Pottu Kadalai Urundai / Roasted Gram Laddu

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If there is a very quick and a no hassle sweet that has impressed me then I must say it is this one.
Absolutely does not involve standing in front of the stove and trying to stir the ingredients as in case of normal sweet making process.

The ingredients are normally found in the pantry of every Indian household,so this sweet can be prepared even if you have unannounced guests over for a dinner or lunch.
Perfect for pot luck parties,prasadam or neivedhiyam to the God on some special Pooja . I have seen people make this during Krishna Janmashtami and Diwali.
This item is also known by the name "Maa laadoo"  in Tamil. Laddu being pronounced as "Laadoo"

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : Nil
Makes about 15 laddoos

Bean Corn Quesadilla

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Quesadilla is a native of Mexico made using Flour or Corn Tortilla. This recipe gets its name from Tortilla and Queso meaning Cheese in Spanish.

The tortilla is filled with various stuffing like beans,corn,spinach,chicken,meat etc.The primary filling being Cheese. The tortilla is then folded into half with the stuffing in it and is warmed until the cheese within melts.
My recipe makes use of Red Beans and boiled corn as stuffing along with chopped onion and tomatoes.I made use of ready made tortillas available in the market.But the tortillas can be made at home too. If you like a healthier version one can use the usual soft whole wheat roti that is made in the Indian homes and follow the same procedure.

Preparation Time : 45 mins
Baking Time : 5-6 mins per tortilla
Serves : 1 tortilla = 1 quesadilla


Kadalai Paruppu Sundal / Channa Dal Stir Fry

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Sundal is a typical south Indian item made during the Holy Festival of Navratri.(9 days) . Each day a different variety of Sundal is made as an offering to God and then distributed amongst friends and relatives.
Chick peas/Kabuli channa,Bengal gram/channa dhall dhall,split green peas,karamani/lobia/black eyed beans are the commonly used lentils in the preparation of sundal.
These lentils are soaked overnight and then boiled to perfection with a tempering of mustard seeds,green/red chillies and a garnish with freshly grated coconut.
Packed with proteins ,it provides the necessary quota based on a daily diet.
This particular sundal is a very healthy choice and quick to make and can be made when we run out of vegetables.Serve hot with rotis or rice and some hot Tomato Rasam.

Health Benefits of any variety of DAL

  • An excellent source of protein for  particularly for vegetarian diets. 
  • Dal is typically around 25% protein by weight,
  • Rich in the B vitamins thiamine and folic acid, several minerals, notably iron and zinc.
Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 20-25 mins  
Serves : 2-3

Jain Version : Skip the ginger  from the recipe and follow the rest as is.


Lauki (Bottlegourd) Curry

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Lauki/Ghiya (Hindi/Urdu) , Sorakkai (Tamil) , Dudhi (Marathi)  is believed to have come from Africa but has procured a very high position in  the Indian kitchens but  has not made a very remarkable place in the western household.
This particular vegetable is not liked by many people especially children for a slightly different and an odd flavor that it possess.Packed with a lot of nutrition and various health benefits ,bottle gourd is gaining popularity.

Some of the health benefits of Bottle gourd that I have read in various health magazines are summarised below.

  • It helps fight constipation, as it is fiber rich. Because of its fiber and low fat content, Ayurveda highly recommends this food for diabetic patients and young children.
  • Ayurveda also recommends the juice of this gourd in the treatment of acidity, indigestion and ulcers .
  • Bottle gourd is also considered one of the best weight loss foods since it is 96 percent water and has a very low calorie content.
  • It is rich in, thiamin, vitamin C, zinc, iron and magnesium  which helps improving overall health.

 I am linking this recipe for the Healthy Me, Healthy Us event of Priya Mitharwal hosted by Kalyani of Sizzling Tastebuds and as per the event title the recipe does not have any added extra calorie content in the form of deep frying which means its the HEALTHIER version :-)

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20-30 mins
Serves : 2-3

Corn Capsicum Lasagna

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I am sure,each one of us have a special liking towards cooking pasta-- the comfort dish. Its a quick meal and also sumptuous.Compared to the normal pastas,I somehow have developed a liking towards LASAGNA. Earlier I was very skeptical about even trying to taste this Cheesy Layered Dish smeared with tomato sauce until my hubby forced me to try and thanks to him.. I now LOVE this dish.
The recipe below is my version of making vegetarian lasagna.You can adjust the filling as per your taste. Vegetables like cauliflower,broccoli,mushrooms can also be added . For the non veg lovers,chicken,fish,eggs can be used as per their taste.

Preparation Time :  20 -30 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Baking Time : 15 mins


Vegetable Kofta Curry / Veggie Dumplings in a tangy gravy

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Hey friends..sorry for the long silence.Was out on a small vacation and then again tied up with certain things that did not let me devote time for posting. I know its a lame excuse..but still.. !!
Hope all of you had a lovely summer break and most of you must be back to routine with kids getting back to school in India and well for the other friends living in the western countries..summer is just on and  all awaiting to enjoy the summer break :-)
Without further delay,I would like to jump on to the recipe of the day..

Preparation Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Frying Time : 20 mins
Serves : 3-4

Vegetable Kofta Curry