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Motichoor Ladoo

Motichoor Ladoo are traditional North Indian sweet made specially festivals.Thee ladoos are made of  very small gram flour balls or boondhi which are deep fried in oil or ghee then simmered in sugar syrup till they absorb the syrup. The preparation for Motichoor ladoo is same as Boondhi Ladoo. The word Motichoor literally translates to crushed pearls and honestly we think their couldn't have been a better name for the delicacy. Originally associated with states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh these ladoos were also easy to store in the torrid temperatures and wouldn't go bad for days.

To make today's recipe I didn't have the mootichoor ladoo ladle, so used the regular boondhi ladle to make boondhi. Just to make the pearls / boondhi to small size I have added the boondhi to mixer grinder and gave it  just 1 pulse. And then added to the syrup. Motichoor ladoo ladle are easily available in India, as I couldn't find it here in US managed to prepare this delicious sweet…


Chorafali is a Gujarati snack specially make during Diwali. This is a light and fluffy savory snack made with gram flour and udad flour. This melt in mouth crispy snack tastes like papad or chips. Adding sour and spicy flavor to this papad makes it a irresistible snack.
This recipes goes to 2nd day of Blogging Marathon 93 under the theme " Diwali Sweets and Savories". Here goes the recipe........


Gram flour / Besan 1 cup Udad flour 1/4 cup Baking soda 1/8 spoon Salt to taste Oil for deep frying Red chili powder 1 spoon Black salt 1/2 spoon ( optional ) wheat flour / rice flour for dusting


In a mixing bowl add besan, udad flour, salt and baking soda. Boil about 1/4 cup of water to lukewarm. Now add warm water slowly to the dry flours and mix well. Add little water at a time to make a stiff dough. Add 1 spoon oil and knead the dough again. Cover with muslin cloth for 10-15 minutes. Now knead the dough once again and divide the dough into small portions. Each portion ca…

Ribbon Pakoda / Ribbon Muruku

Hello everyone, it feels so good to be back after a long gap.. Was away for few month setting up my new home. Yehhhh   finally we moved into our dream home. Missed  reading all the yummy recipes and commenting on my fellow bloggers posts. Lot to catch up now .

Starting  back my with a delicious and crunchy snack for all age groups. Diwali is around the corner and everyone must be busy preparing snacks for your family and friends. Today I will be posting a snack with can be made ahead and store for up to 2-3 months. Great snack for road trips, after school or anytime with a cup of Tea / Coffee. This recipe " Ribbon Pakoda " goes to Week 2, Day 1 of Blogging Marathon 93 under the theme " Diwali sweets and savories ".  Here goes the recipe...….


Rice flour 2 cups
Besan / Gram flour 1 cup
Sesame seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Ajwain seeds / Carom seeds 1 teaspoon
Kashmiri Chili powder 1 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Melted butter 3 table spoons
Oil for deep frying
Chakli maker with …

Dosakaya Pappu

Dosakaya is a yellow cucumber available in parts of India. They are  generally spherical in shape. It is commenly cooked as curry, along with daal, added in sambar or made a s pickle called Dosa-aavakaya. For day 2 under the theme " One vegetable different ways", today am making daal with this yellow cucumber or dosakaya.

Here goes the recipe......


Dosakaya / cucumber 1 medium size
Toor dal 1 cup
Green chili 2
Tomato 1 small
Tamarind pulp 1 spoon
Turmeric powder 1/2 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Salt to taste
Chopped cilantro 3 spoons

For tempering:

Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Udad dal 1 spoon
Red chili 1
Curry leaves 4
Oil 2 spoons


In a presser cooker wash toor dal thoroughly and add chopped cucumber, tomato, tamarind, green chili and turmeric powder.
Add 1 1/2 cup water. 
Presser cook for 3-4 whistles.
Let the presser evaporate completely  before opening the lid.
Now remove the lid and give it a stir.
Switch on the stove, add salt to taste, chili powder and…

Dosakaya Chicken

Today's recipe is one of my friends recipe. She made it specially for my husband who loves yellow cucumber in any form or in anyway it is cooked. I have tried lot of recipes with this particular vegetable but never tried with Chicken. Its basic and simple chicken curry with some chopped cucumber in it. So this recipe goes to the first day of week 2 under the theme " One vegetable different ways". Here goes the recipe.........


Dosakaya / yellow cucumber  2
Chicken 2 pounds
Onion 1 large
Tomato 1 large
Green chili 4
Curry leaves 6
Ginger garlic paste 1 1/2 spoon
Chili powder 2 spoons 
Haldi / turmeric powder 1/2 spoon
Salt to taste
Garam Masala 1 spoon
Chopped cilantro 1/4 cup
Oil 6 spoons


Peel the skin of yellow cucumber and cut into small to medium pieces.
Check the taste of cucumber and the seeds inside, sometimes they may be bitter.
In that case remove seeds and use just the cucumber pieces.
In a large pan heat oil and add chopped onions and slit green chilies.

