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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bread Upma - Type 1

Bread upma is another quick and easy yet tasty dish looks very colourful.

Bread slices - 8nos
Tomato - 1no
Onion - 2 nos
Green chilli - 2 nos
Mustard - 1 tspn
Cumin(Jeera) - 1 tspn
Oil - 4 tspns
Ghee - 1 tspn
Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tspns
Water - 1 cup

Preparation Method
Cut bread into med small pieces. I have not removed the sides.
In a Kadai, add 2 tspns oil and ghee toast bread pieces for 5mins.
Transfer it to a bowl.
Cut onion and tomato into long pieces.
In the same kadai add oil, mustard and wait till it spulters.
Now add cumin and saute
Add green chilli and onion saute till brown
Now add tomato and saute till its soft
Add water, salt and saute.
Finally add bread pieces and mix well for few mins
Garnish with coriander leaves

Serve hot....

This recipe is going to ONLY COOKING WITH BREAD RECIPES by Pari.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Ginger Tea/Inji Tea/Adrak Chai/Teh

Tea/Chai is a traditional milk based beverage India. I have added ginger to add more flavour and its good for digestion and throat. This is going to my Healing Foods Ginger Garlic hosted here at Sara's Corner started by Siri.

Milk(Normal/Low Fat) - 1 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Tea powder - 1 tspn
இஞ்சி/ Ginger/ आदरक/ ಶುಂಟಿ - 1 inch piece pounded
Sugar - 1 tspn or sugarfree

Preparation Method
In a vessel add all the ingredients and boil well. It will overflow but keep in low flame and stir with a spoon until it boils and quantity reduces a little.
Filter it and serve hot.

Flavourful Ginger Tea is ready to serve.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Vazhai Thandu/Banana Tree Stem Kootu

Vazhai Thandu/Banana Tree Stem is very good for health. Its raw juice is good for Kidney stones and for kidney related problems.

Vazhai Thandu/Banana Tree Stem - 1 no
Pasi Paruppu/Moong Dal/Split green gram - 1 cup (soaked in water for 1 hour)
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Green Chilli  3 nos (As per your taste)
Jeera/Cumin Seeds - 1 tspn
Black Peppercons - 4-5 nos(Optional)
Buttermilk - 1/2 cup
Water as required
A broken Wooden stick piece to stir and remove string like.

Coconut Oil or any cooking oil -2 tspns
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Hing/Asafotida - a pinch
Curry leaves - few

Preparation Method
Remove 2-3 layers of the stem or till you get tender stem.
Wash cut Vazhai Thandu into round thin slices, in between you will be getting Naaru/ string like keep removing them.
Cut into small pieces.
In a bowl, add water and butter milk. Add the chopped pieces.
Take the broken wooden stick piece and keep mixing. You will see the naaru/strings coming keep removing them.
The tender ones can be cooked as it is.
In a wide kadai/wok, add the chopped vazhai thandu and paasi paruppu. Add water and cook well.
Grind coconut, jeera and green chilli to fine paste.
Mix it with the cooked vazhai thandu and boil it.
Add salt and season it with the above ingredients.

This is good combination for chapathi or steamed rice.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sweet Corn Soup

After posting my Vegetable Soup, I thought of continuing posting Soup recipes this week. Sweet Corn Soup is my favourite one whenever I go to restuarants. My son also loves soups.

Sweet Corn -  1/2 tin
Milk - 1/2 cup
Water- 2cups
Pepper powder - 1/2 tspn(As per your taste)
Corn flour -  1 tspn
Salt as per taste

Preparation Method
Take little portion of the corn and grind coarsely with little milk in mixie. wip it once or twice.
Heat a vessel or bowl with 2 to 3 cups of water, add corn, grounded mixture, little salt and allow it to boil.
Then mix corn flour with little water and make a paste. Pour it and mix well. Add leftover milk too.
Allow it to boil in low flame. Add pepper powder according to your taste and a pinch of sugar(optional)
Boil till the soup becomes thick. Check for salt.

