Friday, September 30, 2011

Mushroom Do Pyaza Recipe - Easy Mushroom Masala

Mushroom Do Pyaza Recipe

Mushroom Do Pyaza is nothing but mushrooms with double the amount of onions.Do means 2(double) pyaza means onions in hindi.It is a simple but flavourful mushroom in onion tomato based curry. I received a reader request to make Mushroom Do Pyaza so googled around to find the recipe.

Mushroom Do Pyaza is a semi gravy sidedish which is apt with pulaos / jeera rice or even plain basmati rice, not to forget the pairing with phulkas...apt combo!

Mushroom Do Pyaza Recipe 

Mushroom Do Pyaza Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Cleaned Mushroom - 1/2 cup
Onions - 1 cups chopped lengthwise
Tomatoes - 2
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - a tiny pinch
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Jeera Powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Fresh Cream - 1.5 tbsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tsp
Oil - 1/2 tbsp
Salt - as required


  1. Clean mushroom and slice each mushroom into 3-4 slices.Peel the skin of onions and half it.Cut further into slices lengthwise and open out the layers,Set aside.Grind tomatoes to a fine paste to a puree,Set aside.
    How to make paneer fried rice - Step1
  2. In a pan heat oil - add jeera and cardamom let it splutter.Add ginger garlic paste and onions, fry till slightly browned.Then add tomato puree along with red chilli powder,jeera powder,garam masala powder and coriander powders.I forgot to add turmeric powder but added it next stage.How to make mushroom do pyaza - Step2
  3. Mix well and saute till raw smell of tomatoes leave.Then add mushroom, saute for 2mins it will leave out little water, then sprinkle some more water and cook covered for 3-5mins.
    How to make mushroom do pyaza - Step3
  4. Finally add fresh cream, let it boil for a minute.Finally garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
    How to make mushroom do pyaza - Step4
Its apt with rotis or naans. I like it with hot steamed rice / jeera rice and dhal, sure a comforting combination.
Mushroom Do Pyaza Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can skip cream and add 2 tsp milk too.
  • You can even reserve little onions deep fry in oil till nicely browned and add it at the last stage.
  • Adjust spicelevel too as I liked mine a bit less spicy.
Mushroom Do Pyaza Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Seppankizhangu Varuval - Colocasia Yam Fry (Arbi Fry)

Seppankizhangu Varuval
Coconut rice(Thengai sadam) with seppankizhangu roast is one of my most favorite lunch menu. Its not only easy to make, it makes a complete tasty lunch box menu. This has been sitting in my drafts for about 6 months so didn't want to delay anymore :)

Seppankizhangu Varuval Recipe - Ingredients

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

Seppankizhangu - 10 to 15 pieces
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Rice flour - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
Salt - to taste
Oil - To deep fry


  1. In a pan, cook seppankizhangu with enough water until soft. Drain water and allow it to cool.Now peel off the skin and slit vertically. Add chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, riceflour, garam masala powder, required salt and leave it marinated for 15-30 mins. How to make Seppankizhangu Varuval - Step1
  2. Keep refrigerated so that while frying it doesnt drink much oil.Deep fry until golden brown and drain it in tissue paper. You can even roast it in dosa tawa.
    How to make Seppankizhangu Varuval - Step2
Serve hot!
Seppankizhangu Varuval

My Notes:

  • You can even tawa toast it.
  • You can add crushed garlic while marinating.
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Coconut Rice Recipe - Thengai Sadam Recipe

Thengai Sadam / Coconut Rice Recipe
Coconut rice(Thengai sadam) with seppankizhangu roast is one of my most favorite lunch menu. Its not only easy to make, it makes a complete tasty lunch box menu. This has been sitting in my drafts for about 6 months so didn't want to delay anymore :)

Coconut Rice Recipe

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

Cooked Rice - 1/2 cup
Coconut - 1/4 cup gratedCashews - 5 roughly broken
Ghee - 1 tsp
Salt - as required

To temper:

Oil - 1/2 tbsp
Coconut Oil - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal(white) - 2 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Hing(Perungayam) - a tiny pinch
Green chillies - 1 slitted
Curry leaves - few


  1. Heat oil - add the items listed under 'to temper', allow it to crackle. Now add grated coconut and saute in low flame till moisture leaves.Add required salt.Dont let it brown just saute it for 3mins in low flame till nice aroma rises.Switch off.How to make pineapple kesari - Step1
  2. Cook and keep the cooled rice ready.Add the cooked rice and mix well.
    How to make pineapple kesari - Step2
  3. Fry cashews in ghee till golden brown.Add cashews,drizzle coconut oil  and give a quick stir.
    How to make pineapple kesari - Step3
Serve hot / warm!
Coconut Rice Recipe - Step1

My Notes:

  • For coconut rice - you can add channa dhal and boiled peanuts while tempering as a variation.If you are adding chana dal soak in water for few mins then add while tempering.
  • Adding coconut oil gives a great flavour
  • You can replace green chillies with red chillies too.

