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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kothumai maavu paniyaaram/ Wheat flour fritters


  • Wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Suji/Semolina – 1 cup
  • Ripe banana - 1 (or mashed banana ½ cup) 
  • Grated Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Oil – for deep frying 


Mix wheat flour, semolina and jaggery in a bowl.

Mash the banana. Add mashed banana to wheat flour mixture, mix well. Add ¼ cup of water and make a thick batter.

Keep the batter for few hours (about 4 to 6 hours) or overnight.

Heat a fry pan and add oil for deep frying. Once the oil is hot enough to fry add a spoonful of batter in the hot oil. Wait for the paniyaram to float in the oil. Once done turn it and cook until it becomes golden colour. (Fry the paniyaram in medium heat, if you cook in high heat inner part will be uncooked.)

Once done remove from the oil and place it in a kitchen towel. Repeat the same for the remaining batter.

Serve hot.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Cambodian Stirfried Chicken

Simple stir fried chicken from Combodia, ginger plays a big role in Cambodian cooking, particularly in stir fried dishes.


Friday, August 30, 2013

Portakal Peltesi | Orange Curd | Turkish Dessert Recipe

This dessert is quick, easy and elegant, and perfect for when you have unexpected guests. It is also a nice comfort food for an upset stomach.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

Cacik | Cucumber and Mint Salad | Turkish Salad Recipe

Cacik can be served as a salad or as an accompaniment.  Cacik can be eaten as a cold soup or as a salad. For the salad, the yogurt is kept thick, if served as a soup it is diluted with water. It can be flavoured with fresh or dried mint or with fresh dill and the salad is often served with olive oil on the top.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Damascus Cake | Semolina and Yougurt Cake | Eggless and Butterless Cake

This is easy and a yummy cake. In addition to that there is no egg and no butter.  Preparation time is very less but the result is awesome. If you are bored of flour cakes, try this semolina cake.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Event Announcement - Flavors of Cuisines - "Turkish"

Hi Friends,

I am back to blogging after a break. This month I am guest hosting Juile's "Flavors of Cuisines - Turkish". I thank Julie of Erivum Puliyum" for giving this opportunity. As we know Julie has a wonderful space and her space is loaded with lots of flavors. Please do visit her.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Soursop Juice

Soursop is a green fruit which contains significant amount of Vitamin C, Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B2. Back in India there was a tree in our backyard.  We used to make juice those days. When I saw this fruit in the Supermarket, it reminded me of those days and I bought a fruit immediately.  It is simple yet a lovely and pulpy juice.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Home made Red Bean Paste | Tau Sar - Easy Method

Red bean paste is widely used in Chinese confectionary, Japanese confectionary and Korean confectionary.  Once you prepare this paste you can store it in the refrigerator for about 6 months or more. I prepared this paste for last Chinese New Year and used as a filling for Red Bean Dumplings, Red Bean Pan Cake and Steamed Red bean buns.  Here goes the recipe…


Thursday, April 18, 2013

ABC Jucie | Apple Beetroot Carrot Juice | Healthy Drink

This is a tasty and a very healthy drink. I got to know about this juice through Facebook, stating that it is a miracle drink which prevents cancer cells to develop and it has more health benefits. 

This Miracle Drink will be effective for the following ailments:

 1. Prevent cancer cells to develop. It will restrain cancer cells to grow.

 2. Prevent liver, kidney, pancreas disease and it can cure ulcer as well.

 3. Strengthen the lung; prevent heart attack and high blood pressure.

 4. Strengthen the immune system

 5. Good for the eyesight, eliminate red and tired eyes or dry eyes

 6. Help to eliminate pain from physical training, muscle ache

 7. Detoxify, assist bowel movement, and eliminate constipation. Therefore it will make skin healthy & Look more radiant.

 8. Improve bad breath due to indigestion, throat infection,

 9. Pain

 10. Assist Hay Fever Sufferer from Hay Fever attack.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Green Bean Soup/Mung Bean Soup|Chinese Dessert Recipe

Green bean soup is one of a Chinese dessert which I tasted recently, I could guess the ingredients but still wanted to go for an authentic recipe and I got the recipe here which is easy to prepare at home. 

Red Bean Paste Pancake | A Chinese Dessert Recipe

Pancakes(baobing) in Chinese cooking can be broadly divided into two categories – the thin and the thick. Traditionally it is the thin that will be used as accompaniments for many Chinese cai dishes, while there are several variations, both sweet and savoury, for the thick pancake.

