Sunday, January 29, 2012

Snack Mela Round up ~ Part 2

I hope you enjoyed the Snack Mela Part 1 round up. We have about 180+ entries making their way to this mela. I was happy to make it a two part round up to make sure all the entries are checked out in leisure!

First we have some savory snacks in all forms making their way. I couldn't categorize these further. Though I am sure you will have great fun checking out the entries!

Amarendra Mulye's Methi Muthiya
Amy's Bread Baskets and Easy Cucumber bites
Anjana's spicy jingle balls
Archana's American SweetCorn With Butter
AvanthiRao's Corn Sundal

Easyfoodsmith's Murunde- Sticky Wheat Pops
Hobby Chef's Cheese Bread Roll
Jaleelakamal's Crispy Cauliflower
Kavi's Paneer Chilli

Kokila Karthikeyan's Black chick Peas Balls and Roasted Almond/Badam
Malathi Savitha's Corn Flakes Mixture, Crispy Kadle Puri Oggarane, Crispy Kodubale/Rice Flour Rin and Fat Free Popcorn

Mythreyi's Kiwi Salsa and Curried Cauliflower
Nisha's Crunchy Namak Pare-Shakar Pare
paul lumen's Christmas Sweet puffs
Rajani 's Healthy Guilt free Snacks and Masala Papad
Rathai's Mixture

Sangeetha Nambi's Gobi 65
Sidra Amjed's Cinnamon Sticks
Sushma Pinjala 's Fruit and Nuts Basket
Tipsndeals's Flour Fritters
Vaishali Sabnani's Crunchy Cashews
Vardhini's Oven Baked Breaded Okra and some Popcorn

Then let's check out some snacks/ starters with non veg.

Jaleela kamal's Prawn Mutton Kheema Kabab 
Kokila Karthikeyan's Bread Crumbs Chicken
Krithi's Egg Puffs
Manju's Spicy Tuna Fish Cutlets
Sonali's Fish Roe/Egg Cutlets
Sushma Pinjala 's Egg Puffs

Shobha sent in eight entries under non veg, I am sure she has great fans with so many! Check out her Batter-Fried Sausages, Chicken CrunchiesChicken Gold Coins, Chicken Lollipops, Fried Pomfret - Koliwada Style, Kadai Chicken Tikka, Quail Egg Fritters, and finally a Stuffed Chicken Drumsticks

Then comes some light tiffins that you can serve to your kiddos!

Amy's Vegetable Roti
Archana's Paneer Sandwich and  Tomato Puri
Kavi's Cucumber Bread Cups and Tofu Open Sandwich

Kokila Karthikeyan's BreadToast With Cheese,Tomato and Kothu Corn Tortillas
Nisha's Stuffed Khandvi / Pittod Rolls
Richa's Paneer roti rolls

Princy's Moong bread rolls
Sangeetha Nambi's Bread Sandwich in a Minute, Drumstick Leaf Adai and  French Toast
Shobha's Dhokla Cake and  Palak Rolls
Swetha's Kothu Paratha

And finally for some delicious desserts!

Ambika's Kitchen's Banana Coconut Fudge
Anisha's Nutella Chocolate Pudding
Anzz's White Chocolate Rocky Road Bar

Kavi's Chocolate Fudge Brownies and Chocolate Soufflé
Rinku Naveen's Chocolate Brownies


I would like to extend my special thanks to Priya Suresh and Shobha for sending in so many entries. They are so innovative and enthusiastic. I would like to thank everybody else who participated and supported this event.
My sincere apologies if any entry is missed, please email me I will update right away!
Do send in your entries for Chocolate Mela!

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Snack Mela Round up ~ Part 1

I know Snack Mela round up is way too delayed. I lost the list and had to work on it completely again. Never realized it will get so late to do the round up. However I thoroughly enjoyed going through the entries. I am sure all the 180 entries will come so handy when you are in need of ideas for Snacks.

Making it as a two part round up to make sure all the entries gets properly checked out. Please excuse the picture collage as I had to do the list that was finally left out.

