9799692b348 Nivedhanam: 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Misal - spicy gravy

Misal is a gravy made with white peas and is a very popular in the street food called Misal Pav. We were given this Misal Pav as a part of the Southern team for the North vs South Challenge. You can use regular pav buns available, but I used homemade buns (recipe to follow soon)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thiruvathirai Kootu

Thiruvathirai kootu is a festival food done on Thiruvathirai. It is accompanied with the Thiruvathirai kali done on Thiruvathirai. It is done with a lot of vegetables (seven), tamarind and a grinded mixture. It is very aromatic from freshly ground spices and tastes very delicious.
Thiruvathirai Kootu - IMG_5819

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thiruvathirai Kali

Thiruvathirai is a festival celebrated in the Margazhi Maasam on the Thiruvathirai Star.. Thiruvathirai kali recipe is a festival food made on thiruvathirai. It is a very delicious recipe that is served with 7 vegetable kootu (recipe will come soon).
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Mahabaleshwar Channa (Spicy Roasted Chickpeas)

Mahabaleshwar Channa is a simple, nutrituous and tasty snack. This is so simple to do with canned beans, else you need to soak, pressure cook the beans and then have them ready. I got this recipe from here and it is surely a keeper.
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Ginger Candy / Crystallized Ginger

Ginger candy is a very interesting tasting sweet which has a lot of flavor and is pretty easy to make. It is a sweet-hot treat. It can also be used in many Chinese or Thai dishes that call for sweet ginger. Ginger candy and ginger drink are made together. This candy is very helpful and a tasty medicine to cure nausea, vomiting and morning sickness. We used this couple of times when we were on the cruise with rough sea and was relieved of the sea sickness in a few minutes. Ginger Candy can be stored in an airtight container for at least a month..

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Eggless Garlic Mozzarella Muffins – Savory Muffins

Breakfast is a very important meal of the day - yes everybody know that!! And typically we do not have a lot of time to prepare for breakfast... Most of the South Indian breakfast recipes are quick like idli, dosa, upuma. This muffin is also a quick one and it tastes so much better when served hot. These are also good when reheated. This can be made in less than 25 - 30 minutes including preparation and are great for kid's lunchbox also!! I got this recipe from here and made very few changes (very very few). I am a person who prefers to eat savory muffins vs. a sweet one and I loved this!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Roundup of Cooking With Whole Foods – Whole Wheat Flour

Hi All,
I am so happy to have received so many entries - 72 lovely entries for my guest host event “Cooking With Whole Foods – Whole Wheat Flour”. Thanks all for your lovely entries and thanks to Kiran for giving me this opportunity. Here is a yummy and healthy roundup with Whole Wheat Flour. I hope I have included everybody, please let me know if I have missed anyone!! Click on the recipe picture to take you to the delicious recipe and the blog.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Eggless Fruit Cookies

Cookies are fun as they are quick to make, have a longer shelf life and they look so pretty. They are also a great food on the go. While some cookies are very sinful in calories, this one is little on the other side.. I got this recipe from here and this is surely a keeper. Kids delight recipes are fun to make and imagine them to sweets or desserts or cookies that they love!!! I am including this for the Kids delight - desserts for this month's BM.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Eggless Pistachio and Cardamom Cookies

I love the cookies that melt in your mouth.. This is a very easy and quick cookie recipe and you cannot stop with one!! This recipe will give around 20 small to medium sized cookies. I got this recipe from here and we love it… I have included all Indian flavors like cardamom and nutmeg. You could also use vanilla extract in its place. 
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Apple Cornmeal Bread

A healthy quick bread which has no processed ingredients. It has a very earthy taste from the molasses. This will make 3 mini loafs or a big loaf.. I made 2 mini loafs and 2 jumbo muffins out of this… I got the recipe from here and made few changes.. Very happy to include this for BM - Kids delight – desserts. 
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Eggless Neapolitan Cake

Neapolitan is a tri color. Have seen the very famous Neapolitan ice creams and this cake also follows the same rule of tri color. We have 3 colors in this cake - green, pink and yellow. When Swathi chose this cake for the baking partners, I was very excited as I would get to do a very colorful cake. Made some changes from the original recipe. The original recipe was done in a loaf pan, I have made this in a 9 inch cake pan, made it Gelatin free and Eggless.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Paneer Pinwheels

Pinwheel is a leavened bread with stuffing which is rolled and then cut before baked. It is a great snack. It tastes best when served hot and can be accompanied with tomato Ketchup or a tangy and spicy chutney. The stuffing is really a personal choice and can be adjusted according to taste, preference and availability. It is pretty easy to do if the pastry sheets are available. I used ready made puff pastry sheets. This makes a great evening snack or perfect for parties.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

A simple dish got me an award!!!

