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Jul 4, 2014

Rava semiya khichdi - Upma varieties - Easy breakfast recipes

             This is another post which was drafted before my India trip and decided to post today as I found some time for myself. I did not want the whole month to go without a post. Its somewhat going to be irregular again for sometime, but I do want to come back with a bang and how I wish to do a post almost everyday!!I just love blogging!!
                This is a normal everyday recipe for our most frequently made breakfasts. But I sometime combine the duo - semolina and vermicelli adding loads of vegetables making a simple and light dinner for all of us.
rava semiya upma

Rava- 1 cup
Semiya/vermicelli- 1 cup
Oil- 1tbsp
Ghee- 1tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1tsp
Udid dal- 1tsp
Green chillies- 2-3 chopped fine
Curry leaves- few
Onions - 1 chopped fine
Mixed vegetables- 1 1/2 cup(see notes)
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder- 1/2tsp

Heat half of the oil in a pan.
Add the rava and semiya.
Saute for 5-7 minutes till an aroma wafts and is slightly changes its colour.
Keep it aside in a plate till use.
Heat the remaining oil.
Add the mustard seeds and udid dal.
when it crackes, add the green chillies and curry leaves.
Saute for a minutes and then add the onions and sauté till it turns slightly brown.
Add the chopped vegetables.
Add the turmeric powder and salt.
Mix well and pour 3.5 cups of water.
Allow it to boil. Meanwhile the vegetable also gets cooked , yet retains the crunch.
Use a spoon to find out if the vegetable is cooked.
Add the roasted rava and vermicelli.
Stir with a spoon immediately till the mixture cooks and thickens.
Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
Switch of the flame.
Add ghee on the to and mix well.
Serve warm with some chutney.
1. You can use carrots, beans, capsicum, peas or even beetroot and broccoli.  Chop them fine.
Check out other upma varieties.

Jun 25, 2014

Eggless chocolate cake using Tofu - easy eggless bakes

     Hello to all my readers after almost a month. I had a good trip to India.Lots of travelling and being with the loved ones gave immense joy and was so comforting and it was a welcome change from the routine activities. I know my number of posts every month had dropped already, then this break and I found it so difficult to come back to posting. It will be this way for a few more days till I come back to regular blogging, though I will keep posting every now and then.
      I had made this cake for my friends before I went to India. I have been experimenting with other egg substitutes and always wanted to try with tofu. The cake was wonderfully moist and delicious too.
Other eggless cake varieties
1. Eggless chocolate cake with vinegar
2. Eggless chocolate cake using pumpkin puree
3.Healthy eggless cake
4. Eggless cake with banana
5. Eggless cake with carrot and beetroot
eggless cake using tofu

May 28, 2014

Raw mango curry- Kairi/ aam ki subji - Easy side dishes with raw/green mango recipes

      Remember our south Indian mango pachadi. I made it during the tamil new year this year. I turned out so delicious , so good that I just had a bowl of it as a dessert. I wanted to make it again and post it here, but never found the time for it. But that day I was also reminded of the raw mango curry which was actually served in our office canteen during the mango season. I used to love that one with hot chapatis and thought of giving it a try. We loved it. Do try it for a change.

May 25, 2014

Red velvet cake With tofu frosting - Healthy version- easy bakes

       I made this cake for our anniversary few weeks back. As I am trying to do my best to make healthy and low calorie food nowadays, I came up with the idea of baking a healthy red velvet cake for the occasion. Though let me tell you , this is not the usual or original recipe for a red velvet cake where some acidic and basic ingredients are used to get a natural red colour. I just named it that way because the cake looks red in colour.This cake is healthy and of a low calorie to some extent. I have used beet puree for natural red colour instead of artificial red colour.
healthy red velvet cake recipe

May 20, 2014

Ragi muffins - finger millet muffins - easy baking recipes

     Now looking at the muffin , you can say they are chocolate muffins. Isn't it? But no, I have not added any chocolate based ingredient in it. Of course, I told my son they were chocolate muffins and he ate them happily. I have mentioned before that my son loves chocolate cakes all the time. I was a little apprehensive that he might guess that it wasn't a chocolate one. But he totally loved it. He said it was yumm. And then my two year old loved it too and had almost half a muffin. Its quite filling too. What a satisfaction when I had made them eat something really healthy. Actually I wasn't too happy with the texture as it looked a bit ugly and a little crumbly. But when the kids ate them so happily, I saw no reason why I should not post them here.They are gluten free. So I hope you try this one and let me know how it turned out for you!!!
ragi muffins
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