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Thursday, 21 May 2015

rava idli/steamed semolina dumplings

                                              Instant Rava idli 

Makes:12 idlis

1 cup rava / semolina
1 inch piece finely chopped ginger
2 green chillies finely chopped
Coriander leaves/cilantro finely chopped
Salt to taste
1 cup curd/yogurt
1 tsp eno fruit salt.
Water as needed


1.Take all the dry ingredients like rava,finely chopped ginger ,green chillies and coriander leaves and salt  in a mixing bowl{ except eno }and mix well.

2.Now add in 1 cup of curd and give it a mix.

3.Now add needed amount of water and make a idli batter.

4.Keep it undisturbed for a minimum of 15 minutes. 

5.Meanwhile grease your idli moulds and boil water for your steamer.Keep it ready.

6.After 15 minutes add eno and mix well immediately. 

7.Pour the batter into the moulds and steam it for 10 minutes.p

8.Please ensure by inserting a toothpick into the Idlis whether they are cooked completely or not.if the toothpick comes out clean they are done. 

9.Enjoy with sambar/chutney/pickles of your choice..!!

Rava idli served with Beetroot Sambar

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Mushroom Sandwich

                                           Mushroom Sandwich

                               Before starting cooking i like to share that in NO MEASUREMENT label you will not find proper measurements but the ingredients and procedure only.As soon as i am clear about the measurements i will include it too..This is just to give an idea about the easy recipes that you can make at home IN A JIFFY..hOPE all will support me in this too..<3
                 Now let us move on to the recipe.


Olive oil
Mushroom of your choice
Salt to taste
Pepper powder
Coriander leaves/cilantro

Cheese slice( i used Amul cheese slice)


1.Wash ,clean and slice mushroom finely and keep aside.

2.Chop all the vegetables finely and keep them aside.

3.Heat little olive oil/oil of your choice in a pan ,once it is hot add in the finely chopped garlic and onions.Saute them for a minute or two.

4.Add in the tomatoes and mushrooms.Cook till the mushrooms are done and the whole mixture turns dry(because mushroom will ooze out water)

5.Sprinkle salt and pepper powder.Toss them well.

6. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro.Our Stuffing is ready..!

7.Now let us assemble and toast our sandwich.

8.For that take a bread,place a cheese slice ,top it off with  stuffing ,cover it with another bread slice and toast on a toaster or tawa/griddle..

                                                        Sago Soup
This recipe was shared by my Dear Friend Jayashri Baleri & Vidya Pai in a very popular food Group Konkani Khann Anik Jevan{ } .It is a very easy recipe and can b cooked in a jiffy..
A perfect comfort food during heavy down pours..<3.Let us see how to cook this soup..!


Sago/sabudana- 2-3 tbsp
Water-3/4 cup
Salt to taste
Cumin seeds/jeera/nalla jeerakam-1/2 tsp

Vegetables i used

Ginger-1/4 tsp
Garlic-2 pods
Capsicum-2-3 tbsp
Carrots-2-3 tbsp
Onion-2-3 tbsp

To Garnish

Pepper powder
Lemon juice


1.Soak 2-3 table spoon of sago in 3/4 cup of water for a minimum of one hour.

2.Now Pressure cook them by adding 3/4 cup of water ,salt,cumin seeds,finely chopped ginger,garlic,carrot,capsicum and onions.Till you here 3-4 whistles.

3.Once the pressure goes off ,carefully open the lid.{At this time if the soup appears very thick ,you can add water according to your preference and just boil it.}

4.Just before serving sprinkle some pepper powder and lemon juice.{you are free to add garnish of your choice like tomato sauce,cilantro or coriander leaves}

5.Enjoy <3

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Besan & Sooji Dosa

                                   Besan & Sooji Dosa

                                           I got this recipe from a friend SHUBRA CHAUHAN BISEN who is a member in a very popular food group CHEF AT LARGE.Thank you dear for sharing such a yummy recipe with us all...<3


For dosa

Besan/Chickpea flour- 1 cup
Sooji/semolina-1 cup
Buttermilk-1 cup
A pinch of baking soda
Salt to taste

 NOTE: the ratio of besan and sooji should be 1:1
           :can use curd also,by diluting it by adding water and making it to a buttermilk consistency.

