September 14, 2009

Quick fix wrap and an award

Posted in Breakfast, snacks at 12:10 pm by kalpana

I am not able  to come up with a better name for this dish.I made this with the things i had on hand. just threw in little bit of this and little bit of that.. got myself a delicious wrap :).i am definitely gonna make this again…



  1. Flour Tortilla
  2. Shredded Cabbage, carrots – 1 cup
  3. Sliced Onion  – 1/2 cup
  4. sliced Green pepper –  1/2 cup
  5. Ginger-garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  6. Rice wine vinegar – a splash
  7. Soy sauce –  2 teaspoons
  8. Eggs – 3
  9. Cilantro – little
  10. pepper and salt – To season scrambled eggs.
  11. oil- 2 teaspoons


  • Heat oil in a pan.Add the cabbage,carrots,pepper,onion,ginger-garlic paste and saute them for few minutes.
  • Add the vinegar and soy sauce.No need to add salt since soy sauce has enough sodium.keep it aside.
  • In the same pan, heat oil.Beat the eggs and add it to the pan.
  • scramble the eggs on a medium flame.season with salt and pepper.
  • Add cilantro to the eggs and mix well.
  • Toast the tortilla on both sides with some butter.
  • Place the tortilla on a plate.Top it with the veggie and scrambled eggs on one side of the tortilla.Roll the tortilla  to form a wrap.Tuck in the sides of tortilla as you roll it to avoid spilling.
  • Serve warm.

Thank you shruti for the wonderful award.Please accept my apologies for my late response.Cooking is all about innovation and being creative. I feel every cook is a creative person in his/her own way.The converse may not be true :).So ,I  pass on this award to all the wonderful food bloggers who visit my blog.



July 28, 2009

Mint Thogayal (chutney)

Posted in Chutney, pickle/condiments, sides at 11:56 am by kalpana



  1. Mint (pudina) – 3 1/2 cups
  2. Urad dal – 1/2 cup
  3. Garlic cloves – 3 to 4
  4. Ginger – 1/2 inch piece
  5. Green Chillies – 3
  6. Tomatoes – 2
  7. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Tamarind pulp – 2 teaspoons
  10. oil
  11. Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  12. Red chillies – 2


  • Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan.Toast the urad dal in a low flame.Take it out of heat when it turns golden brown and keep it aside.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Add roughly chopped garlic,ginger,green chillies and saute them for a minute on medium heat.
  • Add the Mint leaves,curry leaves and saute them for few minutes.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes ,salt and saute until the tomatoes are done.
  • Grind the mint-tomato mixture,tamarind pulp, urad dal and grind them coarsely.
  • For tempering, heat oil in a pan.Add the mustard seeds.When it pops,add the redchillies and fry them.
  • Add it to the thogayal and mix well.
  • Serve it with rice ,idli or dosa.

July 9, 2009

Vatha Kuzhambu

Posted in Dinner, Gravy, Indian Lunch at 12:19 pm by kalpana



  • Gingelly oil – 3 tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2  teaspoon
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Urad dal – 3/4 teaspoon
  • Toor Dal – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chillies – 3
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Sundakkai vathal ( dried turkey berry) – 1 tablespoon
  • Urad dal appalam (pappadam) -1 or 2
  • Chilli powder – 2 teaspoons ( I use good old sambhar powder)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Tamarind pulp -Less than 1/4 cup ( Adjust  to suit your taste)
  • Salt
  • Rice flour – 1 teaspoon
  • Coconut – 1/4 cup (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a pan.Add mustard seeds ,fenugreek seeds,toor dal,urad dal ,red chillies,curry  leaves,Asafoetida and fry for few seconds.
  2. Now tear the appalam and add it to the oil.fry for few seconds.
  3. Add the dried turkey berry and fry for a minute.It is usually fried separately and added to the kuzambu at the end.But the former works just fine for me.
  4. Dilute the tamarind pulp in 2 cups of water.
  5. Add the tamarind pulp, chilli powder,turmeric powder,salt and bring it to boil.
  6. Let it boil for 5mins.
  7. Dilute a teaspoon of rice flour in little water and add it to the kuzambu.This is just to thicken the gravy.
  8. If you want to add coconut, grind it in a mixer and add it to the gravy. ( In this case, you can skip step 7)
  9. Serve with piping hot rice and appalam.I am not even  going to bother describing the taste.It’s beyond words 🙂

June 29, 2009

Rosewater Soda

Posted in Drinks at 10:55 am by kalpana

Things were crazy last month..i mean crazyyyy good! 🙂 .My sudden india trip was amazing! As exciting as it was , it was so overwhelming  that at one point, i had to take it easy (one month with my son and no daddy around…not an easy task ! 😦 ). My son,my sister,niece and myself left for a short trip to india to attend my brother’s wedding reception.We never thought it would happen so soon.I vividly remember the days i used to babysit my brother and i cann’t believe he is married who is hardly 22 years old :).None of us got married this young and i strongly believe whatever happens , happens for a reason.We all stood by him when he dared to quit his studies  and  followed his dreams to be a pilot.We stood by him then and we stand by him now and support him.I wish, pray and hope  he reaches many heights…..literally :).We couldn’t have found a better bride for him.My sister-in-law is precious! .This trip was very refreshing to me as the drink i am going to share with you guys.This drink is popularly known as panneer soda (not to be mistaken for paneer,the cheese). Rose water is called panneer in tamil (Atleast ,that is how i call it.Correct me if i am wrong guys).Mix this drink  just when you are about to serve.



