Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Pineapple kesari

One of my all time favourite dessert is pineapple kesari.This recipe is very rich and lengthy.But its worth the wait to make sweets very delicious.Cooking it in low frame will avoid forming lumps.

Rava-1/2 cup
Sugar-1 cup
Water-1 cup
Milk-1/2 cup
Ghee/oil-1/2 cup
Pineapple puree-1/2 cup
Pineapple ,chopped-1/2 cup
Cashews/raisins-a few
Food color-a pinch

1.Heat a pan,add half cup of oil/ghee,fry cashews and raisins
2.Add rava and saute for 2-3 minutes until it changes the color slightly
3.Add milk and water ,bring it to a boil
4.When the 3/4th of water is absorbed by rava and cooked fully
5.Add sugar and cook in low flame
6.Once the rava thickens (after ten minutes),add the pineapple puree at the end
7.Cook until the ghee/oil starts leaving the edges
8.Add the chopped pineapple pieces and serve.

Seven layer bar

This is my favourite holiday recipe.I have tried it many times.The recipe was recommended by an american who stayed in my home as guest while her social service trip to india.She recommended to try any ingredients of around seven cups.I always used the following recipe but the actual recipe needs half cup of melted butter and 1 1/2 cup of graham crackers.Either way , it works.The seven layer bar will be very crunchy.

Semi sweet choco chips-1 cup
Dark chocolate chips-1 cup
Caramel chips-1 cup
White chocolate chips-1 cup
Dessicated coconut-1 cup
Almond flakes/shredded-1 cup
Condensed milk-1 tin

1.Mix all the ingredients in a bowl
2.Add the condensed milk and mix evenly
3.Line a baking tray with parchment paper(otherwise it sticks to the tray)
4.Add the mix and bake at 350*F for 30-35 minutes in a preheated oven
5.Once the bars are baked,allow it to cool slightly to room temperature,run the pizza cutter to cut them into desired shapes.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Beans poriyal inspired by OPOS

I have flashed cooked beans by opos many times.Guess the beans poriyal can be made just in minutes.It always turns out very crunchy,greenly and well cooked.Make sure to use the fresh beans.This is basic poriyal recipe.Variations can be done with added diced(cubic sized) carrots, or can be added soaked & coarsely ground dal(usili) which has to be soaked for 15 minutes.I never add coconut to poriyal for daily cooking(only special occasions).Instead of coconut,1/2 tsp of coconut oil can be drizzled.

Beans,chopped -250 gms
Onion,chopped-3-4 tbp
Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
Broken urad dal-less than 1/4 tsp
Coconut ,grated-1 tsp
Oil-1 tsp
Dry red chillies-1-2 ,broken
salt to taste

1.Remove the fiber from the beans sides and finely chop them
2.Heat a 2 -litre pressure cooker,add oil,saute mustard seeds and broken urad dal
3.Add red chillies,layer chopped onion and chopped beans
4.Close the lid and keep whistle.Cook for exactly seven minutes. Swtich off the flame
(No need for whistle).Let it release the pressure on its own.
5.Open the lid and add salt and coconut.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Seppankelangu / Arbi fry

Sepankilangu/Arbi-3-4 nos
Rice flour-1 tbsp
Besan flour-2 tbsps
Chilli powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Salt-half tsp
Oil-2-3 tsp
Curry leaves-a few
Saunf/Fennel seeds-1/2 tsp


1.Cook Sepankilangu/Arbi in boiling water for 10-15 minutes until it turns soft(if a knife can be smoothly inserted into arbi).Discard the water and allow it to cool.Remove the skin of the arbi and slice them into thin slices.
2.Mix all the dry ingredients from rice flour ,besan flour,chilli powder,coriander powder,salt and turmeric powder in a plate.
3.Sprinkle the dry powder mix to each sides of arbi
4.Heat a pan with oil ,add fennel seeds and curry leaves.Place arbi slices in the pan,cook for 2-3 minutes.Turn the slices and cook for another 2-3 minutes.Keep turn for couple of times until all the slices are well roasted.

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Kasi halwa inspired by OPOS

Making halwa is bliss in OPOS way without spending hours of stirring. I tried this method for couple of times ,it came out so good and tasty .Pumpkin halwa in OPOS tasted like how they serve in banana leaf at marriage functions.The glossy halwa is clueless to know which ingredients it has.

