Friday, February 25, 2011

Announcing my first event/giveaway "Toddler breakfast ideas"

Hi friends, I am very happy to announce my first event and a giveaway of $20 gift from CSN stores.
 CSN Stores sells everything from cookware to comuter desks for home. 
The giveaway is open only to entries from US and Canada.So please don't forget to write country name whlile sending your entry.
The winner will be selected randomly before March 31,2011

Now coming to the details of the event. 

This is a very simple event  "Toddler breakfast ideas" 

You can send a maximum of 5 entries per blog. Event is from Feb 25,2011 to March 25,2011. Late entries will not be accepted.
Placing logo and linking back to this event announcement page in the post is appreciated.

Be creative and make it attractive and healthy for picky eating toddlers so that they will ask for more.

Send me your entries with picture (resized to 300 pixels) with the following details to

Subject : "Toddler breakfast ideas"
Your name:
Blog name:
Recipe name:
Recipe link:

Hope you all will make it a success. 
Thanks & best wishes,

I received 14 entries for the event.

 Savitha of " Savithas kitchen" ( Unites States) had send me two entries Multi coloured rotis and Cheesy Egg Toast

                                  1.   Multi coloured rotis/Marbled rotis

2.                      Cheesy Egg Toast

                     3. Beetroot poori/Pretty pink poori 

                    4.    Colorful and healthy vegetable parathas              

Akheela of torviewtoronto (Canada) had send me an entry  Deep fried stuffed bread kachori

                     5.    Deep fried stuffed bread kachori

Shylaja of South Indian Home (United States) had send me an entry Banana dosai                              
                           6.         Banana dosai

Sravani of Srav's culinary concepts (United States) had send me two  entries  Crunchy banana muffins and Bellam minappa rotti 

7.             Crunchy banana muffins

Sadhana of Sensible veg (United States) had send me an entry  Mung & urad dal appam

Kalyani of   "What's cooking??"(India) had send me two  entries Beetroot cutlet and  Eggless oats banana muffins
10.      Beetroot cutlet

Kamakshi Prasanna of Kamu's Kaivannam (United States) had send me two entries Thavala adai  and  Masala idly

Neetu of Tips N deals(United states) had send me an entry Pink strawberry short cake with ricotta cheese

Thanks a lot  Savitha, PJ , AkheelaShylajaSravani , Sadhana, Kalyani , Kamakshi and Neetu for sending these yummy dishes to the event. 

And now coming to the the selection of the winner of the giveaway. 
I have posted the entries in the order I received.

I used to select the winner.

True Random Number Generator 2 Powered by RANDOM.ORG 

And the winner of the CSN stores giveaway is the number 2(2nd entry I received) ie, Cheesy Egg Toast by Savitha of " Savitha's kitchen"

Congrats Savitha and thanks a lot to all  friends who had send their entries to the event 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

MUTTA PULI ( Tangy egg omelette curry)

This is a delicious and very simple curry. It is usually prepared in the same way you make fish curry.


Egg -----------------------2 
Ginger garlic paste or crushed ginger and garlic ----1/2 tsp
Small onion--------------6,chopped and slightly crushed
Tomato-------------------1 medium sized,sliced
Green chilly-------------1,slit length wise
Tamarind----------------1 small lemon size(soak in warm water and extract juice)
Coconut milk-----------1/2 cup
Turmeric powder------1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder-----1 tsp or to taste
Coriander powder-----1 1/4 tbsp
Oil-------------------------1 1/2 tbsp
Mustard seeds---------1/2 tsp
Dried red chilly--------1
Fenu greek seeds-----1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds------------1/4 tsp
Curry leaves------------a sprig
Coriander/cilantro leaves to garnish
Salt as needed


  1. Slightly beat eggs in a bowl with little salt in it.
  2. Now in a medium low heat pan add oil and pour egg to it and spread evenly.Flip and cook both sides.Note: Do not keep the heat in high as the egg will become hard and brown.Make medium thin omelette.
  3. Transfer the omlette to a plate and cut in to medium sized diamond or square shapes.Keep it aside.
  4. Now in a medium heat pan or vessel add oil and sputter mustard seeds,dried red chilly,cumin seeds,fenu greek seeds,cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  5. Then add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes.Do this in low flame.
  6. Then add crushed small onions and saute for 2 seconds in medium flame.
  7. Next add green chilly and tomatoes.Saute till soft.
  8. Then add turmeric powder,red chilly powder and coriander powder to it and saute till the raw smell goes.
  9. Then add tamarind water and needed salt. Bring it to a boil.
  10. Then add cut omelette pieces and slow cook for 5 minutes.
  11. Next add coconut milk to it and switch off the flame.
  12. Transfer this to a serving bowl and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  13. Serve with plain rice.
Option: You can use dry roasted (till light golden brown color)and ground coconut paste instead of coconut milk for keeping this curry for more than a day.

