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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tri Color Lassi | Tiranga Lassi | Republic Day Special

Republic day Recipes

 Republic day is very much celebrated all over India . It is celebrated to honor the date on  Indian constitution was formed.  I make tri color recipe for Independence day and republic day for blog :) .. It actually makes me so happy to cook for  a festival which is celebrated all over India. I made Tiranga lassi for this Republic day. I used Papaya for the saffron color, Plain lassi for white and spinach green grapes for green color. We just saw the republic day parade online felt so good watching the parade. When we had only DD channel years back when we where kids we never used to miss the republic day parade but as time passed DD channel itself got missing from our lifes.. Only 80's born will remember DD channel and the wonderful shows we used to enjoy . Some shows I remember is Shakthiman, Rangoli ( on sundays) , shriman shrimathi, and Friday Nights one  movie no one can forget right. Ok coming to the patriotic recipe ..

Indian Flag color Recipes

Lassi Recipes

         Tri Color Lassi          

      Preparation time
   Cook Time
20 mins
15 mins

Tri color recipes  For Orange
  Papaya - 1/4 cup ( chopped)
  Yogurt - 1 cup
  Sugar as needed

  For White
  Yogurt - 1 cup
  Sugar as needed

  For Green 
  Yogurt - 1 cup
  Baby Spinach - 1/4  cup
  Green Grapes - 1/4 cup
  Sugar as needed
  Ice cubes as need 

  • It is preferred  to plain yogurt which is not sour to make lassi.
  • In a mixer/ blender add papaya and other ingredients to make the orange color lassi
  • Pulse is few times and add ice cubes if necessary.
  • Similarly for white mix the yogurt and sugar in a blender and add ice cubes.
  • In a blender add spinach and grapes . Pulse it till it pureed then add yogurt and sugar.
  • Pulse them till combined and add ice cubes.
  • Serve them in 3 diffrent glasses and arrange them in India flag color wise.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Broccolli Paratha Recipe | Indian Stuffed Broccoli Paratha | Paratha Recipes

Paratha Recipes

My hubby Loves broccoli a lot but he is not a big fan of cauliflower so I usually subsititute broccoli instead of cauliflower in some recipes.I like Gobi ka paratha a lot as to suit my family I made Broccoli paratha and they enjoyed it a lot. This is lying in my draft for so long I thought it time to clean up my drafts first. This a perfect healthy lunch box you will enjoyed making as it tastes so yumm. My daughter doesn't like broccoli as is so  stuffed Paratha's is wonderful way to hide the ingredients and give her ;) . Lets quickly move on to the recipe.

Indian Stuffed Paratha Recipe

Indian Broccoli Paratha Recipe

Broccoli Recipes

           Broccoli Paratha           

      Preparation time
   Cook Time
20 mins
15 mins
Indian breads recipes
  Broccoli - 2 cups ( Grated)
  Onion - 1 No
  Tomato - half  seeded ( Chopped)
  Green Chilli - 3-4 no ( as needed)
  Turmeric pd - A pinch
  Ginger paste - 1 tsp
  Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
  Oil - 2 tsp
  Salt to Taste

  For Dough 

  Wheat Flour - 2 cups 
  Salt to taste
  Water as needed
  Oil / Ghee for Roasting

  • In a mixer put the broccoli florets and grind it to a coarse mixture or use a grater to grate the florets 
  • Make a paste of green chilli and ginger in a mixer and keep it a side.
  • In a pan heat oil add the green chilli ginger paste saute for a while.
  • Add the chopped onions and saute them till  translucent.
  • Add the chopped tomato and cook them till mushy.
  • Add the grated broccoli and saute them well till cook well.
  • Add garam masala , turmeric pd,salt and Mix them well.
  • Saute them till the moisture is evaporated and mixture is well combined. Let it cool down.
  • Make the dough meanwhile by combining wheat flour and salt.
  • Add required amount of water and knead to a soft yet pliable dough.
  • Divide  the dough and the filling to equal parts .
  • Dust and roll a ball of dough to poori size and keep the filling in the middle and close the edges by bring all the corner to the middle.
  • Dust the disc again and lightly roll them like a chapathi not too thin nor thick.
  • Heat a tawa and place the rolled paratha , cook them one side then flip them the other side. Drizzle some oil / ghee as needed.
  • Cook them till nice brown spot in the parathas.
  • Serve them Hot with pickle, chutney or raita. I served them with Instant mango Pickle.

