Monday, October 15, 2007

How Open Minded Are You?

You Are 68% Open Minded

You are a very open minded person, but you're also well grounded.
Tolerant and flexible, you appreciate most lifestyles and viewpoints.
But you also know where you stand firm, and you can draw that line.
You're open to considering every possibility - but in the end, you stand true to yourself.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Thata Payaru masiyal (Mashed Cow peas)

Today...I woke up as usual and went to kitchen to check what I can make for lunch and found that i am running out of veggies. We have a small vegetable patch at home out of which we get a good supply of tomato, okra, peerkangai and pavakai....As the patch is small we didnt sow a lot of variety..but will do it definitely next year as we just set up a patch last week...a bigger one for next year !!! I am...gazing at the fridge as to what to cook...and then get the idea of the easy recipe..thata payaru masiyal...Easy to prepare..healthy to eat....and ofcourse Tasty too...!!!

Ingredients :

Onion - 1 chopped fine
Tomato - 1 chopped fine
Thata payaru - 1 cup
Red chillies - 4-5
Curry leaves - 4-5
Garlic - 2-3

Heat the cooker and saute some mustard and chana dal...Then add the onion and red chillies and saute, until the onion changes color. Add the garlic, thata payaru and water. The measurement is 1.5 cups for 1 cup of payaru. Add the curry leaves, a spoon of turmeric powder and salt according to taste.
Close the cooker and simmer it... Allow for 4-5 whistles....Open it and try to mash one payaru with your fingers..if it mashes easily are good...else allow another 4-5 whistles until they soften...

Once they are done...add hot water (about 1/2 cup little quantities...), stir it and bring it to a curry consistency.

PS: If you pre-plan to make this masiyal..its good to soak the thata payaru overnight...they cook very fast...

Try it and let me know how it goes...!!!



Again...i promise myself to continue blogging.....and here i go with the first one ..after a long time..

I got this one from one of the blogs..and wanted to try to see where i stand....

this one is good and worth the try...

Try and find what disney character u are ....Have fun!!!

You scored as Goofy, Your alter ego is Goofy! You are fun and great to be around, and you are always willing to help others. You arn't worried about embarrassing yourself, so you are one who is more willing to try new things.

Peter Pan


Sleeping Beauty




The Beast




Snow White


Donald Duck






Cruella De Ville


Which Disney Character is your Alter Ego?
created with


Monday, April 09, 2007

Paruppu Adai and Chicken Fry

I know...I know... :(
I always keep saying and trying (believe, its true !!) to blog more often...but never seem to get a hang of it..the reason being ...I forget to take pictures once I finish cooking....either its time for me to leave to work...or I am too hungry to eat that I forget to take a picture.. (I wonder everytime I see a nice food pic....about how people can remember to click before they lick ....
anyways.. I decided to blog even if I dont take pics....atleast that way I can get to routine of blogging and then slowly cultivate the habit to remember to click... !!! :)

Weekend was kind of relaxing as my DH had gone for his bike was just me and my son at me a lot of time to clean the house....and to cook a lot of stuff...
For dinner, we had paruppu adai and chicken fry...simple to prepare and tasty to eat...

Paruppu adai

Ingredients :
Toor dal - 1/4 cup
Channa dal - 1/4 cup
Rice - 1 cup

redchillies - 5-6
salt to taste

chopped onion - a handful
spinach or methi - a handful

Soak the dals and the rice overnight and grind it with the redchillies and salt in the grinder for 5-6 minutes. Dont grind them too fine....

Add the chopped onion, methi and cilantro to the ground dough.

Adai is ready.. !!! Adai gets more taste if the dough is a little fermented.. I would suggest that prepare the dough a day before allowing it to ferment.

Chicken Fry

Chicken - 1 pound
onion - 1
garlic - 3 flakes
chopped ginger - 1 tsp
chilli powder - 3 tablespoon

Chop the onion, garlic and ginger fine.
Add oil to the pan and saute the onion, ginger and garlic. After they are half cooked, add the chicken and saute...Add the chilli powder and salt and water. Close the lid and allow to cook for 15- 20 mins.. After the chicken is the lid and allow the gravy to boil until the water is evaporated and the oil separates.
This is a very easy to make recipe for chicken and has its taste for sure...

