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Jhal Muri ~~ Spicy Puffed Rice

Jhal Muri is a popular street food in Kolkata and all over India.  Jhal means spices and muri means puffed rice. Food Vendors can be found making this spicy snack near bus stands, railways stations, on the roads , in a local train and many more places. This is one quick snack where kids can also make it. Add spices according to  your taste and add some chopped onion, tomato, cucumber, chili and cilantro. Add puffed rice only when you are ready to serve or else the dish become soft and doesn't taste good.

This popular recipe goes to the 3rd day of Blogging marathon 83 under the theme " Home made street food". Here goes the recipe.........


Puffed rice  2 cups
Chopped onions 4 spoons
Chopped tomato 3 spoons
Chopped cilantro 2 spoons
Chopped cucumber 3 spoons
Chopped green chili 
Lime juice 2 spoons
Chili powder 1/4 spoon
Black salt 1/4 spoon
Salt to taste
Chaat masala 1/2 spoon
Fried bengal gram 2 spoons
Thin Sev 4 spoons
Roasted peanuts  1/4 cup
Mustard / vegetable oil 1 spoon…

Punukulu~~ Street food

Punukulu or punugulu is a common street food in the coastal  regions of Andhra Pradesh. These are crispy deep fried snack made of udad dal and rice batter ( dosa batter). These can be served with coconut chutney or tomato chutney. Adding chopped onions, chili and cilantro are optional but they add a great taste tot he snack.

This recipe goes to day 2 of Blogging Marathon 83 under the theme " Home made street food". Here goes the recipe....


Dosa Batter 2 cups
Sooji / semolina  1/4 cup
Chopped onion 1/4 cup
Chopped cilantro 1/4 cup
Chopped green chili 2 spoons
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying


In a  mixing bowl add dosa batter. sooji, chopped onion, green chili, cilantro and salt to taste.
Mix everything  well and set aside for 10 minutes.
Heat oil in deep frying pan.
Take little quantity with spoon and drop it in hot oil.
Fry till nice and crisp.
Remove and place them on paper towel.
Serve hot with and chutney.

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Vankaya Bajji

Street food are always tasty and delicious. Vankaya bajji is a tasty snack made fresh on a cart and sold while they are hot. Thse bajji's are very popular in Andhra Pradesh. These bajji are made fresh along with onon bajji, chili bajji and many more.

Today we are starting with 2nd week of Blogging Marathon 82. For day 1, am here with a yummy street food Vankaya Bajji under the theme " Make Street food at home". Here goes the recipe.....


Brinjal / Vankaya  3
Gram flour / Besan 1 cup
Rice flour 2 spoons
Chili powder 1/2 spoon
Salt to taste
Chaat masala ( optional)
Oil for deep frying


Cut brinjal into long thin slices like potato chips.
Add them to  salt water as soon as you cut them.
In a mixing bowl add gram flour, rice flour, salt and chili powder.
Mix everything well, add water to make a smooth paste( not too thin)
Heat oil in deep frying pan.

Once the oil is hot,  dip the slices in batter and drop them in hot oil.
Add few slices at a time.
Fry till nice and cri…

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potato or potatoes is a dish prepared by boiling potatoes and mashing them. Garlic, bay leaf, fried onions , nutmeg or any other spice can be added according to your taste. Butter, vegetable oil or cream can be added to bring more flavor to the dish.

Mashed potatoes is a very popular dish prepared during Thanksgiving and Christmas in USA. This recipes goes to the 3rd day of Blogging Marathon, week 4 under the theme " Thanksgiving Meals". Here are the ingredients and procedure......