Sweet bean paste is widely used as a filling for steamed buns(baozi), cakes and other desserts.  Red bean paste pancakes is a popular dessert served in most non Cantonese restaurants.  It is very easy to prepare and cook at home.

Recipe source – “The Chinese Kitchen by deh-ta hsiung”

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Red Bean Bao/Baozi/Pow/Pau|Steamed Red Bean Buns|Chinese Snack Recipes

Steamed buns (Mantou) are Chinese equivalent of western bread. They used to be the staple fan of North China, where rice was regarded as luxury food for the better-off. Mantou are steamed rather than baked and always eaten piping hot. These are still widely eaten in China although no longer as a main meal (except for breakfast) but as a snack or part of a meal.

Besides plain mantou, which usually accompany savoury cai dishes, there are two basic types of steamed buns, sweet or savoury .These are known as baozi (filled mantou).

We love these buns with sweet fillings and I made red bean bao/baozi/pao/pau/paw.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Stir fried Bak Choy/Pak Choi/Chao Bai Cai – Stir fried Chinese White Cabbage

Bak Choy is a common Chinese cabbage called xiao bai cai (little white cabbage) in order to distinguish it from da bai cai (big white cabbage), known as Chinese leaf. Bak Choy is simply the Cantonese pronunciation of bai cai. Bak choy is one of Chinese cuisine’s most venerable vegetables, a tasty green that resembles Swiss chard.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Glutinous rice balls/Tang Yuan/Red Bean Dumplings - A Chinese Dessert Recipe

Glutinous rice balls/Tang Yuan is a Chinese dessert which is served on any auspicious family celebrations.  These round and sticky balls can be unfilled or filled with sweet fillings like red bean, sesame, peanut etc.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Orange Agar Agar/Orange China Grass Pudding/Agar Agar Recipes

Agar/Agar Agar/China grass is vegetarian gelatine produced from several species of seaweed; Agar is a good source of protein, iodine, iron and fibre. It comes in powder, flakes or bars. Agar has no fat, no carbohydrates, so this is helpful for those who are looking for low calorie desserts.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Semiya Payasam/Vermicelli Kheer

Vermicelli Payasam is my favourite payasam. Since this is easy to make I make this payasam whenever I crave for sweet item.  

Monday, February 18, 2013

Mexican Style Scrambled Eggs

These scrambled eggs with chopped tomato, onion and green chilli are known as ‘a la mexicana’ because the colours of these last three ingredients echo the colours of the Mexican flag. This is a typical breakfast dish and combines naturally with soft corn tortillas, beans and any Mexican salsa. Recipe source - "Fresh Mexican” by Monica Medina-Mora and Angeles Ayala.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Banana Chapathi - kids Delight

When I made dates paratha my kids enjoyed it a lot then I wanted to try banana chapathi for long time and I made it yesterday. They liked it very much. I am sure your kids would love this too. You can serve this as a breakfast or evening snack with a cup of milk. If you wish sprinkle some honey on top of the chapathi and serve.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Huevos Rancheros - Mexican breakfast Recipe

When Julie and Love to experiment announced Flavours of Cuisines – Mexican, I immediately rushed to the library and borrowed some Mexican cook books. I wanted to prepare some simple dish and when I gone through the books many of the ingredients stated are not available in the supermarket. So I decided to cook with the ingredients that are available here. This is one of the simple dishes I found from the book “Fresh Mexican” by Monica Medina-Mora and Angeles Ayala.

In this dish fried eggs are placed over a corn tortilla, and then covered with a delicious tomato sauce. This is a classic item of the Mexican breakfast menu served with black beans and crusty white bread. Corn tortillas are not available here and I prepared the dish with wheat flour tortilla.

We all liked this and I am sure I will make this again and again.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mutton Leg bone Soup/Aatukaal Elumbu Soup

This soup is my mom’s recipe. Mutton leg bone soup contains lot of calcium. Calcium is essential for bones and teeth. This soup is good for the people who suffer from knee joint pain.  I was suffering from knee joint pain and my mom recommended this soup.  I had this soup weekly once for 3 months and now I feel much better. Here goes the recipe…

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Apple and Wheat flour Halwa/Indian Sweet

Apple and wheat flour halwa is not only a delicious sweet but also a healthier sweet.  Good for kids who doesn’t like apple. In this recipe, I avoided cashews because my kids don’t like the crunchy bite in between.

Pasta with fruits for Kids/Toddlers

This is simple and lovely pasta recipe for kids. Definitely they would love this pasta that too when served with their favourite fruits. Generally banana goes well with pasta but you can add your kid’s favourite fruits. I have added apple, banana and grapes.
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