Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My daughter's corner

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,        
A lovely thought from Srivalli  of Spice your Life.
Having kids at home, makes you more creative and active. My daughter keeps me on toe, asking 100 questions at a time. She wants to participate in everything, let it be dance, singing, painting, Abacus and many more things. And it comes to me to see that she has to manage all the things with her studies. 

She has given many dance shows when she was just 5 years old. She participates  in all the cultural programs and competitions in the school. 

                        Rajul  drew and colored when she was in U KG. 


         Rajul's hand made card on  Teacher's day when she was in U KG.

        Rajul's sand work(I helped only to draw the flowers) with glittered  painting.

She loves to cook also, she prepared her first omelet when she was 6 years,(under my supervision!) 
I am posting few of her art works, which she did when she was in UKG(Now she is in 2nd grade). Now a days she is collecting coins from all the possible countries, and pasting them in a book with the country details. And she is more busy in playing outside,(Cycling, basketball, ring etc;) And she really takes good care of her little sister. 
Her sense of humor is also very good. (Check here, Life and Laugh again!Life and Laugh)
Am I  too proud of her??????
But I think she deserves it!!!!
When it comes to eating, she is little fussy about the food, but she loves to eat home made food and Ice cream. 

I am sending this to Srivalli's First Blog Anniversary with Kids Delight!

Keep smiling,

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Palak Dal

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All
It is so easy to prepare food, when some one is guiding you!! That's why I enjoy very much when ever I follow other blog and cook any dish. And I post it in 'Food Remake' label, as it is very common in Indian film industry to remake the movies from one language to the other. So even my food here is the remake one!!!

One more delicious dal from Maria of  Marias Menu for my Food Remake.

Check out the recipe here, 

I never prepared so tasty palak dal before!! 
I substituted the  milk and fresh cream for coconut milk. 

Enjoy with hot rotis, Chapatis or Rice!!!

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ridge gourd curry

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi all,
My imagination or creation of water animals with ridge gourd and other ingredients used in this recipe.  
All credit goes to Nithya!!! who encouraged me to try and garnish the dish. Here is the second recipe where I really put myself to think  to bring these photos in front of you all.  I hope you all will like it!!

Ridge gourd is one vegetable, which I do not make often!! I do not like it, if it is half cooked!!! 
In my in law's house , they prepare it like this only.
This recipe goes well with chapati as well as hot rice.

Here is the recipe,
Ridge gourd - 2 medium, washed, peeled and cut in to small pieces
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Tomato - 1 big, chopped
Garlic - 1 bulb, peeled and crushed
Curry leaves - few
Chana - 1/4 cup soaked
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera  -1 tsp
Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Dhania powder - 1 tbsp
Haldi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tbsp
Heat oil in a small cooker, add mustard, jeera. When they splutter add curry leaves, onion. Saute for a minute. Add crushed garlic, fry till golden brown. Add soaked chana, and ridge gourd. Mix it properly. Add tomato, and other dry powders. Add little water and give 2 whistles. When done, churn with churner or blender. Adjust the seasoning. Serve hot with chapati or rice.
This is specially going to  Nithya and Pavithra's  "Garnish the dish" event.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Banana Fry

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
 I was surprised when I got a comment from Smitha, that she is not getting the recipe for Banana fry. I posted it in the month of March only.
Here is the recipe again!

Raw Banana - 1 big
Fine semolina(sooji) - 1/4 cup
Haldi - 1/2 tsp
Dhania powder - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Wash the banana and pat dry. Cut in to thick circles. Mix semolina, 1 tsp oil and other dry powders in a bowl. Add the banana pieces. Mix it properly and keep it at least for half an hour.
Now add oil in thick bottomed kadai. When hot, add mustard seeds till they start spluttering, and curry leaves. Add the marinated banana pieces. Mix it properly and fry till the banana are cooked or turn in to golden color.

Serve as side dish with hot rice and sambhar.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Awards!!!! and food in photo!

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All
Before I started my blog, I was a silent follower of many blogs, and when ever I used to see the awards on their blogs, I used to feel, is it possible for me to get at least one award among these. It might not be a big thing for many to get awards !! But for me, I feel really very happy and I feel, even I am something!!!!
I was busy in the last week, as my brother and bhabhi came for my second daughter's birthday!!!
It was great fun!!! and when I opened my mail after a week, I got the surprise from Padma!!
Thanks Padma for passing these wonderful awards to me!!!

When I started my blog, I never thought, I will get the awards so soon.

And, I want to thank all my friends in this blog world for passing so wonderful and encouraging awards to me!!!

