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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Coconut Murukku Recipe | Thengai Mullu Murukku Recipe

Mom is fond of mullu murukku and she makes it in bulk and stores it always. I have already posted her murukku recipe here. I brought amma's murukku press to Chennai when I went home the last time. I wanted to use it efficiently as amma does. I saw this recipe in one of the paper cutting Mom preserved. I gave it a try and it was a super hit. Jany tasted it while I was preparing and he told it is very crispy and flavourful than the normal murukku. The coconut masala added to this murukku gives a lovely aroma to the murukku. Here, we go for the recipe:

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Amritsari Fish Fry | Chef Venkatesh Bhat Recipes - Recipe #2

Every Friday, I am planning to post the recipes of Chef Venkatesh Bhat which he presents in the Vijay TV's 'Samayal Samayal' Program. So today I am here with a non veg recipe 'Fish Amritsari' from the show. It is a popular Punjabi Street-food made with a lot of spices and fried to golden brown. Happy was delighted with the taste of this fry and she was having it like a snack. Let's see the preparation steps: 
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Instant Mango Pickle | Mom's Special Recipe | Homemade Instant Mango Pickle

Making pickles at home is time-consuming and needs a lot of effort. Being a  full -time working mother, it is very difficult for me to try the traditional pickle recipes in home.  Neither Jany nor me is fond of store brought pickles. Dad usually bring us raw mango from our farm during his visit. So the last time I tried my mom's Instant Mango pickle. I had this recipe in my handwritten notebook. It was a huge hit and both of us loved it. Nowadays, this mango pickle is accompanying curd rice for our lunch box.  This instant pickle can be prepared in a jiffy with no effort and keeps well for weeks in the fridge. Off to the recipe:
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Pongal Gotsu Recipe | Side dish for Ven Pongal/Ghee Pongal | Chef Venkatesh Bhat Recipes - Recipe #1

I almost quit watching TV in the past few years. The only program that I watch in my leisure time is Chef Venkatesh Bhat's Samayal Samayal program that is getting telecasted in Vijay TV. I have tried few of his recipes and it turned out excellent. So thought of posting it here for your reference. Yesterday I tried his pongal Gotsu that is very new to me. I served it with Ven Pongal/Ghee Pongal and Medhu Vada. We enjoyed it to the core, here we go for the preparation steps. Check out my collection of Pongal Recipes too. 
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Akkaravadisal Recipe | Akkara Adisil | Pongal Recipes

Happy Pongal to all my readers!! In Happy's playschool, the last week theme was Pongal Celebration. She went to school in a traditional pattu pavadai to celebrate Pongal yesterday. Also, she came to know about sugarcane and Rangoli. To bring her the same celebration mood in home, I draw a Pongal Rangoli (Pot, Sun, Sugarcane) in our house. Both Jany and Happy were surprised to see that. Though I tried it after a long time, it came out pretty well. I was very busy in the morning with the preparation of Ven Pongal, Gotsu(Coming Soon), Medhu Vada and Akkaravadisal. Akkaravadisal is very new to me and I came to know about this recipe after my venture into this blogging world. The recipe is very similar to Sweet Pongal, but it is completely cooked in milk. Without much delay, let's go for the preparation steps:
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kara Chutney | Vara Milagai Onion Chutney | Side dish for Idli Dosa

I usually make sambhar, Coconut Chutney, Tomato Chutney and Vada curry as the side dish for Idli/Dosa. I don't have many options other than this. So thought of exploring it more and I also wanted to post many chutney recipes in this space. This kara chutney can be prepared in a jiffy. Let's see the recipe: 
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Coconut Chutney | Thengai Chutney | Side dish for idli dosa

Most of you might be thinking, why do I post such a simple recipe? When I am new to cooking, I even don't know to make this chutney.  I got the recipe from my mom and tried it. So for beginners, I wanted to post this and also to maintain this recipe in my repository. Though the recipe is very simple, we can tweak it a little to get a different flavour. Please check the points to remember section for different flavours of coconut chutney. 
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Kalkandu Pongal | Sweet Pongal using Sugar Candy | Pongal Recipes

I have already posted 2 versions of sakkarai pongal. You can check it here and here. When I was thinking about sweet pongal recipe for this Pongal, this recipe comes to mind. I saw this pongal in some of the other blogs and I wanted to give it a try. It turned out so yummy and Happy loved it. This is very simple and easy to make recipe, which you can try for this pongal. Let's see the step-by-step preparation:
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Tiffin Sambhar | Hotel style tiffin sambhar | Idli Sambhar | Side dish for Idli Dosa

I have already posted my version of sambhar here and varutharacha sambhar here.  I am a great fan of sangeetha and saravana bhavan style sambhar. It has unique flavour, so I always wanted to try it in home. When I was searching for tiffin sambhar, I got the recipe from raks kitchen and I tried it. The sambhar turns out so yummy and the aroma of the sambhar fills the home after preparing it. I am making it more often these days. Here, we go for the step by step preparation: 
Final Photos updated on 21/Jan/2021
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Sunday, January 04, 2015

Tuticorin Macaroon | Thoothukudi Macaroon | Christmas Special Recipes | My 150th Post

You are reading my 150th post!! It's been a wonderful ride and this blog gives me so much energy in my day-to-day activities. When I started this blog, I often wonder if my interest in the blog would wane after the initial enthusiasm. Here, I am with 100+ posts in this lovely space of mine. I'm still not posting as often I would like, but it's definitely better. I take this opportunity to thank all my friends and family who encourages me with their support. 

