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Aalu Ki Bhunjia

We need:

Potato 2
Mustard Oil 4 tbsp
Panchforan or jeera
Panchforan is a mixture of 5 seeds namely saunf, sarson, methi, ajwain and mangraila and is kept as a mixture in bottles along with other masalas)
Haldi(turmeric) half tsp
Red chili powder1 tsp
Dhania powder1 tsp
Jeera powder 1tsp


Wash the Potato and peel off the skin. Most people do not peel off the potato for making bhunjia.
Cut the Potato into Small pieces.
Heat oil in a frying pan and sprinkle the panchforan or jeera.
As the panchforan begins to splutter, put the washed potato slices also into the pan.
Increase the flame to high and saute the potato for 2 minutes.
Now put the powdered masalas into the preparation. Continue to saute for next 3 minutes.
Cover the panwith lid, and reduce the flame to low. Leave it covered for 5 minutes.
Now add salt to the preparation and saute thepotato on medium flame for 5 minutes. Then reduce the flame to minimum and cover the pan.
It usually gets tender by now, but if not then cov…

Palak Wali Daal

We need:

Masoor daal 1 cup
Oil 8 tbsp
Jeera / Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Tejpatta (Bay leaves) 2
Garlic flakes 5
Onion 1medium chopped
Ginger Garlic paste 1 tbsp
Tomato1 medium chopped
Haldi powder 1 tsp
Red Chilly powder 1tsp
Garam masala powder 1 tsp.
Salt to taste
Cilantro chopped 1 cup
Sugar 1/2 tsp.
Desi ghee 2 tbsp


Wash the paalak with water 4-5 times.
Chop off the leaves and wash again.
Boil the daal with salt and 1tsp haldi powder in 500 ml water, pressure cooking on medium flame for 5 minutes after the first whistle.
Let the pressure cooker cool down, then open it and add the chopped paalak to it.
Pressure cook the whole thing for 3 minutes after it starts to whistle again.
Heat the oil in tsmall pan.
Put jeera, tejpatta, garlic flakes to it.
When the jeera begins to splutter, add chopped onion.
Saute for 4 minutes on medium heat or till onion turns transparent.
Mix the ginger garlic paste to the onion.
Saute for 2 minutes and add the chopped tomatoes, leftover powdered masalas, an…

Thekua/ Khajoor

Today's recipe is Thekua also called as Khajoor is one of the bihari snack which is sweet. Try making this snack with you kids as they love to make these. Here goes the recipe...
We need:

Wheat flour 2cups
Coconut 2 tbsp
Water 1 1/2 cup Jaggery (Gur) - 300 gm
Green Cardamom powder 1/2 sp
Ghee or vegetable oil for deep frying
Saancha (A Saancha is basically an embroidered surface of wood like the ones used for making block prints. This is used to give an embroidered look to the surface of khajoor when it gets pressed against it)


Mix jaggery, water, and green cardamom into a watery solution.
Mix 4 tbsp ghee, jaggery syrup prepared above and coconut to wheat flour and make dough of it as chapati dough.
Use only as much jaggery syrup as required to make dough.
Take a lump of dough (the size as that for making chapaatis), press it flat on your palm like a peda then press it against a saancha for making khajoor.
After the khajoor has aquired the imprint from the saancha, it is d…


In many families, Khichdi is necessarily prepared on Saturdays. The reason being the strong belief that eating Khichdi on Saturdays protects humans from any ill effects of "Shani Grah" the planet Saturn. But the spicy khichdi with its accouterments is enjoyed for its delicious taste that goes beyond the traditional reason for eating khichdi.
The dish is widely prepared in many Indian states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Bengal Vegetables such as cauliflower, potato, and green peas are commonly added. A popular variant in coastal Maharashtra is made with prawns.

We need:

Basmati rice 2cups Moong daal 1 cup
Masoor daal 1cup Ghee - 4 tbsp
Red chilly 2
Bay leaves 2
Jeera 1/2 tsp
Ginger -Garlic paste 1 tbsp
Green cardamoms 2
Cinnamon 1-inch stick
Cloves 3 Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp Red chilly powder 1 tsp
Jeera powder 1tsp
Dhania powder 1 tsp
Garam masala powder 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar 1/4 tsp.
Cauliflower 5 flowerettes


Aloo ka Paratha

We need:

Potato 2 large Wheat flour 3 cups Chopped cilantro 1/4 cup Chopped ginger garlic 1sp Cumin seeds 1sp Salt to taste Roasted chili flakes 1sp Oil 3sps


