Monday, October 24, 2011


Aloo with  capsicum makes a good combination,and is a north indian dish copes well with naans and chhapathis,and rice etc.
  • Aloo-2 nos-peeled and chopped in to pieces
  • Capsicum-4 nos chopped into  pieces
  • Jalapenos-3 nos
  • Red-1,orange-1 no.,green-1no.for extra spicyness
  • Tomato-1no.pureed
  • Onion-1nos
  • Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp
  • chilli powder-1 tsp
  • Corriander powder-2tsp
  • Jeera powder 1/2 tsp
  • Masala powder1/4 tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil 3 tbsp


  • Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Jeeraseeds-1/2 tsp


  • Heat oil(2tbsp) in a pan,and after it is heated add mustard seeds and jeera,and let them splutter.
  • Then add chopped onion and fry till they are transculent.
  • Now add capsicum and jalapenos and cook in medium temperature till they are 70% cooked,take off and keep them aside.
  • Then again in the same pan add the left over 1 tbsp oil and add chopped aloo and cook covered till they are halfcooked,then add tomato paste and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Now add the fried capsicum and jalapenos and mix well.
  • Lastly add corriander ,jeera ,chilli and masala powders and salt one by one,cook in low temperature and  mix them thoroughly.Cook for 5 min and switch off.Transfer in to a serving bowl.www. 

  • Garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice or rotis..

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


The black eyed pea,is a subspecies of the cowpea,grown around the world.This small bean has a black circular "eye" at its inner curve.Serve this tasty and healthy dish with steaming hot cooked rice and rotis.
  • Dried black peas-2 cups
  • Onion finely chopped -1cup
  • Oil-2 to 3 tbsp
  • Green chillies-2 to 3 minced
  • Chopped tomatoes/puree-1 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste-1 tbsp
  • Garammasala powder-1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 th tsp
  • Jeera powder-ground-1/2 tsp
  • Dhania powder-1 tsp 
  • Chilli powder-1to 2 tsp 
  • SaltCurds-1/2 cup
  • Cilantro-2 tbsp
  • Soak black eyed peas for 6 hours.
  • Pressure cook the soaked black eyed peas with 2 cups of water for 2 whistles and let it cool.
  • Heat oil in a pan,and after it is heated,add chopped onion, and fry  in low heat until transculent.
  • Then add green chillies,ginger garlic paste ,saute well.
  • Then add dhania,jeera ,masala powders fry for 1 minute.
  • Next add tomato puree/pieces and cook until  mushy,and now add cooked black peas along with water and also add salt and cook until thick.I make this a bit dry.
  • After it is done,switch off the stove add curds,if u want it a bit thin n watery, and cilantro and serve.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve.  


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011



  • To make crispy puris ,add 1 spoon of karachi ravva(upma ravva) per 100 gms of wheat flour.
  • While mixing flour for chappathis,add a little cool milk to the flour.The rotis will be soft.
  • Before cooking cauliflower,place the chopped pieces in boiled salt water,to remove smaller pests if any.
  • Store candles in fridge ,so that the candles will lasts for a longer time.
  • Cover the bookshelves with newspapers.every month while cleaning they will be very easy to remove off the old news papers or else the cleaning will be hectic.
  • For crispy dosas,soak 1 cup urad dal,3 cups of rice,2 spoons methi seeds & 1 spoon tur daal.
  • While cleaning the fridge,wipe off with water to which vinegar and salt are added.The fridge will be germ free.
  • When scars are caused by pen on clothes remove with a cotton wool dipped in spirit.
  • While changing the water (cleaning) in the acquarium pour the water to the plants in your house.
  • While wet clothing the rooms add 2 to 3 tsp of kerosene oil to the water.And while washing the bathrooms add kerosene oil to the water you wash.There will be no trace of ants,flies and mosquitoes.
  • Use the remaining shredds of the soap(left over last bits) by adding to the hot water,and store in a bottle.Shake well ,use this as a liquid soap.
  • Add a pinch of citric acid crystals to the water in the pressure cooker ,before placing the food containers before cooking.The sourness of the citric acid in the under water will keep the inside of the cooker shining.Or else add lime shred or a bit tamarind piece instead of citric acid crystals.

SOURCE:A colection from Magazines.. Newspapers

Friday, October 7, 2011


BOBBATLU is one of the most favourite and famous sweet especially for south indians..It is a sweet delicacy prepared for festivals and marriages,gruhapraveshams etc.

For dough:
  • Maidha /all purpose flour-2 cups
  • Suji-1 tbsp
  • Salt- pinch
  • Oil- 1/2 cup
  • Ghee-2 tbsp
  • Water
For stuffing:
  • Channa daal/senaga pappu-2 cups
  • Sugar-2 cups
  • Elaichi powder 1/2 tsp
Preparing dough:
  • Place maidha,suji,and salt in a bowl..add water and make a dough.Knead well for soft bobbatlu.Pour 2 to 3 tbsp oil,on the dough mix well  and let it rest for 2 to 3 becomes soft when it is kept aside covered with a lid..
  • Meanwhile cook channa daal,with 4 cups of water for 15 to 20 minutes.When it is cooked ,remove from stove and take off the balance water from it.Add sugar to the cooked daal and mash/grind it to a paste.Donot add any extra water.Adding sugar to the cooked daal,makes it thin ,while mashing/grinding.Add elaichi powder and make lime sized balls after it is cool.We call this as Purnam.
  • After keeping the dough aside for 2 to 3  hours,take the maidha dough ,knead well and make it in to lemon sized  small balls.The consistancy of the dough should be very very soft and smooth  by this time .We call them as Chovi in telugu.
  • .Now heat tawa in a low to medium heat and apply oil/ghee on it.Take a plastic sheet/10"piece of banana leaf and apply oil on it.
  • Place the dough ball on the sheet/leaf and spread it on it with oily fingers,into a circle.Now place the jaggery dall in the middle and cover it with dough from all sides.Again with oily fingers(apply oil to the fingers of right hand) start spreading /pressing the ball into a big circle.
  • Then lift the leaf along with bobbattu and place it on the hot tawa in upside down direction,then sprinkle oil around the sides and cook both sides till nice golden colour .
  • Remove from tawa and serve hot.Generally ghee will give  the best taste to use for frying the bobbattu ,but use either ghee or oil according to preferred taste.. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


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And i have sent my recipe Ravva Laddu, to this Ebook..

