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Showing posts with label Breakfast and Dinner recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Breakfast and Dinner recipes. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


A recipe from my kitchen for that yummy prawn curry. Tastes good with rice, aapam, roti and dosa. You can even sandwich it between 2 bread slices and toast it on tava for a delicious prawn curry sandwich.

I have used only 2 whole spices in this prawn dish unlike other non vegetarian dishes. What makes this prawn curry different is that, it does not have ginger garlic paste and garam masala, which is a usual in most non vegetarian recipes. The spicy taste comes mainly from the chili for this dish. Please adjust the spice level as per your taste. If you prefer something mild spicy, please reduce the quantity of chili powder by half. Some of you might like it very spicy, in that case, you can add another slit green chili to the dish.

The ingredients below makes it a medium spicy gravy, nevertheless you can follow the above suggestions to suit your palate. I have marinated the prawns before cooking it in the gravy, this is done to infuse flavour into the prawn. It is sufficient if you marinate the prawns for a few mins. Overnight marination is not required. Easy to cook and tastes great as an accompaniment. Serve hot on a bed of hot steaming rice.




Prawns - 750 gms
Onion - 2 finely chopped
Tomatoes - 2 finely chopped
Garlic - 5-6 cloves finely chopped
Green chili - 1 slit
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
Chili powder - 1 tbsp  (Kashmiri chili powder) OR 
                        2 tsp if you're using ordinary chili powder
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Salt as per taste
Water - 1 cup
Coriander leaves chopped for garnish


Chili powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Juice of half lemon


Clean and devein prawns. Add all the ingredients for marination and marinate for 10-15 mins. In a pan, heat oil, add fennel and cinnamon. Once fragrant, add the garlic and onion, saute till they turn light golden. Add the chopped tomatoes, green chili, masala powders and cook till it gets mushy. Now add the marinated prawns, 1 cup water and cook for 15-20 mins or till done. Check for salt and spice level. Add more water if you want a gravy. Once done, garnish with fresh coriander leaves. 

Isn't this easy? Do try it and send in your feedback. 

Monday, March 28, 2016


There're days we like to start our day with a light and healthy breakfast. A smoothie or a health shake is what strikes us first. Smoothies are filling, healthy, light and easy to prepare on a busy day. Though they're easy and fuss free to prepare, it gets boring to have the same everyday. Why not try and play with spices is what struck my mind.

Cinnamon is one of the few spices that's used in cooking, baking, to spice tea and flavour cakes. It pairs beautifully with fruits and love the aroma of fresh cinnamon in cakes. This urged me to try using it for a smoothie too. I had planned on a banana smoothie for breakfast to make it easy as it was a busy day ahead. To make it interesting, added this wonderful spice and oh it was heaven!

The creamy banana with cinnamon makes it rich in taste. Make sure you use fresh cinnamon powder, though you can use store bought ones, the fresh one has its place. For sweetness, it has honey, as you all know I don't like to use white sugar and avoid it as much as I can. You're free to use sugar or any sweetener as per your taste. I've used milk to blend them, vegans can choose a nut milk instead. 


To make a tall glass of smoothie

Banana - 2 (I've used hill banana)
Milk - 1 cup
Water - 1/4 cup
Honey - 2 tbsp
Cinnamon powder - 1/4 tsp


Chop the bananas into small pieces, add it to a blender along with milk, honey, water and cinnamon. Blend all the ingredients together in a blender till you get a creamy frothy texture. Serve it immediately or cold. Here you go, your breakfast smoothie is ready!
You can use all milk and no water for a nice thick smoothie. In that case, add 1+1/4 cups of milk. Vegans can substitute nut milk in the above recipe. The milk quantity remains same for nut milk but please add water if you're using a nut milk.

If you're serving this for kids, replace milk with vanilla ice cream and they'll love it! If you're using a mixer jar to blend, first blend the banana, milk and honey nicely. Then add the water and cinnamon. Also, try it with other fruit combinations and drop in your feedback. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Egg Roast is a typical Kerala dish and quite popular too. It's usually a thick gravy with hard boiled eggs served with Appam or Idiyappam. Unlike the typical Kerala egg roast, this egg roast recipe of mine is a dry dish prepared using spices specific to chettinadu ( a place in Southern part of India). Chettinad is known for it's spicy and aromatic cooking. This recipe though not an authentic one, tries to bring the chettinad flavours. It's pretty simple to prepare and goes well with any rice preparation or simply enjoy it as a starter.