For Topping

Veggies of your choice

I used

Capsicum-2 tbsp
Onion-2 tbsp
Tomato-2 tbsp
Salad cucumber-2 tbsp
Carrot-2 tbsp
Chaat masala to sprinkle

Note:can use vegetables of your choice


1.Take a mixing bowl add besan,sooji,salt ,a pinch of baking soda and buttermilk and make a batter of dosa/crepe consistency.Our batter is ready to use.

2.Finely chop all the vegetables of your choice and sprinkle chaat masala and mix them up.Our topping is ready to use.

3.Now heat a dosa pan or griddle and once it is hot pour a ladle full batter and spread it into a nice circle and immediately sprinkle the topping .

4.Cook dosa on a low flame as there is a chance of the dosa getting burned.

5.When one side is cooked flip it off and cook the other side too.

6.Our dosa z are ready to serve..ENJOY..!!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Jeera rice & Panchmela dal

                                           Jeera rice & Panchmela dal

                                                                           This is an awesome combo that we prefer on lazy days  & the Panchmela dal was introduced to me by a friend of mine ,RETHISH .G.PRABHU who lives in Bombay,through a dear food group Konkani Khann Anik Jevan
{ }  where both of us are members.I take this opportunity to thank rethish annu for sharing such an awesome recipe with us all.

Ingredients for Jeera rice

Cooked raw rice or basmati rice- 1 cup
Salt to taste

For seasoning

Ghee-1 tbsp
Cumin seeds/jeera/nalla jeerakam-1 tsp
Cinnamon-1 " piece
Bay leaf-1


1.Take cooked rice in a wide vessel and spread well with a fork.

2.Now let us make the seasoning.

3.For that heat a tablespoon of ghee in a tadka pan ,once it is hot add in the cumin seeds and allow them to pop up.Once done add in the cinnamon,cloves,bay leaf and saute for a minute or two.Be careful not to burn the cumin seeds.(low flame is preferable)

4.Add this seasoning into the rice and toss well.

 5.Our JEERA RICE is ready.Now let us make the Dal..!!

Ingredients for Panchmela Dal

Panchmela dal-1/3 cup {serves-2)
Oil/Ghee- 1tbsp
Cumin seeds-1tsp
Garlic-4-5 pods
Dry red chilly-2 small size
Curry leaves-a handful
Onion-2-3 medium size
Tomato-1 medium size
Water as per the gravy requirement

Cilantro to garnish(in the picture you won't see the cilantro as it was out of stock, i have not added them)

Spice powders used

Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder- 1 - 2 tsp
Coriander powder-1 -2 tsp
Garam masala-1 tsp +1/2 tsp
Salt to taste


1.Soak  dal overnight and next day wash it thoroughly and pressure cook and keep them aside.

2.Heat ghee/oil in a kadai/pan ,once it is hot add in the cumin seeds,dry red chillies,curry leaves and saute them for  a minute or two.

3.Time to add in the finely chopped ginger,garlic and onions.Saute till the onions are soft and translucent.

4.Add in the finely chopped tomatoes along with little salt.Cook till they are mushy.

5.Add the spice powders one by one and mix them well.Cook till the mixture begins to come together.

6.Pour in the cooked and lightly mashed dal/lentils along with the water used for cooking them.

7.Add salt to taste & Bring it to a boil.Check for salt and other spice powders.Feel free to add in the spice powders according to the taste of your family members.

8.Just before you switch off the flame sprinkle  1/2 tsp of  garam masala and if you have cilantro add finely chopped coriander leaves and garnish the Panchmela dal..



                       DAHI CHIVDA   

Serves- 2


Rice flakes/poha/aval/chuda/phovu- 1 cup
Curd/dahi/thairu/maelaay-1 cup
Honey/thaen/movu-1 tbsp
Sugar-2 tsp

Fruits of your choice

I used

Robust banana-1
Orange-6 segments
Pineapple -2 slices


1.Make banana circles.

2.Mix sugar with curd and beat well so as to avoid lumps & add in the fruit pieces except few needed for garnishing.mix well.keep aside.

3.Soak chivda in water for 2- 3 minutes.It has to be soft not soggy.

4.Take the serving bowl add  half cup soft chivda now pour half of curd fruit mix.

5.Again add the rest of chivda and top it off with rest of the curd.

6.Garnish  with pineapple & banana circles and drizzle honey over it..Enjoy


 :feel free to change the amount of ingredients according to your wish.

 :can also add cardamom powder if you like.

:also add fruits of your choice.