  1. Sugar – 1 cup
  2. Water – 1/2 cup
  3. Rose water – 1 teaspoon
  4. Seltzer water (carbonated water)


  • Heat the sugar and water in a pan until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until it forms a nice thin syrup.Add the rosewater and take it out of heat.
  • Cool the syrup in the refrigerator.
  • When you ready to serve add a little syrup and ice cubes  to the serving glass.Fill it with seltzer water .
  • Mix it well and serve immediatly.

ahhh………it feels too good to be blogging again. 🙂

May 13, 2009

Moongdal Brinjal Sambhar, Pesarattu.

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:45 pm by kalpana

Only when typing the recipe i realised this meal has too much moong dal :).If you think so too, try moong-dal sambhar with rice and pesarattu with coconut or ginger chutney.




  1. Whole green moong dal – 2 cups
  2. Rice – 1/2 cup
  3. Green chillies – 4 to 5
  4. Cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon
  5. Curry leaves – 2 springs
  6. Cilantro – few
  7. Salt.
  8. oil.


  • Soak the moong dal and rice overnight.
  • Grind all the ingredients with little water except cumin seeds to a dosa like batter.
  • Add the cumin seeds and mix well.
  • Heat a pan. ladle some batter on to the pan and spread all over the pan using the back of the ladle.
  • Add some more oil around the edges of the pesarattu and cook on both sides for 3- 4 minutes.

Moong dal – brinjal sambhar


  1. Moong dal – 1 cup
  2. Indian eggplants (brinjal) – 6 to 7
  3. Tomatoes – 3
  4. Red Chillies – 3
  5. Sambhar Powder- 1 tablespoon.
  6. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  7. Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  8. urad dal – 3/4 teaspoon
  9. onion – 1 small
  10. Garlic cloves – 3
  11. oil – 3 tablespoons
  12. Salt to taste
  13. cilantro to garnish
  14. Tamarind pulp – 3 tablespoons.


  • Pressure cook the moong dal with little salt and water.
  • Heat oil in a pan.Add mustard seeds, urad dal,curry leaves,garlic,red chillies and fry them for a minute.
  • Add the finely chopped onion and saute till until they turn light brown.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook them for few minutes.
  • Cut the eggplant to small pieces.The idea is to infuse the eggplant flavor in the may not get that flavor when you use big pieces of eggplant.
  • Add the eggplant and 2 to 3 pinches of salt .Cook them till the eggplants are done.dont overcook the veggies.
  • Add the dal,sambhar powder,turmeric powder,salt and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the tamarind pulp and cook for two more minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro.

I’ll be not be posting any recipes for few weeks as i am planning on  my india trip.Until i see you  again, all you wonderful people who visit my blog  ,take good care of yourselves and eachother 🙂 .

May 6, 2009

Veggie Sandwich

Posted in Breakfast, snacks at 9:30 pm by kalpana


  1. Onion  – 1 small
  2. Shredded cabbage – 1 cup
  3. Shredded carrot – 1 cup
  4. Green Chillies – 2 to 3
  5. Ginger Garlic paste – 1/2 teaspoon
  6. Turmeric powder – A pinch
  7. Salt to taste
  8. bread slices
  9. Butter
  10. A teaspoon of oil


  • Heat oil in a pan.Add the chopped green chillies and fry for few seconds.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till you get rid of the raw smell.
  • Add the chopped onion,cabbage,carrots,turmeric,salt and mix them well.
  • Sprinkle some water and cover it with a lid.
  • Cook for few minutes on a medium flame.Do not over cook the veggies.This may take abot 3 to 4 minutes.
  • spread butter on the bread and toast them in the tava until they are crispy on the outside.
  • To make sandwich,spread the veggies on the bottom slice.Top the sandwich with another slice of toasted bread .
  • Serve hot.


I usually make these sandwiches with whole wheat bread.I ran out of it today.You are seeing the same sandwich made with onion-poppy seeds burger bun in the picture.

This goes to 15 minute cooking event hosted by mahima


April 30, 2009

cashew cookies

Posted in snacks, Sweets at 8:47 am by kalpana


This was my first cookie experiment with cashews.Taste wise it came out  good… but i would rather like the texture a  little more harder.The texture was just perfect for my 1 year old 🙂 .It was fun to watch him eat with his bunny teeth 🙂 .




