Sunday, November 23, 2014

Kids Lunchbox Idea 28 - Paneer Fried Rice

Paneer Fried Rice

Paneer Fried Rice is mittus favorite, she actually loves all fried rice recipes.When I make for her I don't add sauces just add pepper powder with veggies so I get the satisfaction of packing her a good filling meal.Tomato Sauce is also not allowed in her school so I just pack fried rice with some gravy or mostly just fried rice alone.This paneer fried rice is perfect for lunchbox as most kids will like paneer for sure so why not try this fried rice for a change from the usual veg fried rice.

Paneer Fried Rice

Kids Lunch Box Recipe Idea28 - Paneer Fried Rice

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins
Recipe Category: LunchBox | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

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Here is the kids lunchbox menu 28:

Paneer Fried Rice

My Notes:

  • You can prepare any raita or a simple gravy for this or pair it along with tomato sauce.
Paneer Fried Rice
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Varagu Upma / Kodo Millet Upma Recipe / Varagu Arisi Upma

Varagu Upma Recipe
Varagu Upma is a quick and easy breakfast recipe that you can make for a busy morning.You can even make it just plain or with vegetables.Varagu is also called as English : Kodo Millet, Telugu: Arikelu, Hindi: Kodra, Kannada: Harka.

I have tried few varagu recipes and this one is a quick fix for me when I am tired to make something elaborate for breakfast...I usually make it plain but sometimes add vegetables too.Keep changing your breakfast menu every now and then....don't stick with just millets or oats daily have a change in your menu every week so that you don't get bored and also to get the health benefits of everything.Have a great weekend!! :)

Varagu Upma Recipe

Varagu Upma Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Varagu(Kodo Millet) - 1/2 cup
Carrot - 1 mediumsized  chopped finely
Beans - 6 nos finely chopped
Big Onion - 1 chopped finely
Water - 1 cup
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves- a small sprig
Green Chilli - 1 small sliced
Hing - a pinch


  1. Rinse the millet well,drain water and set aside.In a pressure cooker heat oil - add the items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter, then add onion and fry till transparent.
    Varagu Upma Recipe - Step1
  2. Then add the veggies and saute for 3mins or until raw smell leaves along with required salt.Then add the millet and give a quick mix.
    Varagu Upma Recipe - Step2
  3. Add water and pressure cook for 3 whistles in low medium flame and switch off..Once pressure releases, fluff it up.
    Varagu Upma Recipe - Step3
Serve hot / warm!
Kodo Millet Upma Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can use any of your favorite veggies too.You can even add 1 small tomato for a tangy flavour.
  • You can try this recipe with other millets like samai, kuthiraivali etc.
  • You can even add a 1/2 tsp of lemon juice for a lemony flavour.
Varagu Upma Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Baby Corn Pepper Fry Recipe - Baby Corn Stir Fry with Pepper

Baby Corn Pepper Fry Recipe
Baby Corn Pepper Fry is my recent trial though I have tried this recipe with other veggies like mushroom and gobi.I love anything pepper flavoured and mittu takes after me so I make sure to add pepper powder in most of the dishes I cook for her lunchbox either for stuffing for parathas or for any rice or even for pulaos....I try to replace red chilli with pepper where ever possible, she loves pepper flavour very much so she doesnt complaint at all.I actually started to buy baby corn regularly only after mittu started to like the veggie so whenever I see a pack of fresh baby corn I buy it.

Check out other baby corn recipes that I have posted already.
Baby Corn Pepper Fry Recipe

Baby Corn Pepper Fry Recipe

Preparation Time:10minutes | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Baby Corn - 8
Big Onion - 1 small sized chopped finely
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
Capsicum - 3 tbsp finely chopped
Salt - to taste

To roast and grind:

Pepper - 3/4 tsp
Fennel Seeds - 3/4 tsp

To temper:

Oil - 3 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a small sprig


  1. Rinse baby corn, trim the edges and cut them into thin rounds,Set aside.Dry roast pepper and fennel seeds for 3mins or until nice aroma comes,Cool down and grind it coarsely.I used my mortar and pestle,Set aside.Heat a pan with oil - add the items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter.How to make baby corn pepper fry - Step1
  2. Then add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute then add onion and saute till it becomes transparent.Then add pepper fennel powder.
    How to make baby corn pepper fry - Step2
  3. Add garam masala powder,capsicum, required salt and saute for 2mins.Then add baby corn.
    How to make baby corn pepper fry - Step3
  4. Give a quick mix,sprinkle little water and cook covered for 5-7mins(check inbetween and flip over to avoid burning at the bottom).If it sticks add little more oil and keep cooking until baby corn turns soft and has absorbed the flavours...then switch off.Baby Corn Pepper Fry Recipe
Serve hot with rice / roti or enjoy it as a appetizer like I did :)

My Notes:

  • You can even pressure cook baby corn and add it but I prefer cooking it in pan itself so that the flavours get nicely blended.
  • When you cook covered , make sure to flip over in between.
  • Adding capsicum gives a nice flavour to the fry so I recommend adding it.
  • Serve with rice / roti.
  • You can try the same recipe with cauliflower, mushroom, carrot etc.
Baby Corn Pepper Fry Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pineapple Rasam Recipe - Rasam Recipes

Pineapple Rasam Recipe
Pineapple Rasam is quite different to the regular rasam recipes that we make.It was early this year I tried this Pineapple Rasam from ammas cookbook and instantly fell for the taste.....If you like pineapple flavour then this rasam is a treat for you.

