Saturday, March 31, 2012

Beetroot Poriyal Recipe - Beetroot Stir Fry

Beetroot Poriyal Recipe
Hope all are having a great weekend. With mild showers yesterday we are having a nice climate here. And as I type this am waiting for the downpour again :) Have a great weekend!

As a kid I had trouble eating most vegetables and even during that time beetroot was my fav. Mixing it with curd rice to see the pink color was so exciting - hmm...good old memories. We make either beets poriyal or pachadi I like beets in any form but hubby on the other side is not fond of this veggie. But now I've a company as mittu likes beets too :)
Beetroot Poriyal Recipe

Beetroot Poriyal Recipe - Ingredients

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

Beetroot - 1 big sized
Big Onion -1 medium sized
Grated Coconut - 3 tbsp
Sambar powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Salt - to taste

To Temper:

Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dhal - 1/2 tsp
Red Chillies - 2
Curry leaves - few
Hing(Perungayam) - 1/4 tsp


  1. Wash beetroot, peel off skin and chop it finely. Immerse it in water and wash it once again to get rid of the mud smell if any. Pressure cook beetroot with water( just till immersing level) turmeric powder and salt for 3-4 whistles.
    How to make beetroot poriyal - Step1
  2. Heat oil in a kadai - Add the items listed under 'to temper'. Then add onion fry till slightly browned. Then add cooked beets.
    How to make beetroot poriyal - Step2
  3. Once the moisture is absorbed, add sambar powder and salt. Then add grated coconut, give a quick stir and switch off.
    How to make beetroot poriyal - Step3
Serve hot with rice and sambar - my favourite combination for lunch.
Beetroot Poriyal Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can skip pressure cooking and cook beets while sauting itself. But I find this method easier as it makes cooking faster.
  • Adding sambar powder is purely optional, you can skip it too but I like the mild flavour of it so we prefer adding it.
  • Amma always adds coconut only after switching off any poriyal as raw coconut is not much of cholesterol she says so using it as raw as much as possible is good.
Beetroot Poriyal Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Watermelon Juice | Summer Special Juice Recipe

Watermelon juice is a bliss for hot summers! Summer has already set in and is at its peak....the frequent power cut offs has added on and I feel thirsty all the time. Juices and milkshakes are my rescue....Mittu had a week full of juice menu at her playschool...tried this watermelon juice and she absolutely loved it.
Watermelon Juice Recipe

Watermelon Juice Recipe - Ingredients

  • Watermelon - 1 cup chopped roughly and chilled
  • Sugar / Honey - 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - a pinch

Watermelon Juice Recipe

1.Cut the watermelon, dessed it. Take out the red pulpy layer and chop it roughly into pieces. Discard the outer white layer.
Watermelon Juice Recipe - Step1
2.In a mixer add sugar and lemon juice and blend it along with watermelon. Refrigerate for a while and serve chilled. Do not add water as watermelon itself has water content in it.
Watermelon Juice Recipe - Step2

Best when served chilled.Enjoy the easy yummy summer drink.

Watermelon Juice Recipe
My Notes:
  • You can add replace sugar with honey.If your watermelon variety is sweet then you can skip the sweetner itself.
  • I refrigerated the watermelons so didnt add icecubes, you can also add 1-2 icecubes
  • Adding salt gives a nice punch so I recommend adding it.
  • Have the juice fresh, after blending do not let it sit for more time the freshness and taste will not be good.Watermelon Juice Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Broccoli Soup Recipe

Whenever I see fresh broccoli at Pazhamudhir or Nilgiris I pick up a floret without fail.I havent tried anything other than the usual stir fry or rarely add it along with pastas.So this time when I got it, I wanted to try a soup with it.
Broccoli Soup Recipe

I am happy that mittu started liking green cauliflower(broccoli in her language ;)) so another additional reason to buy this veggie often :) Tried jeyashris version which I felt was more indianised and that was the main reason I loved the recipe...It was flavourful, creamy and yummy - exactly how we want our soup to be.

Broccoli Soup Recipe

Broccoli Soup Recipe - Ingredients
Recipe Source : Jeyashris Kitchen
  • Broccoli - 1/2 from a medium sized floret
  • Big Onion - 1 medium
  • Potato - 1 small
  • Garlic - 4 pods
  • Cream - 1 tbsp(optional)
  • Water - 1/8 cup
  • Milk - 1/4 cup
  • Salt - as required
  • Pepper - 1 tsp

Broccoli Soup Recipe

1.Cut the broccoli into florets and immerse in warm water - this is remove worms if any. Then pressure cook it along with potato, onion and garlic for 3 whistles or till mushy.Reserve the stock, keep aside.
Broccoli Soup Recipe - Step1
2.Cool down and then grind to a smooth paste. Heat a pan add the paste, milk and give a quick stir.
Broccoli Soup Recipe - Step2
3.Then add the stock water (used for boiling) and allow it for 2mins. Then add pepper and salt. Add cream while serving.
Broccoli Soup Recipe - Step3

You can add boiled stir fried broccoli florets while serving. Serve hot with bread or soup sticks.