First in the round up comes all baked dishes, be it bread, sweet or savory, I tried putting them together!

Kavi's Double Decker Pizza
La's Red and green peppers pizza
Malathi Savitha's Simple Homemade Garlic Bread
Nalini's Whole Wheat Almond Cookies
Nupur's Thekua: Whole Wheat Cookies
Preeti Deo's Baked Chirote
Priya Suresh's Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Priya Suresh's Cheese Stuffed Tomato Buns, Eggless Buttery Almond CookiesEggless Orange,White Chocolate & Oats CookiesMushroom & Spinach Calzone and Spicy Ajwain Biscuits

Ramya's Recipe's Babycorn and Bellpepper Pizza
Sangeetha Nambi's Vegetable Pizza
Shobha's Pizza Rolls
Sushma Pinjala 's Baked French Fries, Baked Hash Browns, and Peanut butter cookies
Teena Mary's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vardhini's Baked Potato Chips and a healthy Roasted Chickpeas

Vatsala Rana's Whole Wheat Nankhatai

Of course cakes are baked but makes it easy to browse right! Check out the wonderful collection of cakes with so many to choose from eggless collection of recipes

Ashwini's Lowfat Almond Banana Cake
Hema's Eggless Vanilla Cooker Cake
Kavi's Eggless Golden Yello Cake
PJ's Eggless Yellow Sponge Cake
Poornima's Custard Powder Snack Cake

Priya Suresh's Dates & Chocolate Cake, Eggless Almond,Chocolate & Flax seeds Cake, Eggless Apple & Ricotta Cheese Cake, Eggless Carrot and Tutti Frutti Cake, Eggless Cinnamon Orange Cake, Eggless Condensed Milk & Apple Cake, Eggless Dates and Pineapple Cake, Eggless Fruits & Nuts Cake

And finally from me, Eggless Carrot Cake and MW Eggless Chocolate Cake

Then we have some delicious Chats making our way!

Amarendra Mulye's Matar Pattice

Archana's Chilli Garlic Papdi, Chola Tikki, Curry Flavored Papdi, Masala Papad, Poha Patties

Ayeesha's Rava Peas Tikki
Deeksha's Bharwan tikki
Deepika's Chana sprout chaat

Maria John's Soya Chunks & Potato Cutlet
Priya Suresh's Mixed Veggies and Sprouted Greengram Cutlets
Ramsha Shahid's Masala Papri

Ramya's Pav bhaji

Richa's Raw banana patties
Sangeetha Nambi's Pav Bhaji
Shobha's Bean Sprout Cutlets
Sidra Amjed's Pani Puri

And then from me a Wafer Chat

Ok now for some tempting deep fried snacks or very close to them!

Anusha Praveen's Vegetable Nuggets
Ashwini's Kobichya Wadya/Cabbage Nuggets
Deeksha's Kalmi Vada
Hemavathi 's Pista Cerelac Vada

Kavi's Bread Rolls, Paneer pakoda, Veg Croquette / Kebab

Kokila Karthikeyan's Roasted Peanuts
Krithi's Veg Puffs
Princy's Spinach Chickpea Rolls
Madhavi's Bajji

Malathi Savitha's Hittina Aambode/Rice Flour Vada and Masala Peanuts/ Kara kadalai

Manju's Crispy Veggie Samosa
Mythreyi 's Plantain Wedges
Nalini's Stuffed Bread Roll

Priya Suresh's Broccoli Batata Vada, Soyakheema & Potato Stuffed Chilly Fritters and Spicy Potato Wedges

Rinku Naveen's Pazham Pori
Sangeetha Nambi's Masala Vadai or Kaara Vadai and Urad dhall Vadai

Shobha's Bori Samosas, Bread Pakoras, Plaited Samosas and Spring Onion Rings

Shwetha's Spring Onion Pakoras

Sidra Amjed's Potato and Cheese Balls
Sushma Pinjala 's Baked Samosa
Swetha's Vegetable Cutlets
Teena Mary's Onion Rings

And finally from Vardhini, a Low fat Thayir Vadai

Now comes some light tiffins if you want!