Hard Boiled eggs - 3
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Black pepper powder - 1 tsp
Roasted cumin/jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Roasted Saunf/Sombu/Fennel seed powder - 1.5 tsp
Coriander seed/ dhania powder - 1/2 tbsp
Coriander leaves chopped for garnish


Slice the hard-boiled eggs into 2 halves. Mix all the spice powders, ginger garlic paste along with little salt, to a thick paste consistency adding little water. Spread the thick paste on the yellow part of the eggs and let it sit for 10 mins. Heat a non stick pan, add a tsp of oil and roast the eggs (masala side down) in low flame, now flip it (masala side up)and roast. Keep flipping and roasting both sides until its done. Serve it garnished with chopped coriander leaves. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016


This dish pairs wonderfully well with fried rice and noodles. Since it's not very spicy you can have it like a starter or an evening snack too. Use homemade paneer for best results or buy the best quality available, that makes all the difference. Vegans can follow the same instructions and use tofu instead of paneer.


Paneer/ Tofu - 250 gms
Onion - 1 (cut into square pieces)
Capsicum - 1 (cut into square pieces)
Spring Onion - 4 stalks (slice the white onion and finely chop the greens)
Ginger - 1 inch piece (finely chopped)
Garlic - 3 pods (finely minced)
Tomato sauce - 2 tbsp
Dark soy sauce - 1 tbsp
Green chili sauce 1/2 tbsp
Gingely oil - 2 tbsp

To coat paneer/tofu
Tomato sauce - 2 tbsp
Soy sauce - 1 tbsp
Green chili sauce - 1 tbsp
Maida - 1 tbsp
Corn flour - 2 tbsp
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp


Cut the paneer into 1 inch cubes and keep aside. In a bowl, mix together 2 tbsp of tomato sauce, 1 tbsp of soy sauce and 1 tbsp of green chili sauce. Coat the paneer cubes with this paste. Next, in another bowl mix 1 tbsp maida and 2 tbsp cornflour along with 1/2 tsp chili powder and little salt. Take the coated paneer cubes and gently toss them in this mix. Once done, take a pan, add 1 tbsp of oil and shallow fry the paneer till lightly crisp. 

 In the same pan, add oil (sesame oil/gingely oil gives a very good flavour) and saute the ginger and garlic, once they're brown add the onion, sliced spring onion whites and capsicum pieces. Fry till they're crisp and cooked. Now add the sauces, check for salt. Give it a good stir and finally add the paneer pieces and the greens. Toss and remove from flame. 

If you want a gravy, before adding the paneer, make a mix of cornflour and water. 1 tbsp of cornflour in 1 cup water, add this, let it boil and then add the paneer. 


I love salads and these pasta salads are my favourite for it's simplicity and taste. These salads are kept on all the buffets these days! As usual, I wanted to re-create that at home just by tasting and without finding out what actually goes in. I usually do such experiments at home, sometimes, it's a hit and at times it's a miss. Don't worry! I share only the hit ones here.

Here's my recipe for the pasta salad, try it out and I'm sure you'll love it. It's a cold salad, so chill it before you serve. Also, do add your favourite seasoning or veggies to it if you prefer.


Pasta - 100 gms (I've used Penne)
Fresh cream - 1 tbsp
Eggless Mayonnaise - 1 tbsp
Cherry Tomatoes - 5
Fresh Basil - 3 leaves
Celery - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper - a pinch 


Boil pasta with enough water and salt. Add a drop of oil to prevent from sticking together. Make sure you don't over cook them. Once done, run under cool water. Add all the ingredients except cherry tomato and give a good mix. Finally add the cherry tomatoes and give a light mix. Chill and serve!

If you don't have cherry tomatoes, then use 1/4 tsp tomato sauce to give a tangy and sweet taste. Use not more than 1/4 tsp otherwise it'll alter the whole taste. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016


This smoothie is an ideal breakfast for kids as well as adults. It's vegan too! Made with Arabian dates and raw peanuts, it has all the necessary nutrients for a power packed breakfast. At home, I avoid using sugar as much as I can so I've used honey for this one. You can use sugar if you prefer.