Tuesday, September 20, 2011



Gulkhand is a sweet preserve of rose petals from north india..Gul means flower,and qand/khand means sweet in Arabic..
Ancient Preparation (which takes time):
Rose petals being prepared for gulkand..Place the rose petals and sugar in layers in a wide-mouthed airtight glass jar. Place this jar in sunlight for 6 hours per day for around 3 to 4 weeks. On alternate days, the contents of the jar should be stirred with a wooden stick. The jar should be kept indoors once done.

Other ingredients, such as silver foil, Praval Pishti, cardamom seeds, or Muktapishti (powdered pearl) can be added to increase the cooling properties of the gulkand.
This is a lengthy one which takes time.Hence for preparing instantly i prepare it in a instant and easy way which is given below..check the below  proceedure which i prepare..It stays fresh for a month when preserved in a fridge..

Benefits and uses Gulqand is an Ayurvedic tonic. This includes reduction of pitta and heat in the body, a reduction in eye inflammation and redness, strengthening of the teeth and gums, and the treatment of acidity. 

Gulqand is commonly used as an ingredient of Paan, a popular dessert and digestive of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.Even milkshakes can be prepared using this one..

Instant Gulkhand Recipe:
Rose petals-1 cup

Sugar -Half cup(for extra sweetness use 2 to 3 tbsp more)

Dried rose petals-2 tbsp

Cardamom seeds-2 nos


Wash rose petals in plenty of water,and remove from water,dry them on a cloth in a dry place(not in the sun)

Grind the rose petals to a coarse paste,by adding half a cup of water.

place them in a pan,add sugar and also add dried rose petals,and cook them on medium heat till thick . ..

Switch the stove and remove from fire.Let it cool and store in a dry bottle.

Use it in preparing kheers and rose milk etc..This is an easy method instead of laborious procedure prepared for days together drying all the materials in sun...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mood disorders..they are mental health problems such as depression,mania etc.They can occur in anyone..the causes for mood disorders cannot be understood but an imbalance in brain chemicals plays important role..if it is serious then seek for medical care..
But if in the day to day routine life ,when you are disturbed and out of moods ,a bit of change in your routine is required..Coz..
  • Mental happiness increases the physical beauty in a person.
  • Minimise starchy foods ,carbohydrates in your intake of food.
  • Start body exercise.
  • Go for a dayout with your family and children.
  • Eat your favourite foods and your choice of menu from your near and dear.
  • Listen to your favourite music and start reading your favourite book.
  • Go for a picnic or short vacation.
  • See your family photo album and recollect the memories.
  • Have a chat with your friends.
  • Purchase a dress which you are longing to purchase and wear it.
  • Try to have a full sleep of 7 hrs without any disturbances.
Mood disorders can be a terrifying experiance for many people.Symptoms can include chest pains,headaches,feeling of breathlessness and others.Its important to learn that anxiety attacks,and panic disorders are mental conditions..The best way to manage them is to understand how they manifest..Anxiety is an experiance of fear about future life events, or past time events..
  • Acceptance..accepting without struggling is a best response.
  • Redirection..redirecting your thoughts to things that are safe..
  • Stress reduction..reducing stress levels contributes mainly to relieve from mood disorders..
  • Try to be happy..donot worry over the past and think about the future,be in present.
  • Try to help others.Helping those who are in need gives mental happiness.
  • Daily do exercise,keeping body in fit not only gives health but also increase mental peace.
  • Practise meditation and deep breathing techniques.
  • Pray god daily ,this improves mental happiness.
  • Be a nature lover,which increases mental happiness.
  • Make it a habbit to listen good music which is soothing,and read good books.
  • Be happy,coz u look beautiful when u are HAPPY..
Foods help to some extent to minimize and  solve the problem,we will have a look at them..
  • Oatmeal-if you feel yourself feeling irritable and cranky surely you find oatsmeal helps in soluble fiber which helps to smooth out blood sugar levels by slowing the  absorbtion of sugar into the blood..
  • Walnuts-itis considered as a "brain food" because of their wrinkled bi-lobed brain like appearance..
  • Tea-caffeine has been shown to lead to a more positive mood and improved appearance its a fine line.. 
  • Lentils-an excellent source of folate,a Bvitamin that appears tobe  essential for mood and proper function in the brain..
SOURCE:A collection..

Wednesday, August 31, 2011



Undrallu, Pappulo Undrallu, Palallo undrallu

Vinayaka Chavithi Subhakankashalu to one and all.Vinayaka chavithi prasadam mainly includes undrallu, Jilledukayalu, Kajjikayalu, Palallo undrallu and also pappulo undrallu.

I am reposting this "Vinayaka Chavithi Prasadams" post of last year. And I am also providing the links for the recipes.

Undrallu recipe: Please refer the recipe for undrallu in the below link.
Kajjikayalu recipe:
Palallo Undrallu recipe:
Pappu Undrallu recipe:

I didnot get a chance to click the pic for Jilledukayalu. I will post the recipe for that very soon.

For puja proceedure click here..