Boil potato's peel the skin and mash with potato masher. In a pan heat oil and add cumin seeds. When cumin seeds splatter add chopped ginger garlic and fry for 2 minutes. Now add mashed potato and salt. Mix well and cook further for 5 minutes. Now add chopped cilantro and roasted red chili flakes. Mix well and keep aside. Now make smooth dough adding water to wheat flour. Now take some portion of the dough and roll as parata. Now stuff the potato curry and close from all the sides. Now further roll it as a paratha. Heat tava and cook paratha on both sides. Serve hot with and pickle or raita or plain curd.
Check blogging marathon page to see what my fellow bloggers are cooking for the BM #11.
Also sending this recipe to Vardhini's LGSS- stuffed paratha event.

Baigan Ka bharta

We need:

Baigan/ brinjal 1 large Onion 1 small chopped Garlic 4 Cilantro chopped 1 cup Oil 2sps Salt to taste Green chilies chopped 3sps


Wash and dry brinjal. Apply oil to baigan/ brinjal and make some slits with knife and roast it over flame. Peel the skin of and mash it with the potato masher. Heat oil add chopped onion and chilies. Cook till golden brown and add mashed baigan. Mix well and add cilantro, salt and mash further. Serve hot with dal rice, or khichidi or roti/ paratha.
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Maal pua

Hi friends, Am back with yet another theme for BM #11. Am preparing Bihari recipes for this week. Today's recipe is Maal pua. Its a sweet dish. Easy to make and tastes yummy. Check out the recipe...

We need:
Maida / All purpose flour 1cup Milk 1 1/2 cup Banana 1 mashed Grated coconut 1sp Raisins and cashew nuts 1/4 cup Sooji / semolina 1sp Suagr 1 cup Water 1 1/2 cup Elachi powder pinch Ghee / butter / oil 1/2 cup


Mix all the ingredients to smooth batter to make pua. Make sugar syrup by adding water an sugar. Add powdered elachi/ cardamom. Heat ghee / butter in a pan and put 1/4 cup of batter to form a round pancake. Deep fry till golden brown and strain oil. Repeat with rest of the batter. Keep the pua in a serving plate and just before serving heat the syrup again and dip the fried pua for a minute. Now the pua becomes Malal pua. Strain the sugar syrup and serve hot.

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Pesara punukulu

Today's lunch box is a tiffin / snack / breakfast item. People like me get bored eating same old rice and sabzi or roti or sabzi every day for lunch. So today i thought will prepare some tiffin item. Had pesarattu batter at home so tried out these punukulu or dumpling for todays lunch. Here is the recipe.....
We need:

Pesalu/ green gram 2cups Rice 1/4 cup Ginger 2 inch Green chilies 3 Salt to taste Cilantro chopped 1/4 cup Chopped onion 1/4 cup Oil to deep fry Dhaliya 1/2 cup Grated coconut 1/4 cup Green chilies 3 Mustard seeds 1/4 sp Cumin seeds 1/4 sp Red chili 2 Udad dal 1/2 sp Curry leaves 4


Soak green gram or pesalu and rice together over night. Grind it with ginger and green chilies. Heat oil. Add chopped onion, cilantro and salt to batter. Now drop little batter at a time with spoon into hot oil as dumplings. Fry it brown and remove. Make a chutney for this punukulu or dumpling. In a mixer add dhaliya, coconut green chili and salt. Add water to make smooth paste. Make tempering by heating li…

Online baby shower to PJ

Today's post is a special post because one of our blogger is gonna have a baby soon. So we all have decided to do an online baby shower to our dear friend PJ. God bless her and baby with good health and happiness. So we all are cooking one recipe from her blog and posting it. I have made easy tomato gravy with little change. Here goes the recipe...
We need:

Tomato 4
Onion chopped 1/4 cup
Green chili's 2
Garlic cloves 6
Curry leaves 4
Haldi pinch
Salt to taste
Chili powder 1/2 sp
Mustard seeds 1/4 sp
Cumin seeds 1/4 sp
Oil 3sps


Heat water in a vessel and put in the tomatoes and let it boil.
Remove from heat when the skin starts peeling off.Drain.
Cool ,peel and puree the tomatoes and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and put in mustard and jeera.
When they crackle add curry leaves, garlic and chilies.
Saute for a few seconds and add onions .
When they turn translucent add the pureed tomatoes and bring to a boil and simmer.
Add salt, haldi and chili powder.
A little water can be added if require…

