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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Oma podi/Bhujia/Diwali snack

                   This is very favourite of mine right from my childhood .Its a long story but i want to mention it so that my kid will know it  in future how i loved it .When i was aroud 4-5 years my father worked in nearyby town and i studied there .My grandpa used to get it for me every evening and i love it everyday .I guess he likes it very much and feed his grandchild the same snack he likes .He is no more now  .I love him a lot he is such a kind and loveable grandpa anyone will ever get .He loves me more too.This is my attchement to this recipe .My mothers mother used to do this snack when i was going college .I love it as usual.
                 I got a whole lot of gramflour lying in my pantry .I was thinking of doing it for such a long time ,this is the right time then .This is very easy peasy recipe even beginners can do it without any difficulty .
Rice flour is not for crispiness its to ease the sqeezing process .In tamil ajwain means omam thats why it got the name "oma podi" but without ajwain also it tasted so good .
                 This sev is you can simply munch them as a snack  or add it as a sidedish for your rice ,add them in chat items or mix them in ur mixture preparation .

Intrested in some other snack recipes check
Butter chakli
Ola pakoda
Thenkulazh murukku(with store bought rice flour)

Preparation time:10 min
Cooking time :40 min
Yields:1 - 1 1/2 kg (not sure about the weight measurement )

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Chapathi noodles/Kids Snack Ideas/Leftover recipes

This is my very favourite item using the leftovers.I saw a TV show long time back and tried this recipe 2-3 times .My husband is not a fan of this dish,so i do it when he is not around .Very easy to put together when you have some left over chapathis in hand .Your kids will be pleased after you make them this noodles. Over all its a healthy colorful snack which vanishes in no time .
You can add  available veggies carrot,corn ,bell pepper ,cabbage ,peas ,broccoli  etc .You can add some tomato ketchup also if your kids like them .

Intrested in some easy, healthy breakfast/snack  recipes like

Chili Vegetable kothu parotta
Brushchetta with Rusk
Ragi -oats dosa
Broken wheat upma
Paal kolukattai 
Grilled potato patty(in tava)

Preparation time:10 min
cooking time:10 min

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Special lunch/Puthandu special/Simple Southindian thali

"Puthandu" is a tamil word for new year .Its very special to everybody in tamilnadu and for tamilians who live in all parts of world .In new year we visit temple and wear new clothes and wish our neighbours and friends a very good year ahead.First month of new year is "chitirai".This is the starting of festival season and holiday season too .So enjoy this holiday and new year and wish everybody the same .
Another speciality is we share the new year with our neighbour state kerela which is  called gods own country.Full of greenaries and abundance of coconut trees makes this state get its name i guess.While i was working i stayed really close to one iyyapan temple where they celebrate vishu and onam in a grand manner .I love their saree,food ,santhanam a lot .

This lunch we did it for our sunday brunch and enjoyed a lot .Have a  food  feast on this new year .I will do seperate post on potato masala afterwards .

Valaikai podimas :

Cooking time:25 min


  • 2 banana
  • 2 green chilies
  • salt as per taste
To temper:

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal


  • Wash and cut each of the banana in to two .

  • Boil the bananas by immersing in  water with 1/2 tsp salt until it becomes tender(takes about 10 minutes).
  • Peel the skin of the banana and cut them.

  • Temper the oil with urad dal ,mustard seeds,green chilies and curry leaves.
  • Wait for the mustard seeds to splutter.

  • Add the chopped bananas and little salt water(already we added salt so little less salt do good) 

  • Cover it with lid and let it cook for 10 minutes .
  • Serve it with sambhar rice,rasam rice.


  • You can add some grated coconut at the end (i didnt add it)
  • You can peel the skin of the banana if its cooked thoroughly .
  • If you cannot peel the skin then you have to cook them again.
  • You have to cook the sliced bananas second time as i mentioned otherwise  it will be very dry .
  • You can grate the bananas instead of cutting them in that case just finish off with some water added, no need to cook for 10 more minutes again .

Lemon rasam:

Cooking time:15+15 min

Ingredients :

  • 3 -4 tbsp toor dal/tuvaram paruppu (pressure cooked)
  • rasam powder (1 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 garlic
  • 1 red chili
  • turmeric
  • salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp oil for tempering
  • 1 /2 lemon (around 1 tbsp)
To temper:
  • pinch of hing
  • curry leaves few 
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds/kadugu
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds/jeera/jeeragam

To garnish:
  • Few corinader leaves/kothamalli

  • Pressure cook the toor dal with turmeric ,garlic until mushy along with sliced tomatoes 
  • Add rasam powder and required salt .
  • Heat the tava and temper it with mustard and cumin seeds.
  • Add curry leaves and hing.
  • Add the rasam water mix to it .
  • Cook it in low flame until it boils (takes around 10 minutes)
  • Garnish it with coriander leaves.
  • Keep it covered until you serve .

  • For instant rasam powder: dry roast 1 red chili ,1/2 tsp black pepper.1/2 tsp corainder seeds,1/2 tsp cumin seeds and grind it .
  • You can omit the toor dal if you are in a hurry but adjust the heat and sourness accordingly .
  • Rasam always needs  a little kick of salt but this lemon rasam requires less salt compared to other rasams according to me .
  • You can skip curry leaves and coriander leaves if you dont have it .But adding them will give a wonderful aroma and nice flavour to the rasam.

linking this to Gayathri's WTML event and prachis 

Friday, 11 April 2014

Kathi rolls/Paneer Kathi Rolls/North Vs south Challenge

For this month on north vs south challenge minne challenged south team members with her kathi rolls .When i saw that challenge  i was tempted to try it .First of all its savoury then its a  paneer kathi rolls .So i was waiting to try it.I made it for a special occasion on my hus birthday.
 This looks a bit of work but you can finish everything in an hour and half including the chapathis, not tough for a first timer like me making kathi rolls .Getting together all the ingredients is a bit of task .So gather the ingredients together then you can finish in no time .Thanks minni for the wonderful challenge and we enjoyed it a lot .

I didnt add black salt and sugar to salad even then it tasted awesome .I used homemade paneer which i made previous day and stored in refrigerator .For how to make the dough for kathi rolls check the posting here

Total time:1 and half hour

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Tomatillos sauce/Verde sauce/Enchilada sauce

This is called tomatillo sauce because its made of tomatillo aka mexican tomatoes ..The tomatillos are usually covered with inedible paper like husk,that has to be removed while cooking. When tomatillos are  harvested ripen they are a little sweet compared to regular tomatillos and  used in jams.

           This sauce also called verde sauce because "verde" in spanish means "green". Mexican tomatoes have a lot of seeds which you can see in the sauce. This sauce usually is tangy but not very hot. You can add heat by adding jalapeneo pepper which is  a mexican pepper and little ting of garlic. These are the key ingredients which makes this wonderful sauce.Usually sauce is used for enchiladas and can be used as a dip as well .

             There are many variations to this sauce available ,this is my version and we like it a lot .I usually try to do little difference to our dinners with the ingredients available at hand .So feel free to add ur variations and dont forget to write to me .You can use this sauce for pizzas as well instead of regular tomato sauce.

 Check some other mexican recipes like
Preparation time:20-25 min
Yields:2 cups

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