I am very happy to get the “Best Presentation Award” for my Pooshanikkai Mor Kootu in the EP Series, hosted by Divya… Check out the delicious roundup here. Thanks Divya for this great award and congrats to all the winners and the participants!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Carrot Halwa / Gajar Ka Halwa

Carrot Halwa is a very famous Indian desert made from carrots. It tastes best when served either warm or on room temperature. Generally Halwa has a lot of sugar and lot of ghee.. On the contrary, this one is quite less in sugar (you can reduce it even further) and very less in ghee.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Carrot Onion Veg

Carrot veg is a simple and tasty dish.. This recipe can be found in many sites, but frankly this is my version and is a super hit in my house now.. Previously we used to not prefer traditional carrot veg much as it will be too sweet. This Carrot veg is spicy and is very tasty to eat. This tastes best when served hot with any sambar or rasam rice. Adjust salt and chili to taste. I am including this for this BM under cooking carrots in many ways
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Carrot – 500 grams
Green chili – 4
Salt – 1 tea spoon
Turmeric Powder – ½ tea spoon
Onion – 1 cup (finely chopped)
Curry Leaves – 6
Mustard Seeds – ½ tea spoon
Ulutham Parupu / Urad Dal – 1 tea spoon
Sambar Powder / Rasam Powder – 1 ½ tea spoon
Chili Powder – ¼ tea spoon (optional)
Oil – 2 tea spoons
Water – to boil the carrots

Chop the carrots to small cubes and boil it with salt, turmeric powder and sambar or rasam powder
Keep the boiled carrots aside
Heat a pan and add oil
Once oil is hot, add mustard seeds
After the mustard seeds crackle, add the ulutham parupu
When the ulutham parupu turns golden color, add the green chili and curry leaves and sauté for 30 seconds
Add onions and sauté well
Onions should be well done (add a pinch of salt to cook onions faster)
Once the onions are well done, add the boiled carrots and mix well
Switch off the flame and the carrot onion veg is ready to be served!!!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Carrot Thuvayal / Carrot Chutney

Some dishes are so quick and so tasty that you want to include them in the meals every week. This quick and yummy chutney belongs to the above category!! This is ready in less than 15 minutes and tastes so good with idli, dosa, roti, plain rice or curd rice. Adjust the amount of salt and chili as per preference. I am including this for this BM under cooking carrots in many ways.. I got this recipe from here and it is surely a keeper
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Eggless Chocolate Cake – Chocolate cake sheets

Cake Sheets are basic cakes with which you could do many shapes and designs as per your creativity. I made a black forest cake with chocolate ganache icing (recipes will follow soon) with this cake. But you could use your imagination and make them into various shapes. This recipe will give 2 9 inch round cakes.

SYF & HWS - Ginger

Ginger is a great root which has so many medicinal properties and benefits!! I have given a detailed post on the ginger here. I am so excited to be doing an event with Ginger!!! . Thanks a lot to Anu of Anu’s Healthy Kitchen for this opportunity to guest host her event. Please share your recipes which has ginger in it… Need not be the main ingredient.
SYF&HWS - Ginger
Event Guidelines:
1. Make any Vegetarian dish (NO EGGS ALLOWED) dish with Ginger and post it in your blog.
2. Event Runs from Dec 5th 2012 to Jan 5th 2013
2. Please link this page and Anu's page in your post and then link your recipes. Please send as many entries.. More the better!!!
3. Usage of logo is Mandatory
4. You can link your recipe with the help of the linky tool below. If any issues or you are a non-blogger, please submit via email to nivedhanams@gmail.com with the following details:
Subject - SYF & HWS - Ginger as the Subject
Your Name
Blog Name
Recipe URL
Recipe Photo (if I cannot take from the URL) - not more than 100 kb
5. Vegetarian dishes only (Eggs Not allowed) please.
6. Entries not following the above rules will be DELETED
Looking forward to all your great and yummy recipes!!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Multigrain Bread

