Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sweet Corn and Potatoes with Tomato gravy

Last month I was having conversation with my friend , I generally asked her whats the menu today, she told me that she did this Healthy and tasty dish , corn and potato with tomatoes. Since then I was just curious about doing.
Last week I bought all the ingredients required for this recipe but somehow it got delayed. Finally I have done that with a little variation today. Sweet corn was very fresh and the dish was delicious as usual.

Ingredients :
• 1 ½ cup boiled sweet corn
• 1 cup boiled potatoes chopped
• 3 medium tomatoes chopped
• 2 medium onions chopped
• 1 ½ tsp red chilli powder
• 1 tsp coriander powder
• 3 cloves
• 1 small cinnamon
• 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
• Salt to taste
• 2 tbsp oil
• 5 tbsp of water
• 1 tsp corn flour

Sweet corn and Potatoes with Tomato Gravy

How to prepare :

1. Blend onions and tomatoes into a fine paste separately .
2. Pressure cook sweet corn and potatoes till you get exactly 2 whistles.
3. Heat oil in pan, add cloves ,cinnamon fry for a 1min. Then add ginger garlic
paste fry till the raw smell is gone and it is somewhat brown in color.
4. Next Add onion paste and fry for 3mins
5. Next add tomato paste and cook for 5mins stirring In between so that it wont get
6. Add , 1 small glass of water to the mixture and add coriander powder ,chilli
powder and salt and allow it to cook for few minutes so that all the spices are
mixed properly
7. Add boiled potatoes and corn to the gravy and cook for 5 mins. You can add water
to the mixture if the consistency of the gravy is thick.
8. After 5-10 mins add 1 tsp of corn flour diluted in little water to the mixture
and stirring continuously for a minute.
9. Sweet corn with aloo in tomato gravy is ready and have it with rotis or any
Indian bread.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Tomato chutney / Tomato pickle / Tomato pachadi

Ingredients :

• 5 medium tomatoes chopped roughly
• 2 medium onions chopped
• 2 tbsp oil
• Salt to taste
• 4-5 green chillies ( add more or else acc to taste)
• 3-4 flakes of tamarind
• 3 tbsp Sesame seeds
• 1 tbsp coriander seeds
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 1tsp urad dal
• 1 tsp mustard seed
• 3 dry red chillies
• Pinch of hing

Tomato chutney

How to prepare :

1. Heat oil in a pan, roast sesame seeds say 2-3 min.keep aside.
2. Next roast coriander seeds in the same skillet for 2-3 min stirring
continuously,keep it aside.
3. Heat oil in the same pan, and fry green chillies till white bubbles are formed, be
careful since they happen to splutter right on ur face.
4. keep the chillies aside and in the same oil add chopped tomatoes and cook them
for 5mins
5. First grind sesame seeds + coriander seeds.Next goes cooked tomatoes,salt,green
chillies,onions,tamarind, make a fine paste.
6. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan ,add mustard seeds, when they splutter add red
chillies, urad dal fry till it is golden brown ,finally pinch of hing.
7. Tomato chutney is ready to be taken with either chapathis or rice.
8. Chopped onions to the side make it even more tastier

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Palak Chutney / Palak Pachadi / Spinach pickle

Mom used to make this pickle quite often and we all used to love the dish. Goes best with rice, with finely chopped onions in between makes it even more tastier.

Ingredients :
1. 3 bunches of palak cleaned with water and finely chopped
2. Marble size tamarind
3. 1 small onion
4. 3-4 green chillies / add more or less according to taste
5. Salt to taste
6. 3 tbsp oil
7. 5-8 dry red chillies
8. 1 tsp dhaniya powder
9. 1 tsp cumin seeds
10. ½ tsp turmeric

For tempering / Popu / thaalinpu ( so many names)

1. 1tsp mustard seeds
2. Pinch asofotida
3. 1 tsp Urad dal

Palak chutney

How to Prepare :

1. Cook chopped palak in a 1 tbsp of oil till water gets evaporated.
2. Now add red chillies in the another skillet / kadai fry for 25 sec
3. In a mixer add cooked palak, tamarind( you cane also add pulp),red chillies,
dhaniya powder,cumin seeds,salt and turmeric into a fine paste.
4. For tempering , Heat 1 tbsp of oil in kadai ,add mustard seeds when they start
spluttering add urad dal fry till golden brown and in the last add hing /
asofotida. Add to the pachhadi / chutney .

Note : red chillies can be added more or less according your taste.
Tamarind is directly or made can extract pulp and used .