Paneer Peas Curry

For the final day of week 1, under Mother's Day special theme am here with a simple and my mom's favorite dish with Paneer and Peas. My mom used to prepare this special dish on weekends specially when she used to prepare Poori. Freshly ground garam masala used to give this dish a special taste and flavor. This has also been a favorite dish for  us-3 sisters as mom used to make it when ever we used to go for a school field trip. This dish has been my friends favorite too....this Mother's Day am preparing this dish for my kids,  I hope they like it ....Here goes the recipe.......


Paneer 1/2 pound
Green peas 1 cup Onion 1 Tomato 1 Curry leaves 4 Green chillies 3 Haldi 1/2sp Chilli powder 1/2 sp Garam masala 1sp ( Freshly roasted and powdered Cinnamon, Cardamom and Cloves) Ginger garlic paste 1/2 sp Salt to taste Oil 1/4 cup Cilantro 1/2 cup


Heat pan and add oil. Cut paneer into small cubes and fry them in the oil. Remove and place them on tissue paper so that excess o…

Gongura Mutton

Mother's Day, to continue with my last post although Anna Jarvis was successful in founding Mother's Day. In India, United States and in many countries Mother's Day is celebrated on 2nd second Sunday in May. In some countries the date adopted is one significant to the majority religion, such as Virgin Mary Day in Catholic countries. Other countries selected a date with historical significance. For example, Bolivia's Mother's Day is date of a battle in which women participated. 

What ever day it may be the love and affection towards our mother should never change. Recently, I lost my Mother -in -Law, who was a wonderful and great mother to her  kids. She was an amazing grand mother too.   Today I will be posting one of her favorite dish, dedicating the dish to my mother-in-law on occasion of  Mother's Day. So,  for day 2 under the theme " Mother's Day special", I have made Gongura Mutton. Here goes the recipe.......


Mutton 1 pound or 1/2 …

Shrimp Fry

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of the mothers in society. According to Wikipedia, In United States, celebration of Mother's Day began in the early 20th century. It is not related to many celebration of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria or Christian Mothering Sunday celebration. However in some countries, Mother's Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.

The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. The Church now holds the International Mother's Day Shrine. Her campaign to make Mother's Day a recognized holiday in United States began in 1905, the year her mother died. Anna Jarvis had been a peace activist who cured for w…

Gobhi Paratha

Gobhi paratha is another popular dish from punjab, others being aloo paratha, paneer paratha etc...This dish is usually made for breakfast and served with pickle and curds on the side. Grate the cauliflower and add some spices according to your taste, cook and cool it before stuffing into paratha. Simple yet delicious paratha's are ready in just few minutes.

This recipes goes to the final day of 4th week of Blogging Marathon 86 under the theme " Stuffed flatbread from different countries".


Grated cauliflower / gobhi 1 cup
Crushed red pepper 1/2 spoon
Garlic powder 3/4 spoon
Chopped coriander 3 spoons
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Salt to taste
Wheat flour 2 cups


Add salt and 2 spoons oil to wheat flour, mix.
Add water to the flour to make a nice and semi soft dough.
In a pan heat 2 spoons oil and add cumin seeds.
Saute for few seconds and add grated cauliflower.
Add garlic powder, crushed pepper and salt to taste.
Let cook on low to medium flame till all the moistu…

Carrot Broccoli Paratha

Today am here with yet another yummy and delicious Indian stuffed flatbread, Carrot broccoli Paratha. Colorful and healthy parathas can be served for breakfast, lunch box or for dinner. Add spices and other seasoning according to your taste. 

This recipes goes to the 2nd day of BM 86 for week 4 under the theme " Stuffed flat bread from different countries". Here goes the recipe....


Grated carrot 1 cup
Grated broccoli 1 cup
Grated garlic 2 spoons
Slat to taste
Red chili flakes  1/2 spoon
Wheat flour 2 cups


In a cooking pan heat oil and add grated garlic.
Saute for few seconds and add grated carrots and broccoli.
Add salt and chili flakes.
Mix and cook till nice and dry.
Cook till there is no moisture left in the pan.
Set aside.
Add salt and 1 spoon oil to the wheat flour, make it a nice semi soft dough.
Rest aside for 15 minutes.
Now make 4 or 5 medium size balls with dough.
Roll it a bit using dry flour.
Add 1 or 2 spoons of carrot broccoli stuffing and close from …

Green Peas Paratha / Matar Ka Paratha

Green peas paratha is whole wheat flat bread stuffed with mashed and seasoned green peas. Delicious, healthy and filling  peas paratha is perfect to having for breakfast, lunch box or lunch along with some raita or any pickle. 

