31 Jan 2013

Zuchinni Stir-fry

Zuchinni is one of the veggies which holds a place in my market bag, not because its easily cooked but mostly because of its health benefits. It is one of the low calorie vegetables with absolutely no saturated fats or cholesterol. So is there a reason to look for cooking beyond this? I've already posted Oven baked crispy Zuchinni and Zuchinni Pachadi. Here's another on to this collection.....

30 Jan 2013

Green Peas Gravy

Though the fresh green peas has a lovely hint of sweet taste, that's always missing in the store bought frozen ones, yet they also contain that pack of nutrients which always come handy when its an off season for the veggie. Here, I'm mostly left with these frozen ones.... and they can be made into healthy gravies in no time... Remember, these peas are rich in antioxidants.......low in calories and rich in dietary fiber .. And with no cream added to the gray in their making process... they are all the more healthier... So what are you waiting for????? The original source of the recipe is here and I've added my touches to make it even more low caloried...

28 Jan 2013

Egg Curry

Yesterday, as we were on a walk along the waterfront, I was really very amazed to see the rise of the moon from the waterline..... remember it was a full moon day.... and with a boat sailing across..... it was just picture perfect... I blamed myself for leaving my canon baby at home.... unattended... when it could have been fed heavily with this sight.... Oh poor baby :-(  .....

25 Jan 2013

Pavakkai Masala / Bittergourd Curry

One of the veggies that I've always avoided since my early days is this bitter gourd ... I totally hated them for their bitterness... Amma used to love these and she tried all her means to put this into my tummy... she even tried out deep frying them into chips...  but still I averted them all together.... I think I was in a pre-conceived notion that they could never taste pleasant... and moreover in those days, I hardly gave any thought to 'Eat Healthy, Live Healthy' .....

23 Jan 2013

Blueberry Streusel Muffins

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!! This is my 75th post... I wanted to put up something special......... and special to me, means something from the cake family.... Yes! this is a blueberry muffin with a streusel topping.... (Though I'm an ardent fan of plain cakes, I made this one on an extra special note.... doesn't that sound interesting?) 

22 Jan 2013

Idli Podi

One of the versatile ingredient of every south indian household is this 'Idli Podi'. Though I wasn't a very big fan of this podi, before coming here.... now I've become one of its greatest admirer, not only b'cos it cuts out my preparation time by half but also b'cos it carries all my amma's manam with it, every time I heap it on to my plate.... Amma made me a huge pack when I started from India and it lasted for almost an year :-) .... Whenever I popped out the packet... I could feel her in it... It reminds me of the day she made this podi, the whole house was filled with that aroma... she had that fragrance all over her for that entire day.... "Miss you so much amma.... Wish you were here with me......" 

21 Jan 2013

Semiya Pulao

'If  something happens in your life, it just happens.... why should it mean something?' -What a wonderful line!! Isn't it? This is from the 'Life of Pi'....It was so astounding, and it made me wonder.....that if only we could stop the search for meanings, for all the happenings in life...... how happy could we be? That is the most blessed way you can ever live....Am I sounding too philosophical?? Ok then, we'll move on to today's recipe....

15 Jan 2013

Keerai Masiyal

When I saw this week's 'Neeya Naana' show, at first I thought that the topic wasn't one concerned with human interest..... as it dealt with 'faces'. But in due course of the show, especially towards the end, it turned out to be heart melting..... I was totally surprised when the 'lady with the half face' was so calm and composed with no grudge at all.... even towards the man who hurted her to this extent... It made me feel ashamed of complaining at life many-a-times for quite silly things which can just be passed over like nothing... and infused the thought that 'Life for many out there, is more miserable than what they deserve'....

11 Jan 2013

Oven Baked Crispy Zuchinni

There I come with another Zuchinni recipe.... I had two of them left after making the Zuchinni pachadi and wanted to bake something with them.... I came across this, and it excited me to the core... that I immediately made them for lunch... and had it along with rasam rice.... I liked it a lot, though he did not show much enthusiasm.... as he felt that it has to be more hot!!!!! 

10 Jan 2013

Mushroom Peas Korma

Bored of the usual Mushroom gravy?? Yes, I was!!!! So, when I started to look out for an out-of-the-box recipe, I came across this one...  Try this out..... It's quite a different one with mushrooms. It goes along well with both rice and roti.... The original recipe called for coconut, but as usual I avoided it.... but the taste was still good... And also I roasted the items before grinding... which added a flavor to the gravy.... So just grab a pack of these buttons and try your hands at these.....

9 Jan 2013

Zuchinni Pachadi

Zuchinni is one of the veggies that was introduced to me only very recently.... It can be quickly cooked..... and very healthy indeed...... This time I tried out a chutney with it... It came out really well with a tangy taste and was a very good side dish for dosa's.... The next day I had it mixed with rice and ghee.... it was tooo divine.....The original recipe is here... Just give it a try.....

7 Jan 2013

Pumpkin Pie

Have you ever seen the movie 'Waitress'? It is quite a good one to be watched..... If not for the full movie, atleast the first few minutes (title card scenes) should definitely be seen if you love to see food on screen. Especially here, it is, in and out pies, pies... pies.... I bet you'll start drooling before the movie starts.... It is a visual treat for food lovers like me..... 

5 Jan 2013


Whenever there's Biriyani made at home, it is always married to, either the Kathirikai kosthu or this Thalsa. The most important factor to be kept in mind is that this recipe is a ZERO OIL recipe.... When Biriyani is made with all the world's richness... this thalsa stands by it with all the humbleness.... (I hope even weddings in life are all about this....though each may be contradicting to the other... yet together they always stand divine.... Hope I'm not getting tooo philosophical!!!!!!!!!!!)

3 Jan 2013

Mutton Biriyani

Wish you all A very very Happy New Year :-) Hope you all receive bundles of surprises on the happier note in this 2013..... I thought of opening this year with a special post.... a grand one indeed..... what else could it be than a Biriyani!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The recipe source is my mom (the special ever loving lady of my life).. I don't know how far mine could stand on par with hers..... but still this is wonderful enough to bring smiles in all the faces after the very taste of it.... Its quite simple enough.... so just give it a try and see the magic!!!!!!!!

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