Sweet Corn Soup is ready to serve.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Vegetable Soup

Soups are soothing for Winter and also when having cold. This is simple and quick.

Carrot, Beans & Cabbage - 1 cup chopped thinly.
Ginger & Garlic - 1 no. chopped or mashed.
Soya Sauce - 1 tspn
Water -  2 cups
Pepper powder - 1/2 tspn (As per your taste)

Preparation Method
In a wide vessel, add vegetables, ginger and garlic, salt with water. Boil well till veggie is half cooked.
Add pepper and soya sauce, mix well.
Add water check salt.

Serve hot.

This recipe is going to Healing Food Ginger Garlic at my space started by Siri.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thalicha Idli/Seasoned Idli

Idli is a famous and popular breakfast in South India. Its also good when you are unwell with delicious sambar or chutney.

Idli Batter -  6 Karandi/laddles(Click here for batter recipe)
Salt as required

For seasoning
Oil - 1/2 tspn
Kadugu/Mustard - a pinch
Kadalai Paruppu/Channa Dal - 1/2 tspn
Peringayam/Hing/Asafotida- a pinch
Grated Carrot - 2 tspns
Chopped Kothamalli/Cilantro - 1 tspn(Optional)

Preparation Method
Heat a pan, add oil and season all the ingredients except carrot and mix in the Idli batter.
In the Idli plate, grease it with little Nalla Yennai/gingely oil. Pour little batter and fill carrot and again pour little batter on it.
Make another plate same as above.
You can steam it with Idli cooker or fill 2 cups water in a kadai, keep this two plates and close it with a lid.
Steam it for 12-15mins.
Makes around 8 idlis.
Serves - 1 or 2 pax.

Fluffy Seasoned Idlis are ready. Serve it with Tomato or coconut chutney or sambar or just sugar.

This recipe is going out for Twist the traditional Idli by Satya.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Healing Food - Ginger and Garlic Event Announcement and Giveaway!!!

Hi Friends,

This month I am hosting Healing Foods event started by Siri of Cooking with Siri who has wonderful recipes at her space. The theme picked is Ginger Garlic. I would like to thank Siri for giving the opportunity for hosting the event.

As you all know Ginger and Garlic has so much health benefits. Ginger is good for digestion and its also good for memory power. Its also good for Upset Stomach read this and also cure joint pain read this. Garlic is good for cholestrol and post natal period too.

So, hope to receive delicious entries.


Rules for the event

1. Any number of fresh entries can be sent. Archived entries to be reposted, else will not be accepted. You can prepare any vegetarian dish using any of the above or both in one dish from now till 28th Feb 2011.
2. Eggs are not allowed.
3. Use of logo is appreciated.
4. The entry should be linked back to this event announcement and Siri's Event Page.
5. Format of entry
- Name

- Recipe name
- Recipe link
- Pic resized to 300 pixel
6. Non bloggiers can also participate, by sending their recipes  by email to with or without photograph.

Now coming to the Giveaways

1. Cooking At Home With Pedatha

Awarded Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the World 2006, this book documents the culinary legacy of an illustrious Indian grandmother for posterity.
2. Sukham Ayu
Winner of Best Health & Nutrition Book in the World 2009 – Second Place, this beautiful book has been researched at KARE, an idyllic Ayurvedic research & rejeuvenation establishment near Pune.

2 lucky winner will win one the following award-winning books as a give-away.

You can also subscribe for my recipes, follow me or join me on FB.

So start preparing your dishes and mail me at subject Healing Foods. Specify in mail which one is used or both are used.

Hope you enjoy the participation @ Sara's Corner. If you have any questions, pls mail me or leave a comment.

Looking forward for your support and participation in the event.


Monday, January 31, 2011

Eggless Choco Fruit and Walnut Cake

It been raining since 4days continuously and its very boring.

After long time I am posting baking recipe, my previous one was Cruncy Pina Cookie. Baking is one of my new focus, I love baking if its success and this recipe is one of it.

