February 13, 2019

Idli Fry

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Idli fry is a yummy finger food that is made using left over idlis. Idlis generally tend to get a little dry and hard if they are left over night or for a few hrs after making and no one would want to have it as it loses it freshness. This can be served as an evening snack for kids with their milk  or even as starters at any party or pot luck get together. Serve it as is with some chat masala sprinkled over it or you can also have the green chutney and tomato sauce as dip .

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Frying Time : 20 mins
Complexity : Simple

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February 12, 2019

Beetroot Paratha


We wish people to always be in the PINK OF HEALTH ; and this vegetable beetroot is just true to this phrase . Beetroot is a powerhouse of nutrients and many vitamins . It is known to be a natural remedy to  fight anemia and iron deficiency . Raw beetroot juice is used for detox and cleansing of the liver . Cooked beetroots are rich in fibre which is also very essential for the body .
As the beetroots when eaten raw have an earthy smell many people do not like to eat it raw , especially children..so as I say sneak them into parathas and feed them so that they will eat .
My blog has many recipes for delicious parathas which are kids as well as adult friendly. You may check the recipes below.

Preparation Time : 30-45 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Makes : 8-10 parathas
Complexity : Medium High

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February 01, 2019

Kesar Peda | Saffron flavored milk fudge

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Peda is a traditional Indian sweet made using milk ,sugar and other flavoring agents like saffron, cardamom, pistachio etc. Traditionally milk is boiled in huge vessels and condensed to form a nice thick mass with added sugar and flavor of our choice and is then rolled out as balls and allowed to set.
Today we shall see a quicker version of making peda using khoya / mava and can be prepared in less than 20 mins with a natural flavor of saffron / kesar. There is no compromise on taste as well as texture and it is a melt in mouth recipe .

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Makes - 8- 12 pedas
Complexity : Medium

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January 31, 2019

Panchamritham | Panchamrutham

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Panchaamritha literally translates to Pancha ( 5 in sanskrit) and Amritha ( Nectar in sanskrit).

Panchamritha is a concoction of 5 ingredients mainly ghee (clarified butter, jaggery,honey, banana and bananas) . This concoction is offered to the lord and is always one of the main offerings made during any holy occasion or pooja like Satyanarayan Pooja, Ganapathi Havan/Homam etc.

There is a milk difference in the Panchamritha served in Northern India and Southern India.
The one that is offered in North India is slightly liquid in consistency and has more of milk and yogurt along with honey,ghee and some bananas .
The Panchamritham offered in South India , is more like a Jam in consistency and has lots of banana, jaggery,honey, some pitted dates / cashews, ghee and rock candy/ diamond sugar . A pinch of cardamom is added for extra flavor which is purely optional. Some places we can see addition of pomegranate pearls , apple slices also , but all that is purely optional.

In South India , Palani - one of the abodes of Lord Muruga / Karthikeya is known for its Panchamritham being offered as prasadam to all devotees. It is called as Palani Panchamritham .
Panchamritham is one of the main neivedhiyams/ prasad for Ganapathy Homam or any pooja related to Lord Karthikeya.

Today, I am going to explain the recipe for making the South Indian Style Panchamritham.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : Nil
Mixing Time : 5 mins
Serves : 3-4
Complexity : Simple
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October 24, 2018

Diwali Special - Collection of Savories

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Happy & Safe Diwali

Hi friends, Diwali is just round the corner and here is a handy collection of Savories that you would want to enjoy with family,friends & relatives. These recipes are not very complicated and can be prepared in less than 30 mins.
Note : The quantity mentioned in the recipes is for 2-3 people. You can proportionately increase the quantity of ingredients if making in bulk.

Click on the individual image to get the detailed recipe