Jan 6, 2014

White bean chili

Steamy bowl of White bean chili is prepared with winter vegetables is a family's favorite recipe. An excellent chili recipe can satisfy size appetite !!


 11/2 cups of Navy Beans
1 Medium sized Onion, chopped
1 Carrot, chopped
2 stalks of Celery, Chopped
1 clove of Garlic
1/2 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Pepper powder (can be adjusted as per taste)
4 cups of Vegetable Broth
2 tsp Olive oil


  • Wash and soak navy beans in water for 5 hours. Cook soaked navy bean in pressure cooker with 3 cups of water for 10 minutes

  • In a skillet, heat oil. Add garlic, onions, carrot and celery. Saute for 10 minutes. Return the contents to the pressure pan

  • Add oregano, pepper powder and cumin powder. Mix well

  • Add vegetable broth and adjust thickness. Season it with salt and simmer for 20-30 min on medium heat while stirring it occasionally

  • Serve with hot topped with finely chopped red onions, scallions and tortilla chips 

Jan 2, 2014

Carrot- Beans Sambhar | Carrot-Beans Lentil Curry

Carrot and Beans Sambhar is truly a traditional South Indian based lentil curry. Carrot and beans is a classic vegetable combo to prepare dal sambhar.

Each time I make this delectable dish, it tastes better. The secret lies in asafoetida (also called as Hing) and the sambhar powder itself. The aromatic fragrance of LG brand hing and homemade sambhar powder makes this a divine recipe. 

Here'e the tip to newbies who are making sambhar for the first time-
Tip 1 - Always use LG brand asafoetida while tempering
Tip 2 - I always use homemade sambhar powder.  Otherwise you buy from a South Indian brand  based sambhar powder like MTR or GRB. It tastes more authentic than other brands
Tip 3 - Use pearl onions and fresh curry leaves which adds a lot of character and taste to this recipe


1 1/2 cups of Toor Dal
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
A sprig of Curry Leaves
5 Pearl red onions, peeled and halved
1 Tomato, cubed
2 Carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
200 gms Beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup of tamarind extract
3 tsp Sambhar powder
1 tsp Jaggery (gur)
4 tsp Oil / ghee


  • In a pressure pan, cook toor dal with 5 cups of water for 15 minutes. After the pressure pan cools, mash the dal using Indian curd ladle (or use potato masher)

  • Add oil on a preheated skillet over medium heat, then add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When it starts to crackle, add asafoetida, curry leaves, onions. Give it a little toss and add tomatoes, carrots and beans

  • Add tamarind extract  and sambhar powder. When it starts to simmer, return the contents to  pressure pan containing cooked dal

  • Add jaggery and season with salt. Pressure cook for one whistle

  • Serve hot with steamed rice, idli, dosa, chapathi, ragi ball  or pongal

Jan 1, 2014

Sweet Potato hash with Fried Eggs

While there are New year's bashes around the world, I am posting my first recipe to welcome 2014. I had a quiet celebration with a company of family friends, watching videos till late night. Woke up with a fresh feeling as it is the most welcoming day of the year. 

I made a quick new year breakfast- sweet potato hash with fried eggs which took just 10 minutes to make. Hash was crisp flavored with oregano and the fried eggs made a tasy combo.


1 Sweet Potato, peeled and cubed
1 tsp Butter
1/4 tsp Oregano
1/2 cup Chicken Stock
4 Eggs


  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the sweet potato to the skillet and saute for 2 minutes. 

  • Add chicken stock and oregano to the skillet. Cook sweet potatoes until fork tender. Saute until chicken stock evaporates and scrape the pan until potatoes are crisp. Season it with salt and pepper

  • In a flat pan over medium heat,  crack the eggs and cover it with a lid. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the eggs white solidifies to white and yolk thickens. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and transfer it to a serving dish

  • Serve crispy sweet potato hash with fried eggs 

Dec 20, 2013

Carrot Paniyaram | Gulittu | Gundponglu


Spicy Indian dumpling made from dosa batter is a family's favorite breakfast recipe. The dosa batter itself is made up of lentils and rice which is spiced up with different condiments and veggies to make this spiced up crispy treats. Paniyaram  is made with specially designed 7 holed pan called Kuzhi Paniyaram pan. 

