Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year :)

Hi Friends,

Wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year !!!! :):)

May this new year bring all your wishes and prayers true.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

DIY: Chilli Sauce

Recently, I made a Indo-Chinese dish which required chili sauce. I din't have the sriracha sauce at home. So, decided to make it and use right away. I tried this recipe and it came out good. I would use it in Indo-Chinese recipes in place of chili sauce. The measurements are approximate and earned a couple of tablespoons, I suggest to try and adjust the levels to your taste.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Scarf - Knitting & Crochet

Simple double crochet scarf:

Double Crochet

Garter stitch scarf

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Channa Masala

This was one of the recipes on the menu when we had friends over at home last weekend. The measurements given holds good for 6 persons.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Knitting & Crochet

Some more... the two beanies are single crochet beanies and the cell phone pouch is stockinette stitch pouch with crochet flower..

Knitting & Crochet

I'm an absolute beginner to knitting and crochet. It all started few months back, when I wanted to knit a baby blanket. I started to browse for basic information on knitting, searched for videos in youtube. Believe me! there are tons of information online. While nothing will compare to a well organized class... this is just a starting point to know about the craft. I bought the knitting needles from Joann and started searching "What is knitting" ... :) ...  

Then comes crochet, which sailed the same boat as knitting. I got the crochet hooks and looked for information on crochet online.

I'm hoping that this post will encourage any one who wants to learn a craft - like an absolute beginner like myself - is very much possible. The joy to creating things(even if it is a small piece) by our hands is immense!! :) 

Although I feel to master the craft, it is possible only through proper guidance. I'll put up my knitting and crochet works - I'm very much new to this, so I've tried only very basic items. Hoping to do more :) Would like to get all your valuable comments :)

Here is the first baby blanket (small) that I knit - It is a simple garter stitch baby blanket.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chocolate Bliss Cheesecake!!

I came across this recipe in the cover of Baker's semi-sweet chocolate and tried it. The result was a pleasing and blissful cake :)!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Go Green :)

"GO GREEN" - this is a slogan that is increasingly creating awareness about the reduction of use of chemicals, toxics and helping in maintaining a green home, community and world.

I recently put a bin in place for collecting recycling items at home. I came across a lot of videos, information on creating our own cleaning products for the kitchen using things that are already available like the Baking Soda, Vinegar. I din't realize that baking soda had so many cleaning properties!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Back to blogging after a very loooong time!

Hi Friends,

How are you all doing? I'm so excited to resume my blogging after a very long gap.

In this post I would like to write about a simple recipe - "Kosumalli". Its a side dish that goes well with idly, dosai and idiyappam.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Awards from dear friends :):)!! and Snake Gourd Kootu

Nithu, Cicily and Renuka has shared this lovely award with me :):):)... Thank you for the encouragement dear buddies:)

Cicily also shared these lovely awards with me:).. She has a beautiful blog with lots of yummy recipes and beautiful cake decorations!!..

Nithu and Renuka also shared these beautiful awards with me:):).. As you all know, they both have wonderful blogs!!.. Priya Shared this cute award with me.. I would like to Congratulate her on her recent 200th post!!.. :):) She has a yummy blog!

Thank you all dear friends for all the love and encouragement!!:)

I would like to share all these awards with:Enjoyyy and happy blogging!!.. I saw the movie Julie & Julia again today!.. its such a bliss to watch the movie!.. very nice!!..

Coming to today's recipe, its snake gourd kootu. Off late, I've been making a lot of kootu's :):)

Snake Gourd - 1 (medium size)
Channa Dal - 1 hand
Moong dal - 1/2 hand
Coconut - 2 spoons
Cumin seeds - 1 spoon
Green chilli - 2
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds
Urad dal

1. The snake gourd I get here has a very thick skin, so I peeled it off slightly. But, it can be used without peeling. Cut the gourd.
2. Boil the channa dal and moong dal together
3. Make a past of coconut, cumin and chilli and keep it separately
4. When the dal is boiled 75%, add the snake gourd and let it boil
5. Add salt, turmeric powder
6. Add the paste and leave it in heat
7. Heat oil, splutter mustard seeds and urad dal and add it to the kootu.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day and Carrot Halwa :):)

Hiii Friends, wish you all a very very happy valentines day!!:):)

Carrot Halwa:
Carrot - 4
Milk - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Ghee - 7 spoons
Cashew Nuts

Grate the carrot. Heat 3 spoons of ghee and add the carrot and saute well. Then add the milk and leave it until the carrots are well cooked. Add the sugar and ghee and leave it till the ghee separates. Add elaichi and cashews (roasted in ghee). Enjoy the carrot halwa:))

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Awards from dear friends Jisha, Saraswathy, Kavitha and Gayathri

Thank you Jisha for passing the lovely award to me :):)!!.. Jisha has a wonderful blog - collection of yummmy and delicious recipes!!

