Monday, January 30, 2012

Chettinad Masala Kuzhambu (Masala Gravy)

Over the past weeks, life has changed so much. I am sure when I turn back over the years, I would be happy for the decision I've made. Yes as a fulltime mother, I am enjoying life!! :) And to be true, I am more busy at home or I should say mittu is bc keeping me bc ;) Even when the opportunities are more, when it comes to my lil one, she overrules everything and her happiness is more precious than anything else...... as to any mother :)

Chettinad Masala Kuzhambu Recipe

And as a add on, sharmis passions and sharmi clicks will keep me occupied and the word boredom will be slashed out......fingers crossed :0

Now onto todays recipe : I've been wanting to post this masala kuzhambu recipe since long but something or the other took priorities everytime amma makes this. Last time when amma made , I clicked with stepwise too.

Radish Masala Gravy - Ingredients

  • Radish - 3 sliced
  • Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tsp chopped (optional)
  • Salt - for taste
  • Oil - 2 tsp
For grinding:

  • Coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Big Onion - 1 chopped roughly
  • Tomato - 1 chopped roughly
To Temper:

  • Bay leaf - a small piece
  • Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Small Onions - a handful
  • Garlic - 4 to 5 pearls
  • Curry leaves - few

Chettinad Masala Kuzhambu Recipe
1. Heat 1/2 tsp of oil, add onion and tomato saute until nicely mushed up and raw smell tomatoes leaves. Then add this with coconut, fennel seeds and grind it.

Chettinad Masala Kuzhambu Recipe - Step1
2. The grinding should be to a fine paste, set aside. Heat remaining oil, add bayleaf, fennel seeds,cinnamon once it crackles add onion, garlic and curry leaves and saute for a minute until slightly browned.
Chettinad Masala Kuzhambu Recipe - Step2
3. Then add the sliced radish and saute for 2 mins. Then add chilli, coriander powder and saute for a minute. Add 1/2 cup water and required salt.
Chettinad Masala Kuzhambu Recipe - Step3
4. Allow it to boil for 2mins, then add the grinded paste and allow it to boil until oil separates (this may take around 10mins). Garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
Chettinad Masala Kuzhambu Recipe - Step4

Masala kuzhambu is chettinad special and my favourite. I love it with rice and even dosas.

Chettinad Masala Kuzhambu Recipe

My Notes:
  • You can add in any vegetable of you choice. Drumstick and brinjal will be apt for this curry.
  • No need to roast coconut, but amma says roasting also gives a nice flavour.
  • The consistency should be semi thick, but you can make it runny as per your preference.
Chettinad Masala Kuzhambu Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Cadbury Silk India - Orange Peel

Cadbury Silk India – Orange Peel

After the success of the soft and creamy Cadbury Dairy Milk SILK, they bring to us this premium chocolate with a fresh new twist.

Introducing the new Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk- Orange Peel. The classic delicious smooth and creamy SILK is now available with a Kiss of Orange. It just makes us melt even before it reaches our mouth ;)

The sweetness of a premium chocolate with the fruity punch of orange - life does not get much better.

At Cadbury India they focus on creating moments of pleasure with every tasty bite, no matter the reason or the season. Throughout the day.At work or play. All year round..Check out the new Tv commercial here

Cadbury Silk India – Orange Peel

How we liked it : Trust me I am not a big fan of choco orange combination but silk orange peel changed my opinion as the orange flavour is mild giving it a unique taste, the crunch in every bite with the addition of nuts is just awesome. Do try it and am sure you will love it too.

Thanks to Cadbury for sending me the sample, we enjoyed having it!

Disclaimer: This is an unpaid review and my review totally depends on my taste and preferences.
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chocolatey Biscuit Milkshake

Mittu used to lick the cream and keep back the biscuits alone... I've seen this with many kids. One fine day I tried this milkshake with all the leftover biscuits without cream and it tasted awesome, she too enjoyed it. So thought of making it as a post. I had some leftover icing I made for my cake pops the same day so used it up for this milkshake :)
Chocolatey Biscuit Milkshake

Biscuit Milkshake Recipe

  • Chilled Milk - 2 cups
  • Bourbon Biscuit(with cream) - 1
  • Bourbon Biscuit(without cream) - 1
  • Chocolate sauce / syrup - 2 tsp
  • Sugar - a pinch (only if needed)

