Monday, May 31, 2010

Corn Upma

Fresh corn upma is filling and so fresh for summer season..

  • 2 cup Corn (fresh)
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 Onion (chopped
  • 2-3 Green chillies (chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Termeric powder
  • Fresh coriander leaves (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Coconut 
  • Few drops Lemon juice
  • Salt to taste


   Heat the pan put oil. add cumin , mustard seeds let them splutter, add green chillies, onions and saute till onion get light brown color. Add turmeric powder, corn , salt, coconut and mix well. Add little water so that corn is cooked. Cook for 5-7 minutes or so .or all the water is evaporated and corn  is cooked till tender.

Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon juice.

Corn upma recipe goes to Nifluofer's 20 minutes cooking Event.
Tamarind Chutney goes  Think spice Tamarind event started by Sunita and hosted by PJ.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sol kadi (without coconut !!!) & Award

Fresh Sol, Amsol , Kokum/ Kokam  with buttermilk? Ya its so healthy and no coconut is added so I can drink as mush as I want! It tasted good as the buttermilk give very creamy flavor to it.

  •  5-6 Sol / Kokum (used fresh )
  •  1 and 1/2 cup Butter Milk (store bought)
  • 1-2 green Chilies
  • 1 Garlic pod
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • Salt and Sugar as per taste.
  • Few fresh Coriander Leaves (chopped)
  Soak the fresh sol / kokum in a water for 1 hour or so. In a blender add this soaked sol / kokum and all above  ingredients. Blend everything till you get nice pink colored creamy sol kadi.

Before serving chill it of 1 hr or so. You can have with rice or just drink in these sunny summer days!

  • If you are using dried Sol / Kokum then soak it in hot water for 2-3 hrs or so.
  • Adjust the sugar, sol / Kokum as per your taste. 
I am updating the post as many blogger friends are asking me more about or they are new to Kokoum / Amsol. So I am attaching the fresh and dried Kokam/ Amsol Pics and also brief information according to wiki. 
 Kokum is made from a fruit from the plum family (Garcinia  indica/ Ratamba). The pulp and peels of the fruit are separated. The peels are  sun dried till  skin shrivels up but retains the red/purple color. This is now kokum/ sol, which is used as a souring agent in cooking and making kokum sherbet and sol kadhi. This we use in Saru, Kadi and also  if anyone is having acidity problem with Tamarind.

This also know as Amsol/Aamsul, Bindin, Biran, Bhirand, Bhinda, Bhrinda, Brinda, Kokum/Kokam, Katambi, Panarpuli, Kudam Puli, or Ratamba.

This is used in the cooking of coastal areas of Maharastra, Karnatkak & Goa.

Wet Kokum

Dried Kokum

Coming to Tags & Awards....
My blogger friends Yummy O Yummy team, Sanyukta, Priya has shared these beautiful awards. Thanak you so much Ladies..Feels so good. As per the rules of this award, we have to post our most favorite pic and tag other blogger friends.

My favorite  Picture

I would like to sharet theseawards with my all blogger friends. Shushma, Swathi, PJ, Jay, Kanchan, Rachana, Priya,Preeti, SS, Padma, Krishanveni, Hari chandana, Nikits,  Sumaan, Deepthi, Sonu, Vidhya, Nithu bala, Neetz, Sangi, Priya, Madhuri, Suja, Rachana, Umm, Kiran,Cham, Deepa, J, Sathya, Nadini, Shriya.
Pls so collect your awards. And also my all blogger friends if I have missed somebody.

 Sol kadi (without coconut!!!) recipe goes to Torviewtoronto's Food palette pink event and Saffronstreaks's Summer cooler event and Radhika's Sun & fun event.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mac & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese  is an ultimate comfort food.I saw this dish many a time on the television. I tried with my own variation with veggie like cauliflower and without adding egg. I loved it more as its raining here and this was so comforting and easy to make. It turnout very cheesy,  and yummy Mac & Cheese!!!