*Peanuts are not only good in taste they're also rich in monounsaturated fats and numerous other nutrients that have shown to promote heart health. It's a legume and not a nut! They're rich in antioxidants and folic acid. They're low in carbs but packed with protein, vitamins, fibre and minerals. It has a low glycemic index, hence suitable for diabetic patients too.

Since we're using raw peanuts here, it should be soaked in water overnight or at least for 6-8 hours. This eliminates digestive issues caused by having raw peanut. Please don't skip this process. It is necessary.  


For a big glass of smoothie

Raw peanuts - a handful, soaked in water overnight. 
Arabian dates - 6
Honey - 1/2 tbsp 
Water - 1 cup or more


Blend the nuts with little water to a smooth paste, then add dates and honey. Use more water if required to get the smoothie consistency. Pour it in a glass and enjoy! 

Feel free to use any fruit of your choice along with dates or without dates. 
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Monday, January 11, 2016


I love wholesome sandwiches, it's simple to prepare and filling too. Ever since I had a yummy sandwich stuffed with bell peppers and loads of mozzarella at a near by cafe, I wanted to re create the same at home. It was delicious and I gobbled all of it without the tomato ketchup (I usually need tomato ketchup for every bite I take) so you can imagine how good it was!

So here's the recipe for the yummy, hearty and healthy sandwich! I've been getting a lot of requests for vegan recipes, so here you go! This is Vegan too! Please feel free to use cheese if you're not a vegan! To add some flavour I wanted to use some quick pesto sauce (my recipe). You can omit this if you don't like pesto.


Bread - 6 slices (to make 3 sets)
Vegan Pesto sauce - 3 tbsp (recipe below)
Red bell pepper - 1 (thinly sliced)
Green bell pepper - (thinly sliced)
Onion - 2 (finely sliced)
Egg-less Mayonnaise - 3 tbsp 
Olive oil - 1 tbsp 
Freshly ground pepper for seasoning


To prepare the pesto sauce:
Pesto sauce is a combination of crushed garlic, fresh basil, pine nuts, cheese and olive oil. It originates from Italy. The traditional way of preparing, is by pounding the ingredients using a wooden mortar and pestle. Since it's vegan I haven't added cheese in my recipe. Also, instead of pine nuts I've used walnuts. I've also added a few fresh thyme leaves along with basil. 

In a mixer coarsely powder 4 whole walnuts, then add 2 garlic cloves roasted in olive oil or use it raw, 2 handful of fresh basil, a sprig or 2 of fresh thyme, 4 tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Using the pulse mode blend to coarse mixture. 

Bell pepper stuffing:
Heat olive oil in a pan, when hot, add the onion with a pinch of salt and saute till light brown, add the bell peppers and saute till they're soft, add required salt and a pinch or two of pepper. 

Assemble & Toast
Take a slice of bread and, apply the pesto sauce, add some filling and 1 tbsp of mayonnaise to another slice and close with it.  Follow the same for other slices. If you like it with cheese, add some grated cheese. I would suggest mozzarella  or cheddar or a combination of both for the filling and some butter to toast. 

Toast the sandwich in a pan with olive oil or use a sandwich maker. Enjoy the yummy goodness!

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Aval upma/poha is made with flattened rice (beaten rice) or aval as we say in Tamil. This dish is prepared with onion and potato and makes a wholesome breakfast or even a snack for kids. Its a healthy and tasty Maharashtrian recipe, popularly known as batata poha. Its mildly spicy yet flavourful and filling. A simple and yummy dish which doesn't require any curry powder or strong spices. 