Chocolatey Biscuit MilkshakeMethod:
  1. Add the biscuits without cream to milk and blend using the whip option in mixie. Then add the cream biscuit and blend again until its smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the chocolate sauce, sugar and mix well.
  3. Pour into individual serving glasses and add any topping of your choice.
Chocolatey Biscuit Milkshake
My Notes:
  • You can use any chocolate cream biscuit of your choice.
  • You can even skip chocolate sauce and add one more cream biscuit.
  • I just piped the left over butter icing as a topping, you can use whipped cream as topping too.
Chocolatey Biscuit Milkshake

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dahi Puri (Dahi Poori) Recipe | Chaat Recipes

Dahi Puri is my all time favourite chat. Whenever we go for chaats, its either Pav Bhaji or Dahi Puri, its my staple order in chat shops :) I have used all my color ramkeins for this post, now you know how crazy I am when it comes to ramekins ;) Here is my version of homemade dahi puri for you all....Enjoy your fav chat at home.
Dahi Puri Recipe
Dahi Puri Recipe - Ingredients
Makes 1 plate
  • Puri - 7 puris
  • Curd - 1/2 cup
  • Sev - a handful
  • Boiled Green Gram Dhal - 1/4 cup (You can use sprouted too)
  • Boiled potatoes - 1/4 cup
  • Green Chutney - 2 tbsp
  • Dates Chutney - 2 tbsp
  • Onion - 1 medium sized chopped
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp chopped finely
  • Chat masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as required
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Dahi Puri Recipe
1.Mash the potatoes, add cumin powder, turmeric and mix well. Keep aside. Mix curd with sugar, salt - beat it well and keep it ready. Assemble all the ingredients.Arrange 7 puris in a plate. Crack a hole carefully in the center of each puri. Add 1/2 tsp of mashed potatoes and green gram dhal inside each puri.
Dahi Puri Recipe
2.Then add little curd, then add onion. Add remaining curd,green chutney and dates chutney in each puri.
Dahi Puri Recipe3.Sprinkle red chilli powder, chat masala powder on top, then add the sev. Garnish with coriander leaves.Serve immediately.Dahi Puri Recipe
You can make the puris and chutneys the before day . Once that is ready all others can be done a while before assembling. Enjoy this easy and yummy chat at home.
Dahi Puri Recipe
I take the short route of buying the dates chutney ready made these days ;) It is called bhel puri chutneys and stays well for long when refrigerated. I use even for sandwiches - its tangy, sweet, spicy with all the flavours bursting out....hmmm yummmy!

My Notes:
  • Once it is assembled, serve it immediately else the puris will become soggy.
  • If you make the chutneys ready then assembling and serving dahi puri is easy.
  • You can use either sprout green gram or pressure cook and use it if needed instantly which is what I did. You can also a combination of sprouts too.
Dahi Puri Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Fish Fry Recipe - Meen Varuval Recipe - Vanjaram Fish Fry

Fish Fry
Mittu loves fish fry and its the only nonveg item she eats. So I have started experimenting fish recipes too.And here is my next try after fish kuzhambu.Lets learn how to make easy and quick fish fry recipe...shall we?!
Meen Varuval

Fish Fry Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 1 hr | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 3
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Fish - 6 to 8 pieces (I used Vanjaram variety)
Red chilli powder - 3 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp (optional)
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Cornflour - 1 tsp (optional)
Salt - to taste
Oil - to toast / deep fry


  1. Clean fish and wash it well. Set aside.In a wide mixing bowl, add red chilli, turmeric,coriander powder, lime juice,cornflour(if you are using) and required salt. Sprinkle little water to make it to a paste consistency. Then add the fish to it and mix well. Coat the masala on all sides of the fish and marinate for atleast 30mins. Set aside.
    How to make fish fry - Step1
  2. Heat oil in a pan or dosa tawa and toast the fish until the fish turns golden red in color. You can alternatively deep fry too.
    How to make fish fry - Step2
Serve hot with lemon wedges and onion rings.
Vanjaram Fish Fry Recipe

My Notes:

  • Adjust spice level according to your taste and preference.
  • You can serve fish with raw onions. I love it with tomato sauce :)
  • Squeeze lime while serving if you like the tanginess.
  • You can even add ginger garlic paste as a add on to the marinade.
  • We like fish fries toasted in tawa than the deep fry.Also it avoids fish becoming hard.
Fish Fry Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Filter Coffee - Filter Kaapi Recipe | How to make south indian filter coffee

