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laccha paratha

Lachha paratha is a type of Indian flat bread with its origins from Punjab and is popular throughout India.  Here I have made laccha paratha with whole wheat flour.  This can also be made with half wheat and half maida.  Now to the recipe.. Ingredients required Wheat flour  – 2 cups Oil  – 3 tablespoon Chaat masala – 1 teaspoon salt  – to taste Technique For dough 1.  To the

snakegourd with lentils

Snakegourd is a creeper belonging to cucumber family.  It is widely grown in many parts of the world and has got high medicinal properties.  It is rich in water contents and provides cooling effect to our body.  It is a low calorie vegetable and is rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. This is a recipe snakegourd curry native to Palakkad.  The preparation is very simple and tastes great with chapati

curd rice

Curd rice is a very popular South Indian meal.  It is a very easy to make rice recipe which can be made even by a layman.  The method of making curd rice is very simple – cook the rice, mash it, mix it with milk, curd, butter and salt.  Finally temper the ingredients and add it to the rice mixture.  Ready.  Tasty curd rice is ready to be served.  Apart from

Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette) Recipe

When I was a kid, I used to despise eggplants. They taste funny and they smell funny, too. I always thought that eggplants tasted horrible—even without actually eating one. My mother would always try to bribe me to eat my eggplants, but I always declined no matter how much ice cream or chocolate she promised to get me. I was adamant about my personal childhood war against all eggplants. I

Cabbage Thoran / Cabbage Stir Fry

Cabbage thoran is a very healthy, simple and tasty side dish for rice.  This is a Kerala special recipe.  Thoran is a dish which hails from Kerala and is dry vegearian dish where the vegetables are cooked and mixed with coconut, cumin, green chilli and shallot mixture. Thoran can be made with any kind of vegetables and you will find thoran as an indispensable part of Kerala sadya / Onam

How to Make Peanut Sesame Ladoo

Today’s recipe is a very healthy, tasty and easy to make ladoo.  This recipe makes use of very few ingredients namely – peanuts, sesame seeds and jaggery.  In this recipe, I have finely powdered peanuts and sesame seeds, but if you want it to be crunchy, then grind all the ingredients coarsely.  This will give you a nutty taste of sesame and peanuts.  There is no need of any oil

How to Make Beetroot Pachadi

Beetroot pachadi is an integral part of Kerala sadya.  It is a very easy to prepare and tasty  dish.  It is a yogurt based dish and takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes to prepare this wonderful dish.  There are two ways in which you can prepare this pachadi.  One is without coconut which I have shared here and the other is with coconut.  Though this is prepared mainly during Sadya,

Watermelon Juice

I always love fresh juices but watermelon was never in my list.  Though I love watermelon pieces I never liked the juice.  My kids love watermelon juice and whenever we go outside, my daughter always opt for her favourite watermelon juice and I just watch her enjoy it.  But things changed when I tried this watermelon juice with lime juice added to it.  I was quite surprised with this change.  A person who never liked watermelon juice is now finding

Cheera Thoran / Spinach Stir Fry

  This is another healthy and tasty side dish prepared in Kerala as a side dish for rice.  It is a dry coconut based recipe where spinach is cooked and mixed with crushed coconuts, green chillies and shallots.  This is very easy to make except for the cleaning part.  Cleaning spinach takes a lot of time as it has a lot of mud which has to be removed completely.  The

Mooli Paratha / Radish Paratha

Today’s post is a healthy paratha, which is made with radish.  I used to make this paratha few years back (though not in the same way), but stopped making it when aloo paratha started taking preference over other parathas.  Recently, I got a request from a reader asking for recipes with radish.  Though I gave the suggestion as radish paratha, but she was worried about the raw smell of radish. 

Ada pradhaman / Kerala style payasam (with jaggery and coconut milk)

Ada pradhaman is a traditional payasam or dessert of Kerala.  There are two varieties of ada payasam made with these rice pasta bits.  One being ada pradhaman (made with jaggery and coconut milk) and the other palada pradhaman (with milk and sugar) and both are absolutely delicious.  The process of making ada pradhaman is bit tedious, but it is definitely worth the effort.  This payasam is an integral part of

carrot rice

Rice dishes are very popular and loved equally by everyone in India, though the name and style changes from place to place.  Whether it be dal rice, or variety rice or pulao, what ever be the name, everyone loves it.  And in South India, it is a custom to have rice in the afternoon for lunch.  Rice with sambar, upperi or poriyal, pappad, pickle, curd and rasam is considered to

Avial / Mixed Vegetable Curry

Avial is a dish prepared with as many vegetables as one can get.  It is a classic Kerala recipe.  It is a mix of all kind of vegetables in yogurt and grated coconut .  It makes use of vegetables like Ash gourd, pumpkin, raw banana, beans, yam, carrot, snake gourd, mango, long beans.  You can also add brinjals.  My grandmother adds bitter gourd along with that.  But I don’t add bitter

Sindhi Kadhi Recipe

Being a Sindhi I have a strong affinity to some Sindhi delicacies. Sindhi kadhi, tomato kadhi, fried potato-capsicum, potato-okra, seal phulko, and the quintessential Sindhi Papad are the things I can never say no to. Sindhi kadhi is prepared at least once a week in our home. It’s our go-to recipe when we want to have something soupy, tangy and spicy. We like the kadhi spicy, so this recipe calls

Paneer-Chhole Recipe

Hello dear foodies. Are you a fan of Punjabi food? If yes, then you are in for a real treat today. Punjabi cuisine is one of the most loved and popular cuisines of India. Punjabis live their lives to the fullest and the same spirit is reflected in their love for wholesome and lavish food. Be it butter chicken or simple aloo paratha smothered with lots of ghee, no one

Cucumber Sandwich Recipe

Sandwiches are the most versatile food I have ever known. It is the simplicity of the concept that allures me the most. It’s just 2 or 3 slices of bread topped one upon the other, packing all the sinful goodness of delectable ingredients in between. You can select the type of bread you want. You can choose the bread-spread of your choice, butter, cheese, jam, chocolate or peanut butter. You

Masala Rava Idli Recipe

Idlis are a quick fix to the breakfast dilemmas. Make it from rice, idli rava or just the plain rawa; they always come out delicious, healthy and filing. Previously I had shared the idli recipe made from idli rava. Today’s recipe is masala rava idli, which is made using the usual semolina and nuts. The nuts and chana daal render a nice crunch and texture to the idlis. This is

Onion - Tomato Raita Recipe

Raitas are a great accompaniment for khichdi, biryani and pulaos. They are so soothing to the taste buds and have a cooking effect as they cut the heat from spicy food. For those who are not familiar with raita, it is a yogurt preparation containing different veggies or fruits, seasoned with salt and sugar and sometimes tempered. Today I’m sharing the recipe of onion and tomato raita. I tempered it

Two-Cheese Pav Bhaji Sandwich with Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Recipe

Like I had mentioned in my previous post of Pav Bhaji Recipe, I make extra pav bhaji to relish on the next day because it tastes just gorgeous. For many of us, it all about what to do with leftover pav bhaji. For me it is more about what delicious novelty to create with the extra pav bhaji I made. I make open face sandwiches, tawa pulao and grilled cheese sandwiches with the

Pav Bhaji Recipe

Hello folks! How have you been? I hope you continue to cook great food and enjoy it with your family. I made pav bhaji yesterday for lunch after so many months. It is a Maharashtrian fast food that is believed to have its roots in Mumbai, where it originated. This is one delicacy I love to the core. It is spicy, tangy and has a characteristic flavor that comes from the special spice mix known