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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Orange Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

Hello everyone!! I am back to my little happy space after a 6 month break. For me, personally there was a lot going on over the last few months and blogging took a back seat. I am back to full time job after 5 year career break. Between the pandemic, a new job, working from home, home schooling and some family circumstances, it just took its toll on me both mentally and emotionally. Most of the days I found myself tired and any sort of productivity outside of work hours and regular chores went out of the window. However, over the last few weekends I wanted to get back to blogging. I am not here for any sorts of revenue, I do this because it makes me happy. I might not be active like before, however I will try to do some posts over the weekend.
Last weekend I got fresh oranges from a farm and wanted to make use of it in some recipe. I tried this cake and the pictures didn't turn out as per my expectation since I overbaked the cake and the top was browned a bit more. Today, the oranges were still fresh and I made it again. It is one of the best tea cakes that I made recently and the flavor was so good. Do try this recipe and share me the feedback.
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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Ela Ada Recipe | Elai Adai | Elayappam | Elai Adai with sweet filling | Steamed rice cakes with jaggery & coconut filling

Ela Ada is one of the traditional Kerala delicacy and it is normally made using roasted rice flour, coconut and jaggery.  However, variety of stuffing can be used while making this elai adai. I have already shared Chakka(Jackfruit) Ela Ada. This is one of my most favourite naalu mani palaharam and it tastes delicious with a cup of chai. 
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Friday, February 26, 2021

Mango Salsa Recipe | Mango & Mint Salsa | Mango Salsa with corn chips

Mango salsa is versatile and makes a perfect appetizer, side dish or condiment for get-togethers. We just pick a pack of corn chips from the supermarket and carry this homemade mango salsa for a picnic in the park. If the mango is not in season, I make it with any available fruits and we all love it. This recipe is quick and easy to make, and always so fresh and delicious. We are almost at the end of mango season here in Australia, so thought of sharing this recipe before the season ends. Do check out my other mango recipes in the below links:
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Lotus Biscoff Pudding Recipe | Lotus Biscoff Biscuit & Cream Pudding | Biscoff Pudding | Biscuit Pudding

Biscoff is one of my favourite biscuits and I always grab a pack whenever I see it in Coles and Woolworths. Also, I always have a jar of biscoff spread in my pantry to have with bread. During the lockdown in 2020, most of the supermarket's baking section was almost empty. People were going crazy to find a pack of yeast, flour, baking powder etc. Along with that one of the fast moving product was this lotus biscoff and I couldn't find a single pack for more than 3 to 4 months. I was wondering about the reason for the non availability and later figured out through an article in Daily Mail Australia, that a Sydney based blogger Walla had created a viral recipe using this and people were emptying the shelfs to try it. I too wanted to give it a try since then. 
Finally, I could grab a few packs towards the end of last year and I tried it. It was so delicious and we started having it whenever we crave for ice creams. I was planning to post it during Christmas but I was not satisfied with the pictures I took. On valentines day this year, I made it again and clicked it. This is a very easy recipe and we do not need to follow the exact measurements. Just layering the biscuit, cream and spread will give you a fabulous dessert. 
If you could not find Lotus Biscoff in your part of the world, you can make this with any available biscuit spread and biscuits. The lotus biscoff gives you caramelised taste and any biscuit with similar flavour will work best for this recipe. You could make chocolate flavoured pudding with any chocolate biscuit and Nutella spread. 
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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Ragi Malt Recipe | Ragi Sweet Porridge | Ragi Kanji

Ragi is very nutritious, it is rich in iron and calcium. When I was in Chennai, I always have homemade ragi flour in stock. I used to give ragi porridge sweetened with karupatti for Happy until she was 3 years old. However, after we move to Sydney I stopped making it since I couldn't source the ragi flour. Recently, I bought a pack of ragi flour from an Indian store and we are having this ragi malt as our breakfast once in a while. It can be made in a jiffy and it is a very filling breakfast when we prepare it with milk and almond powder. 
I also grabbed a pack of the whole ragi for making homemade ragi flour and I will be sharing the process soon. Please have a look at the other ragi recipes from the blog in the below links:

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Thursday, February 04, 2021

Pressure Cooker Prawn Biryani Recipe | Prawn Biryani | Shrimp Biryani

I make pressure cooker biryani very often and in my opinion, it is one of the easy to make one pot dish. Though I have already shared layered prawn biryani,  and prawn fried rice, I always wanted to share this easy one pot biryani recipe here. In this recipe, I have used coconut milk since it goes very well with the prawn and it makes the biryani rich. However, you can always replace it with water if you don't prefer coconut milk.
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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Idli using Idli Rava Recipe | Soft Idli using Idli Rava in Mixie | South Indian Soft Idli

