Butter Croissants and Coffee

One of the most best aromas on a beautiful morning

Samosa Chaat

Snack a little

Seekh Kabab

Try something different!

Decadent Chocolate

Do not forget to indulge once in a while

Steamed goodness

Various cooking methods bring variety in your palette

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pancit bihon - a Filipino treat

Whenever my mom used to take me and my sister to a farewell party thrown by her colleagues at the hospital, one of the main dishes that was sure to be there was Pancit. We used to love it and take a second helping. Later when she realized that we liked it, she used to cook it for us at home at times after getting the recipe from one of her filipino colleagues.


All ingredients to be used as per required quantity.
1. Rice Sticks/noodles (Rice vermicelli is also commonly used)
2. French beans
3. Carrots
4. Spring Onions
5. Capsicum - Use various colors for a vibrant look
6. Streaky Bacon
7. Ginger
8. Garlic
9. Chicken Breast - boiled and shredded
10. Soy Sauce - preferable light (I used mushroom soy) - 1 tbsp.
11. Oyster sauce/Fish sauce - 1 tbsp.
12. Lime slice - a half


Julienne all the vegetables, including ginger. Mince garlic. Boil water in a pot and put the rice sticks in it for about 5 minutes to turn alden (half cooked). Cut streaky bacon into small pieces. Take a heavy bottomed pan and heat it on the stove. Add the streaky bacon. Keep mixing, all the fat will start melting. When the bacon gets cooked to your taste, add ginger and garlic. Stir for 2 minutes. Add remaining vegetables and let it all get coated with the pork fat. Stir fry till the cabbage starts to wilt a little. Add the soy sauce and oyster sauce or fish sauce. Trust me, you may think that the oyster/fish sauce stinks like hell! I felt it too, but I kept stir frying till the smells goes away. :) Finally add the rice sticks. Take it off heat. Squeeze juice of a lime in it and mix. If you want, you can also add some chopped coriander leaves.
My note: Did you notice that I havent used a drop of oil in this recipe? Everything is cooked in the fat from the bacon. Bacon gives it a nice crunch and amazing flavour. But if you don't eat bacon, then you can omit it and start with adding some regular vegetable oil.

Pancit bihon cooked on another day with only green capsicum but just as yum!


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Vegetable Uppumavu/Upma - Salt Mango Tree ;-)

Vegetable Uppumavu

I'm not exactly a fan of this preparation as I find this dish absolutely boring! Proabably because when my mom used to make it, it was a very dry form without the vegetables - but with chunks of ginger, chillies and curry leaves which i had to keep picking at and still pieces would get in my mouth and irritate me. So it was quite unpleasant. And then the one with the vegetables, the soft and moist one used to be served in my hostel, which I liked at first. Then when I used to buy it from bangalore sagars, the chow chow baath, I liked it at first but later just despised it!!
After staying away from it for a long time, I decided to make one myself to see if I can stand it. Afterall, its a no fuss, easy to make, nutritious and takes less time to prepare. Turns out, I'm still not much of a fan, but I can eat it with bananas mashed into it.

Credit: http://www.mariasmenu.com/vegetarian/vegetable-upma
A nutritious breakfast to substitute your daily toasts & cornflakes & its filling too. It tastes great with egg roast.
Really? I've never tried that combination but that's what Maria says!


1.Semolina (rava) – 1 cup
2.small onion – 4
green chilli – 2
ginger – 1/2 tablespoon
3.cooked carrot & green peas – 1/4 cup each
4.mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
5.Ghee/refined oil – 2 tablespoon
6.water – 2 cups
7.curry leaves


Toast the semolina (without oil) for 5 minutes. Heat oil/ghee in a pan & splutter mustard seeds. Saute small onion, green chilli ginger& curry leaves for 4 minutes.Add cooked carrot & green peas & stir well. Add 2 cups of water & salt. When the water starts boiling add the toasted semolina & mix well. Serve hot.

My note: When I toasted the rava, I toasted it for more than 5 minutes, and waited for it to turn golden brown. Although I feel thats a mistake as the uppumavu did not taste as its supposed to be. So next time, I'm going to toast it only for 5 minutes as the recipe suggests.
The picture above is the one from my second try which was successful :)
I like eating upma with yelakki bananas or regular bananas. Bee likes it with achar. There are different ways of eating this.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Buffalo sausage rolls

Made these for dinner on a lazy Sunday. You might think its junkfood, but I have packed it with lots of veggie nutrition. :)


Buffalo skinless sausages - 1 per roll
Samoli/Sausage bread - 1 per roll
European cucumber - 1 sliced
Carrot - 1 grated
Tomato - 1 sliced
Remia Garlic sauce/Salsa Ali Oli - as required
American yellow mustard - as required

On the side:
Any fried/baked potato chips of your choice: French fries/wedges/criscuts/crispies/chips
Sauce of your choice - ketchup/garlic sauce

I used Cascade Wild West Buffalo skinless sausages for this recipe. You may try with any sausage of your choice.