Sunday, August 28, 2011



Ingredients required:

  • Brussels sprouts- 1 pound or 1/2 kg
  • Oil -2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-half tsp
  • Haldhi powder-1/4 tsp
  • Onion finely chopped -1 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste -1 tsp
  • Tomatoes-pureed-1 cup
  • Corriander/dhania powder-2 tbsp
  • Jeera powder-half tsp
  • Garam Masala powder-half tsp
  • Chilli powder-1 to 1 and 1/2 tsp
  • Amchur powder-1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt - to taste

  • Chop the brussel sprouts into 2 halves after washing well.
  • Place a pan on the stove and put some oil in to it.
  • After the oil is hot add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add  turmeric powder,and curry leaves,mix them.
  • Add finely chopped onion pieces and after frying for a little while until transculent,next add ginger garlic paste, and fry until the raw smell disappear.
  • Add pureed tomato paste,cook/fry until cooked.
  • Next add corriander/dhania,jeera powder, chilli powder, Masala powder and amchur one by one and stir well.
  • Now add chopped brussel sprouts and mix gently. Cover and cook until soft but not over cooked,by mixing periodically.
  • Add half cup of water.
  • Cook it on a low flame.Switch it off when done.
  • Server hot with rice or rotis.
For nutritional facts and calories check the above link..

Monday, August 22, 2011


Happy Sri Krishnashtami..
Puja procedure :
Krishnashtami ..Neivedhyam includes panakam,vadapappu,milk..
Tamarind rice(andhra pulihora)-- ,
Chhakkera pongal--
Curd rice(daddhojanam)..

Sunday, August 21, 2011



Efforts should be taken for a woman to maintain the skin care and beauty of her from pollution and weather changes.
  • A lady who is having a good complexion with petal smooth and shining skin is a rival of other women .
  • Admirers turn their head towards her ,and such complexion needs many efforts.
  • Both within and without she has to maintain.
  • It doesnt need much effort to maintain the skin upto the age of 25,but if no proper care is taken it looses its freshness,glowing and youthful appearance.
  • The cells within the skin layers may not retain the moisture ,and the beauty of the skin depends on moisture contained in the cells.
  • If skin lacks  moisture the skin becomes dry ,dull n rough.Therefore to avoid looking prematureiy old,a skin care routine is to be followed.
  • Therefore the skin which retains moisture will be firm and young..
  • People think that moisturising creams alone will keep the moisture level in the body perfect.
  • Not only skin above beauty,but from inner life of your skin must be fed with diet rich proteins with vitamins B and C.
  •  Also take plenty of water.Drink milk,carrot juice and butter milk.Besides the inner life of your skin also take care of its outer life.
  • Use cleansing cream for the removal of dirt and greasy ness.
  • Cleanse with a herbal cream made of gram flour and milk,and a few drops of lime juice and turmeric powder.
  • Mix well and apply on the face and neck,retain it for 20 minutes ,and then rub the face with both hands ,the paste will fall off as flakes.
  • Wash with luke warm water and lastly a splash with cool water.It acts as nalugu pindi and makes skin smooth.
  • Blot dry your face and apply moisturising cream,the best can be herbal creams of shahnaz,and massage it on face and neck with circular upward directions..
  • It should not be simply patted but should be rubbed hard into the skin..But becareful with sensitive areas like around the eyes.
  • Simply pat the cream in the sensitive areas.It enhances the natural glow of the skin.
  • Protect skin from wind,sun,cold n dust.Take regular care of the skin,by feeding it with sensible diet and moisture based creams.
  • Thereby the cells of the skin will be having a lot of moisture to keep it supple n soft.
  • Therefore your skin neither dry nor greasy will be enhanced with natural glowing with perfect blood circulation,regular care and good health..
  • Beauty a sweet word can be maintained well with 6 formulas.
  • Health:The most essential word for beauty maintanance is the health.When health is upset then there is no use though how much makeup you use. Health awareness is the foundation stone for beauty.
  • Maintanance of oral health is the 2nd formula.Personal hygiene ,oral cleanliness plays an important role.Walking and small exercises are good for health.
  • Intake of food ,a well balanced diet ,containing nutritional values in limited quantities is an important formula .Beauty foods which regulates inner cleanliness like Vegetables and fruits,buttermilk,will moisturize the skin thus giving soft and shiny texture .
  • Have regular medical checkups to avoid unhealthy ness.
  • Donot over exaust by work,limited work with regular intervels of rest is a formula.Leave aside fobias and tensions.Relax yourself with music ,comedy shows.Peace of mind, makes a persons face beautiful shining and attractive.
  • These 6 formulas are important for a human to maintain beauty,and looking beautiful.

  • Not only by using powders and facial creams a person can maintain his beauty.But the food also plays an important role in developing beautiful skin.
  • Fresh leafy vegetables,raw vegetables and fruits intake will satisfy the requirement of vitamins in the body,there by removing the vitamin defficiency.Therefore nutritional food is important for a person.
  • For  the sake of the health if a person drinks only milk in more quantities,then the cholestrol problem arises and she turns obese.The vit A in the milk helps the skin not to get wrinkles.So milk should be drunk in recommended quantities only.
  • The foods such as daals pulses,vegetables and bananas contain vit-Bcomplex,these foods helps the skin not to loose the sensitivity.
  • These foods such as sweet lime,mango,tomatoes and leafy vegetables protects the underlayers of the skin,to be healthy.
  • The purification in the blood also plays an imp role in the skin beauty,so thinking that only face creams improve the beauty is a myth.
  • Every time while washing the face donot use soap,coz the skin may become dry,wasing only with water ,and cool water bath improves the beauty of the skin,by relaxing it..The source of the picture i got is from browsing online..

Source...a collection from magazines,and books

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Tofu-Masala Curry

  • Extra firm tofu(cut into cubes of 1inch size)
  • Peas and Carrot - 1 Cup
  • Onion(Finely chopped/ Paste- 1 Big onion)
  • Tomato(paste)- 4-5 Medium
  • Chilli powder- To taste
  • Dhania powder-2 tbsp
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste -1 tbsp
  • Garam Masala-1 tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil-2 tbsp

Tofu: Tofu is made from soy milk and a very good source of protein. It is sold in soft white blocks. There are many varieties of this tofu. Here we are using Extra-Firm tofu for this recipe. We have to remove the water from the tofu before we cook by placing some weight on the tofu and gently pressing it. I generally take some pan filled with water as weight. I place the tofu in a drainer and gently press that with the pan filled with water/ or any weight.