  • Grind the cashews to a coarse powder in a food processor.
  • Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix it with your hand to form soft dough.You should use room temperature butter.
  • Make a log out of the dough and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
  • Cut into 1 inch thick rounds using knife .Arrange it in a greased baking tray.
  • Arrange the cookies leaving enough space for the cookies to spread while baking.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 deg F . Bake for 12- 15 mins till they are golden brown.Time may vary depending on the size of cookies.
  • Since this cookie is so buttery i suggest you to make thick cookies just so it doesnt break while taking it out of the tray.img_3582

This pic goes to click event.

April 28, 2009

Fish kuzhambhu (Fish gravy)

Posted in Gravy, Indian Lunch, Non Vegetarian at 11:58 am by kalpana

My mother, though a strict vegetarian didn’t deprive us of goodness of non vegetarian dishes.Since my dad is a  meat person, as kids we were shown  the best of both worlds.My mother makes this dish twice or even thrice a week. She used to be so scared to even see the meat but  she always made sure that we ate what we loved to eat.All the prep work would  be done by the sweet helper lady, my mom would do the cooking part and i would happily do the taste testing 🙂 .Here is my mom’s fish recipe…



  1. Tilapia  – 1 pound  ( or any fish of your choice)
  2. Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 teaspoon ( or less if you think it’s gonna be bitter)
  3. Fennel seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
  4. Curry leaves – 3 sprigs
  5. Garlic – 4 cloves
  6. Roma tomatoes – 4
  7. Chilli powder – 2 teaspoons
  8. Coriander powder – 3 teaspoons
  9. Turmeric – 1/4  teaspoon
  10. Grated Coconut – 3/4 cup
  11. Oil – 4 tablespoons.
  12. Tamarind pulp – 1/4 cup


  • Heat oil in a deep pan.Add the fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, curry leaves ,sliced garlic and fry them .
  • Add the finely chopped onion and pinch of salt.Saute them for few minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and saute the tomatoes till the oil separates from the tomatoes.
  • Add the chilli powder, coriander powder,turmeric, salt and mix them well for a minute.
  • Grind the grated coconut to a fine paste.Add the coconut paste, tamarind pulp and bring it to a boil.
  • Check for seasoning before adding the fish.
  • Now ,add the fish  and cook till the fish is done.
  • Serve hot with rice.

April 20, 2009

Keerai kootu ( Spinach Gravy)

Posted in Gravy, Indian Lunch at 9:28 am by kalpana



  1. Spinach (Finely chopped) – 4 cups
  2. Moong Dal – 3/4 cup
  3. Tomatoes -3
  4. Green chillies – 3
  5. Onion (medium size) – 1
  6. Garlic cloves – 3
  7. Cumin seeds -1/2 teaspoon
  8. Fennel seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
  9. Mustard Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  10. Urad dal – 1 teaspoon
  11. Red chillies – 2
  12. Oil – 3 tablespoons.
  13. Salt to taste.
  14. Turmeric –  A pinch


  • Pressure cook the moong dal with water,salt and little turmeric.
  • In a deep wide pan, Add spinach,green chillies (slit lengthwise),finely chopped tomatoes,1/4 of  finely chopped one onion ,1/2 cup water,salt and Cook it on medium flame until the spinach and tomatoes are well cooked.
  • Add the moong dal to the spinach and cook for 5 more minutes until everything blends.
  • Tempering is the very important part.Heat oil in a pan .Add the mustard seeds.
  • When the seeds splutter,add the urad dal,cumin seeds,fennel seeds,finely chopped garlic ,red chillies and rest of the onion.
  • Cook it on a medium flame until the onion turns to light brown color.
  • Add it to the spinach  and mix well.
  • Serve it with rice.

This recipe is participating in FIC – Red and green, hosted by neha .The FIC event was started by Sunshinemom.

April 18, 2009

My first award! yayyyy!

Posted in Awards and tags at 5:33 pm by kalpana



My heartfelt thanks  and hugs to homecooked to remember me ,tag me and give these awards 🙂 .It means a lot  to me .The countdown tag sounded really interesting.So i thought i would do that.But it wasn’t  that easy i thought it would be…This is the longest i have taken to write a  post 🙂

1st word of my son is ‘appa’ .

2 – I have  two  closest, best friends with whom  i share everything under the sun …..

3 – is  the number of siblings i have.

4 –  It’s been 4 years since i moved to US. Feels like yesterday…..:)

5th is the date my dad gifted me my own car as soon as i got my license.

6 romantic days spent in niagara and newyork with my hubby dear is the most memorable vacation!

7 ‘o clock pm is usually  when i call my sister to discuss nothing…he he…

8 -is  the number of days i took to decide on my marriage…nah…i wasn’t hasty..I knew what i was doing 🙂

9 pm is when i close my kitchen and call it a night

10 – the number of seasons of friends dvd i have…yup i am a friends fanatic…

I would like to pass on this tag and awards to Asha, Chitra, SGD.

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