A treat for your eyes- The Cake Show, Bangalore

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Let the ship sink into your taste buds..


Model of Bangalore Palace made in sugar
(19.5 feet high. It is 62.5 feet in length and 19.5 feet in depth)


The Cake Tower


Music for your mouth tooooo......


Its DESSERT time folks

Happy New Year
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Kootu masala powder

Masala powder (Translation)

1 tsp coriander seeds powder
1 tsp bengalgram dal
1 tsp blackgram dal
1/2 tsp pepper
2 red chillies
1 tsp cumin seeds

Roast all the masala ingredients except cumin seeds. Cool and grind it adding cumin seeds. You can make this is larger quantity and store in an air tight container. It becomes very easy to make kootu if this powder is kept ready.

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Katrikaai (Brinjal) Kootu


(some people are of the view that brinjal shouldnt be consumed while pregnant...in such cases, you could substitute brinjal with carrots or beans or cabbage or chow chow)

Ingredients (Translation)

2 brinjals cut into medium pieces (I use the green ones)
1/2 cup green gram dal
2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Bit of asafoetida
2 tbsp grated coconut
2 tbsp masala powder

Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it splutters add the brinjals and dal and cook together adding required water. Add turmeric powder, salt and asafoetida.

Grind the masala powder with grated coconut and little water and add it to the kootu. Mix well and in five minutes, it will start getting thick.

Serve with rice or rotis.

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Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu



Ingredients (Translation)

1 cup red gram dal
1 small lime size tamarind soaked in water
Salt to taste
2 Red chillies
Pinch of asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp oil
2 tsp sambar powder

Soak the dal for 2 hours and grind along with asafoetida, salt and red chillies and very less water. Heat 1 tsp oil and add this paste and cook for some time till it starts leaving the sides of the vessels. Cool and make small balls of it.

Heat oil, add mustard seeds and when it splutters, add the tamarind juice, sambar powder, salt, asafoetida, curry leaves and turmeric powder. When it starts getting thick, add the balls made earlier and cook on sim for five minutes. If still watery, add paste of rice flour and cook for 2 more minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves.
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Corn Kofta

Ingredients (Translation)

1 cup cooked corn
Salt to taste
3 boiled potatoes
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp corn flour
2 tbsp tomato puree
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp coriander seeds powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds powder
1/2 tsp ginger paste
Finely chopped coriander leaves to garnish
Oil to fry

Mix the corn with mashed potatoes, salt, corn flour and turmeric. Make small balls of it and deep fry them. Test if the koftas start spreading in the oil. If so, add some more cornflour to it.


Heat 1 tsp oil, add ginger, tomato puree, dry masala powders, salt and allow it to boil. Add some water to it and cook for five minutes. Add the koftas in the end just before serving. Garnish with finely chopped leaves.

Corn Koftas ready to serve with hot rotis.
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My Best of 2007

Nupur of One hot Stove blog has come up with this new event called the Best of 2007. I have made a list of 10 recipes from both my blogs- Simple Indian food and 100% Microwave cooking. I made all these for the first time during 2007 and they all were superhit. So here they go.....

1) Powerless cooking event-This was the first event i hosted and the response was very good from my friends in the food blogging community.

2) Mava Mutter- Always used mava to make carrot halwa and never had tried any gravy item with mava. This recipe turned out to be a super side dish for rotis.

3) Corn Kebab - This one was really yummy and ideal for a cold winter evening

4) Cabbage Cashew Pakoda - From the time i stopped buying onions, i always used to wonder what other pakoda can i make and these cabbage cashew combination in pakoda worked out very well.

5) Vegetable Fried rice - My sister made this for us the first time and since then i am a fan of vegetable fried rice. Also it is a quick and nice option for those carrying lunch to office.

6) Special Ghee Roast Dosa - Had this for the first time in a hotel in Tirupati and it became an instant favourite. Check out its different style of presentation.

7) Almond Cashew Chikki - Always have tried chikkis with powdered almonds and groundnuts and it was the first time with almond cashew combination.

8) Amla (Nellikaai) Raita - A healthy raita introduced to me by my mother.