Akheela's Rice flour buttermilk savoury
Anjana's stuffed semolina triangles
Malathi Savitha's Pudina Crunchy Roll and Spicy Poha/Khara Avalakki

Nupur's Microwave Dhokla
Priya Srinivasan's Schezwan Idly
Sangeetha Nambi's Panaiyaram and Pesarattu
Smitha's Podi Idli
Vardhini's Kuzhi Paniyaram

And finally for some sweet offerings...

Anisha's Easy Eggless Tiramisu with Marie Biscuits
Kokila Karthikeyan's Orange Pears Smoothie
Priya Suresh's Baked Apple Chips
Rajani's Banana Peanut Butter Granola and Yogurt Parfait

Smitha's Mango Panna Cotta
Sushma Pinjala 's Creamy Walnut fudge
Vaishali sabnani 's Peanut Chikki
Vardhini's Oatmeal Granola Bars

 I would like to thank everybody who sent in their entry..part 2 will be out soon..

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Chicken Roast ~ Andhra Style | How to make Chicken Roast Step by Step Recipe

After a day at home, Monday always seem to have the blues attached, no matter what. They kids were up very late, so they refused to wake up on time. It become a big task, yelling, cajoling, threatening all the way to the bath and then grooming. Two little hung faces, and we steeled ourselves not to melt. Hubby dear has given them the ultimatum the Chutti TV is no longer going be featured. Well I got to wait and watch for that to happen. Meanwhile we just got to make sure they don't' get hooked to the TV again like that late night.

Breakfast was Masala Dosa, and it was a pleasing thing to note that Konda is now eating the Aloo Baji. I made the coconut chutney for her, but she happily ate the potato masala and said she loves it so much. I recently came to know in a hotel that she loves masala dosa. Whenever I make I have never seen her eating it. I guess that's Amma's influence in getting her used to it.

Coming to the recipe for today, it's going to be the Chicken Roast. Though the ground masala was pretty much the same as the Mutton Gravy, few other things were added to make it different. And the entire cooking done in the pan as chicken gets cooked pretty fast on pan.

Step by Step Recipe

Chili powder and coriander powder goes first

Add Curds to the chicken.

Next add the Chicken Masala

Chicken Roast

Ingredients Needed:

Chicken - 1 kg
Onions, julienne - 2 cups,
Green Chillies - 4 -5
Tomatoes, chopped - 2 cups
Ground Masala - 1 cup
Red chili powder - 4 tsp
Coriander powder - 4 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Chicken Masala - 50 gms
Curds - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves 1/2 cup

How to make the Chicken Roast:

Wash the chicken and cut into same size pieces. Drain it on a colander.

Have the Masala paste ready at hand.

Heat a non stick pan with oil, add onion julienne, green chilies. Saute well till onion turns colour.

Next add the ground masala and combine everything well. Cook on high for 5 mins. Now add the drained chicken and combine everything together and cook on high for 5 mins.

Then add chili powder, salt, coriander powder, turmeric powder. Mix well and cook on high, stirring at interval to make sure the bottom doesn't get burnt.

Once the oil starts coming out, add the curds, cook for couple of minutes. Then add chopped tomatoes.

Next goes the chicken masala powder, mint leaves. Continue cooking on high for the moisture to be all evaporated.

Add chopped coriander leaves and combine.

This takes about 30 mins for all the water to be evaporated and a thick gravy to coat the chicken pieces.

The dish has to be cooked on high for the moisture to be evaporated quickly.

Garnish again with coriander leaves.

Indian Non Veg Thali ~ Mutton Gravy, Chicken Roast, Keema Balls Gravy, Fried Keema Balls, Masala Annam.
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mutton Curry / Mamsam Kura | Andhra Mutton Curry | Step By Step Recipe

I am sure the Mutton Masala paste that I shared a couple of days back, made it interesting enough to see how the gravy was made. In fact in my previous posts on the authentic mutton gravy that was prepared in my in-laws place, I realized now that it's a different recipe. so I got geared up with the camera and warned my sil and her husband, who was the chief chef of the day, that I might as well be underfoot for the entire period.

