Showing posts with label Vegetarian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vegetarian. Show all posts

Spinach Toast using Oven

Spinach is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, iron, calcium and therefore its very important to include spinach in our everyday diet. This recipe is easy to prepare and also a very healthy tasty dish to eat as a evening snack with tea.

Spinach Toast

Preparation Time: 15 min
Baking Time: 10 min
Serves: 2

  1. Bread Slices (white or wheat)
  2. Spinach - 1 cup finely chopped
  3. Garlic - 5-6 cloves - finely chopped
  4. Grated Cheese - 1/2 cup
  5. Oil - as required
Note: Put the spinach in boiling water for a min and chop them

  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F for 10 min. 
  2. Meanwhile arrange the baking tray. Spray or grease little oil over the baking tray. Arrange the bread slices in the tray. Spread the chopped spinach over each bread slice. 
  3. Then sprinkle chopped garlic over them and finally top them with grated cheese. I used grated mozzarella cheese. you can also use Mexican blend cheese.
  4. Place them in the oven and bake for 10 min. Remove it carefully from the oven and serve hot.

Soya Keema Curry

Have you ever been feeling like missing your favorite mutton curry during auspicious or vratham days?? Then this is the one for you. Enjoy this minced soya instead of minced mutton, and you will enjoy the taste of this curry. This goes well with idly, dosa, poori, chappathi, appam and even rice.

Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 40 min
Serves: 2

  • Soya chunks - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 big sized - finely chopped
  • Tomato - 2 medium sized - finely chopped
  • Masala Powder (Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, star anise powder) - 1 pinch
  • Oil - 2 tbsp

To grind:
  • Coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Kuruma Podi - 1 tbsp
  • Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Cashew nuts - 5 to 6
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp

  1. Take 3 cups of water in a pan and bring it to boil. Add soya chunks and a tbsp of salt. Keep in low flame for 10 min allowing the soya to get cooked and become soft. Salt helps in stopping the overflow of boiling water while the chunks gets cooked.
  2. In meanwhile, blend the ingredients given in "to grind" into a  smooth paste using a mixer by adding water.
  3. When soya gets doubled in size it becomes soft. Now drain out the water and rinse with cold water. Squeeze the soya to remove excess water. Put these prepared soya into a blender or food processor and mince them. Keema is ready and will like mutton keema, right?? ;-)
  4. Heat a medium sized pan with oil, when its hot add the masala powder. Then add chopped onion and saute for 3 min. Onion will start turning golden brown. At this point add our prepared keema. Saute in medium flame for 5 min.
  5. Then add tomatoes and the prepared paste in step 2. Add 2 cup of water and allow the curry to boil for 5 min in low-medium flame. 
Yummy soya curry is ready to serve with your breakfast or dinner.

Masala Pagarkai / Bitter gourd / Karela

Bitter gourd / Karela / Pavakkai is a low calorie vegetable with numerous health benefits particularly, it lowers blood glucose level, also helps in digestion. The bitterness of these karela makes kids and even adults turn away from it. Here is a flavorful recipe that makes people who hate bitterness to ask for an extra serving. ;-) You can even make your naughty kids love bitter gourd.

Masala Bitter gourd pavakkai pagarkai karela

Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 30 min
Serves : 2

  1. Bitter Gourd / Karela / Pavakkai - 4 or 5 medium sized - sliced
  2. Onion - 1 medium sized - finely chopped
  3. Tomato - 2 big sized - finely chopped
  4. Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
  5. Sugar - 1 pinch
  6. Oil - 2 tbsp
  7. Salt to taste

Dry Masala:
  1. Coconut - 3 tbsp
  2. Red chili - 3 (As per your taste of spicy)
  3. Sombu / Fennel Seeds - 1 tbsp

  1. Wash bitter gourd and cut them into slices (circle shaped pieces). Heat a shallow frying pan with oil. When it is hot arrange the sliced bitter gourd in the oil and allow it to fry. When it turns golden brown on one side, turn to other side and fry. 
  2. Once all the bitter gourd slices turns golden brown, sprinkle salt, sugar and turmeric powder. Mix them well. Now add the chopped onion and saute until it becomes soft and golden brown. Then add chopped tomato and saute for another 2-3 min. 
  3. Meanwhile in a blender, put all the ingredients given in dry masala section and grind them into a coarse mixture. Add the dry coarse masala powder to bittergourd. Give a good stir until all are mixed well. Serve.

Bread Masala

Bread is a very common food that we usually roast, toast or make sandwiches. This bread masala adds a spicy flavor to bread and makes it more tempting to eat.

