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Monday, September 18, 2017

Planning for Navaratri | Prasadham | Neivedyam Post!

Once festival season begins in July, biggest festival is Navaratri which we celebrate for 9 days between september and October. To celebrate the festival as easier way, planning ahead and executing plays a major role here.

We love to clean and decorate the house, take out all the dolls and set up neatly. Arranging can be from simple to grand depends upon once convenience. If kids are small its difficult to do everything, so can keep it simple. Many don't have house help here, some ladies do everything alone and takes lots of interest involved in it and months of preparations goes in. Themes are thought and each year some do different theme. We need to prepare almost a month before for doing art work if we are doing at home. They need time to dry, repaint, etc.

When I was in India, the affair was very grand, my in laws and sister in laws house they keep a lot of dolls, the set up will be almost 3/4th the big hall. But unlike here,  I keep it simple.

In India only sundal will be served with vethalai paaku as we will be visiting the whole neighbourhood around 50-60 houses, but in singapore we visit around 8-10 houses and they serve food to all ladies who come, some will come from quiet far. Here each day they visit one friends home all are called together. So everyone visits friends place and spend time. 

Here life is mechanical for some, in the festival season one can visit friends and have a divine darshan, chat and enjoy food.

Now coming to food part, planning.
1. List number of people you will be inviting.
2. Plan a menu, I will be giving down my menu suggestions below.
3. Buy groceries. 
4. Buy gifts, checkout options for ladies and kids. If you are going or while coming from India pickup few items also some extra.
5. Shop online 
6. Taking out dolls and wiping it.

Recipes
click on the names




Sundal






Tiffin/Dinner Ideas

πŸ‘‰Vadai
πŸ‘‰Idli
πŸ‘‰Chutney
πŸ‘‰Sambar
πŸ‘‰Dhokla
πŸ‘‰Lemon Rice
πŸ‘‰Puliyodarai
πŸ‘‰Kesari bath
πŸ‘‰Veg Palav
πŸ‘‰Bisibelebath/Sambar Sadam


All menu please prepared without onion and garlic.

Wish you all Happy Navaratri!

Saraswathi Iyer


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Besan Poha Laddo | Krishnajayanthi recipes!

Maaladu/Besan poha laddu is a slight twist for regular maaladu/besan laddu. My kids love maaladu a lot, I added aval and prepared for this krishnajayanthi and they liked it. Checkout my Maladoo/Besan ladoo recipe here.


Ingredients

Aval/Poha/Rice flakes - 1 cup(medium size)
Potukadalai/Chutney dal - 2 cups
Sugar - 1 cup
Cardamom - 4 nos
Ghee - 1 cup melted
Cashewnuts - few

Preparation method
Heat a kadai/wok, add aval and dry roast it for 5 mins. Then transfer it to a plate.
Add pottukadalai and dry roast till you get good aroma. Tranfer it to plate.
Let it cool a bit.
Now add aval/poha to mixie and pulse to fine powder. Transfer to a bowl.(You can also seive it)
Add pottukadalai to mixie and pulse to fine powder. Add the aval/poha powder and grind together again to fine powder. Transfer to a bowl.
Add sugar, cardamom in mixie and make a fine powder.
Transfer to bowl and mix all well.
Heat the ghee and add cashews. Once its brown off it, add to the powder and mix well and start making lemon size balls.

Laddoo is ready to serve.


PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take a picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you.




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Indian Blogger Awards 2017!



Hi Readers/Fans,

My blog Sara's Corner has been nominated for The 2017 Indian Blogger Awards!

I'd really appreciate it if you could visit my nomination page and leave a comment about my blog on the link below and leave your feedback for me to win. Looking forward for your support and love.


https://www.indiblogger.in/iba/2017/entry/49792

#Indiblogger #IBA2017

Thanks a lot
Saraswathi

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Papad Chaat!

An easy and quick chaat on weekends or for party can be put together in few minutes. Enjoy the tasty Papad Chaat.




Ingredients
Bhindu Appalam/small Papad - Toast or deepfried 
Onion - finely chopped 2 nos
Tomato - finely chopped 2 nos
Coriander leaves - finely chopped - 2 tblspn
Chaat masala - as required
salt - as required
green chutney - as required
sweet chutney - as required
Sev/Mixture for garnish
Puffed Rice - for garnish
Mashed Potato/peanuts/cucumber - optional if you have ready can add.




Preparation Method

Toast or deep fry the papad and keep
Keep everything ready.
At the time of serving start filling and keep ready otherwise it will be soggy.
I have made a batch with tomatoes.
Serve immediately.



