June 22, 2017

Onion Sambar | Easy Sambar Recipes

It happens sometimes that we have run out of vegetables but still have to prepare something. Kongu village Onion Sambar is a healthy recipe just for those difficult situations. Yet there won’t be any compromise in taste.

Recipe Cuisine : South Indian | Recipe Category: Sambar
Preparation Time: 10 mins  | Cooking Time: 30  mins | Yields: 3 cups

To Cook Thur Dal:

Thuvaram Paruppu / Thur Dal
½ cup
1  - 1 ½ cup
Turmeric Powder
¼ tsp
Castor Oil / Sesame Oil
1 tsp
To Grind:

Grated Coconut or equivalent
1/3  cup
Cumin Seeds
1 tsp
Garlic Pods
To Temper:

1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds
½ tsp
Curry Leaves
1 spring
Green Chilli (split into two halves)
Sambar  / Small Onion
½ cup
Small size Tomato
Remaining :

Small Gooseberry size
As required

1. Pressure cook the thur dal with 1 ½ cups of water, turmeric powder and  castor oil for 2-3 whistles in a medium flame.   (OR)  Add thur dal, water, turmeric powder and oil in a vessel. Mix them well and cook in a medium flame till the dal becomes soft.
2. Grind the coconut, cumin seeds and garlic pods into a fine paste using little water in a mixie jar.  Keep it aside.
3. Soak the tamarind in ¼ cup of water for 15 mins. Then extract the juice from the tamarind and keep it aside.
4. Heat the oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and wait for popping.
5. Then add curry leaves and green chillies. Sauté till the curry leaves become crisp.
6. Now add the randomly chopped sambar onions. Sauté till the onion becomes translucent.
7. Now pour this temper into the cooked dal (from 1). Add salt and tamarind paste (from 3). Mix them well and cook for 5 more mins.
8. Now add the ground paste (from 2) and mix them well. Cook till the sambar becomes thick.
    Yummy and tasty Onion Sambar is ready.

1. Use tamarind paste instead of tamarind.
2. If the sambar onion is big, cut it into 2-3 pieces otherwise use it as whole.

June 20, 2017

Elephant Foot Yam Fry - Senai Kizhangu / Karunai Kizhangu Fry

We can make lot of dishes like fry, curry etc., This yam fry is tasty and very spicy. It goes well with dal, rasam and curd rice. Kids will eat separately also.

Click HERE to view 30+ Poriyal Recipes.

Recipe Cuisine : South Indian | Recipe Category: Fry
Preparation Time: 10 mins  | Cooking Time: 15 mins

Elephant Foot Yam
¼ kg
Turmeric Powder
¼ tsp
¼ tsp
To deep fry
Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp
½ tsp

1. Remove the black skin of the yam carefully.
2. Then cut the yam into 1 inch cubes.
3. Pressure cook them with ¼ cup of water, turmeric powder and ¼ tsp of salt for 1 whistle in a high flame.
4. After the pressure has gone, strain the water from the cooked yam using the juice strainer.
5. Now spread the cooked yam over the news paper for 15 mins to dry.
6. Then heat enough oil in a pan and when oil is hot, put some of the cooked yams. Don’t over load the pan.
7. Fry till the sizzle sounds stops completely. Then remove the fried yams from the oil and spread them over the tissue paper to absorb the excess oil.
8. Now add the red chilli powder and salt. Mix them well or toss them carefully.  Crispy and yummy yam fry is ready to serve.

1. Apply oil on your hand to avoid itching while cutting the yam.
2. Adjust the salt and spice level according to your taste.
3. After frying all the yam, put salt and chilli powder immediately and toss it. If the yam gets losses heat, the powders will not stick the yam.

Egg Appam / Muttai Aappam | Appam Recipes

I have already posted many varieties of Appam like Palak Appam,Beetroot Appam, Mudakkaththan Appam, etc. Egg Appam is one more variety but is a good one to have when you want to serve an assorted varieties of Appam.

Ciclk HERE to Appam Varieties.

Recipe Cuisine : South Indian | Recipe Category: Breakfast
Preparation Time: 5 mins  | Cooking Time: 5 mins | Yields: 2-3 Aappam

Appam Batter 
(click HERE for Appam batter recipe)
¼ cup
Pepper Powder
½ tsp
¼ tsp
2 tsp

1.  In a bowl add 2 tsps of water, pepper powder and salt. Mix them well.
2. Then break the egg and pour it into the above mixture. Mix them well.
3. Now add the appam batter and mix well with wire whisk without lumps. Egg Aappam / Muttai Appam batter is ready.
4.  Heat the appam pan and pour few drops of oil. Then pour ladle full of batter into the pan. Now rotate the pan in a circular motion, so that the batter spreads all over the pan. See this video for how to make aappam.

5. Now pour few drops of oil and close the lid of the pan. Cook for 2-3 mins or till the appam is cooked well.
6. Then take it out from the pan and serve with spicy chutney.

    Tasty and mouthwatering appam is ready!

How to string Jasmine - Arali - Rose garland for pink color dresses?

This is very easy and beautiful garland for pink color dresses.

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June 1, 2017

Cuban Mango Mojo | Mango Recipes

Mango is famous for sweet and sour taste combination. However in most of our mango recipes we add sugar and to make it very sweet. Mango mojo is different such that it makes the dish a tangy taste - sweet, sour and also spicy. In Cuba they use Mango Mojo as Sauce for marinating chicken and fish. But we can use it as just spread.