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Chilli Gobi / Spicy Cauliflower curry

Chilli Gobi / Spicy Cauliflower curry : Name itself is very tempting. The other day I have gone through chilli paneer recipe which made me do this spicy chilli cauliflower curry. Cauliflower is very tasty vegetable which can be taken either dry or with gravy.Chilli gobi is a dry dish with lots of chillies and sauces and very easy to make. It goes best with rice. I have done my own variations to this recipe.

Ingredients :
1. 1 medium size cauliflower / 3cups of florets
2. 2 medium size potatoes boiled and cut into cubes
3. 3 tbsp oil
4. Salt to taste
5. ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
6. 1/2tsp cumin seeds
7. 1tsp urad dal
8. Pinch hing / asofotida
9. 2tsp chilli powder
10. 1tsp chilli sauce
11. 1tsp soya sauce
12. 2tbsp corn flour
13. 2 green chillies
14. 1 tsp coriander powder
15. 2 tsp gram flour / besan
16. Pinch of azinomoto
17. ½ tsp turmeric
18. 2 green chillies
19. 2 tsp curry leaves
20. 1 bunch coriander leaves

Chilli Gobi

Chilli Gobi

Method :
1. Cook the florets in warm water for 10mins with little salt.
2. Take a bowl,add 2 tbsp of corn flour and salt.
3. Mix the florets to the above mixture properly
4. Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds , when they start spluttering add urad
dal ,curry leaves,finely chopped green chillies followed by hing
5. Add florets and boiled potaoes to the mixture and fry it for 5min .
6. Sprinkle some water keep the lid and allow to cook.(too much of water should not
be used,since cauliflower cooks very quickly)
7. When the cauliflower is tender remove the lid.
8. Stir fry the mixture for every 2-3mins till the cauliflower golden brown
9. Now add chilli powder,salt,daniya powder ,besan ,azinomoto,soya sauce,chilli
sauce turmeric and fry the mixture for 5 min continuosly.
10. Now add finely chopped coriander leaves, serve hot with rice

Note : If you don’t want too much spiciness you can reduce the chilli quantity.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Aloo and Palak Sabji / Potato and Palak curry

It was a lovely evening and I had to prepare something for dinner tonight. I thought of doing something, which is different and tasty. As usual K is the” bali ka bakra” lol. Jokes a part, I started doing some good cooking lately. My dear K happen to like them at gun point haha.

I had some fresh palak and baby potatoes and decided to combine these two. Though this is not my idea entirely, I read this recipe from other blog, made little changes and it was very tasty.

Ingredients :
1. 3 bunches of fresh palak
2. 250gms baby potatoes
3. 3 tbsp oil
4. Salt to taste
5. ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
6. 2 cloves
7. 1 small piece cinnamon
8. 2 green chillies

Aloo and Palak Sabji
Potato and Palak curry

Procedure :
1. Boil the potatoes and make holes with a fork into them
2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in pan .Add cleaned and chopped palak to it.
3. Cook for about 4-5mins allow it to cool
4. Make a paste of 2 green chillies + cooked palak +salt and keep it aside
5. Heat remaining 2tbsp of oil in a wok ,when hot add cloves cinnamon. Fry for 1min
6. Next add ginger garlic paste till raw smell is gone.
7. Add palak paste to the mixture and cook for 5 mins.
8. Add 1 cup of milk and add boiled potatoes to it and cook for 10mins
9. Serve hot with rotis

Note : I used only little spices you can add more spices to make it more spicer.
Milk was readily available so I used it, instead cream can also be used.
Salt has to be carefully used since palak already has some amount of salt in it.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cabbage curry with coconut and Peas

My mother used to make very simple curry with cabbage which was very tasty though.My mother inlaws recipes are mouth watering and very delicious. Cabbage with coconut and peas combination is very yummy and it is one of the recipes which I have learnt from her. So lets see the procedure.

Ingridients :

1. 250gm cabbage finely chopped
2. 1 cup fresh grated cocunt
3. 1 cup peas
4. 1 tbsp of chopped coriander leaves
5. 2-3 green chillies finely chopped
6. Salt to taste
7. ½ tsp tumeric
8. 2 tbsp oil
9. 1 tsp mustard seeds
10. 1tsp cumin seeds
11. 1 tsp chana dal
12. 1 tsp moong dal
13. Pinch of hing / asofotida

Cabbage with Coconut and Peas curry
Cabbage curry with cocnut and peas
Procedure :
1. Clean chopped cabbage and drain the water.
2. To the cabbage add salt, ½tsp turmeric,finely chopped green chillies and peas
3. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pressure cook it with little
water ,sufficient enough to cook,till you get 2 whistles.