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vella Seedai - Sweet Seedai Recipe | Gokulashtami Recipes

Vella Seedai / Vella Cheedai also known as Sweet Seedai / Jaggery Seedai with stepwise pictures.
Vella Seedai Recipe

From the day I made uppu seedai, I was waiting to make vella seedai as I love it.The word 'Vella' means jaggery in tamil so vella seedai is basically sweet seedai made with jaggery

I made the flours ready 2 weeks back for the how to posts ok I agree....making vella seedai was in my mind too..But didnt find time to make it and was waiting for the right time. Yesterday on a sunday, unsually I woke up early and seeing my lil one in deep sleep, I thought there is no better time to make this :)

Seedai Recipe - Sweet

Vella Seedai Recipe

Preparation Time : 10 minutes + flour processing time | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Makes : 1 cup
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Rice flour - 1 cup (Sieved & Roasted)
Urad dal flour -2 tsp (Sieved & Roasted)
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Butter - 1 tbsp (at room temperature)
Coconut grated - 1 tbsp
Sesame seeds - 1/2 tbsp
Oil - as required to fry

* Note : Click on the link for knowing how to make homemade rice flour and urad dal flour.


  1. First immerse jaggery in water(till immersing level) for 15mins. Once the jaggery is dissolved, heat it up and let it bubble then switch off, cool down and then strain to remove impurities.Collect it in a container and set aside.Vella Seedai Recipe - Step1
  2. I am assuming that the flours are already sieved and roasted else sieve and roast it first.Now take the roasted rice flour, urad dhal flour, butter and sesame seeds. Then add the jaggery water little by little and form a smooth pilable dough- you may not end up using the jaggery syrup so add little by little.
  3. Carrot Chutney Recipe - Step2
  4. Pinch a small piece of the dough and roll it out into small balls little bigger than the ones for uppu seedai. Let it rest in newspapper or a clean cloth for 20mins for the extra moisture to be absorbed.Heat oil, add the balls and fry till nicely browned it should be deep brown in color only then it will get cooked inside properly. Drain in a tissue, cool down then store in an airtight container.
    Vella Seedai Recipe - Step2

They are crispy on the outside and crunchy inside and I totally loved it and am sure this will be my keeper recipe. I cudnt wait for next gokulashtami so posted it now itself :)
Vella Seedai - Vella Cheedai for Gokulashtami

My Notes:

  • Please check uppu seedai recipe for tips to avoid seedai from bursting
  • Just roast the flours without changing the colour.
Vella Cheedai

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Kadalai Paruppu Sundal - Chana Dal Sundal Recipe | Navaratri Recipes

Chana Dal Sundal Recipe
Chana Dal Sundal(Kadalai Paruppu Sundal) is one easy and quick sundal recipe to make for navaratri.I havent been to kollus I remember only once seeing it in person in my friends place. Otherwise to me, kollus are always visualised only in movies :) On vinayagar chathurthi when we went to temple, chakarai pongal was served in these thonnais and I picked these thonnais from there :)
Chana Dal Sundal Recipe

Chana Dal Sundal Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Kadalai Paruppu Sundal

Channa Dal - 1 cup
Coconut - 3 tbsp
Ginger scrapped - 1 tsp (optional)
Salt - as required
Oil - 1.5 tsp

To temper:

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Red chillies - 2
Hing - a generous pinch


  1. Soak channa dal in water for an hour. Then pressure cook chana dal with 1.5 cups for 1-2 whistles or until it turns soft but not mushy. Keep aside.In a pan heat oil, add mustard seeds, urad dhal allow it to crackle. Add hing, curry leaves and red chillies fry for a minute.
    How to make chana dal sundal - Step1
  2. Then add the cooked chana dal, scrapped ginger and required salt. Mix well until its combined. Add coconut, give a quick stir and switch off.
    How to make chana dal sundal - Step2
Transfer to serving dish and serve hot!

