Monday, November 19, 2012

Semiya Upma | Vermicelli Upma

Semiya Upma is a well-liked South India breakfast and a nice variation from rava/sooji upma. My husband loves this upma a lot and I make this dish quiet frequently.  

This upma is very easy to make and can be prepared in very less time. It does not need much work.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gongura Pulihora | Red Sorrel Leaves Rice

I love anything with gongura and gongura pulihora is one of my much loved Items. This Pulihora is a nice variation to regular tamarind or lemon rice.

Gongura Pulihora is a simple and popular dish of Andhra which can be prepared by Red Sorrel Leaves which gives tart savor which joins well with mustard and red chillies.

Here is the recipe of this Yummy Gongura Pulihora!!!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sago Payasam – Diwali Special

With gleam of Diyas
And the Echo of the Chants
May Happiness and Contentment Fill Your life

Wishing all my readers, friends, bloggers a very happy and prosperous Diwali!!

To celebrate this diwali occasion prepared this sweet – Sago Payasam.

This is one of the simple and easy sweet which can be prepared very easily and takes very less time. When we were kids my mom used to prepare this Sweet quiet regularly and I used to love it a lot.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Dry Nuts Ladoo – Diwali Special

Days before the Diwali festival my mom used to start preparing traditional delicious sweets and savories and we as kids used to enjoy them. Diwali is a festival which has a custom of exchanging   sweets and savories that are especially made at home.

This weekend I made Dry Nuts Ladoo which is very easy to make as well as tastes delicious. These ladoo’s are not only delicious but also highly nutritious. When I was kid my mom used to prepare them quiet regularly.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Spooky Witch Finger Cookies – Halloween Threat

Hey everyone!! Boooo!!!! Happy Halloween!!!!!!!

For this Halloween I made these Spooky Witch Finger Cookies.  Well this is one of those spooky desserts that I have always seen, but never actually made until for this Halloween.

A little creepy and scary, but really fun to make, these finger cookies are actually very delicious and great spooky decoration and sure a smash hit for Halloween party!!! The ingredients in the cookies are basic ingredients like almonds, flour, sugar and vanilla extract. Almonds act as fingernails for these spooky finger-shaped cookies that kids and grown-ups like and will enjoy!! As the finger cookies expand so make them as thin.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Paneer Butter Masala – Restaurant Style

My husband loves Paneer Butter Masala a lot and last weekend I prepared this special curry. Paneer Butter Masala is a well known North Indian dish which has bright and dazzling texture with glossy and creamy flavored.

Paneer Butter Masala is prepared by paneer which is cooked in rich gravy with tomatoes, heavy cream and milk. This vegetarian curry goes well with rotis, naan’s and pulaos. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Coconut Rice

If you like the flavor of coconut, this rice will be a sure hit in your house. Very easy and quick recipe which can be made in no time and a great option for lunchboxes too.

This Coconut Rice has a natural nutty flavor that is delicious with coconut, chana dal, groundnuts, cashewnuts….

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tomato Pasta

Pasta is one of the easiest meals and among all the pasta recipes tomato pasta is one of the easiest dish which I make quiet regularly in my home. 

Added fresh spring onions and cherry tomatoes. This recipe is a great summer meal. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Channa Dal with Sorrel leaves | Gongura Senagappu Curry

I am back after a very long break nearly 4 months break from blogging Woah…. that’s a long break and the reason for it is my office work which was so hectic with one of my most critical task and could not get time to post any recipes. Finally I could wrap up my dreadful task and got some time for blogging….

Ooooo…….Finally :)

Gongura Chana Dal Curry is one of my desired curries which my mom used to prepare when we were kids. It is a simple curry with fewer ingredients, but relies on slow cooking for a yummy and delicious flavor.

The key process for this curry is not to overcook Chana dal and it should retain its shape. I bet everyone love its tangy flavor of gongura with onions and chana dal.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mango Rice/ Maamidikaya Pulihora

Mango rice is a traditional rice dish of Andhra that is nourished during Ugadi/ Telugu New Year. This is also a usual summer dish when we find plenty of mangoes during summer season.

This Rice is prepared using ripe mangoes and rice which has unique tangy taste and with aromatic tempering of peanuts, green chillies, red chillies, curry leaves. I love this Rice

I learnt this recipe from my friend Tulasi. Simple and very easy to make which is usually prepared during festival season.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Announcing Cooking Concepts # 11 – Splash into Summer

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade….

