Blog Archives for category Quick and Easy

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Mushroom Soup Indian Style | Quick and Easy Mushroom Soup Recipe

How’s winter in your city? Brrrrrrr… it is piercing cold in the place I live brrrrr…rrrrr….. To arrest such winter cold, cough and the shivering, I have in hand 5-minute Quick and Easy Soup recipes . This Simple Mushroom Soup recipe (Kaalaan Soup) is the mirror-mirror of my famous Indian Style Chicken Soup recipe, except that, chicken is replaced by Mushrooms. When I say it’s a 5-minute soup recipe, I mean it, okay! A spicy, thin mushroom soup that is made WITHOUT using butter or cream or milk or maida (all-pourpose flour) or cheese.   Before demonstrating how to make a Spicy Mushroom Soup, let me throw you a simple question. What makes a recipe to sound and taste like South-Indian? I would say, it is the Nalla ennai/Sesame oil/Gingelly Oil. Yes. When an Indian recipe demands sesame oil, you can easily guess that the recipe is from the state… Continue reading »

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Inji Chutney Recipe | Ginger Chutney Recipe | SouthIndian Chutney Recipes

I do not have much to talk about this Inji Chutney Recipe (Ginger Chutney recipe) since it’s taken from the same magazine supplement like this Coriander seeds Chutney (Whole Dhaniya Chutney). I’ve tried many recipes from cookery shows but seldom tried any from magazine supplements. It’s because the recipes in magazines won’t have Step-by-step pictures . They wont have any detailed cooking instructions. We’ll have to imagine and cook whatever their instruction says . And the book from which I picked these chutney recipes was no difference. But still, I thought, why not give it a shot? Such a thought brought in this healthy Fresh Ginger chutney to my kitchen .     So what made me to stack this Ginger root chutney to my blog’s Chutney aisle? It’s its intense flavorful taste: While the tamarind takes care of the tartness, the ginger and the garlic cloves take care of… Continue reading »

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Simple Mushroom Appetizers/Starters Recipe | Lemon Zest Mushroom Fry

Huh… these days I can see myself transforming into a cookaholic wife, for, the husband asks for ‘variety’ in taste. So I had to incarnate in the form of …say… a Marie Curie! Experimenting with different produce…. different recipes….different cooking techniques and so on in my kitchen lab…! The best part is when my Pierre Curie [yeah, you should understand it’s the husband] assist me with some ideas and cooking tricks into the dishes! Being a blogger you should understand that I cook with a camera hanging from my neck, holding it for a perfect shot every time I add in any ingredients during the cooking process. While my eyes will be glued to the camera’s viewfinder and my right hand glued to the shutter release button, I will be needing assistance in, say, to spoon the ingredients into the wok or to grab the right spatula from the kitchen… Continue reading »

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Best Chicken Rub Recipe | Lemon Zest Chicken Roast Recipe

  You’re Welcome. Yes, you’re welcome! Because  I know I’m going to get loads of paper garlands from my readers with THANK YOU notes written in it 😉 This Chicken Breast recipe is going to get an overwhelming response like how my Pepper Chicken Fry  recipe did!There used to be days when we used to enjoy Chicken Tandoori for most of the week-end nights. We somehow got bored of it and desperately wanted to have a different recipe to marinade the Chicken. Thus came this Simple, Quick and easy Chicken rub recipe. Preparing this Chicken marinade or the Chicken rub is no big deal. It is a ‘No-Grind’ marinade recipe. All it needs is fresh Lemon or Lime, for the zest and the juice. Yes we’ll be using both the juice and the essential oils from the lemon/lime skin (lemon/lime zest) along with some cracked pepper and finely minced garlic.     You must know… Continue reading »

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Tilapia Puttu Recipe | Meen Puttu | Shredded Tilapia Fry

A humble lunch; Steamed rice – Hot Rasam – ‘Warm Tilapia Fish Puttu’ –> If you are enjoying this sitting at home, consider you are blessed!   Did I say I used to feel weird when the cleaning-cooking-eating is done by me while handling meat/poultry/fish in my previous post ? Several years back, when I prepared my ‘first’ non-veg dish [which was Chicken Varutha Kari – a family recipe], that night, I had ugly dreams of handling and cutting countless chicken pieces and mutton pieces with great difficulty. I can still remember how my face looked in that dream. It looked like an angry butcher working with a blunt knife . I felt as though the chicken is taking the revenge by haunting me in my dreams. It’s true that the same dream re-played every time I had to work with meat/fish. But it’s all ‘thoughts’. Once I started to… Continue reading »