Filter Coffee Recipe

Making filter coffee (filter kaapi) isnt a big deal but to get the perfection sure comes only practise. I am totally an instant coffee lover but can have filter coffee once in a while. Filter coffee is always ammas department as she loves it and she says she cant proceed her daily chores without her morning dose :)
Filter Kaapi
The below pic shows a south indian coffee filter. It has a lower container that collects the filtered coffee and upper container where the coffee powder and water is added to form the decotion.
Filter Kaapi Recipe
Though making instant coffee is easy when compared to filter coffee, the taste and flavour of filter coffee sure is worth the time taken for making a good filter coffee.
Filter Kaapi Recipe
Now lets get on to see how we prepare filter coffee:

Filter Kaapi(Coffee) Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2 to 3
Recipe Category: Beverage | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

For the decotion:

Coffee Powder - 3 heaped tsp
Water - 1 cup

For the coffee:

Strong decotion - 1/4 cup(adjust according to the strongness you want)
Milk - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 tsp
Note* : This decotion can make around 2-3 cups of coffee depending on the strongness.


  1. First add 3 tsps of filter coffee powder to the filter container. Allow water to boil.Add the boiled water.
    How to make south indian filter coffee - Step1
  2. Add the top chamber of the filter. As you see the decotion drops and gets collected in the lower part of the filter as shown. After adding water close and keep it undisturbed for 10mins until all the decotion drops down.
    How to make south indian filter coffee - Step2
  3. Add sugar in the serving tumbler. Then add decotion may be 2- 3 tsp(depends on how strong you need your coffee to be). Boil milk.
    How to make south indian filter coffee - Step3
  4. Then strain milk in the same tumbler. Pour from the tawara to the tumbler for once or twice until frothy.
    How to make south indian filter coffee - Step4
Filter coffee is ready serve it hot and frothy.We always serve filter coffee in a set of tawara tumbler as shown in the pics.
Filter Coffee Recipe

My Notes:

  • Once the decotion is added to the milk, do not overheat. If you want to heat then place the coffee tumbler inside a container which has boiling water.
  • You can refrigerate the decotion for a day.
  • We can take even 2 decotion by adding in little more water once the 1 st decotion is taken and used. The 2nd decotion is not very strong.
  • If you use decotion stored in fridge, heat the decotion separately by placing it inside a container which has boiling water.
Filter Coffee Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Oats Adai (Oats Lentils Pancakes) | Oats Breakfast Recipes

Oats is my fav and that justifies the number of oats recipes in this space :) Adai is my fav and can have it even daily if given. So when I saw oats adai, I instantly tried it and loved it so much. Lentil with oats is a healthy and tasty combination. I didnt wait for any chutney for sidedish just digged in with idli podi and tomato sauce :)

Oats Adai Recipe

Oats Adai Recipe - Ingredients
Recipe Reference : Flavours & Tastes
  • Powdered oats - 1 cup
  • Toor dhal - 1/4 cup
  • Chana dhal - 1/4 cup
  • Moong dhal - 1/4 cup
  • Onion - 1 big finely chopped
  • Red chillies - 2
  • Garlic - 4 pearls
  • Ginger - 1/4 inch piece
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh coriander leaves - 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - to toast

Oats Adai

1. Wash the dhals and soak it for an hour. Then drain water and grind the dhals with red chillies, garlic, ginger and fennel seeds to a coarse paste.
Oats Adai - Step1

2.In a wide mixing bowl, add the ground paste with powdered oats. Add chopped onions, coriander leaves and required salt.
Oats Adai - Step2

3. Add water to make it to a batter consistency. Keep aside for an hour. Take 1 laddle full of batter for a adai.
Oats Adai - Step3

4.Heat a dosa tawa and spread the batter like we make for dosa. Drizzle oil and cook on both the sides till golden brown.
Oats Adai - Step4

Serve hot with coconut or tamarind chutney or idli podi of your choice.

