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Friday, November 30, 2012

Ragi Mudde / Finger Millet Balls from Mom's Kitchen

In my previous post I had mentioned about Ragi Mudde. It is very healthy and filling. This is the staple food of farmers in villages.

We prepare this weekly once at home as its good for health. Today my mom and me prepared this.

Ragi flour - 2 cups
Warm water - as required
Oil - 2 tspns
Cooked/steamed rice - 1/2 cup

Preparation Method
Heat 2 to 3 cups of water in a vessel. Remove some water and keep aside. Add cooked red rice about 1/2 cup. Add oil. Add the flour to it and add salt. let it cook for 20 mins. Then stir continuously with a ladle or a wooden stick which is usually used until the flour absorbs all the water. Remove from the fire allow it to cool a bit and mix again for form a soft dough.

Then take little bit by hand and make small balls using water.

Ragi Mudde is ready to serve.

How to eat this - Take small portion and dip in sambar and swallow it. Do not bite or chew.

This can be served with Avarekalu Saru or Onion Sambar.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Homemade Mixture | Diwali Savoury Recipe !

Mixture is a very tempting snack, I prepared this for diwali. I have already posted Aval Pori Masala Mix here. This is very tasty and crunchy.

Omapodi - 1 cup (click here for recipe)
Ribbon Pakoda - 1/2 cup (click here for recipe)
Mullu Murukku - 2nos crushed (click here for recipe)
Karaboondi - 1 cup(click here for recipe)
Thatai - 2nos crushed

To Deep Fry
Roasted or Fried Groundnuts - 1 tablespoon
Potukadalai/Fried gram - 1 tablespoon
Aval - 2 cups thin
Curry leaves - few
Copra - 1 tablespoon(chopped thinly)
Mochai - 1 tspn
Cashews/Almonds /Walnuts- few
Cornflakes/Chivda - 1/2 cup(Optional)

Powdered Sugar - 1/2 tspn
Turmeric - a pinch(optional)
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn 
Hing -1/4 tspn
Raisins - few
Potato sticks  1 cup(Optional)
Oil for deep frying and a metal seive with handle.

Preparation Method
Heat a kadai with oil. When oil is hot, deep fry ingredients above separately. Take this on a tissue paper to remove excess oil and then transfer to a wide vessel, sprinkle salt, hing, turmeric, red chilli powder and mix well. Add rest of the ingredients and mix.

Finally add powdered sugar and mix. I love this with potato sticks.

Store it in a airtight container for later use.

Homemade Mixture is ready.

Enjoy with Hot Coffee/Tea or with sambar rice or rasam rice.

Notes - You can also deep fry potato sticks and add.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Rose Sandesh | Bengali Sweet for this Diwali!

I had posted how to make Sandesh previously. I used the same method and prepared Rose Sandesh.

Check out How to make  Fresh Homemade Chena/Paneer


Chena/Fresh Paneer- 2 to 3 cups(It should be definetly homemade and fresh) Click here for recipe
Sugar - 1 cup
Rose Essence  1 tspn
Rose Syrup  1 tspn
Milk - 1/2 tablespoon

Do checkout a detailed post on Sandesh here.

Off the stove at this consistency. Allow it to cool.

Add milk, rose essence, rose syrup and knead. Make small balls or desired shapes.

Preparation Method
Powder sugar in mixie. Add the fresh chena to it and grind to smooth paste.
Heat a kadai, add the ground mixture. Keep stirring until its thick and slight colour change. Off the stove.
Allow it to cool.
Once its cool add 1 tblspn milk, rose essence, rose syrup and kneed to smooth dough.
Slowly take small portions and make small balls or into any shape you need. Store in air tight container.
Let it sit for an hour in fridge before your serving.

I could make around 15 nos of medium size.

I also prepared a combo is plain with rose sandesh and it was delicious.

Take small ball of plain sandesh and cover it with rose sandesh.

Shelf life - This will stay for about a week if refrigerated.

Rose Sandesh is ready to serve.

Serve it chilled.

Deepavali Sweets & Savory Recipes at one click!

List of Deepavali Recipes

Choose your dish and click on it. Do try this Deepavali/Diwali and let us know. 

Sorakkai Rava Ladoo
Dumroot/Pumpkin Halwa
Gulab Jamun
Mini Jangiri
Badam Puri
Maida Burfi

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Methi Paneer Rice | Lunch Box Special!

I had prepared Scrambled Methi Paneer here, I prepared the same other day with paneer cubes. So mixed with rice and it was delicious lunch box recipe.