Papad Chaat is ready to serve.



Also checkout some of the chaat recipes here.

Notes : You can use any papad here.


PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take a picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you.




Friday, July 14, 2017

Aloo Bhujia | Bikanerwala Product Review!

When I was invited for food tasting by Bikanerwala, was excited as it was a popular restaurant in India also vegetarian. I was looking for one for tasty snacks and sweets. I was given a sample to try out. Thank you. This restuarant is at Changi Airport which is one of world class airports in the world.

Tried their sweets and namkeens, it was delicious and feel at home taste. The Bhujia was fresh and spicy with the hint of mint.πŸ˜€ Its one of the popular brand in India now in Singapore. Sweets are very fresh especially Kajukatli was delicious. They are specialised in Bengali sweets.





































My kids loved the sweets and savories. 



You should try their matris, samosas and biscuits. Also goes perfectly with coffee and tea. Their cookies and biscuits are so tasty and an ideal for snackbox for kids.

Do try and get the goodies they are in Terminal 3, .

Changi Airport, T3
Level 4

Checkout their page here




































Restuarant review coming up soon on my other blog 

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Stay Tuned.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Olive Fried Rice!

Olive Fried Rice is an excellent dish for kids or adults. Actually we had in a Thai Restaurant and loved it a lot. Since we are vegetarian we had to tell them not to add any saucesπŸ˜€

Kids loved the taste and I made it a bit Indian style and it was a hit.


#lunchboxideas #oliverice #thaicuisine



Check this simple recipe and do try.

Ingredients
Black olives - 20 nos
Onion - 1 no
Garlic - 1 tblspn chopped
Green chilli - 1 no
Olive oil - 1tblspn
Sugar - 1/2 tspn
Salt
Steamed Rice - 1 cup

Preparation Method

Take 10 olives, garlic,green chilli and grind to fine paste.
Heat a kadai, add olive oil, add chopped onion and saute till light brownish.
Keep stove on high flame.
Add the olive paste and saute.
Add rest 10 olives chopped or sliced, saute for few mins.
Add salt, sugar and mix.
Add cooked rice and mix well,
Keep flame high and fry for 2 mins and switch off the stove.

Here I have skipped sauces you can add soya or any sauce preferred.

Olive fried rice is ready to serve.


PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take a picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Onion Tomato Gojju | Thokku!

Onion Tomato Gojju is a simple and delicious sidedish for rice or chapathi.

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Ingredients

Onion - 2 nos(finely chopped)
Tomato - 4 nos(finely chopped)
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn(as per your taste)
Sambar powder - 1 tblspn(As per your taste)
Oil - 2 tbslpn
Jaggery/sugar 1/2 tspn
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Salt

Preparation method
Heat a kadai, add oil, mustard, once its splutters, add onion and a pinch of salt.
let onion fry till transparant.
Now add tomatoes and let it cook its soft
Now add turmeric, salt, red chilli powder and sambar powder.
Add a tblpn of oil and simmer it.
Add jaggery/sugar and mix well.
Let it cook for 5 mins and its ready.

Serve with Chapathi, Dosai, Idli or can make tomato rice.

checkout my tomato thokku post here.


This can be kept for lunch box by spreading on chapathi or on travel and its really very delicious. You can add grated paneer too.

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you.



Saturday, April 29, 2017

Eggless Chocolate Walnut Brownie Cake !

When my younger one was asking for a cake, I baked this chocolate cake. It was polished off on the same day. My cake looks like brownie too. So I have named it as Eggless Chocolate Walnut Brownie Cake !



Ingredients

APF/Plain flour/Maida - 2 cups
Sugar - 1 cup
Unsweetened cocoa powder - 2 tblspns
Oil - 2 tblspns
Baking powder - 1/3 tspoon
Baking soda - 1/2 tspoon
Vinegar - 1/2 tblspn
Warm milk - about 1/2 cup or more just to get right consistency
salt - a pinch
Choco chips - 1 tblspn for garnish
Walnut - 2 tblspn
Banana - 1 no

Preparation Method

Preheat oven to 180 C.

Seive flour, soda, baking powder, cocoa powder.
Take the banana and make it to a paste in mixie.
In another bowl add banana paste, sugar, vinegar, oil and mix well. you can use hand mixer or whisk. 
Slowly add the flour mix and mix slowly in one direction. You will get a dough form, now add milk to get consistency as idli batter not very runny. Add chopped walnuts.
Taste the batterπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹
If you feel sugar is less then add chocochips, if not can bake just like that.

