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Started Jul 24, 2008

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Honey Bunches of Oats Muffin

I got the recipe from a book called 1001 Cupcakes, cookies & Other Tempting Treats.  I got the book from Barnes & Noble couple of months back and finally started trying few goodies from it. The original recipe is made with Museli. I replaced Honey Bunches of oats for Museli. It came super good and I added few chocolate chips in each muffin. Here goes the recipe.

  1. All Purpose Flour - 1 cup
  2. Baking powder -  1 tbsp
  3. Honey bunches of Oats Cereal - heaping 1 1/4 cups
  4. Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup (I used regular white sugar)
  5. Eggs - 2 ( I used 1/3 cup of egg whites)
  6. Buttermilk - 1 cup 
  7. sunflower oil - 6 tbsp ( I used canola Oil)
  8. chocolate chips - 1/4 cup
Pre heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12 hole muffin pan with paper lines or spray it and keep it ready. Sift together the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir the cereal and sugar.  Place the eggs in a large pitcher and beat lightly. Then  beat in the buttermilk and oil. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the beaten liquid.  Stir gently until just combined.  Spoon the batter into paper liners. Sprinkle chocolate chips. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until well risen, golden brown. Let it cool for 5 minutes and serve warm. 

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Potato Curry

This is a baked version of potato curry. I was going through my cousin's blog En Vittu Virundhu, I came across this baked potato curry with garlic. But I skipped the garlic. Her version was fully baked and mine is half baked & half stove top cooked. Here goes the recipe.

Ingredients :-
  1. Potato - 4 (big)
  2. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  3. red chillies powder - 3/4 tsp (acc to taste)
  4. salt to taste
  5. Oil -  1 tsp
  6. Pam spray -  couple of sprays
Take a microwave safe bowl. Put small holes in potato with a fork. Add required amount of water to cover the potato and microwave it for 5 to 7 minutes or till it is half cooked.  Let it cool. Peel it and cut it into small cubes. Now put the potato pieces in a ziploc cover adding required amount of salt, turmeric powder & red chillies powder and shake it nicely so that the dry ingredients get coated in the potato pieces. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Now take a cookie sheet. Spray the oil nicely and spread the potato pieces.  Cook it for 5 minutes in the 350 pre heated oven. Stir it in between. Take out the curry when you get the expected crispy structure.

Beetroot Rice

This post has been lying in the draft for a very long time.  Thought of finishing it today. Here goes the recipe.

  1. Basmati Rice - 1 1/2 cups
  2. Beetroot - 1 cup (shredded)
  3. Onion - 1 medium sized
  4. Garlic - 1 (chopped)
  5. Green Chillies - 3 (acc to taste)
  6. ginger - a small piece (finely chopped)
  7. Red chillies powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Turmeric powder v- 1/2 tsp (optional)
  10. Oil/butter - 1 1/2 tbsp
  11. cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Wash & soak basmati rice in water for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes drain it fully and pressure cook it. ( I added 1:1 1/4 cup water to cook.) In the mean time, heat the oil/butter in a pan, splutter cumin seeds. Add green chillies, ginger, garlic & saute for few minutes. Now add the chopped onion to it and saute for another 3 minutes or till it becomes transparent.  Now add the shredded beetroot to it, add turmeric powder, red chillies powder & salt (for both rice & vegetable) and let cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle water accordingly. Since the beetroot is shredded, it will take less time to cook.  When the rice is cooked, spread it in a big plate and let it cool.  When the beetroot mix is ready, mix it with the rice nicely. Do not break the rice grains while mixing.  Enjoy it hot with onion/cucumber raita and chips.  This rice is very easy to make with less spices and I am sure kids will definitely love it.  My girls really liked the color of the rice cos it turned kinda pink when I mixed the beetroot masala with rice.

Vella Payaru / Payaru Sweet Sundal

This post has been lying in the draft for more than two months.  I made this sundal for navarathri. I followed my patti's traditional way of doing this sundal. Here goes the recipe.
  1. Red Karamani -  1 cup (soak it overnight)
  2. Jaggery - 1 cup (plus or minus acc to taste)
  3. cardamom - 3 (powder it)
  4. Ghee - 2 tsp
Pressure cook Karamani till its done (it took 5 whistles for me). In the mean time, take a heavy bottomed pan add the jaggery with required amount of water (little less than1 cup preferably) and let it melt. Remove impurities from it by filtering it in a thin cloth. Again pour the jaggery water in the same pan and let it boil. When it starts boiling really well, add the cooked karamani, powdered cardamom to it and let everything mix and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. When karamani mixes really well, turn off the stove and the add the ghee now and mix everything well.  This can be eaten as evening snack too.

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Trip to Manali!!

Manali is a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks. Manali literally means the 'Home of Manu'. Manu is the mythological character who is supposed to have survived when the world was drowned in Flood. He then came to Manali and recreated human life. Thus, the area of Manali is sacred and Hindus treat the temples over here as pilgrimage.

Hadimba temple in Manali is one of the most important temples in the region. Hidamba happens to be the wife of Bhima (one of… Continue

Posted on June 21, 2008 at 12:56pm

Mango Lassi

Today I made mango lassi for my buddies. It was really good and here is the recipe.


1. Mango - 2 cups

2. Yogurt (curd) - 1/4 cup

3. Milk - 1/2 cup

4. vanilla Ice cream - 3 tbsp (optional)

5. Sugar - Required amount

6. Water - 1/4 cup (water)

First grind mango once, then add yogurt, milk, ice cream sugar and water and grind it again. Serve it with ice cubes. Enjoy!!

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Posted on June 17, 2008 at 7:35pm — 1 Comment

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At 10:54am on April 23, 2008, Roma gourmet said…
Do you love Italian cuisine?
If you like it, please check out my website:
Roma gourmet
You’ll find many Italian recipes and nice dish photos and some vegetarian recipes like artichokes "alla giudia
Have a great day
Roma gourmet

At 11:29am on April 23, 2008, Vidhya Iyer said…
Hey Roma gourmet thanks for the message. Will visit your pretty soon. Visit mine too :-)
At 12:21pm on April 23, 2008, ruby said…
thanx for joining me and for your comments.
At 12:27pm on April 23, 2008, Roma gourmet said…
Hi! I have been visited your site ;)
Thanks for accepting my invite and feel free to join my group "Italian recipes", you are welcome!
Roma gourmet
At 3:43pm on April 28, 2008, Charles McKeever said…
Welcome Vidhya. I'm the main technical guy here at Great Cooks Community. Make yourself at home and please let me know if you need anything. Jill and I are glad you're a part of the community.
At 9:27pm on June 2, 2008, Shubha said…
Hi Vidhya.... Nice to see u here... u have great recipes..
At 3:12pm on June 3, 2008, Ivy said…
Welcome. Thanks for adding me as a friend. I shall visit your site to find some lovely Indian recipes.
Feel free to join the Greek Food Lovers Group as well and shall be happy if you participate in our event: Fat Chefs or Skinny Gourmets? It's all about healthy food.
At 6:05pm on June 3, 2008, Vani said…
Hey Vidhya, Nice to see you here:-)
At 7:02am on June 4, 2008, Ivy said…
That's great. Shall check it out. Thanks.
At 2:31pm on June 17, 2008, Ramya Bala said…
Thank you dear..Nice to meet you here

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