Paratha Recipes

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chole Tikki Chaat |Chole Aloo Tikki Chaat | How to make Aloo Tikki Chaat

Chaat Recipes

Chaats always my fav , no street food can beat Indian spicy chaat corners. I and husband love to have any chaat it might be, one of our recent fav is Chole tikki chaat . I thought of trying it at home and we just couldn't stop us from digging in. There many variation of Chole chaat with samosa, kachoris, even masala vadai i have tried and even with Tikki . Chaats look so simple but there is so many ingredients to be included makes it delicious. Even though the process might be long when it comes to chaat this is a very simple dish to cook. This is one among the popular street food, some tikki  are made with a filling  for this chaat which taste yummier even but i made a simple version. Lets quickly move the chaat recipe.

Chole  aloo tikki recipe

North Indian Chaat Recipes

              Chole Tikki Chaat              

      Preparation time
   Cook Time
                                        Chaat Recipe
30 mins
15 mins

  For Chole 

  Kabuli Channa/ Garbanzo beans - 1  cup ( soaked overnight and pressure cooked)
Chaat Recipes  Channa masala - 1 tsp
  Red chilli pd - 1/2 tsp
  Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp
  Cumin pd - 1/4 tsp
  Coriander pd - 1 tsp
  Tomato - 2 no ( chopped)
  Onion - 1 no ( sliced)
  Cinnamon stick - 1 inch
  Star Anise - 1 no
  Cardamom - 1-2 no
  Oil - 2 tbsp
  Salt to taste

  For Tikki

  Potato - 2 no
  Pea ( cooked) - 1/4 cup
  Red chilli pd - 1/2 tsp
  Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp
  Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
  Cumin pd - 1/4 tsp
  Amchur pd - 1/4 tsp
  Salt to taste
  Oil for shallow frying

    Om podi for garnish 
  Green chutney as needed 
  Sweet chutney as needed
  Chopped Onion's
  Chopped Coriander's


  For Chole 
  • In a kadai heat 1 tbsp of oil.
  • Add onion and saute them till they turn translucent.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook them till they are mushy.
  • Cool the mixture and blend them in a mixer to a smooth puree.
  • Heat rest of the oil in a pan add  add cinnamon, star anise,cardamom.
  • Add the tomato onion puree and boil them for few minutes.
  • Add red chilli pd , turmeric pd, cumin pd, coriander pd , channa masala pd and mix them well.
  • Simmer and cook the gravy till the raw smell goes off.
  • Add the cooked channa and water as needed and cook the gravy till oil separates on the top .
  • Chole is ready !! 
  For Tikki 
  • Boil the potatoes, peel the skin and mashed them well.
  • Add boiled peas , red chilli pd , turmeric pd, cumin pd, garam masala , amchur and salt to taste.
  • Mix them well and divide them to equal balls , press them and make discs.
  • Heat the tawa and place the disc , drizzle some oil and cook them in simmer from both the sides till they are light brown from both the sides.
  • Tikki are ready !!
  To assemble 
  • In a plate pour in some chole, place the tikki on top.
  • Garnish it with chopped onions, chopped coriander, some green chutney , sweet  chutney .
  • Sprinkle some ompodi and serve hot .

Street food recipes

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Garam Bhel |Garam pori ( Tirupathi spl ) | How to make bhel

Bhel Recipes

My first encounter of this yummy snack was Thripathi , though we are jains we do pray all gods, for people living in chennai is visiting thripathi balaji temple is a mandatory. My father used to take us to this temple at least once a year after him didn't really get a chance to go there. Am eagerly waiting for India trip so that I visit the temple and also taste the garam bhel which so popular in winter there, you can see many men  having a garam pori basket set  as i did the images which is just a miniature basket I have tried to place.  Few days back we had this 5 days of black and white photography challenge and planned to set this miniature bhel basket and take the BW challenge for one day.  