Heat a pan and place defrosted sausages on them. Cover and allow to grill. Turn occasionally. I would keep the lid closed and move the pan around, allowing the sausages to roll around. I've noticed it oozes out some water and a bit of fat and this allows the sausage to cook and give a barbecued sauce effect outside.

Slice open the samoli or sausage rolls and pinch out some of the bread on the inside, so that the sausage and other veggies can be placed easily.

Add grated carrots in one side's depression. Then pour Remia's garlic sauce over it. Line up the cucumber and tomato slices on top.

Pour mustard sauce on the other half's depression. Place the fried sausage on this.

Close and serve with potato fries of your choice. :-) Bon appetit!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Carrot/Orange Juice


Carrots - as required
Oranges or Orange Juice (I used Minute Maid)


Use food processor/juicer to prepare carrot juice. Mix equal amount of orange juice to it. No need of adding sugar especially if using packaged orange juice like minute maid. Serve on a hot day and feel refreshed!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Chettinad Vazhakkai Kara Poriyal - Plantain stir fry

Credit: http://chettinadthruminu.blogspot.com/2010/12/chettinad-vazhakkai-kara-poriyal.html


Raw Banana - 1
Turmerric Powder - 1 pinch
Salt to taste
Tamarind - 1 Tbsp
Oil - 1 Tbsp
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/4 tsp
Red Chillies - 3, broken
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Coconut - 2 Tbsp, grated

Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup water and extract pulp.
Boil raw banana with salt, turmerric powder and tamarind extract. Add extra water if necessary.
It will cook in minutes. Drain and keep aside. Cool.
Heat oil and add mustard, urad dal, curry leaves and red chillies.
Add cooked raw banana and mix well. Cook for 3 minutes.
Add grated coconut (optional) and take off heat.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Vendakka Ularthiyathu/Okra/Lady's Finger Stir Fry

Credit: http://en.petitchef.com/recipes/vendakka-ularthiyathuokraladys-finger-stir-fry-fid-678870


Vendakka/Okra - 500gm chopped
Onion - 1 big sliced
Green chillies - 2-3 slitted lengthwise
Curry leaves - few
Chilli flakes - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt - as needed


Heat oil in a pan. Add onions, green chillies and turmeric. Stir fry for 1 minute. Add salt, chilli flakes and okra. Stir fry in medium heat until well cooked and dry. Serve hot with rice/roti.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Moru Kachiyathu


Credit: http://www.mariasmenu.com/vegetarian/kachimoru-moru-kachiyathu


Buttermilk/whisked yoghurt and water – 1/2 ltr/ 500 ml ( room temperature)
Red pearl onions – 4-5
Ginger – 2 tsp, chopped
Green chili – 3-4
Dried red chili – 2
Turmeric powder – 1/4 – 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Fenugreek seeds – a pinch
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp


Heat oil in a pan & splutter mustard & fenugreek seeds. Add dried red chilies, pearl onions, ginger, green chilies and curry leaves. Fry it for 1-2 minutes. Add turmeric powder & salt. Mix well. Once the onions are brown, pour a quarter cup of water to it. Reduce the heat to low. Slowly add buttermilk and stir while pouring (to prevent curdling). Keep stirring on low heat until the steam just starts to come through. Don't let it boil or the yoghurt would curdle. It will take around 5-7 minutes. After removing it from the stove, stir for a few more minutes.

Notes: It can be refrigerated for 3-4 days. It will start to thicken up when its cooled. It’s important that the buttermilk should be at room temperature, otherwise it may curdle. If you are using full fat yoghurt, add about 1/2 a cup of water and whisk it before adding.


Cabbage-Carrot Thoran

Cabbage Carrot Thoran
This is a very common dish that I prepare at home. Super easy too. There are 2 different ways of cooking it, and I'm listing both here. But I usually use the second method because I dont need an extra bowl to combine the ingredients first and then add to the pan.