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Transfer to a plate

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011



Besan/gram flour-------1 cup
Rice flour---------------1 tbsp
Red chilly powder------1/4 tsp
Asafoetida powder-----a pinch
Baking soda------------a pinch(optional)
Oil for frying
Salt as needed


  1. Boil eggs and cut them vertically in to half.
  2. In a bowl mix gram flour,rice flour,baking soda,red chilly powder,asafoetida powder,baking soda and salt.
  3. Add water slowly to it and make a medium thick consistent batter.
  4. Medium heat oil in a frying vessel.
  5. Dip egg in the batter and drop slowly in to the oil.Fry till light golden brown color.
  6. Transfer to a tissue paper and drain off excess oil.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy this snack with tea or coffee.
Note: Do not add too much baking soda.In doing so the batter will become too soft and may break while frying and will not be evenly coated with the egg.
Option: Add a pinch of turmeric powder to the batter if needed.

Saturday, February 12, 2011



Grapes--------------------1 cup
Cool milk-----------------1/2 cup
Water ---------------------1 cup
Sugar-----------------------1 tbsp or as needed
Vanilla ice cream (optional)
Ice cubes as needed


  1. In a juicer add grapes and milk.Add water to your required consistency.Then add sugar to it.
  2. Blend it together. 
  3. Filter through a sieve.
  4. Transfer to a serving glass and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it or add ice cubes to it.
  5. Enjoy this refreshing drink.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

VAAZHAKKA UPPERI (Banana stir fry)


Banana---------------------2 small
Garlic-----------------------2 large pods,chopped
Green chilly---------------2 small,cut round wise
Small onion/shallots-----2 tbsp,chopped
Turmeric powder---------1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds------------1/4 tsp
Dried red chilly-----------1
Curry leaves--------------- 3 or 4 leaves
Oil----------------------------1 tsp


  1. Slightly peel the skin of banana and cut in to small pieces.Dip the cut pieces in tamarind water or turmeric water to prevent discoloration.
  2. Wash thoroughly and add turmeric powder and mix it good.Keep it aside.
  3. Next cook the above cut banana with needed water,salt and chopped green chilly.Do not over cook it.
  4. Now in a medium heat pan add oil and splutter mustard seeds,dried red chilly and curry leaves.Then add chopped garlic and onion and saute till the raw smell goes.
  5. Now add this tempering to the cooked banana and mix it .
  6. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy this yummy side dish with rice.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011


Last day I watched a video of Sanjeevkapoorkhazana and inspired by it I made this pulao.I altered a little and made this pulao.Since,I added biryani masala it tasted like biryani.So this can be called as a quick and easy chicken biryani too.


For marination
Chicken------------------------0.45 lb
Yogurt/curd-------------------1/2 cup
Chicken masala powder---1 tsp
Turmeric powder------------1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder----------- 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder-----------1 tsp
Garam masala powder-----1/4 tsp
Lemon/lime juice-------------1 tbsp
Salt as needed.

For Biryani
Ghee-----------------------------1 tsp
Cinnamon----------------------1 cm piece
Bay leaf-------------------------1
Saunf----------------------------1/4 tsp
Onion----------------------------1/2 cup,sliced
Green chilly--------------------1,slit length wise
Ginger garlic paste----------1 1/2 tbsp
Tomato--------------------------1 medium sized,sliced and seed removed
Biryani masala powder-----1 tsp
Basamati rice------------------2 cups
Salt as needed


  1. Marinate chicken with the marinating ingredients for over night or minimum 15 minutes in refrigerator.
  2. Wash and soak rice in warm water for 10 minutes.
  3. In a medium heat pan add a tsp of ghee and add cinnamon,cardamom,cloves,bay leaf and saunf.Saute till a nice aroma comes.
  4. Then add sliced onion and green chilly to it and saute till soft.
  5. Next add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes.
  6. Then add sliced tomato and saute till the raw smell goes.
  7. Next add biryani masala powder and saute till a nice aroma comes.
  8. Then add marinated chicken to it.Add one cup water and cook covered.
  9. Once the chicken is 3/4 th cooked add rice to it and cook it covered with needed salt and 2 cups water in it.
  10. Cook in medium low flame.
  11. Once rice is fully cooked,transfer the biryani to a serving bowl and slightly fluff with a fork and enjoy.
Options: Add chopped mint leaves and cilantro/coriander leaves to it.

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cook chicken 3/4th

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