What an amazing tasting bread that screams – “I am healthier”. This Multigrain bread as the name says has a lot of grains added to it. You could individually go and select each of the whole grains, but I chose an easier path, which is use the Bob Red Mill’s 6 grain cereal (details are below). I got this recipe from Americas Test Kitchen show and this is a super keeper!!!.. This is a much healthier version of regular bread. This recipe makes two 9 by 5 inch loaves. Don't confuse 6-grain hot cereal mix with boxed, cold breakfast cereals that may also be labeled "6-grain." I have used the branded 6-grain mixes that are Bob's Red Mill and Arrowhead Mills. Leftover bread can be wrapped in a double layer of plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for 3 days; wrap with an additional layer of aluminum foil and the bread can be frozen for up to one month.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Milagai Podi

Some recipes are too simple to write but the taste and texture differs from house to house. Milagai podi falls into that category. This recipe is more about preference rather than strict measurements. This delicious podi is there in most of the South Indian homes and are great accompaniment to Idli and dosa.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Simple Gothsu – A perfect Side

Some recipes have exact measurements and cooking methods, while some recipes are very personalized and differs from house to house. This gothsu falls into the second category.. A very simple, homey and a comforting food to enjoy as a side to the idli, dosa, pongal, upuma or even mix it with hot rice and enjoy!!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Gulab Jamun

I have always made gulab jamun from the ready mix and this time South vs. North Challenge has made me do it from scratch!!! It was little intimidating for me but a big learning.. Now no more ready mix Jamuns in my house. This one is so good, so delicious and so perfect!!! I thoroughly enjoyed the process of making it.

Eggless Molten Lava Cake

My 100th post - yay!!!!.. I wanted to share a sweet or desert for my 100th post and so happy to share this yummy and delicious molten lava cake. What is a lava cake – well it looks like a normal cake, but when cut, chocolate lava flows from inside.. yummy!!! Chocolaty!!! I have tried this once before but the lava inside was very little gooey but not overflowing. I searched a lot on the web for an eggless version of this recipe and my first one was not as as lava oozing.. When Gayathri accepted my suggestion for this month’s Eggless Baking Group challenge, I was so happy and excited. I got this recipe from Master chef 2 made a few changes and the results were awesome!!! The chocolate lava was so drool worthy and yummy!! I got 2 4” inch cakes and a small 2 inch cake out of this batter. I made in a spring form pan.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Idli is a very popular breakfast from TamilNadu. It is best when served hot with chutney and sambar. You can also serve idli with gothsu, milagai podi. Recipes of all these will follow (hopefully soon). I was browsing through my blog posts and realized one thing that my blog has very few (very very few) Tamil recipes. I immediately decided to make this idli post and publish it. I think the reason for not having many Tamil recipes is that I do not take pictures of everyday food or food that are common to our house… And the reason for that is that I do not write down the recipes of these everyday food nor do I bookmark them.. But now I have decided to take pictures of everyday food also that are common in my house also and post the recipes that are tested and rectified and approved in my house ‘n’ number of times… Now this will help my blog have a variety of dishes and cuisines!!! On to the recipe!!
Idli Rice / Parboiled Rice - 4 cups
Ulutham Parupu / Urad Dal - 1 1/2 cups
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
Oil - 1 tea spoon (preferably sesame oil or gingerly oil)
Salt - 1 3/4 tea spoons
Water - to soak and grind

Wash well and soak the dal (with fenugreek seeds) and rice separately in water for around 6 hours or overnight
With the help of a grinder, grind the urad dal first and then the rice into smooth paste
Add salt and mix both these batters well and keep them covered in a vessel and allow it to ferment for around 4 to 8 hours
Make sure you have filled the container only half as the dough may (WILL) rise while fermenting
Refrigerate the batter until use
When going to make the idlis, grease the idli molds with few drops of oil and pour the idli batter
Steam the idlis until done. Should take around 12 - 18 minutes.