Rules for accepting this award:
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Thank you Saraswathy for sharing the beautiful award with me:):)!!.. Saraswathy has a lovely blog and I would like to Congratulate her on her great journey in the bloggyworld to her recent 200th post!!!:):)

Thank you kavitha and Gayathri for sharing the lovely award with me :):)!!.. They both maintain a wonderful blog that covers cooking, health, kids, devotion and more!!..

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I've been tagged before for the Kreative blogger award here

I would like to pass the Kreative Blogger Award to :
I would like to share the other 2 awards with all the 7 friends mentioned above and :
I would like to share the Thank you award with Jisha.. and the Smart food blogger award with Saraswathy...

Thank you allll dear friends!!!:):)... Happy Blogging!!!:):)...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bell Pepper, Broccoli Bhaji and Awards from dear friend Nithu!!!:):)

Thank you Nithu for sharing the lovely awards with me:):).. Nithu has a lovely and yummmy blog!! with lots of new recipes and cute presentations!!.. I loved her Dosa Girl presentation!!:):)..

I would like to share these awards with:


Thank you alll my dear friends!!:):)...

Coming to today's recipe.. We wanted to have bhaji.. and I was thinking about some different veggies for the bhaji other than onion and potato.. and so gave a try with Broccoli and Bell pepper:) .. It turned out good.. I've seen bell pepper bhaji's in some blogs and have been wanting to try it for some time:)....

This is extremely quick and simple...

Besan flour - 1 cup
Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Baking soda - a pinch
Chilli powder - 1/2 spoon
Salt to taste

Broccoli (small florets)
Bell pepper

Mix all the ingredients with required water and fry the veggies.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Award from Dear Friends Beena, Kalai and Dolly!!:):)

Thanks a ton Beena, kalai and Dolly for sharing the lovely award with me:):)!!.. Its a great encouragement and support to me:):)

I've been tagged before here ...

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Thank you all!!!:):)... happy blogging:):)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Coriander Chutney(Thuvaiyal)

This chutney goes well with Idly, dosai.. very simple:)

Coriander leaves - a bunch (cut)
Onion - 1 (big)
Coconut - 1/2 cup
Red chilli - 3
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds
Urad dal

1. Heat oil add onion, red chilli and saute well.
2. When onion is translucent add the coriander leaves, coconut and saute and add salt
3. Blend the mixture with required water
4. Heat little oil, splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and add it to the chutney

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Broccoli Kootu

I had this at a friend's place recently.. I dint know broccoli could be cooked as kootu :).. I loved the kootu.. As we were talking stories and then played the game Taboo.. I forgot to get the recipe from her. But I wanted to try it right away, so I made it my way..

Broccoli - a bunch
Moong Dal - 2 hands
Coconut - 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds - 1 spoon
Sambar powder - 1/2 spoon
Mustard seeds
Urad dal
Tumeric powder - a pinch
Curry leaves

1. Boil the moong dal in water along with turmeric powder... when its about cooked, add the cut broccoli and let it boil
2. Make a paste of the coconut and cumin seeds with little water and keep aside
3. When the dal mixture is cooked(this happens very fast with broccoli).. add sambar powder, salt and the coconut paste
4. Separately heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves and add to the kootu

Note: 1. You can avoid the coconut paste and make just with the dal too
2. You can add onions along with broccoli

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Awards from dear friends Aparna and Vinolia :):):)

Thanks a ton to Aparna for sharing the lovely award with me:):)

Thanks a ton to Vinolia for sharing this lovely award with me :):)

I would like to share both these awards with

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and Thank alll of my friends for all the love and encouragement!!:):)

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bread Pizza

This is an extremely simple dish and is a last minute entry to Sara's CFK-PFE and started by Sharmi .

