Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Strawberry Oats Milkshake / Strawberry Oats Smoothie - Healthy breakfast recipe

Strawberry oats smoothie - is a very healthy and tasty milkshake recipe with the goodness of oats and strawberry.  I have already discussed our love for milkshakes.  Also I have mentioned my dislike for oats.  But since oats is a very healthy cereal, I try to look out for healthy recipes so that I can include it in my daily diet. This can be served for breakfast and with addition of oats, this milkshake would be a very healthy and filling breakfast.  This can also be served as an after school snack.  I do it most of the time when I don't get time to prepare snacks.  This is a hassle free recipe which you can easily combine and make and a filling one too.  Now to the recipe..

Ingredients required

strawberry8 - 9
oats (I used instant oats)1/4 cup
milk (chilled)1 1/2 cup
sugar / honeyas required
vanilla essence1/2 teaspoon


1.  In a pan, dry roast oats till it changes color a little and becomes aromatic.  Let it cool.

2.  Wash strawberry, chop the calyx part, chop it and keep it aside.

3.  In a mixer jar, add roasted oats and powder it.

4. Next, add chopped strawberries, sugar / honey, and vanilla essence, blend it nicely till smooth.

5.  Now add chilled milk, blend it once more.

6.  Pour into serving glass and serve chilled.

Hi guys,

My health condition is weak and I am advised to be on complete bed rest.  So just posting the recipes which are there in my draft.  So dear friends, pls excuse me if you find that I am not visiting your space.  Will do it as soon as I recover and special thanks to all my friends who noticed my absence and send their well wishes.  Thanks a lot...

Other similar recipes:

1. oreo milkshake
2. apple banana milkshake
3.  fig milkshake
4.  mango lassi

If you find this post useful, I would be happy if you can share it with your friends in google+, facebook and twitter.  All you have to do is click the corresponding button given below.  This will keep me motivated.  

Enjoy cooking and serving

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Puttu ularthiyathu / Puttu upma / Easy breakfast recipe

Puttu is a traditional food of Kerala.  It is served for breakfast along with Kadala curry.  In some places, puttu is also served along with pazham (banana) and pappadam.  It can be considered as a very healthy breakfast item as it contains only rice, coconut and then it is steam cooked, no oil is made use of.  Today, I am sharing with you another recipe with puttu,   puttu ularthu (or puttu upma).  This is an easy dish which can be made from fresh puttu or with leftover puttu.  Puttu I will say is a very popular food of Kerala.  For steps on how to make puttu, click here.


Puttu ularthiyathu / puttu upma is very easy to prepare.  It becomes more easy, when you have puttu readily available.  Heat oil (coconut oil is preferred) in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, then add urud dal, curry leaves, chopped shallots, ginger, green chilly, hing and saute well.  Then add puttu, saute it well and serve.  Isn't easy?  This can also be served as a snack and your family will definitely love it.  You can also serve it with kadala curry or with some coconut chutney. Hope you all will like this recipe of puttu ularthiyathu


Ingredients required

puttu1 1/2 cups
oil (coconut oil)1 tablespoon
mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon
dry red chilly1 - 2(broken)
urud dal / uzhunnu parippu1 teaspoon
curry leaves / kariveppilafew
hing /asafoetida powder / kayama pinch
ginger (grated)1 teaspoon
green chilly1 (chopped)
shallots10 (finely chopped)



1. Powder the cooked puttu with hand or with a spoon.  (Click here for steps on how to make puttu)

2.  In a pan or kadai, heat oil, add mustard seeds.  When mustard seeds splutter, add urud dal, curry leaves, dry red chilly, hing saute for few seconds till urud dal starts becoming brownish in color.

3.  Then add chopped shallots, ginger, green chilly and saute again for few more minutes.  Saute till shallots become pinkish in color.

4.  Now add powdered puttu and sprinkle little water into it.  Mix well and stir for another 5 more minutes.  Check salt.  Add little if necessary.

5.  Puttu ularthiyathu / puttu upma is ready to be served.  Serve hot.



1.  You can also try other variations by adding vegetables, eggs or chicken to this dish.

Other similar recipes:

1.  banana carrot puttu
2.  cherupayar curry

If you find this post useful, I would be happy if you can share it with your friends in google+, facebook or twitter.  All you have to do is click the corresponding button given below.  This will keep me motivated. 

Enjoy cooking and serving

Monday, 9 February 2015

Rava uttapam / Onion rava uttapam recipe - Easy breakfast recipe

Onion rava uttappam is a very simple breakfast idea. Not only breakfast, this dish can be served as a snack also.  I have already told you, my daughter needs some thing special everyday for snacks after school.  So I made this rava uttappam and served it with easy onion tomato chutney.  Not only for snacks, this dish can also be served for breakfast.  This is perfect when you want to make something in a jiffy.  Unlike regular dosa / idli, it hardly needs 10 minutes fermentation time and make dosa in regular manner.

