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Brinjal Gothsu (Curry with Brinjal)

Aval Payasam/Poha Kheer

Payasam or Kheer is a dish which is made in every Indian household during celebration or gathering and sometimes just to make weekends special. There are so many different varieties of kheer Indians make. Aval or poha payasam is is one of the most easiest Payasam/Kheer which you can make within 20-30 mins. Its really tasty and very quick to make. Its got a consistency of rice payasam/kheer, but yet has a very distinct flavour. Here goes the recipe for you guys. Enjoy!!  Do check out the quick video below  Ingredients: 1/2 cup Poha/Aval 1/4 cup Melted jaggery or sugar  3 Cups milk (about 600 ml) 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder Handful of Cashew and raisins for garnish  3 tbsp ghee For Melted Jaggery:  Jaggery- 1/4th Cup Water- 1/4th Cup (Method in notes) Method: First we need to make jaggery syrup - For that take 1/4 th cup jaggery with 1/4th cup of water and melt it down in a saucepan. Strain and keep aside (This step is needed only if using Jaggery - If you are using sugar,

Banana Appam Snack

Banana appam is a great way to use over-ripe banana's along with few more ingredients which are easily available at home. This snack can be made and stored for about 3 days in an airtight container, (if its a hot place then fridge is ideal) It is equally relished by kids and adults. These are crispy from outside and soft from inside. This is similar to unniappam, a popular snack from kerala. It is mainly made of maida or all purpose flour, Unniappam is made of rice flour. This is deep fried whereas unniappam is shallow fried. You can use the same batter to make unniappam with a little bit of variations. I also use wheat flour instead of maida in this recipe. You can use maida or also half and half. Lets get right into the recipe. Step by step images given below 🔸Do check the NOTES below for some tips  Ingredients:  Over ripe Bananas's- 2 Maida /All purpose flour or wheat flour -1 cup Sugar- 1/2 cup or less if you like  Water- 1/2 cup (to make batter) Cardamom pods- 2 B

Idly Fry- quick snack

Idly or Dosa is a staple dish in any South Indian household and in mine its mostly during weekends. Its a special breakfast for us on a sat or sun. But most of the time, while making idly I end up having extra made which never gets consumed even the next day as my family prefers to have dosa the next day. This was the same situation when we were growing up and my mother would somehow have a minimum of 5 idly leftovers. She came up with this recipe (don't know from where she got the idea). But it was a hit in our house. In-fact just so to get these idly fries in the evening we would ask mom to make extra in the morning. Well, I started doing same with my family and I must say they too love it. Its super quick and yum. Just 4 ingredients and yay you are done. So lets see hows its done  Ingredients :  Leftover Idly- whatever you have Oil - for frying Red chilli powder- 1/2 tsp Salt- as per taste  Method:  Cut the leftover idly into 4 chunks or in any shape you prefer to 

Bhuna Masala - Quick Fix

Since we all going through a quarantine life and every one is working from home along with their family duties, I am sure every mom must be finding it extremely difficult and tiring to start cooking e from scratch along with engaging kids, and other daily chores. So today as I was reading some of my favourite bloggers, I got to know about a quick hack which you can make in advance and keep for 2 to 3 weeks. This reduces efforts and also allows us have ample time for other things. We talking about bhuna masala which is the base in most of our Indian curries. This recipe is inspired by a food blogger I follow. You can check out her blog  here .  So lets get started Ingredients :  3 Tbsp oil 1Tbsp Jeera or cumin seeds               750 gms onions- cut into chunks  50 gram s Garlic⁠- peeled cloves 50 gram s Ginger⁠- roughly chopped 4 – 5  Green Chillies  (adjust to taste) 1  kg Tomatoes- cut into chunks 1 tablespoon  Chilli Powder⁠ 1/2 teaspoon  Turmeric Powder⁠ 2 tablespoo

Palak Paratha (Spinach paratha)

A simple paratha which is super healthy and perfect for kids and adults alike. Its just few ingredients and easiest out of all the parathas I have tried. You cans serve it with raita , pickle or even make tomato- onion chutney. You can find the recipe for it   Here This recipe is apt for toddlers who fret and frown at the sight of leafy veggies and we moms find it difficult to convince them. Check out the recipe below  Ingredients:  Palak/Spinach- a small bunch Wheat flour/ Atta-1 Cup Garlic- 4 pods  Green chillies- 2 to 3 Jeera/ cumin seeds- 1 tsp Ajwain/carom seeds- 1/2 tsp  Salt- 1 tsp or as per taste Oil- 1 tsp Water- 1 cup or more  Ghee- optional  Method:  Clean the palak leaves well and wash them well Add some water to a sauce pan to blanch the palak. Close the lid and keep in medium flame for about 5 to 7 mins.  Drain the water out and keep the palak aside to cool Once cooled, add the palak, garlic, green chilies, ajwain, jeera seeds to a blender and ma

Tomato-Coriander chutney

Simple and tasty Coriander-Tomato chutney which is a perfect combination for Idly-Dosa and also paratha's. I have used mustard and urad dal along with dried green chillies for the chutney as well as for tempering to add that extra taste. Lets dive right in and start making this spicy-tangy chutney. Step by step photos are given below Ingredients:   1 tsp oil(coconut or sunflower)** 1/2 tsp mustard seeds 1/2 tsp urad dal 1 Tomato chopped 1 onion small chopped   5 shallots cleaned   Green chillies- 2 finely chopped   2 Dried red chilli Garlic- 4 pods roughly   Ginger-1/2 inch chopped roughly (optional) Coriander leaf- handful chopped Salt- as per taste For seasoning/Tempering :   Oil- 3 tsp (sunflower or coconut oil)   Dried red chilli- 3 1 Curry leaf Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp Urad dal- 1/2 Tbsp Method:   Chop tomato, onions & shallots in to medium size pieces and keep aside Clean the garlic, ginger and coriander leaves and set aside Add 1/2 tsp oil into a pan and splutter mustard

Quick Rava Vada

Note: Recipe updated on 21st Jan 2021 Another quick and easy snack option is Rava Vada. Its made of rava/ semolina/ sooji and curd. No soaking or grinding required and hence is super easy and quick. It is crispy from the outside and soft from inside. It can be a tasty and tempting breakfast or can be an evening snack option. So here is the recipe for you to try and enjoy! Make sure to check out the notes below and other recipes.  While you are at this don't forget to see other  Snacks  on the blog.  Ingredients : (Makes About 15 vada's ) Rava/ Semolina/ Sooji - 1 Cup  Curd/yoghurt- 1/2 cup  Onion - 1/2 cup Chopped  Chillies- 2 finely chopped  Ginger- 1/2 tsp  Coriander leaves- 1/4 cup  Cumin seeds- 1/4 tsp Baking soda- A pinch Salt- to taste  Oil- for deep frying  Method:  Cut the onion, green chillies, Ginger, coriander leaves and keep aside Take a mixing bowl and add 1 cup of rava or semolina  Add salt as needed along with cumin seeds and baking soda