*(You can also cook directly in a skillet but trust me this takes very little time but we need to make cure not to get more than 2 whistles when you pressure cook it.)

4. Heat oil in a skillet, wait till it is quite hot, add mustard seeds,dals and in the last asofotida
5. stir it till mustard seed splutter and dals are golden brown
6. Now add the cooked cabbage mixture from the pressure cooker .Stir for 5 min
7. Now add grated cabbage mix it properly f0r 2-3 mins.
8. Finally garnish with coriander leaves.Serve hot with rice

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer is a very tasty dish which needs little effort and it turns out to be delicious!!!!!I had tried it a couple of times.Matar Paneer and Aloo matar are more or less have the same procedure.


1. 100gms Paneer cut into cubes
2. 11/2 cup boiled peas
3. 3 medium tomatoes made into paste
4. 2 medium onions made into paste
5. 1 tsp cumin powder
6. 1 tsp coriander powder
7. 1tsp garam masala powder
8. 1/2 tsp amchur powder
9. 11/2 tsp chilli powder
10. 2tbsp oil
11. salt to taste
12. 1bunch of coriander leaves to garnish

Matar Paneer
Matar Paneer

How to prepare :

1. Heat oil in a shallow skillet and add onion paste and fry it till turn golden
2. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a min till the raw smell is gone
3. Next add tomato puree / paste to it and fry it for a min and cover the lid.
4. After 2mins remove the lid and add all the spices, cumin powder,coriander powder
garam masala pwder,chilli powder and salt.
5. Add some 2 cups of water to the mixture and mix all the spices properly and allow
it boil for 10 mins
6. Add peas and paneer to the gravy you made and allow it cook for 5 - 10 mins.
7. Mouth Watering Matar Paneer is ready.Garnish with Coriander leaves
8. Serve it with rotis or nans.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Aloo and Brinjal Curry

Ingredients :

1. 3 medium potatoes
2. 2 brinjals
3. 3 medium onions
4. Curry and coriander leaves
5. 1 tsp Red chilli powder
6. 3 tsp of besan / gram flour
7. 1 tsp of garam masala powder
8. 1 tsp coriander powder
9. Salt to taste
10.3 tsp oil
11.1 tsp mustard seeds
12.1tsp cumin seeds
13.1 tsp bengal gram / chana dal
14.1.tsp green gram / moong dal

Aloo and Brinjal curry
Aloo and Vankaya curry

Preparation :

1. Cut the potatoes ,brinjal and onions vertically in the same shape so that all of
them will be cooked properly at the same time.
2. Heat oil in the pan and add mustard seed s and cumin seeds till they splutter
3. Next add the dals and stir for a min till they are brown
4. Add curry leaves ,onions and fry them till golden brown
5. Next add potatoes and brinjal and salt
6. Mix it properly and sprinkle little water and close the lid
7. Cook it for 5 min and mix it and then sprinkle some more water and close the lid.
8. Repeat the process till potatoes and brinjal are cooked
9. Adding more water makes brinjals overcooked and the dish may get spoil.
10.When the vegetables are tender add red chilli powder , 1 tsp of coriander
powder , garam masala powder and 3 tsp of graml flour / besan and mix it properly
and stir fry it continuosly for 5 – 10mins so that it doesn’t get burnt at the
bottom.garnish with coriander leaves.

Aloo and vankaya / Potato and brinjal curry is ready to eat with rice .ummmmmmmmmmm

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


chole is a yum yum recipe and very easy to prepare. We need to prepare all the gravies first and keep it aside and start the preperation.

Ingridients :

1. 250gms of kabuli chana
2. 2 medium size potato boiled and cut into small pieces
3. 2 medium onions
4. 3 tomatoes
5. 3 tsp oil
6. 1 tsp chili powder
7. 1 1/2 tsp chole masala powder (available in stores)
8. Salt to taste
9. 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
10.3 tbsp of tamarind juice



1. Soak kabuli chana overnight and pressure cook chana and keep it a aside.
2. Take ½ of the cooked chana and make a paste.
3. Cut tomatoes and onions and make fine paste separately
4. Heat oil in a pan and add onion paste till it is golden brown
5. Add ginger garlic paste stir it till the raw smell is gone
6. Next add the chana paste and mix it properly
7. Add rest of the boiled chana and then goes chilli powder and salt and tamarind
8. Cook the mixture for 5 min. Finally add kabuli chana masala powder or general
masala powder which can be prepared at home.
9. Finally garnish with coriander leaves .

You can have it directly.
By adding little lemon juice and finely chopped onions makes it more yummier.
You can have it with rotis nans and even pulao.

