Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Tangy Halwa - Apple Kiwi Halwa

I love trying exotic combos and my recent try is with Kiwis..I always have an attraction to this fruit..may be because of it luscious green colour studded with tweeny weeny black seeds..and an awesome pattern of flesh when we cut...nature is quite amazing..isnt it? Wanted to try some traditional sweet with this wonderful fruit..and thus I landed in this easy recipe which can be done in minutes..and the combo of Apple and Kiwi gives it an unique texture and flavour..

I tried two variations without condensed milk which is truly exotic and the one with condensed milk which gives more a traditional touch..Try out this colourful and delicious Halwa..:)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

A Tangy and Flavorful Strawberry Bansi Rava Kesari

In my Kesari Series, I tried this colourful and flavourful Strawberry Kesari with Bansi Rava as a sweet dedication for my friend Radhika on her birthday.. It was too good with the exotic flavour of strawberry with a tangy taste..A rich dessert for sure to treat our loved ones.. :) Happy Birthday Radhi :) 

Arisi Parupu Sadham - Kongu Special - Guest Post

And today is a special day..Yes, its the birthday of a sweet person who is one of the main reason for me being in this area of foodies..Radhika Thirumoorthi...We got bonded through a social network which made us to go further and start a food group on our own with our other best buddies including my lovable friend Blogger Priya's Menu..Really couldnt believe we got so much close as a family now. She is a total inspiration to me by her take on healthy cooking in Mansatti..I love her great passion for cooking and the authentic touch to every recipe that she makes. A great cook of Non vegetarian recipes especially Nattukozhi special..Out of her many signature dishes she willfully agreed to share her signature vegetarian recipe, a speciality of Kongunadu..Arisi Parupu Sadham in her own way of doing in mansatti.. Happy to share her recipe on this very special day of her. Happy Birthday Radhima..Let our bonding be forever..Thanks for your awesome recipe sweety...

Recipe here you go:

Rice 1 Cup
Toor dhall 1/2 Cup
Shallots 1 Cup (Peeled)
Tomato 1 Chopped
Garlic 5 Cloves (Peeled)
Green Chillies 2 Chopped
Curry leaves Few
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder 1 tsp
Salt as needed
Gingelly oil

Take a Mansatti (earthen pot) heat it and  add gingelly oil.
Add Mustard,Shallots,Green Chillies,Curry leaves,Tomato,Garlic and fry till raw smell goes off and approximately for 10 minutes.
Add 4 and a 1/2 cups of water and salt as needed. Allow it to boil.
After water boils, add washed,soaked rice and dhall mixture together.
Just stir rice in medium flame and close with a lid for 5 minutes.
Repeat the same procedure for every 5 minutes.
Hardly it will take 20 minutes for the rice to get cooked well.
Switch off stove and serve hot. 

Thanks a lot dear..Happy Birthday Once Again.. Stay Blessed :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Purple Fruited Pea Eggplant / Thuduvalai Rasam

Purple Fruited Pea Eggplant / Thuduvalai is a miracle medicinal plant referred to as Kayakalpam in Siddha Medicine. Its a thorny bush variety which is loaded with medicinal properties. Dried leaves are powdered and used in Siddha Formulations to cure Asthma and Flu. It also increases blood circulation in body. Fresh Leaves can be consumed as Chutney or Rasam.

Thuduvalai Rasam is a flavorful and delicious one which is good for people suffering from cold and rhinitis. This one can also be consumed as soup. Must try recipe :)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Ellu Kuzhambu / Sesame Gravy

Sesame seeds..a wonder seed with innumerable health benefits. Its known to be a low glyceimic food and it reduces the bad cholesterol ie., LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein)and at the same time adds HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) in our body. Not only that it adds unique flavor to any recipe when added. Here's an interesting recipe to go well with hot rice or a great accompaniment for curd rice, Ellu Kuzhambu/ Sesame Gravy. This recipe I learnt from my neighbor some years back and I love the taste and flavor of this gravy.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Veggie Appe Balls Exotica

Its a weekend evening..Wanted to do something interesting and healthy snack for my son and I ended up with this tasty and filling snack with the veggies I had in my refrigerator and few Whole Wheat Bread Slices. He is a Cheese lover and it became a great surprise for him to discover the hidden cheese inside the balls while tasting. I used Appe Pan for making this which makes it even more healthy as its with less than a spoon oil.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mango Tango Rasam

A flavorful and delicious version of Rasam to relish during Mango seasons.. Once tried you will fall in love with the taste of this recipe..

Pineapple Bread Halwa

Wanted to make some quick sweet with the left over pineapple pieces I had brought for fruit salad and I ended up in this Pineapple Bread Halwa with Whole Wheat Bread slices which made it a healthy and easy to do recipe..

I loved the pineapple pieces that comes in-between while tasting..instead pieces the pineapple can be pureed and added..

Manga Vathal Arachuvitta Kuzhambu

An authentic grandma recipe which I have always relished in my childhood and its a favorite one for all in the family. Goes well with Hot Rice accompanied by Appalam or Vathal and I like it best with Curd Rice..It has no tamarind added as the Mango will impart the sour taste. If you make dry mangoes during seasons you can relish this throughout the year.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Microwave Carrot Halwa

Carrots are known to be a miracle veggie loaded with lot of beta carotene which is a very good anti oxidant. It gets converted to Vitamin A inside our body during digestion. Its also named as World Healthiest Vegetables as it contains huge amount of minerals and dietary fiber.

Carrots are loved by all especially it as fresh as in a salad, cooked form, juices..and here's the most relished form of all..the dessert..Yes..Who says no for a cup of delicious and hot Carrot Halwa being served with a scoop of Vanilla Ice cream..

Here in my Sweet Series, I tried a quicker method of the traditional recipe using microwave..It can be done in a jiffy when you have sudden guests and it tastes absolutely yumm.. Give it a try :)