  • Bread slices can also be fried for making these bread masala. Those who worry about extra calories can just roast them in a pan ;-)
  • While mixing the bread with the masala, do them slowly without losing the shape of bread pieces.
Try this and do post your comments :-)
Bread Masala
Preparation Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 20 min
Serves: 2

  • Bread - 5 or 6 slices
  • Onion - 1 medium sized - cut lengthwise
  • Tomato - 1 big sized - finely chopped
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder -1 pinch
  • Chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1 pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil or butter - 1 tbsp
  • Cilantro - for garnishing

  1. Roast bread slices in a pan. You can add oil or butter while roasting the bread. After roasting the bread slices, allow it to cool and cut them into small square shaped pieces. 
  2. Now heat a large pan and add a tbsp of oil. As the oil is hot, add cardamom cinnamon clove powder. If you do not have powder, it can be added in pieces. As the spices are roasted nice flavor comes out. Add onion and saute until it becomes translucent.
  3. To the sauteed onion add ginger garlic paste. Saute until the raw smell leaves. Then mix them with turmeric powder and chili powder. keep in medium flame and add the tomato.
  4. Saute them until it gets mushy. Sprinkle water if it gets too dry. Then add the remaining spices (Coriander powder, cumin powder and garam masala) and mix well. When its completely cooked add the roasted bread slices and stir them slowly, otherwise the slices will shrink. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.

Easy Broccoli Cutlet

Experimenting in kitchen is always a fun and appreciation is always a boost to do more and more different tempting dishes. I prepared this broccoli cutlet when my friends came home for an evening. All loved this cutlet and 1 year old prani kutty even loved eating this cutlet :-) wow...!! I am so happy to see my friends and kids enjoying my preparation....!! A very simple and a quick recipe..!! Made everyone to eat more and more...!! Healthy one too...!!

Easy Broccoli Cutlet

Preparation Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 15 min
Serves: 10 - 15 cutlets

  1. Broccoli - 1 crown (12 florets) - finely chopped
  2. Onion - 1 big sized - finely chopped
  3. Garlic - 3 or 4 pieces - chopped
  4. Oil - 1 tbsp
  5. Cheese - 1/4 cup
  6. Bread crumps - 1/4 cup
  7. Salt to taste

  1. Heat a pan with oil, add garlic and sauté it. Garlic gives lot of flavor when sauté  in oil.
  2. Add onion to the pan, sauté until it becomes translucent. To this add broccoli & salt for taste. Cook them until broccoli becomes tender. 
  3. Remove from heat and add cheese and mix it up with the broccoli. So that cheese is equally spread around the broccoli and onion. Allow it to cool a little, segregate the mixture into small balls. Balls, need not be too tight, make it easy, cheese helps in making broccoli & onion stick to each other. Smaller the balls,  more tempting to eat :-)
  4. Take bread crumbs in a plate, roll the broccoli ball over the bread crumb and make It flat like a cutlet pressing with fingers.  Just use little energy while pressing. 
  5. The purpose the bread crumbs is just to give a little crunchy feel, make sure too much crumbs are not covering the broccoli. Lets roast them in a pan, Heat the pan (No oil required) to a medium level. Keep the flame mild.
  6. When heat is medium, place the flattened broccoli cutlet in the pan, just add couple drops of oil over the cutlet. (Oil can also be avoided, if you are worried about the extra calories :-) ) Turn the cutlet, until it is evenly cooked on both the sides. The bread crumbs turn a little brownish. Remove the items from the pan and Hot Broccoli Cutlets are ready to serve.
Simple, Quick, Tasty & Healthy Broccoli Cutlets are ready.

Stuffed Baked Potato

Do you like potatoes?? I know this question would sound funny as its hard to find any one who do not like potatoes. Here is a great treat to the potato lover....!! Especially kids...!! These stuffed potatoes would definitely be a great appetizer or snack that you love to eat...!! A very tasty way to fill your tummy..!! :-)

Stuffed Baked Potato

Preparation Time: 15 min
Baking Time: 25 min + 10 min
Serves: 2

  • Potato - 4
  • Olive oil - 2 tbsp
  • Pepper - 1 tsp
  • Chili paste - 1 tsp
  • Parmesan cheese - 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

