21 December, 2011

Channa Puffs/Chole Puffs

For Stuffing:

  1. Boild channa/chick peas-1 cup
  2. Onion-1 medium (Finally chopped)
  3. Tomato-1 medium (Finally chopped)
  4. Ginger garlic paste-1 teaspoon
  5. Curry leaves
  6. Turmeric powder- little
  7. Red chilli powder- 1 teaspoon
  8. Cumin powder-1/2 teaspoon 
  9. Coriander powder-1/2 teaspoon
  10. Garam masala-1/2 teaspoon
  11. Dry mango powder-1/2 teaspoon
  12. Oil-1 table spoon 
  13. Salt- as needed
  14. Milk -1 table spoon for brushing
  15. Puff Pastry sheet- 1
  • Heat a pan with oil,splutter mustard and curry leaves.
  • Put chopped onions and fry for one mins.
  • Add ginger garlic paste ,fry for a while.
  • Once the raw smells goes,add tomato and fry till get mushy.
  • Add the cooked channa. (Drain the water)
  • Then add the all dry powders mix well.
  • Check salt ,finally add chopped cilantro,let it cool down.
  • Preheat the oven to 380 degree.
  • Follow the instruction for thawing the puff pastry sheet.
  • Cut the sheets in any desired spaces,and keep the filling in the middle.Don't keep more filling,it may come out while baking.
  • Apply little water and seal the edges.
  • Now,take fork and press all arround the edges to seal properly.
  • Arrange it in greased baking tray,brush with milk on top to get a golden color.bake it for 15 mins(or)till it bakes and changes color.
  • Once done,remove from the oven  ,serve hot.

  1. You can follow the same method for making vegetable puffs also.
Linking this recipe to sangeetha's "Bake feast#2" ,Radhikas "Let's cook #10~baked goodies."

15 December, 2011

Tofu Tikka


  1. Firm tofu-1 packet
  2. Different colors bell peppers-Each 1 
  3. Onion- Half (or) one
  4. Tomato-2 
  5. Oil-for brushing the vegetables
  6. Corn flour- 1 tablespoon
  7. Skewers
For Tikka Marination:

  1. Thick yogurt-1/4 to 1/2 cup
  2. Red chilli powder
  3. Cumin powder- 1 teaspoon
  4. Coriander powder- 1 teaspoon
  5. Turmeric -little
  6. Amchur power (or)Lemon juice- very little
  7. Oil- 2teaspoon (i used olive oil)
  8. Salt -to taste 
*Dice all vegetables in same size.
*Take out the seeds from tomato and dice in small pieces.

  • Take out the tofu from packet,drain all excess water from it.
  • Take a thick kitchen towel wrap the tofu and keep some heavy thing on it.Keep it for 30 mins.
  • After that remove the towel,and cut in to small square sizes. Cut all in same size
  • Take a wider bowl,add all marination ingredients.Give a nice mix.Let all blend well.
  • Now add tofu,capsicum,onions and tomato,gently cover the mixer in all vegetable.
  • Close the lid and rest this for 15 mins.
  • Now preheat the oven, 400 F .
  • Clean the skewers,insert bell pepper,then onion, then  tofu, again bell pepper, then tomato, then bell peeper like this., 
  • Repeat the same.
  • Now skewers are ready to bake.
  • Line up the tray with parchment paper,arrange it.
  • Sprinkle little corn flour on top of the vegtable and tofu.
  • Keep this in oven and bake it for 10 mins.
  • Then open and flip flop the tofu and vegetables.Brush with oil. 
  • Sprinkle again some corn flour.
  • Bake it for 10 more mins.
  • Then bring oven in to broil mode,keep this for 3-5 mins.
  • After that remove the skewers and transfer in to serving plate,
  • Let't cool down for a while,then enjoy!!
  • Baking and broil timing is differ in each oven so check with that.
  • Can follow the same method for making paneer tikkas.For making paneer tikkas ,paneer have to be really firm.
Linking this recipe to sangeethas" On going event ."Bake fest#2" and Radhikas "Winter carnival", 