APF/Maida - 1.5 cups
Condensed Milk(Lowfat) - 1/2 tin
Choco powder -  1 tspn(unsweetned, I added for colour optional)
Mixed fruits and walnut - 1/2 cup
Baking Soda - 1 tspn
Baking Powder - 1 tspn
Vanilla essence - few drops(optional)
Warm Milk and Warm water - 1/2 cup + as required
Sugar if required
Vinegar - 1 tspn

Preparation Method
Seive APF, soda, chocopowder and Baking powder. Add fruits and nuts and mix.
Take a wide bowl, mix condensed milk and milk. slowly add the dry ingredients and mix in one direction slowly.
If the batter is too thick, add little warm water, vinegar and mix without lumps.
Pour in the small rectangle baking dish. Grease the dish, I had greased with olive oil.
Pre heat the oven at 200 C.

Bake for 30- 40 mins. Take a tooth pick or fork and check if it comes out clean or bake for few more minutes.

Choco Fruit and Walnut cake is ready. Enjoy it with Coffee/Tea.

I cut into small squares wrapped it in aluminium foil and rolled it colour paper like chocolates for my son.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Crispy Oats Cabbage Onion Pakoda

I just love deep fried snacks, I prepared this last week for my friends a sidedish for Bisibelebath. My friend is very health consicious so I quickly added oats to it. They just loved it.

Cabbage  1/2 no(Chopped lengthwise)
Onion - 1 no(Sliced lenghtwise)
Oats - 2 tspns
Kadalai Maav/Chickpea flour/Besan -  3 to 4 tspns
Corn flour - 2 tspns
Red chlli powder -  1/4 tspn (As per your taste)
Curry leaves - few
Water to sprinkle
Oil for deep frying

Preparation Method
In a wide bowl, put cabbage, onion, oats and slight mix.
Add all other ingredients and sprinkle little water and mix well. It should not be watery.
Heat oil in a kadai/wok, when its hot. Deep fry till brown both sides and take out on tissue to remove excess oil. It will take more time for cabbage to cook, so be patient.
Allow it to cool and store it in air tight container.

Enjoy it with hot variety rice Bisibelebath/Pulav/Sambar Rice/Rasam Rice/Coffee/Tea time.

Notes - Adding Oats is Optional, you can prepare without oats too.
Do not store, when its warm or hot it will become soggy.

This recipe is going off to

CWF Oats by Priya and Kiran.
Deep Fried Snacks by Radikha.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Celebrate Sweets Sugarless Event Roundup!!!

Dear Friends,

Hope you all had great Pongal and Sankranthi. I had wonderful festival with my family and friends.

After the successful roundup of Only Greens Event , now its my turn for Celebrate Sweets  Sugarless roundup. I would like to thank Nivedita for giving an opportunity to guest host her event. I received 42 entries. Thank you for the support and participation. Do leave a comment or mail me to know incase I have missed any of your entry, which is not intentional. Will update it. 


Thirattupaal by Nivedita

Maadli or Maaldi by Nivedita

Laapsi by Sheetal

Moong Sabu Kheer by Sravani

Sesame Seeds Poli by Nivedita

Biscuit Poli by Nivedita

Coconut Laddu by Kurinji

Sweet Pongal by Kurinji

Kozhukattai by Sangeetha

Sesame Brittle by Sangeetha

Suzhiyam by Sangeetha

Chikki by Supriya

Panchkadayi by Supriya

Nei Urundai by Jaleela
Appam by Saraswathi
Condensed Milk

Yogurt Dessert by Akheela

Rabri by Pavani

Milk Coconut Laddu by Ambreens

Eggless Vanilla Cake by Harini Jaya

Apple Milk Dessert by Saraswathi



Sugarless Date Cookies by Harini Jaya

Bread Dates Laddu by Harini Jaya

Carrot Dates Halwa by Nivedita


Candy Sugar

Kalkandu Pongal by Revathi 


Sugarfree and Butterfree Fruit and Nut Cake by Jagruthi

Dates Walnut Eggless and Sugarless by Santosh

Please accept this participation award in the event.

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