  • After removing the water from the tofu as mentioned above cut the tofu into small cubes.
  • Then shallow fry the tofu until it turns light brown color and then place the tofu on a paper towel to remove the extra oil.
  • Now take a pan and put some oil in it,now add 1/2 tsp jeera to it,fry for 30 seconds.
  • Now add onion paste(/finely chopped) ,and fry till the raw smell evaporates for a few minutes.
  • Then add ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes,next add tomato paste and again mix and cook  for a few minutes.
  • Add peas and carrot,lastly fried tofu cubes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Then add corriander powder,chilli powder,garam masala powder, salt and 1/4 cup of water and cook in low flame placing the lid above..
  • It will take upto 10 to 15 minutes to be cooked.
  • After it is cooked switch off the flame and let it remain for 10 minutes to settle.
  • Serve hot  with rotis or rice.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Puja MATERIALS required..

1. Turmeric 50 gms
2.Kumkum 50 gms

3. Betel Leaves 15

4. Betel Nuts 15

5. Incense Sticks 1 Small Pkt

6. Camphor 1 Small Pkt

7. Banana 1 Dz

8. Coconuts 2 No

9. Sandalwood Powder 1 (Small Tin)

10. Flowers 1 or 2 Bunches (Any seasonal)

11. New Towel 1

12. New Blouse Piece 1

13. Honey 1 small

14. Quarters 1 Bundle

15. Kalasam (Chembu) 1 Nos (Copper or Brass) - Coconut size

16. Cotton for Deeparadhana

17. Hammer 1 (For breaking Coconuts)

18. Ghee 100gms

19. Rice-500 gms

20. Steel Plates for Puja 2

21. White Threaded 1 Small reel

22. Pattu Saree 1 Ammavariki (optional)or blouse piece

23. Sanagalu

24. Jaggery ¼ lb

25. Rice Flour ¼ lb

26. Prasadam (Naivedyam to varaLakshmi)

27. Tovaramulu 3

28. Milk

29. Match Box 1 Small

30. Picture Maha Lakshmi.

31. One reel of thed

32.puja proceedure book

Materials required for puja

Iam posting the Varalakshmi vratham materials along with puja vidhi..

Varalakshmi puja,I celebrated in my home this last friday.The prasadam includes



Chakkera pongali --

Theepi Chakra banalu --

Karam gavvalu --

Karam chakrabanalu --

Theepi  maidha purilu --

Visanakarralu with maidha

Maidha gulabi puvvulu

Thursday, May 19, 2011


A few tips to keep your home clean..
  • Place a few cloves in sugar container to prevent from ants.
  • To store red chillipPowder add tablesalt to it and store.Or else add a small piece of hing and store it.It remains fresh for a long time.
  • To prevent cockroaches in the kitchens and bathrooms sprinkle boric powder in the room corners.
  • Remove stalks from green chillies and store them.They remain fresh for many days.
  • To store corriander leaves and mint leaves for a longer time,wrap in a tissue paper and keep it in fridge.
  • Mix well boric powder in rice,( but wash it well before cooking without forgetting) i myself used to do  that when i purchased in bulk quantities,or if u feel it difficult  place boric powder paper  sachets in rice.Thisway the rice can be stored for a long time.
  • Rasam powder and sambar powder can be stored in airtight containers, in deep freezer of a frost free fridge.They remain for a longer time.
  • Store bread along with the wrapper in freezer /deep freezer.It remains fresh.
  • Store pickles in plastic or glass bottles having plastic lids.They remain fresh.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Pine apple jam ,a favourite of children with bread and rotis are made in a simple and quiet easily manner.
  • Pine apple puree 1 cup..The chopped pine apple pieces are grinded and made into a paste.
  • Sugar 1 to 1 and half cups
  • Ghee 2 tsp
  • Colour optional
  • Take one cup of chopped pineapple pieces,and grind into a paste.
  • Place a microsafe bowl,and add 1 tsp ghee init.Next add pineapple paste and micro high for 2 minutes.
  • Remove putside add sugar,and micro high for 6 minutes.Meanwhile mix thoroughly for every 2 minutes.
  • Remove from microoven and add  1 tsp of ghee,and colour.micro @ 40% 360 for 3 min.
  • Remove and mix well,and lastly micro @ 20% 180,for 2 min.Remove outside and mix well.
  • Totally it takes 13 to 14 minutes ,remove outside mix well and let it cool.
  • Apply to the bread slices after cooling and serve.
  • Store in a container and freeze it in a fridge for further use.


MAMIDIKAYA PULIHORA:Summer..being a season of mangoes,we can do this recipe instantly within half an hour.

  • Rice 2 cups
  • Grated raw mango-1cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil 2 to 3 tbsps
  • Mustard seeds 1 spoon
  • Methi seeds1 pinch
  • Red chillies 2 to 3 nos (made into slits)
  • Urad dal 1 spoon
  • Channa daal 1 spoon
  • Cashewnuts or groundnuts-1/2 cup
  • Turmeric powder a little
  • Hing a pinch
  • Curry leaves a few
  • Green chillies 5 to 6 nos -made in to slits
  • Pressure Cook rice first.The rice and water should be in the ratio of 1:2.
  • After done,let it cool.
  • Meanwhile,place a pan on the stove,add oil to it.After the oil is  heated, add channa daal,urad daal,ground nuts,redchilli slits,mustard seeds ,methi seeds etc. one by one ,saute well..let them fry to medium brown colour..
  • Lastly add green chilli slits,and curry leaves,then  switch it off,after 1 min,take care while frying the curry leaves,coz they will splutter.
  • Add the grated mamidikaya ,haldhi,and salt with the cooked rice, mix well according to your taste.If you want less sourness add less amount of grated mango,but if you want it more sour and tasty,add more qty of grated raw mangoto the cooked rice.
  • Lastly add the total seasoning to the rice.And mix it well.Mango pulihora tastes yummy.
  • If you want to store it for a day i.e. both for supper and dinner also, then fry the grated mango in 1 tsp of oil for 5 mins in medium fire,saute well then switch it off.And after it turns cool then add into the rice.Like this it will retain for 1 day in indian atmosphere.
  • I prepare this atleast  once a week in the season of mangoes.