Oats Adai Recipe
My Notes:
  • I have even made this instant without leaving the batter for an hour. It still comes out soft and nice. But as our traditional adai method needs resting time, I have given that also.
  • You can make the adai a bit thinner and make it crisp too.
  • Just powder the oats raw, no need to roast it.
Oats Adai Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Banana Bread Recipe (Banana Cake)

I baked this banana bread long back and this was lying in my drafts for almost an year. Yesterday when I was browsing my drafts I found this and thought this should be attended sooner :) As nags says even I felt this recipe inbetween a cake and bread, however it tasted too good and got vanished in a day :)
Banana Bread Recipe

Banana Bread Recipe - Ingredients
Recipe Source : CookingandMe
  • Maida - 1 cup(135 gms)
  • Banana - 1 ripe(I used moris variety as shown in the pics)
  • Eggs - 2
  • Granulated Sugar - 1/2 cup(110 gms) + 2 tbsp
  • Butter - 1/2 cup (100 gms)
  • Walnuts - 3 tbsp chopped
  • Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp

Banana Bread Recipe Method:
  1. First mash the banana well and set aside. In a wide bowl cream butter(at room temperature) and sugar, beat well.
  2. Once the sugar is completely blended with the butter, add the eggs and beat it well until fluffy(I just used hand whisk). Add vanilla essence, mix once.
  3. Now add the mashed up banana, salt and mix well. Add the flour in portions and mix well until combined well.Finally add in the chopped walnuts.
  4. Preheat the oven at 180 deg C for 10mins. Meanwhile grease the pan and after the preheating time, pour the batter into greased pan and bake it for 40-45mins.
  5. Test by inserting a fork / knife in the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean then ur cake is ready. Cool completely then cut into slices and serve.
Banana Bread Recipe
My Notes:
  • I misplaced the bread loaf pan :( so baked it in a normal square pan which was a bit bigger in size so the batter didnt come even to 1/2 of the pan so looks like not raisen in height.But tastewise no compromise very soft and yummy.
  • Increase sugar upto 3/4 cup as per your preference and banana variety.
  • I didnt use any electric beater to beat the eggs as said in the orginal recipe.
Banana Bread Recipe This recipe yielded me around 10-12 slices / pieces. It tasted too good by itself but if you wish , you can add any simple frosting.
Banana Bread Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pongal Kuzhambu Recipe (Pongal Puli Curry)

Instant Millet Flour Dosa Recipe

I was waiting to post this pongal kuzhambu recipe, we call it puli curry, it is a side dish for pongal and this year got some time to click. It is the best combination with both sweet and milk pongal. Amma says its a custom to add 5 types of country veggies and it can be to our own liking but we add the veggies given below mostly.

This is a semi gravy kind of dish, it gets thick on cooling down but perfect as sidedish for sweet and salt pongal.This is ammas recipe so here I am giving you the recipe for Pongal Kuzhambu / Pongal Puli Curry.

Instant Millet Flour Dosa Recipe

Pongal Kuzhambu Recipe

Preparation Time:10 mins | Cooking Time : 5 mins / dosa | Serves:3
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Pumpkin(Parangikai) - 1/2 cup cubed
Potato - 1 small
Raw Banana - 1/2 cubed
Chinese Potato(Koorka kilangu) - 5 whole
Broad beans(Avarai) - 5 whole
Field beans(Mochai) - 1/4 cup
Sweet potato(Sakarai valli kilangu) - 1
Small onion - 10
Tomato - 2 chopped
Garlic - 5
Tamarind - 1/4 cup tightly packed
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Salt - for taste

To Temper:

Fennel Seeds / Cumin(Jeera) - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few


  1. Get your vegetables ready.Pressure cook mochai for 3-4 whistles.Add tamarind in warm water and set aside.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step1
  2. Pressure cook chinese potato,sweet potato and potato for 4 whistles, peel off the skin and cube them, my chinese potatoes were small so didn't cut them.Chop raw banana,pumpkin into bite sized peices, cut each broad beans into 2 to 3.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step2
  3. Heat oil in a pan - add fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves let it temper then add onion, garlic and tomato and saute well. Saute till tomatoes turn mushy.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step3
  4. Then add broad beans, saute for few mins add water and cook it.When its half done add pumpkin and raw banana along with red chilli powder and coriander powder.Add required salt.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step3
  5. Add little more water and cook covered.When veggies are cooked, add tamarind water.Bring to a boil.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step3
  6. Now add all the potato varieties, let it boil for a good 5mins, if it becomes thick add little more water,finally add field beans and give it a boil and switch off.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step3
Serve with pongal.

My Notes:

  • We usually add 5 or 7 veggies for this pongal kuzhambu as a custom and the choice of veggies can be anything we like. 
  • Adding jaggery is also optional but I recommend it as the tangy tastes compliments well with the mild sweetness.
  • You can even add 1/4 cup cooked toor dal, it is optional but gives more gravy and compensates tanginess. But if you prefer to store it for more than a day then skip toor dal.
Pongal Puli Curry

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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