Note : If you want to make it more spicy you can add little more chilli and masala powder.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Egg Curry

Masala egg curry is similar to my Dum aloo recipe.Just we have to replace aloo with eggs. It goes well with rotis and rice.

Ingredients :

1. 3 eggs boiled and cut into half
2. 1/2 tsp masala powder
3. 1 big onion
4. 4 medium tomatoes
5. salt as per taste
6. 1 tsp chilly powder
7. 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
8. 1 tsp flour
9. 1 tbsp of oil
10. 1/2 bunch of coriander

Egg Curry

How to make :

1. Make fine paste of onion and tomatoes. Take oil in a pan.
2. Add ginger garlic paste and stir for 2 min and next add onion paste till golden brown
3. Add tomato paste and stir for 5 min.
4. Add salt, chilli powder and mix it properly and finally add masala powder.
5. make small slits to the eggs and place in the mixture and stir for 3 or 4 mins.
6. Finally garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or rice.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Aloo Paratha

I experimented aloo paratha for the first time. First paratha was a disaster but the second, third had turned out so well that I very much surprised, ofcourse taste was good too. Krish has liked it.

Ingredients :

1.Aloo - 2, medium sized, Boiled,peeled and smashed
2.Green chillies – 2,finely chopped
3.Onion - 1 finely chopped
4.Cilantro – ½ bunch
5.Salt – as per taste
6.chilly powder – as per taste
7.garam masal – ½ tsp
8.oil – 1tbsp
9.2 cups of wheat flour

How to prepare the aloo stuff

To the smashed potatoes add ½ tsp salt,1/2 tsp chilly powder and ½ tbsp garam masala. Mix it properly.

How to make Parathas

1. Take oil in pan and fry green chillies and onions till they turn golden brown
2. Add Aloo mixture to it and mix it properly
3. Add chopped cilantro and fry for 5- 6 min and keep it aside to cool
4. Mix water and wheat flour with salt and knead to make a smooth dough
5. Keep it for ½ hour
6. Make small ball out of dough and place the aloo stuff in the center.
7. Draw the edges towards the center to cover the mixture
8. Press the resulting dough gently and dust it with flour
9. Make it as a roti and place it on a preheated pan
10.After few min reveres the side of paratha after golden brown patches appear on
first side
11.Sprinkle some oil and then flip again
12.Cook till it is properly done
13.Hot Paratha is served with curd or chutneys

Friday, June 12, 2009

Aloo n Peas Pulao / Veg Pulao

A small celebration has been made at Home for the New Year Eve .Just me, K and Aashu. She just woke up few mins before the New Year and we cut the cake and rest of the time spent watching T.V. Though we were alone we had our own part of fun.On 1st of Jan I thought of doing something special at home rather than going out for lunch. Well so the Menu goes …….
- Aloo n Peas Pulao with Tomato raitha.
- Chole with puri.

Krish liked Pulao so much that he ended up licking his fingers…lol

What we need

- 2 cups of rice
- 2 big potatos cut into cubes
- 1/12 cups of peas
- Garam masala includes the spices ..6 cloves, 1 sp shah jeera, 1 bay leaf , 1
- cinnamon broken into pieces
- 1 sp of ginger garlic paste
- 2 tbsp of oil/ghee
- 4 green chilies
- Salt to taste
- 3 cups of water

Aloo and Peas Pulao

How to prepare

1. Wash the rice and add 3 cups of water to it.
2. Heat oil in a pan on low flame
3. Add all the spices (cloves,jeera,bay leaf,cinnamon) ad stir for 1min
4. Next add ginger garlic paste and stir for 30seconds.
5. cut the green chilies vertically and add to the mixture and stir it
6. Add potatoes, peas and stir fry for few minutes.
7. Add Rice with 3 cups of water to the mixture along with salt
8. Mix the ingridients properly and pressure cook it, till you get 2 whistles
9. Remove the lid and mix the mixture
10.serve hot with raitha

Vegetable Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of the dishes I always wanted to make. But I never took the initiative to learn the recipe. For the past few days I was very busy, tired and exhausted with Aashrita, did not get time to eat or cook properly. After a long time, thought of making fried rice. It took us only 30-35mins and it tasted amazingly beautiful with different colored vegetables and ummm……sooooooo delicious.You want to taste some? Its very easy to prepare. What you need is good mood and passion to eat.