Friday, April 8, 2011


Shaam Savera means Evening and Morning. This is made with Spinach and grated Paneer. This is one of my favorite dishes as it is very tasty and nutritious.

  • Spinach - 2 bunches
  • Grated Paneer - 1 Cup
  • Tomato Puree - 2 Cups
  • Cream - 1/2 Cup
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste - 2 Tbspns
  • Garam Masala - 1 Tbspns
  • Salt - To Taste
  • Green Chillies - 2 (To your spice level)
  • Cloves - 3
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Onion - 1 Medium(pureed)
  • Corn Flour - 2 Tbspns
  • Coriander powder - 1 Tbspn
  • Oil
  • Sugar or Honey - 1 Tbspn

In the preparation you have to make the gravy and spinach koftas stuffed with Paneer and then you have to integrate them at last.

For Koftas:
  • Clean the spinach first. Take a pan and boil some water in it. Put the spinach in boiling water for 3 mins and immediately transfer them into the cold water.
  • After 5 mins take extra water from spinach by squeezing it and chop the spinach.
  • Now add some oil into a pan and add 1 tb spn of ginger garlic paste, chopped chillies, coriander powder, chopped spinach,salt and cook it for 5-10 mins until the moisture is gone.
  • Let it cool and then add corn flour to it and make small balls.
  • On the other side take grated Paneer and add little salt to it. Start making same number of balls as spinach.
  • Now take spinach ball into your palm and flatten it. Stuff the Paneer ball in the middle of spinach and patch all the spinach corners close in the form of a ball. Complete making these balls and deep fry it oil and keep it aside.

For Gravy:
  • Take a pan, add some oil to it. Fry cloves and cardamom for 2 minutes. Add ginger garlic paste and fry it.
  • Add pureed onion and cook until it turns brown color and then add tomato puree, chopped chillies, salt, garam masala powder and some water (3/4 cup), sugar and bring it to a boil.
  • Once boiling, simmer it and add cream to it and switch off the stove in 2 mins.
  • Serve the dish with the koftas halved and placing it on the gravy.
  • This goes well both with rice and rotis.

Saturday, March 19, 2011



Here are some tips to follow, so health and mental problems wont arise in the time of exams.

Examinations are a terror which cause lots of tension to both students and their mothers.
Students in their tension skip off the morning breakfast which is a MUST.
The breakfast in the morning is an important one,which calms down the brain, and makes it work better,helps to remember everything in exam.
Therefore the examinations will be attended successfully.
The breakfast should be nutritous with proteins and carbs.

  • A glass of Milk,or Badam milk.
  • Chhappathis
  • Butter,bread and jam
  • Boiled eggs
  • Fruits
  • Fruit juices
Mothers should take care that their children will have them,before exams to cope up the exams successfully.
Do not go for junk foods or fries.
Take plenty of water and fruit juices.
And also there are some ayurvedic medicines available in India,which relate to increase of brain power.
Can use it under a ayurvedic doctors prescription.
Usage of Brahmi is one of such example.

And do breathing exercises like Pranayama for 5 mins to calm down the anxiety.

Brain is a WORK SHOP, citrus fruits helps the brain to work better.
It improves the mental ability and increase the sharpness of the brain.

Lime, orange,sweet lime are some of the citrus fruits which have ample amount of Vit-C.
To improve brains sharpness foods that supply amino acids and vitamins especially Vitamin-B complex should be taken.

Improve the Brain Sharpness:
In general,not only for exams but in every day to day schedule a person should be alert.

Exercises that improve the sharpness of the brain are by solving puzzles that appear in newspapers and magazines,learning arts and crafts,playing games,and also video games.

The steps to follow compulsorily are

  •  Pay attention to what you are reading
  •  Practice, do practice,no.of times
  • By cultivating healthy habbits and eating good food we can cope up to remain the brain a  healthy one..

Saturday, March 12, 2011


A famous delicacy of south india,gongura rice is so easy to prepare and tastes delicious..can be prepared in minutes of time..
  • Gongura paste: 1 cup Sorrel leaves/gongura should be well washed,boiled and made in to paste.
  • Cooked rice: 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Nuvvula podi / sesame powder: 1/4 th cup
  • Seasoning items: 1 tsp  each of mustard seeds,urad daal, chana daal and jeera
  • Curry leaves : 2 tbsp
  • Red mirchi slits :of 2 nos
  • Green chilli slits of 2 nos
  • Cilantro : optional
  • Garlic flakes :6 to 8 optional
  • Methi seeds :1/2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil 2 tbsp
  • Place a pan on the stove and add oil to it.
  • Add methi seeds,seasoning materials one by one.
  • Fry for 2 mins,next add red chilli,green chilli slits,curry leaves and garlic flakes.
  • Mix and fry well,for 2 to 3 minutes in low flame.
  • Next add gongura paste and mix well for 2 minutes,next add salt to it and mix well.
  • Then add cooked rice(rice should not be hot,it should be at room temp)
  • Mix well,lastly add sesame powder / nuvvula podi..and mix well.
  • Garnish with cilantro chop and serve hot..


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AWARD  another award..This award was shared by Hema of Hems kitchen ,and Thanks Hema for remembering me and passing this award..This is the second award.

And now i pass this lovely award to these lovely bloggers
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  2. Pass it on to 15 blogger friends,to keep the ball rolling.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011


Egg plant curry,Guthhi vankaya kura,is one of the South Indian traditional recipe,which does not contain either garlic or onion and is a sathvik food item which goes well with south indian families..It can also be prepared as stuffed brinjal / egg plant  curry,by stuffing the spicy curry paste in to the brinjals cut into 4 halves with the ends intact..You can make it when you get bored with onion or garlic..or on festive days.

