Cauliflower Fry |Gobi Fry|Cauliflower or Gobi Roast-How to make a non deep fried gobi fry on stove top?

Cauliflower Fry or Gobi Fry Recipe:



Is there anyone who doesn’t love deep fries? I am sure none. But with increasing health issues and more awareness, many people force themselves to avoid deep fry items. It is in a way to good to avoid but it is definitely not unhealthy if you consume deep fries in moderation with right lifestyle and food habits. Mom always avoids excess usage of oil in her cooking and that bug had bitten me long back. Many of my readers on seeing my daily menu images have questioned if I really add oil to food. I am unsure but I sincerely take efforts to keep oil usage right and I always use and recommend only pure seed oils and a strict to refined oils or all those fancy oils which keep coming in the market. I prefer being local and traditional as much as possible when it comes to food habits. Continue reading “Cauliflower Fry |Gobi Fry|Cauliflower or Gobi Roast-How to make a non deep fried gobi fry on stove top?”

Cheesy Corn Fusilli-Whole Wheat Pasta

Cheesy Corn Fusilli-Whole Wheat Pasta:

I am a die-hard fan of pasta/macaroni especially the cheesy white sauce ones. You may even notice that one of my earliest posts was white sauce pasta. Like Mother, Like son- This little miracle of us also loves pasta varieties. When he began exploring and loving them I had to look deeper into the nutrition details of the pasta because most of them are maida/refined flour based. Initially, I had a belief that durum wheat pasta was better when compared to maida based ones. But unfortunately, it is not so 100%. Whole wheat pasta is the best in terms of nutrition. You can find the various brands of whole wheat pasta available below and click to buy from here. Continue reading “Cheesy Corn Fusilli-Whole Wheat Pasta”

Kuzha Puttu|Kerala Puttu|Kuzhal Puttu

Kuzha Puttu is a very common breakfast dish from Kerala. It is a truly delectable and filling dish served with payaru curry or kadalai curry, nendran banana, sugar or jaggery and papad. You can make several varieties of puttu with different flours and serve with different combinations. It is a complete and wholesome meal and the taste is so good.Kuzha Puttu is slightly different from the earlier red rice puttu I had shared.Kuzha puttu is made with a puttu maker(Click to buy). The puttu maker comes in different variants (An attachment to the pressure cooker or complete steamer type or cherattai type or bamboo types).Puttu is a dish which is made with flour+water mixture steamed well. As this Kuzha Puttu is made with tube-shaped maker it is called as “Kuzha/Kuzhal Puttu”.My aunt prepares this for me whenever I visit her. The below recipe is from her kitchen and I shot these 2 years ago. She has made it with matta rice flour. You can make the kuzha puttu with any rice flour/millet flour.I have given the details of how to prepare the flour at the end.

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Gobi Manchurian Dry Recipe-Without Maida(Cauliflower Manchurian)

Gobi Manchurian:

How did you like the whole wheat vegetable noodles recipe? I am eagerly waiting for you to try and share your feedback. We enjoyed it with Gobi Manchurian( Dry version). The moment I said that I know many of you are so eager to know how come I made it as it has maida/all purpose flour which I always omit considering to be unhealthy. Wait for few more seconds to know the replacement I had used. Just like the noodles, Gobi Manchurian was also one of the dishes which I tried during early marriage days and in the recent days, all my attempts were only to make it absolutely healthy. Though it is a matter of few spoons of white flour, I still didn’t want to give up on trying a healthy alternative. I have made so many trials (Every healthy flour on earth) with various flours and the following recipe was definitely great. The outcome was no different from the restaurant style ones and we thoroughly relished the Gobi Manchurian with Whole Wheat Noodles. Some of you are still wondering how come a fried food can be healthy. Fried foods are unhealthy only when consumed very frequently with no limits and when the oil used is refined. Above all, it is healthy or unhealthy depending on your individual health conditions and lifestyle. This is my notion of fried foods consumption. Two to four pieces of Manchurian with a dash of soya sauce consumed once in 5 years (in this case of mine) or once in two months will definitely do no harm. For kids below 6 months, please skip all sauces and salt, sugar in this recipe. If you would prefer making this gobi Manchurian often kindly use a low sodium soy sauce for kids. Use only homemade tomato sauce. I have taken utmost care to keep this Whole Wheat Veg. Noodles recipe and Manchurian recipes as safe and healthy as possible for kids of all age since they are always a showstopper among them. They can be definite treats for them occasionally when you make healthy replacements of the ingredients.