Scrambled Methi Paneer - 2 cups (for recipe click here)
Cooked Rice - as required

Mix all the above and leave for an hour.

Enjoy at lunch or pack for lunch box.

Notes - Adjust spice levels accordingly while mixing rice. Add can add saute paneer cubes.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pasi Paruppu | Moong Dal Sundal!

Today I have prepared Pasi Paruppu/Moong Dal Sundal for Navaratri Prasadam.

Pasi Paruppu/Moong Dal - 2 cups
Fresh Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard - 1/4 tspn
Asafotida - 1/4 tspn
Urad Dal - 1/2 tspn
Green Chilli - 2nos

Curry leaves

Preparation Method
Wash, rinse and soak dal for 10 mins and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
Heat a kadai, add oil, mustard, urad dal, chilli and curry leaves. Saute till dal is brown. 
Add the cooked dal, salt and mix.
Finally add coconut and mix well. Off the Stove.

Serve as Prasadam and Enjoy with Hot Filter Coffee.

Notes - Do not soak for more time and do not pressure cook as the dal will be mashy like paste.

This recipe is going to Priya's Navaratri Event and Giveaway.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Simple Veggie Aval Upma with Leftover curry | Lunch Box Spl

This tiffin I prepared for evening with leftover curry. It was quick and tasty dish.

Leftover curry - 1 cup(For choice of poriyal click here.)
Aval/Poha - 3 cups
Onion - 1 no
Green chilli - 1no
Oil - 1/2 tspn
Curry leaves few
Turmeric powder - a pinch.

Preparation Method
Wash and rinse aval in water.
Heat a kadai, add oil and onion. Saute for few minutes.
Add the curry and saute for few mins.
Add the Aval/poha and saute.
Add a pinch of salt. Mix well and off the stove.

Delicious Veggie Aval Upma is ready. Enjoy with Hot Coffee.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Scrambled Methi Paneer!

Me and my son loves Paneer and any dish prepared with it. I wanted to make something different and quick so tried this, as I had fresh methi leaves, Scrambled Methi Paneer is very easy and a good sidedish for chapathi or parantha stuffing. The aroma was very good.

Hope you like it.

Serves - 1 -2 person

Paneer/Cottage Cheese - 20 cubes
Fresh Methi leaves/Venthaya Keerai/Fenugreek leaves - 1/2 cup
Pudina leaves/Mint - 1/4 cup
Onion - 1 no
Garam Masala - 1/2 tspn
Bisibelebath powder- 1 tspn(I used MTR)- Optional but I have used it.
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tspn
Chat masala - a pinch
Green chilli - 2nos(optional)
Oil - 1 tablespoon

Preparation Method
Scramble paneer and keep it.
Chop onion, g. chilli, methi and pudina finely.
Heat a kadai/wok, add oil onion and saute for few mins.
Now add the leaves and saute till the onions are turning brown.
Add paneer, salt, turmeric, garam masala, bisibelebath powder and mix well.
Let it cook well and combine.
Sprinkle chat masala and off the stove.

Serve hot with phulkas/chapathis.

Notes - If you want to prepare for more persons, increase the ingredients accordingly.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Quick Fix Indian by Ruth Kahate A Cookbook Review

This is the first time I am reviewing a cookbook. The author is Ruth Kahate.

The book has lot of Indian Vegetarian and Non vegetarian recipes, which is simple and easy in 30 mins.

Loved the book and hope you enjoy making the recipes.

Loved this Baby potato in green masala recipe.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Onam Recipes | Festival Menu!

Onam Sadya Recipes from Sara's Corner. Please click on the names for recipes.Do try and share your feedback

Palapazham Payasam

Unniappam or Banana Appam

Vegetable Sambar


Puli Inji

Mathan Pachadi






Ada pradaman /Chakka pradaman 

Vendakai /Pineapple pachadi

Happy Onam to friends celebrating!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Paneer Butter Masala | Paneer Recipes

Paneer Butter Masala is one of the favourite at my home, which I prepare often.  Do checkout my recipes Tomato PaneerMutter Paneer, Palak Paneer, Pepper Paneer, and many more varieties previously in my Paneer recipes here

Tomato - 1 no(Big and deseeded)
Onion - 2nos
Paneer - 15-20 pieces(for Homemade Paneer click here)
Garlic - 1 clove
Spices - cinamon, cardamom, cloves ; 1 or 2 each
Kasoori Methi - 1/2 tspn
Tomato Ketchup - 1 tablespoon
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn
Garam Masala -  1/2 tspn
Full Cream Milk - 1 cup
Ghee or Butter - 2 tblspn
Cream - 2 tspns(Optional)
Sugar - 1/2 tspn

Preparation Method

Soak paneer cubes in warm water.