  • Egg plant ..vankayalu- 1/2 Kg
  • Oil - 3 to 4 Tbspns for curry 
  • Salt - To taste
Egg Plant - Either made in to pieces or cut into 4 halves for stuffing with the end of the brinjal intact..

Curry paste:
  • Oil 1 tsp for frying&
  • Urad Dal - 2 Handfulls
  • Methi seeds - 1 t spn
  • Red Chillies - 5 or 6(To your spice level)
  • Jeera - 1 tspn
  • Hing powder - 1/2 tspn


  • Place a pan on the stove and add 1 tsp oil,and let it heat.
  • Add urad dal, methi seeds, red chilles, jeera.. to the pan,and let it splutter
  • At last add hing before 1 minute you switch off the stove.
  • Make paste of all the above ingredients by adding some water in a grinder Mixie.
  • Take a pan add the oil to it.
  • Add egg plant pieces(or add stuffed brinjals), grinded paste, salt, half cup of water and close the lid.
  • Adjust water to consistency. Keep stirring in the middle so that it will not be burnt.
  • Switch off the stove when done.
 You can eat this curry with the rice and roti.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


  • In the Summer season, though how careful we are,take extra care not to get dehydration,sun-tan,excessive perspiration,body odour,and dry skin in rocky places which cause tiny summer wrinkles to appear,etc skin ailments.
  • Every body sweats and loses lots of water.
  • Do take lots of water,coconut water,buttermilk with Salt,and lime water,healthy drinks made with powdered millets,what we call ragi java etc.
  • And also soups to be included in the menu.
  • Foods to be included are cabbage,tomatoes,daals and beans,bananas and sprouts,raisins and leafy vegetables especially palak.
  • Regarding sunscreen -foods that are red,orange,yellow and green in colour,such as kheera,tomato,carrot,capsicum,acts as sunscreen protective layer in the body,resulting the reflection of ultra violet rays.
  • Fruits control the body heat, so water melon is a good option.
  • Pine apple ,banana,grapes and cherries also play an important role.
  • For those who cant take fruits can prepare fruit salaads,and milk shakes with fat less Milk.
  • To maintain oral health curds,butter milk,milk are to be drunk.
  • Foods which have antioxidants can be taken to prevent from summer.
  • Glucose water can be consumed in the afternoon.
  • Regarding skin,as the temperature rises in hot months,extra cleansing is necessary for oily skin people.
  • Another big problem is excessive perspiration and body odour.
  • Twice a day (atleast) take bathwith soap and plenty of water.
  • And certain areas where perspiration is excessive ,should be dusted liberally with talcum powder.
  • For infants,they should be bathed in afternoon in water to which a few drops of cologne have been added.
  • Dust their bodies liberally with talcum powder. 
  • For top to-toe freshness ,cleanse your hair at least weekly twice.

  • For tired eyes wrap crushed ice in a piece of cloth and apply it to closed eyelids.Relax for 15 minutes.

  • Ensure the feeling of freshness by keeping all your personal belongings clean.Cotton clothes are preferred,and all the saris,dresses,etc should be starched and well pressed for a neat appearance.
  • When ironing clothes,place a pad of cotton soaked in cologne or your favourite perfume by your side and run the pad on the clothes before ironing.Your pleasantly fragrant clothes will make u feel cool and fresh.

  • Do away all the nylons,shifons and georgets and silks,and bring out light cotton dresses,cool voils and crispy organdies in light shades.
  • Avoid too many accessories.
  • The makeup should be reduced to the minimum.
  • Foundation creams and lotions should be avoided.
  • Finish make up with a light puff of powder.
  • Be liberal with flowers.Use plenty of them in your hair.
Spray on your favourite perfume and when you go out you feel as pleasantly fresh and cool as though you are in a hill station.

A collection from  magazines.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Mirapakaya bajji / green chilli fritters,is one of the famous snack item prepared in the evenings..Especially college / school going children make their queues near chat bhandars in the evenings for this/their favourite mirapakaya bajji..
  • Oil for deep frying
For batter:
  • Besan / senaga pindi - 1 cup
  • Rice flour -1 tbsp
  • Salt
  • Red chilli powder 1 pinch
  • Eating soda 1 pinch
  • Water for mixing.
For chillie mixture:
  • Green chiilies -4 to 5 nos
  • Green chilli, should be teared with a knife in the middle,remove the seeds from it
For stuffing in green chillies:
  • Boiled potato 1 no
  • Ajwain / vamu 1/4 tsp
  • Amchur powder / lime juice 1/4 tsp
  • Salt a little
  • Mix these 4 items in to a paste form,and stuff in the green chillies and keep them ready.
  • Mix water in the besan powder  rice powder mix ,add sufficient water,the mixed batter should be thick and resemble dosa batter for its thickness. 
  • Place a pan on the stove add oil to it.
  • After the oil is heated ,dip the stuffed green chilli in the besan batter and carefully place them slowly in the boiling oil.
  • Deep fry them till brown in colour.
  • Serve hot.
Ok if u want  the taste just resemble the street food and be aromatic with onions,then finely chop onion,cilantro and mix slightly chilli powder,salt and lime juice and mix well..and keep aside.Next cut each mirchi bajji /chilli fritter with the ends intact ,and stuff the onion mixture and tastes yummy..You  can see my another blog aratikaya bajji in snacks ,in which i stuffed the onion mixture..