White pumpkin,grated-1 cup(not squeezed)
Sugar-1/2 cup
Oil-3 tsp
Ghee-1 tsp
Cashewnuts-a few
Cardomom-2-4 nos

1.Grate the white pulp of the pumpkin and leave it in strainer with a bowl underneath for 30-40 minutes to drain the water.I have used quarter portion of small size pumpkin.
2.Take a 2-liter pressure cooker ,layer oil,pumpkin pulp,sugar and cardamom.Do not mix it.
3.Close the lid and pressure cook for 9-12 whistles
4.Allow the pressure to settle down on its own
5.Open the lid,if any water left ,on the flame cook for any couple of minutes in high flame.
6.Meanwhile add food color and roasted cashews in ghee.
7.The final stage of halwa should be gooey and sticky 

Let the sugar be browned in corner slightly ,then it gives extra flavor to the halwa
If not sure about cooking pumpkin without water or in method,add a tbsp of water or give less number of whistles.Cook further in open cooker.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Coconut Burfi

Coconut-1 cup(grated)
Brown sugar-2/3 cup
Rava/sooji-1 tbsp
Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp
Oil-2 tbsps

1.Roast coconut in a pan until it turns moist free with a tsp of oil.Set aside
2.Add brown sugar to the pan and half cup of water to the pan
3.Boil the syrup until it forms thick one string consistency
4.Add the rava,cardamom powder and coconut
5.Saute till it combines the mix to thick consistency
6.Once,it turns dry and glossy,remove from flame
7.Add the mixture to a tray or plate that is greased with oil/ghee
8.Spread the mixture evenly and intact
9.Allow it to cool down for ten minutes and make cuts with knife
10.Once it is set,remove the burfi and serve.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Pasta inspired by OPOS

 I been trying OPOS for couple of years by now.The cooking method,recipes and ingredients has been drastically changed.I dont think people eat the same now as in past 2 decades.The rice is being replaced by millets,white sugar by brown sugar and maida with whole wheat flour.The method has become more easy these days.In beginning of 2000 to 2015 ,I have spent most of sauting and stiring in the kitchen.Adding ingredients one by one to saute and spending lot of time in kitchen which became unnecessary now.A couple of years ago i couldnt stand for long time.I tried OPOS method for basic cooking like sambar,beans poriyal and kootu.Most of the recipes were blissful without much sauting.All you need to do chop the vegetables and layer the ingredients in the cooker.Sometimes,in one whistle one wholesome meal will be ready in forty minutes.This pasta recipe is my recent try which turned out like magic dish. If this dish didnt work ,dont blame the recipe.Blame the science and keep altering the ingredients and its measurement.Keep trying OPOS with other recipes.

Pasta-1 cup
onion,chopped-1/4 cup
Mushroom/any veggies,chopped-1/2 cup
Italian seasoning-1/4 tsp
Chilly flakes-1/4 tsp
Milk/Water-1 cup
Cheese-2-3 tbsps
Capsicum,thinly sliced-1/4 cup 
Salt to taste
Oil/Butter-2 tsps

1.Soak the pasta in water as fully immersed for 30 minutes.
2.Take a 2 litre pressure cooker ,layer/pour oil/butter,chopped onion,mushroom, 
seasoning and the milk
3.Close the lid and on the flame.
4.Allow it to cook for 2 whistles and then off the flame.
5.Once the steam settles ,when the cooker is still hot ,add the salt and red chillies. Stir .Add the capsicum and cheese on top.Close the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Add the chilly flakes and salt only at the end as it may curdle the milk.Adjust the liquid according to the thickness of the pasta.Macaroni works best with this recipe.Rest of the pasta,use extra liquid as needed.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Kadamba sadam / கதம்ப சாதம்

Kadamba sadam
Sesame oil-2 tsps
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Red chillies-3
Cumin-1/2 tsp
Green chillies,slit-1
Curry leaves-5-6 nos
Channa(soaked)-2 tbsps
Karamani(soaked)-2 tbsps
Mixed vegetables-1 cup
Cooked Rice-2 cups
Toor dal,cooked-1 cup
Tamarind water-1 cup
Hing-1 tsp
Ghee-1 tsp
salt to taste

To make powder
Fenugreek-1/2 tsp
Pepper-1+1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds-1+1/2 tsp
Bengalgram dal-1 tsp
Urad dal-1 tsp
Red chillies-10