Golden potatoes 6
Garlic cloves 2
Heavy cream 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
Unsalted butter 2 spoons
Chopped chives / cilantro to garnish


Wash, peel and cut potatoes into cubes.
Presser cook for 3 whistles. 
Drain the water and let sit for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile heat a non stick pan  and  add butter.
Add minced garlic and saute for few seconds and add heavy  cream.
Cook for 2-3 minutes and switch off flame.  
In a bowl mash the potatoes with a fork or masher ( do…

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

The Brussels sprout is a member of cabbages grown for its edible buds. The green leafy vegetables are typically 2 to 4 cms in diameter and look like mini cabbage.As per Wikipedia  these have been popular in Brussels, Belgium and may have originated and gained its name for there. The Brussels sprouts contains excellent levels of Vitamin C and Vitamin  K. The most common way to cook these sprouts is cutting the buds. Once cut and cleaned they are cooked in boiling water or steaming or stir frying. 

This recipe goes to the 2nd day of Blogging Marathon  under the theme " Thanksgiving Meals".


Brussels Sprouts 15
Olive oil 2 spoons
Garlic cloves 4 minced
Sugar 1 - 2 spoons
Dried cranberries 1/4 cup
Walnuts 1/4 cup chopped
Salt to taste


Heat olive oil in a pan or skillet on medium heat.
Add garlic and saute for few seconds.
Now add chopped brussels sprouts and saute for another 5-7 minutes.
Cook till the Brussels are tender.
Ass salt and sugar, toss it well.
Garnish with …

Cranberry Sauce ~~ Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Sauce or Cranberry relish is a sauce made of cranberries. Mostly served as a condiment with Thanksgiving diner. We just need some cranberries, orange juice and sugar, bring everything to boil. That's it Cranberry sauce is ready, as simple as that. I have added little red color to the sauce to give it a brighter color. It's always optional if you want to add it. 

Today we are going to start with 4th  week of Blogging Marathon. My theme for the week is " Thanksgiving Meals". For day 1 am here with a simple and yummy Cranberry Sauce. 


Fresh / Frozen Cranberries 12 oz
Sugar 1 cup
Orange juice 1 cup
Red food color ( optional)


In a saucepan add sugar and orange juice.
On medium to low heat dissolve the sugar.
Now add cranberries and cook until u see bubbles or sauce popping up.
It will take around 10 - 15 minutes.
Set aside to cool down completely.
As it cools down the sauce becomes thick.

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Podi Dosa

My kids love dosa, I try different kind of topping or filling on dosa. My kids love to have cheese or chocolate the most. Not only on dosa, cheese and chocolate flavors taste good on the original crepes ( wheat flour, sugar and egg batter) too. 

For final day of week 2 under the theme " Crepes for all", my dish for the day is Podi Dosa.   South Indians make a variety of podi to go with idly and dosa. Not only idly podi, you can also use coriander podi, curry leaf podi, coconut podi etc...Here goes the recipe........


Dosa batter 1 cup
Idly podi 1/4 cup
Finely chopped onions 1/2 cup
Finely chopped  coriander leaves

 For dosa Batter:

Udad dal 1 cup
Raw rice 2 1/2 cups
Chana dal 1/2 cup
Pressed rice 1/2 cup
Fenugreek seeds 10


Wash and soak all the ingredients under Dosa batter for 8 hrs or over night.
Wash again and grind to smooth paste.
Let ferment for 8 to 10 hours depending on the season.
Summers take less time to ferment.

Heat non stick pan and add a big scoop of…

Beetroot Crepes

Under the Crepes theme I am here today with a bright, beautiful and delicious beetroot crepes. This is a basic crepe recipe with addition of cooked beetroot pulp / paste. You can serve these crepes for breakfast or evening snack or when ever you like to. 

For day 2 and week 2 under the theme " Crepes for all" here goes the recipe of Beetroot Crepes......


 All purpose flour 1 cup
Beetroot 1 large
Eggs 4
Sugar 1 tbs
Milk 1 1/2 cup
Salt 1/4 spoon
Whipped cream
Chocolate syrup

Except beetroot blend all the ingredients into smooth batter.You can either presser cook beetroot or use raw one.
I prefer cooked beetroot as it gives a smooth texture to the crepe.
If using raw peel the skin off and cut the beetroot into small pieces.
Grind to smooth paste with out adding any water.
If  presser cooking, peel the skin off and presser cook beetroot  for 2 whistles.
Let cool completely, grind to smooth paste along and add to batter.
Now add the beetroot paste to the batter and mix we…

Nutella Crepes with Mixed Berries

A Crepe is a type of thin pastry usually made of wheat flour. Crepes are popular through out France. Crepes are served with variety of fillings sugary or savory.  Sweet Crepes are made with wheat flour where as savory crepes are made of non wheat flours like buckwheat flour. Savory crepes fillings could be cheese, ham, eggs, or any kind of meat.  Where as sweet crepes are filled and topped with nutella spread, whipped cream, custard, sliced or chopped fruits. 