Take a baking tin grease it or can put parchment paper.
Pour in the batter tap it twice.
Garnish with little walnut and chocochip.

Bake it for 40mins. Check with a fork/toothpick when it comes clean or bake it for 5 to 10 mins more. Cool it and slice. 

You can also do icing if you wish.


It is good for school snack or coffee time. 

Enjoy the Eggless Chocolate Walnut Brownie Cake !

Notes -
You can just do with banana and walnut.
You can also skip banana do with chocolate and walnut.
My cake was just right in sugar as I don't like cake to be too sweet.😊

You can checkout my other baking recipes here

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Varagu | Kodo Millet Adai | Breakfast Recipes!

Varagu Adai is really healthy and great to substitute rice with millets. I have been trying to include millets in my cooking mostly in my breakfast and tiffin. This was very tasty and delicious. Do try and enjoy.



Ingredients
Varagu/Kodo millet - 2 cups
Channa Dal - 1 cup
Toor dal - 1 cup
Urad dal - 1 tblspn
Peppercorn - 10 nos(according to taste)
Dry red chilli - 5 nos
Curry leaves - few
Ginger - a small piece(optional)
Asafotida - 1/2 tspn
chopped Onion - (optional)
Salt

Preparation method
Wash, rinse and soak all ingredients except salt for 2-3 hrs.
Then grind with salt to coarse batter with water.
Heat a skillet/tawa and can prepare adai like dosas immediately or can rest the batter for 1/2-1 hour and make too.
Drizzle some gingely oil and cook both sides until crispy.

Serve with any of them chutney /molagai podi / Aviyal/Jaggery/Curd.

Instant Adai

You can grind all the ingredients to coarse/fine powder store it and prepare dosa by just adding water anytime.

Relish the Adai!

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Saffron Rice!

Saffron rice is most simple yet fragrant and delicious rice. You can try when you make rich gravy. I have used the best saffron gifted by my friend Ms. Farrukh. Thanks dear.

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Ingredients
Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Saffron - 3 generous pinch
Salt - 1/2 tspn
Milk - 1/4 cup
water as required
Nuts - cashews, raisins, cranberry, badam
2 elaichi
1 tblspn ghee

Preparation Method
Soak 2 pinches of saffron in warm milk.
Take a pressure cooker, wash and add basmati rice, add water and milk and a pinch of saffron.
pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.
Once pressure is gone. let it cool a bit.
Heat a kadai, add ghee, nuts, and elachi saute for a minute.
Add the cooked rice and salt and mix well.
Now add the saffron milk and mix again.
Cook for 5 mns and off the stove.

Saffron Rice is ready to serve. This rice is very flavorful and colorful.

Checkout the gravy recipes.

Dal fry 
Paneer butter masala 
Paneer Pasanda
Mutter Paneer


PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you for your encouragement.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Homemade Chocolate biscuits| Kids Snack box!

This Chocolate cookies I prepared for my sons snack box. Its really easy and quick. My kids liked it a lot.




Ingredients
All purpose flour (Maida) - 2 cups
Sugar (Powdered/Bura) - 1 cup (As per your taste)

Cocoa powder - 3/4 cup
Baking soda - 2 pinches 
Baking powder - 1 pinch
Oil for binding.

Method

Preheat the oven at 160 C for 10 mins.

Seive all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder twice in a wide bowl.
Take oil as required little by little and mix to a smooth dough to get soft dough consistency. around 1/2 -1 cup oil
Take little dough and make small balls by hand and slowly press to get a shape. 
Arrange them in a baking tray(with baking sheet).

Bake for 12mins. You can keep an eye on it. You will get a good aroma and flavour of chocolate. Do a prick test and remove from oven.

Allow it to cool fully and then store in air tight container for storing.






































Enjoy these chocolate cookies!

notes - 
- Do not add more oil just add only required

Variations:
- You can add chocochips .
- You can add nuts also.


PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you for your encouragement.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam without Agar Agar/china grass!

Strawberry jam is my kids favourite one, my friend Rekha suggesting not to buy store bought ones which is of high sugar and can be easily prepared at home.

Tried this and it was yumm. It was finished the same day. 

Checkout my homemade mixedfruitjam here. using agar agar/china grass.




Ingredients
Strawberry - 15 nos
brown sugar - 1/2 cup (adjust accordingly)
vinegar/lemon juice - 1 or 2 drops (optional)

Preparation method
- Wash and grind strawberry with water to fine paste.
- Heat a kadai, add the ground strawberry and cook for 15 mins.
- Add sugar and cook till its shiny and becomes jam consistency.
- Off the stove when its little semi liquid consistency. It will become thick once cooled.
- Add lemon juice/vinegar if you need to preserve or making large quantities.
- I didn't add them, just adjusted sugar accordingly and finished same day.