Credit: Giniann's blog
  • Cabbage shredded into small pieces- one small or half of a big cabbage head. I usually cut the whole cabbage into 4 or 8 small quarters, and then slice them at an angle into super fine shreds. My mom is an expert at shredding it by hand. Nowadays I use my food processor for this - give it a quick pulse.
  • Carrot 1 small ,cut or shredded into small pieces. Use grater or food processor
  • Coconut 1/4 cup shredded
  • Shallots - 1/4 cup or 1 large onion diced 
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Greenchillies 5-6( add more or less to suit yr level of spiciness)
  • Jeera/cumin seeds 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric 1/2 tsp
  • Oil 1 tablespoon
  • Curry leaves one sprig
  • Salt to taste

Method 1: 
Combine the cabbage, carrots, coconut, salt, crushed green chillies and cumin. Use your hands to mix them well. 
Add oil to the hot pan. When the mustard seeds splutter, add the onions and stir for 2-3 min. Add the ginger and curry leaves now.Then add the turmeric powder and fry for about 30sec. Then add the cabbage mixture, mix everything well and then close the pan with a lid. After about 2 min, remove the lid, give a light stir and return the lid. Remove the lid and stir the cabbage every 2 min. After about 6-8min, the thoran should be done. There is no need to add any water at all…use a nonstick pan for this recipe. The cabbage will retain some of its color, have a bite to it and wont be all mushy.

Method 2:
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.When they pop up add chopped onions , green chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Saute well till they are soft and onions turn translucent.
Add turmeric powder and mix it well. Stir in the chopped carrots and cabbage (I usually grate them in the same bowl and combine them together before putting them in the pan, but you can toss it in the pan as well). Add salt and toss it well. Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of water and simmer it covered for 7-9 minutes , until they are cooked and the raw smell disappears, stirring occassionally so that it wont stick to the bottom. Stir in the grated coconut and cook it uncovered for another 5 minutes.
Serve warm.


Tomato Egg Curry

Tomato egg curry recipe is a popular curry recipe from the land of Kerala. Tomato egg curry recipe is a south Indian egg recipe and best served with roti or rice. Tomato curry is prepared with beaten egg. This tomato egg curry recipe is a spicy curry recipe flavored with egg. This tomato egg curry recipe takes on 5 minutes to cook. See how easy and quick are the preparation steps for this south Indian curry recipe i.e. tomato egg curry recipe 

Credit: http://www.merirasoi.com/recipedetail/tomato-egg-curry-recipe.aspx?ci=36


1.Tomatoes - 3 nos
2.Garlic pods - 3
3.Ginger - 1 small piece
4.Green chillies - 3 nos
5.Onions - 2 nos
6.Eggs - 2 nos, boiled
7.Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
8.Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
9.Garlic powder - ½ tsp (optional)
10.Salt - to taste
11.Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
12.Round red dry chillies - 3 nos
13.Cilantro - ¼ cup, for garnish 


1.FOR SEASONING, heat a little oil in a frying pan. When the oil is hot, add dry red chillies, and mustard seeds and fry for a little time. When mustard seeds starts sputtering, switch off the flame and take these ingredients out of the oil. Keep aside.
2.Heat a little oil in a fry pan on medium flame. When the oil is hot, add onions, green chillies, ginger and garlic and fry for a minute.
3.Add tomatoes and fry for one more minute until the tomatoes are well cooked.
4.Now add Add salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder and garlic powder (optional) fry.
5.Add little by little water to form a curry.
6.Cut the 2 boiled egg into 4 equal pieces and add into it(raw)while stirring. Stir well.
7.Season it with spluttered mustard seeds, sautéed dry red chillies and curry leaves.
8.Your tomato egg curry recipe is ready. Serve hot with bread or rice.
9.OPTIONAL: You could also boil sausage rings n add into this to make a different curry recipe altogether!

Potato Masala for Masala Dosa / Samosa / Poori Masala/Baaji

Credit: http://niyasworld.blogspot.com/2010/01/masala-dosa.html


2 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon urad dal
2 teaspoon channa dal
1 spring curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
5 green chillies, slit lengthwise
1 - inch ginger, finely chopped
500 g potatoes ( boiled with a little turmeric powder )
3 onions, sliced
Salt to taste


Heat oil in a kadai ( deep pan ). When it is hot enough add mustard seeds. When they start splutter add urad dal, channa dal, green chillies, curry leaves and chopped ginger. Saute for 2 - 3 minutes ( till dals are light brown ).

Add sliced onions. When the onions are light brown in color add turmeric powder and fry well.

Add boiled and mashed potatoes. Add salt to taste and mix well. Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 5 - 8 minutes.

My note: Add green peas too after adding potatoes if you like. Also you can add coriander leaves for added taste.