This recipe is predominant in tamil and telugu cuisines. This recipe tastes best when it is paired with tomato chutney. I make this recipe quiet often and serve it as appetizer when my friends (from other states in India) come over. They simply loved this dish !!

Note 1: I have not added seasoning to this recipe. This step is optional
Note 2: If the dosa batter is old, you can add a pinch of sodium-bi-carbonate (soda)


2 cups of Dosa batter
2 Carrots, shredded
1 onion, finely chopped
4 green chilies,finely chopped
Few sprigs of cilantro, finely chopped

For Seasoning- (optional)
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Bengal gram
few sprig of curry leaves
2 tsp of oil


  • In a mixing bowl, mix together dosa batter, carrots, onions, chilies, cilantro and season it with salt 

  • (optional step) -  In a pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds, bengal gram and curry leaves for tempering. Pour it on the batter and mix together
  • Heat the paniyaram pan. Add a drop of oil in each hole. Gently pour the batter in each hole and cover the pan

  • When the edges turn brown, flip paniyaram on the other side. Cook until both the sides turn brown . You can also prick a hole in toothpick. If it comes out clean then it is cooked

  • Serve hot with tomato chutney on side 

Dec 19, 2013

Chicken Manchurian

How about sizzling spicy appetizer in evening? Sounds like fun!!
Chicken Manchurian - a great Indo-Chinese full filling appetizer just enough to satisfy a chicken lovers appetite.  Its delicious and toothsome :-)


For Chicken fritters
250 gms Boneless chicken, cubed
1 cup of Corn flour
1 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Black pepper powder
1/2 cup of White vinegar
Oil for deep frying

For the Manchurian sauce-
5 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
few sprigs of Curry leaves
5 Green Chilies, finely chopped
1 Red Onion, thinly sliced
1 Green bell pepper, cubed
1/4 cup of Ketchup
4 tsp of Dark soy sauce
2 tsp White vinegar
1/2 tsp of Aginomoto
4 tsp oil


For Chicken fritters-
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together chicken, corn flour, paprika, pepper, vinegar and season it with salt. Leave it for 15 minutes in refrigerator (if vinegar is not enough to bind all ingredients, you can add little water
  • Heat oil for deep frying
  • Gently drop marinated chicken in hot oil. Fry evenly until it turn deep red color. Use an absorbent paper to drain excess oil
For Manchurian-
  • In a wok, heat oil. when it turns smoky; add green chilies, curry leaves, garlic, onions and bell pepper. Give it a little (do not cook vegetable. Crunchier, it tastes better)

  • Add soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup and aginomoto. Mix well

  • Add fried chicken and give it a toss on high heat until all the sauce is perfectly coated

  • Serve hot

Dec 18, 2013

Baby Corn Manchurian

An Indo-chinese recipe where deep-fried baby corn is perfectly blended in a Chinese sauce. It is a delicious appetizer can be perfectly paired with fried rice or noodles.  

Today, Indo-Chinese cuisine has become an intrinsic part of modern society in India and has become immensely popular among young crowd. 


For the fritters-
12 Baby corn, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup of corn flour
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
Oil for deep frying

For the Manchurian sauce-
5 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
few sprigs of Curry leaves
5 Green Chilies, finely chopped
1 Red Onion, thinly sliced
1 Green bell pepper, cubed
1/4 cup of Ketchup
4 tsp of Dark soy sauce
2 tsp White vinegar
1/2 tsp of Aginomoto
4 tsp oil


For the fritters
  • In a mixing bowl, mix baby corn, corn flour, paprika, ginger- garlic paste and season it with salt. Add little water just enough to bind all the ingredients

  • Heat oil for deep frying
  • Gently drop baby corn in fryer. Fry until it turns deep red color. Use an absorbent paper to drain excess oil

For Manchurian
  • In a wok, heat oil. When it is smoky; add garlic, curry leaves, green chilies, onions  and bell pepper. Give it a little stir ( dont cook veggies. More crunchier it tastes better!!)