Bellam charu/ Sweet rasam

Today's lunch box is packed with simple and tasty food. Tomato dal, beans carrot fry and Sweet rasam with rice. Here goes the recipe.. We need:

Water 3 cups Jaggery grated 2sps Salt to taste Chopped onion 1/4 cup Chopped cilantro 1/4 cup Haldi pinch Chili powder 1/4 sp Mustard seeds 1/2 sp Cumin seeds 1/4sp Udad dal 1/4 sp Red chili 1 Curry leaves 4 Oil 2sps Fenugreek seeds 4 Coriander seeds 5


In a sauce pan add water, chopped cilantro, haldi, salt and chili powder. Remove and keep aside 1 spoon chopped onion and add rest of it to the water and bring it to boil. Boil for 15mits on medium flame. Now prepare tadka/ tempering. Heat 2 spoons oil and add mustard seeds, cumin, red chili, curry leaves, udad dal, fenugreek seeds , chopped 1 spoon onion and coriander seeds. Add this tempering to rasam and serve. I have Packed my lunch box today with this sweet rasam, Tomato dal , beans carrot fryand rice.
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Egg Burji

Today lunch box is packed with egg burji / curry with rice. This curry goes well with roti / chapati too. So here goes the recipe..
We need:

Eggs 4 Onion 1 large Green chillies 3 Chopped cilantro 1/4 cup Salt to taste Haldi 1/4 sp Chili powder 1sp Water 1/4 cup Cooked rice 1cup Oil 3sps Ginger garlic paste 1/2 sp


Heat 3 sps oil in a pan and add chopped onion, green chilies. Saute for few minutes and add ginger garlic paste. Cook till raw smell disappears. Now add 1/4 cup water, haldi , salt and chili powder. Mix well and cook till some bubbles appear. Now break 2 eggs and mix well. After a minute break rest of the eggs and do not mix too much. Cook on low flame till done. Garnish with cilantro and pack the lunch box with rice or chapati. I have served this curry with rice and store bought baked garden veggies.
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Palak Tomato Rice

Today's recipe is palak tomato rice, very simple to make and no need to pack 2 or 3 different boxes for the lunch. Healthy and better way to use palak for kids and elders who do not like it. Here goes the recipe... We need:

Spinach/ palak chopped 2cups Tomato 1large Onion 1 large( cut lengthwise) Cooked rice 2cups Green chilies 4 Cinnamon 1inch stick Cloves 3 Bay leaf 2 Curry leaves 4 Chana dal 1sp Jeers 1/2 sp Garam masala powder 1sp Salt to taste Haldi 1/4 sp Chopped cilantro 1/2 cup Oil 6sps Curd 1cup Chopped onion 1/4 cup Chopped tomato 1/4 cup


Heat 3 sps oil in a pan and add chopped palak, tomato and green chili's. Once they are cooked remove, cool and grind to smooth paste. In a large pan heat 3sps oil and add whole garam masala( cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf). Also add curry leaves, chana dal and jeera(cumin) Saute for few minutes and add onions. When the onions turn golden brown add the palak and tomato paste. Cook for 5 minutes and add cooked rice. Also add g…

Kantola fry and brinjal curry

Am back with another Blogging marathon. Its fun doing the Marathon with other bloggers. This time my theme is Lunch Boxes. For the first day I have made Stuffed Brinjal curry and Kantola / Indian gourd / Aakakarakaya fry. Here goes the recipe. We need:

Frozen Kantola / aakakarakaya 1packet Onion 1 large Green chili's 3 Curry leaves 4 Ginger garlic paste 1/2 sp Haldi pinch Chili powder 1sp Salt to taste Oil 3 sps


Boil water for 10 minutes and add cut frozen kantola/ aakakarakaya .

Cook for 10 minutes and drain the water. Let it cool and squeeze the excess water from the veggi. Make a paste of onion and green chili. Heat pan and add 3 sps oil. Now add onion and chili paste and cook for few minutes. Now add curry leaves, ginger garlic paste, salt, haldi and mix well. Once the raw smell goes away add the boiled Kantola. Turn the stove to medium flame and cook for 10mits stiring in between. Now add chili powder and cook for another 15mits on low flame till crisp. Garnish with cilantro and serve ho…

Fruit and Nuts Basket

Today is the last day of BM#10. Had fun doing the guilt free recipes, hope to continue the same. Today's recipe is Fruit and nut is the recipe...
We need:

Fillo sheets 4 Fresh fruits of your choice. Melted butter 3 sps Nuts( optional)


Take the fillo sheets and cut hem into 3 by 4 inches pieces. Apply melted butter to each piece and place them in the muffin tray to make the baskets. Each basket needs 4 pieces. Take any fresh fruits and nuts of your choice and cut them to small pieces. I have used banana, apple, walnuts and raisins. In a bowl add cut fruits and nuts and add 2 1 spoon honey and mix well. Now fill the baskets with fruits and nuts mixed with honey. Yummy fruits and nuts baskets are ready to serve. Remember to fill the baskets just before serving.

