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Thursday, January 23, 2014


Upma - Using Microwave Oven

  • 1 cup-200 gms-Upma ravva/Sooji
  • 1 onion- (chopped finely )
  • 1 inch -Ginger -(finely chopped)
  • 1 tomato- (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp -oil
  • 1 tsp- mustard seeds
  • 2 – 3 Green chillies-slits
  • 1 tbsp peanuts -(roasted)
  • 1tsp-Urad daal
  • 1tsp-Channa daal
  • Curry leaves
  • 2 and 1/2 cups water
  • Salt (to taste)

  • In a microwave safe bowl roast sooji at Micro high  power for 2 mins. Stir in between. Keep aside.
  • In another microwave safe bowl Microwave high oil  for 30 secs.
  • Add  mustard seeds, urad daal, chana daal, and microwave at Micro high power for 3and  1/2  min.
  • Now add onion, ginger, green chillies and tomatoes ,curry leaves and microwave at Micro high power for 3 mins. Stir in between.
  • Add 2and 1/2 cups of water,and Micro high for 7 mins.
  • Add, roasted semolina, nuts, salt, and Microhigh power for 3 to 4 mins.
  • Stir in between.
  • Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Friday, January 18, 2013



Snake gourd/Potlakaya-2 cups
Chopped in to pieces
Oil 2 tbsp
Uradl 1tsp
Channa daal 1 tsp
Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
Red chilli 3 nos
Made in to slits
Green chilli 2 nos-slits
Hing optional
Curry leaves
Chilli powder 1/4 th  tsp
Turmeric powder 2 pinches
  • Add 1/2 tsp salt to the chopped snake gourd pieces,mix well,keep it aside  for 5 minutes.
  • Now press the chopped  pieces well for 2 to 3 minutes,with your hand and squeeze out /remove the water.
  • Place the squeezed pieces in a bowl aside.
  • Now place a kadai on the stove with oil in it.
  • After the oil gets heated add urad and channa daals,mustard seeds,red chilli slits one by one.
  • After they splutter add green chilli slits and curry leaves and mix well.
  • Now add the squeezed snakegourd pieces,turmeric powder,mix well,and place the lid.
  • And cook in a low flame,by placing the lid ,the curry will be cooked with water vapour.
  • After 10 minutes add required  salt and chilli powder too,and mix well.
  • Let it simmer on a low flame until cooked..
  • Serve hot.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Chole/Channa masala, is a north indian recipe suitable with chapathis/rotis and also steamed  rice is very famous among indians.
  • Chole(soaked for above 6 hours and boiled)-1 cup
  • Onion slices-3/4 cup
  • Tomato paste-3 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp
  • Chole masala 1 tsp
  • Cloves 2 nos
  • Dalchini 1/2 inch
  • Oil 2 to 2 tbsp
  • Chilli powder 1/2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Place a kadai on the stove,and add oil to it.
  • Once the oil is hot, add cloves, dalchini, chopped onion slices and fry till onions turn translucent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and tomato paste and fry until the raw smell goes.
  • Add chole masala powder, chilli powder and fry for 1 minute.
  • Lastly add boiled channa/chole and salt and let it cook until done.(add 1/2 cup of water if dry)
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with rotis/rice.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013




Chole -1 cup
(soaked and half boiled)
Oil- 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Jeera- 1/4 th tsp
Red chilli slits- 2 tbsp
Green chilli slits-1 tbsp
Hing- 1 pinch or
Gingergarlic paste 1/4 tsp
Chole masala 1/2tsp optional
Lime juice-1/2 tsp
Place a kadai with 2 tbsp oil ,and after it is heated add mustard,jeera and red chili slits, and let them splutter.Next add hing and green chilli slits, and mix well.Now add the chole masala powder and boiled channa.Mix well add 1/2  to 3/4cup water and let it cook for 10 min in low temperature.Lastly add salt and cook for a 2 to 3 minutes.Switch
off the flame add lime juice and let it settle for 5 minutes.Serve  hot as evening snack..

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year !!!!!

After a long break, i am back to blogging.Today i bring to you a delicacy from the Ongole and Nellore regions of Andhra Pradesh.

Thanks to my vadina garu for sharing this recipe with me.