I was not satisfied with the clicks last time I clicked them so was waiting for another chance to make this rasam and click it again....and finally I did  few weeks back and here I am finally with this post.It is sure a challenging task for me to click dosas and rasams....the browning in dosas and the froth in rasams never satisfies me in my clicks so its mostly reclicks...grrrrr Its high time I learn from my mistakes and carry forward to get it right next time in the first attempt itself.

We enjoyed pineapple rasam with hot steamed rice and vadams....quite a comforting meal!!
Pineapple Rasam Recipe

Pineapple Rasam Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Lunch | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Pineapple - 2 slices
Tomato - 1 big sized sized
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
Cooked Toor Dal - 1/3 cup
Water - 1 cup, adjust accordingly
Salt - to taste
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp

To grind coarsely:

Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Green Chilli - 1 small

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard - 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Red chilli - 2 small
Hing - a pinch


  1. Coarsely mince jeera,pepper and green chilli, Set aside.In a mixer add 1 slice of pinceapple.Sprouts Bread Sandwich Recipe - Step1
  2. Puree it and set aside.In a bowl crush 1/2 tomato, add 3/4 cup water and turmeric powder.Sprouts Bread Sandwich Recipe - Step2
  3. Now add the pineapple puree,required salt give a quick mix and heat it up.Add pepper jeera mixture and let it to boil.Sprouts Bread Sandwich Recipe - Step2
  4. Boil for a good 5-7mins until raw smell leaves.Chop another pineapple slice into small pieces, chop remaining 1/2 tomato roughly and keep it ready.Meanwhile in a pan heat oil - add the items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter then add chopped pineapple, tomato and saute 3mins or until raw smell leaves.Sprouts Bread Sandwich Recipe - Step2
  5. Now add this mixture to the boiling rasam.Adjust water and salt at this stage.Sprouts Bread Sandwich Recipe - Step2
  6. Pressure cook toor dal till mushy, mash it well with a laddle and add it.Let it to boil until its frothy on top.When it starts to froth, switch off and Garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.Sprouts Bread Sandwich Recipe - Step2
Serve hot with rice and papad...yummm!!
Pineapple Rasam Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can even make the tempering lastly and add it to rasam before switching off.
  • Don't let rasam boil for more time which will spoil the taste.In specific after dal is added do not boil more.
  • You can replace pepper jeera with 1 tsp rasam powder also but fresh ground spices always gives great flavour.
Pineapple Rasam Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thinai Sweet Kuzhi Paniyaram - Foxtail Millet Paniyaram Recipe

Thinai Sweet Kuzhi Paniyaram
This is the second time I am trying millet paniyaram.The first time I tried a instant version, it became very hard so I didn't post it.After that I held back myself trying millet paniyaram itself but today morning I was craving to eat sweet paniyaram as I felt bored to eat dosa / idli so decided to make thinai / foxtail millet sweet paniyaram as I had seen the recipe in the millet cookbook my neighbour shared with me.I just modified the recipe a bit and to my surprise it came out good and that justifies the post today itself :) I had few leftover paniyarams which I just had for my lunch :) Yes I loved the texture and taste very much now lets get on to make thinai sweet paniyaram shall we?! :)
Thinai Sweet Kuzhi Paniyaram

Thinai Paniyaram Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 3 hrs | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Makes : around 11
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Thinai(Foxtail Millet) - 1/2 cup
Rice Flour - 2 tbsp
Coconut - 2 tbsp grated
Jaggery - 4 tbsp
Water - as needed
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/8 tsp
Oil - as required to toast
Salt - a tiny pinch


  1. Add 1/8 cup of water to jaggery and heat it up until it nicely bubbles and is thick more like honey in consistency. Strain to remove impurities and set the jaggery syrup aside.
    How to make millet paniyaram - Step1
  2. Rinse the millet well and soak it in water for 1 hour.Then drain water completely and grind it to a fine paste.How to make millet paniyaram - Step2
  3. It should be this thick, can you see the consistency?! Transfer it to a mixing bowl along with rice flour,coconut,jaggery syrup,a pinch of salt , mix well add little water if required and set aside for atleast 3 hrs.Then add baking soda mix it well.How to make millet paniyaram - Step3
  4. The consistency should be slightly thicker than our dosa batter consistency so adjust water accordingly.Heat paniyaram pan, grease the pan with oil and add a laddle full of the batter in each hole.Cook covered for 2-3mins.How to make millet paniyaram - Step4
  5. Turn over to other side and cook for 3mins until its golden brown.Carefully transfer the paniyarams to a plate and serve hot.How to make millet paniyaram - Step5
Serve as a teatime snack or for breakfast.Foxtail Millet Paniyaram