Today we are starting with 2nd week of Blogging Marathon 82. My theme for this week is " Crepes for all time". For day 1 am here with a simple and delicious  Nutella crepes with lots of mixed berries. Perfect to have for breakfast or as a dessert after lunch or dinner. Here goes the recipe........


All purpose flour 1 cup Eggs 4 Nutella 3/4 -1 cup Sugar 1 tbs Unsalted Butter 4 tbs Milk 1 1/2 cup Salt 1/4 spoon Mixed Berries 1 1/2 to 2 cups Whipped cream 1 cup


In a blender add all purpose flour, eggs, sugar,…

Oatmeal Cookies

These are one of the healthy and simple cookies made of oats. Adding ground cinnamon adds an extra flavor to the cookies. I have made plain oatmeal cookies today but you can go ahead and add raisins , chocolate chips or any kind of nuts according to your taste to this recipe. This recipe got to the 3rd day of BM 81 for week 2 under theme " Cookies for your sweet tooth". Here goes the recipe.....


All purpose flour 1 cup
Cooking oats 1 1/2 cup
Butter 1/2 cup ( softened )
Egg 1
White sugar 1/2 cup
Brown sugar 1/2 cup
Baking soda 1/2 teaspoon
Salt 1/2 spoon
Vanilla extract  1/2 spoon 
Cinnamon powder 3/4 teaspoon


In a mixing bowl add white sugar, brown sugar, butter and mix thoroughly to make it into  creamy consistency.
Add egg, vanilla extract and mix well.
Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
Add this mixture little  at a time into sugar mixture and combine well.
Mix in oats as well and chill the dough for at least 1 hour. 
Preheat the ove…

Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookie is a cookie made of , main  ingredients being sugar, flour, butter, baking soda / powder  and eggs. They are usually decorated with frosting or sprinkles. They can be given any shape and color according to the festive season. Simple yet delicious sugar cookies are kids and grown ups favorite to have some during snack time along with milk , coffee or tea.

This  recipe goes to the  2nd day of BM 81, for week 2 under the theme " Cookies for your sweet tooth". Here are the ingredients and procedure....


All purpose flour 1 1/2 cup
Egg 1
Unsalted Butter 1/2 cup softened
Sugar 1/2  cup
Baking powder 1/2 spoon
Salt 1 pinch
Milk 1 spoon


In a mixing bowl add softened butter and sugar, using hand mixer make it to smooth mixture.
Now add 1 egg  and mix, beat it to combine well.
In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt.
Add the dry ingredients slowly into butter mixture and mix it on a slow speed. 
Divide the dough into 2 and wrap it in a cling wrap a…

Red Velvet Cookies

I have tried cake mix cookies earlier too and they turn out to be very soft and delicious. Have made some cookies for our Christmas Party last year and they were a huge hit. Be it any kind of cake mix add some melted butter,  2 whole eggs and toppings of your choice. Mix everything well and bake, as simple as that. Soft and chewy cookies are ready in just few minutes. 

Today we are starting  with 2nd week of Blogging Marathon 81. Posting this yummy Red Velvet cookies recipe  for the first day under the theme "Cookies for your sweet tooth". Here goes the recipe....


Red Velvet cake mix  1 packet Eggs 2 Melted Butter White chocolate chips  1 cup


In a mixing bowl add cake mix, melted butter and 2 eggs. Mix well with out any lumps. Now add white chocolate chips and mix gently. Divide the mixture into 12-15 equal balls.