Minature Bhel Basket

Garam Pori

Chaat Recipes

Garam Bhel

      Preparation time
   Cook Time
10 mins
15 mins
Indian Chaat Recipes
  Pori / Puffed Rice - 4 cup
  Grated Carrot - 1/4 cup
  Raw Mango - 2 tbsp ( diced )
  Boiled Peanuts - 2 tbsp ( warm)
  Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  Onion - 3 tbsp ( chopped)
  Tomato - 3 tbsp
  Cucumber -  3 tbsp
  Red chilli pd - 1/4 tsp
  Salt to taste

  • In a bowl Mix grated carrot, boiled peanuts,onion,tomato, cucumber, raw mango , Red chilli pd, lemon juice,salt to taste.
  • Mix them well using a spoon. 
  • Serve them once or make them when you are ready to serve.

Garam Pori Recipe

Friday, January 23, 2015

Snowmen Oreo Pops Recipe | Easy Oreo Pops | Kids friendly Treats

If you want your kids to indulge in cooking and helping then this is the perfect treat for them to Do it them self and making them proud . My daughter enjoyed making them and enjoyed snacking them. I love to work with my kidoo and this one memorable treat we enjoyed making. I actually made them for Christmas to blog but I just got to blog them now. I love making quick treat for kids and this one is just super with only 2-3 ingredients . They are super easy, you can make them in minutes if you have all the ingredients available. I gave them a snowmen look for this season you can even customize as needed.  Anyway it is decorated kids will just enjoy them. Lets quickly move on to the recipe.

Snowmen Oreo Pop

      Preparation time
   Cook Time
                                         Indian Breads
15 mins
15 mins

  White Chocolate chips/ White candy melts- 1 cup
  Oreo Biscuits - 4-5 No
  Lolly pop sticks
  Tit bits  
  Color gel 
  Sprinklers for garnish

  • In a microwave save bowl melt the chocolate chips / candy melts  for 30 seconds.
  • Take out from the microwave, mix them and melt them for 30 more seconds till all the chocolate is melted. If the chocolate is not melted microwave them for 10 more seconds
  • Take a lolly pop stick dip the edge of the stick in chocolate and fix the stick in the oreo biscuits.
  • Wait for 10 mins then dip the oreo bicuits in the melted chocolate cover the biscuit all over with the chocolate and place it on a parchment paper/ butter paper .
  • Do this for rest of the biscuits and keep it aside till the chocolate sets/hardens.
  • Use the tit bits for nose, color gel for hats and eyes and add some sprinklers to the hat.
  • Perfect Oreo snowmen pops are ready.

Pinwheel Poori | Tri Color Poori | Spinach Beetroot Pinwheel Poori

Tri color Poori

Puffy Poori's are always my fav with spicy curries. For a change I tried it more colorful way. If you have been to blog before you will know how well I connect with colorful dishes, I simply love any rainbow inspired food or colorful food attract me a lot. So I was planning to make poori on fine fine day had some spinach and beetroots  ding !!! ( a bulb glows) and taadaaaa you can see the result. Pinwheel poori are now my fav. I wanted click them when they where till puffy but couldn't succeed  I had to take them any way. It is sure gonna attract kids as my kidoo was "wooowww I want to eat them now", as she same as me loves anything which looks attractive. I know I have been not so regular in blogging but missed to blog every day. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ven Pongal |Ghee Pongal ~Pongal Recipes

Pongal Recipes

Pongal is a 4 day harvest festival celebrated in tamil nadu , the place I was born and bought up ..In north it is celebrated in the name of makar sakranti / Lohri . Pongal is on 15th I have some nostalgic memories about this festival. The first day of pongal was meant to burn all the unwanted accessories in our home , so when we wake in the morning it was all smoky in the morning .As we were surrounded my tamil makkal the  night before pongal my neighbors used  put beautiful rangoli's which we loved to watch. We as a kid used to wait for this festival to taste the ganna/ sugar cane we just loved to use our teeth to peel all the sugar cane skin and just chew the juice was so much fun, our neighbors were always kind enough to share pongal and the palagaram they made with us and the whole day we used to keep on munching some pongal delicacies , Miss those times.