Winter Carnival

14 December, 2011

Potato Wedges (Oven baked)

Time for blog hop,started by Radhika of "Tickling plalets "This week i paired with Charishma of, "Cherie's Stolen Recipe".She's having plenty of baking and cooking recipe.From her blog i took a simple baking recipe.Almost every kid likes potato wedges.Mine does :) Very simple steps to make a yummy wedges.Even it'll be a perfect appetizer's in parties.Let's see the recipe now,


  1. Potatoes-2 large
  2. Olive oil- 1 table spoon
  3. Red chilli powder- to taste
  4. Salt-to taste
  5. Pepper powder- little
  1. Pre heat the oven for 350 F .
  2. Wah the potatos,and wipe it with the dry cloth.
  3. Now strip the  potato in to thin or thick strips.
  4. Take that in to one bowl,add red chilly powder,salt and little oil.Mix well in hand.
  5. Now line a baking tray with parchment paper(butter paper).
  6. Spread the potato wedges on the tray,bake it for 10 mins.
  7. Then open the oven ,apply little oil on top and flip flop the wedges.
  8. Again bake it for 10 mins.
  9. Once it baked,take it out and enjoy with sauce.
  • Instead of olive oil,you can use any oil.
  • Cut the potato in to even shape to bake evenly.
Linking this recipe to ongoing event,Bake fest # 2 hosting by Sangee of "Spicy Treats",and Radhika's Blog hop wednessday.Check "HERE" to see what our co-bloggers does.

16 November, 2011

Soya Chunks Pulao

Hi Everyone ,hope u all doing great.Me too :) Time for Blog hop!!Event started by radhika of "Tickling Palates" .This week i paired with Neetu's "Hobby Chef".From her blog i took Protien rich Pulao recipe.You can add any other desired vegetables to this pulao.

  1. Rice- 1 cups ( i used seeraga samba)
  2. Soya Chunks-3/4 cup
  3. Onion - 1 medium (Sliced)
  4. Tomato- 1 small (Chopped)
  5. Capsicum - half (Sliced)
  6. Green chilly-2 
  7. Red chilly powder- to taste 
  8. Tumeric powder-little
  9. Ginger garlic paste
  10. Cilantro
To Temper:
  1. Whole gram masala
  2. Cumin seeds-1/2 teaspoon
  • Soak rice for 15 to 30 mins.
  • Prepare soya chunks and chop ,in to small bite pieces.
  • Heat the pressure cooker,add ghee splutter whole garam masala & cumin seeds.
  • Add ginger garlic paste,fry  for 1 mins.
  • Then add onion & capsicum fry again for 2 mins.
  • Now add the chopped tomato and fry for 3-4 mins in medium heat,once it started losing oil add the dry powders,(Turmeric & Red chilly powder)
  • Put salt also.
  • Add the soya chunks mix well.
  • Now add required water to the rice ,put some chopped cilantro on the top.
  • Now close the lid and pressure cook it.
  • Once the whistle completely cool  downs,open the lid and  mix gently.
  • Serve hot with any vegetable kurma/Raitha... 
Sending this recipe to Radhika's "Blog Hop Wednesday" ~ Week 9 & Vardini's "Dish it out".You can click Here to see   my Co-Blogger's recipes!!! and to Kavi & Smita for  "Healthylunch"


13 November, 2011

Costa Rica ~ Gallo Pinto

Am posting this recipe for "Saji's" Blogoversary giveaway.This's really a healthy and fulfilling dish.Off course a quick recipe.

  1. Onion- 1 medium (Chopped)
  2. Green bell pepper-1 (Sliced in to small)
  3. Black beans- 1 cup
  4. Cooked rice- 3 cups
  5. Garlic-2 nos (minced)
  6. Cumin powder- 1 teaspoon
  7. Coriander powder- 1 teaspoon
  8. Salt/Pepper- To taste
  9. Cilantro - some
Soak black beans for 8 hours.Before cooking drain all water,add new water & pressure cook it.Add salt to it.