My Notes:

  • The batter should not too too runny or too thick so always while grinding don't add more water add water just enough for the mixie to run without getting stuck.
  • This millet paniyaram recipe is not instant you need to keep it aside atleast for 3-4 hrs only then you will soft paniyarams.
  • The more resting time you give it gives softness to the paniyaram.You can also keep the batter aside for 5-6 hrs but make sure once you add baking powder make the paniyarams at once.
  • You can add coconut pieces / grated coconut for extra crunch.
  • I always use filtered jaggery syrup to remove impurities.
  • Salt is added just to lift the sweet taste.
Foxtail Millet Paniyaram
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Mushroom Soup Recipe - Cream of Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup Recipe
This mushroom soup is a very warm and wholesome especially during this chill weather.As you can see soups are very rare at this space but I am planning to post more soup recipes in future.I made this mushroom soup long back when I had just little remaining mushroom after making mushroom  manchurian, so I decided to make this soup, we enjoyed it with warm toasted bread which was apt for the weather :)
Mushroom Soup Recipe

Mushroom Soup Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Beverage | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Mushroom - 1/4 cup chopped
Milk - 1 cup
Maida - 1 tbsp
Fresh Cream - 1 tbsp
Garlic -1 tsp chopped
Butter - 1 tbsp
Oregano - 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Spring Onion - 2 tsp finely chopped
Salt - to taste


  1. Heat butter in a pan.Add garlic and saute till golden brown.Add mushroom and saute for few mins.
    Mushroom Soup Recipe - Step1
  2. Saute till for 2mins.Then add maida and saute for a minute.
    Mushroom Soup Recipe - Step2
  3. Boil milk in a pan when it starts to boil add sauted mushroom to milk.Keep mixing as it will start to thicken.Keep mixing to avoid lumps.Add pepper powder and oregano.Mushroom Soup Recipe - Step3
  4. Add fresh cream.Let it boil in low flame.Hot Chocolate Recipe Recipe - Step4
  5. When the soup becomes creamy and slightly thick add chopped spring onions and switch off.Mushroom Soup Recipe - Step5
Serve hot!Mushroom Soup Recipe

My Notes:

  • Don't cook in high flame as there are chances for the cream to curdle so just boil in low / medium flame.
  • You can even add a tbsp of chopped onion while sauteing garlic.
  • Use milk and cream at room temperature.
  • Use freshly ground pepper powder for a great flavour.
  • For a more richer version add more say 1/4 cup fresh cream and 3/4 cup milk.
  • Use full fat milk.
  • I used button mushrooms, You can use other variety mushroom too.
Mushroom Soup Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Little Millet Curd Rice - Samai Thayir Sadam Recipe

Samai Thayir Sadam Recipe
Samai (Little millet in English, Sama in Telugu, Kutki in Hindi,Same in Kannada, Chama in Malayalam) is my one of the favorites among the millets I buy.I usually make kanji or this curd rice with millets like varagu and samai which is the best and actually there is no much difference in taste , it tastes just like our regular curd rice so this can be another healthy addition to your lunch menu.If you want to know more this millet check out the detailed millets post. Check out more millet recipes that I have already posted.

I will not be in town for the weekend so the lunchbox menu for this week will be skipped..Will get back to routine from Monday :)
Samai Thayir Sadam Recipe

Samai Thayir Sadam Recipe

Preparation Time:10minutes | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Samai(Little Millet) - 1/2 cup
Water - 2 cups
Curd - 3/4 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Carrot - 3 tbsp grated
Coriander leaves - 2 tsp finely chopped
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Split Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Green Chilli - 1 finely chopped
Ginger - 1/4 inch piece


  1. Boil water, add the millet and cook for few mins then cook covered till it the millet becomes soft and.How to make samai curd rice - Step1
  2. Once water is all absorbed and the millet is soft switch off and set aside for few mins to cool down.Then take the millet in a mixing bowl and mash it first.Then add curd, then milk and mix it up well.
    How to make samai curd rice - Step2
  3. Heat oil in a tadka pan and add the items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter.Transfer the tempering to the the rice along with grated carrot,coriander leaves and required salt.Mix well.
    How to make samai curd rice - Step3
Serve chilled and while serving garnish with leftover carrots and coriander leaves.
Samai Thayir Sadam Recipe

My Notes:

  • If you like add chopped raw onion and cucumber too.
  • If you are packing then add few tbsp of milk along with curd and mix well.
  • If you prefer add little water and curd while mixing.
  • Serve with pickle,mor milagai or any kuzhambu of your choice.
  • You can try the same recipe with other millets like varagu, kuthiraivali kambu etc.
Samai Thayir Sadam Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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