Couple of things that can help in making the idlis best are:
1. Just before pouring the batter into the mold, make sure that the water inside the steamer or cooker is hot
2. Do not overfill the mold
3. Check if done with toothpick method (insert a toothpick / wooden skewer or the backside of a spoon to test doneness). It should not stick
4. After the stove is switched off, leave it for sometime before opening it
5. After opening it from the steamer or cooker, allow the idli plates to rest on the counter for 2 to 3 minutes before scooping them out
6. You can also show the idli plates through running water just before scooping them out
7. Do not make the batter too thick before fermenting, the batter needs to be correct consistency to ferment better
8. People living in colder areas - you will need to ferment for longer time. You will know that the batter is ferment when it has lot of pores and also increased quite a bit in volume. You need to keep in a warmer place for better fermentation. Places I used are oven with the light on, near a warm area or closet in the house. Sandhya has mentioned that she keeps it in a warm closet in her dining room

9. Please add more points if you know and I will update the post accordingly..

Sending this to SIC#3, Anu's page, Quick and Easy, Favourite Rice Recipes, Siri’s Anniversary Event, CWS - Urad Dal, Priya's page,
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Milk Masala Powder

Some recipes are bookmarked and are on the “to-do” forever and some get done in a few weeks. Very rarely do I get to make something the day I bookmark it. This is one such recipe where I am doing it on the same day I am bookmarking it. Simple, quick, healthy, tasty – all in one and I had all the ingredients on hand and could not postpone this. The flavor and aroma was fantastic and it was fun doing. Just my thought about – “how much home made food is better than the store bought” kept coming to my mind. This lasted about 3 days and it got over, so not sure how long is its shelf life!!!. I got this one from here and it is surely a keeper
Almonds - 2 table spoons
Cashew - 2 table spoons
Pistachio - 1 table spoon
Cardamom - 6
Raw Sugar - 4 table spoons
Saffron - 1/8 tea spoon
Nutmeg - 1/4
Turmeric Powder - 1/8 tea spoon

In a pan on very low heat, dry roast almonds, cashew, pistachio for around 4 to 5 minutes. A nice aroma will start to come. You need to keep stirring it to ensure that it does not burn. Come on only 5 minutes:)
Around 4 minutes, add the cardamom, nutmeg and continue to stir and roast
At the end add saffron and remove from heat after a minute
Allow it to cool completely
Transfer to a blender, add sugar and pulse until it becomes a powder. Leave time gap between few pulses to ensure that it does not become a paste. The nuts contain a lot of oil and if they are processed continuously, oil may be released and you will get a paste and not powder.
Mix in the turmeric powder and store in an airtight container.

To serve - add 2 spoons in 1/4 cup warm milk and mix well to avoid any lumps. Add more milk to serve!

Sending this to Ammaji's Quick and Easy recipes, Siri’s Anniversary Event
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Friday, November 23, 2012

Eggless Banana Bread

Banana Bread is quick and easy bread that can also be served as a cake.  This can be served for breakfast or as a snack. This tastes best when served warm or on room temperature. No toppings or accompaniments are necessary.  This is very soft and moist bread. Slice the bread just before serving as unsliced bread lasts longer. Store unsliced bread wrapped in plastic. This bread can be done in an hour.
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All Purpose Flour – ¾ cup
Whole Wheat Flour – ¾ cup
Baking Soda – 1 teaspoon
Salt – 1 teaspoon
Sugar – ½ cup
Ripe Bananas – 3 large
Applesauce – ¼ cup or 3 table spoons milk and 1 table spoon oil
Butter (Melted) – 4 tablespoons
Vanilla Extract – ¼ teaspoon
Chocolate Chips – 1 table spoon (optional)
Chopped Walnuts – ¼ cup (optional)
Tutti Frutti – ¼ cup

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Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C
Mix all the dry ingredients (both flours, baking soda, salt and sugar) together in a large mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, mash the bananas well.
Stir the butter or margarine, vanilla extract and applesauce into the bananas.
Add the banana mixture into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients.
Mix gently by hand, just enough to form a thick, clumpy batter. If the mixture seems too dry, add more mashed banana or applesauce to adjust the consistency.
Fold in chocolate chips and/or walnuts, if using.
Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake for 45 - 50 minutes or until the bread is a deep golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Banana Bread - IMG_9272