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Also sending this entry to Srivalli's Snack mela.
Sending this entry to Vardhini's Bake fest.

Baked Hash Browns

Potato is my all time favorite veggi... I try to cook many different recipe with potato. But never tried the hash browns.. As am making recipes under Guilt free theme for the BM #10, I tried the baked version of Hash browns. Here goes the recipe...
We need:

Potato's 2 large Onion 1 small Salt to taste Crushed black pepper powder to taste Melted butter 2 sps


Boil and potato's and refrigerate over night. Peel the skin off and grate the potato's. Add salt and pepper to taste. Now chop onion very thinly and add to grated potato. Mix well and with your hands squeeze out the excess moisture from the potato mix. Make as small patties as shown below. Bake these patties on 350 degrees F for 15 minutes on each side. Serve hot with ketchup or any sauce.
Check to see what my fellow bloggers are cooking for the BM #10
Also sending this entry to Srivalli's Snack mela Also sending this recipe to Vardhini's bake fest.

Egg Puffs

We need:

Eggs 2 Puff pastry sheets Tomato 1 small Onion 1 small Chili powder1/4 sp Salt to taste Chopped cilantro 1/4 cup Oil 2sps


I used 5''-5" puff pastry sheets. Boil eggs and remove the shells out. Cut them into 2 half's. In a small pan add oil and add chopped onion and tomato. Cook on medium heat and add salt and add chili powder. Mix well and cook for 3 minutes. Finally add cilantro and mix. Keep aside. Now take 1 pastry sheet and top it with little tomato curry in the center and place 1/2 egg on the top as shown below.
Fold the pastry sheets as below and place them on greased baking tray.
Bake the puffs on 350 degrees F for 15 minutes on each side. Serve hot with ketchup .
Check out the Blogging Marathon page to see what my fellow bloggers are cooking for the BM#10
Also sending this recipe to Snack mela
Sending this recipe to Vardhini's Bake fest.

Creamy Walnut Fudge

I can't believe in this BM#10 from the day 1, I have been making all my 5yr old son's favorite snacks. The one I made today is his all time fav snack....Its creamy walnut fudge, very simple to make. Here goes the recipe....

We Need:

Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 cup Vanilla extract 1sp Pinch of salt Crushed Walnuts 2sps


Melt chocolate chips in sweetened condensed milk over medium-low heat. Stir in vanilla extract and salt. Add walnuts just before switching off the flame. Pour chocolate mixture into ungreased square pan. Chill for 5 hrs in freezer to set. Cut into squares or rectangle and serve.

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Also sending this recipe to Snack Mela

Peanut Butter Cookies

My Son is a big fan of Peanut butter. So tried these peanut butter cookies for the 3rd day of BM#10 and the taste was super yummy.... We need:

Peanut Butter 1cup Sugar 1 1/4 cup Vanilla essance 3 drops Egg 1


Mix peanut butter, egg, vanilla essance and 1 cup sugar. Now add rest of the sugar to dough to avoid dough sticking to the bowl. Roll into medium or small balls and place them on baking sheet or tray. Press them gently with the fork dipped in sugar. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10 to 11 minutes. Make sure there is 2 inches gap between each cookie. Remove and let them rest for 10minutes. Serve once the cookies are in room temperature.

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Sending this entry to Vardhini'sBake fest.
Also sending this recipe to Snack Mela.

