Monday, August 12, 2013

Moong dal kheer/ Paasi Paruppu Payasam

Moong dal kheer or this payasam when I heard first time and saw the pic I felt it resembles moong dal halwa but when I made this  i could see the difference in it. Every month we bloggers have South vs North challenge hosted by Divya Pramil of YOUTOOCANCOOK and it means every month one member from one team challenges the opposite team to try out traditional dish which they make and this month challenge is hosted by the host herself. Divya gave us this easy challenge and I felt it was too good and very easy.

Being part of north group I had to make this lovely yummy payasam.


  • 100gms yellow moong dal
  • 2-3 tbsps raw rice
  • 100gms jaggery/sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2tbsp grated coconut
  • 1cup milk
  • 1tbsp ghee
  • 10-12 cashewnuts/almonds

Wash dal and rice and keep aside.
I had used sugar here instead of jaggery but if you are using jaggery crush the pieces roughly and grind it into fine powder.
In a pressure cooker boil dal and rice together for 2 whistles. Once cooled remove the lid and mash the dal rice mixture.  Pour the milk and mix well so no lumps are formed. Stir it well and consistency should be bit thinner and if its thick add more milk or water. Add sugar or jaggery powder and the cardamom powder well. Check for sweetness and add  more sugar or jaggery if needed. Add the grated coconut and mix well.

Payasam is ready.  In a pan add one tbsp ghee and add cashews or almonds. I skipped this process and instead used blanched almonds for garnish.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Savoury cookies

Hello! My today"s recipe is great tea time snack plus a great hit with kids. It can be given in kids tiffin boxes too. Similar to my other recipe nan khatai except its not sweet. Let me show you how I made this.

  • 1 cup maida
  • 3-4 tbsp rava or sooji
  • 3-4 tbsp gram flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 2tbsp  ajwain/carom seeds
  • 2 tbsp crushed black pepper or pepper powder
  • 2tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • water as needed


Sieve maida, rawa and gram flour together. In a bowl mix all the flours and add salt, ajwain, black pepper powder and mix well. Add oil or ghee and baking powder too. Mix and add water to make stiff dough. Keep aside for some time.

In the mean time pre heat the oven to 150c ( oven settings would vary) Dust and line a baking tray. From the dough roll out medium sized balls and cut in desired shape using cookie cutter. Put on tray and bake it for 10-12 minutes. Let it cool and transfer to airtight container.

The above measurements were enough for my family and yielded aprox. 20-25 pieced and depends on shape too.

Enjoy them.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tri color veg sandwich

Hello friends! Lately I have been posting a lot of simple easy to make dishes which are great hit with kids specially but I know most adults also love kids stuff. So here we go.

For one sandwich only ( adjust the measurements accordingly)
  • 3 slices of bread ( brown or white)
  • 1 cube grated cheese or paneer
  • 1tsp green chutney
  • 1tbsp grated carrot 
  • 1tbsp or as needed butter
  • 2tbsp mayonnaise
  • salt and black pepper powder to taste

Butter all the bread slices. Mix grated carrot with mayonnaise. Add salt and pepper to this mixture. On one slice of buttered bread spread green chutney and on top grated cheese.Cover with another buttered bread. Spread mayonnaise mixture on top of this slice and cover it with third buttered bread.

Cut diagonally and enjoy the tri color sandwich.

We can also use tomato sauce and choice of vegetables is upto us. This was the simplest form and can be used for kids lunch box as well.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Left over pulao paratha

Hello friends! My today's dish is again very simple and easy to make and we make good use of left over rice. Earlier I had made left over rice chilla. Click on the name to see the recipe.  This time I am making paratha or roti using left over pulao. 
Pulao has lots of vegetables as per our choice and here I had bit of boondi raita also left and so I got thinking what to do with it and hence this idea came. Kids and adults all liked this in my home.

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup left over pulao
  • 1 tsp  turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1tsp dry mango powder
  • 1tbsp coriander powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1tbsp ghee+ more for cooking
  • 1tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • water as required.

Mix all things mentioned above and add water gradually to make tight dough. Be careful with salt and spices as pulao already has enough of them. I had some boondi raita left so i had added that too in the dough.

Heat tawa. Make medium size balls of the dough and roll the chapathi thick.  Cook on tawa as we normally do with chapatis on both sides. Drizzle required ghee or oil for uniform cooking.

Remove and serve it hot with curd, tomato sauce or chutneys.

Hope you enjoy this quick dish.

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