9) Hot Crispy Jalebis - Tasty and instant jalebis...no need to get them from sweet stalls anymore

10) Vada Pav - Famous in Maharashtra and one of my all time favourite snack.

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And now my cooking resolutions for 2008

1) Cook healthy and eat healthy.

2) Cook different cuisines and new dishes

3) Try out all the recipes from other bloggers that i have bookmarked so far

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Aloo Bonda/Batata Vada


Ingredients (Translation)

1/2 kg boiled potatoes
1/2 tsp lemon syrup
2 tsp oil for cooking and more to fry
1 cup bengalgram flour (besan)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
Few curry leaves
Green chillies as per taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Finely chopped coriander leaves
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp rice flour
Salt as per taste
Bit of asafoetida

Heat oil, add mustard. When it splutters, add green chillies, turmeric, curry leaves and boiled mashed potatoes. Add salt and cook for 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and finely chopped coriander leaves. Make balls of these.

Make a thick batter of bengalgram flour, rice flour, salt, asafoetida and red chilli powder. Heat oil, dip the potato balls in the batter and deep fry till golden brown all over.
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Paani Puri




Ingredients (Translation)

For puris
3/4 cup fine rava
1/2 cup maida
Salt to taste
A pinch of baking powder

For filling
Green gram (whole) soaked for 6 hrs and cooked or boiled potatoes
Chat masala

For green chutney
1 cup mint leaves
1 green chilly
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Salt to taste
1/2 cup coriander leaves

For sweet chutney

1 cup tamarind juice
1/2 cup grated jaggery
A pinch of salt
A bit of red chilli powder
2 tbsp dates syrup

Make a soft dough of rava, salt, maida, baking powder and water. Roll them into chapatis and use some round lid to cut small puris from it. Deep fry them till golden brown.

Grind all the ingredients of green chutney together with some water. Strain and store.

Boil all the ingredients of sweet chutney together to get a thick chutney.

To serve--

Make a hole in one side of the puri with a finger and fill half of it with boiled potatoes or green gram. Sprinkle some chat masala on it. Take a little green chutney and dilute it with some water and add sweet chutney to it. Serve.


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Cashew and almond chikki


Ingredients (Translation)

1 cup chopped cashews and almond
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp ghee

Heat 1 tsp ghee and sugar together without any water. Keep mixing well till the sugar melts. Switch off the gas and immediately add the chopped nuts.

Mix well and transfer to a greased board (you could use the chapati stone)and roll out using the chapati pin to the required thickness.

Cut into small squares using knife and slowly reverse the entire chikki.

Cool and break into pieces as marked.

Sending this to AFAM-Dryfruits hosted by the Yum blog.
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Wheat rava upma with vegetables


Ingredients (Translation)

1 cup wheat rava
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp bengalgram dal
1/2 tsp blackgram dal
Few curry leaves
Green chillies as per taste
1/2 tsp ginger paste
Salt as per taste
1/2 cup vegetables cut into small pieces (carrots, beans, peas, capsicum)
1 1/2 cups water
Finely chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Roast the rava without oil for five minutes.

Heat oil, add mustard seeds, bengalgram dal, blackgram dal and when it splutters add curry leaves and green chillies. Now add water and cooked vegetables. Add salt and ginger paste.

When the water starts boiling, add the rava and cook covered for five minutes till the water is absorbed by the rava and you get a dry upma. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Wheat rava being used instead of the normal rava makes this upma much healthier. This is my second post for the "Food during Pregnancy" event


Sending it over to Eat Healthy during pregnancy event being hosted by Sangeeth
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Sugar coated crunchy snack


The procedure to make the main biscuit is same as the salted ones....however you need to prepare the dough without salt.

Make a sugar syrup with 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp water. When the syrup becomes real thick and is full of bubbles, add these biscuits and mix well. Seperate them on a plate and allow it to cool.

Yet another version is adding sugar to the dough itself and is popular as shankarpale... will post that later.
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Crunchy snack for tea time


Ingredients (Translation)

1 cup maida
1 tsp rice flour
Salt to taste
Oil to fry

Make a elastic dough of maida, salt and water. Leave it covered for five minutes.