  1. Heat oil in the pan,add onion & garlic for 2 min till gets soft & color changes.
  2. Add the capsicum,fry it for one min.
  3. Now add the masala powders,Cumin and Coriander mix well.
  4. Put black beans and rice,mix well.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste ,again give a gentle mix.
  6. Garnish with cilantro ,now ready to go.. 

Linking this to Saji's "50 from 50 In 50 " challenge,


Kothu Chappathi/Fried chappathi with Vegetables

Quick recipe with left over chappathies.


  1. Chappathi - 10 nos (Medium size)
  2. Onion- 1 (Stripped)
  3. Tomato-1 (Chopped)
  4. Carrot-1 nos 
  5. Beans- 10 
  6. Cabbage- 1/4 cup
  7. Cumin powder/Coriander powder-1 teaspoon
  8. Red chilly powder- to taste
  9. Ginger garlic paste- 1teaspoon
  10. Green chillies-2 nos (Chopped)
  11. Cilantro- 1/4 cup (chopped)
  12. Lemon juice- 2 teaspoon
  13. Shredded Coconut - 2teaspoon
  14. Salt-To taste
  15. Turmeric powder
To temper:
  1. Oil- 2 teaspoon
  2. Mustard-1 teaspoon
  3. Curry leaves-few
  • Strip all vegetables and keep aside.
  • Also stripe the chappthi in bite size pieces.
  1. Heat oil in pan,splutter mustard and curry leaves.
  2. Add ginger garlic paste ,green chilly fry for a while.
  3. Put onion fry till get's soft,
  4. Then now add tomatos ,add turmeric powder,cumin powder,coriander powder ,red chilly powder and salt fry till all get in to mushy.
  5. Add all stripped vegetables stir it and close the lid and cook it for 2-3 mins.
  6. Firm cook the vegetables.[don't cook soft]
  7. Once the vegetables done with cooking ,add the stripped chappthies mix well.
  8. Coat the chappthi with masala.
  9. Squeeze lemon juice,give it a mix.
  10. Add shredded coconut mix again.
  11. Finally add cilantro ,mix and serve hot.
  • Kothu chappathi can be severed in Tea time snack (or) main dish.
Sending this to Radhika's "Winter Carnival"


10 November, 2011

Soya Masala Kurma


  • Soya Chunks- 1 cup (Chopped in to little pieces)
  • Peas-1/2 cup
  • Onion-2(Chopped)
  • Tomato-3(Chopped)
  • Cilantro/Curry leaves-Few
  • Oil
  • Water
To temper:
  1. Cinnamon-1 small stick
  2. Cloves-2
To Grind:
  1. Coconut- 1/4 cup
  2. Fennel seeds- 1/2 teaspoon
  3. Ginger & garlic- few
  4. Cashew nuts-5
  5. Coriander powder-2 teaspoon
  6. Chilly powder- 2 teaspoon

  • Heat water in a pan,bring to boil.Now add the soya chunks and close the lid for 5 to 10 mins.
  • Then drain all water,rinse the soya chunks in cold water.
  • Squeeze well ,and rinse.
  • Repeat the process till raw smell goes from it.
  • Finally squeeze and keep aside.
  • Cut in to small bite pieces.
Method for Soya Kurma:
  1. Heat oil in pan,splutter Cinnamon and cloves.
  2. Add onion and fry till its color change
  3. Add the tomato next to it.Fry for 2 more mins.
  4. Put the green peas,add little water and close the lid.Cook it for 2 to 3 mins.
  5. Then add ,soya chunks mix well.
  6. Add the ground paste and required water,close the lid again.
  7. Check salt.Cook it in medium flame for 5 mins.
  8. Once it done add cilantro and curry leaves on top.
  9. Serve hot with Idly/Dodai ..

