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Palli Putnala Podi ~ Peanut & Roasted Bengal Gram Spice Powder

                      Palli Putnalu Podi  or Peanut and Roasted Bengal gram spice powder is basically prepared in typical south Indian kitchen.  Usually served with idly, dosa, uttapam  etc. along with the regular coconut chutney or tomato chutney. Just dry roast all the ingredients and blend to fine or course powder. There are N number of spice powder to prepare. But for today am here with Peanut and Bengal Gram powder blended with roasted  cumin seeds, red chili and garlic. I love to have this powder with hot steamed rice mixed with spicy mango pickle. Try it, you will love this spicy rice.


Peanuts 1 cup
Roasted Bengal Gram / Putnalu / Dalia 1 cup
Cumin seeds 2 spoons
Dry red chilies 10 ( depends how spicy you want)
Garlic cloves 3
Salt to taste


Dry roast peanuts and keep aside.
Dry roast Bengal gram and keep aside
Separately dry roast cumin seeds, red chili and garlic and set aside to cool.
Once peanuts are cooled down remove skin and keep aside.
You use the peanuts w…

Bread Pizza

My kids are a big fan of pizza. Birthday party or a play date pizza is a must for my kids. They love it so much. I usually make pizzas in the weekend or on Friday for dinner. But today my daughter was insisting to make pizza,  it was also time for my son to come back from school, thought why not make a instant pizza with bread. Bread Pizza which can be made in no time. Just cut the veggies which you have, spread pizza sauce, throw some veggies on top and of course on pizza without cheese, so add some cheese  on top. And that's it, toast these slices in  a toaster oven or on stove top. Perfect snack for kids, nice and crispy bread with veggies and melting cheese on top.

 So this recipe goes to the day 3 of BM 52 under The theme Kids Delight- Snacking all the way.


Bread slices 4
Bell pepper ( Red and Green )
Onion small 1
Mushrooms 3
Tomato 1 small
Mozzarella Cheese 1 cup
Pizza Sauce 1 cup
Olive oil / Vegetable oil 1 spoon


Chop or cut all the veggies into small pieces.

Osmania Biscuits

Osmania Biscuits are very popular  in Hyderabad which is in the  Southern part of India.  These are usually served with Irani Chai. These biscuits are named after one of the Ruler of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan. Being an Hyderabadi, used to have these biscuits every now and then. These biscuits are available in local hotels, Tea stalls and very importantly Irani hotels.  Made these yummy soft biscuits for my kids last week. They loved the color and most importantly they had these biscuits with warm milk. And  I enjoyed with  a cup of Masala Tea ;). This recipe goes as a 2nd dish for 3rd weeks BM #52, under the theme Kids Delight- Snacking all the way....


All purpose flour 2 cups Unsalted Butter 1/2 cup Custard powder 4 spoons Sugar powder 1 1/4 cup Saffron Pinch Baking powder 1/2 spoon Cardamom powder 3/4 spoon Milk little more than 1/4 cup 3 spoons warm milk to soak saffron
Method: Soak saffron in 3 spoons warm milk. Butter has to be at room temperature. In a bowl add butter, powder s…

Beetroot Tikki

Beetroot is the root portion of the beet plant. The deep purple root of the beet is eaten either boiled or raw. It is also used as a food coloring and as a medicinal plant. The green leafy portion of the beet is also edible.

 My  theme for this weeks BM  is Kids Delight -Snacking all the way. This a perfect and healthy snack for your kids and also grownups. Perfect snack to pack for their lunch boxes. You can consume this tikki in between breads or can be made as a Beetroot tikki Burger. How does that sound? But my kids loved it as it is and had these cute beet hearts with Ketchup. Me and hubby dear rolled these tikki's in lettuce adding some  sliced onions and ranch. We just loved the beet lettuce wrap. Will post that recipe soon. For now enjoy these cute little   hearts....Here goes the 1st post for this weeks Marathon...