Sunday, February 27, 2011



Tomato green peas rice is a very simple recipe and can be done within a few minutes of time..the ingredients required are very easily available in the day to day kitchen  and no need to run to a vegetable market..
  • Cloves 4 nos
  • Sliced onion 1 cup
  • Green chillies slits of 8 nos
  • Green peas 1 cup
  • Tomato slits of 6 nos
  • Ginger garlic paste 2 tsp
  • Haldhi 1/4 tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Pudina leaves/mint  1/4 cup
  • Basmathi rice / rice 1 glass
  • Water 2 glasses
  • Cashew nuts 10 nos
  • Biryani leaf 2 nos.
  • Place a cooker on the stove,add oil to it.After heating add cloves,onion pieces,green chilli slits and fry for some time till onions turn translucent.
  • Then add green peas and let it simmer by closing it with a lid for 5 minutes.
  • Next add chopped tomato pieces and mix thoroughly.
  • Now add ginger garlic paste,and again let it simmer in a low flame by covering with a lid.
  • Next add haldhi,and salt and mix well.
  • Lastly add pudina and after mixing well add 2 glasses of water to it.
  • After the water starts boiling add the washed basmathi rice and cook till it is done.
  • Or if cooking in cooker cook for 2 complete whistles..
  • Transfer in to a serving bowl,garnish with cashews which are fried in 1/4 tsp ghee.
  • Serve hot with any raitha..
  • Its a soft and yummy rice with very less spicyness..obviously children will love it..

Thursday, February 17, 2011



  • Banana (ripe) - 1 cup
  • All Purpose flour(Maidha) - 1 3/4 cup
  • Sugar- 3/4 cup
  • Baking soda - 1 T spn
  • Baking Powder - 1 T spn
  • Choclate chips- 3/4 cup
  • Butter - 5 Tb spns
  • Yogurt - 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1 Tb spn
  • Salt - 1/4 Tspn 


  • Dry Mixture 
    • Mix maidha, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar thoroughly in a vessel.
  • Wet Mixture
    • In another vessel, mix melted butter (at room temperature), banana puree, yogurt and vanilla extract. 
  • Mix wet ingredients with the dry ingredients thoroughly. Lastly add the choclate chips and mix it thoroughly.
  • Preheat the oven at 350 F.
  • Place the muffin liners in the muffin tray.
  • Start filling the paper liners in the muffin tray with the above prepared mixture up to 2/3rd of it.
  • Bake it at 350F for 20 mins.
  • Make sure it is baked properly by placing the knife or toothpick when poked should come out clean.
  • If you like crunch add the almond flakes in addition to the chocolate chips.
  • Here I did not add the egg. But egg eaters can add 1 egg to it.

Saturday, February 12, 2011



  • Sooji - 2 1/2 Cups
  • Sugar - 2 1/2 Cups
  • Dry coconut flakes/Powder- 1 1/4 Cup
  • Unsalted Butter - 4 Tb spns
  • Cardamom powder - 2 pinches
  • Almond Flakes - 4 Tbspns
  • Raisins - 3 Tb Spns
  • Milk - 3/4 Cup

  • Take a pan and add butter to it. When it is hot add almond flakes and raisins.
  • When the raisins pops up add sooji to it and roast it for 10 minutes or until you get light brown colour. The raw smell should go away. Make sure you continously stir it so that the sooji won't get burnt.
  • Now add dry coconut powder and fry by stirring it for 3-5 minutes.
  • Then add sugar and stir it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Finally before turning off the stove add cardamom powder.
  • After turning off the stove add the milk and mix it. The mixture will be tight.
  • Let it cool for 5 mins and start making ladoo.
  • Make sure you don't put too much milk. You should be able to gather the mixture and make a laddu. You can also sprinkle water or milk on the mixture for making a laddu.
  •  Make sure to put a bowl of cold water so that you can dip your hand in the cold water and then a make a laddu. By dipping in cold water and then taking the mixture into hand will also make the task more easy because this wetness will be helpful for binding it easily.

  • Here I used milk because it will be more tasty. Otherwise you can also divide little milk and little water instead of only milk. Or you can only use water instead of milk.
  • After turning off the stove you can also sprinkle milk or water on the dry mixture and make laddus or you can add some milk immediately after turning off the stove mix it then make the laddu's. See whatever is comfortable for you.
  • I got 40 laddus by that measurements. So if you don't need that many you can reduce the quantities.
  • You can also adjust the sugar as per your taste.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011



Saw this in a cookery show and gave it a try. It is very very tasty and yummy. Especially children will love it..

  • Maidha 2 cups
  • Salt a pinch
  • Baking powder 2 tsp
  • Sugar 1 cup
  • Pine apple juice - half cup
  • Vanilla essence 1 tbsp
  • Butter/Ghee -1 cup
  • Pine apple pieces finely chopped - 2 tbsp
  • Boiled milk fat free 1 glass/250 ml
  • For garnishing-7 to 9 finely chopped pine apple slices(rounds)
  • Cherries 4 to 5 nos-cut into half
  • Grease the cake pan with ghee and sprinkle maidha and spread  it across the pan evenly.
  • Dry Mixture 
    •  Mix maidha, salt, baking powder thoroughly in a vessel. You can also seive the mixture 4 to 5 times to get mixed fully.
  • Wet Mixture
    • In another vessel, mix melted butter (at room temperature) with sugar.
    • Then add pineapple juice, vanilla extract(essence), pine apple crush and milk into the vessel and mix them thoroughly.
  • Lastly add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix them well without any lumps.
  • Place 7 to 9 pine apple slices in the greased baking tray.(it is for garnishing as after it is baked when u turn the cake upside down it will be seen as flowers).
  • Pre heat the oven.
  • Pour the cake mixture in the cake  pan (on the arranged pine apple slices)
  • Bake it in convection mode, and set  for 180 degreesC (or 325F) for 40 minutes
  • After 40 mins the oven will automatically be switched off.
  • Make sure it is baked properly by placing the knife or toothpick when poked should comeout clean.
  • Let the cake cool for an hour.
  • Place the cake holder / tray on top of the cake pan and flip it. (Run the butterknife through the edges of the pan if needed.)
  • Garnish the cake with half cut cherries in the centre of the pine apple pieces and serve.
  • You can, if needed, add a dollop of whipped cream on the slices when seving it.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Jeera rice is prepared in minutes of time and no need of vegetables.It is even liked by children very much as it is less spicy food which can  be enjoyed by kith and kin..I prepared it in microwave in just a matter of half an hour.