Click HERE to view Mango Recipes like Mango Chapathi, Mango Kuzhambu etc.,

Recipe Cuisine : International | Recipe Category: Sauce | Recipe Source: food.com
Preparation Time: 10 mins  | Cooking Time: 2 mins | Yields: 1 cup

Ripe Mango Cubes
2 cups
1 tbsp
½ tsp
Pepper Powder
½ tsp
Orange Juice
1 tbsp
Lemon Juice
1 tsp
1 tsp
Finely Chopped Onion
1 tbsp
Finely Chopped Garlic
1 tsp
Grated Ginger
1 tsp
Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves
1 tsp

1. Heat the oil in a pan, add chopped onion and garlic. Fry till they become translucent.
2. Then add the grated ginger and switch off the flame. Allow it to cool down completely. Keep it aside.
3. Wash and remove the skin of the ripe mango. Then cut it into small cubes. Discard the seeds.
4. Grind the mango cubes into fine paste using dry mixie jar.
5. Now add the fried onion mixture (from 2), orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper powder.
6. Again grind them into fine paste without water.
7.  Now transfer this mixture into serving bowl.
8. Then add the finely chopped coriander leaves and mix them well.
     Hmmmm yummy and delicious Cuban Mango Mojo is ready to serve. Serve it as a spread for bread, chapathi, dosai, etc.,

1. Use ripe and sweet mango for this recipe.

May 23, 2017

Papaya Mango Juice

Those who don’t like papaya juice mix it with mango is good way to make them consume papaya. The juice will be as good as pure mango juice and papaya will not drastically saying the taste.

Click HERE to view Papaya Jam, Papaya Juice, Papaya Paratha and Papaya Halwa recipes.

Recipe Cuisine : South Indian | Recipe Category: Juice
Preparation Time: 10 mins  |  Yields: 3-4 cups

Papaya Pieces
1 cup
Mango Pieces
1 cup
As needed
As required

1. Wash and remove the skin and seeds of the papaya. Then cut it into small cubes and keep it aside.
2. Wash and remove the skin of the mango. Cut the flesh from the mango and chop them into small pieces.
3. Add equal amount of papaya and mango pieces in a mixie jar.
4. Then add sugar and grind them into fine paste. Add little water if needed.
5. Now strain the juice using the juice strainer and add enough water to bring the paste into juice consistency.
   Serve it at room temperature or refrigerate and serve.
Wow yummy and healthy juice is ready !

1. Adjust the sugar level according to your taste and fruits taste.

May 18, 2017

Rose Milk Jelly and Summer Cleaning Tips with LAL HIT

It's summer time again. All our kids will be at home enjoying the holidays. We Mothers will also have a good time because we get to spend a lot of time with the kids during the daytime as well. While it feels happy, most of us will have also lot of anxious time worrying to keep them safe. While it is easy to keep the kids off the visible harm like knives, electrical items etc., it is much more difficult to keep them safe from invisible harm like Cockroaches and the food- contamination they bring along with them. These Cockroaches carry germs and bacteria, come behind the back, crawl on food and utensils, contaminate food and spread Food Poisoning. While family members and guests suffer, kids who touch everything from floors to small articles, they are the first ones to get this infection. Hence, it’s very important to eliminate hidden cockroaches from the kitchen and house. We have to understand that Cockroaches are no Passovers. They easily escape the usual and monthly cleaning by hiding in hard to reach corners like under the cylinder, sink, cracks and crevices. Hence there is no better option to keep the Cockroaches away than deep cleaning the kitchen by cleaning the kitchen and house regularly. Whenever I deep clean my kitchen as part of my monthly chore, the simple, handy and reliable solution I use is LAL HIT!  LAL HIT is the only solution that can eliminate the hidden cockroaches completely. It comes with a Deep Reach Nozzle that can get onside deep corners, cracks and crevices. LAL HIT is simple habit which can avoid food poisoning at home. Moreover, LALHIT now comes with a fresh fragrance.

Now It is today’s Recipe time. And I have a sweet one for you.

Rose Milk Jelly with Agar Agar

Have you taken a sweet which is a frozen? Rose Milk jelly is one such recipe which will make both kids and adult drool. For summer its a great dessert to be make at home with common ingredients.

Recipe Cuisine : Indian| Recipe Category: Dessert
Preparation Time: 15 mins  | Making: 2 hrs 

Boiled Milk
400 ml
Rose Essence
Few drops
6 tbsp
Agar Agar
5 gms
200 ml

1. Add milk and sugar in a bowl. Mix them well till the sugar dissolves completely.
2. Then add rose essence and mix them well.
3. Now strain the milk using the strainer and pour it into the (bowl) mould. Keep it aside.
4. Take 5 gm of agar agar and cut them into small pieces.
5. In a bowl add 200ml water and agar agar pieces. Bring them into boil.
6. Cook them till the agar agar melts completely. This process took 10-15 mins.
7. Then strain the agar agar syrup using the steel strainer.
8. Mix this syrup (from 7) with rose milk syrup (from 3). Mix them well and keep it in the refrigerator or at room temperature for 2 hours or till they become set well.  
9. Now cut it into desired shapes and serve.
    Yummy and tasty rose milk jelly is ready!!!

1. Once the agar agar syrup is ready, then immediately mix it with the rose milk. Otherwise the syrup becomes thick.
2. Adjust the sugar level according to your taste.

Yesterday I did my monthly Deep Cleaning Routine for my kitchen. I used LAL HIT to clear the sink, cracks and corners of my house. I liked the new LAL HIT's fresh fragrance spread across my house after the deep cleaning. 



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