Whoa Summer has arrived…I adore it !!! As a kid I used to love summer. There was no school. Instead, there were vacations, trips, playing, toys and books. Summer brought tasty fruits watermelon, mango (my favorite fruits) , along with chilled delights like icecreams, juices…

Coming to this month’s concept is “Splash into Summer”. No Summer is complete without chilled delights or without mangoes, barbecues, icecreams, soberts….

So why waiting friends it’s time for summer delights/recipes. Link as many entries as possible.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Buffalo Wild Wings in Red Hot Sauce– Restaurant Style

When I and my hubby first had Wings at the restaurant Buffalo Wild Wings we fell in love with them and later we visited quiet regularly to that place and used to enjoy these yummy buffalo wild wings.

One day I got a thought to try wings myself in my home and was doing internet searching and to my surprise got a recipe for these wings which was so simple then immediately I bought wings, hot sauce and prepared them very easily.

This chicken wings recipe is sure to please those love “Buffalo Wild Wings”. I baked the wings instead of frying them to make it healthier. Some say that by baking the wings chicken won’t be crisp, but I felt it was crisp. We can also grill the wings; this is also one more alternative need to try sometime. These Wings goes with Blue Cheese along with carrots and celery but optional.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dondakaya Pachadi/Tindora Chutney

Happy Mother’s Day !!!!

Today I wanted to make some dish which I learnt from my sweet mom. Then I decided to do make some chutney as my mom is an expert in making unique kinds of pachadi’s from different veggies.

So I tried making this tindora chutney which my mom used to make quite regularly when we were kids. It is quite simple and I love its delicious taste with hot steamed rice along with some vadiyalu.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Baingan Ka Barta

This is a much awaited recipe that I have been thinking for a very long time and lastly got the time and mood to prepare this.

Baingan Ka Barta is a Punjabi side dish for rotis/naans and rice which is prepared by smoky roasted or char-grilled eggplants deskinned and cooked in onion, tomato, and mix of spices. And this is one of the divines of brinjal recipes for sure we all will be fond of this dish. This is one of the tasty and simple curry which can be made easily during special occasions/parties.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Choco Chip Sour Cream Muffins

I love to bake on Sunday evenings with wonderful treats like muffins, breads, cakes, cupcakes…

This weekend I was in fridge-cleaning mood (as I overbought lots of grocery and need to make some room to accommodate and I was in this process). In the back of my fridge I found a container of sour cream which was nearly ready to expire. Then a speedy internet search guided me to these Choco Chip Sour Cream Muffins.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cooking Concepts – Spring Seasonal Food Roundup

Many Thanks to all bloggers, friends for sharing your scrumptious lovely recipes that you girls/guys desire to cook/cooked for this spring season. Really appreciate each one of you for joining in the events.

Spring Seasonal Food received a total of 78 entries which differs in sweets, chutney, curries, pulao, desserts, baking goodies, cool drinks….

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Eggless Mango Cake

This weekend I bought new baking pans and I was very keen to bake some cake. Then taught of baking an eggless mango cake which I tried couple of months back but could not post the recipe which I bookmarked from ChefInyou.

This Mango Cake was so moist and scrummy. The cardamom powder to it adds great fragrance and nice flavor to cake. I love its color and its taste is splendid.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Announcing Cooking Concepts # 10 - Mom’s Recipe

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.  ~Washington Irving

As mother’s day falls on 13th may so to make this month a super special to mom’s I decided this month’s concept as “Mom’s Recipe”.

Mommy is the first teacher in everybody's life. She teaches how to eat, talk and everything. And many of you might be same like me who does not set any interest in cooking when you stay with your sweet mom’s. Nevertheless when you start cooking and you stay far from mom then you recollect that entire cooking mom used to do. Mom who gives us the first piece of a sweet/snack and she sees your eyes light up as she cooks. It's Mom who will be the first happy women when you begin your first solo effort in kitchen. Love you Mom!!!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Kobbari Mamidikaya Pachadi | Coconut Mango Chutney

Kobbari Mamidikaya Pachadi is an Andhra special Pachadi made by blending sweet coconut and sour mango collectively which gives a very unique and scrumptious taste. The spiciness to this chutney is added from chillies and seasoning adds an extra layer of flavor.