Coming to the the recipe in "Food in photo", it is VEG NOODLES, my way, as I love to have this healthy noodles only this way cooked. I eat Plain noodles also sometimes, but prefer to eat this way as my morning breakfast as it is very good to start a day with lot of vegetables and sometimes adding scrambled egg in it. The recipe is almost the same in many blogs.
(check the same recipe in http://paritaskitchen.blogspot.com/2009/09/maggi-or-pastaitsfusion.html).Only difference is I boil the noodles first and add it after all the vegetables are cooked.
So I thought of posting it in my "Food in Photo"

(I could not participate in many events as I was busy in the party!! I hope I will try to participate in coming months regularly!!! )

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Lime and chilly pickle

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi all,
The first recipe of pickle from me!!! A very easy and tasty pickle which goes well with parathas. My husband loves this pickle to the extent that he eats it with idlis also!!
You can prepare and store in a glass jar for a week. You should keep on mixing it often. But do not make in large quantity.

Here comes the ingredients,
Lemons - 10 to 12 for pickle, washed, dried and cut into 8 pieces
Lemons - 2 to 3 for juice
Long Green chilly - 10 to 12, washed, dried and cut in to half and slit
Salt - 4 to 6 Tbsp
Sugar - 2 Tbsp
Mustard seeds - 2 tsp crushed powder
Oil - 1 tbsp
Haldi - 1/2 tsp

Mix all the ingredients in a glass bowl. Keep for one hour. Check the taste and adjust the seasoning. Store it in a jar. It can be used after one day.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Basundi(Milk kheer)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi all

Milk is my favorite. I always loved to have a glass of milk before going to bed(Very good girl I was!!!). Now also I have the habit. And my favorite sweet is always all Bengali sweets as they are made of milk.
Basundi or milk kheer is favorite sweet of my mother and she never misses the chance to have it(She is diabetic patient, taking insulin everyday!!) She makes it only with milk and sugar, or with Dharwad pedha, which gives unique taste and flavour to the sweet.
My husband likes it with puris. It is one of his few favorite sweets. When I prepare this, he loves to experiment, eating the basundi with puris or jalebis or bread or chapati.
I like to drink it just like that chilled or hot!!!

In the photo you can see the Mathura pedhas which mom brought from Delhi. So I thought of making basundi with the same. As it had more cardamom, I did not add extra.
Here is the recipe,
Milk - 1 litre
Sugar - 1 cup
Elaichi(cardamom) - 1 crushed powder,(if you are using Dharwad Pedha)
Mathura pedha - 2 to 3(It is more sweet and strong flavoured)
Dharwad pedha - 3 to 4
Take the milk in a thick bottomed vessel in which milk should not get burnt easily.
Boil the milk till it becomes 1/4 th less. It takes around 20 minutes. Now add sugar, keep on stirring in between. After 5 minutes, add crushed pedhas. Mix it properly. Keep stirring in between as it should not get burnt. Boil till the milk is reduced to half.
Adjust the sweet at this stage.
Serve it hot with puris or serve chilled.
It is going to participate in Sanghi's event:
I want to dedicate this to two persons, one is my mother and other is my husband!!!
Already written about them in the beginning.

Keep smiling,

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Nutty Egg Omelet

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi all,

As I told before, I am an eggatarian. I love to experiment with eggs and come out with new recipes. This one is
an accidental recipe, which is unique (I feel).
Last week, when we came from shopping in the night, we were tired and hungry. My hubby was hurrying to give him something fast. I had only chapattis. I opened the fridge to check, I had left with very little onion and tomato masala which I made for the morning breakfast with dosa. It was little to serve with chapattis. So what I did was, I beat two eggs and mixed with the masala and few other ingredients (written down). I was happy and surprised with the taste. Check it out. I am sure you will love it. Why it is Nutty omelet is I added crushed peanut and almonds in onion and tomato masala. When my husband started eating, he liked the nutty and crunchy taste. Don’t ask me, I did not get to eat only. Next time I had it full!
Here is the recipe,
For onion and tomato masala
Onion – 1 big (Chopped lengthwise)
Tomato – 1big (Chopped finely)
Curry leaves – 4 to
Chilly powder – 1 tbsp
Crushed peanut and almonds – ¼ cup (should be bigger in size or crush it to half)
(If you like add cashew nuts also)
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Jeera – ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Haldi -1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Hing – a pinch
Sugar – 1 tsp
Fresh coriander – 1 tbsp
Add mustard seeds and jeera in hot oil. Now add curry leaves, hing and onions with crushed nuts. Cook till brown, add tomato. Let it cook till oil separates. Add Chilly powder, salt, sugar and haldi. Add little water and boil it for five minutes. Mix with chopped fresh coriander.
Tomato and Onion masala is ready.
(There is separate
post for this recipe too!)
Now for the omelet,
Capsicum - half (chopped finely)
Salt as per taste (there is salt already in masala)
Eggs – 3
Oil – 2 tbsp (olive oil, optional)
Beat the eggs and add in to the masala. Add chopped capsicum and salt. Beat again.
Take thick bottomed pan. Add oil. (I always make omelet with olive oil). When it is hot, spread the beaten egg slowly. Cover it and cook for one minute. Open the lid and very slowly turn the omelet. Cover again and cook it till the omelet is cooked fully.
Serves two. You can eat just like that! When you get crunchy and nutty taste please remember me!!!
One more thing I always do with tomato and onion masala is, I boil 2 EGGS, cut in to pieces. Mix well and serve with chapattis to my daughter. She loves to eat, if I roll the same into chapati and give.
So there are 2 recipes for eggs here.
I am sending this recipe to Sudeshna's Announcing: Event for Eggs.