Note : Nowadays just making what is required for a day or two and finishing it. Not storing for later use. But you can do and keep handy for weekends or short trips.
- Can use non stick pan too.

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you for your encouragement.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Macaroni Payasam | Pasta Kheer!


Macaroni Payasam | Pasta Kheer is an easy dessert and loved by kids. After all the festivals I have started to post recipe, planning to blog regularly from now on. I prepared this for navaratri. It was different and tasted delicious.


Ingredients
Macaroni - 1 cup(can use baby pasta or any pasta of your choice)
Full cream Milk - 1 ltr
Vanilla Custard powder - 2 tblspn
Sugar - 3/4cup

Method
~In a vessel/bowl boil water, add a pinch a salt and 1 tspn ghee enough to cook pasta. 
~Once pasta is cooked wash in cold water.
~Boil milk in heavy bottom vessel/pan. Keep in low flame to thicken.
~Mix custard powder in a bowl make a paste with milk and add to the milk. 
~Add sugar n keep stirring.
~Add cooked macaroni to the milk. 
~Mix well. 
~Let it boil for 10 mins in low flame.
~Off the stove. Allow to cool.

Serve chilled.

Macaroni Payasam/Kheer ready to serve.

Notes:

- Condensed milk can also be added.
- It can be done without custard powder.
- Can add cardamom/elaichi powder too.

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you for your encouragement.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Homemade Kaju Katli using brown sugar | Deepavali/Diwali recipes!

Kaju Katli was there in my list from long time. My sister in law does very well in India. Was asking her once she had told over phone the recipe. I was thinking it will be difficult one to do, but it was quiet easy.

Since my kids love this and when I tried yesterday they were asking did you make it ma, its very tasty. But still they wanted silver vark on the sweets.



Ingredients
Cashews - 1 cup (levelled)
Brown Sugar - 1 cup( You can use normal sugar 3/4 cup)
Ghee - 1 -2 tpns
Parchment paper

Preparation Method
Grind cashews with small mixie continuously or only twice to fine powder. Please do continuously or oil will ooze out.
Heat a kadai add sugar and little water.
Stir continously upto 1 string consistency.
Add 1 tspn ghee.
Add cashew powder and start mixing in low flame until it forms soft dough mass.
Grease a plate or parchment paper, transfer and start kneading it and spread roll with rolling pin .
Cut into desired shape when warm.
let it cool for sometime.

Remove and store in air tight container.

Mine was polished off next day.



Kaju Katli is ready, you can prepare for deepavali/diwali.

Notes -
Since it was a first try and I was not using non stick kadai, you need to be careful while removing. Need to be fast to pour on tray or it will become dry and burfi type. But no change in taste. It was yummy.

So just before quick and keep some ghee nearby by to knead the dough.

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you for your encouragement.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Paper Rava Dosai!

Rava Dosa is my kids favourite, at home or at restaurant they usually orders this. But he doesn't like curry leaves in it. So I do not add them first once they finish eating then I add curry leaves as I love it in dosa. Try this delicious dosa.






































Ingredients
Rava/Semolina/Sooji - 2 cups(chiroti/fine)
Rice flour - 1 cup(fine)
Jeera - 2 tablespoons
Green chilli - 1no(As per your spice level)
Black pepper -1 tspn
Hing/Asafotida - 1/4 tspn
Water as required
Curry leaves few
Green chilli - 2nos(chopped)
Coriander leaves - 1 tspn(finely chopped)
Salt

Preparation Method
Mix all the ingredients in a vessel to butter milk consistency. Leave it for 1 hour.
Heat a non stick tawa/skillet, slowly pour the batter from side on hot tawa, you may not be able to spread like normal dosa.
You can add 1 tspn, gingelly or olive oil and cook. Turnover and cook both sides.(You can cook without oil also)

Paper Rava Dosa is ready to serve.

Serve hot with any choice of chutney.

Notes -
- You need pour batter in cup or ladle and not spread like normal dosa
- Dosa Kal/Tawa should be very hot then only you will get holes in rava dosai and crispy dosa
- You can mix night and keep the batter in fridge for morning breakfast or mix morning for making for afternoon tiffin.
- Instant also can make dosa but advise batter prepared in advance to get delicious dosa.


PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you for your encouragement.

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