September 26, 2014

Karivepillai Thayir Pachadi / Curry Leaves Raitha

How to make Karivepillai Thayir Pachadi/Curry Leaves Raitha

         Have you ever thought, that a Raitha; could be the right accompaniment for Mango Rice? I was skeptical too, but I urge you to try this combination before you come to any conclusion. The flavors of this raitha unite in harmony with the flavors of the rice.


         The Curry leaves / Karivepillai / Kadi Patha is believed to possess numerous health benefits when consumed; aids in digestion help keep anemia at bay, fights diabetes, lowers cholesterol, prevents graying of hair; to name just a few. Here's another option to use up your fresh curry leaves (before they dry out) & store for later use - The Spiced Curry Leaf Powder.

Ingredients for 2 servings:

Fresh Yogurt - 1 Cup
Cleaned, Tender fresh Curry leaves - 1/2 Cup 
Grated Coconut - 4 Tbsp
Ghee/Oil - 2 Tsp
Salt to taste
Black Pepper corns- 1/2 Tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1/2 Tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 Tsp

September 16, 2014

Avo-Carrot Savory Muffins

How to make Avocado-Carrot Savory Muffins

         When my friend asked me about different ways she could use Avocados, apart from the usual ones we already know; the first thing that popped into my head was a muffin with Avocados. If you are tired of sweet breakfast muffins, then you should try this healthy savory muffins that are great for breakfast, picnic, a snack or even for dinner with a soup & salad. With absolutely no butter or alternative used, this is light & healthy for everyone. You can play around with the ingredients, according to your taste & you will still end up with a great muffin. Works well in your kid's lunch box as a healthy option to keep them nourished.

Avocado-Carrot Savory Muffins

September 13, 2014

Carrot Methi Pulao

How to make Carrot & fresh Methi (Fenugreek leaves) Pulao

            Fenugreek leaves are called Vendhaya Keerai in Tamil and Methi in Hindi, Marathi & Nepali. Fenugreek is used as an herb (dried or fresh leaves), spice (seeds), and vegetable (fresh leaves, sprouts, and micro greens). While the fresh greens are best for nutrition value; the seeds & dried leaves have a long shelf life and can be used as an substitute when the fresher version is out of reach or even otherwise.

                  Most of the time, It's a challenge to serve greens, to kids and adults alike. Here's a way to turn fresh fenugreek/methi leaves into a delicious rice, that will please your family at the table. But, do you know why I like, recipes like this one? The greens are almost invisible and yet it makes the dish so flavorful & aromatic. Au contraire, It's not the greens I'm hiding in here; it's actually the carrots, I'm trying to get into my child's gut. Can you believe it? The greens don't bother him; it's the carrots!

Fresh Methi Carrot Pulao

September 11, 2014

Sweet and Spicy - Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

How to  make Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

           Hot sandwiches are so very comforting, when the weather is cold. We all know, the popular Grilled Cheese Sandwich! But plain old 'Grilled Cheese' just doesn't cut it for me! I need more going on, in my sandwich - more texture, more flavors & more layers ;o) This is by far, my most favorite kind of homemade sandwich (I hope, I have taken all of them into account). The crust is crispy & crunchy, the melted cheese in between is chewy & gooey, the caramelized onions impart a hint of sweetness & of course, the flavor of your favorite sauce will add some heat to your sandwich. 

Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwiches to satisfy your sweet & spicy cravings.

               To get the best results, just be sure to slowly cook the onions in butter/oil; over medium heat, to caramelize the sugars naturally present in the onion, bring out the rich color & gradually pull out the flavors from the onions. This recipe is from a paper clipping, in my recipe file - sadly I cannot make out, where i got it from. Sending it over to Valli's CCChallenge #4 week 4. This is such an easy & delicious recipe - I cannot believe, it took so long for me to post this. Well; better late, than never! But, you gotta try this one :) Goes great with a cup of soup or salad. Try this Strawberry Spinach Salad, instead of the usual.

Ingredients for 2 servings

3 Tbsp Butter/Margarine
2 large red onions, finely sliced
1/2 Tsp Freshly ground black pepper
4 slices sharp Cheddar cheese
8 slices White/Wheat bread
4 slices  Pepper Jack/Monetary Jack cheese
Hot & Sweet Sauce or BBQ Sauce
Salt to taste

September 8, 2014

Thakkali Kai Kootu

How to make Thakkali Kai (UnripeTomato) Kootu

       Thakkali kootu is a common south indian accompaniment, that is usually served with steamed white rice or a meal platter on festive occasions. My first venture with the green tomatoes were years ago; when bought a pound of these beauties & had no idea what to do with them. So I tried making the same dish with unripe tomatoes & loved it even more, because of the sourness that these green tomatoes impart to it. 

       This is a great way to use the bountiful yield of tomatoes from your garden. The tomatoes you see in the pictures are from our patio garden. If you have been hesitant of cooking with green tomatoes, now is your chance, to try this simple & delicious recipe. Use the same recipe with ripened tomatoes (scroll down for the pic), if you don't have green tomatoes at hand & enjoy!

unripe tomato kootu

Green Tomatoes

September 5, 2014

Chocolate Bundt Cake/Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Glaze

How to make Chocolate Bundt Cake with Bitter Sweet Chocolate Glaze (with step by step pictorials)

         Are you looking to cure your chocolate cravings? Look no further! Imagine a mildly sweet Chocolate Cake - topped with a silky smooth Chocolate Glaze & served with fresh strawberries ..... Pure Bliss!! My kids love chocolate in anything, so this is my go to recipe of Chocolate cake. The best part is, you don't even need a mixer for this recipe.

        Once refrigerated; it tastes divine, when it's slightly warmed in the microwave so the cake is warm & the glaze is gooey. I had some Glaze left over, as i was beginning to think what I could use the glaze for, the bowl disappeared from my kitchen :) Although the recipe will serve at least 10, you family will compete over who gets the biggest slice & it'll be gone in no time. I also made these as cupcakes for the kids - see image below ;o)

How to make Chocolate Bundt Cake with Bitter Sweet Chocolate Glaze (with step by step pictures)

Chocolate Cupcakes with chocolate glaze

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