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Idli Upma Recipe | Easy South-Indian Tiffin Recipes

Idly Upma Recipe | Simple Tamilnadu Breakfast Recipes If there’s got to be a tiffin recipe which can be made quickly and easily with not much of an effort, then it’s this Idli Upma recipe. Idli Upma is so very simple to prepare if you have your leftover idlis from breakfast or from dinner properly stored. The one thing I like with this Iddly Uppma recipe is that it understands our crazy morning hurries and copes up with the rush. When I was single, many a days I used to quickly stir in these idly uppuma, shut them hot in my tiffin box and hurry to catch the office commute. Though this idli upma might not seem to be the best tiffin recipe,  I will feel it that way once I manage to get a seat in the shuttle and start to spoon-in the warm idli upma!     Appa… Continue reading »

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Mango Pie Recipe | No-bake mango pie recipe

Best Mango Pie Recipe | No-Bake dessert ideas   I never believed in love at first sight, but until I met this simple “Mango Pie”. Months back, Jeevs had a potluck at his office. That evening, he brought me a slice of mango pie from the party. The moment I saw the pie, I fell in love with it . The color was so glamorous, its texture… so shiny and silky, the taste… “oohhhh… so so divine!”. I finished licking the plate in few seconds like a hungry little pussy cat and asked him, “Why didn’t you manage to grab some more slice of the pie?” That day I learnt the recipe and saved it to be presented for the New Year 2013. In fact, I should tell you that you’ve landed on the right spot if you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert for your pot-luck parties. Yeah, this… Continue reading »

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Idli podi ~ Idli Dosa dry chutney powder ~ Idli milagai podi Recipe

    Idli podi recipe | South-Indian idli-dosa podi recipe | Idli-Dosa side dish Are you an “On the go” kinda person? Then you probably should have this “magic powder” in your kitchen shelf. Magical because once you prepare it and have it stored, it is almost ready-made to use for your idli/dosai/paniyarams etc. If you have this magician bottled in your kitchen, you need not spend time to prepare any chutneys. Well, even if you find time to prepare special chutneys, what if your people at home did not like the chutneys? Don’t worry, you can now shut the complaining mouths in the dining hall because today I’ve got you the recipe for “Idli milagai podi/Dry Chutney Powder”. Or even if your chutneys taste great, this “dry chutney” will take over the lead role in your dining table. Whatever yummy chutneys you have on your dining table, everything will get… Continue reading »

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Puliyogare recipe | Puliyodharai | Pulisaadham | Tamarind Rice

Sourashtra-style Puliyodharai Recipe ~ Puli sadham Recipe ~ Puliyogare Recipe Call it an easy lunch box recipe or a recipe while on a picnic or a touring recipe, Puliyodharai alias Puliyogare is a versatile food! While some consider it to be a holy dish prepared with so much of devotion during the pujas for God, it is my comfort food. Comfort food because it involves no cutting of vegetables 😛 Pulikachal paste is very very handy, especially when you are hungry or when your morning wake-up alarm cheated on you. Moreover, Puliyodharai is a savior of a dying tongue. Savior because, since it has a spicy touch and a dominating sour taste, the moment you taste a spoon full of Pulisadham, your taste buds will blossom back thereby rescuing a bored tongue. So today’s recipe is about “how to make Puliyogare at home”. Oh! not that soon, without making you listen… Continue reading »

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Cashew Burfee| Mundhiri burfee| Kaju Katli | Diwali Sweets

Cashew Nut Burfee | Mundhiri burfee | Kaju Katli | Diwali Sweets   I never thought preparing Kaju Katli will be THIS INSTANT!!!!! Cashew+Sugar with some 4 minutes stirring AND a little patience yields wonderful cakes of Cashew burfi!   I won’t be ashamed to confess the fact that I’m a foodie (uh, the word “foodie” won’t be right. To be precise it is “thinnipandaaram” in Tamil language ). I’m the exact opposite to my mom when it comes to eating habits. May be I should inquire my grandmother or my periyamma about the eating habits of my mom when she was my age. Before my marriage, we were a family of six. So it’s mandatory to hide all the snacks, sweets and biscuits from the four imps somewhere in the kitchen. I, being an active participant in the kitchen right from my childhood <batting my eye lashes> I know… Continue reading »