Chop onion and tomato to medium size cubes.

In a Kadai, put little oil and spices, half the chopped onion, tomato and garlic. Saute till its soft. Allow it to cool and grind to a fine paste with little milk. I sometimes do a coarse paste.

In the same Kadai, put 1 tblspn ghee/butter, add 2 tblspns of finely chopped onion and tomato(Optional), a pinch of salt saute, add crushed kasoori methi (see notes below)

Add grounded paste with little water. Add salt to taste. Keep it in low flame. Keep Stirring.
Once its cooked well, tomato puree and allow one boil. Then add milk, mix and boil it. Add all masalas and mix well. Keep it in low flame. Once its boiled, check for salt and add paneer and mix well. It should be not too thick or too runny. Just semi gravy and blend well. Add sugar and stir well. You can also add a pinch of kasoori methi. Allow it to boil once and off the stove. Add 1 tblspn of butter on top and off the stove. 

Top it up with cream if you like or serve just like that.

I have served with Phulkas.
Paneer Butter Masala is ready to serve. This can be a side dish for Chapathi, Naan, Kulcha and Rotis (Indian Breads) or Pulao.

This recipe is going to Cooking with love Sister by Ruchika and Saraswathi Iyer.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cooking with love Uncle ~ Event Roundup!

Thank you friends for all your entries to Cooking with Love Uncle. Below is the roundup. Wish my brother Rakhi and everyone celebrating this festival.

My friend Mrs. Lalitha has sent me Urad Dal Vada recipe

Urid dhal - 1 cup
Raw rice - 1/4 cup
Ginger - 1 small sliced ginger
Green chilli - 4 nos.
Onion -  1(chopped finely optional)
Garlic - 2(optional)
Curry leaves - one leaflet

Preparation method
Soak Urid dhal and raw rice for 45 mins. Wash it with water and drain it for a while. Add ginger, garlic and green chillies and grind it nicely adding very little water in a mixer grinder. 

Take the paste out in a bowl. Add some curry leaves and finely chopped onion. Heat refined oil in a kadai. Flatten the paste in a small banana leaf or in a oil greased plate and deep fry in the oil. Take it out when it is golden brown. Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Hope to you in the next event.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rainbow Food for Toddlers Event Roundup!

Hi Friends,

Sorry for the delay in roundup. I thank Nithu for giving me an opportunity to host the event.

Here you go with the Roundup for Rainbow Food for Toddlers. Thank you all for sending your delicious recipes for the event.

Nehal has sent 5 entries and she wins an Award. Thank you Nehal.

Gobi Paratha by Nehal

Khajur Rolls by Nehal

Kothu Naan  by Nithu

Palak Carrot Dal by Meghana

Food for Toddlers by Saraswathi Iyer

Vanilla Cup Cake by Shewtha

     1. Plain flour (Maida ) -  2 cups
     2. Sugar - 7 - 8  tblspoons
     3. Condensed Milk - 1/2 tin ( Approximately 250 ML)
     4. Buttermilk - 12 tblspoons . Incase of yogurt then use 6-7 spoons and mix sufficient water.
     5. Sunflower oil - 10 - 12 tblspoons
     6. Salt - 1/4 tsp
     7. Soda Bicarb - 1/2 tsp
     8. Baking Powder - 1 1/2 to 2 tsp
     9. Vanilla Essence - 6 - 8 drops.


   1. First preheat the oven to 175 - 180 celsius. 
   2. In a bowl mix and sift the dry ingredients twice or thrice.
   3. In another bowl mix all the wet ingredients and whisk either by a wooden spatula or hand blender for 4-5 minutes
   4. Now slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and keep whisking so that the mixtures are well blended without any lumps.
   5. Now arrange 12 paper cups in a baking tray or in a cup cake tray and fill the batter till half way in the cups.
   6. Bake for 20- 25 mins or till a toothpic inserted comes out clean from the cakes.
   7. After baking allow the cup cakes to cool completely.
   8. Decorate with Cream, Edible food pearls, Sugar spots etc as per ur wish.

Vanilla essence can be substituted by any other essence as well. 

Nehal pls accept the award and post in your blog.

Do send in your entries to Cooking with Love Uncle.



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