Sending this to my own Guest Host event - Eggless Bakes and Treats, Surabhi's page, CWF - Whole Wheat Flour, Kiran's page, CEDD - Bananas, Raven's Page, Bake Fest #13, Vardhini's page, Let's cook - Potluck, Healthy Baking, Indrani's page, Know your Flour, Jagruti's page, Christmas Food Fair, Siri’s Anniversary Event
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Cream of Tomato Soup (தக்காளி சூப்)

Think about soup and first that comes to many people’s mind is tomato soup. It tastes heavenly when served hot and the croutons add lot of taste and texture to the soup. Using a hand blender made the blending so easy, but a regular blender would do just fine. Please remember to not add all the liquid while grinding as it can make it frothy and the color will be orange. I used the canned tomatoes that worked like a charm as it is riper than the tomatoes we get in the supermarket and their skin is already peeled off making the process much easier. If you cannot find the tomato paste, add ½ cup of the juice from the can. It will be little less in flavor but not huge.
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Tomato (canned) – 1 can (28 oz.)
Brown Sugar – 1 ½ table spoon (regular sugar does not work well)
Onion (minced fine) – ¼ cup (You can also use Shallots)
Butter – 4 table spoons
Tomato Paste – 1 table spoon
Cloves – 2
Cinnamon Stick – 1
Bay Leaf – 1
All-Purpose Flour – 2 table spoons
Stock – 1 ¾ cup
Cream – ½ cup
Salt – 1 tea spoon
Chili Powder / Cayenne Pepper – ¼ tea spoon

Cream of Tomato Soup - IMG_8812
Strain the tomatoes and keep the water aside.
Cover a baking sheet with foil (this step is a must or else it will be very difficult to get the tomatoes out of there).
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F on convention mode (450 F if using baking mode).
Cut open the tomatoes and remove as many seeds as possible.
Line the deseeded tomatoes in a rimmed baking sheet with cut side down.
Sprinkle brown sugar on the tomatoes and roast them in the oven for 25 minutes.
Remove the tomatoes from the oven and allow it cool.
Once cooled, remove them from the baking sheet and set aside.
Melt butter in a pan until foaming and add the onions and sauté them well.
Add the cloves, cinnamon stick and bay leaf and sauté for 30 seconds.
Add the tomato paste and mix well and reduce the heat and cook until they are all tender.
Add salt and chili and 2 table spoons of flour and mix well to ensure no lumps and cook for 30 seconds
Add vegetable stock or more tomato juice from can and whisk well to ensure that there are no lumps.
Add 3 cups more of the tomato juice from the can and whisk well to combine and bring it to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.
Pick and remove the cloves, cinnamon stick and bay leaf and discard
Now strain the solids and blend them with about 1/3 of the liquid until smooth
Put the mixture and the remaining liquid back in the pan, add cream and serve hot with croutons on top!!

Sending this to Siri’s Anniversary Event
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pooshanikkai Mor Kootu

How much ever we eat outside, the best food we enjoy when we are sick or back from a long journey or when we have eaten many times outside is homemade simple food. These simple foods taste just out of the world and are never boring.. This kootu is one such recipe.. Simple, homey, comforting and so much healthy.
Pooshanikkai Mor Kootu - IMG_3233
Pooshanikkai / White Pumpkin – 3 cups (cubed 1 inch big)
Green chili – 8
Turmeric – A pinch
Salt – 1 ¼ tea spoons
Oil – ½ tea spoon
Cumin Seeds – 1 ½ tea spoons
Curd – 1 cup
Rice – 1 tea spoon
Asafetida – ¼ tea spoon
Curry Leaves – 10
Mustard Seeds – ½ tea spoon
Ulutham Parupu / Urad Dal – 1 tea spoon
Red Chili – 1
Coconut - 1/4 cup
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Soak rice for 30 minutes..
Grind coconut, cumin, green chili, rice (soaked) to a paste
Boil the pooshanikkai with turmeric in microwave for 5 minutes. Add very little water.
Mix curd with the grinded mixture, boiled pumpkin and add salt and asafetida well and bring this to a boil
Heat a small pan and add oil and when hot add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds crackle, add the ulutham parupu and when the parupu turn golden, add curry leaves and red chili and sauté for 10 seconds and add it to the kootu
Now the pooshanikkai mor kootu is ready to be served..

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