Friday, November 27, 2009

Mixed Sprouts and Peanut Salad

Salads are uniformly low in fat, full of vitamins and makes a perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes. And this sprouts salad is simple and easy to make which is healthy, colorful and crunchy. Here is the little healthy side dish.

Mixed Sprouts and Peanut Salad

  • Mixed Sprouts - 1 cup
  • Roasted Peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • Capsicum - 25 gms
  • Tomato - 1
  • Lemon juice - 3 tbsp
  • Black Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
Mixed Sprouts and Peanut Salad

  • De seed the tomato and chop it, chop the capsicum also.
  • Remove the skin of the peanuts.
  • Mix all the ingredients and pour lemon juice and mix well and serve.
Mixed Sprouts and Peanut Salad By Valar

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fish Gravy / Meen Kulambu

Our weekend starts with fun and food. And non vegetarian dishes are always in most wanted list. And when it comes to non vegetarian our choice is for sea foods. Fish kulambu tastes best with small fishes like sardines, anchovies..., There are many methods to prepare this. Here is a way my mother taught me. And those little fishes in brown gravy tastes simply superb!!! And those of you who are veggies you can substitute with garlic, bitter gourd instead of fish. So here we go....



  • Sardines Fish - 2 (Mathi Meen in Tamil)
  • Shallots - 10 to 15
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, crushed
  • Tomato - 2, medium sized chopped
  • Tamarind juice - 1 cup
  • Green Chillies - 2
  • Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tbsp
  • Coconut paste - 1 tbsp
  • Thick Coconut Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - few
  • Coriander leaves - few
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter and then add curry leaves to it.
  • Add shallots, green chillies and garlic to it and fry till shallots turn pink.
  • Add tamarind juice and 1 cup water to it.
  • Then to that add all the powders mentioned above.
  • When the gravy starts boiling drop the fish in it.
  • When the fishes are 3/4th cooked, add coconut paste and coconut milk to it.
  • Cook till the gravy becomes thick and fish gets cooked.
  • Finally add coriander leaves to it.
  • Serve with hot rice.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Paneer Peas Pulao

Paneer Peas Pulao is a very popular recipe. I tried this recipe for yesterday's lunch and served with chicken masala as side dish. I love the combo of paneer and peas. This pulao is easy and simple to make and yet delicious too.



  • Basmati Rice - 2 cup
  • Onion, chopped lengthwise - 1
  • Green Chillies - 2, chopped
  • Peas - 1/2 cup
  • Paneer - 100 gms, cut into cubes.
  • Cinnamon - 2 sticks
  • Cloves - 3
  • Star Anise - 1
  • Cashew Nuts - few
  • Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seed powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  • Oil - 3 tbsp
  • Salt to taste


  • Cook basmati rice along with peas with enough water and spread it on a plate to cool and reserve it.
  • Deep fry paneer cubes and keep them lukewarm water and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok, add cinnamon , cloves, cashew nuts, star anise and fry for 1 Min.
  • Then add salt, pepper powder, cumin powder and coriander powder to it and fry till raw smell goes off.
  • Add add onions, green chillies and fry till it becomes golden brown.
  • Add cooked rice with peas and paneer cubes and mix well and serve hot.

This is going to participate in " EFM-Variety Rice Recipes " event hosted by SriLekha.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Garlic Bread with Cheese


Garlic bread with cheese , a yummy starter, which are crunchy and cheesy. This is our favourite evening snack at home. This garlic bread is quick and very easy to make. Here is the recipe.


  • French Bread - 1 loaf
  • Butter - 1/4 cup
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
  • Cheese - as much as you would like, i used mozzarella cheese.
  • Parsley leaves - 1 tbsp, chopped

This is going to participate in " Say Cheese " event hosted by Sara.

  • Cut the bread into diagonal slices with 1 inch thick.
  • Combine butter and minced garlic and mix well.
  • Spread this mixture on each slice of the bread.
  • Sprinkle the cheese evenly on all the slices.
  • Then sprinkle parsley leaves over it.
  • Arrange it in a microwave safe tray and microwave at 60% power for 2 Min's.
  • Serve with tomato ketchup.


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