Aval/beaten rice - 1 cup
Potatoes - 2 medium (small cubes)
Onion - 1 big (finely chopped)
Green chili - 1 (slit)
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds  - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 4 tbsp 
Salt to taste
Lemon juice - 4 drops
Coriander leaves - for garnish


In a kadai or non stick pan, add oil and let the mustard crackle. Now add the green chili and chopped onion along with little salt and turmeric. Saute for 3 minutes and then add the washed, peeled and cubed potatoes with salt. Cook in medium heat, till the potatoes have cooked well. This will take about 10 -15 mins. Meanwhile wash and soak the beaten rice in water not more than 2 minutes. Once the potatoes are cooked, lower the heat, check for salt and the add the drained beaten rice to the potato mix. Squeeze out all the water before adding it into the pan. Give it a stir, add the lemon juice and mix gently. Switch of the the heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot. If you like peanuts, you can add some roasted peanuts to this.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Sabja seeds/black tulasi seeds/basil seeds has a cooling property and a must have during summer. Apart from cooling the body it also helps in metabolism and cutting the cholesterol level in our body. In India it is used in preparing Faloodas (a cold beverage made with milk, rose syrup, fruits, basil seeds and vermicelli). These tiny seeds are rich in anti oxidants, omega-3, minerals and fibre. It reduces food cravings, lowers blood pressure.

At home I add these to lemon juice or simply mix 2 tsp in a glass of water and consume. Here, I've added it to strawberry milkshake.


Strawberry - 7
Milk - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup 
Chia seeds - 1 tsp
Sugar as required


Wash and chop the strawberries into halves and puree it in a mixer with water and sugar. Then add milk and check for sugar. Pour it in a glass and add chia seeds, give it a light stir. Its ready to have!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


A very spicy gravy that goes well with roti, dosa, idli and even hot ghee rice. The aroma of ground masala gives this dish a true chettinad touch. Do try this dish and I'm sure you'll love it.


Mushroom - 200 gms
Onion - 1
Dry Red chili - 6
Green Chili - 1
Pepper - 1 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Garlic pods - 6
Ginger - a small piece
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 4
Coconut milk - 1/4 cup


Grind all the ingredients except mushroom, coconut milk and salt. Add little water and grind to make a paste. Clean and chop mushrooms. Heat oil in a kadai and add the ground paste. Cook in low heat till the raw smell goes, this should take about 5 mins. Now add the mushroom and salt. Give it a good mix ,add 1 cup water and cook in low flame for 15-20 mins stirring every 5 mins. Once the mushroom is cooked, add 1/4 cup coconut milk. Stir well and switch of the heat. Hot and spicy mushroom gravy is ready to serve. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Egg scramble is not a new preparation to most of us but each of us do it in a different way. At home, I prepare it differently when it accompanies rice, a little different from this method for chappati and with a little twist and flavour for bread. This preparation tastes good with rice. Will soon be updating the other methods.


Eggs - 2
Onion 2 - finely chopped
Green chili - 1 cut into 2 halves 
Turmeric pwd - a pinch
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - chopped for garnish
Oil - 2 tbsp


Heat a pan with 2 tbsp of oil , once hot add the onion and green chilly. Sauté for 2-3 mins and add the ginger garlic paste. Once the raw flavour of the paste goes and the onions have turned light brown, break the two eggs, add salt, turmeric and scramble on high flame for 2 mins and for 4-5 mins on medium flame. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


This sandwich can be prepared in no time. Actually feels silly to write ingredients and method for this post. Nevertheless, I hope it helps beginners. Here goes the recipe for an utterly simple and utterly delicious mint and cheese sandwich. 


Bread slices - 4
Pudina/ mint chutney - 2 tbsp
Cheese slices - 2
Ghee or Butter to toast


Spread the mint/pudina chutney on a bread slice, place a cheese slice and close it with another slice of bread. Toast it on a tawa or a sandwich maker. Use a little butter or ghee if you're using a tawa to toast. This is too simple and can be made in a jiffy with left over mint chutney at home and tastes yummy. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014



Paneer (grated) - 100 gms/ 1 cup
Onion (finely chopped) - 1
Tomato (chopped) - 1
Red chili pwd - 1 tbsp
Turmeric pwd- a pinch
Curry leaves - 4
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds/ Jeera- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste


Heat a kadai and add 1 tbsp of oil. Add the mustard, cumin seeds, curry leaves and throw in the chopped onions once it crackles. Saute and wait till it turns light pink. Now, add the chopped tomatoes and the chili pwd. Mix well and cook for ten mins or till it turns mushy. Add the required salt and mix the grated paneer into it. Stir and cook for about 2 mins. Let it cool and just smear a generous portion on your dosa (just before serving it from the tawa) and roll or pack as shown below to enjoy yummy paneer dosa. Alternatively, it can also be used as a side dish for dosa. 