How to prepare rava uttappam -  The method of preparing rava uttappam is very easy.  Mix all the ingredients, soak it for 15 - 20 minutes.  After that, make batter of appropriate consistency by adding enough water, and then make dosa.  Take care to cover and cook the dosas.  This will give you nice crispy dosas.  So do try out this recipe for rava uttappam.  Now to the recipe..


Ingredients required

sooji / rava / semolina1 cup
rice flour2 tablespoon
onion (finely chopped)1 (medium)
green chillies 2 - 3 (chopped)
ginger (grated)2 teaspoon
yogurt / curd 1 cup
water1 cup
cumin seeds / jeerakam1 teaspoon
coriander leaves (finely chopped)2 tablespoon
oilas required
saltto taste


1.  Add sooji / rava, rice flour and salt in a bowl.  Add curd and mix well.  Leave it aside for 15 - 20 minutes.

2.  After 15 minutes, you will find that the batter has become thick.  Add 1 cup of water, mix well so that the batter becomes smooth pouring consistency.

3.  To the batter add chopped green chillies, chopped onion, coriander leaves, cumin seeds and mix well.

4.  Heat tawa, grease it with oil.  When the tawa is hot enough, add one ladleful of batter on the tawa and spread it in circular motion.  Reduce the flame, pour 1 teaspoon of oil around the edges and at the center.  Cover and cook for few minutes.

5.  When one side is cooked and becomes brownish in color, flip it to the other side and wait till it gets cooked on this side too.

6.  Transfer it to a serving plate.  Serve with chutney.

onion rava uttappam

Other breakfast recipes:

Chama ari idli
Ragi dosa
dosa sandwich
kambu soya dosa
oats dosa

If you find this post useful, I would be happy if you can share it with your friends in google+, facebook or twitter.  All you have to do is click the corresponding button given below.  This will keep me motivated. 

Enjoy cooking and serving

Friday, 6 February 2015

Besan toast recipe / how to make bread besan toast

Besan bread toast recipe  - I would say can be put under the section "healthy snack ideas".  It is very easy to prepare and this is one dish which can be made in a jiffy.  It just takes 10 - 15 minutes for the entire preparation.  As I have told you, my daughter wants something special everyday after coming home from school and toasts or sandwiches are the easiest to prepare.  This can also be considered as a healthy snack for adults too.  Besan toast is made with bread which contains carbohydrates and besan (chickpea flour) which is a storehouse of proteins.  So isn't it healthy?

Besan toast is a healthy alternative for vegetarians and is a very good option as a breakfast or snack.  I usually make idly / dosa for breakfast but at times when I don't have idly / dosa batter or I am lazy to prepare something, then this besan toast comes as a savior.  As I have already told you, breakfast is very important for me and my family and we can't think of skipping it.  So this definitely comes as a healthy alternative.

Method of preparing bread besan toast is very easy.  Mix all the ingredients like besan, chopped onion, green chilly, ginger, coriander leaves and salt in a bowl.  If you are making for kids, you can omit or reduce the amount of green chillies.  Make a semi thick batter, dip the bread pieces in the batter and toast it well.  Toast is ready.  Now to the recipe.. 

besan toast

Ingredients required

bread slices 6 - 8
besan / chickpea flour1 cup
rice flour1/4 cup
onion 1 (finely chopped)
green chillies1 or 2
coriander leaves2 tablespoon (finely chopped)
cumin powder (roasted)1 teaspoon
ginger (grated)3/4 teaspoon
asafoetida powder / hinga pinch
red chilli powder(optional)1/2 teaspoon
saltto taste
oilas required
wateras required

besan toast


1.  Peel and chop the onion into small pieces. All the ingredients should be finely chopped otherwise when you dip the bread pieces in the batter, these will not stick to the pieces.  

2.  In a mixing bowl, combine all the above ingredients except bread slices.

3.  Slowly add water and mix to get a thin consistency.  The batter should not too thin or too thick.  Make batter of medium consistency.  

4.   Now, cut the bread slices into half (like triangular pieces).  

5.   Dip each bread slice on both sides into the batter. 

6.   Add oil, grease tawa, and place the bread slices on the hot tawa / pan.

7.   Add oil around the edges and roast it on both sides on low flame till golden color. 

8.  Remove from flame and serve hot with chutney or sauce.  


1. You can also try adding veggies like chopped capsicum, grated carrots etc.  
2. You can also add little bit of pepper powder to this.  

       Other sandwich recipes

If you find this post useful, I would be happy if you can share it with your friends in google+, facebook or twitter.  All you have to do is click the corresponding button given below.  This will keep me motivated.  

Enjoy cooking and serving

Thursday, 5 February 2015

thayir semiya / curd semiya / how to prepare curd semiya / semiya bagala bath - recipes for vermicelli

 Thayir semiya - is a very simple, easy and tasty South Indian dish which can be made in a jiffy.  This dish can be served as an alternative to regular thayir sadam / curd rice. This can also be served for any party or gathering.

