Archive for September, 2007

BottleGourd with Milk

Sometimes,tasty curries might not look and sound good. This is one such kind of curry/kura.I am sure all those who try this curry are going to make this one more than once.Making this is very easy and can be made in less than 15 Min’s.

To make this curry,add and toast popu.Once dal is golden brown ,add peeled and finely chopped(bite size pieces) of bottle gourd and 2 tbsp or as required milk to cook gourd tender but not soft and mushy. When gourd pieces are tender and cooked season with required salt and add 2 tsp of grated jaggery or sugar for that extra taste if desired. I generally like this curry little bit sweet. It tastes divine when served with rice.


September 21, 2007 at 4:43 pm 7 comments

Coconut Chutney

I always knew 2 types of coconut chutneys -one that is made with green chillies to eat with tiffins and one this one with popu and tamarind to eat with rice. This is every one’s favourite in our house . To make this,add and toast popu and grind half of this popu with a fistful of defrosted frozen/fresh grated coconut with a teaspoon of thick tamarind paste. Mix the remaining popu with prepared chutney and enjoy with rice or with anything you like.

September 21, 2007 at 4:33 pm 3 comments

Almond -Carrot Muffins

Eggs entered into my kitchen only few months back. That is because of my daughter because I am trying to give boiled egg to her from past few months. Earlier I bought eggs to make cakes out of those ready mixes for my cake decoration classes.She doesn’t eat most of the time .But sometimes,she eats little bit or at least tastes. That is enough for me to feel happy that at least she tried a little bit of healthy food. Even though it was difficult for me to resist the smell ,I tried giving her scrambled egg and omelet.But she did not like any of them. She tries eating boiled egg sometimes. For those sometimes, I shop eggs in my regular grocery shopping as I don’t want to give up trying . I am hoping that one day she will eat egg.Cakes and muffins have come up into my kitchen in the same process (giving her egg). Yesterday I tried these Almond – Carrot Muffins as part of those trials. As always she tried. But I don’t know yet,if she is going to like or not. I have to wait and see.To make these muffins,I used


1.5 cups of flour
1.5 cups of sugar
3 eggs
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 big carrot grated
1 cup almonds toasted for about 8 Min’s in the oven at 350F and then chopped
1 stick salted butter
1/4 cup milk(or as required to form smooth batter)


Sift together flour,salt(if using unsalted butter use 1/4 tsp salt) and baking powder.
Beat the softened butter and sugar. Add eggs one each at a time , beating till fluffy each time. Add grated carrot,1/4 cup of milk and mix until combined to form a smooth batter.Stir in chopped almonds. Scoop out one teaspoon batter into a greased muffin pan and bake at 350F for 20 Min’s or till muffins look golden in colour.

September 21, 2007 at 3:55 pm 3 comments

Beautiful flower arrangement by Lakshmi

Lakshmi of Springblossoms has posted this beautiful floral arrangement.
SpringBlossoms Flowers Unlimited: New Trends with Candles#links – NYT > Home and Garden – ForbesLife News .
You can enjoy many more such kind of beautiful arrangements in her blog .

September 19, 2007 at 5:15 pm 1 comment

Okra with Peanuts and coconut

Today I experimented okra with coconut and peanuts. I was inspired to make this recipe from the famous “Bendakaya pakodi kura” which is popularly served in weddings. But that dish involves deep frying pakodis ,which I was not intersted today. So, with a little imagination I skipped the pakodi part and seasoned with ground coconut~green chilly paste and the result ,we liked this one better and Iam now going to make this as often as possible.Making this curry was very easy and in almost no time at all.

All I did was chopped 15 clean okra/bendakayalu,heated a skillet with one teaspoon oil,fried fistful of peanuts,took them out on a paper towel,then add and toast popu,added chopped okra. Let it cook till okra circles are tender. Now,grind about 1 tbsp of grated coconut with 2 green chillies,1/4 tsp cumin seeds and added this to the cooked okra. Seasoned with required salt and finally added the fried peanuts before stirring everything gently and served with hot steaming rice.

September 17, 2007 at 5:26 pm 1 comment

Super Soft Mallige idly

Mallige Idly is totally new to me.I never heard of this or tasted this before. After reading Seema‘s Post on Mallige Idly,I bookmarked it to try once. These idlies are super soft and fluffy. Thankss Seema for the nice recipe. Usually I make idlies with idly rava . But this time I tried this recipe from here and this one is very easy.This is my entry for RCI -Karnataka hosted by Asha.

September 17, 2007 at 12:53 pm 6 comments

Vinayaka Chavithi Subhakanshalu వినాయకచవితి సుభకాంక్షలు

picture courtesy from and telugu translation courtesy from

September 15, 2007 at 6:08 pm 3 comments

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