Roll them out into chapatis using rice flour. Cut them into small squares or diamond shapes and fry them in hot oil till light brown in colour.

Cool and store in an air-tight container. You can even add some chilli powder to it if you like while making the dough. There are two more variations to this snack that will be posted later.
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Chocolate Coated Nuts



Chocolates have always been my favourites, especially chocolate coated nuts..So it goes to Bindiya's 'Few of my favourite things event' with chocolates



and also too Jugalbandi's Click Photography event
I have not made these chocolates, so no recipe.. The photo was taken in my Olympus camera model number U 410D.

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Palak Paneer


Ingredients (Translation)

1 medium size bunch of palak leaves
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
200 grams paneer cut into thin slices
1/2 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp coriander seeds powder
1 tsp cumin seeds powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1 tbsp fresh cream

Sprinkle a little water on the palak after cleaning it and cook closed for 2 minutes. Allow it to cool and then grind to a fine paste.

Heat oil, add the ginger paste, palak paste, turmeric powder, coriander seeds powder, cumin seeds powder and garam masala powder and a little water. Let it come to a boil. Add salt, cream and the paneer pieces to it. Cook for 2 minutes.

Serve hot with rotis or puris.

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Vada Pav


Ingredients (Translation)

1 pack Pav
1/4 kg boiled potatoes
2 tsp oil for cooking and more to fry
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
Few curry leaves
Green chillies as per taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Finely chopped coriander leaves
1/2 tsp lemon syrup
1 cup bengalgram flour (besan)
2 tbsp rice flour
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
Bit of asafoetida
Salt as per taste
Green chutney
Sweet Chutney

Heat oil, add mustard. When it splutters, add green chillies, turmeric, curry leaves and boiled mashed potatoes. Add salt and cook for 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and finely chopped coriander leaves. Make balls of these.

Make a thick batter of bengalgram flour, rice flour, salt, asafoetida and red chilli powder. Heat oil, dip the potato balls in the batter and deep fry till golden brown all over.

Cut the pav into half only on three sides and spread green chutney on one side and sweet chutney on other. Keep the vadas in between and serve hot.

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Paneer butter masala




Ingredients (Translation)

200 gms paneer
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 big tomato
2 cloves
Small piece of cinnamon
2 cardamoms
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
Salt to taste
2tbsp cream
2 tbsp butter

Cut the paneer into medium size pieces. Grind the tomato along with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.

Heat oil, add cumin seeds. Add the tomato paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Let it come to a boil.Add the paneer pieces, cream and butter and cook for 2 minutes. If the gravy is very thin, make a watery paste of 2 tsp rice flour or bengalgram flour and add it to the gravy. Cook for another minute and the gravy will start getting thick. Add more butter if your wish.

Serve with hot pulkas or chapatis.

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Methi Peas Pulav




Ingredients (Translation)

1 medium size bunch of methi
2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp bengalgram dal
1 tsp blackgram dal
Few cashews
1/2 cup peas
A bit of jaggery
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Vangi bath powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp dry coconut powder
2 cups cooked rice

Clean the methi and grind it in the mixie to get a coarse paste.

Heat oil, add mustard seeds,bengalgram dal and blackgram dal. When it splutters, add the cashews, turmeric powder, peas, grinded methi and mix well. Add little water for the peas and methi to get cooked.

Add salt, vangi bath powder, dry coconut powder, jaggery and mix well till it starts getting dry. Now add the cooked rice and mix well.

Methi peas pulav ready in 10 minutes.

My first post for the 'Food during Pregnancy' Event.





Sending it over to the Eat Healthy during pregnancy event being hosted by Sangeeth

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Pav Bhaji


Ingredients (Translation)

A packet of pav
1/4 kg boiled potatoes
2 tsp tomato puree
1/2 capsicum
2 tsp oil
3 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp pav bhaji masala powder
Salt to taste
Finely chopped coriander leaves to garnish
Butter to toast the pav

Heat oil, add cumin seeds. (I have not used onions, if you would like to - you should add it at this stage and saute till it turns pinkish in colour). Add the tomato paste, ginger paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, pav bhaji masala powder, salt and 1/4 cup water. Allow it to cook for five minutes.

