Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another year has passed us........!

Another year passed......!! 2009 has been a happening year for me.......One of the most memorable enjoyable moment was when me and mittu saw each other......she was a dream come true! She was born on June 19th Friday, it fortunately happened to be my appas bday......Isnt that a true blessing!? After that it has been a total enjoyable roller coaster ride for me .

Next is my blogs addi(c)tion........I started this blog in Feb 2009 and its not even a year still I am very close to it. Only after the birth of the kiddo I started taking this blog even more serious and worked on it inspite of all the sleepless nights and tight was challenging actually ;) Now I am soo so addicted that I cant stay away from it even for a day. I thoroughlly enjoy clicking the colors of food......Here are some of my fav clicks:

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous new year!
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, December 28, 2009

Vazhaipoo Vadai - Banana Flower Fritters

Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe

My first attempt of making these vazhaipoo vadais was successful!! :) These are my favorite anytime either as a sidedish for lunch or just having it as a tea time snack. This is ammas version of making vazhaipoo vadai, you can check out another version with chana dal like masala vada. I love both versions as I love vazhaipoo in any form.

Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe 

Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 5 mins / vadai | Makes : 12
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Cleaned Vazhaipoo (Banana Flower) - 1 medium sized  (1 cup after chopping)
Pottukadalai powdered - 3 tbsp
Onion - 1 big sized finely chopped (1/3 cup finely chopped)
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp powdered
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tsp
Rice flour - 1 tbsp 
Salt - to taste
Oil - for deep frying


  1. Clean vazhaipoo, chop it roughly.Pressure cook for 1 whistle with water till immersing level and turmeric powder. Drain water completely.Allow it to cool down.
    How to make vazhaipoo vadai - Step1
  2. Squeeze the water completely.Then transfer to mixer and grind it to a semi fine paste.How to make vazhaipoo vadai - Step2
  3. Now in a bowl add vazhaipoo paste,chopped onions, fennel seeds powder,coriander leaves, curry leaves,pottukadalai powder, red chilli powder, rice flour. Mix well and make small patties / vadai shapes and keep aside.You can also refrigerate the patties for 10mins to avoid the vadais drinking much oil. How to make maa vathal - Step3
  4. While you shape the vadas, heat the oil in a kadai. Put a small pinch of dough into the oil if it raises immediately then the oil temperature is just perfect.Drop the vadais (may be 2-3 at a  time) in oil and flip both the sides and cook till nicely browned and is crisp.Fry the vadais in medium flame.Drain in tissue paper.How to make vazhaipoo vadai - Step4
Crispy and yummy vadas ready, Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.
Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can use the same ingredients and method for senaikelangu/yam vadai(only difference is you dont need to pressure cook it, instead you have to saute it before grinding to a paste) to avoid itching.
  • Make sure that the mix is not too dry then your vadais would be hard. Do not add more potukadalai and rice flour than the above mentioned quantity.
  • Cook in medium flame else it will not get cooked inside.
  • Drain water completely from vazhaipoo, squeeze to remove excess water.If there is moisture in the dough then the vadais will drink more oil.
  • Also squeeze onion to remove water then add it to the mixing bowl.
  • I fried few vadais for clicking and refrigerated the rest for later use.
  • Grinding vazhaipoo is optional but it will help holding shape else it will start spreading out in oil.
  • Add salt and onion just before frying the vadais else it will leave out water.
Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Eggless Marie Biscuit Chocolate Rolls!

Christmas is round the corner and the blogging world is full of lovely cakes and cookies . I dont have a proper oven to bake here I am with these eggless chocolate rolls. Before I go to the recipe, Wishing everyone a merry christmas!
Eggless Chocolate RollsIngredients:
Marie Biscuit - 5 [I used Arrowroot which is quite similar to marie]
Cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
Butter - 1 tbsp
Milk - to knead the dough
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp
Sugar - as per taste level

1.Powder the Marie biscuits, Add cocoa powder, milk and knead it to a smooth dough like chapathi dough. Keep aside.

2.Mix coconut , butter and sugar in a seperate bowl, the mixture should be sticky. Roll the coco dough to form small chapathis.
3.Now spread the coconut mixture over the chapathis and gently roll them to form cylinders and keep aside.
4.Refrigerate the rolls for about 30mins; Remove and cut them width wise . Serve it immediately as the rolls butter part tend to melt down.
Eggless Chocolate Rolls

And I am sending this to Mahimas event
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Pasi Paruppu / Moong Dhal Kurma

This easy moong dhal(paasi parupu)kurma recipe is from my aunt. There is no grinding part at all, its so easy and simple still its lemony flavour adds to the taste.

Pasi Paruppu/Moong Dhal Kurma
Cinnamom - 1/2 inch piece
Cardomom - 1
Cloves - 2
Moong Dhal - 1 cup
Onion - 1 medium size
Tomato - 1
Green Chilli - 1
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Garlic - 3 to 4 chopped
Lemon - 1 medium size
Oil - 3 tsp

Method :
1. Dry roast moong dhal for few mins till nice aroma comes. Pressure cook it with 1/4 cup of water till mashy and keep aside.