Broccoli Soup Recipe

My Notes:
  • You can also stir fry broccoli and top it while serving the soup.
  • For a more richer version use half and half of milk and cream.
Broccoli Soup Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, March 26, 2012

Garam Masala Powder Recipe - Homemade Garam Masala

Homemade Garam Masala Powder Recipe
I wanted to make garam masala powder since the day I started to make homemade podis.All these days I bought garam masala from shops and last week when I was browsing ammas cookbook saw this recipe and instantly tried it. Each one have their own version of garam masala powder and here is mine :) Have already started using it in curries and gravies, it is so flavourful and said to myself no more store bought ones hereafter :)

Homemade Garam Masala Powder Recipe
We had an eventful and kind of hectic weekend...We attended a friends marriage and then had to back by yesterday noon to attend mittus annual day and graduation ceremony.Spent the most beautiful evening yesterday.... Seeing the tiny tot perform at her annual day and graduating from playschool...the moments were priceless!! :)

Homemade Garam Masala Powder Recipe

Garam Masala Powder Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes : 1 cup
Recipe Category: Homemade | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Coriander seeds - 1/2 cup
Fennel Seeds -1/4 cup
Cumin seeds - 1/8 cup
Cardamom - 4
Cinnamon - 2 inch piece
Cloves - 1 tsp
Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
Red Chillies - 2
Staranise - 1
Nutmeg - 1 small
Note : I havent used salt here, but if you prefer add it at the final stage give a quick grind and then store.


  1. Measure and make all the ingredients ready. Dry roast all the ingredients till golden brown or till nice aroma rises.You can also dry roast the ingredients separately, this way we can have control over burning.
    How to make garam masala powder - Step1
  2. Now separate the cardamom and remove the outer skin, combine with other ingrdients. Cool down completely then grind it to a fine powder, cool down and store in an airtight container.
    How to make garam masala powder - Step2
Homemade podis are always flavourful and good as they are minus the preservatives and it gives a contentment of making it all by urself at home. :)
Garam Masala Powder Recipe

My Notes:

  • Make sure you cool down completely after roasting else it will form lumps while grinding.
  • You can grind it to a very fine powder or mild corase like what I'v done.
  • Amma says slightly corase gives a nice flavour than the very fine one.
  • I'v given the cup measures as I dont hve a proper gadget to measure in grams.
  • For the above measurement, it yields 1 cup which is 250ml.
Homemade Garam Masala Powder Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Oats Roti Recipe - Oats Chapati Recipe

Oats Roti Recipe
Oats is my favourite and to me oats in any recipe cant go wrong...yeah kind of blind belief :) Attimes when I feel guilty of eating junk and food from outside the next day I will have oats and this gives me a kind of contentment though oats porridge is regular atleast 2 days per week. I tried this oats roti today and couldnt wait to share so here is the recipe.
Oats Roti Recipe Recipe

Oats Roti Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 25 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Wheat Flour -1 cup
Oats - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 medium sized
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tsp finely chopped
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Oil -1 tsp + as required for toasting
Salt - to taste


  1. Grind oats to a fine powder. Then mix oats powder with wheat flour then add oil.
    How to make oats roti - Step1
  2. Add red chilli powder, onions, coriander leaves, salt and mix well. Add water and start keading. Knead it to a smooth pilable dough just like chpathi dough. Make equal lemon sized balls and set aside for 15-30mins.
    How to make oats roti - Step2
  3. Using a chapathi roller roll out to a slightly thin circle, dust flour while rolling. Do it gently as it tends to tear easily. Heat dosa tawa and add the roti carefully, drizzle oil. Once bubbles starts appearing turn to other side,. Cook on both sides till brown spots starts appearing.
    How to make oats roti - Step3
Serve hot with dhal or any curry of your choice.
Oats Roti Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can omit the other ingredients and make a plain oats roti with wheat flour, oats flour, salt and oil.
  • You can roll it to a thick roti too.
  • We can powder the oats in advance, store it and use it when needed.
Oats Roti Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Yogurt Granola Parfait Recipe

Last summer when I googled to make the mango custard verrines, I saw the name parfait which was totally new to me. So for those who are new to it Parfait is nothing but a french layered dessert mostly containing some of the breakfast major staples. It is totally versatile as you can just choose what you like add fruits nuts with granola top it with yogurt and your parfait is ready in minutes. Additionally its a healthy dessert too.
Yogurt Granola Parfait Recipe

Yogurt Granola Parfait Recipe - Ingredients
Makes 2 cups, Serves 2
  • Museli / Granola - 1 cup
  • Yogurt (Thick Curd) - 1.5 cups ( I used strawberry flavoured yogurt)
  • Powdered Sugar - 2 tsp
  • Nuts - 2 tbsp chopped
  • Honey - 1 tbsp
NOTE :I've used flavoured yogurt, you can use plain yogurt too.