  1. Can add any desired vegetable to the kurma.
  2. Instead of adding chopped soya chunks you can grind in to course and add to the curry.
  3. Serve with any type of tiffin (or) Rice items.

  1. Can add any desired vegetable to the kurma.
  2. Instead of adding chopped soya chunks you can grind in to course and add to the curry.
  3. Serve with any type of tiffin (or) Rice items.
 Sending this recipe to Vardini's "Dish it out"


03 November, 2011

Paneer & Mushroom Gravy

Usually i grind onion tomato separately or together for making any north indian Curry/Gravy.But in this recipe i didn't use any onion or  tomato paste,for a change :) !!
  1. Mushroom- 2 cups (Chopped)
  2. Paneer- 200 grams ( Cubed)
  3. Onion- 1 medium size (finely chopped)
  4. Tomato-2 medium size(finely chopped)
  5. Green chilly-2 (Slit)
  6. Ginger garlic paste-1 table spoon
  7. Cumin powder/Jeera powder-2 teaspoon
  8. Coriander powder- 1 teaspoon 
  9. Turmeric powder-little
  10. Red  chilly powder/Salt- To taste
  11. Kasoori methi- 2 teaspoon
  12. Oil+Ghee- 2 teaspoon
  13. Water- As required
  1. Cinnamon-small stick 
  2. Cloves-2
  3. Bay leaves-1 

To Grind:
  1. Cashew nuts- 5 nos
  2. Badam-8 nos
  3. Poppy seeds/Kas kas-1 tablespoon
Soak this in hot water for 15 mins and grind it  with little water.

  • Heat oil+ghee in pan,splutter whole gram masala one by one.
  • Add green chilly,
  • Add ginger garlic paste saute well.
  • Now add onions, saute it for 2 mins or till change in color.
  • Then put tomato and fry till it goes mushy.
  • Now add the dry powders ,fry for 1 min [cumin powder,coriander powder,chilly power,turmeric powder] 
  • Add mushroom , saute it well for 1 min.
  • Pour little water,once water is boling add the ground paste.
  • Mix well ,close the lid and cook for 2-3 mins.
  • Put the paneer in to the gravy.Bring to boil for couple of mins.
  • Then add the kasoori methi on top,
  • Add sour cream and mix.[Optional]
  • Add cilantro and serve with Pulka roti,Naan,chappathi,rice etc., 

Sending the recipe to Pari of  "Foodelicious"  for "Only Curries"  hosting by "akamalika".

02 November, 2011

Low Calorie Broccoli & Tofu Bonda

 After diwali am posting  my first entry for Blog hop wednesday~Edition 2.Hope all of u enjoyed Diwali with friends and relatives :)Now coming to blog hop,Radhika's doing a great job,now she introduced new friends to us.Really interesting, thank u  radhika :). This week i paired with Vardhini of   "Zesty Palette"  .She's having a wonderful blog with various cuisine.Totally i confused what to cook!! Am not a tofu lover ,but i love low calorie foods.So suddenly i selected to cook,Low calorie healthy bonda. When I visit some other blogs, I wonder how this bondas would taste, but it is awesome!!Let's see the recipe now,

  1. Firm tofu-1/2 pack
  2. Broccoli-2 cups(Finally chopped)
  3. Green chilly -2 (Finally chopped)
  4. Red chilly powder/Salt-to taste
  5. Corinader powder-1/2 teaspoon
  6. Cumin seeds-1/2 teaspoon
  7. Turmeric powder-little
For batter:
  1. Besan flour-1/2 cup
  2. Rice flour-1/4 cup
  3. Chilly powder/Salt-to taste
  • Remove out the  tofu from the pack.Take out all excess water.
  • Place tofu on a plate and cover with one more plate and keep some weight on top and allow to drain all water for 30mins.
  • After that,Scramble it with hands. 
  • Chop the broccoli very finely.
  • Now take a wider bowl,add all ingredients one by one and mix well.
  • Make a small dumplings ,keep aside.
  • Now dumplings are ready.
  • For batter,take a bowl again,mix all ingredients and add little water for consistency.
  • Make a semi thick batter.Batter shouldn't be very thin.
  • Heat paniyaram pan,add little oil in it.Let oil get heat.
  • Then,take one dumpling ,dip in to gram flour batter and place in paniyaram pan.