I was always told that my bil makes the non veg dishes very well and I was eager to capture them for the blog. My sil was in charge of grinding the masala for him while I was busy clicking away every small step. In fact, I got so busy that I called in Konda to help me jot down the recipe. She so happily obliged, in fact, refused to leave after a while. I had to literally force her out, else we were so cramped.

PS: This post features uncooked meat pictures, please skip if you are not used to seeing them.

When it comes to the traditional nonvegetarian dishes that are made in Andhra, it is bound to be spicy and delicious. I am not sure how much of a chilli powder I would have added for the amount of meat used for this gravy, but I was shell shocked seeing the chilli powder that went.

The menu that was decided was to make Mutton Kura, Chicken Roast, Fried Keema Balls, Keema Gravy (Keema Kofta curry), Masala Annam etc. I know I was just tired writing down the different methods they followed on the way. Both of them were very humble and kept saying the masala used were all the same for all dishes. Well, I know that though it's true, few things were added or removed, which surely made a lot of difference to the end dish.

For the Keema Varieties, hubby dear's aunt was in charge. He used to say so much about her dish, that he finally requested her to show me by cooking it. So I was again fixed to a spot trying to capture every single move of her. Will write more on this in the Keema Kofta post that will follow.

Step by Step Picture Recipe

Ground Masala paste / Mutton Masala paste

Wash and drain the mutton pieces until to be used.

Heat about 4 -5 tsp of oil in a pressure cooker
Add onion julienne, green chilies
Saute till the onions are turning brown.
Add the mutton masala paste.
Saute till done.
Next, add the drained mutton pieces.
Cook on high flame and at this time you will start seeing water coming out.
This is after 5 mins.
Add coriander powder, turmeric powder
Chilli powder and salt
Mix everything well and continue cooking on high flame.
Add about 2 cups of water and bring to boil.
 Add chopped tomatoes and cover with lid. Pressure cook till done.

Mutton Kura | Mamsam Curry

Ingredients Needed:

Mutton - 1 Kg
Mutton Masala - 2 - 3 cups
Onions - 3 medium
Green Chillies - 4 -5 medium
Coriander powder - 7  8 tsp
Chili powder - 8 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 4 -5 tsp

How to make the Mutton Kura

Wash and cut into bite size pieces. Keep it on a colander for it to drain completely.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add onion julienne, slit green chilies and saute well.

When the onions start browning, add the drained mutton pieces and mix everything well.

Bring to boil, you will find the mutton leaving lot of water, it should almost evaporate.

After about 10 mins or so, add coriander powder, chili powder, salt, turmeric and mix well.

Add 1 -2 cups of water and cover with lid. Pressure cook till done.


Since it's mutton it normally takes about 10 whistles depending on your cooker.
All the masala were added to the ground mutton masala and nothing else was added.

Check for other Mutton Dishes

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Veg / Non-Veg Masala Paste | Ground Masala Paste | Indian Basics for Cooking

During family gatherings or reunions, there is always so much merry and fun. Food always plays a central role during such occasions. When our relatives come down to visit us, hubby dear and I always sit down to plan what to cook during that period. We always plan and buy things ahead and do the prep work in advance so that I don't get vexed at the last moment.

This time when we visited our sils place, it was the same scene. Lot of planning went in as to what to be made. Especially if it's a meat eating crowd you can imagine, everything revolves around meat preparation. I end up being the only Vegetarian in the whole crowd, still my sils make something special for me. This time being Sankranthi, non veg is mostly prepared the day after the main festival. My BIL cooks very well and was entrusted with the task of making two main dishes, while another Aunt was asked to make Keema Balls and gravy.

I have heard so much about those Keema balls that his Aunt used to make, that I was happy that I could see her make in person. The special feast was to be for lunch and preparation started well in advance. I geared up with my camera and told that I would not miss any action in the whole process. They were really amused at the way I was going on clicking every action.

