August 17, 2018

Fabelle’s 72Kg Bar Event for Celebrating Independence Day

Yesterday, I attended an Independence Day Celebration Event organized by Fabelle, a Chocolate Boutique of ITC, in ITC Grand Chola, Chennai. Fabelle has collaborated with Make A Wish India for this event. The theme of the event is to create a 72 Kg Chocolate Bar with 72 ingredients to commemorate India's 72nd Independence Day. 

Fabelle is ITC's chocolate boutique which makes Handcrafted Luxury Chocolates. Its Chocolates are sourced from African countries like Ghana, Madagascar, Cote D'Ivoire etc to South American Countries like Venezuela, Sao Tome etc. which grows high quality chocolates. As the Chocolates are grown amidst other crops like Oranges etc., they have a unique flavor, different from vanilla chocolates. Fabelle uses unique chocolates from these choicest cocoas to create a unique luxury experience.

Make a Wish is a social organization that fulfills poor children's small wishes and dreams to spread smiles across the world. As a part of this organization, Make A 
Wish India gets sponsors to contribute for the creation of Fabelle Chocolates and then gives it to poor children. 

Together, Make A Wish India and Fabelle created a 72kg Bar Chocolate with 72 ingredients to celebrate the 72nd Indian Independence Day. It was a great honor for me and my family to participate in this event. This is really noble way to celebrate and so kudos to all those who ideated and executed this idea.  

Fabelle and MakeAWishIndia has created an online page where you can be a sponsor for this event. Go to if you also want to donate starting from just Rs.100.



Here are some photos from the event.

August 6, 2018

Peerkangai Thol Chutney / Ridge Gourd Peel (skin) Chutney

Normally we throw away the skin of Ridge Gourd after peeling. However it has very high nutritional content which goes to the waster. This chutney using Ridge Gourd skin can avoid this wastage and the chutney is also tasty as well. Give it a shot.

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Recipe Cuisine : South Indian | Recipe Category: Chutney
Preparation Time: 10 mins  | Cooking Time: 10 mins | Yields: 1 Cup
Ridge Gourd Skin / Peerkangai Thol
1 cup
Bengal Gram / Kadalai Paruppu
1 tbsp
Black Urad Dal
1 tbp
Red Chilli
2 tsp
Turkey berry size / Sundakkai size
As required
Grated Coconut or equivalent
¼ cup

1. Wash the ridge gourd 2-3 times with pure water.
2. Peel the skin of the ridge gourd using the peeler or knife.
3. Heat the oil in a pan, add urad dal and Bengal gram dal. Sauté till they become golden brown.
4. Add red chillies and sauté for few seconds.
5. Add the skin of the ridge gourd and sauté till the skin of the ridge gourd become crisp and raw smell goes off. Switch off the flame.
6. Allow it to cool down completetly. Add tamarind, coconut and salt.
7. Grind them into a little bit coarse paste using little water.
   Yummy and tasty ridge gourd peel chutney / Peerkangai thol thogayal is ready. Serve this chutney with Idly, dosai and rice also.

1. I have used both urad dal and channa dal. But you use either channa or urad dal alone also.
2. Adjust the red chillies according to your spice level.
3. If the ridge gourd peel is too long, cut it into small pieces and then use.
4. No need to temper. If you want to temper, temper with oil, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
5. You can also store the skins in the refrigerator and prepare the chutney at your convenience.

July 18, 2018

Mexican Tomato Salsa Recipe | International Recipes

Salsa is nothing but dip in a Mexican style. It’s a unique remix of sauce and salad. It’s a good side dish for dosa, chapathi and bread toast. However it’s the perfect side dish for Nachos.

Recipe Cuisine : International / Mexico | Recipe Category: Dip

Preparation Time: 5 mins  | Yields: 20 cookies

Green Chilli
Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves
2 tbsp
½ tsp
Lemon Juice
1 tbsp
1. Peel the skin of the onion and chop it into very small pieces.
2. Wash and remove the seeds from the tomato. Then chop it into small pieces.
3. Wash and remove the stem of the green chilli. Cut it into small circles.
4. In wide bowl add chopped onion, tomato, green chilli, salt, chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice.
5. Mix them gently and leave it for 10 – 15 mins.
   Tangy and delicious Salsa is ready to serve with everything. Especially served with  Nachos.