Bell Pepper (also veggie's like carrots, mushroom,etc)
Cheese (grated)

Spread a layer of ketchup on the bread, then place a layer of veggies, onion and top it with very little cheese (or more of your choice). Pre-heat the oven to 350 F and place the bread pizza in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Bread pizza is ready. (Different colors of bell pepper can be used to attract). The ketchup will give a nice taste that the kids will love.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Onion-Bell Pepper Uthapam

This is a very very simple recipe with the dosa batter. This is a great way to tuck in vegetables like bell pepper, green peas, carrot, etc in our menu.

Bell pepper (finely chopped)
Onion(finely chopped)
Green chilli(chopped)
Coriander leaves
Mustard seeds

Heat the oil, splutter the mustard seeds, add the chilli, onion and saute. Then add the bell-pepper, coriander leaves and saute little. Add this to the dosa batter and ladle out uthapams.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cocoa Burfi - for the repost event :)

Hiiii Friends!.. I'm starting this post with a big smile that pushes me 2 years back :):) The reason is this was my very first post in my blog and I got a chance now to re-post it for the repost event hosted by Jaya and I thank her for this wonderful opportunity.

Just a few months after landing in US... Just the time I was learning to cook... This was the very first sweet I made :):)..... But, I din't know I was going to blog this when I made it.. this picture was taken to show my mom how my first sweet came out :)

Later one day, as I was thinking of something to do to keep myself occupied and interesting... my husband came up with the idea of starting a blog... and I blogged "Cocoa Burfi" :) ... Now as I see the post and comments, it takes me all the way back to my college memories :).. Kanmani and Ramya, two of my best friends have commented on the post... :)

This was my original post and now comes the same recipe newly written:

Sugar - 2 cups
Coconut - 1 1/2 cups
Cocoa Powder - 2 tablespoon
Water - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1 tablespoon

1. Grind coconut in blender to fine powder and keep it aside
2. Heat the vessel and add the sugar and water to a thicker consistency ( to check the consistency: take water in a plate, add two drops of the liquid, if it does not dissolve, its in the required consistency)
3. Add coconut to this mixture and stir till it thickens a little
4. Add cocoa powder and ghee and continue stirring till the whole mixture thickens a little
5. Pour this mixture into a greased plate and cut into pieces

I've uploaded the old pic and the same pic - slightly edited.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kara Kuzhambu (Thick)

Any type of kara kuzhambu is my fav :):)... nice and spicy!.. This version is a thicker one, similar to the one we get at grand sweets, Chennai.

To paste:
Tomato - 2
Garlic - 1 full (all pods)
Coconut - 1/2 cup
Aniseed - 1 spoon
Coriander powder - 4 spoons
Chilli powder - 4 spoons
Turmeric powder - a pinch

Gingely oil - 7 spoons
Tamarind concentrate - 1/2 spoon
Salt to taste

Blend all the ingredients to paste together with little water. Heat the gingely oil, add the paste, tamarind, salt and leave it until the oil separates.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Veggie Sandwich

I came across RV's "Healthy Fast Food" event , Sudeshna's "Cook like a bong" and was thinking about different options and came up with this toast.

White whole grain bread (or Wheat Bread)
Potato (bolied)
Bell pepper
Carrot (grated)
Cheese - grated(optional)
Green chutney

Green Chutney:
Mint leaves
Green chilli

The mint and coriander should be taken in equal halves and this should be blended along with green chilli with little water and add salt to the chutney. This chutney can be made before hand and stored in refrigerator. Making this chutney immediately also requires very very less time.

Note: If you don't have mint leaves, you can just use coriander leaves.

Spread a layer of green chutney, place the potato, bell pepper, carrots and Cheese (Optional) on a bread and close it with another bread. Toast this in the toaster. Veggie Sandwich is ready!

Re-posting for APS - Rice event - Kavin Arisi

This is a sweet uniquely special among chettiars. This is made of Red Rice and its very very simple to make.

My husband loves this sweet and I like it too :).. I would like to enter this for the beautiful event - "Served with Love" conducted by Arundhuti ( and APS - Rice event by Silpa's

Ingredients: (Serves 5 people)
Red Rice - 3/4 cup

The red rice should be soaked overnight with 3 1/2 cups water.

1. Pressure cook the rice along with the water to 1 whistle ( the rice and water will be a thick porridge like mixture)
2. To this add sugar, ghee and coconut. The levels for these depends on your taste buds. To start add 1/2 tbsp ghee, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tbsp coconut(shredded)