My Notes:

  • Pressure cooking will be ok too but take care not to make channa dal mushy.
  • Adding ginger always helps to avoid gastric problems with most lentils esp with chana dal.
  • You can replace red chillies with green chillies also.
Kadalai Paruppu Sundal
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

How to clean and cut mushrooms

This has been on to my todo list since long as few of my friends and even readers requested me to post it. This is my way of cleaning mushroom.....The first time I had mushroom I didnt like the veggie and said that I'll never have it again.....But now its my favourite and we buy it every now and then. Check out kadai mushroom masala and mushroom do pyaza that I posted long back.

How to clean and cut mushrooms
List of Mushroom Recipes:

Method :
  1. Always get fresh mushroom from a reliable source. I usually get it from Nilgiris or from Pazhamudir Nilayam. Take the mushroom and immerse it in a bowl containing water.How to clean and cut mushrooms Step1
  2. Now to remove the black dirt, if you keep rubbing, the thin skin will come out. Then wipe it off with a clean cloth to absorb the moisture. Then trim the end of the stem part.
    How to clean and cut mushrooms Step2
  3. Now in the head part remove the outer skin as shown below. Next turn the head part upside down this step is purely optional. I do remove the hairy part for bigger size mushrooms alone, for smaller ones just ignore and go to next step.
    How to clean and cut mushrooms Step3
  4. Keep the head part facing down and chop into thin slices...For each mushroom 3-4 slices will be fine not more than that..How to clean and cut mushrooms Step3
  5. There are different types of mushrooms available but the one easily available here is button mushroom and leaf variety. I have tried only button mushroom but have tasted leaf mushroom at my friends place and totally loved it :)
    How to clean and cut mushrooms My Notes:
    • You can also remove the stem part seperately and chop into slices.If the mushroom pieces are big then half each slice too.
    • Mushroom leaves out water, so while cooking add water accordingly.
    • I dont see the black hair part being removed in most of the places but I personally prefer doing it atleast for big sized mushrooms.
    How to clean and cut mushrooms
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Apple Tea

Hubby is a complete tea person so its always a yes when any drink has tea in it. This was the main fact that made me try lemon tea and now this apple tea. To me tea or coffee I luv it only hot except for cold coffee :) But this sure was a welcoming change to the usual tea and its apt for summers. I luved the apple flavour the best in it!

Apple Tea Recipe

Apple Tea Recipe - Ingredients:
  • Apple - 1
  • Tea powder - 1 to 2 tsp(Adjust according to your strongness of the tea powder)
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Cinnamon powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp(optional)
  • Ice cubes - 4 to 5 cubes

Apple Tea Recipe

  • Chop the apple pieces and add it to a pan with 1/4 cup cup of water. Allow it to boil until the apple turns soft.
  • Grind the apple with the boiled water until smooth and strain the apple juice with a muslin cloth. Keep aside. You can use readymade apple juice too.
  • Add tea powder, cinnamon powder, cardomom powder to the remaining 1/4 cup of water. Bring it to a boil in sim until the tea powder is fully absorbed. Now strain the decotion and allow it to cool.
  • Then add the apple juice to the strained decotion, add honey and icecubes and serve chilled.
Apple Tea Recipe

My Notes:
  • You can use readymade apple juice too. Or just grind the apples raw even without boiling them.
  • Adjust sweetness according to your taste, add a tsp of sugar if you prefer
  • The apple juice : tea powder ratio is totally upto your choice. You can even increase tea powder if you like the flavour. I liked mine a bit more of apple flavour so the above ratio was fine
  • Adding spices is purely optional too. You can skip it and make it simple apple tea.
Apple Tea Recipe

If you like tea am sure you will like this refreshing drink. The apple flavour compliements well with the tea flavour. I am sure this is a interesting and inviting alternate to the usual tea during summers. Try it for urself and see.

Apple Tea Recipe
Even those who dont like tea may like this because of the apple flavour in it. I am a tea person but a complete no no to chilled tea / coffee ( cold coffee is a exception though ;) but luved this drink because of the apple and tea combination going so well making it a tasty drink.

Apple Tea Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Egg Kothu Parotta Recipe - Mutta Parotta

Rajma Masala
If I can say the one thing that I can compromise on road side shops, it is with no doubt my favourite kothu parotta. I just love the taste in road side shops and it can noway be compared with the taste we get in restaurants. I tried to recreate the taste and it was close to it except for the addition of chalna they use.
Rajma Masala Recipe

Egg Kothu Parotta Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Side dish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Parotta - 2
Egg - 1
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Tomato - 1 chopped finely
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1 tsp chopped finely


  1. Chop the parottas into small pieces. Keep aside.
  2. Heat oil, first temper fennel seeds then add add curry leaves, green chillies let it splutter. Then add ginger garlic paste, allow it to brown slightly.
  3. Now add onions, once it turns golden brown, add tomatoes when it turns mushy add turmeric, chilli and pepper powder. Add required salt and mix well.
  4. Then add the eggs mix it to scramble well, once it turns nicely fried and blended with the masalas add the chopped parato and give a stir so that parotta is blended well with the egg and masalas. Garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
Rajma Masala Recipe I prefer kothu parotta to normal parotta any day and the taste in restaurants can stand no where near the kothu parotta style the road side shops makes. I am yet to make my own parottas , to me it seems to be always a tiresome task but sure to post it soon.