Ingridients :

- ½ cup carrots chopped finely
- ½ cup beans chopped finely
- ½ cup peas
- 1 cup spring onions chopped
- 1 sp soya sauce
- 1 sp pepper
- 1 sp chilly sauce
- 1sp tomato sauce
- 4 cups of rice
- Salt to taste
- 2tbs oil
- ½ sp ajinomoto
- 1sp gingergarlic paste


Cook the rice.(1 cup of rice 2 cups of water) Spread the rice on a plate, allow it to cool. Add little oil to it and mix it well so that each grain separate from each other. Another method is, keep the cooked rice in refrigerator for 1 hr.

Vegetable Fried Rice

1. Heat oil in a pan
2. Add ginger garlic paste fry till light brown
3. Add all the vegetables, put the harder vegetables first followd by the lighter
ones ( first carrots,peas,beans,spring onions)
4. Add salt, ajinomoto, pepper, 1sp chilly,tomatosauce,soya sauce to the mixture
and stir fry on low flame for 5mins
5. Add rice to the mixure amd mix it properly
6. Vegetable fried rice is ready
7. serve hot

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Beetroot Halwa

For the past few days I have been very busy looking after Aashu. So its quite sometime I prepared any new dish. The occasion called for when K’s Aunt and Uncle dropped by for three days. I was quite apprehensive whether they will like my cooking. They were our first guests after marriage and after moving into our new house. There were fresh Beetroots in the refrigerator. I thought why not prepare Beetroot Halwa. It turned out to be very yum yum and delicious. This is Ammas receipe.
Beetroot is disliked by most of the people because of its color but it is good source of iron and other nutrients.It has vitamins A,B AND C.

What do we need

•3 cups of grated beetroot

•3 tbsp of ghee

•Cashew nuts(10-15)


•1 cup sugar

•½ sp Cardamom(Ilaichi) powder

Beetroot Halwa

How to prepare

1.Take 1 tbs of ghee in a pan and fry Cashew nuts and Raisins separately and keep
them aside
2.Add 2 tbsp of ghee in a pan, maintain low flame
3.After 30seconds, add grated Beetroot to it, stir for 5 mins .
4.add 3 cups of water (milk is the best option instead of water) and keep the lid
for 10-15 mins, stir occasionally so that it doesn’t stick to the pan
5.Continue this process till beetroot becomes soft
6.Add 1 cup of sugar, Cardamom powder to it and stir it for 5mins.
7.Add raisins and cashews to it
8.Finally garnish it with the remaining cashews and raisins
9.Delicious beetroot halwa is ready to be served !

Carrot curry

we can be eat carrots in a variety of ways. The simplest way is raw as carrots are perfectly digestible without requiring cooking. Alternatively they may be chopped and boiled, fried or steamed, and cooked in soups and stews.Carrots contain beta-carotene, a carotenoid pigment found in bright orange fruits and vegetables.I t is rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A plays a major role in eyesight by preventing night blindness and helping with the maintenance of a healthy, clear cornea (outer membrane of the eye).
Carrots are loved by most-of-them. Carrot curry is very easy to prepare. The only hard work you need to put is to grate it. K & me love this dish so I often prepare this.Do you know something, to everybodys surprise i learnt this receipe from "K"


• Grated carrots 3 cups

• Green chilies 4

• 2 tbsp of oil

• Salt to taste

• Lemon juice 3 spoons

• Few coriander leaves


1.Peel carrots and grate them

2.Take oil in a pan

3.Add mustard and pinch of hing(hing is optional), fry it till it splutters

4.Add chopped green chilies slit vertically to the oil

5.Next Add grated carrot along with salt

6.Stir for 5 minutes on a low flame till the carrot becomes little soft

7.Remove the curry from the flame and now add lemon juice to it.

8.Finally sprinkle few coriander leaves on it.

It goes best with Rice and even eat it as snack in the evening

Carrot Curry

Note : We have to add the lemon juice to the curry when it is removed from the flame

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy and a Wonderful New Year 2009

Another year just passed by so fast.This New year we planned to stay at home and enjoy.Its chilling outside and we decided to celebrate at home.Krishna and I decorated a little bit with balloons and colored ribbons which turned to be hmmm not bad at all. We planned to have some music but since Aashrita was fast asleep we dropped the plan and stuck to the T.V. We got a Black Forest cake Yummmyyy.Naku chala istam Black Forest and Butter scotch. Had dinner at 9.30pm and Aashrita to the surprise gotup and joined us to celebrate. At the tick of 12.00 I and krishna greeted each other with new year wishes and ofcourse Aashu got lot of kisses from me. Aashu and I cut the cake and took few snaps.well Inti nuchi amma and attayya deggara nunchi calls vachai so wish chesi, finally at 1.00 ki padukunnamu.
Konni snaps upload chesanu so see it and enojoy!!!!!!!!!!!! bye for now