  • Chana dal - 1/2 cup
  • Onion -1(Handful of chopped onions for vadas and rest for gravy)
  • Tomatoes-2
  • Green chillies-5
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 1/2 spoon
  • Garlic cloves-3-5
  • Ginger-1 inch piece
  • Asafoetida-1 pinch
  • Turmeric- 1 pinch
  • Salt- To taste
  • Tamarind- Small lemon size
  • Oil
  • Garam Masala powder-1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder- 1 tspn
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • Bay leaf-1
  • Sugar - 1/2 tspn
  • Cinnamon stick- small piece

For Seasoning:
  • Urad dal
  • Red chillies
  • Jeera
  • Mustard seeds 
Procedure - Vadas:
  1. Soak the chana dal for 3 hours in water.
  2. When the dal is soaked, drain the water and grind the dal along with chillies, garlic and ginger.
  3. Add some onion pieces(a handful), chopped coriander leaves and salt to the above ground mixture.
  4. Make small patties from the above mixture and deep fry them in oil.

Procedure - Pulusu/Gravy:
  1. Place a pan on medium heat and add oil to it. 
  2. When oil is hot add the seasoning ingredients mentioned above, asofoetida and cinnamon and fry them.
  3. Add the remaining chopped onions, ginger-garlic paste, chopped tomatoes, bay leaf, curry leaves to the pan and saute them until the onions become translucent.
  4. Add tamarind juice, turmeric and salt to the pan.
  5. Once the mixture comes to a boil add 1/2 spoon of sugar, garam masala powder and red chilli powder to it.
  6. Add vadalu, made earlier, to the pulusu and  boil them for five minutes and then turn of the heat.
 Garnish it with coriander leaves and enjoy it with hot rice. This can be served with Jeera rice or Peas Pulav as well.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Burrito bowl is a mexican dish which contains the complete nutrition carbs,proteins fibre etc.a complete meal..When i had been toa trip to  Newyork,i couldnot find any rice dish as such in the restaurants..Being habituated to eat cooked rice and curries for lunch,this dish at Chipotle  saved me  to a full extent.Isearched for  it in the whole web and got the recipe which is very near to it.Ienjoy it once in a week by preparing in the home.So those who are intersted can try it as a change..
First prepare the black beans recipe, next corn salsa, tomato salsa, next red hot salsa and sauted vegetables.
Now prepare the sour cream,then chop the lettuce and keep aside.Next prepare guacamole and store in fridge,i keep the seed in the middle of the dish  and cover it with guacamole as it oxides very quickly,and cover it.
Lastly prepare cilantro rice.All the proceedures are in the previous
Now assemble all these one after another in a bowl ,firstly
 cilantro rice:, spread 4 tablespoonfuls of it in the dish.
Next place 2 tablespoons fullof black beans on the rice: ..
 2 tbsps guacamole:  ,
2 tbsps corn salsa : ,
and half to 1 tbsp hot salsa :  
 as it will be very spicy and hot ,
and sour cream 2tbsps:,
and lastly place chopped  lettuce : and mix and enjoy..

Monday, December 5, 2011


  • Thick cream(malai)-1 cup
  • Curds-1/4 cup
  • Lemonjuice 1 tsp
METHOD:Mix all the three and chill for 24 hours till thick in a freezer.If lime juice is not available handy then keep the cream and yoghurt mixture on the counter top overnight,then next day freeze it for 1 full day.Stays fresh for a week in freezer and it can be used for recipes.This is the dish we use for burrito bowl.


  • Red chillies 10 nos
  • Sesame seeds(roasted)1 tsp
  • Lemon juice 2tsp 
  • Clove 1 no
  • Garlic pod 1 no
  • Oregano 1 tsp
  • Blend all the materials in a low speed till it turns in to a paste,i added  a few tsp of water.
  • Lastly add 1/2 tsp of olive oil.
  • Add more lemon juice if u require.
  • Chill it for 2 hours.
Hot salsa can be used for mexican bowls for extra spicyness,use it in smaller quantities,as it will be very spicy.I make this for burrito bowl can be freezed it for a week.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Mexican Salsa is the easiest dish which can be prepared in a matter of minutes time,it can also be served as a appetizer.It is a popular recipe among get togethers and can also be served along with tortilla chips,or papads,bread sticks while watching TV in the evenings.Have a shortlook at this small recipe made and served with burrito bowl.While preparing at home for more hot and spicy version of tomato salsa add more jalapenos or extra chiilies.This can be mixed with hand or for smoother texture pulse them for a few seconds in a blender.
  • Red tomatoes 3 nos-finely diced into small pieces
  • 1/2 Onion-finely chopped
  • 2pods Garlic -finely minced
  • 2 to 3 green chillies-finely chopped
  • 2Tbsp Fresh Cilantro chopped
  • 1tsp-Ground cumin powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp-Lime juice 

  • Finely dice all the ingredients and mix well.For smooth texture pulse for a few seconds in a blender.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.