  • 1 cup Elbow pasta (or any shaped pasta)
  • 1 Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Cauliflower (used frozen) (chopped finely)
  • 3/4 cup Milk (used whole milk)
  • 1/2 cup Bread crumbs + some more
  • 2 tbsp Butter + some more
  • 3-4 tsp AP flour / Maida
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Yellow Mustard paste
  • Sat and Black pepper as per taste.
  • Thyme (used dried) 
  • Cheese ( used shredded sharp and mild cheddar cheese , monterey jack cheese)

       Heat the pan with butter, add onion, cauliflower and fry till they turn light brown. Add bread crumbs and roast for few minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit for a while.
Cook the past as per the instruction on the box. (not to mushy but al dent )

Heat the non stick pan with butter, sprinkle ap flour and stir for few minutes till the rawness is gone. Add milk slowly and stir continuously and make sure there are no lumps.Now add salt, pepper yellow mustard, thyme, red chili powder and stir for few minutes. Add cooked pasta, cheese , roasted onion, bread crumbs and cauliflower mix. Mix gently everything.

Grease the baking pan with butter. Pour this above made cheese pasta.  Sprinkle more cheese and roasted bread crumbs.
Bake at 375 F for 15 minutes or till you see nice cheesy bubble and light brown on the top.
Serve hot.....
  • If you don't link cauliflower then omit the step.
  • While making white sauce if lumps are there then don't worry just keep on whisking. Lumps will be gone.
  • Save some butter roasted breadcrumb and cauliflower for garnish on the top. (before baking)
  • Use generous amount of cheese.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Beets & Potato Chips

  • 2 Beets
  • 2 Potatoes
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Salt to seasoning.
    Peal the skin of beets & potatoes. Slice them paper thin and immediately deep fry these in hot oil till they turn light brwon and crispy. Drain them and keep it on paper towel and  sprinkle some salt.

Serve hot or cold.

  • Before frying the sliced beets and potatoes press them on paper towel so the water is absorbed from the veggies.
  • I have used peanut oil for frying.
  • Fry them in small batches. If its overcrowded, they may turn into soggy chips.
These chips goes to Niloufer's 20 minutes cooking event.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rice Pudding / Kheer

Rice pudding / kheer is simple to make. I made this delicious kheer on auspicious day of Akshay triti / tritiya .

  • 1/4 cup Uncooked Rice (used basmati rice)
  • 2 tsp Ghee/ tup
  • 2 cup Whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
  • Few dry fruits (used  almond, cashewnuts)
  • Sugar as per taste
     Heat heavy bottomed  pan with ghee, add uncooked rice and fry for 2 minutes or so. Add milk and bring to boil. Stir continuously. Let the milk reduce to half of its volume.Once the rice is almost cooked add sugar, dry fruits, cardamom powder and mix it well. Now it will be thick and creamy.

Serve Hot or Cold with Onion pakoda.

  • Make sure your stir constantly when milk is boiling other wise rice and milk will burn or  stick to bottom or may create lumps too.
  • Once the rice is cooked mash with masher so you get more thick kheer.
  • Kheer will continue thickens as it cools.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day Event Roundup!!

             Round up of Mother's Day Event at Panch Pakwan

 My sincere thanks to all of you!  Wonderful blogger friends!  Who took an effort to make this event so Successful.. 
I am so happy that everyone participated in this event. Do visit these all blogger who has contributed to this event .  As your time permits because everyone has shared their most cherished memories with their Mother and Food.

 Please email me at mailto: if I have missed any of your entries.

Slipa says her mother’s favorite sweet dish is Rasmalai. She has made this amazing rasmailai as her 100th post. She learnt this dish from her mother.

Aha Latha has prepared this spicy mushroom manchurian  first time and turn out really good. She want to dedicate this recipe to her mother.


Swathi ‘s  mother loved sweet dishes and that’s why she made this yummy payasam to dedicate to her mother.

Seemebadanekayi or chayote was grown by Thushita  mother in their garden and made many veggie delicacies  of this veggie. And she always remember her mother while making this delicious recipe.

Niloufer says this is easy breezy snacks. Her mother use to make this and pack for her when she was in school days. She has shared very nice story  too with this recipe. Do checkout!

Kozhukatta ( Sweet Dumplings)

Neetu says this is her favorite dish from school days. As she use to come back from her school her mother use to make this yummy sweet dumplings!

Green Moongdal and Brinjal Curry

Kalai has shared an amazing story with this delicious curry. Do checkout! 

Smitha has shared some beautiful story with this chat pat pani poori. Do checkout!