Today's post is about my childhood favourite Tuticorin Macaroon. This special type of macaroon is available in Tuticorin, a place in southern Tamil Nadu. Macaroons in general are made from ground almonds.  Tuticorin macaroons are different since they have cashew nuts as their major ingredient. One kg of Tuticorin Macaroon costs around Rs 600. My chithi is from tuticorin and whenever she visits us, she brings macaroon. The last time she even couriered us this to chennai on request of my mom for Happy. I tried this for Christmas and it came out really well. I packed few for my team mates and I got good feedback from them. With the measurement given below, I got 250 grams of Macaroon. 

Happy and Jany enjoys it to the core. When I was editing the pictures, Happy was asking "Maco venum"(Need Macroon) :) So Planning for a next batch in the coming weekend for her. 
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Friday, January 02, 2015

Prawn Dum Biryani Recipe | Prawn Biryani

I wanted to post many Biryani and Pulao recipes in this space. I have already posted Chicken Biryani here and Mutton Biryani here. I have few other biryani recipes in my drafts, which I will be posting it soon. Today's post is especially for seafood lovers like me. I baked the half cooked rice and prawn masala by layering it alternatively in this recipe. You can dum cook it as well in stove top and I have explained it at the end of the recipe. 

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Vattayappam Recipe | Vattayeppam | Sweetened Steamed Rice Cake

Happy New Year 2015 to all my friends and their families. Hope everyone is having a wonderful time!!! To begin this year, I am presenting the traditional Kerala tea time snack, Vattayappam recipe. Vattayappam is a steamed round cake leavened with yeast, flavoured with cardamom, sweetened with sugar or jaggery and garnished with ghee fried cashews and raisins. Here, we go for the step-by-step preparation.
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Sakkarai Pongal
Poosanikai Halwa (white Pumpkin)/Ash Gourd Halwa
Rava Kesari
Aval Urundai with Jaggery/Poha Balls
Aval Payasam(with Jaggery)/Poha Payasam
Paal Kozhukattai(with Sugar)
Ellu Urundai/ Sesame Seed balls
Vella Kozhukattai / Modhagam (Modak)
Pasi Paruppu Payasam/ Moong Dal Payasam (Kheer)
Semiya Payasam/Vermicelli Kheer
Motichoor ladoo
Paruppu Poli/ Puran Poli
Corn Flour Halwa
Carrot Halwa/Gajar Ka Halwa
Mysore Pak(Krishna Sweets style)
Gulab Jamun(with Khoya)
Paal Payasam
Maa Ladoo/Pottukadalai Urundai
Sakkarai Pongal(without milk)/Sweet pongal
Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai
Thengai Poorna Kozhukattai
Chakka Pradhaman
Sarkara Varatti(Sweet Banana Chips)
Ada Pradhaman
Chakka Varatti(Jackfruit Jam)
Kalkandu Pongal
Pazham Pori
Banana Dosa(Chef Venkatesh Bhat Recipe)
Rava Ladoo
Ellu Poorna Kozhukattai
Ragi Kozhukattai
Badam Halwa
Aval Kesari
Besan Ladoo
Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fudge
Khajoor Ka Halwa(Chef Venkatesh Bhat Recipe)
Semiya Kesari
Poha Ghee Ladoo(Aval)
Palada Pradhaman
Milk Kesari
Pachaipayaru(Green Gram) Suzhiyam
Pachaipayaru(Green Gram) Ladoo
Malai(Paneer) Ladoo
Boondi Ladoo
Bread Gulab Jamun
Tirunelveli Wheat Halwa
Coconut Burfi
Sweet Bonda(Wheat Flour Unniyappam)
Munthiri Kothu
Achu Murukku(Achhappam)
Sweet Diamond Cuts
Wheat Rava Sweet Pongal
Makkan Peda
Wheat Flour Kesari
Green Gram Poli
Paneer Kheer
Green Gram Sago Payasam
Pineapple Kesari
Vella Seedai
Jackfruit Ela Ada
Therali Kozhukattai
Jackfruit Appam
Kaju Kathli
Vettu Cake(MuttaiKose)
Ashoka Halwa
Samai Sweet pongal
Health Mix Ladoo
Mango Kesari