Monday, January 26, 2015

Kadalai mavu Sambar / Besan Sambar

Hello folks,

I am back to blogging after a short break. First I would like to thank my co-bloggers and friends for making my first blog anniversary event a successful one. Hope everyone had a great start of 2015 wish you a perfect and happy year ahead.

Today I am going to share an easy yet perfect combo for idlies and Dosa... If you are in a hurry and no time to cook dal or to grind masala for your tiffin sambar, you can consider this Kadalai mavu sambar. As the name states, we are going to use gram flour as substitute of dal. And the ingredients are little different than usual sambar. Lets see how to prepare this.


Onion - 1 medium (cut lenghtwise)
Tomato - 2 big (chopped)
Veggies - 2 cups (approx) (Prefer veggies like, eggplant, drumstick,carrot, beans, potato, flat beans, butterbeans, soya beans etc)
Green chilies - 4-5
turmeric - 1/2 tsp
tamarind - a peanut sized (soak in 1/2 cup of warm water)
coriander leaves  a few
Kadalai mavu / Besan flour - 2-3 tbsp
salt- as needed
fennel seeds - 1 tsp
bay leaf - 1
Oil - 2 tsp

to temper:
Oil - 2 tsp
mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
urad dal - 1 tsp
curry leaves  - a few
red chili - 1 (if the green chilies were not hot enough)


1.In a kadai / pan heat 2 tsp of oil and add fennel seeds, bay leaf , cut onions,green chilies one by one and saute for a while.
2.Then add Veggies and saute for a minute, Then add chopped tomato and saute.
3. Now add turmeric powder and saute until the raw smell leaves.
4. add the tamarind extract water, along with 3-4 cups of water
5.Add salt and cover with lid, and let the veggies cook soft.
6. mix besan flour with required water and keep aside. (should not be too thick)
7. When the veggies are cooked, add the basen mix and stir with ladle simultaneously.
8. Let it boil for few mins, this helps the besan flour to get cooked, and make the sambar to the right consistency. (based on the consistency adjust, by adding little more water or by letting it cook for few more mins)
9.Temper sambar with listed items, and add chopped coriander and serve.

1. Choose tangy tomatoes for best taste.
2. This tastes best with Idli and Dosai.
3. Doesnt suit for rice, mini idli , pongal or sambar vadai etc.
4. It gets thicken while refrigerating, so while reheating add a little water and heat.
5.adding tamarind is optional. you can add extra tomatoes if needed.

Serve hot with hot idlies or crispy dosa :)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Announcing First Blog anniversary Event Winners!

Thank you friends for making my first event a successful one :) So this is time to announce the Event roundup and winners:) First lets see how did the votings / readers choice went through..

Votings :

1.  Ashiya's kitchen: Shrikhand - 15 votes
2. Jeenas Kitchen Recipes: Bread Pizza - 5 votes
3. Ashiya's kitchen: Capsicum masala - 4 votes
4. Ashiya's kitchen: Dum ka Murgh/ Dum Chicken - 3 votes
5. Remmy's Kitchen: Sambar: Tamilnadu Hotel style- 3 votes
6. Ashiya's kitchen: Lauki ka halwa - 2 votes
7. Jeenas Kitchen Recipes:Eggless Vanilla Sponge Cake -2 votes
8. Delectable Flavours: Chettinad Pepper Chicken Recipe - 2 votes
9. Jeenas Kitchen Recipes: Eggless Choco Almond Pudding - 1 vote
10. Spicy Chicken Shawarma | Haffa's kitchen adventure - 1 vote

The maximum votes we got is 15 for Shirkhand by Ashiya's Kitchen.

We had a lovely collections of recipes and thanks to the folks who shared their wonderful recipes with us. I have sorted it out based on no of recipes.

Round Up:

 Remmy's Kitchen:
1.Bhatura(chole bhature)
2.Sambar: Tamilnadu Hotel style
3. Kerala kadala curry / Black chick
4. Varutharacha meen curry/Fish
5. Oats Dosa
6.Vegetable cutlet
7.Muringayila mutta thoran
8.Netholi peera pattichathu
9.Pachamulaku Thenga chammanthi
10.Muringayila parippu thoran
11.Egg and vegetable curry
12.Chicken fried rice Fast food style
13.Chicken roast

 Home cook food :
1.Pizza Pockets
2.Unfried Ravioli
3.Penne Pasta in Jalapenos Cream
4.Cookies 'n' Cream Frap
5.Mirchi Ka Salan | Spicy Pepper
6.Eggless Kaju Biscuit | Cashew
7.Sai Bhaji | Greens, Vegetables
8.Turnip and Potato Tikkis
9.Gingerbread Candy Trail Mix
10.Eggless Chocolate Chips Cookie
11.Langarwali Aloo Gobhi ki Subji
12.Snickerdoodle Cookies

Pepper, Chilli and Vanilla:
1.Chocolate Cupcakes with whipped cream frosting
2.Kul Kul
3.Date Roll
4.Creme Caramel
5.Crispy Chicken Burger
6.Chicken 65

Jeenas Kitchen Recipes:
1.Kofta Balls
2.Paneer Bhurji
3. Bread Pizza
4.Eggless Vanilla Sponge Cake
5.Eggless Choco Almond Pudding

 Ashiya's kitchen:
2.Capsicum masala
3.Dum ka Murgh/ Dum Chicken
4.Lauki ka halwa

The food factory:
1.Achari chicken
2.Hariyali chicken tikka
3.Shaami kebab
4.Chicken nuggets