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Chola Dosai/Sorghum Dosa/Jowar Dosa Recipe

Chola Dosai-

Chola Dosai/Jowar Dosa/Sorghum Dosa is made with the white millet cholam/sorghum/jowar. Chola Dosai is so filling, soft and gluten-free. Chola Dosai has several nutrients like phosphorus, iron, calcium, and protein. I have the habit of including millets to my routine diet in various formats. And this chola dosai recipe is how grandmom makes the chola dosai traditionally. You can also make idlies with them. Babies above 6 months can be offered with this. I couldn’t source whole millet easily here. So I kept making it with the flour.Find one more version of Chola dosai|Jowar Dosa|Sorghum Dosa here Continue reading “Chola Dosai/Sorghum Dosa/Jowar Dosa Recipe”

Baked Potato Wedges for babies,toddlers & kids

Baked Potato Wedges with step by step recipe & images-Can be made on tawa too.

My son is finishing his first year at school and his institution is having a small party for kids.Parents were asked to send some simple party snacks and my friend Gouthami suggested this Baked Potato Wedges recipe from her blog last evening.She also suggested me to make the preparation works at night so that I can just bake /toast on a tawa today morning. I gave small tweaks to her recipe and made everything ready last night.I was so scared because I had failed twice before in baking gobi and potatoes but today baked potato wedges turned out to be a super hit.I am saving this recipe for all my further attempts.The colour , texture , taste ,flavour of baked potato wedges was so perfect and super yummy. And an additional good thing about this recipe is you make it by just shallow frying in a tawa too. Come let’s see the recipe while I keep waiting for my son to get back with his feedback.





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Masala Chapati Noodles|Vegetable Chapathi Noodles-Indian Version

Chapathi Noodles:

Chapathi Noodles is usually made with leftover chappathis and mostly done with a Chinese tinge. When I got bored of the usual chapathi and felt so lazy to make a side dish for chapathi, this idea came into my mind.I didn’t want to add soya sauce because little one will also be having it.That was then this Masala Chapathi Noodles recipe was born. I made with fresh rotis only.You can use left over chapathi too.




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Peanut or Groundnut Sundal|Verkadalai Sundal-Navaratri Recipes

Peanut Groundnut Sundal:

Sundal is a nutritious Tamilan snack recipe which is made with the cooked legumes, coconut, and some tempering. Peanut Groundnut Sundal is an excellent protein-rich snack for your kids. Sundal has been a regular snack since my school days. Now my LO has joined the league. It was never a Navratri recipe alone. Verkadalai sundal /peanut /groundnut sundal can be given to babies above 6 months without salt and fewer spices.

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Eggless BeetRoot Cupcakes without Raising Agents|Eggless Red velvet Cake for toddlers and kids

Today’s recipe is Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes or Eggless Beetroot Cup Cakes. This Red Velvet Cake/Beetroot cake has no APF/maida, no white sugar, no raising agents, no butter and trust me it was done in a jiffy. Don’t you feel tempted to give it a try? Baking is simply therapeutic and easy if you begin loving it. My love for baking with healthy ingredients can’t be explained really. I wanted to try an eggless red velvet kind of a cake with natural colouring using beetroots and some baking without raising agents(baking powder/baking soda). I didn’t have much courage to give it a try because there were too many to experiment like no white flour, no white sugar, no raising agents, no artificial colouring and lots. All of these are pretty much different from the usual recipes. And above all, we wanted to do some topping with frosting cream too. Too much na for a beginner??? I know 😉 I got some courage from my friends Kalai Rajesh, Ravneet Kaur and Gouthami(Click here for her recipe) who posted similar experimentation in the recent days.  The trial session went on last weekend and it came out pretty well except for few corrections which I learnt from experts. I have included all details under my observations. Please read the recipe in detail and give it try. There was also a cranberry choco cake made with the same combinations which will be posted this week soon. Continue reading “Eggless BeetRoot Cupcakes without Raising Agents|Eggless Red velvet Cake for toddlers and kids”

Dry Yellow Peas Fritters|Pattani Paruppu Vadai|Masala Vadai

Paruppu Vadai Recipe:

Happy New year and belated Pongal wishes folks 🙂 I am back a long vacation. I hope all of you are keeping good health out there.We all love quick bites like vadai /bajji/fritters when they home made. I would like to highlight a point here .Fried Foods are always not unsafe,especially deep fried foods.Deep fried foods when not taken regularly and not cooked in used oil/refined oils is definitely safe when taken in moderation.Trust me ,even ghee fried foods are safe.It is best to use seed oils for regular use if possible cold pressed.Our family have always been using coconut oil and sesame oil only. Masala Vadai/Paruppu Vadai is one of my favourite snacks,that too on a chill evening with cool breeze.You can definitely gobble 2 to 3 with no guilt. Continue reading “Dry Yellow Peas Fritters|Pattani Paruppu Vadai|Masala Vadai”