1. Adjust the red chilli level according to your spice level.
2. Adjust the lemon juice according to your taste.

July 11, 2018

Akki Roti Recipe / Rice (Arisi) Roti

Akki roti /  arisi roti is a rice flour based flat bread for breakfast from Karnataka Cusine. Akki means rice in kanada. This is healthy and gluten free recipe. You can make this for evening snacks and dinner too. You can serve this with any spicy chutney. 

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Recipe Cuisine : South Indian / Karnataka| Recipe Category: Breakfast
Preparation Time: 10 mins | Cooking Time: 15 mins |  Yields : 5 nos.

Rice Flour (Recipe HERE)
1 cup (1 cup = 240 ml)
Grated Carrot
½ cup
Green Chilli
Cumin Seeds
1 tsp
Finely Chopped Onion
½ - 1 cup
Finely Chopped Coriader Leaves
2 tbsp
1 tsp

1. Peel the skin of the carrot and grate them using the grater.
2. Wash and chop the coriander leaves into fine pieces.
3. Remove the skin of the onion and chop them into very thin and fine pieces.
4. Wash and remove the stem of the green chilli. Then chop it into small circles.
5. In a wide bowl, add rice flour, carrot, onion, coriander leaves, green chillies, cumin seeds and salt.
6. Mix them with the wire wish or with your fingers.
7. Add water little by little and knead it into a soft and pliable dough.  Keep it aside for 5-10 mins.
8. Divide the dough into tomato size balls.
9. Spread over few drops of oil on the plastic sheet or banana leaf.
10. Now place the dough on the sheet and flatten the ball using the fingers. [Grease your fingers with oil].
11. Now heat the tawa and place rotti on the tawa. Pour oil along the sides of the rotti.
12. Cook both sides of the roti till black spots appear on it.
        Yummy and delicious Akki Roti / Rice Roti / Arisi Roti is ready! Serve with tomato chutney.

1. Ensure that the consistency of the dough is neither too loose nor too tight.
2.  You can add grated coconut also.
3. You can use either small onion or big onion.
4. Carrot is optional.
5. You can use store bought rice flour also.

June 29, 2018

Yellow Pumpkin Kootu with Channa Dal (without Coconut)

With yellow pumpkin (manjal poosanikai) we usually prepare either poriyal , Chutney or kuzhambu. This yellow pumpkin kootu recipe was given to me by my friend. I tried this and liked it very much. This can be used as poriyal or side dish for rice and chapathi.

Recipe Cuisine : South Indian | Recipe Category: Stir Fry / Poriyal
Preparation Time: 5 mins | Cooking Time: 15 mins |  Yields : 1 ½ cup

Yellow Pumpkin (chopped)
1 cup
Channa Dal / Kadalai Paruppu
3 tbsp
1 tsp or as required
Dry Powders:

1 tsp
Turmeric Powder
½ tsp
To Temper:

2 tsp
Mustard Seeds
¼ tsp
Cumin Seeds
1 tsp
Curry Leaves
1 spring
Garlic Pods
Chopped Onion
¼ cup
Tomato (small size)

1. Remove the skin and seeds of the pumpkin. Then cut it into ½ inch pieces.
2. Remove the skin of the garlic and either chop them into small pieces or grate them using the grater.
3. Remove the skin of the onion and cut it into small pieces.
4. Wash and pressure cook the channa dal with ¼ cup of water for 4 whistles in medium flame or cook them till they become tender.
5. Heat the oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and wait for popping.
6. Add cumin seeds and wait for splutter.
7. Add curry leaves and sauté till they become crisp.
8. Add garlic (from 2) and sauté for few seconds.
9. Add onion (from 3) and sauté till they become translucent.
10. Add chopped tomato and cook till they become mushy. Now close the lid of the pan and cook.
11. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix them well.
12. Add chopped pumpkin (from 1) and add ¼ cup of water. Mix them well. Close the lid of the pan and cook till they become soft.
13. Add channa dal (from 4) with cooked water and mix well. Cook till the water evaporates completely.
Yummy and tasty pumpkin / poosanikai kootu is ready to serve wit

1. You can use either small onion or big onion.
2. Adjust the spice level according to your taste.


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