How to prepare thayir semiya -  The method of preparing curd semiya is very simple and is very similar to that of curd rice.  The roasted vermicelli is cooked in water, and then mixed with milk, curd and butter.  Then the tempered ingredients are added to it. In this recipe I have made use of normal ginger, but you can also make use of mango ginger / manga inji for this.  It gives a nice taste and flavor to the dish.  Isn't it easy?  Now to the recipe..

curd semiya

Ingredients required

semiya 1/2 cup
milk 1/2 cup
curd 1 cup
saltto taste
water1 1/2 cups

For tempering
oil1 teaspoon
mustard seeds1/2 teaspoon
urud dal1/4 teaspoon
curry leavesfew
hinga pinch
dry red chilli (broken)1
cumin seeds1/4 teaspoon
green chilli1
ginger1 small piece (finely chopped) 

for garnishing
grapes (deseeded and halved)
carrots (grated)



 1.  Boil water in a bowl.  Add roasted semiya into it along with salt and a tsp of oil.  Stir now and then to avoid sticking to the bottom .  

2.       Once cooked, add milk and stir continuously.   Remove from flame.  

3.       Allow it to cool.  Then add curd and mix well. 

4.       Heat a teaspoon of oil, splutter mustard seeds.  Then add dry red chilli, urud dal, hing, ginger,  green chillies, curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds.  Add this to the semiya. 

5.       Garnish with coriander leaves and any garnishing of your choice. 

curd semiya

More vermicelli/ semiya recipes  :
Vermicelli payasam
semiya upma
semiya pakoda

If you find this post useful, I would be happy if you can share it with your friends in google+, facebook or twitter.  All you have to do is click the corresponding button given below.  This will keep me motivated. 

Enjoy cooking and serving

Friday, 30 January 2015

Poha croquettes / Poha potato cheese croquettes - Easy snack recipe

Croquette - is a fried food roll made with mashed potatoes of minced meat.  Few days back I received an invitation from "Mother's Recipe" asking me to participate in their "innovative recipe contest".  I was very happy to have received such an invitation that I immediately accepted.  I was given few of their products from which I asked to select any one and make a different dish out of it.  I was a bit tensed whether I would be able to do it, but finally, I came up with this instant potato poha croquettes.  I used their Kanda poha mix to make this croquettes.  It was instant mix pack and my poha was ready within 8 minutes, ie, by the time my potatoes got boiled, I was ready with my poha for mixing.  No need to cut onions, anything else.  I used the cooked poha as such for croquettes.  

 These are the items which they send me - pav bhaji mix, mixed pickle, gujrati pickle, vermicelli payasam,instant kanda poha mix, instant upma mix, fish curry mix and kadhai paneer mix.  Out of these items I selected Kanda poha mix for my croquettes.  

 Ingredients required

potato (boiled and mashed)1/2 cup
instant poha mix1 cup
mixed herbs1 1/2 teaspoon
amchoor powder / dry mango powder1/2 teaspoon
chaat masala1/2 teaspoon
coriander leaves1 tablespoon
saltto taste
cheese cubes10 - 12 (1/4 inch)
all purpose flour
bread crumbs1/2 cup
corn flour2 - 2 tablespoon
oilfor deep frying


1.  Boil potatoes, peel, mash and keep it aside.  (Don't add salt while boiling potatoes as salt is added with the poha mix. )

2.  In a pan add kanda poha mix.  In a pan, add 3/4 cup of water and bring it to boil.  Add this boiling water to the poha mix.  Keep stirring while adding water.  Cover it and keep it aside for 8 minutes.

3.  Transfer it to another plate and mash it nicely with potato masher.  (There will be few peanuts, you can either crush the peanuts and add it or else, take it out)

4.  Mix both mashed potato and poha together.

5.  Next, add chaat masala, amchoor powder, mixed herbs and little salt.  Mix well, make a dough and keep it aside.

6.  In another bowl, add 2 tablespoons of corn flour, add little water and make paste.

7.  Heat oil in a pan.

8.  Take small portions of the dough, slightly press it and keep small cheese pieces inside and seal it.  Shape it in the form of balls or barrels.

9.  Take one barrel, dust it with all purpose flour / maida, then dip it in corn flour paste and finally in bread crumbs.

10.  When oil is hot enough, slowly slide the barrel into hot oil, and fry in medium heat till it becomes golden brown color.

11.  Once it becomes golden brown, transfer it to an absorbent paper or kitchen tissue.

12.  Serve it with tomato sauce or mayonnaise.

If you find this post useful, I would be extremely happy if you can share it with your friends in google+, facebook or twitter.  All you have to do is click the corresponding button given below.  This will keep me motivated.  

Enjoy cooking and serving