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Friday, July 10, 2020

Ragi Adai Recipe | Finger Millet Adai | Ragi adai with drumstick leaves | Kezhvaragu Adai | Millet Recipes

Millets are very nutritious and I started to include millets in our routine meal plans more frequent now. When I was in Chennai, I always have a batch of homemade ragi flour from my native and I regularly make puttu with that. When Happy was a baby, we give her ragi porridge sweetened with karupatti(palm jaggery) and I stopped it after a few years when she lost interest. 
During my last India trip in December, I brought a pack of homemade ragi flour and started using it again. When I was planning to post new recipes with ragi in the blog, I found these pictures on my hard disk which was taken in 2015. Back then I made this ragi adai with homegrown drumstick leaves and homemade ragi flour. I was not really happy with the photos hence thought of discarding it. However, chances to get drumstick leaves in Sydney at the moment is not possible for me. Hence thought of sharing the recipe with the very old images that I have. I will be posting more ragi based recipes soon. Also, if you are looking for more millets recipes then please check the below links:
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Pineapple Rasam Recipe | How to make pineapple Rasam? | Rasam Recipes

It is winter in Sydney and a bowl of hot rasam rice is really a comfort food for this cold weather. I am trying lots of different types of rasam these days and I wanted to share some recipes here as well. So, before clicking anything new, I thought of clearing my drafts and I found this pineapple rasam. I clicked it in 2017 when I was in my native for vacation. During my school days, dad was growing lots of pineapple on our farm. Relishing those homegrown pineapples with lots of sugar sprinkled on it is one of my favourite snacks. Nowadays, dad started buying pineapple whenever we are home. So, I made this pineapple rasam in my mum's kitchen and clicked it for the blog. I have shared chicken rasam and tomato rasam before and stay tuned for more rasam recipes.
Some of the pineapple based recipes that I shared earlier are:


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Monday, June 22, 2020

Pavakkai Kichadi Recipe | Bitter Gourd Kichadi | Onam Sadya Recipes

Today I am sharing yet another recipe from my never-ending drafts. I clicked this Pavakkai Kichadi for Onam, a few years back but somehow it didn't make it to the blog. This recipe calls for deep frying the bitter gourd pieces, but you can shallow fry it with a little oil or air fry/oven bake without any oil. This is one of the easiest ways to eat bitter gourd if you are not a lover of it. On busy days, I just air fry the bitter gourd pieces and mix it with the whisked curd. Then give a very basic tempering and it still tastes amazing. I have already shared a bitter gourd fry recipe and lots of Onam Sadya recipes, do check it out. Also, some of my favourite pachadi's are:

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Brown Rice Adai Dosai Recipe | Brown Rice Adai | Brown Rice & Lentil Crepes | Protein Dosa

I have already shared the recipe of regular adai dosai in the blog. Whenever I think about reducing weight or restricting the intake of white rice, I always go for millets or brown rice. So, the wholesome protein-rich adai dosa when made with millets or brown rice can be had without any guilt. I clicked this recipe more than two years back and finally, it is making its way to the blog. Please check out the below millet based recipes as well:

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Palappam Recipe | Appam with Yeast | Kerala Appam | Vellayappam

If you are my regular reader and a follower on my Instagram account, by now you would know that I make appam every week. I grind both the Idli/Dosa batter and Appam batter on the weekend and use it for the whole week. The appam batter recipe that I shared earlier in the blog is the one I follow and it doesn't disappoint me. However, I always wanted to share the Kerala style appam with yeast. Though this is almost similar to mine, the addition of yeast makes a huge difference and it is fuss-free. I have another version of this palappam with cooked rice porridge(more details in notes). Please check out my Kallappam and Vattayappam recipe if you are interested in Kerala style appams.
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Saturday, June 06, 2020

Rasam Vadai Recipe | Nagercoil Style Rasavada | Rasavadai

Rasavada is one of the famous breakfast accompaniments in my native. Many hotels in Nagercoil have this on their menu and I have relished it from my childhood. Other parts of Tamilnadu might not be so familiar with this rasavada because they usually pair the rasam with Medhu Vada(Ulundhu Vada). But in my hometown, rasavada is made with paruppu vada. Whenever my mum makes Paruppu Vada for tea time in the evening she makes it in excess. She soaks the leftover vadai in the rasam and we will eat it the next day with Idli/Dosa for breakfast. Do try this combination once and thank me later. This is not really a usual recipe post because this is just soaking leftover vadai in rasam. But I have shared few tricks to make this perfectly and also have shared another version of rasam.
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Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Kallappam Recipe | Kallappam with Yeast

I grow up eating lots of Kerala based breakfast/tiffin items since my native is close to the Kerala border. I can never survive without puttu and appams. It is my most comfort food and everybody at home loves it. Today's recipe Kallappam is traditionally made with Kallu(toddy) and since it is not widely available these days, we are using yeast to help with the fermentation. For appam's my mom-in-law makes homemade kallu using coconut water and sugar(check notes). We can use it for fermentation if you couldn't source yeast. These kallappams are really spongy, taste delicious with the coconut, cumin and onion flavour. If you love Kerala based tiffin items, then do check the following recipes as well.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Nuts and Dry Fruits Ladoo Recipe | Nuts Bliss Balls with dates | Energy Bites with nuts and dry fruits | No Sugar Energy Bites

If you are looking for a guilt-free treat for the kid's lunchboxes, these bite-sized bliss balls are the ideal pick. Also, if you are a person who is like me looking for something sweet immediately after lunch, then this will surely get you through the afternoon. These energy bites are very healthy, delicious and they are naturally sweet from the dried fruits. 
I have made this with whatever is available in my pantry. But you can always substitute with any other nuts, seeds and dry fruits (see notes). They are so easy to make and hardly takes 10 minutes. 
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Monday, May 25, 2020

Apple Halwa Recipe | How to make apple halwa

Hello everyone!! It's been more than a year since I posted anything new in this beautiful space of mine. I will be pushing myself to be more active in the coming days. Recently, I am very much active on Instagram, where I share my day-to-day cooking videos and meal plates. Also, I have a YouTube channel with a few videos and I will be sharing more video recipes as well. If you are not following me on Instagram please do it now. Also, do subscribe to my channel. I have not clicked any new recipes recently, but I have lots of recipes in my drafts that I clicked a year ago.
Today, I am sharing the apple halwa recipe. This recipe can never go wrong, but the only point we should be careful is the sugar quantity. Depending on the sweetness and the size of the apple, it should be adjusted. Also, choose the kind of apple that is not sour. Please check out other Halwa recipes from the blog in the below links:
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Recipes from the Kitchen

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)
Unniyappam/Neyyappam
Semiya Payasam/Vermicelli Kheer
Suzhiyam/Susiyan
Motichoor ladoo
Paruppu Poli/ Puran Poli
Corn Flour Halwa
Adhirasam
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)
Rasgulla
Thirattipal(Palkova)
Rasamalai
Vattayeppam
Kalkandu Pongal
Akkaravadisal
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