All my new year's resolutions were usually forgotten in a day or two. However, to keep up one of my resolutions, I have worked really hard this month and managed to share 8 new recipes here. Idli is a very common breakfast in our home and I have already shared my Idli Dosa batter here. Making Idli using Idli Rava was very new to me and I came to know about this from my colleague Rama when I was with TCS. She is from Andra Pradesh and at her home, they always do it this way. I asked her the recipe and tried it for the first time when I was in Chennai. Since then I have wanted to share the recipe here and it is happening now. 
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Friday, January 29, 2021

Coffee Walnut Cake Recipe | Coffee Cake with whipped cream frosting | Coffee Whipped Cream Cake

I was planning to share some new cake recipes during Christmas 2020. However, I was completely occupied with the Christmas traditional snack preparations and school holidays. Finally, I am sharing one of my recent favourite cakes that received lots of appreciation from my friends who are neighbours. I made this as a 2 layer cake for Jany's birthday last year and we all loved it. However, I was not satisfied with the images that I clicked on that day. Recently I made it again, mainly for the blog post and I am satisfied with the end result. I have shared the step by step video of this recipe without the icing in my Instagram handle and saved it under the highlight "Coffee Cake". Do check it out if you are interested. Also, for more interesting cake recipes, please visit my Christmas Special page.
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Monday, January 25, 2021

Banana Ghee Roast Recipe | Caramelised Banana Ghee Roast | Ghee Roasted Banana

Nenthrapazham or ethan pazham is one of the healthiest banana for growing children.  I have heard from elders in my family that it helps children with healthy weight gain. If you could find this banana in the place where you live, please give this simple recipe a try and you will thank me later. This banana ghee roast can be made in a jiffy and it can be served to kids as an after-school snack along with a glass of vella chaya(milk 😜).
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Friday, January 22, 2021

Channa Masala Recipe | Chickpea masala without coconut | Chole Masala

Chickpeas are one of my most favourite ingredients and I always try to include it in some form every week in our menu.  When I make puttu, I pair it with kerala style kadala curry. For appam or idiyappam, I make varutharacha kadala curry or kadala kuruma with coconut. I grow up eating these coconut-based chickpea curries and I love it a lot. However, all these curries are bit elaborate and time-consuming. 
Today I am sharing a north Indian style channa masala which I am making often these days for poori and chapati.  This is my go-to recipe when I am in a rush or whenever I am very lazy to cook. The combinations we can try with this channa masala are endless, it goes very well with Jeera rice/pulao, roti/poori and sometimes we eat it with appam/dosa too. Let us learn to make this simple channa masala today. Also, please check out my Channa Masala Sundal and Channa Biryani recipe too.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Bread Pizza Recipe | Kid's Birthday Party Snacks

We have passed the school holidays halfway mark and I am literally busy all day long. Hoping to get back to my routine once the school reopens. Recently, Happy has shown much interest in the snacks and bakes I try at home. She had this bread pizza at her friend's birthday party and since then she has asked me to make it for her. Last week when I made the white sandwich bread, I thought of giving it a try and used the minimal toppings that was available at home. It came out so good and we all liked it. I have used store bought pizza sauce for this recipe. However, I have shared the instant pizza sauce recipe that can be made at home in the notes section. I will try to post the authentic pizza sauce sometime soon.
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Saturday, January 09, 2021

Banana Puttu Recipe | Kerala Ethakka Puttu | Nendrapazham Puttu

If you follow me on Instagram, you will surely know about my love for puttu. It is one of my most favourite breakfasts and to make it more interesting for others at home, I try different combinations. Recently, I found ethan pazham(Kerala Banana) in an Indian shop and I was very much excited since I saw it for the first time in Sydney. I grabbed some and my blogging mind started thinking for the recipes to try. I made this banana puttu, pazham pori and ghee roasted banana. The banana puttu turned out so delicious and we loved it very much. Let us move on to the recipe and do check out the other puttu variations that I had shared earlier in the below links:
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Monday, January 04, 2021

Mushroom Pepper Fry Recipe | Mushroom Pepper Roast | Mushroom Recipes

I make mushroom dishes quite often at home and it doesn't mean that I like it very much 😆. It is just because I feel they are easy to make and it is my go-to vegetable whenever I feel bored to chop veggies for thoran or poriyal. I have already shared the below mushroom recipes here:
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Friday, January 01, 2021

Kerala Fried Chicken Recipe | Kerala Fried Chicken(KFC) | Chicken Recipes

Happy New Year to all my readers and family!! Best wishes for a healthy and fantastic year ahead. As always, one of my new year wishes is to keep this little space of mine really active. Over the past few years, I was not regularly sharing new recipes because of other priorities. However, I am trying to overcome my laziness and be more productive here. Today I am sharing our recent favourite fried chicken recipe and I learned this recipe from Chef TZac's video. I love the onion and curry leaves flavour in this fried chicken. It goes very well with fried rice, rasam rice and sambhar rice.
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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)
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