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Tomato & Mint Chutney

Mints are aromatic herbs, which are warm, fresh and has sweet flavor with a cool aftertaste. They are used in teas, beverages, jellies , syrups, candies and ice creams. Mints are originally used as medicinal herb to treat stomach ache and chest pains.

Mint leave are used in various  cuisines  too. Specially in India, they are used in making chutney's, added to non vegetarian dishes and also in the most popular biryani for the extra flavor. Mint and tomato is a great combination so for today am here with a flavorful chutney which is made with fresh mint leaves and tomatoes.

Here goes the recipe.....

Blogging Marathon 72 Week 4, Day 3 Theme: Dips, Chutney's and Spreads
We need:

Tomato 2 large
Mint leaves 1 cup full
Green chilies 4
Roasted peanuts 1/4 cup
Sesame seeds 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon
Garlic cloves 2
Salt to taste
Oil 2 spoons

For Tempering:

Red chili 1
Curry leaves 4
Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon
Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Udad dal 1/2 spoon
Oil 3 spoons


In a medium pan heat oil and add c…

Vankaya Pachadi ~ Brinjal / Eggplant Chutney

There are hundreds of recipes with Brinjal / Vankaya. It has been said that Brinjal is the king of vegetables. You will be surprised to know that brinjal is the favorite vegetable of most of the Andhra People. I am one of them hahahah..... Today am here with a simple yet spicy and  delicious vankaya pachadi or brinjal chutney. It can be served with roti, naan, rice or as a spread on toasted bread. Here goes the recipe....

Blogging Marathon: 72
Theme: Dips, spreads, chutneys.
Week 4, Day 2


Vankaya / brinjal 6
Garlic cloves 4
Green chili 4
Onion small 1
Tamarind small lemon size
Salt to taste
Oil 3 spoons

For seasoning:

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


Heat oil and add chopped brinjal, green chili, garlic cloves  and onions.
Cover with lid and cook for 10 minutes or until brinjal becomes soft.
Remove from heat and let it cool for 10 minutes.
Now transfer the mixture into blender and add tamarind and salt to taste…

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

The Tomatillo, also known as Mexican husk tomato, is a plant of nightshade family bearing small and green fruit of the same name. A staple of Mexican Cuisine, they are eaten raw or cooked in a variety of dishes, particularly Salsa. Tomatillos have a high pectin content. They are the key ingredient in fresh and cooked Mexican and Central American Green sauces.

Blogging Marathon 72
Theme: Dips, Chutney's and Spreads
Week 4 day 1

Tomatillo  6
Green chili 5
Onion 1 medium size
Garlic cloves 4
Salt to taste
Cilantro 1/4 cup


Heat non stick pan and add chopped Tomatillo's, onions and green chilies.
Also add peeled garlic.
Cook for 10-12 minutes until Tomatillo's become soft.
Now blend the cooked veggies along with cilantro.
Add salt to taste.
Serve as a dip with tortilla chips.

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Chapati Noodles

Chapati Noodles sounds interesting right, saw this recipe on one of the TV Show. Its a great alternative to the left over chapatis / rotis. and perfect for lunch, brunch, dinner or for an evening  snack too. Quick and simple dish to pack for school and office lunch box too. 

Last night we had a small party  at my place and I had some Chapatis left over. I have  packed my kids and hubby's lunch box with few chapatis and some left over curry. But my daughter doesn't  want to eat them. She was asking for  noodles. Then this simple and yummy recipe  clicked into my mind which I saw on TV couple of months ago. Here goes the recipe........ 

Blogging Marathon 72
Week 3 , day 3
Theme: Vegetarian Dinner recipes Ingredients:
Chapati / Roti 4
Sliced Onions 1/4 cup
Grated carrots 1/4 cup
Tomato 1 large
Chopped cilantro 1/4 cup
Crushed garlic 1/2 spoon
Salt to taste
Soy sauce 1/2 spoon
Chili Sauce 1 spoon
Black pepper powder 1/4 spoon
Oil 3 spoons
Maggi Masala / Sambar masala 1 spoon

Cut chapati…

Onion Kulcha

Kulcha is a type of leavened bread originated from Indian Subcontinent. Usually prepared with maida / all purpose flour. Kulcha is popular in India and Pakistan and is served with chole.It is typically a Punjabi recipe. Dough is rolled into flat round shaped and baked in a clay oven until golden brown. When baked, kulcha is rubbed with butter / ghee and then served with hot and spicy Chole / Chickpea curry. In Punjab and Some party of Pakistan Kulcha are very popular as a breakfast dish.
After a long week and busy schedule, we have decided to stay home this weekend. I have been thinking to make Kulcha since very long time. As I got some leisure time and family wanted to eat something different, I have tried this Yummy Onion Kulcha with spicy chole. I have cooked these Kulcha's on stove top instead of baking  in Oven. Here goes the recipe.....