  • Onion - 1 scoop
  • Tomato - 1 scoop
  • Cilantro - 2 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
  • Sour Cream - 1/2 tbsp
  • Pepper - 1 pinch
  • Salt to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 deg F for 10 min. Meanwhile, Clean the potatoes and tap them dry using a kitchen tissue. Coat them with olive oil, salt and pepper. 
  2. Arrange the coated potatoes in a baking tray and pierce them with a fork on all side for uniform baking. Place them inside the heated oven. Bake them for 25 min.
  3. After baking check with a fork or knife. It should be soft. Allow it to cool for 10 min and cut the potatoes into two halves, either horizontal or vertical. I cut them in horizontal style. Using a spoon, scoop inside of the potato leaving a small thick wall and transfer to a bowl.
  4. Mash the scooped potato. Add chili paste and salt. Mix them well and set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, mix the ingredients given in "Stuffing" section except sour cream. Mix them well and allow it to rest to 5 min. Then add sour cream and give a stir. 
  6. In the potato shell, first add the mashed potato and give a light press. Then add the prepared stuffing. Arrange them on baking tray. 
  7. Top each stuffed potatoes with Parmesan cheese. Again bake them for 8 min and broil for 2 min. Keep an eye on your potatoes while in Broil.
Yummy baked potatoes..!! :-)

Stuffed Baked Potato

Ragi / Keppai Roti

Ragi Roti is a very healthy and tasty food. This can be prepared in minutes and can be served as breakfast or snack. Ragi roti can be made little thicker or thinner. If you make thick patty, make sure that the inside is also cooked well. More onion added to this roti will give more flavor. And also if you are preparing for kids, you can skip green chili.

You can also try ragi dosa with urad dhal, instant ragi dosa...!! ;-)

Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 10 min
Serves: 2

  • Ragi flour - 1 cup
  • Small Onion - 10-12
  • Green chili - 3 (for mild level of spicy)
  • Oil - as required
  • salt to taste

  1. In a large mixing bowl add ragi flour, salt, onion, green chili. Mix them well. Add water and make it into a smooth dough. I used my food processor for preparing the dough. Them make small balls from the dough.
  2. Heat a pan. Now take little oil in the palm / polythene sheet / banana leaf. Place the small ragi ball and tap them to form a small circle. Transfer it slowly in the heated pan. I usually tap them directly on the pan. keep in medium flame. When one side gets cooked, turn to other side. It usually takes little longer time to get cooked in the middle. If they turn white, just grease with little oil.

Easy Manathakkali Vathal Kulambu

Manathakkali known as "Black Nightshade" in English is always known for its wonderful health benefits. It is called as Kaachi Soppu in Karnataka. This plant is an important ingredients in Indian medicines and the fruits of these plant is used in the treatment of Asthma.

This vathal Kulambu is prepared from dried fruits of black nightshade. This is a very easy dish and it taste great with white rice and appalam. Try this tasty kulambu for a tasty lunch...!!

Manathakkali Vathal Kulambu / Kuzhambu

Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 25 min
Serves: 2


  • Manathakkali Vathal - 1/4 cup
  • Small Onion - 7 to 10
  • Tamarind juice - 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp

To temper:

  • Mustard Seed - 1 tsp
  • Urad dhal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seed - 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seed - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaf - 1 sprig
  • Red chili - 1 or 2

To roast and grind:

  • Raw rice - 1/2 tbsp
  • Red gram / Toor dhal / pigeon pea (lentils) - 1/2 tbsp
  • Red chili - 2 or 3
  • Curry leaf - 1 sprig
  • Peppercorn - 1 tsp
  • Coriander seed - 1/2 tbsp
  • Cumin Seed - 2 tsp


  1. Dry roast all the ingredients given in "to roast and grind" until a nice flavor comes out. Then allow the mixture to cool down for sometime. Grind it into a smooth powder using a blender. I added coriander cumin powder to the mixture instead of seeds. Extract juice from tamarind and set aside.
  2. Heat a pan with oil. When oil becomes hot, pour the vathal and roast them for 30 sec. Transfer the fried vathal to a plate. This step is to remove bitterness from the vathal.
  3. Now in the same oil, add the ingredients given in "to temper" section one by one and fry them for few sec. Then add chopped onion. Saute them until it turns soft. To this add pinch of turmeric and a dash of salt.
  4. Pour the tamarind juice and bring it to boil. Add the prepared vathal kulambu powder and give a good stir. Bring the mixture to boil and add the roasted Manathakkali Vathal. Keep in low-medium flame for 15 min or until kolambu gets thickened and oil gets separated.

Hash Brown - Potato Fry

Hash brown is a easy quick potato recipe. Shredded potato are pan-fried. It is served during breakfast with bread roast and omelet. I prepared this in combination with bread roast and Egg Omelet Roll. Hash brown is crispy on the outer surface, they are soft and fluffy on the inside. You can also make them as separate circle shaped pieces. Flavor hash browns with salt and pepper while serving or can be added while frying.