Ingredients: Beetroot 2 large Potato 1 large Chopped green chili 1 spoon Ginger paste 1/2 spoon Chopped cilantro 1 cup Boiled Green peas 1/2 cup Roasted and crushed …

Peanut Sauce ~ Satay Sauce

Peanut Sauce or Satay Sauce is made with roasted and grounded peanuts. Widely used in Thai, Vietnam, Malaysian, Chinese and Indonesian Cuisines. Peanuts being the main ingredient, we also add soy sauce, chili paste and coconut milk to give the extra flavor to this sauce.

Peanut sauce goes well with meat and vegetables. This sauce is usually served with grilled meat ( satay)  or veggies as a dipping sauce. Can be served with fried rolls or herbs wrapped in rice paper.
Here goes the creamy peanut sauce recipe......

Ingredients: Peanut Butter 1 cup Thai chili paste 2 spoons Soy sauce 1 1/2 spoon Sugar 1 spoon Coconut milk 1 cup Pinch of salt
Cumin powder 1/4 spoon
Garlic paste 1/4 spoon Preparation: Heat non stick pan and add garlic paste, chili paste, soy sauce and peanut butter. Mix it well and cook on low to medium flame. After 3 minutes add sugar, cumin powder, salt and coconut milk. Mix it well keeping the flame on low.  Now cook till the sauce become bit thick and has a smoothie texture. Should…

Thai Fried Rice ~ Chicken and Vegetables

Apart from Indian food, me and hubby dear love to eat from other cuisines, specially on weekends. We prefer  Chinese, Mexican and specially Thai. These Cuisines are not only tasty but also very simple to cook. One such dish which is very simple to prepare is Thai Chicken Fried Rice.
Simple ingredients, simple preparation and awesome taste.

This  is one of my favorite dish which is  made in the weekends, specially on the days where we go outing come home tired and not willing to cook any dish which has lengthy process. This is for those lazy weekends and for those who want to make some thing different from the regular menu.

This will be my 3rd post for BM 52, week 1  under the theme " Weekend Dinner Menu". This dish can be made with only chicken or only veggies but we prefer both, so here goes the ingredients and preparation....

We need:

Cooked rice ( basmati / jasmine / brown / sona masoori )  2 cups
Chicken 1/2 pound
Eggs 3
Onion sliced 1/4 cup
Carrots grated 1/2 cup
Broccoli 1 cup

Soya Beans Pulao ~ Soybean Pulao

Soybeans have been recognized as a plant food that is relatively high in Protein. Historically soybeans have been called  "meat of the field" or meat without bones.

I had some guests last night, some were vegetarians  and some eat meat. Made Chicken biryani for my non vegetarians guests. Wanted  to make something similar to my veggi guests too but with out meat. All of us know Chicken is a protein food. One which is equivalent to chicken which is high in protein is Soy bean. Decided to make this  delicious Soybeans  Pulao for my Vegetarian guests. Believe it or not my guests loved this pulao more than the chichen biryani.

So this delicious Soybean Pulao will be included in  my Weekend Special dinner menu from now on. This recipes goes for day 2, week 1 of BM 52.....

We need:

Soy Beans  1 1/2 cup
Basmati Rice 3 cups
Onion l medium
Tomato 1 medium
Ginger garlic paste 1 spoon
Cloves 3
Cardamom 2
Cinnamon stick 1/2 inch
Bay leaf 1
Curry leaves 3
Cashew nuts 10
Carrots chopped 1/2 cup
Mint lea…

Simple Indian Style Pasta

Today we are starting with 52nd Edition of Blogging Marathon. Its been such a lovely journey creating new dishes and trying out our bloggers book marked dishes.  One such dish  is Indian Style Pasta but with a twist of Italian seasoning.

This dish has got me soo many  lovely comments and wishes from my near and dear ones. Yes this is a special dish. A month ago I have sent this recipe to one of the e-magazine, where I won the title  "Chef of the week".  I got a chance to give interview to this amazing magazine. Here is my interview on

Tried this dish on a lazy Saturday evening when I was not in a mood to cook anything for dinner. Wanted to cook some thing simple and which can be done in minutes. The very next  day I got a message saying "Would you be interested in participating in our contest to win a title Chef of the week"? Never thought that I would be sending this dish to this website where I got maximum number of comment and made me win…