Aug 24, 2011

Icecream Cone Chaat

My girls wanted me to buy them Kurkure from Indian stores. I was very sure that they will not finish it cos they have tried it many times and wasted the whole packet. Again this time, they promised me that they will finish it. I am quite sure that they will not. But I did not want to disappoint them so bought one packet and asked them to share. As usual, they wasted it after trying once. While reading the packet, I came across this recipe. I changed it to our taste. It was pretty good. Here goes the recipe.

  1. Tomato - 1 (finely chopped)
  2. Onion - 1 (medium sized-finely chopped)
  3. Green Onion - 2 tsp (chopped)
  4. coriander leaves - 2 tsp (finely chopped
  5. Kurkure - two table spoons (chop it)
  6. Walnuts - finely chopped - 1 tbsp
  7. Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
  8. Garam Masala Powder -  a pinch
  9. Wafer Ice cream cones - 3

Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Serve it in the ice cream cones. The above given ingredients is sufficient for 3 medium sized Ice cream cones.

Aug 23, 2011

Pumpkin Peanut Vatha Kozhambu

I make vatha kozhambu with pumpkin most of the times and also with some vathals.  After seeing Prema's Verkadalai Kozhambu, I wanted to try this too. Wasn't sure whether it will be good without any vegetable. She has also used eggplant & onion in her version. I added pumpkin and onion and almost followed the same recipe. Except, I fried handfull of peanuts in oil and added it to the kozhambu finally for extra crunchy taste.

I am sending this to Bookmarked Recipes event, by Priya Of Mharo Rajasthan's Recipe.

Aug 15, 2011

Blueberry Milkshake

I am not a very big fan of blueberries. I eat with when they are in muffins. But one of my twin loves BlueBerry.  After watching an episode in Dora, she started eating blue berries cos dora loves blue berries :).  As you know blueberries have less life. She managed to finish most of'em except 1/2 cup. She didn't want to eat those anymore. My other twin hardly eats any fruits. she likes to eat only bananas.  So i wanted to finish the blueberries by making a milkshake. Here is how I made .....


  1. Blueberries - 1/2 cup 
  2. Milk - 1 1/2 cup (1% Milk fat)
  3. Sugar - required amount or according to taste
  4. Ice cubes - few (optional)

Put everything in a blender and blend it smooth. You will get purple color fluffy milkshake. Enjoy!!

Aug 10, 2011

Cheese Parathas

I made this cheese Parathas last week for my girls. Well for one of my twin. She actually liked it a lot with a cup of yogurt and sugar as side.
  Here is how I made this Paratha.

Ingredients for making one Paratha:-
  1. Chapathi dough- a medium lemon sized
  2. Cheese Singles - 1
  3. ghee - for cooking.
Just  flatten the dough to poori sized circle. Cut the cheese singles in to pieces and put it on top of the circle. Cover it and roll it for about 9" diameter. Heat a skillet and cook it in medium flame. Make sure the cheese don't ooze out. Spread the ghee on top of the paratha. This can be a healthy lunch for kiddos. Even we can pack it to school for lunch.

Aug 7, 2011

Raddish Poricha Kozhambu

Ther are two ways of making porchia kozhambu. One is Thanjavur style and the other one is Kerala style Poricha Kozhambu.  This is Kerala Style Poricha Kozhambu. I wanted to make eggplant poricha kozhambu, but after finishing the preparations, I realized that there is no eggplant in my fridge. Then wanted to try it with raddish. Here goes the recipe.


  1. Raddish - 1 cup (chopped)
  2. Red Karamani (Red Cowpea Beans) - 3/4 cup
  3. Tamarind - medium lemon sized (2 cups approx)
  4. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Sambar powder - 1 1/4 tsp (acc to taste)
  7. Jaggery - 2 tsp (optional)
To Grind:-
  1. Coriander  Seeds - 1 1/2 tsp
  2. Channa Dhall - 1 tsp
  3. Urad dhall - 1/2 tsp
  4. Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  5. Red chillies - 1 or 2 (acc to taste)
  6. Shredded Coconut - 1 tbsp
For Seasoning:-
  1. Oil - 2 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  3. Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tsp
  4. Hing - few pinches
  5. Curry leaves - for garnishing
Pressure cook karamani till its done and keep it aside.  In the mean time, squeeze tamarind juice and keep it aside. Take a wide bottomed pan, put the raddish pieces, tamarind water, turmeric powder, sambar powder and required amount of salt and let it boil or 7 to 10 minutes or till the raddish is 3/4th cooked.  Mean time, fry the ingredients given "To Grind" to golden brown and grind it into a fine paste. Keep it aside. When the vegetable is 3/4th done, add the grounded paste to it along with required amount of water and let it boil for another 5 minutes. Now add the cooked karamani to it along with the powdered jaggery (optional) and let it cook for another 5 minutes. Now Poricha Kozhambu is ready to serve. It goes really well with white rice. Also with Verum arisi adai.

Aug 3, 2011

Pumpkin Kheer

This is something I made when we were in Delhi last year. I finally managed to find time to write this post. I was actually searching for the picture in my folders.  I made this in microwave and it came out pretty good.  My girls were not so excited about this payasam ( they like pal payasam ). Here goes the recipe.

  1. Pumpkin Pieces -  1 1/2 cups (chop it into small cubes)
  2. almonds - 10 seeds
  3. Milk - 2 cups ( I used the regular mother dairy milk we get in Delhi)
  4. Sugar - 1 cup (acc to taste)
  5. Edible Camphor - a pinch
  6. Cardamom - 1 or 2
  7. food color - Orange color a pinch
Take a microwave safe bowl, put the pumpkin pieces and almond seeds adding required amount of water. Cover it with a lid and MW for 5 to 7 minutes, checking / stirring in between, or till it is done. When the pumpkin pieces are cooked, take the bowl out very carefully and let it cool. Grind it into a fine paste. Again put the pumpkin paste in the bowl, along with one and half cups of milk& food color  and let it cook or 3 to 5 minutes. Check it often cos the milk may spill. Now add the edible camphor and cardamom seeds and the remaining milk & sugar and let it boil for another 3 to 5 minutes. Take it out. Let it cool, refrigerate and enjoy. Be careful before taking it out from the MW.

I am sending this to Srivalli's MEC Potluck Party.