Rajma Masala Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can skip eggs and add any veggie of your choice.
  • Usually in road side shops for 1 plate of kothu parotta they use 2 shredded parotas and 2 eggs with the above said ingredients with chalna added at the end which gives a mushy and soft texture.
  • Also for the road style kothu parotta they add chalna(the kurma that comes with normal parottas) which gives a very nice taste.
  • Amma usually sautes onion and tomato well and then add it to the other other ingredients. You can try this too as tomatoes give a nice flavour.
  • Squeeze lemon juice while serving if you like the flavour.
Rajma Masala Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Eggless Oats Fudge Brownies | Eggless Brownies Recipe

This is a virtual treat for you all for making it happen, Yes!! for the 5 lakh hits for Sharmis Passions. This is not a planned post but wanted to post something special for you'll so came with these brownies which was in my drafts :) What more can you ask when your brownies come guiltfree with the goodness of oats and walnuts. Enjoy!!

When I planned to make brownies I searched my bookmarked recipes and google - As usual my constraint was with a healthier option and looked for the addition of chocolate - Because to me brownies are with melted chocolate flavour and walnuts in it as most of the brownies I've tasted were of that kind :) I found this from sunitas world which was apt for my search so went ahead and totally luved the taste and texture.

Eggless Oats Fudge Brownies Recipe
Eggless Oats Fudge Brownies - Ingredients
Recipe Reference : Sunitas World
Makes around 10 brownie squares
  • Maida - 1 and 1/2 cups (200 gms)
  • Oats powdered coarsely - 3/4 cup (70 gms)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Walnut - 3 tbsp chopped
  • Choco chips / Cooking chocolate - 150 gms
  • Sugar - 4 tbsp
  • Milk - 2 cups
  • Cooking oil - 5 tbsp

Eggless Brownies RecipeMethod :
  1. Mix maida, coco powder and baking powder and sieve it once. Then add oats powder to it and mix well.
  2. In another bowl mix oil, sugar and milk, whisk it until sugar completely dissolves.
  3. Make a well in the center of the maida mixture and add in milk mixture slowly. Fold in the melted chocolate. Whisk it well without any lumps forming. Finally add the chopped walnuts.
  4. Preheat the oven at 180 deg C for 10mins. Meanwhile transfer the batter to a greased baking tin and bake it for about 30-35mins.
  5. Insert a toothpick in the center to check if its cooked then switch off else give another 5minutes but not more than that.
  6. Cool down completely and then cut into squares and enjoy your healthy brownies.
Eggless Brownies Recipe
My Notes:
  • The melted chocolate with the goodness of walnut will hide the oats taste so enjoy your guiltfree brownies.
  • You can substitute maida with wheat flour as in the orginal recipe for a completely healthier option.
  • I used chocolate chips but you can use any cooking chocolate. Melt it using the double boiler method - Boil water in a big bowl and fit another bowl containing chocolate or choco chips over the big bowl. Simmer the flame once the water starts to boil. Once the chocolate is melted completely switch off. Check here for a thumbnail view
  • The addition of nuts is purely optional but recommended as the crunchy nuts compliements well with the chocolatey brownies.
  • The top layer was slightly fudgy and inside was very soft and yummy.
Eggless Brownies Recipe
I've been searching for the cooking chocolate for long and finally found it here in Nilgiris and nuts & spices. I will surely buy only when I have a plan to make chocolate truffles because if I get and reserve it now, my lil one will finish it off before I use it for any baking. This is what happens most of the time for the choco chips :)

When I kept the choco chips for the clicks, I had a tough time as her little hands were reaching for those choco chips now and then.....somehow managed to click these brownies.

Eggless Brownies Recipe
I love nuts in any cake either chocolate or vanilla flavoured esp walnuts definitely adds a unique flavour to the cake. So I make sure I use atleast a tbsp of nuts in most of my bakes even when the orginal recipe doesnt call for it ;)

Eggless Brownies Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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