Hash Brown Potato Fry

  • Potato - 2 big sized
  • Pepper - as required 
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

  1. Clean the potatoes in water. Remove the skin of potatoes and grate them.
  2. Heat a frying pan and grease them with cooking oil. When pan is hot, reduce to medium flame. Then spread the grated potatoes over the pan. You can make them into two or three small circular shapes. Temper with salt and pepper.
  3. Color of potatoes will start changing to a darker color as it gets cooked. Check whether the other side is roasted to golden brown color. Then flip them to the other side and roast. Transfer it to plate with tissue to remove excess oil. 
Serve with bread roast and Egg Omelet Roll...!!!

Hash Brown Potato Fry Egg Omelet Roll Bread Roast

Coconut Chutney

Preparation Time : 10 min


To grind:
  • Coconut - 1 cup
  • Red chili or green chili - 2 (adjust to level of spicy needed)
  • Roasted Gram / Pottukadalai / Porikadalai  - 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste 

To temper:
  • Mustard seed - 1 tsp
  • Urad dhal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaf - 1 sprig
  • Oil - 1 tbsp

  1. In a blender put all the ingredients given in "to grind". Make it into a smooth paste by adding little water. Transfer it to a bowl. In a small pan, heat oil and roast all ingredients given in "to temper" by adding them one by one in the mentioned order. Add it to the prepared chutney and serve. 
    Serve with idly, dosa, ragi dosa, rava dosa etc.

Mushroom Malli (Cilantro)

Mushrooms are a low-calorie food and Cilantro are fresh aromatic leaf... The combination of mushroom and cilantro makes a very delicious side dish. It just takes few minutes to prepare this delicious dish. A very easy recipe and a different combination.

Cleaning the mushroom: Wash the mushroom in running water. Wipe mushroom surface with a clean towel or paper tissue to remove the dirt and water. Do not put mushroom inside the water.

Cleaning Cilantro: Rinse cilantro a bowl of water twice or thrice until all the dirt and mud are completely removed.

Mushroom Malli

  • Mushroom - 250 gm
  • Cilantro - 1 cup - finely chopped
  • Onion - 2 medium sized - finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
  • Coriander powder - 3 tsp
  • Salt to taste

To dry roast and grind:

  • Channa dhal - 1 tbsp
  • Red Chili - 2 or 3
  • Cumin seeds - 2 tsp

To temper:
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dhal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaf - 1 sprig
  • Oil - 1 tbsp

  1. Heat a pan and dry roast all the ingredients given in "to dry roast and grind". fry them until a nice flavor comes out. Then allow them to cool and grind into powder.
  2. Then heat the same pan with oil. When its hot, add all the ingredients given in "to temper" one by one. Saute for a min. Add onion and saute for 2 min.
  3. Add salt while sauteing. Then put a pinch of turmeric powder. Saute till onions becomes soft.Then add cleaned and cut mushroom in the sauteing pan. Keep in medium flame for 2 min. As mushroom gets cooked, it shrinks and become soft.
  4. To this mix cilantro and quarter cup of water. Then combine grind masala powder and coriander powder.
  5. Give a good stir until everything gets mixed well. After 3 min, transfer to the serving bowl.
Mushroom Malli goes well with idly, dosa, chappathi..Try this different recipe and enjoy the flavor and taste.

Ragi Dosa with Urad Dhal

Here is a very healthy and also a tasty recipe. Already I have posted Ragi Dosa which can be prepared instantly. In this version, I tried adding urad dhal with the ragi flour. After fermentation the batter touched the rim of the vessel. This time ragi dosa was very crispy and also very tasty. It made no difference with the regular dosa. Ragi has many health benefits and therefore this would be definitely a good breakfast and dinner to many people. No doubt...!!! kids too will enjoy this crispy ragi dosa...!!! ;-)

Check ragi roti recipes which are equally yummy..!!! 

Ragi Dosa with Urad Dhal

Soaking Time: 2-3 hrs
Preparation Time: 30 min
Cooking Time: 10 min
Serves: 2

  • Ragi Flour - 2 cup
  • Salt to taste

To Soak and Grind:
  • Urad dhal - 1 cup

  1. Soak urad dhal for 2-3 hrs. Grind it into a smooth batter as we prepare for Idly Batter.                
  2. Mix 2 cup of Ragi flour for 1 cup of urad dhal batter and make it into a soft batter by adding required water. It should be like idly batter neither too thick nor too thin. Add salt as required.
  3. Allow it to ferment for 10-12 hrs or overnight.

  1. After fermentation batter gets fluffy, gently stir the batter and it will be in right consistency to be used. Now heat a dosa pan and pour a scoop of batter. Roll in circular motion as we prepare regular dosa. If you need crispy ragi dosa, sprinkle little oil over the dosa. Turn to other side when its cooked.                                                                                               
Crispy Yummy tempting and also a very very healthy Ragi Dosa is ready to serve.