Kobbari Mamidikaya Pachadi is one of my most favorite among Chutney’s. My mom used to prepare this chutney surly at the time of ugadi. This is quite simple and easy to prepare. I learnt this recipe from my mom.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Chocolate Almond Biscotti – My 150th post

This is my 150th post which is quite exhilarating!! I am really thrilled!!

First thing a very big bow/thank you to all my fellow bloggers, friends, family and readers for visiting/reading/following my blog and for your sweet and wonderful comments and hugs to my lovely hubby who tastes all my dishes and helps in all my cooking.

On my journey of my blogging I really started learning many new recipes/baking in spite of my busy work life which really makes me proud of myself.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pina Colada --- Non Alcoholic Version

Pina Colada meaning strained pineapple is a sweet based refreshing smoothie/drink. Non Alcoholic version of Pina Colada is Virgin Pina Colada. 

This cool blended mocktail is very apt for summer afternoons after lunch.

This is very easier and quick drink which can be prepared by pineapple, coconut cream, milk and ice cubes.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Tartar Sauce

I and my husband fallen in love with coconut shrimp when we first had it in Hawaii during our vacation. From many days I was just planning to make this yummy appetizer in home but could not make, finally yesterday I got a chance to prepare this crispy, juicy, wonderful coconut shrimp. The final result of this dish was awesome my husband liked the dish the most and he said that it was the finest he has ever tasted.

To prepare this dish I Used Tiger Shrimp, which is perfect for coconut shrimp, usually the Tiger Shrimp that we get in US are less tasteful so to sweeten the shrimp I added sugar to the beaten egg, which is used for dipping the shrimp and coat it well with bread crumbs and coconut flakes mixture.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Muntha Masala | Pidata Kinda Pappu | Puffed Rice Masala | Bhel Masala

Muntha Masala is a delicious Andhra street food and this is my much loved food from childhood.

The street person or the bandiwala place an earthen vessel on hot coal with a stack of maramaralu/puffed rice and prepare this Masala by taking the puffed rice from below the vessel so that the masala food can be prepared by the roasted puffed rice.

So this name comes for this recipe as pidata (vessel) kinda (under) pappu (masala/food).The bandiwala place all the ingredients and he mixes well in a coconut shell with a stick and serves in a newspaper/banana leaf (potlalu) with palm leaf spoon.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Schezwan Fried Rice

Schezwan Fried Rice is colorful and simple spicy rice which can in prepared in very less time. This is mine and my husband’s one of the favorite dish. And I learnt this easy recipe from my friend Tulasi.

This rice is part of Chinese cuisine which is prepared by tossing rice with veggies and schezwan sauce which gives unique and yummy taste. I love its flavor. We can add veggies of our choice.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Apple Upside Down Cake

Couple of days back I had bunch of apples lying in my fridge then I decided to bake a cake. Immediately a thought came to my mind is Apple Upside Down Cake the recipe which I bookmarked from Vardhini’s blog.

There is something special about an upside down cake. I and my husband loved this cake a lot !! Delectable one !!

I was so excited baking this Cake as this is my first effort trying upside down cake. It came out so perfect.

Monday, April 2, 2012

CC-Vegan Diet: Only Plant Based Roundup

A very big thank you to all my friends for making this Cooking Concepts: Vegan Diet Only Plant Based event a mammoth success.

CC-Vegan Diet: Only Plant Based event received a total of 144 appetizing and superb entries varies in Pulao, Curries, dips, chutney, snacks,rice, soups, salad, breakfast, jams,sweets…..  

Here is the roundup of Vegan Diet: Only Plant Based recipes!!!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Announcing Cooking Concepts # 9 - Spring Seasonal Food

Spring has arrived with longer days and warmer weather comes a new crop of fresh produce.

Spring Season falls between winter and summer and rules over the months from March to May. In India, the spring season is honored as the King of the seasons.

I can say that spring is a beautiful season of flowers. Mangoes blossoms rise up on the mango trees. Fresh fruits and vegetables flourish during the spring.\

If we want to increase your idea of seasonal eating, spring is the perfect season to start your diet with springtime fruits and veggies which add most nutritional value.

Now coming to this month’s cooking concept is “Spring Seasonal Food”. Cook anything with fresh veggies, fruits, herbs as main ingredient that you find in Spring Season (that listed in the below list).