  • Add ketchup, soy sauce, white vinegar and aginomoto. Mix well and 

  • Add baby corn. On high heat toss all the ingredients. Season with little salt if required

  • Serve hot

Dec 10, 2013

Onion Raitha | Perugu Pachadi | Mosuru Bhajji

Raitha is a cooling concoction of yogurt made from freshly cut onions. It can be served as a  dip with parathas, or as a side dish with biryani and pulav,  or with ghee rice or even as a salad dressing. 
There are different kinds of raitha recipes which are made from  cucumber, carrots, pineapple, potatoes and boondhi. This recipe is very simple and easy to make.


1 cup of yogurt
1 Red/ Yellow Onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 Green chili, finely chopped
few sprigs of Cilantro, finely chopped


  • In a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together. Adjust salt as per taste
  • Serve chilled. It tastes best when combined with biryani, pulav or parathas

Dec 5, 2013

Egg Salad

Turn boiled eggs to a salad which is deliciously creamy, chunky and tangy. This salad can be used as sandwich spread ,sandwich filling and as a cracker spread which is perfect for a brunch. It is normally served as a cold salad which rich in protein and carbohydrates. 

When I was studying and working, this salad was a perfect meal because it is quick and easy to prepare.  And off-course highly economical !!


2 Boiled eggs, finely chopped
1 Stick of Celery stalk, finely chopped
2 tsp Yogurt
1 tsp lemon Juice
Few sprigs of Cilantro, finely chopped


  • Mix all the ingredients and season it with salt and pepper

  • Serve it with toast or spread it on cracker. Garnish with green onions
  • Can be refrigerated for future use
Note: Instead of yogurt mayonnaise can be used.  

Dec 4, 2013


Jalebi is a dessert made with fermented batter of flour, yogurt and saffron. The deep fried crispy swirls  are encapsulated in a warm sugar syrup which makes it truly an exotic sweet recipe.

This is my first attempt in making jalebis  which came out very crisp and juicy. Never knew that this  recipe was simple and easy.


2 cups of Maida (flour)
1 cup of Sour yogurt (yogurt stored in room temperature for 12 hours)
1/2 cup of water
1/4 tsp of Saffron, crushed
Oil or ghee for deep frying

For sugar syrup
2 cups of Sugar
1 cup of Water


  • In a mixing bowl, mix together maida, sour yogurt, water and saffron into a thick batter. Cover the dish and ferment in room temperature for 12 hours. When bubbles start to turn up, that's the sign batter is fermented well
  • Load the batter  in a bottle having a nozzle with a single hole 
  • Press the bottle releasing the batter slowly in circles working from inside and out. Fry evenly in medium flame until it turns orange
  • Use an absorbent paper to drain excess oil
  • In a heavy bottomed vessel, add sugar and water. Bring it boil until it attains one string consistency. Keep this syrup warm
  • Now dip the hot jalebi in syrup for 2-3 minutes and store it in a air tight container
  • Jalebi tastes best when it is hot, crispy and juicy

Dec 3, 2013

Veggie cutlet

Simple ingredients with a great blend of mixed vegetables and spices. It's a wonderful snack cum appetizer especially when there are guests at home . 


3-4 kinds of vegetables 1 cup each and finely chopped
3 boiled potatoes
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 onion , finely chopped
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp chat masala
1/4 tsp cumin powder
4 tsp oil
Oil for shallow fry

For dredging-
1/2 cup fine semolina (fine sooji)
1/4 cup rice flour
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp pepper powder
1 cup bread crumbs
Water as needed 


  • In a sauce pan heat oil, add onions and sauté until it turns transparent. Add turmeric powder, chili powder , cumin powder, chat masala and coriander powder. Add vegetables and season it with salt. Sauté for 5 minutes. Add boiled- mashed potatoes and mix well

  • After the veggies has cooled, divide them into equal portions and roll them into balls about 2 inches 

  • Now prepare dredging station by mixing all ingredients listed under batter except bread crumbs. Add water as needed 

  • Now take little of batter and apply it on parties on both the sides. Roll it in bread crumbs 

  • And gently leave it in a preheated pan for shallow frying

  • Fry it evenly until it turns brown. Use absorbent paper to drain excess oil 
  • Serve hot with hot sauce , ketchup or mint chutney