This omelet is going to participate in Divya's (Dil Se..)

Keep smiling,

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fresh Coriander tokku(chutney) and Award!!!

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi all,
One more award from PJ of seduce your Tastebuds!!! Thanks PJ. I am really honoured!!

A gift for myself for getting the award!!! how do you like this necklace made of red chilly and fresh coriander and a pendent made of jaggery!!(Forgot to keep methi seeds as pearls in between the leaves!! ) Hahaha, any one like to order the ornament!!! you can do it yourself!!! Honestly, the inspiration came from Nithya of 4th Sense Samayal!!! Thanks a lot Nithya.

Coming to the recipe for Fresh Coriander tokku, which is again the trial of TV show. It takes very less time to make but tastes good with chapati and hot rice. Still I have to try with bread or dosa!!

Fresh Coriander - 2 bunch, washed and cleaned
Dry red chilly - 4 to 6 (according the taste and the variety)
Methi seeds - 1 tsp
Jaggery - 2 tbsp
Tamarind paste - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
For tempering,
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Dry roast the red chilly and methi seeds. When cold, add other ingredients and put in a mixie or blender to make fine paste. Adjust the seasoning.
Heat oil in small kadai, add mustard seeds. Off the stove and add hing. Add this to the ready paste.
The Fresh coriander tokku is ready to serve.
This award comes with a meme and I have to say 10 honest things about me.

Check me out :

1. I love reading, reading and reading.(Reading anything that is handwritten or printed, anytime I mean it, I read while cooking also!!!!, )But prefer to read autobiography, philosophical and self development books.

2. I love Maths.
3. I got sweet tooth!!!
4. I am a quite person, with very few friends.
5. I love animals but do not like pets(Sorry!!)(same pinch, PJ)
6. I explain unnecessarily and repeat the sentences while talking about something.
7. I get adjusted in any condition, under any circumstances.
8. I appreciate honesty.
9.I love to do Yoga, Meditation and exercise(which I am doing past many years!!)
10. I think 9 things are enough to know me!!!

As always, this award too comes with the certain rules and here they are
1. I must list 10 honest things about myself
2. I must put a copy of The Honest Scrap Logo on my blog.I must select at least 7 other worthy bloggers & list their links
3. I must notify the bloggers of the award and hopefully they will follow the above three requirements also.
I would love to pass it on to-

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Crispy rice balls

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi all,
It is so easy to prepare food, when some one is guiding you!! That's why I enjoy very much when ever I follow other blog and cook any dish. And I post it in 'Food Remake' label, as it is very common in Indian film industry to remake the movies from one language to the other. So even my food here is the remake one!!!
One more food remake from Suma of Veggie Platter She calls it as "paalakaayalu". I have named it as "Crispy rice balls", as they really turned crispy and very tasty!!! Thanks Suma.
We had cooking competition in our area for Ganesha Chaturthi activities. And the theme was to prepare food from rice. When I was browsing the blogs for a recipe, I came through this one, and here is the result. And the competition result was I got second prize!!!
And my second daughter who is not even 2 years, went on stage for fancy dress competition with her sister. They were dressed up as Chinese girls( last month, my mother bought dresses from China,)in the evening!!! She was not ready to come down from the stage!! She wanted mike in her hand and wanted to sing and dance. Posting the photo of them on the stage!