  • Basmathi rice 2 cups
  • Jeera 3 tsp
  • Bay leaf 2 '' piece
  • Elaichi,cloves and cinnamon 1 tbsp
  • According to your spicy ness
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
  • Chopped onion 1 cup
  • Green chillies 6 to 7 nos
  • Curry leaves a few
  • Cilantro leaves a few
  • Pepper powder 3 to 4 pinches
  • Salt
  • Oil 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Place a micro safe bowl and add oil,then micro high in 900W  for 1 minute.
  • Next add masala items,jeera,tej pathha,and micro high at 900 W  for 3 minutes.
  • Next add chopped onion,green chillies ,ginger garlic paste,and micro high for 3 minutes
  • Now add water and rice ,mix well and cook in micro high at 900 W for 10 minutes.Stir once in between,if u are doubtful whether it will get burnt.
  • Lastly remove outside,and add salt,pepper powder,curry leaves and cilantro leaves,and again micro high at 900 W for another 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Remove and transfer into a serving bowl..

Materials :
  • Cooked Rice-3 cups
  • Jeera-7 to 8 tea spoons
  • Onions chopped-2 cups
  • Green chillies -10 nos
  • made in to slits
  • Curry leaves a few
  • Ginger garlic paste-2 spoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder-3 to 4 pinches
  • Place a pan on the stove add 3 to 4 tablespoons of oil and heat.
  • After heating add jeera and fry for a while,then after wards add chopped onion,greenchilli slits,curry leaves and gingergarlic paste and saute.Then after the onion turned in to transparent,it takes more than 10 mins in low flame,add black pepper powder,and salt.After 2 mins add the cooked rice and mix well for a few seconds.Then switch off the stove.Serve hot.
  • Ideal with onion raitha.
  • We can also add aloo, carrot and green peas to the dish, and then fry till it is done.I collected this recipe from a book related to cooking.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Green peas masala,is one of the combo i prepare for/with  masala rice ,and it usually tastes  yummy..
  • Finely chopped onion / coarsely grinded onion paste 1 cup
  • Tomato puree /tomato pieces (of 2 tomatoes)
  • Green peas 1 cup
(Soaked and half boiled)
  • Chilli powder 1 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
  • Salt
  • Masala paste/powder 1 tsp
  • Oil 2 tbsp
  • First of all half boil the soaked green peas in microwave  for 3 minutes in micro high 900 w,by adding a cup of water.Keep it aside.

  • Place another  micro safe bowl on a table,add oil to it.Micro high for 30 seconds..
  • Remove it outside and now add onion(paste form),ginger garlic paste, and micro high for 3 to 4 min in high 900 w.
  • Next remove it,and mix well,now add tomato pieces /puree,chilli powder,salt and again micro high for 5 minutes.
  • Now mix well ,and lastly add  half boiled green peas,masala powder,mix well and micro high for another 5 minutes..
  • Remove it and transfer in to a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro..
Serve with rotis ,steamed white rice or masala rice..

  • Boil the soaked channa in 2 cups of water till half boiled, or else pressure cook for 1 whistle.Keep it aside.
  • Then place a pan  on the stove and add oil to it.After it is heated add chopped onion/onion paste,ginger n garlic paste,and fry it.
  • Then add tomato/puree,chilli powder and salt,and cook for 5  minutes by closing with a lid in low flame.
  • Lastly add half boiled peas,masala powder,mix well and add half cup of water and cook,till done.
  • Garnish with cilantro.Serve hot..

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


This recipe is done so easily in  few minutes,when there is no mood to make full meals ,moreover it is easily done in microwave in 30 minutes..

  • Chopped onion 1 cup
  • Chopped vegetables 2 cups

(which includes,potatoes,carrot,beans etc)

  • Biriyani / Masala paste 2 tbsp

(which contains both spices and ginger garlic )

  • Oil 3 tbsp
  • Basmathi Rice (1/2 kg or 2 cups)
  • Water 3 and  1/2 cups
  • Spices (a few)
  • Green mirchi 4 to 6 nos
  • Bay leaf 2 inch made in to small pieces

  • Method:

  • Place oil in a micro safe bowl and micro  it for 30 secs in high(900 w)
  • Take off out side and add spices and again micro it for 2 min in high(900 w).
  • Remove it outside ,and add chopped onion ,mix well.
  • Now again micro it for 3 minutes in high.
  • Remove it outside the microwave,now add chopped vegetables and micro high for 2 minutes.
  • Take it outside add biryani paste / masala paste, and mix well.
  • Micro it for 2 minutes,then take it outside.
  • Then add water, rice  and salt,and micro high it for 21 minutes.Check it out and  mix well after 10 minutes.
  • Then keep in micro high  for the remaining 11 minutes,mix well again after another 5 minutes.
  • Finally remove after a total of 21 minutes , after adding rice and water..
  • Lastly micro it in low 180 w for 2 minutes.
Switch off and remove it outside..Keep it covered for another 15 minutes and serve hot..

Spicy masala rice is ready to serve..

  • Keep a kadai on the stove,add oil,then after heating ,add onion pieces fry till light brown.
  • Add the vegetables,fry for 5 min in low fire.
  • Then also add ginger garlic paste,green chillies ,and spicy masala paste.
  • Fry in low fire,add water in 1:2 ratio,then add washed rice,and salt.
  • Cook in low fire,or else can cook in prestige pan.
  • Just for 3 whistles in cooker,then switch it off.
Serve piping hot masala rice with Curry or raitha..

Onion pieces very finely chopped into small pieces-2 nos
Green chillies-finely chopped 2nos
Tomato-1 no finely chopped
Coriander leaves-finely chopped
Curds-2 cups
Salt to taste .
Mix curds with onionpieces,green chillies ,tomatoes and corriander leaves,all finely chopped.Add salt to taste.