1.Dry roast all the ingredients from fenugreek,pepper,coriander seeds,bengalgram dal,urad dal and red chillies and make fine powder.
2.Heat sesame oil in the pan,add the mustard to splutter,cumin and then red chillies
3.Add green chillies,curry leaves and keep sauting them one by one.
4.Add the vegetables and legumes to the pan
5.Dilute gooseberry size of tamarind in one cup of water and another cup of water if needed
6.Close the lid and cook for 5-6 minutes.
7.Add the masala powder and stir well.
8.Add the cooked dal ,rice ,salt to the pan and stir well.
9.Sprinkle the hing and ghee.serve hot
கதம்ப சாதம் 
தேவையான பொருட்கள்

நல்லெண்ணெய்   -2 tsps

கடுகு வ -1 தேக்கரண்டி

சிவப்பு மிளகாய் -3

சீரகம்  -1 / 2 டீஸ்பூன்

பச்சை மிளகாய், பிளவு -1

கறிவேப்பிலை - 5-6 இலைகள்

சன்னா (ஊறவைத்து) -2 கரண்டி

காரா மணி (ஊறவைத்து ) -2 கரண்டி

கலப்பு காய்கறிகள் - 1 கப்

சமைத்த அரிசி -2 கப்

சர்க்கரை பருப்பு - 1 கப்

புளி  தண்ணீர் -1 கப்

பெருங்காயம் -1 தேக்கரண்டி

நெய் -1 தேக்கரண்டி

உப்பு ருசிக்க

பொடி  செய்ய

வெந்தயம்-1/2 தேக்கரண்டி

மிளகு -1 + 1/2 தேக்கரண்டி

கொத்தமல்லி விதை -1 + 1/2 தேக்கரண்டி

கடலை பருப்பு -1 தேக்கரண்டி

உளுத்தம் பருப்பு -1 தேக்கரண்டி

சிவப்பு மிளகாய் -10


வெந்தயம் , மிளகு, கொத்தமல்லி விதை, கடலை பருப்பு , உளுத்தம் பருப்பு ,சிவப்பு மிளகாய்,  ஆகியவற்றை வெறும் வாணலியில்  இளம் சிவப்பாக வறுக்கவும் .

அடுப்பில் கடாயி வைத்து  நல்லெண்ணெய்   ஊற்றி   கடுகு, சீரகம் மற்றும் சிவப்பு மிளகாய்  சேர்க்கவும்.

கடுகு வெடித்ததும் பச்சை மிளகாய், பச்சை மிளகாய், கறிவேப்பிலை இலை சேர்த்து வதக்கவும்.

கடாயில் காய்கறிகளையும், பருப்பு வகைகளையும் சேர்க்கவும்.

ஓரு கப் தண்ணீரில் புளித்தண்ணி  தேவைப்பட்டால்,  மேலும் ஒரு கப் தண்ணீர், பருப்பு சேர்த்து கொதிக்க விடவும் .

உப்பு மற்றும் மஞ்சள் தூள் சேர்க்கவும்

மூடி மறைக்கவும் மற்றும் 5-6 நிமிடங்களுக்கு சமைக்கவும்.

அரைத்து வைத்துள்ள மசாலா தூள் சேர்த்து நன்கு கலக்கவும்.

சமைத்த அரிசி,  உப்பு சேர்த்து நன்கு கிளறவும் .

சிறிது பெருங்காயம் மற்றும் நெய் சேர்த்து பரிமாறவும்

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Lemon rice

Lemon rice


Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Urad dal-1 tsp
Hing-a pinch
Red chillies-2 ,broken
Curry leaves-a few
Sesame oil-1 tsp
Groundnut,roasted-1 tbsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Rice-1 cup
Salt to taste


1.Heat a pan,add oil,mustard seeds allow it to spatter
2.Add urad dal,red chillies,curry leaves and saute them one by one
3.Add hing,turmeric powder ,groundnut and salt lowering the flame to minimum
4.Add the rice and mix it altogether
5.Switch off the flame,then squeeze some lemon juice and mix well

Friday, September 07, 2018

Vellai paniyaram /செட்டிநாடு வெள்ளைப் பணியாரம்

Vellai paniyaram is chettinad snack which is very famous in wedding and deepavali.I have tasted it in many of the events.When I tasted paniyaram for the first time,it was soft and tasty went well with the red chutney. Its a delicate dish to cook.It depends on rice quality and temperature how the batter is made.The batter is well made without fermenting. I have asked many people how it is made.Someone told to try ice cubes while grinding the batter to avoid fermenting.

Raw Rice/Pachaarisi IR.20-1 cup
Urad dal/ulunthu-1 tbsp
Cold water-1/2 cup
milk-3 tsp

1.Measure rice and dal .Soak them in two cups of water for 2 hours.