Place them on a greased  baking tray  Make small balls out of the dough and place them on the baking tray.
Bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees F.
Remove …

Kaju Katli / Kaju Burfi

Kaju Katli also known as Kaju burfi is an Indian dessert made of Cashew nuts and sugar. Kaju Katli  has been in my to do list for a quite some time. Finally I made it for this Diwali. Diamond sweet is one of   my son's favorite sweet, yes " Diamond Sweet " that is what he calls it. The texture was't that smooth that we get in market but the taste was awesome. 

Typically, Cashew nuts are soaked in water overnight then ground it into paste and added to sugar syrup to make a smooth dough. Few people make it in different way, make cashew nuts powder and add to sugar syrup. Either ways you make the taste and texture matters. I have followed the 2nd method as I didn't have much time to prepare this for a potluck party. 

This recipe  goes to the final day of week 1, Blogging Marathon 81 under the theme " Diwali Savories and Sweets". Here goes the recipe......


Kaju / Cashew nut powder 1 1/2 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Water 1/2 cup
Butter / Ghee 1 tbsp
Edible Silver l…

Minapa Chakralu

Chakralu / Chakli / Muruku are one and the same with different names and different size. They are made with different ingredients, main ingredient being rice flour. I have tried the combination of besan / gram flour and rice flour but heard udad dal  flour and rice flour combo will be tasty and healthy too. To give a nice crisp to this chakralu I have added a small amount of sago flour.  Great snack for festivals, road trips and evening snacks. 

This recipe goes tot he 2nd day of Blogging Marathon 81 under the theme " Diwali Savories and Sweets". Here goes the recipe.......


Rice flour 2 cups
Udad flour 1 cup
Sago flour / Sabudhana flour 4 spoons
Melted butter 3 spoons
Salt to taste
Chili powder 1 spoon
Ajwai / Carrom seeds 1/2 spoon
Oil for deep frying 
Muruku / Chakli / Chakralu maker


In a  mixing bowl add rice flour, udad flour and sago flour.
Also add chili powder, ajwai,  melted butter and salt to taste.
Mix everything well and make a semi stiff dough adding w…

Boondi Mixture

Festival season is going on and we are busy making sweets and snacks for our family and friends. Navratri / Dasara just ended, and up next is Diwali. Diwali is one of mine and  most of their favorite festival. I love to decorate the house inside and out  with lots of lamps and flowers. Cook different types of sweets and snacks. Wish my family and friends and distribute the treats. My kids love to light lamps and play with fire crackers. 

For this festival I have tried a crunchy and nutty boondi mixture, which is spicy and garlicky. You can adjust the flavor of garlic and spiciness according to your taste. This dish can be stored in airtight container for up to 3 to 4 months. But believe me this snack is so yummy that you would finish it  in a week or so.  My first dish for this Diwali is Boondi Mixture. This recipe goes to the 1st day of BM 81 for week 1 under the theme " Diwali Sweets and Savories ".


Besan / Gram flour 2 cups
Rice flour 3/4 cup
Chili powder 4 spoons

Medhu Vada with Spinach

Festivals are incomplete without  medhu vada, tamarind rice and sweet pongal, specially in  Andhra Pradesh, India. I might have made Medhu Vada  at least 5 times in last 3 weeks for Vara lakshmi Vratam, Ganesh Chaturthi any few family events. Kids were bored of eating the same vada again and again. So for a change I have added some chopped spinach to the batter  instead of chopped cilantro. The quantity of spinach you add is totally up to you. As I was trying it for first time, I added very little to the batter. This is a good way to feed kids who do not like spinach and a great snack to pack for kids lunch box or evening snack once they are back from school.

For the final day of Week 4 of Blogging Marathon 79, my dish for the week is Medhu Vada with spinach under the theme Kids Delight- Hide and Seek with Veggies". Here goes the recipe.........


Udad dal 1 cup
Rice flour 2 spoons
Fenugreek seeds 10
Chopped spinach 1/2 cup
Chopped ginger 1/2 spoons
Chopped onions 3 spoons