / also she being a food blogger, its very easy to demand her the recipes as she postsTongue.


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Monday, September 3, 2012

I was pinterest-ing two days back and some pin took me indirectly to this site, where i found this awesome 1 minute microwave chocolate cake (single serving). The blog is amazing and I wondered how I dint noticed. I bookmarked it immediately to try (If anybody’s mind voice asks why instead of pinning I bookmarked, well there are somany pins in the To try board Dont tell anyone). But today I am supposed to do a post here and thought of trying this simple cake as I was not in mood to do anything else, only a chocolate cake, that too in less time. So I tried and it came out amazingly delicious, the whole house was smelling chocolaty, my hands, my fingers, wow!! So after a quick photo shoot,  I tasted the warm cake (yeah I clicked that fastAngel). It was so delicious, textured and soft as well. Even after I finished eating the cake, I had that chocolaty taste for sometime! Now this is my cup of cake!! So if dont think too much, the ingredients are so simple that everyone of you must have, go and try this one for you or your loved ones and get lost in the chocolaty cake…

Refer the  source recipe for the Ingredients


  1. Place cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt(if adding) in a mixing bowl.
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  3. Mix so that everything blends completely, evenly. Add liquids – milk and oil and mix properly, no over mixing.
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  5. Transfer to the baking dish – I used ramekin, you can use any microwave safe dish or even a microwave safe coffee mug. Microwave high for 40-60 seconds. Keep an eye after 40 seconds as it purely depends on your microwave oven. I did for 60 secs.
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  • If you are planning to invert the cake, then make sure to grease the dish before you pour the batter. If you are going to eat as such from the dish, then no need.
  • The cake will rise while you microwave, but not much to get overflowed. Refer my ramekin, how much I have filled to get an idea.
  • I used Van Houten cocoa powder and it was great.
  • I recommend coconut oil as it was best in this cake.

Enjoy it warm with ice cream or custard or with some choco sauce / caramel sauce … Tastes soft and great even if cools down, right from the top till the bottom, its soft and delicious!

To show the cake texture until the bottom of the cake Winking.


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