  • Repeat the same for all dumplings,Close with the lid.
  • After 1 min open the lid and flip the bondas with spoon Or tooth pick.
  • Flip and cook,for 2-3 mins till all side gets golden color.
  • If you like drop very little oil on top of each bondas before taking out.
  • That's it,Hot and healthy bondas are ready to have :)
  • Serve it with some spicy chutney or sauce. 

Linking the recipe to Radhika’s Blog hop Wednesday & Winter Carnivals.Do visit here to check out all yummy recipes.

22 October, 2011

Wheat Pakoda

Last week one evening my hubby wants some hot cripsy snack to munch with Tea.Simply i tried pakodas with wheat flour  and cabbage...My mom used to make Bondas with wheat flour.But i don't like that much.I want to make a crispy one for him,so i tried in my style.Result was very good..let's move on to the recipe now!!


  1. Wheat Flour-2 cups
  2. Onion-1 medium (Striped)
  3. Cabbage- 1/2 cup (Thinly Striped)
  4. Jeera-1 teaspoon
  5. Hing/Perunkayam-1 pinch
  6. Green chilly-2 (Diced)
  7. Salt & Red chilly powder- To taste
  8. Baking powder-1/4 teaspoon
  9. Curry leaves & Cilantro -some
  10. Water- As needed
  11. Oil -for deep frying
  • Take a wider bowl,add all ingredients except water, and mix well in hands.
  • Sprinkle little water at once ,mix like semi chappthi dough.
  • Heat oil in Kadai,once oil heated pinch the dough directly in to oil.
  • Fry both the sides in medium heat,fry till all sides gets crispy.
  • Then ,use spatula to drain the excess oil.
  • Transfer in to kitchen towel,allow to drain for 1 min & enjoy with hot Cup of Tea /Coffee.... :)

19 October, 2011

Poondu Kuzhambu(With out Coconut)

What a wonderful event started by Radhika!!Am really happy to be a part in this event...This time i Paired with "Schmetterling words",she's having a nice blog with many baking recipes.I was suppose to try some from that, finally some ingredients was missing in my kitchen,So,i switched on to,"Poondu Kuzhambu".My way of  "Poondu Kuzhambu" is little diff from this.Taste was really really tangy and spicy ,we liked it..Ok let's move on to the recipe!!


  1. Garlic-12 Pods
  2. Onions-1 large (Finally Chopped)
  3. Tomato-2 medium(Finally Chopped)
  4. Tamarind Juice-1/2 cup
  5. Chilly Powder-2 teaspoon
  6. Coriander Powder-3 teaspoon
  7. Turmeric Powder-Little
  8. Salt-To Taste
  9. Oil
For Tempering:
  1. Mustard seeds-Teaspoon
  2. Urad dal-1 Teaspoon
  3. Methi-Little
  4. Green Chillies-2 (Make a slit)
  5. Curry leaves- a few

  • Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in the pan.
  • Temper everything under tempering ingredients list,one -by-one.
  • Add onions,fry for a while.
  • Then add Peeled Garlic,fry in a medium heat.
  • Add tomato and fry for 2 mins ,till get a little mushy.Can add little water to get a mushy.
  • Now add the dry masala, add chilly powder,coriander powder and turmeric powder.mix well.
  • Cook everything in a medium flame.
  • Once the raw smell goes,add the tamarind juice in to it.
  • Add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of water,while cooking.
  • Close the lid,let it be simmer.Cook this for 5-8 mins,cooked garlic should have to be in firm not a mushy one.So do a check in between.
  • That's it,switch off the stove and Serve hot with White rice (R)Crispy dosas ,will be excellent :) 
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