Do try and let me know how it went...

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Strawberry MilkShake :

This is my contribution to Stilllifewith foodphoto blog.....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Kathrikai Bajji (Mashed Brinjal/Egg plant)

Hmm.... how I wish I get some more time to blog. I do read a lot of blogs..its just that i dont get the time to compile things....but again, I promise to myself (asusual !!!)...that I will find and allocate some time to do this....

Anyways.. here is one another recipe ...Kathrikai Bajji...This again is a traditional south-Indian dish..may be with a little variations here and there...its quite a easy one to do and really yummy for egg plant lovers...

Ingredients :
1. Brinjal / Eggplant - 2
2. Onion (chopped fine) - 1 cup
3. Tomato (chopped fine) - 1 cup
4. Garlic - chopped fine - 2-3 flakes
5. Turmeric pdr - 1tsp
6. Chilli pdr - 2 tsp
7. Salt to taste.

First Chop the onions, garlic and tomatoes fine.
Saute a little mustard and add the garlic and onion. Fry until the onions become translucent. Add the turmeric powder and saute some more. Once the onions have been fried well....add the tomatoes and continue frying. Add chilli powder, salt. After 5 minutes, the tomatoes will change shape and would have merged with the gravy. Thats the time to add the brinjals....Fry for a minute and then add little water and close the pan with the lid. Simmer and allow it to cook well.
Once the brinjals have cooked well, take any ladle with a flat base..and mix the gravy so that the cooked brinjals get mashed. Serve Hot.

This is a great dish with idli or dosai...

Do try and let me know how it goes....

Have fun

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Karuvadu varuval (Dryfish fry)

Its been quite some time and I think its high time I start blogging in once again.
Here you go...with the dryfish fry.

Its a simple side dish which you can make in minutes if you have all the ingredients.

Dry fish (small ones) - 1 pack
Onion - 2
Green Chillies - 5 or 6
Grated Coconut - 2 tablespoon
Salt to taste.

1. Heat little oil in a pan and add the onion. Saute it until the onions are cooked.
2. Add the greenchillies, curry leaves and saute for a few more minutes.
3. Meanwhile, wash the dryfish thoroughly in hot water, for the smell to reduce.
4. Add the fish to the pan.
5. Simmer the stove and keep sauting until the fish is cooked.
6. Add salt and coconut.
7. Dryfish fry is ready to be served!!!!

Its a very easy sidedish which can be cooked in minutes and does not require too many ingredients too..
Do try and let me know how it comes for you...

Have fun!!


Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Hello All,
I was searching for a recipe in google and got a link to Priya's kitchen.... i was really amazed while following the see that there is a food blogosphere out here....
i usually go to when i want to look over some recipes....but i know where to go now....for the past few days..i have been going thro' all the blogs...and was so much inspired to start my own one...
i love to cook...and to try different recipes...
i dont have a camera handy right now to post the pics..but will definitely post a few pics soon...

here goes my first one...


Ingredients :
1. Pori (You can get it easily from indian store) : 1/2 packet
2. Mustard : 2 tsp
3. Garlic : 6-7 pieces crushed
4. Peanuts : 1/2 cup
5. Curry leaves : 1 spring
6. Jeera : 3 tsp
7. Mor molagai : 3-4 (You can substitute with red chillies, if using red chillies 2 shd be fine)
8. Coconut oil : 3 tbsp.

Heat oil in a pan and saute the mustard, jeera, curry leaves, mor molagai, garlic. Once the garlic has been fried 20%, add the pori. Switch off the pan and remove from heat. Add peanuts and mix well... Its not required to add salt as pori has salt in it....

Makes a very good evening snack...

Do try and let me know how it goes....

I will try to post more with pics soon...