Yogurt Granola Parfait Recipe


1. Beat curd with a whisk - If you want to make it flavoured just puree fruit of your choice either strawberry or mango and mix it with the curd. Add powdered sugar, give a quick mix. I used a readymade strawberry flavoured yogurt which already had sweetness in it so didnt add sugar.

2.If your curd is not thick hang it in a muslin cloth for a while to drain excess water. Now your yogurt is ready for the first layer. Keep aside.

3.Make your serving glasses ready. Spoon the yogurt mixture and add it to form the first layer. Then add the granola, then chopped nuts, honey.

4. Again fill it up with yogurt fruit mixture. Do this alternatively till it reaches the rim of the glass.

5. Chill it for a while (optional) and your yogurt granola parfait is ready.

Yogurt Granola Parfait Recipe
My Notes:
  • To make it even more richer, you can mix cream with yogurt.
  • You can also add chopped seasonal fruits of your choice.I just topped it with jujips just to make it look appealing for the pics :)
  • Any fruit jam can also be added.
  • I used homemade granola/museli , you can use the readymade one in Kellogs which comes in 2 varieties.

Yogurt Granola Parfait Recipe

Enjoy making your easy dessert and impress your guests. Its easy, quick and sure will impress your guests in no time both lookwise and tastewise. So what are you waiting for, just try and dig in :O

Yogurt Granola Parfait Recipe

The crunchy granola with the fruity yogurt - Yum!! As granola is family fav we enjoyed the dessert relishing every spoon :)

Yogurt Granola Parfait Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Dahi Papdi Chaat | Easy Chaat Recipes

Dahi puri and dahi papdi chaat are my fav chats and Pav Bhaji comes next. Anything with curd I so so love it and when it is along with crispy papdis, tangy chutneys, crunchy onions and sev its tough to say no to it. And it is the best chat for summer as its not spicy as the sweet curd compliments well.
Dahi Papdi Chaat Recipe

Dahi Papdi Chat Recipe - Ingredients
Makes 2 plates
  • Papdi - 12 to 14
  • Green & Sweet Chutney - 1 tbsp each
  • Thick Curd - 1 cup
  • Boiled Potato - 1 roughly cubed
  • Onion - 1 chopped finely
  • Coriander leaves - 1tbsp chopped finely
  • Sev - 3 tbsp
  • Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Chat Masala Powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - as required
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
NOTE : Half the above ingredients for each plate as the above measures makes 2 plates of dahi papdi chaat.

Dahi Papdi Chaat Recipe
I used the readymade dates chutney this time as I had some leftovers to be finished off soon :) You can make the chutneys and papdis in advance and make your dahi puri or dahi papdi chaat instantly and enjoy.

Dahi Papdi Chaat Recipe - Step1

1. First get ready with all the ingredients. Line papdis on a plate, then add boiled cubed potato and top it with onion.
Dahi Papdi Chaat Recipe
2.Mix curd with sugar and salt, beat it well. Then add curd , drizzle sweet and green chutney.

Dahi Papdi Chaat Recipe - Step2
3.Now sprinkle chilli powder and chat masala powder. Top it with sev and finally with coriander leaves.If you want add more curd.
Dahi Papdi Chaat Recipe - Step3
I have added 7 papdis for a plate, you can adjust according to your liking. Enjoy making your homemade dahi papdi chaat.

Dahi Papdi Chaat Recipe
My Notes:
  • You can even add sprouted green gram as we add in dahi puri
  • The measures are purely our choice if you like sev more......Add and minus as per your liking :)
  • You can make the papdis in advance and store it in an airtight container for other chats as well.
  • If you like you can use chilled curd. Adding sugar is purely optional but I recommend adding it for the extra zing :)
Dahi Papdi Chaat Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, March 16, 2012

Strawberry Juice Recipe

As summer has already set in, juices and milkshakes are in my daily menu these days. I wanted to try a splash shot since long, seeing all those flicker images and finally gave a try. I should admit it wasnt easy atleast for me, Without a tripod and a zoom lens it wasnt easy at all. I should have changed to my kit lens again my lazyness & ignorance ;)
Strawberry Juice Recipe

Strawberry Juice Recipe - Ingredients
Makes 2 cups
  • Fresh Strawberries - 1 cup (chopped roughly)
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp (adjust according to taste)
  • Cold water - 1/2 cup
  • Ice cubes - 4 to 5

Strawberry Juice Recipe

  1. Wash strawberries in water and drain. Remove leaves and chop strawberries roughly
  2. Blend strawberries along with other ingredients except icecubes.
  3. Add icecubes while serving and serve chilled.
Strawberry Juice Recipe
To make the strawberry sauce(which can be refrigerated and stored for 3-4 days):

Strawberry Juice Recipe

  • Blend chopped strawberries and sugar together in a mixer until smooth - dont add water.
  • Then take the mixture in a sauce pan and cook until a single boil. Allow it to cool then store it.
  • For 1/2 cup of water add 2 tbsp of sauce and lemon juice. Add sugar if needed. Just blend once and add icecubes before serving.
Strawberry Juice Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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