The recipes can include any type of the dish from Muffins, Appetizers, Sweets, Desserts, Meals, Curries, Chutney, Tiffins, Snacks, Cakes, Cookies, Beverages…

I will be accommodating only entries which are posted in March and April.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Coconut Channa Dal Chutney

Coconut Channa Dal Chutney is a distinctive condiment that is served well with South Indian Dishes. This chutney goes very well with rice as well as with tiffin’s especially with idlis, dosas…

I learnt this recipe from my mom. I prepared this last weekend and enjoyed this delicious pachadi with steaming hot idlis for breakfast.

This wonderful chutney is prepared with simple ingredients coconut, channa dal, tamarind, jeera.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Banana MilkShake

Banana Milkshake is very simple and easy to prepare. Besides its simplicity it is incredibly healthy and nutritious drink.

My husband makes this wonderful shake very frequently whenever we have bananas in our home. I can say he is an expert in this, as it is very easy to prepare right :). This milkshake will be more delicious with ripe bananas.  

We love to sprinkle boost on top of it. It’s really yummy. I can say that this milkshake is a perfect morning drink or perhaps a mid-morning boost.

CC-Dish For Loved Ones Roundup

A very big heartful thank you to all my friends for sharing incredible and luminous recipes that you gals/guys love to cook to your lovely ones.
Dish For Loved Ones received a very huge assortment of 197 entries. I am overwhelmed by visiting all these scrumptious recipes!!! Awesome !!

Presenting the roundup of marvelous and appealing recipes for your loved ones.  

CC-Chocolate Fest Roundup

Thanks a lot to each one of you for contributing and supporting in my events. Chocolate Fest event received a total of 98 entries varies in cakes, desserts, payasam, cookies, salad, cupcakes, pudding, pie, sandwich, muffins, sandwich, biscuits….

Here are the collections of yummy and delightful chocolate recipes.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pachi Pulusu

Pachi Pulusu is an unheated version of pulusu. This is a prominent and traditional Andhra dish prepared using simple ingredients like tamarind, onions, redchiilies, and jaggery.

I had this dish after long time this weekend. My grandmom used to make this  tasty pulusu when we were kids. I learnt this recipe from my friend Tulasi.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Khara Biscuits/Masala Cookies

It’s been a while since my last post. I was quiet busy with my job and I haven’t been able to make time to blog.

Masala Cookies are my much loved Cookies. This weekend I baked these mini cookies. I got this recipe from Redchillies. These wonderful cookies are prepared using all purpose flour, butter, yogurt, salt, sugar and spices.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Announcing Cooking Concepts # 8: Vegan Diet – Only Plant Based

Couple of days back I watched Forks over Knifes documentary, it’s all about vegan diet. And I thought this is a good concept for this monthly event !!

So this month’s concept is Vegan Diet – Only Plant Based food. You can cook any type of the dish from Sweets, Desserts, Meals, Tiffins, Snacks, Cakes, Cookies, Beverages…

Here are some guidelines
  • Only Vegetarian Recipes that are plant based are allowed.
  • No dairy products, Oil is allowed.
  • Please link back to this page.
  • Archived entries are allowed, but repost them.
  • Use of logo is mandatory which helps to spread the word.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gongura, Mint & Coriander Chutney

This is a simple and flavorful chutney made with gongura, mint, coriander leaves along with roasted corinder seeds, red chillies, tamarind  and grounded into smooth paste.

This goes well with rice,dosa,idli,vada and so on..

I learnt this Gongura, Mint & Coriander Chutney from my friend Tulasi. Adding coriander seeds to it gives a unique and wonderful flavor. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oatmeal Choco Chip Muffins

I hope each one had a brilliant weekend !!!

Generally I love to bake in weekends specially on Sunday as I spend relaxing the day and also get some time to experiment new items.

I tried Oatmeal muffins with choco chips which came out so wonderful!! These Muffins are grand way to attract people who don’t like oats especially kids.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Methi & ChickPeas Pulao/ Methi & Chole Pulao

Methi & ChickPeas Pulao is very simple and delicious pulao which can be made in less time. 

Today I was very lazy to cook dinner. I wanted to make something very quick. Then I found a couple of bunches of methi leaves and soaked channa in my fridge. I tried out this yummy pulao which turned out a duper super hit. And now this pulao is my very favorite one-pot meal. I added few mint leaves for fresh aroma.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Rava Ladoo - Shivaratri Special

Wishing All My friends,Readers,blogger friends and Dear Ones A Very Happy Shivaratri !!