2. In a kadai, heat oil, add cinnamom, cloves and cardomom and saute well.Add chilli, garlic and onion and keep sauting till onions are fried well.

3.Now add tomato and fry for 2mins, add turmeric and chilli powder.

4.Add mashed moong dhal and 1/2 cup water. Leave it to boil for 5mins.

5.Switch off and squeeze lemon while serving!

Pasi Paruppu/Moong Dhal Kurma
It goes well with dosas, idlis and even chapathis. This is going to be my keeper hereafter when there is lil time in hand to cook a side dish!
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Nutty Marie Biscuit Dessert - The quickest one!

I tried Nags Mom's delight yesterday with my so called oven and to my surprise it came out perfect, who cares about the look when it tastes yum yum :)
Nutty Marie Biscuit Dessert
Powdered Marie Biscuits - from 5 biscuits
Sweetened Condensed Milk / I used thickened milk- 4 tbsp
Coco powder - 2 tbsp
Chopped Cashewnuts - 5
Butter - 1 tsp just to grease

Nutty Marie Biscuit Dessert
1. Grease the container with butter.

2. Layer the powdered marie biscuits into the container and press it till it is even. It will be 1 inch in thickness if you are using 5 biscuits.

3.Pour the condensed milk covering the powdered biscuits. I didnt have condensed milk and that didnt stop me from trying what I did was I thickened the milk with 1tsp of sugar added and used it, no compromise in taste.

4.Next layer is the coco powder. Sprinkle it until the condensed milk layer is totally covered. Then lay the chopped cashewnuts on the top of the coco powder layer.

5.Bake it for 10mins at 180deg C. It came out just fine in my oven am sure it would come out well in any oven ;) Cool it and serve.

Nutty Marie Biscuit Dessert
I refrigerated it for 10mins as I like it chilled. Now what are you waiting for, just scoop out and enjoy......Isnt that a quick dessert?!

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Beans Poriyal / Beans Stir Fry

To load this in reader I'm struggling from morning, friends let me know if you are facing the same issue with blogger, ie...when you give a new post and it doesnt update in reader? Any solution for this? please let me know!
Simple Beans Poriyal
Beans Poriyal / Beans Stir Fry Recipe - Ingredients
Serves 2

  • Beans - 10 to 15 chopped finely
  • Moong Dhal - 2 tbsp
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Onions - 1 finely chopped
  • Salt - to taste
To temper:
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad Dal (Ulutham paruppu) -1/2 tsp
  • Hing (Perungayam) - a pinch (optional)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Green Chillies - 1 slitted into half
  • Oil - 1 tsp

Simple Beans Poriyal
1. Pressure cook moong dhal for a whistle and keep aside.Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, let it splutter. Now add urad dhal, curry leaves and hing.Add onions,green chillies, and saute till it turns slighly browned.
Simple Beans Poriyal
2.Add the beans and saute for 3mins. Now sprinkle water and allow it to cook. Keep closed in medium flame until beans becomes soft, now add salt to taste.
Simple Beans Poriyal
3.Keep in low flame to avoid burning.Once beans is cooked add moong dhal and give a stir. Add coconut and switch off.
Simple Beans Poriyal
Serve with sambar rice or any variety rice of your choice.
Simple Beans Poriyal

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Veg Burger - Its Burger Time!

Everytime when I order for burger I usually had to dig in the burger to pull out those lettuce and cabbages...I just hate them in my burger(But I added cabbages here as hubby likes it).So sat out to think why not try burger at home?! And here is my first try and it came out pretty decent. When I served it for hubby there was a big smile in his face and said its soo yummy and very much like in MB - thats the highest form of appreciation I've ever got I wud say!
Veg Burger

This yields 2 burgers:

Bun - 2
Chopped cabbage - 3 tsp
Tomato sliced - 2
Onions sliced - 3 to 3
Tomato sauce - 2 tbsp
Cheese - 2 slices or shredded cheese

For the patty:
Veggies - 1.5 cups (I used 2 big sized carrots,5-6 beans and 2 potatoes)
Fennel seeds powdered - 2 tsp
Finely chopped onion - 1/2 small sized
Ginger garlic paste - 3 tsp
Chilli powder - 3tsp

1.Boil the veggies till mashy. Drizzle oil in a wide bottomed pan, add aniseed powder,immediately add chopped onion. Then add boiled carrots and beans, saute them for 3mins.

2.Add ginger garlic paste,fry well.Add chilli powder and salt.

3.Now add this to mashed potatoes and bind them well.

4.Flatten them into patties and toast it in dosa pan. You can deep fry them if you arent guilty :)
NOTE : For the above mentioned quantity it will yield 2 big sized patties.

This is before assembling the burger , just to show you how my pattie looked!
Veg Burger

5.Assemble the burger in the following order / any order of your choice:
Keep one half of the bun first, then the pattie, cheese slice, chopped cabbage, a slice of onion, tomato sauce then tomato slice and the other half of the bun. Your veg burger is ready! Isnt that quick n easy?!
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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