Though I have blogged about some of the authentic Mutton curry or Chicken Pulusu, these two were made differently and I was only glad that I could take notes and click pictures. My only sole role was taking pictures set in a dim kitchen. I tried my best to get maximum lighting but couldn't help much as it was a crowded kitchen, with about four to five different dishes were made.

Let me start with the ground masala that was part of almost all the dishes that was made. This is a common ground masala that they add to all non veg dishes, apart from adding few different ingredients.

For the Mutton Gravy, the ground masala was added as such. While for Chicken Roast, Mint leaves were added along with chicken masala powder.

For the Masala Annam, which my sil is very famous at making, mint leaves were added separately and onions were not ground.

For the Keema Ball, green chilies were not added.

so basically if you understand, this is a versatile masala that can lead great taste to the dish that's prepared.

Try grinding with very less water so that you can refrigerate for a longer period. To what I have seen, this paste is stored for a week.

Ground Masala for making Non Veg dishes

Ingredients Needed:

Onions - 2 medium
Coriander leaves - 1/2 bunch
Coconut, grated - 3 - 4 tbsp
Cloves - 4 -5
Cinnamon - 3"
Ginger - 2"
Garlic - 4 -5 cloves

How to make the paste:

Wash and prep the ingredients.

Grind to a smooth paste using water sparingly.

While making the non dish you can add mint leaves.

Ground Masala for Masala Annam or Rice

Ingredients Needed:

Mint Leaves - 1 bunch
Coriander Leaves - 1 bunch
Green Chillies - 3 - 4
Cloves - 4
Cinnamon - 4
Ginger - 2"
Garlic - 5 cloves
Coconut, grated - 4 tbsp

How to make the paste

Wash and pick the leaves, let it drain. Grate the coconut.

In a mixer, take all the ingredients and grind to a thick paste, using water sparingly.

This can be stored in fridge for a week if you don't use much water.

For making the rice you can use about 2 -3 tbsp

Will be back with the recipes for the dishes that were featured.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sankranthi 2012 | Traditional Sankranthi Customs with Rangolis

Hope everybody had a wonderful Sankranthi celebrations!

Since last year we shifted our family reunion from a Deepavali affair to Sankranthi as kids end up having more holidays during this period than Deepavali. As it was last year, this year too we planned a visit to my hubby dear hometown. It's the time to meet my sis'laws and their families and generally for a relaxing time.

Unfortunately this year, boys were down with fever the previous week and we almost thought we might have to cancel the trip. Since we drive down, we always thought we could decide at the last moment. We somehow decided we are going and left. The drive down was event less, with my FIL and nephew meeting us in the last leg of the drive. That got the spirit back into the boys.

Though it was night when we reached their home, I saw that everybody were wide awake to do the rangoli which is famous during this time. All the womenfolk were up, spinning their creative designs with colourful hues all over!
Only after clicking this year's picture I realized it was pretty much similar to last year's.

We planned a visit to Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple in Penna Ahobilam. It's the family deity and a visit to the temple is a must. After a pleasant darshan, we eagerly went to the Penna river that flows across. The boys almost forgot their cold or cough and happily got drenched completely. The fact that their cold got worsen was another story!

Konda and my nieces, nephews had a wale of time!
 We had the traditional Bon fire or the Bogi Manta with the dried coconut leaves.

 I managed to click the different Rangolis or Kolams in the neighborhood.
The day after the Sankranthi is the day when they make non veg feast and this time it was no exception. while I didn't cook myself, I managed to click all the pictures and planned to share on the blog. I have been getting so many requests on the amiss.
A special Aloo Peas Masala for the Veg was a delicious treat.

On the whole we managed to spend some good time with the relatives and created good memories for us to remember this festival. Boys were better after couple of days, and they managed to have their fun in the end.

Will be back with the recipes soon. Hope you enjoyed these pictures.

Do share your Sankranthi celebrations!

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