Padhu’s  kids love capsicum and corn so much that she made this delicious  dish for them. She makes most of the dishes as per the liking of her kids.

Rajee has made this yummy sweet dishes with 3 main ingredients. Do checkout!

Hirini & Jaya says, this  dish is the  most favorite from childhood days. Her grandmother and amma use to make this. They have made this yummy dish and dedicating to them.

Smitha says as a kid she enjoyed this yummy mango lassi. Now she makes this at home for her kids and they also enjoy it.

Jagruti  says she has learned many recipes from her mother. This is her favorite dish too. She has written nice story with this dish. Do checkout!

Nandini is celebrating her mother’s day with delicious sweet dish.

Nithu  says her mother loves mango and she makes many delicious dishes with mangoes.
She is dedicating this yummy dish to her mother.

Sadana& Muskaan are dedicating this yummy Mexican dish on mothers day.

Kiran says, she has learnt this recipe from her mother. She also has shared nice story how the pickles are prepared at her home. She dedicates this pickle recipe to her mother. Do checkout!

Kiran  has shared very interesting story with this amazing snack made with ash ground. do checkout!

Harini & Jaya says that nan khatai was their favorite from school days. They  also shared a nice story with this recipe. Do checkout!

Priya and her mother loves strawberries anytime. She has dedicated this yummy strawberry kheer to her mother.

Priya  says that this delicious dish is her mother’s one of the signature dish. Priya learned this dish  from school days and this is her comfort food.

Sanyukta  mother loves any type of dosai..but this was her  favorite.. She had dedicate this dish to her mother.

Sanyukta learned lots of variations with paneer from her  mother..and this is her all time favorite dish.

Roha has share this authentic hyderabadi dish & celebrating her mother day.

Aruna is sharing her special recipe dish on mother's day event.

Kalva  says her mother prepare the best sorakya. And sent this yummy  dal to dedicate to her mother.

Anu says that she has learnt this delicious dish form her mother.  and dedicating this dish to her mother.

Sathya says that her mother make amazing food delicacies. She dedicates this yummy recipe to her mother. And also shared nice writ up. do checkout!

Prani say this payasma is her mother’s favorite sweet dish. She has shared beautiful write up do checkout!

Cham says her mother loves sweet dishes. she is  dedicating this yummy  to her mother.

Preeti  says she loved her mother this yummy cake. She has shared nice write up too.
Do checkout!

Az say that she loves this chat pata pani poori very much. And also shared story with it.
Do checkout!

Madhavi  learned this authentic maharashtrian dish from her mother. Do checkout her  recipe under my guest blog label.
Usha is celebrating Mother's Day with this yummy banana cake!
Nitu Says her mother loves coconut burfi and she is celebrating mother's day with these yummy sweet dish!

That's me ,this sweet dish I learnt from my mother.  I make this often and dedicating this recipe to my mother. Its very famous sweet dish in Karnataka.

Priya says her mother loves this dish very much. She is celebrating her mother's day with kalakand.
Sushma says creamy vegetable is her mother''s favorite dish. She is celebrating her mother's day with this yummy curry.
Mymoonah says her mother loves sweet dishes.
She is celebrating mother's day with yummy ice cream.
Sonu says she loves this healthy dosa prepared by her mother. She has nice write up too.
Do checkout!
Kanchan says her mother is a superwoman and she is really proud of her. Do checkout her nice story with this delicious veg recipe!
Kalyani says her mother loves  all kind pastries . So she is celebrating her mother's day with creating yummy muffins.
Manju is cherishing memories on mother's day with this yummy curd rice. She has shared nice story too.Do checkout.
SS say is celebrating her mother's day with this yummy jam. She has shared nice story too. Do checkout!

Again its me ! This recipe is very famous in Maharashtra . We too make this at home often.
Do checkout my write up too.
Shri & Shri say that their excite to start a new blog with this delicious recipe & celebrating mother's day.
PJ has created this authentic Maharashtrian dish to celebrate mother's day. She also has written nice write up too. Do checkout!
Healthy Laddoos
Rachana is celebrating mother's day with this yummy ladoos. She has written nice write up too. Do checkout!
Piya say these pickles are her mother's signature dish. She also shared nice write up too. Do checkout.
Suma says this is their favorite breakfast.
She has learnt from her mother. She has written nice write up too.Do checkout!
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