Today we are starting with another week of Blogging Marathon 86. My theme for the week is " Stuffed flat bread from different countries". For day 1, am here with a delicious and healthy flat break from India. Great way to feed kids who do not like green peas, like mine. Add some spices or seasoning according to your taste. Here goes the recipe.......


Frozen Green peas 1 cup
Ginger  1 inch root
Green chili 2
Fresh coriander 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Wheat flour 2 cups


Add little salt and 2 spoons  oil to wheat flour. Add water to make a nice chapati dough.
Set aside.
Presser cook green peas for 1- 2 whistles.
Drain water and grind it to course paste along with ginger, green chili and coriander.
Make medium size balls or the size of paratha y…

Quinoa Ladoo

Quinoa is one of the worlds popular health foods. Quinoa is Gluten free, high in protein and contains all 9 essential amino fluids. High in fiber, iron and  calcium. As it is high in protein, it can both increase metabolism and reduce appetite. Today I am here to show you how to prepare ladoo with this healthy seeds.

This recipe is adapted from here, only change I made was, I replaced sugar with jaggery to make it more healthier. Here goes the simple and delicious Quinoa ladoo.........


Quinoa 1 cup
Jaggery 1/2 cup
Butter / ghee 2 spoons
Milk 1/4 cup
Water 1 spoon


Wash quinoa thoroughly, drain water.
Spread the quinoa on a dry kitchen cloth and let dry for a day.
Now grind the quinoa, just like sooji / semolina.
Heat butter in a non stick pan and add grounded  quinoa and roast on low flame.
Keep stirring to roast evenly.
In a separate sauce pan add jaggery and water.
Let the jaggery melt completely , filer out all the impurities and add to the roasting quinoa.
Warm the milk s…

Carrot Ladoo

Have you ever tried Carrot ladoo? If not, you have to try this delicious carrot ladoo made with grated carrots and condensed milk. Add lot of nuts of your choice, yummy. Have tried this ladoo for the first time and believe me they are so good, taste wise and look wise too. 

This recipes goes tot he 2nd day of Blogging Marathon 86, under the theme " All that comes round are Ladoo's ? Here goes the recipe........


Grated carrots 2 cups
Condensed milk 3/4 of  cup
Cardamom powder 1/2 spoon
Cashew nuts chopped 4 spoons
Desiccated coconut 4 spoons


In a non stick pan add grated carrots and condensed milk.
Mix nicely and cook on medium heat.
Keep stirring in between so that the bottom doesn't stick.
Add chopped cashew and cardamom powder.
Mix and let cook till the mixture is thick enough to make ladoo.
Remove from heat and set aside to cool down.
Now make ladoo's and roll them in desiccated coconut.

These ladoo's can be stored in airtight container and refrigerat…

Coconut Ladoo with Sugar

Today's recipes is yet another favorite of mine which my mom used to make often. She used to make Coconut ladoo after every festival. You might be thing why after festivals, not for or during festivals. The reason is simple, breaking coconut in front of God and Goddesses is a common practice in India. It is an essential offering in almost all rituals in Hindu religion. So we used to have lot of coconuts after each festival, mom made sure she makes ladoo with some of those. Others were used to add in curries or make chutneys.

Coconut ladoo's can be made with just 3 ingredients, fresh or frozen grated coconut, sugar and milk. For extra flavor and crunch you can add cardamom powder, cashew nuts, almonds and raisins. This recipes goes to the 1st day of Week 2 for 86th Edition of Blogging Marathon under the theme "All that come round are Ladoos ? " Here goes the recipe......


Freshly grated coconut / frozen 2 cups
Sugar 3/4 cup
Milk 1 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder 1/2 spo…

Pizza Pinwheels ( 3 ingredient recipe )

Pizza Pinwheels a perfect evening snack.  It is super easy to prepare, even kids can make them with if they can handle the baking part. This recipe can be made with few more ingredients like your favorite veggies or meat. Chop and add them along with cheese and pizza sauce, roll , cut and bake. As the theme suggests for only 3 ingredients I have made basic pizza pinwheels. I have added triple cheddar cheese for this recipe, you can go ahead and add any cheese of your choice. SO this recipe goes tot he 3rd day of Blogging Marathon 85 under the theme " 3 Ingredient recipes".


Puff pastry sheets 1
Pizza sauce 1/2 cup
Mozzarella cheese or any cheese of your choice 1 cup


Thaw the puff pastry sheets to room temperature.
Spread the pizza sauce all over the pastry sheet.
Sprinkle your favorite cheese on top.
Roll the pastry sheet slowly as shown in the picture.
Cut the rolled puff pastry into 1 inch thick pieces.

Place each piece on a greased baking tray 1 inch apart .