2.Add rice,dal,milk and 1/4 cup of cold milk to blender

3.Grind it to very fine batter.It should be thick and pouring consistency

4.Add salt to the batter

5.Heat 2 cups of oil in medium flame,not so hot.

6.Pour the batter by holding the ladle for 2-3 inches away from the oil

7.When the paniyaram fluffs up,flip them to cook other side.When the bubbles settles,remove them from frying pan.

Lemongrass fried rice

The usual fried rice can be twisted with one of the most fragrant herb,lemongrass. While using lemongrass,always use the fresh ones and use the inner most stack for the enhanced flavor.The lemongrass gives mild flowery smell to the rice while cooking them.It can be made directly in electric rice cooker.

Rice-2 cups
Bell peppers,chopped-1 cup
Onion/celery,chopped-3 tsps
Lemongrass stick-1
Soya sauce-1 tsp
Fish sauce/chilli garlic sauce-2 tsps
Coconut milk-1 cup
Salt to taste
Cooking oil-1 tsp
Ginger ,chopped-1/2 tsp
Garlic-1/2 tsp

1.Add oil to the cooking pan,saute onion,ginger and garlic
2.Add the bell pepper ,coconut milk and all the sauces
3.Mix thoroughly and add the washed rice
4.Slit the lemongrass in half way to the center of the stick
5.Add the lemongrass and one and half cup of water
6.Add the dash of salt and pepper and close the lid
7.Cook in medium heat until the rice is well cooked.

Pumpkin kheer

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Chilli Soya

Soya chunks-2 cups
Cornflour-3 tsps
Soya sauce-2 tbsps
Tomato sauce-1 tbsp
Chilli sauce-3 tbsps
Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp
Chilli powder-1 tsp
Green chillies,slited-5
Onion and bell pepper-a few,if needed
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil to shallow fry

1.Soak the soya chunks in hot water for 15-20 minutes
2.Squeeze out the excess water from soya 
3.Add corn flour,chilli powder and salt to soya chunks ,toss them well to coat evenly
4.Shallow fry the soya chunks in a pan until its well cooked 
5.Heat pan add oil ,ginger garlic paste,onion,green chillies
and saute for a minute
6.Add the soya chunks and the sauces and toss them well

Parsley Garlic bread

Butter-1/4 cup
Garlic-7-8 cloves
Parsley-1 bunch
Any cheese-1 cup,grated
Salt and pepper to taste

1.Cut the Baguette into two halves.
2.Grind cloves,parsley,salt and pepper into fine paste
3.Apply the butter in both halves of the bread
4.Apply the parsley paste on top
5.Spread the grated cheese on top of the bread.
6.Bake them in a preheated oven 450 *F temp for 15 minutes
7.Allow it to cool down a bit and then slices them into stripes
Serve with tomato sauce.

Brinjal thokku

Recipe inspired from samayal samayal-Chef venkatesh bhaat
Mysore Rasam powder
Mangalore Bedigai chilly-100gms
Coriander seeds-75gms
Fenugreek seeds-25 gms
Cumin-25 gms
Curry leaves-2 stems
Sesame oil-2 tsp

1.Heat a pan,add oil and fry the ingredients one by one for 5-6 minutes(for each) in medium flame
2.Filter oil from the ingredients and reuse it to next ingredients
3.Grind all the roasted ingredients to fine powder
4.The recipes needs aroung 2 tbsps of coriander seeds,3/4 tsp of methi seeds,3/4 tsp of cumin and 5 bedigai chillies roughly.

Onion-250 gms,chopped
Brinjal-250 gms,chopped
Sesame oil-half cup
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Tamarind water-1/2 cup
Hing-1/2 tsp
Jaggery-1 tbsp
Kashmiri chilli powder-1 tsp
Corinder leaves-handful to garnish
Mysore rasam powder-6 tsp
Ghee-1 tsp
Salt to taste

1.Heat pan,add 6-7 tsp of sesame oil,season with mustard seeds
2.Add chopped onion and fry 10-12 minutes until dark brown in color
3.Add kathirikai to the pan,add turmeric powder and fry 5-6 minutes,otherwise it will disintegrate
4.Add water and cook brinjal in closed minutes for another 2-3 minutes
5.Then add half cup tamarind water,salt,jaggery and chilli powder and stir them
6.Add 6 tsp of Mysore Rasam powder,Hing and 3 tsp of sesame oil,and cook for another 5-6 minutes
7.Garnish with coriandar leaves and a tsp of ghee.
Check this glimpse video for brinjal thokku

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