Delectable Flavours:
1.Red Snapper Fish Curry Recipe
2.Ragi Semiya - Sweet and Savour
3.Chettinad Pepper Chicken Recipe

Cooking club:
3.Chocolate Chip Yogurt Dip

Haffa's Kitchen Adventure:
1. Spicy Chicken Shawarma
2. Singaporean Rice/ Casserole
3. baking-without-oven

Recipes Passion:
1.Baked Doughnuts & Munchkins
2.Chewy Choc Coffee Fudge Brownies

Herbs, Spices and Tradition: 

Full Scoops: 
1.Mushroom Pulao
2.Beet Root Pulao

1.Banana chocolate coffee cake
2.Apple Pistachio Cake with Brown

nandoo's kitchen:
1.semiya kesari
2.Potato roast

 A Kaleidoscopic Dream :
1.How to make batter for idli
2.Homemade Lychee Ice cream

The Smoky Kitchen:
1. Aloo (potato) papad ki sabzi kerala style
2. Kheema ki  Mani or Puri filled with Minced Meat

Malai Chum-Chum

Now the most exciting part. Yes the winners of the event. I believe the Votings/ readers choice category was little tricky. As this is the first time we do the event and also the votes are quiet new I have decided not to cancel this criteria. So I am announcing the recipe Shrikhand (15 votes) by Ashiya's Kitchen as winner of the Readers Choice. Congrats Ashiya :)

Now the Random number winner. The number is 5. It is Bhatura from Remmy's Kitchen. Congrats Remya :)

Request both the winners to contact me thro email ( and let me know your choice of gift cards.
Kindly revert back or acknowledge on or before 1/21/2015 6:00pm EST, Or another winner will be selected.

Again congrats to both the winners and a very big thank you to all the participants. :))) See you all soon with another exciting event soon :)

Thank you for tour support again:)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Methi Corn Pulao

Prepared this tasty pulao a week back. It turned out so well and the mild methi flavor  and aroma in rice was so tempting. Even my kid dint complain about bitter taste.

Lets see the recipe now.


Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Methi leaves - 1/3 cup (tightly packed)
corn - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 small
Green chilies -2
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece (finely chopped)
Garlic - 2-3 cloves (finely chopped)
turmeric powder - a small pinch
salt- as per taste
Oil -2-3 tbsp
coriander leaves - a few
cashews- a few

Dry Garam masala:

Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
bay leaves - 2-3
anistar - 1
cloves -4
elachi - 2-3
cinnamon - 1/2 inch stick
jeera/cumin - 1/2 tsp


1.Wash and soak basmati rice for atleast 30 mins.
2. Clean and chop methi leaves and keep aside.
3. In a pressure pan / cooker, heat a tbsp of oil and add the dry garam masala items listed above.
4. add cashews and fry for a while.
5. Add finely chopped ginger and garlic and saute.(dont let it burn)
6. Add lengthily cut onions, green chilies and saute  until they turn soft and brown.
7. Now add corn, chopped methi leaves and saute well. onions and methi will mix together.
8. add a pinch of turmeric, soaked rice and saute for a minute.
9. In the mean time measure required water (i used 1:2 cups) and bring to boil.
10. Add boiling water to the rice mix, add salt and close the lid.
11. Leave it for 2 whilstles and switch off the flame.
12.Let it rest for 10-15 mins and gently fluff the rice with fork.
13.Add chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with Raitha or papad.

1.If you like methi taste, you can add a little more of it.
2.You can substitute chopped ginger garlic with ginger garlic paste.
3. Adding boiling water to the rice gives fluffy pulao, than the normal / cold water.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lemon Poha / Lemon Aval

Aval is my favorite in any form. Most of the Lazy day's breakfast / evening snack will be based on Aval / Poha only. It is so simple to make in minutes. Last weekend I prepared Lemon Poha for breakfast and my kid loved it. It was finished just in minutes.

So thought of sharing this simple recipe here.


Aval / Poha - 2 cups
Lemon - Half of medium size
Red chili - 1 (increase if you prefer spicy)
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Peanuts - 1 tbsp (optional)
turmeric - 1/8 tsp
salt- as per taste
Curry leaves - a sprig
Oil -1 tbsp


1. Clean and wash Aval in colander with running tap water for 45 sec to 1min.
2. drain water and keep it aside.
3.Heat oil in a kadai /pan and add Peanuts and saute until they turn light brown. Then add mustard seeds, urad dal, red chili, curry leaves one by one.
4.saute for  a min, (dont let the ingredients burn) and add turmeric powder and little salt. Give a quick stir and switch off the flame.
5. Now add lemon juice from half a lemon.
6.Add the washed Aval and stir well.
7. Now switch on the stove and stir for a minute. (Just the aval should become hot) Do not cook for more time. Adjust salt by tasting now.

1. If the Aval is not tangy add another tsp of lemon juice.
The lemon which i used was Juicy and medium tangy.
2.Turmeric tends to burn quickly,so add the turmeric in hot oil, stir quickly and switch off the flame.
3. It is important to on the flame and stir for a minute at last / until the poha is hot, otherwise, the poha will be raw in taste and smell.
4. If you cook more time after adding lemon, it will turn little bitter.
5.Salt and lemon can be added anytime even after cooking so adjust if needed.