Thursday, December 27, 2012

homemade-granola



      I love granola for breakfast a lot. It tastes great simply with low-fat milk and no need to add sugar even. What else we need for a lazy morning? I don’t exactly remember where I had this, but only somewhere we stayed when we went for a holiday. Then once I bought muselix and loved that too. The best things I love about granola is, its crisp, has nuts, dates, raisins that comes here and there that satisfies all my chewy cravings Day dreaming. And when I wanted to try this at home, I liked this recipe from Ramya’s blog –Hot from my oven. I just adapted the recipe to the availability in my kitchen pantry and my taste. Though rolled oats is the main ingredient, its healthy, but we have to keep in mind that its high in sugar with all those honey,brown sugar, raisins and dates. Don’t panic. Its just an information for those who are in diet and count their sugar they eat. Otherwise its normal to have this for breakfast. And I almost forgot! This is a perfect snack to. You can munch on this in the evenings as such without milk.

GRANOLA RECIPE (HOMEMADE GRANOLA RECIPE)

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012


thakkali-kulambu-recipe
              Thakkali kulambu/ thakkali kuzhambu – I drool Droolingeven when I say that. I like this a lot but never got chance or had a recipe to try. When I was going through the recipe book mom gave me, this suddenly fell in my eyes. I have scanned this book several times with my eyes for recipes to try, but somehow this recipe has been ignored by me. So at last I tried this and loved it to the core. I had this two times with hot rice the day I made it. Its so yummy and rich with coconut milk in it. Usually the tomato kuzhambu recipe will be with ground coconut and fennel, this one was totally different. And I am sure I would make this often here after. I just followed the recipe as such in the book as I was making it for the first time.

THAKKALI KULAMBU/ THAKKALI KUZHAMBU RECIPE

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

    broccoli+pesto+pasta


        I am not a big fan of broccoli. But Aj loves it. I make broccoli stir fry every week. When I saw this in the cook book, I wanted to give it a try.  I tried a bit after I finished making and just loved the taste a lot. It was lemony and tangy which I loved the most. Its very easy and made quickly as well. Try this healthy pesto for an alternate for the usual pesto. Here the weather is chilled and it rains Stormy Cloudeveryday and when ever I touch the camera, its becoming dark as if its 6 o’clock in the eveningI dont know. Sigh. Yesterday also I was photographing something for the blog and until I prepare, it was bright, the moment I went to click, it started raining. I was prayingPraying it should not rain atleast until I finish, but no. Its going to be like this for a while here in SG as its the rainy season now!

BROCCOLI PESTO PASTA RECIPE ( PENNE PASTA RECIPES)

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Monday, December 17, 2012

 vendhaya-dosai-1


      Vendhaya dosai is made often at my mom’s place. MIL also makes the same way as mom. They say this is very good for health. So I too make it once a month atleast. At home, we eat it with coconut milk or  milk with jaggery. If we want it with spicy side dish, we make poondu milagai podi. With curd and poondu milagai podi, the dosa tastes greatHappy.  The healthy sponge dosa recipe. We use only less methi/ fenugreek seeds. So you need not fear that it may be bitter, its not. Its really delicious and melt in you mouth.

VENDHAYA DOSAI RECIPE | SOUTH INDIAN BREAKFAST RECIPES

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

lemon+rice-recipe
     Lemon rice and all other mixed rice varieties are my favorite. I can eat without getting tired even every day for lunch. I just hate the usual cooking sambar, poriyal,kootu, rasam Doh. Give me a mixed rice and some vadams, I will be the most happiest person in the world. But I know most of the guys and kids hate this lemon rice. One main reason could be they got bored out of the lemon rice lunch box. Even I have heard elders speaking about a wife giving lemon rice for the hubbys/ kids lunch box like a sin!  At my home also no exception. Vj never like variety rice, so do Aj. Aj dont even touch lemon rice or tamarind rice/ coconut rice. He likes only spicy, masala kind of rice like tomato rice/ pulao, biryani. Ah, look at the taste of this guy! Spicy lover Cool.

LEMON RICE RECIPE | QUICK LUNCH IDEAS

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Monday, December 10, 2012

vada-curry-recipe-2  Vada curry – The name itself tempts us a lot right? But I have tried this only once before. The reason is fennel. My family does not like fennel, so kept postponing trying this. But When Raji told this recipe it sounded simple to try. I have not tasted vada curry before, so was very clueless about the taste and outcome. But the garlic, fennel in the curry with the vada along with the flaovur of coriander leaves and curry leaves is simply superb. You can make use of the left over masala vadai too. The next day it can make you a side dish for your breakfast.

VADA CURRY RECIPE | SIDE DISH FOR IDLI, DOSA

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Friday, December 7, 2012

puli-aval-recipe (Tamarind Poha)
     This is my favorite like the  Lemon Aval I posted earlier. Mom makes this for me for dinner. I had forgotten this one after I got married. Once when she came here to SG, I was wondering what to have for my dinner. This is my daily routine. What’s for dinner routine. I always want something hot and prepared freshly, preferable a tiffin for dinner, where as Vj is just opposite. So the problem is always for me. So mom quickly asked me why dont you make puli aval. Its easy to make and u like it also? Then only I remembered this after years, though I dint showed up to mom that I have not prepared it for so long. Most of the times I am lazy to prepare something for myself and eat this and that(all unwanted junks! Sad) and fill my tummy. But aval/ flattened rice or poha is healthy also. Why I dont find time for myself to prepare this I always wonder. Sometimes things dont come to mind at that instant of time!

PULI AVAL RECIPE | EASY BREAKFAST RECIPES

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

creamy-tomato-pasta
        This post has been lying in my drafts for a while now. I adapted this recipe from Good Food cookbook. But altered the recipe to the availability in my kitchen pantry. Simple, easy to make pasta recipe that your kids would loveLove Struck. Stay tuned for more easy and taste kids pasta recipes in Rak's Kitchen!

CREAMY TOMATO PASTA | KIDS PASTA RECIPES

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Monday, December 3, 2012

thakkali-kurma-recipe
          I  always wanted to make this kind of kurma for long time. So when I heard this recipe from Raji, mom of Aj’s friend, I was very excited to try this one. I came to know Raji when Aj went for Amazing X science challenge competition. We have a similar wavelength in many thoughts and ideas. So got to go well with her and we keep in touch through phone calls. once she came to know about my food blog and when she explored the recipes, she started admiring it a lot heartily. Though she never agrees the fact that I am also like all of the house wives who cook everyday for their familyHappy.

TOMATO KURMA RECIPE / THAKKALI KURMA RECIPE

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