Wednesday, December 28, 2016

One post - one year

This is my first and the last post for this year!! Cannot believe one year flew by without blogging. I have been active on Instagram and Facebook a lot.

Writing took a big hit for me this year. Life got busier, merrier, happier. Can't be thankful enough.

I would like to ring in 2017 with a big smile. Looking forward to another adventurous year ahead. Isn't life full of surprises? Can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for us.

In the new year, I want to be active in blogging... where I actually write down :) rather than just posting pictures and short recipes in Facebook.

So.... Wish you all a very very happy new year 2017. Please do watch out this space for more posts. Check out my Facebook and Instagram accounts (links at the top of this page) for regular updates. I do post a lot on these accounts - crafts, links, short and quick recipes, DIY, etc etc.

Be thankful and count each and every day as a blessing, you will be happy eventually - a little thought to end of the year and beginning of a great new year.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Chettinad Karupatti Paniyaram

This year has been so blessed like every past year. So much to be thankful for. Hope new year brings in more happiness, joy and more to be thankful for. Wishing you all a extremely happy, healthy and successful new year!!

I have posted the recipe for the paniyaram before in my blog. That was easily 5 years back. So here is the revamped version and more in detail.

Number of paniyaram - 20 -25
Raw rice (or sona masoori) - 2 cups
Jaggery - 1 cup

  • Soak the raw rice for two hours
  • Drain the water and spread the rice in a towel for say about an hour or two
  • The rice should not feel wet (it will be cold)
  • Blend the rice in the blender to a fine powder 
  • Sieve the powder and run the blender again for the coarse powder collected in the sieve (try to minimize the wastage of coarse powder)
  • Take a pan and heat the jaggery with just enough water to immerse it.
  • Once the jaggery dissolves, strain it into a container
  • Now in a bowl add the blended powder (I would recommend to save some dry powder, just in case the consistency becomes a bit loose you can use it)
  • Add the jaggery and mix the dough (it would be thick, we use this dough for elai during pillayar nonbu)
  • Now take the dough and sprinkle in water and mix to a thick liquid batter consistency (again, save some dough just in case the batter is liquidy)
  • Ladle out paniyarams in piping hot oil by taking the batter in the ladle and pouring it directly onto a flat bottomed kadai . Once the paniyaram floats up, flip it and remove in a few seconds. always check the first paniyaram by opening it to make sure it is not battery inside and cooked well. if it is battery, cook it a bit longer or try adding more thick dough that we saved tot he liquid batter and try again.
  • Perfect paniyarams would have flowery edges 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Cabbage Kurma

Straight to the recipe ->

Number of Serving – 2 to 3
Shredded cabbage – 2 cups
Onion – 1
Tomato – 1

To Grind:
Coconut – 2 to 3 spoons
Cumin – 1 spoon
Fennel Seeds – 1 spoon
Almonds – 4 or 5
Poppy seeds – 1 tsp
Red Chilli – 2

To Temper:
Mustard seeds
Urad dal

  1. ·        Make a paste of the ingredients to grind and keep aside
  2. ·        In a wok heat oil and temper the items to temper. Add the onions and saute well
  3. ·        Add the cabbage and saute until its lightly cooked
  4. ·        Add the tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes are tender and raw small parts
  5. ·        Add the ground paste and let it simmer for a few minutes

The cabbage kurma goes well with chapathis, dosai, rice (if made thick) and a lot more. I make this recipe as a variation to the monotonous cabbage masala. I do have it shred on Sundays to use it up during week days… so I need some varieties in cabbage J Learnt this recipe from my mil.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Healthy Breakfast Ideas - quick to office

Here are some healthy breakfast ideas quick to office, school, anywhere. 

A good breakfast will keep you full and you won't be reaching for a munchie snack during the day.. 

This list has all kinds of sundal with various beans. Sabudana kheer with ever so light sugar and lots of nuts. Veggie rolls. Sweetened red flat rice with sunflower and pumpkin seeds. 

PS: for me cereal is a evening snack with lots of nuts and dried cranberries...