Add finely chopped capsicum and mashed potatoes. Cook for two minutes, add butter and cook for another three minutes. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Toast the pav on both sides using butter as per taste.

Serve pav and bhaji with a piece of lemon and finely chopped onions (optional).
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Food during Pregnancy Event



The present day working women has to satisfy her cravings for food during pregnancy by herself. This event is specially for such women who have to cook by themselves all the way till the delivery period. Your recipes could be anything from high protein salads, easy sandwiches, some pastes or readymixes which could be made and stored for a long time, healthy juices that would help you prepare a quick and easy meal.

Please make something vegetarian, healthy, simple and quick not involving any kind of strainful activity.

After posting, provide a link back to the event.

This event starts today and ends of the 10th of January. I will post the round up during mid January.

Send me your entries to easycrafts@gmail.com with subject as 'Food during Pregnancy' event and your name, blog name and link to the post. Non-bloggers can mail me their recipe with the photo.

Feel free to use this logo for the post.


Waiting for your entries....

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Vazhakaai (Raw banana) chips


Ingredients (Translation)

2 Raw bananas
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
Oil to fry

Peel the skin of the raw bananas and using the slicer for chips, slice the bananas directly into hot oil.

Add a little water to the salt and just before the raw bananas turn brown in colour, add a drop of the salted water to the oil. Once the sound settles down, transfer to a kitchen napkin and drain excess oil.

Add black pepper powder and mix well. Tasty banana chips ready.
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Vermicelli (Semiya) Upma



Ingredients (Translation)

1 cup vermicelli
1 big green chilly
2 tsp ghee
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp bengalgram dal
1/2 tsp blackgram dal
Few curry leaves
1/4 tsp ginger paste
1 1/2 cups water
Salt to taste
Finely chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Heat the ghee and add the vermicelli. Roast it till the colour starts changing. Transfer to a plate.

Now heat oil, add mustard seeds, bengalgram dal and blackgram dal. When it splutters, add the green chillies, ginger paste and curry leaves. Add water and salt.

When water starts boiling, add the roasted vermicelli and cook on low flame till done. Serve by garnishing with finely chopped coriander leaves.
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Coconut Chutney


Ingredients (Translation)
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 Green chilly
A small piece of ginger
A pinch of asafoetida
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Fried dal
1/2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp blackgram dal

Grind the coconut, green chilly, ginger, fried dal, asafoetida and salt to a coarse paste.

Heat oil and add the mustard seeds and blackgram dal. When it splutters, add it to the chutney.

Serve as a side dish for dosa, idli varieties
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Mixture



Ingredients for making boondi

1 cup Gram flour
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
Salt to taste
Oil to fry

Make a thick batter of all the ingredients except oil. Keep a big spoon having holes ready over hot oil and pour the batter on the spoon directly. You will get round balls of the batter in the oil.

Fry them till the hissing sound stops and then strain excess oil on a kitchen tissue.

Ingredients for Aval

1/4 cup beaten rice
Oil to fry

Clean the aval and fry them in hot oil. Remove immediately and dont let them turn brown.

Omampodi or sev --- Refer here

Manakombu- Refer here for the recipe. Break these into smaller pieces.

Fry curry leaves, corn flakes and groundnuts also in hot oil.

Mix all of them, add more salt, asafoetida and red chilli powder as per taste.

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'Power'less cooking event - One more post

Kribha of En Samayal Pakkam blog sends in the very colourful looking and equally healthy sprouts salad

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check out the other posts in the round up of the event here....

"Power"less cooking event Round up and my 100th Post

Thank you

For encouraging and being a part of my first event “Power” less cooking.

I am delighted to present the round up for this event as my 100th post on this blog. The dishes have been classified into categories – Main course/ Breakfast, Side Dish, Desserts and Snacks. Mix and match the posts to get your complete meal cooked without ‘Power’.

Beginning with the Starters/Snacks











Srivalli of Cooking4allseasons blog presents Hot and Crispy Onion pakodas and Karela Pakodas. These don’t require any power appliance but will surely brighten up your spirits during rainy seasons and chilly winters.





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