For this  Shivaratri I made this Rava Ladoo which is simple and wonderful sweet and can be prepared easily on special occasions and whenever you want to have some sweet.My mom used to make them very frequently when we were kids.
Love them !!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

CC-Holiday Baking Roundup

Sorry everyone, the Holiday Baking Roundup is on a hold for a while. As I got a problem with my mail.

Here are the collection of recipes for Holiday Baking. I listed them in the order I received. Thank you all for the delicious and lovely entries !!!

Gobi Masal Stuffed Buns , Coconut stuffed Sweet Buns , Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti by Sangee

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Strawberry Bread

I love to have homemade baked breads made with fruits as a morning breakfast.  So this weekend I baked this Bread with Strawberries.  

Strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C and this healthy Strawberry bread is prepared with  Strawberries which makes a better breakfast that tastes delicious too. A bit of cinnamon also enhance the flavors.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Velvet Cake with Fondant Pink Roses – Valentine Special

Happy Valentine’s Day to All My Friends, Bloggers & Readers.

Valentine Day is full of love, roses, chocolates…

For this Valentine I taught to make the most admired red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting but unfortunately I got so much project work to complete in this weekend…. Ahh !! However yesterday evening took a break from my work and taught to bake something special to my darling hubby.

And I made these cute heart shapes velvet cakes and one more beautiful thing for this cake guess what !! Yes those pretty pink roses.

I love pink and I & my hubby loved those sweet roses. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Egg Omelet Curry

This curry is a special variation to normal egg curries which can be prepared easily and gives a wonderful taste. For this all we need to make omelet of eggs and mix it with onion and tomato gravy along with some spices.

For this gravy we can just make use of plain omelet or if you want you can add whatever veggies you need. I used just onions. And we can cut omelet into small or big pieces whichever is desirable. This goes well with plain rice or with rotis.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Vermicelli Sesame Jaggery Ladoo

This weekend I tried these unique ladoo which is simple and wonderful sweet and can be prepared easily on special occasions or whenever you desire to have some sweet.

Sesame and vermicelli are my favorite and thought to try this combo, along with jaggery which tasted very yummy.

These are prepared by simple ingredients like Sesame, Vermicelli and Jaggery. This ladoo tastes very crunchy due to vermicelli and very yummy flavor with sesame and jaggery

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Nutella Brownies

Who doesn’t love Nutella? Of course everyone does !! First time when I bought nutella I loved it and I and my hubby finished the whole bottle in less than a week. Whoa what a yummy taste!! I found a new love :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Potato Jeera Rice

Potato Jeera Rice is Simple and Very quick one-pot meal to make. This is mine big favorite and I love to carry it in my lunch box daily.

Potato Jeera rice has a true flavor of Potato in each bite, mild spicy due to spices and nice delicious taste with Jeera.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Corn & Tomato Salad

Corn is one of my favorite veggie. I usually try some healthy salads with this veggie. Here is one salad which I love to have for my evening meal.

Corn and tomatoes pair perfectly with milky crunch of fresh corn and juicy acidity of tomatoes.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Announcing Cooking Concepts # 7 – Dish For Loved Ones

As Valentine Day is around the corner I want to make it extra special by announcing this month’s concept as “Dish For Loved Ones”.
Cook your valentine’s favorite dish..(Exception you can also cook for dear ones).  I will be accommodating only fresh entries no archived entries. You can send both Veg and Non Veg entries from Sweets, Desserts, Meals, Tiffins, Snacks, Cakes, Cookies…. so on what ever you cook much loved for your dear ones ( ur mom, kids, dad, friends….).  

So why waiting friends, link as many entries as possible.

Here are some guidelines
  • Make recipes which fit this month’s concept
  • Please link back to this page.
  • No archived entries, only fresh entries.
  • Both Veg and Non Veg recipes are allowed, but No pork and beef.
  • Use of logo is mandatory which helps to spread the word.
  • Non bloggers or friends who have problem with linky tool can send me the recipes along with the picture to

Hope to See you all participating !!!!!!!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Chocolate Cookies

Two weeks back I bought Wilton Cookie Presser and I loved there pretty shapes so cute ones.. I prepared cookies of all shapes and they were lovely. I followed the same recipe which was provided on that kit.

This weekend I was planning to prepare something with chocolate and decided to bake these cookies with full of chocolate.

Chocolate Cookies were crispy, moist and chewy. These cookies were fabulous and delicious to eat.