May 30, 2013

Chow-Chow Poriyal/Curry

How to make Chow-Chow Poriyal/Curry

(Chow-Chow is also known as Chayote Squash or Bangalore Brinjal)

            The Chow-Chow is usually used in Sambar or Kootu in South India. This is not a usually prepared in south Indian homes, but is a very tasty recipe. I would say, the ingredients & the way it's used in the recipe, bring out the flavor of this squash, best. The flavor of the chillies and spices hit your taste buds first, and when you bite into it, you find it mildly sweet & juicy. The peel can be saved to make a chutney, if you like; that can be an accompaniment for Idli, Dosa & Upma varieties.

Chow-Chow Poriyal / Curry

May 22, 2013

Easy Mexican Mini Pies

How to make Mexican Mini Pies

      Is it a Cup Cake? Is it a Muffin?  No, it's a Mexican Mini Pie!! These Mexican Mini Pies can be easily made using pancake mix and muffin tins. These delicious cheesy pies are stuffed with savory black beans, onion and corn. These Mexican Mini Pies can be served as a starter and is a great finger food for casual gatherings. I skipped the Sour-Cream and garnishes, so it would be easy for kids to handle.

Easy Mexican Mini Pies

May 20, 2013

Strawberry Spinach Salad

How to make Strawberry Spinach Salad

             I like salads, but my better half does not care for it. That's a hurdle I come across every time, I want to order a salad; because he wouldn't share it with me. When I decided to make my own salad, at home. Hubby dear, was interested and lingering around; to see what I was going to whip up, with the Strawberries & Almonds, until; I brought the Spinach out of the refrigerator and then - Poof!! Magically, he had disappeared from the kitchen. 

          Plump, ripe strawberries; fresh, crisp spinach and toasted almonds along with the sweet balsamic vinaigrette makes this a crunchy, sweet and tangy salad.

Strawberry Spinach Salad


May 14, 2013

Aaloo Gobhi (Spiced Potatoes & Cauliflower)

How to make Aaloo Gobhi (Spiced Potatoes & Cauliflower)

          This simple combination of Potatoes, Cauliflower & a tasty blend of spices is a traditional North Indian accompaniment. Although this is not a gravy, it is aptly moist to accompany any variety of Roti or Rice. Very little oil is used in the making of this dish, hence making this a healthy option for people of all age groups.

Aaloo Gobhi (Spiced Potatoes & Cauliflower)

May 12, 2013

Carrot Halwa

How to make Carrot Halwa

            My hubby is the Halwa specialist of the house, or so he likes to call himself. He made this delicacy just in time, for Mother's Day. I like this Halwa, especially because it's main ingredients are carrots & milk, which means that fussy eaters get the nutrients & fiber, without even realizing what's in it. This can be served cold or warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Carrot Halwa with simple ingredients

May 8, 2013

Toffee Apple Cake

How to make Toffee Apple Cake

           It's pouring down here, and although it would be ideal to have something spicy and crunchy to munch on, I can settle for this warm & gooey Toffee Apple Cake. Don't get stumped by the length of this recipe; it is explained in detail for your understanding and convenience.

Serves 8-10
Can be frozen for up to 4 weeks.

Toffee Apple Cake

May 5, 2013

Skinny Milk Shake

How to make Skinny Milk Shake 

         This is one treat that will not leave you, feeling guilty! If you haven't guessed from the name yet- this is made using skim milk & low fat ice cream sandwiches from Skinny Cow - but, don't let the ingredients fool you - it's so light & refreshing, which translates to SWEET when you are watching your calories!!

Skinny Milk Shake

Ingredients for 1 Serving:

Cookies & Cream variety of  low fat ice cream sandwiches- 2
1 cup of cold skim milk

  • Cut the sandwiches into wedges & save 1 or 2 wedges for garnish.
  • Put the remaining pieces in a blender along with the skim milk & blend.
  • Pour into a tall glass, insert a straw & place a wedge of the ice cream sandwich  on top & serve cold.

Honey Fruit Salad

How to make Honey Fruit Salad

           Fresh oranges, bananas, strawberries, apples and grapes combined with a dressing makes this a cool and refreshing treat on a hot summer day. Don't tell anyone, but I let everyone have their share so I get the bottom of the bowl with the sweet cocktail of all the fruit juices!!

Healthy Honey Fruit Salad

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