Baked Samosa

Samosa is one of my Fav snack....never tried the baked version of samosa. Made this baked version of Samosa for the BM#10...Here goes the recipe.
We need:

Wheat flour 2 cups Salt to taste Oil 2sps Cooking spray Potato 2 Mixed veggies 1/4 cup Green chilli1 Cumin seeds 1sp Amchur powder 1/4sp Chilli powder 1/2sp Fresh cilantro 1/2 cup


Add little water to wheta flour to make a stiff and smooth dough. Cover it with damp cloth and rest it for 15 mits. Meanwhile start preparing the filling. Heat a pan and add 2 sps oil. Add cumin seeds, green chilli, potato and mixed veggies. Cook for 5 minutes. Add salt to taste, amchur powder, chilli powder and mix well. Cook for another 10minutes on medium flame and add chopped fresh cilantro. Switch of flame and keep aside. Preheat oven on 300 degrees F.
Take a small portion of dough and make as small poori. I have used samosa cutter to make these samosa's
Place this poori on the samosa cutter and fill the potato mixture into it.
Now close i…

Baked French Fries

Its the 1st day of blogging marathon # 10 and my theme for this week is ( guilt free snacks)
And todays recipe is french fries, which am trying for the first time and it turned out to be a big hit. My 5 yr old kid is a big fan of these french fries. So today's recipe is dedicated to him. Here is the recipe, its super easy to make....

We need:

Potato 2 Salt Black pepper powder Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wash and cut the potato's to long strips. Sprinkle salt and pepper to the strips and mix well. Place the potato strips on a greased baking tray. Spray with cooking spray and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or untill golden brown and crisp. Serve hot with ketchup.
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Also sending this entry to Bake fest @ Zesty Palette hosted by Vardhini


We need:

Broken wheat/wheat rava 1cup Sugar 1 cup Elachi/ cardamom powder 1sp Warm milk 1/4 cup Ghee / melted butter 5sps Walnuts and Raisins 1/2 cup


Heat ghee add wheat rava and keep stirring till golden brown. Heat 3 cups of water in another pan. When water starts boiling add the broken wheat. Reduce flame and cook till wheat is almost done. Now add sugar and elachi powder and walnuts, raisins and cook till ghee separates. Let it cool. Add milk just before serving and heat for 5 minutes on low flame. Serve hot.

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Thepla's are the spiced chapati's made with wheat flour and some spices added to the flour. I made plain thepla's today, but u can even add chopped methi leaves or spinach to the flour. Methi Thepla's taste yummy than the plain spiced thepla's. Here goes the recipe....

We need:

Wheat flour 2cups Curd/yogurt 1cup Haldi 1/2 sp Coriander powder 1 sp Chilli powder 1 1/2 sp Oil 2sps Salt to taste


Mix all the ingredients together and knead into soft dough using very little water if required. Knead dough till smooth. Make 10 bolls out of it. Using rolling pin roll out each portion as chapatis. Cook each chapati/ thepla onboth sides on tava adding very little oil. Serve hot with any chutney or curry or u can eat them as it is.

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Khakhra Chaat

We need:

Khakhra's 3 Chopped onion 1/2 cup Grated garlic 1sp Chopped tomato 1cup Sweet corn (boiled) 1/4 cup Green peas (boiled)1/4 cup Red chilli powder 1sp Sugar 1/2 sp Coriander powder 1/2 sp Salt to taste Cilantro chopped 1/4 cup Sev 1/4 cup Oil 3sps Chaat masala 1sp


Heat oil and add onions, grated garlic and saute till onions turn golden brown. Now add chopped tomato, sweet corn, peas, red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and sugar. Saute for 3 minutes and switch off the flame and let it cool. Make the khakhra's to 2 inch pieces and place on a serving plate. I have used store bought Khakhra's here. Top the khakhra's with the tomato and veggi mixture and garnish with chaat masala, chopped cilantro and sev. Serve immediately.
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Lasaniya Batata Curry

Firstly a very Happy Diwali to everyone. Today's recipe is lasaniya batata curry. Means baby potato's cooked in gram flour and yogurt sauce. Very simple to cook and perfect to be served with poori and chapati. Here goes the recipe....
We need:

Baby potatos 10 Besan/ gram flour 1cup Haldi 1/4sp Red chilli powder 3/4sp Yogurt 1/2sp Garlic 10cloves Cumin seeds 1sp Coriander powder 2sps Cilantro chopped 1sp Oil 1/4 cup Garam masala 1/2sp


Peel the skin of baby potatos and cut them to half or leave them as they are. On medium heat fry potatos tilll they are 3/4 cooked Remove and keep aside. In the same oil add cumin and crushed garlic and fry till golden brown. Now mix besan and stir for 5 minutes. Also add coriander powder, garam masala, chilli powder and haldi. Switch off the stove and mix yogurt and 1 cup water. Now add fried potato's and cook on low flame untill potato's are completely cooked. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with rice, roti or poori.
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