Do not add water and cook in medium flame. 
Paneer can also be cut  into very small cubes instead of grating


Friday, March 7, 2014


This Chicken Korma recipe is my style and goes very well with idli and dosa. I wanted to try out something different with the marinated chicken I had. Since it was idli for dinner that day I wanted something not very spicy at the same time something that would go very well with idlis. I used the marinated chicken I had to make a korma my style. The ingredients required for marination is also given below. Here's my recipe to a tasty chicken korma/ chicken in a nutty gravy/ vellai (white) korma or however you want to call it. 


Chicken - 250 gms
Onion (chopped) - 2
Tomato (chopped) - 2
Green chili (slit) - 2 [make it 3 if you prefer it spicy]
Ginger & Garlic paste - 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric pwd - a pinch
Coriander pwd - 1 tbsp
Chili pwd - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Cardamom, Clove - 1 each
Cinnamon -  1/2 a stick
Coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste 
Coriander leaves for garnish

To marinate 

Turmeric pwd - 1/2 tsp
Chili pwd - 1 tsp
Ginger & Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp

To grind 

Poppy seeds - 1 tsp
Cashews - 6
Add water when grinding to make it a paste. 


Marinate the chicken pieces in the above marinade mixture for 30 mins.
In a cooker pan add little oil and add cardamom, cinnamon and clove. Immediately add the chopped onion and slit green chilies. After 2 mins add the ginger garlic paste and saute for about 5 mins. Now add the chopped tomatoes, chicken and all the masalas. Give it a good mix. Add very little water and close the cooker lid. Cook for 4 whistles and switch off. When the pressure releases add the prepared cashew paste. Keep it on medium flame and let it boil. Now add coconut milk, give it a stir and finish it off with chopped coriander leaves. It's a tasty chicken kurma made in a South Indian style- a good side dish for appam(hoppers), idiyappam(string hoppers), idli and dosa. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014


This is similar to the Egg Idiyappam recipe posted earlier but this one is without eggs for vegetarians. It can be had with cucumber or onion raitha or even without that as it tastes good even without any side dish or gravy. Excellent dish and quite easy to prepare. This has been one of our favourite dishes at home and we prepare this frequently. If you're using the store bought ready-made idiyappam then steam it or heat it in the microwave and then use.


Idiyappam (torn to small bits) - 3 cups
Onion (finely chopped) - 2
Tomatoes (finely chopped) - 2
Mint leaves (chopped) - ¼ cup
Turmeric pwd - ¼ tsp
Chili powder - 1 tbsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Coriander (finely chopped) - little for garnishing


Heat oil in a kadai and add the chopped onions. Cook till translucent. Add ginger garlic paste, little salt and sauté till the raw smell of the ginger and garlic paste goes. Add chopped mint leaves, tomatoes, turmeric pwd, chili pwd and salt. Cook till the tomatoes get mushy. Add the garam masala or biryani masala (I use garam masala).Once it gets mushy (this might take about 15 mins in medium heat) add the tiny pieces of Idiyappam and stir well. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Masala Dosa-  a thin crisp dosa, filled with mildly spiced potato bhaji. This is a famous recipe in India and a popular South Indian dish which traces it's origin to Udupi cuisine. It is easy to prepare and quite addictive too. If you are a dosa lover, I'm sure this is worth a try. 

I've given the recipe only for the potato bhaji here. 


For the Potato bhaji  (for about 4 dosas)

Potatoes - 3
Onion (thinly sliced) - 1 
Green Chilies (slit) - 2 
Split Bengal gram Kadali paruppu- 1 tsp
Mustard- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric pwd- 1/2 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves for garnish 
Salt as per your taste


Boil the potatoes with some salt. Cool and peel the skin and mash half the quantity and chop the rest into small pieces. In a pan, heat oil and crackle mustard seeds followed by split bengal gram / kadali paruppu and slit green chilies. Sauté till fragrant and add the onions, turmeric pwd and salt. Sauté for about 4-5 mins in low heat and once its cooked add the potatoes. Stir well until well combined. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.