Keep smiling,

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Veg. Juice Pulao

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
My last minute entry to Chaitra's event! The reason is, as I stay little far from the city, it is difficult to get all the vegetables when I need. We depend on weekly markets, which are small and will have very little options to buy varieties. Even though I wanted to make this rice before only, I did not get spinach all these days. But today when I went to market I saw fresh Spinach and thought of making the rice and send this entry to Chaitra's event.
As I told before, I am trying new rice preparations, this is one of them. One month before, I watched this recipe in the TV, but could not write down. So depending on my memory, I tried the pulao, it came out good. But for sure, it is very healthy for kids, as they do not eat palak and beetroot directly.
Here is the recipe,
Long grain rice - 2 cups
Beet root - 1 small
Palak(Spinach) - 1 bunch small
Carrot - 1 big
Onion - 1 small, chopped into long pieces
Cauliflower - cut in to 12 to 15 pieces
Paneer - 8 to 10 cubes(optional, but tastes good)
Soya nuggets - 8 to 10(Soaked in the water for sometime)
Tomato -1 medium
Tej patta - 1
Cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch
Clove - 3
Cardamom - 1
Oil - 1 tbsp
Butter - 1 tbsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Chilly powder - 2 tbsp
Soak the rice in water for 2 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside.
Clean and wash palak leaves. Boil for few minutes. Peel the beet root, carrot. Cut into pieces. Boil and keep it to cool.
Prepare palak, carrot and beetroot juice separately.(you can mix all together and make the paste at a time also.)
Wash, cut the tomato and prepare the paste.
Squeeze the water from nuggets.
Heat oil and butter in a cooker. When hot, add all dry masalas(crush it once or they will pop out). Add onion. saute for a minute. Add soya nuggets, paneer. Saute for 2 minutes, keep on stirring.
Now goes palak,carrot and beetroot juice and tomato paste. Let it boil for 3 minutes. Now add rice, salt, chilly powder and cauliflower. Mix properly. Add hot water till the rice is covered. Give 2 whistles. Wait till the cooker is cool.
The pulao is ready to serve.

Sending this recipe to

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Green Corn Rice

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,

I am not so good, when it comes to rice preparations. But, now after coming to India, I am trying to do new experiments with rice.

One more reason is, I need to send lunch box to my daughter to the school, as she stays in the school for 6 hours. So rice is the best food to eat faster than chapati. And fast food or junk food is not allowed in her school. Even bread, noodles is not allowed. So in these two months I have
tried almost more than 10 rice varieties and surprised that even I can do it!!!!

Here is the recipe for Green corn rice,

Long grain rice(or normal rice) - 1 cup
Onion - 1 big chopped lengthwise
Ginger & garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Green chilly - 2 or 3 finely chopped
Methi leaves - 1/4 bunch cleaned and washed(optional)
Tomato - 1 big chopped
Fresh coriander - 1/2 bunch, cleaned and washed
Pudina - 1/4 bunch, cleaned and washed
Fresh, frozen or canned corn - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tbsp
Wash and soak the rice for 2 minutes. Remove the water and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a cooker. Add onion and fry till golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste, green chilly and tomato. Saute for 2 minutes. Now add chopped green leaves mix properly. Now goes the corn and rice. Fry it for two minutes. Add salt and hot water till the rice is covered. Do not add more water.
Close the lid of the cooker and wait for one whistle. Open the lid, when cooker is ready(When it allows to open!!)
Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with raita or papad.

Sending this recipe to

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bhindi(okra) in green masala

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,

A very easy and tasty Sindhi vegetable preparation, which goes will both with chapati and rice. My husband loves to eat it any time. But, however I try hard to make it tasty, I can never compete with his sister's taste. He always says, my sister makes it better!!!

Coming to the recipe,
Lady finger or bhindi - 12 to 15
Potato -2 cleaned peeled and cut into thick round pieces.
Tomato - 2 big
Green chilly - 3 to 4
Fresh coriander - 1/2 bunch washed and cleaned
Ginger - 1/2 inch cleaned
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tbsp and 1 tsp
Wash, clean and pat dry the bhindi. Cut the ends, fry them in 1 tsp oil. Keep it aside.
Grind tomato, green chilly, fresh coriander and ginger into smooth paste.
Heat oil. Add potato and for for 2 minutes. Now add ready paste and let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Now add bhindi, salt, haldi and coriander powder. Cover it with lid till the bhindi is cooked.
Serve hot with chapati or brown rice.

This traditional recipe of North Karnataka is going to


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