Blogging Marathon 72 Theme: Vegetarian Dinner Recipes. Week 3, Day 2
Maida / All purpose flour  3 cups
Baking powder 1/2 spoon
Baking s…

Simple Dill Rice

Dinner times are always special and a  good time to spend  with family  and talk about the whole day with some delicious food on the table. Today's dish  is  simple and a very popular recipe of Persian Cuisine. Dill leaves are rich in Iron,  very good for digestion and low in calories. Dill leaves are used in soups, salads and also cooked with meat and fish. You can see my other recipe with dill, Dill paratha.  Here goes the recipe for Dill rice....... Blogging Marathon:72Theme: Vegetarian Family Dinner recipesWeek 3, Day 1Ingredients:
Dill leaves chopped 1 cup
Cashew nuts 10
Cooked rice 2 cups
Chopped / sliced onions 1/2 cup
Cinnamon stick 1 inch -1
Cloves 3
Cardamom 2
Shahjeera 1/2 spoon
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Kura karam / Garlic chili powder 1 spoon
Oil 3 spoon

Wash thoroughly and chop the dill leaves.
In a wok or pan heat oil and add whole garam masala and cashew nuts.
Saute for few seconds and add sliced onions.

Mixed Berry Smoothie

Today's smoothie is one of my favorite smoothie. Add all the berries, banana and milk, blend and serve. That's it your healthy and simple breakfast smoothie is ready with in 2 minutes. I have used frozen berries here, you can even use fresh berries. 

Theme: So Many Smoothies, So Little Time
Week 2, day 3
BM 72 Ingredients:
Banana 1/2
Frozen black berries 1/4 cup
Frozen Strawberries 5
Frozen Blue berries 1/4 cup
Milk 1 cup
Honey (Optional) 2 spoons


In a blender add banana chunks and all frozen berries.
Also add milk and honey.
Blend until smooth and creamy.

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Blueberry, Banana & Oats Smoothie

We have very light and healthy breakfast everyday. It can be either smoothies or oatmeal or any cereal. 3 days in a week sure it is going to be smoothies with different kinds of fruits. For a change today I made smoothie with oatmeal and fruits.  Why not start your day with this   healthy and  light breakfast . Believe me its going to be a good start of the day...

This recipe is adapted from  a cookery show which I saw recently. They have used frozen blueberries, where as I have used fresh blueberries. Here goes the recipe......

Blogging Marathon # 72
Week 2, Day 2
Theme: So many smoothies, so little time.

Banana 1
Blueberries 1/2 cup
Milk 1 cup
Quaker  oats 1/4 cup
Honey 2 spoons

Soak oats in 1/4 cup hot water for 10 minutes.
Now add all the ingredients into blender.
Blend until smooth.
Serve immediately.

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Orange & Banana Smoothie

This creamy and refreshing smoothie is great for breakfast, after school snack or a mid day snack. I have used low fat vanilla flavored yogurt, you can as well use full fat if serving for kids, or just plain yogurt. My husband usually has smoothies or milkshakes for breakfast. I usually mix up berries and banana, apple and banana or just banana. Tried unique combination of  orange and banana this morning and the smoothie tasted yummy.

Blogging marathon 72
Theme: So many Smoothies, So little time.
Week : 2, Day 1

Oranges 2 peeled 
Banana 1
Plain / Vanilla low fat yogurt 1 cup
Cold milk 1 cup
Honey 3 spoons
Ice cubes 3

Add all the ingredients into blender.
Blend until smooth.
Serve immediately.

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Schezwan Sauce

Schezwan is style of Chinese cooking which is spicy, oily and especially peppery. Schezwan sauce is used in preparing Schezwan fried rice, Schezwan noodles and many other  Chinese dishes. This sauce is serves as a condiment for spring rolls, Manchurian or with any other appetizers.

Red chili and garlic are the main ingredients in preparing this recipe apart from soy sauce, vinegar and shallots. For day 3 under the theme " Chinese cooking  made at home" am here with   Schezwan sauce recipe. Click  hereto see  Schezwan fried rice recipe where I used this sauce. Here goes the recipe.........


Red chilies 15
Garlic cloves 10
Shallots / small onion 4
Ginger 1 inch
Vinegar 1 spoon
Sugar 1/2 spoon
Black pepper powder 1 spoon
Soy sauce 1/2  spoon
Sesame Oil 4 to 5 spoons
Salt to taste


Remove the stems and soak red chilies in hot water for 30 minutes.
Drain water and transfer the chilies to blender.
Make a smooth paste of it.
In a sauce pan heat sesame oil and add finely chopped g…

Vegetable Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are a large variety of filled  and rolled appetizers found in East Asian and Southeast Asian Cuisine. The name is a translation of the Chinese Chun Juan which means spring rolls. The kind of wrappers / sheets , filling and cooking technique used  or the name vary depending on the regions culture. It is believed that spring rolls originated from China. It was a seasonal food consumed during Spring, started as a pancake  filled with the new season's spring vegetables, a welcome change from the preserved food of the long winter months.
The Chinese spring rolls ate savory rolls filled  with cabbage and other vegetables, wrapped cylinder shaped thin pastry. They are usually eaten during the Spring festival in China. Meat is also added according to the preferences.
For day 2 under the theme " Chinese dishes you can make at home", am here with crispy and tasty Vegetable spring rolls. Here goes the recipe.....

Ingredients:Spring roll or Egg roll sheets 10
Minced garlic …

Chinese Corn Soup

This Chinese corn soup is a perfect and comfort food to have it on a chilly day. A quick and easy soup made within 15 minute. This soup taste just like the one you order in Chinese or Indo- Chinese Restaurants.  It is a very healthy and nutritious soup made with eggs, corn and vegetable or  chicken stock.

Today we are starting with 72nd Edition of Blogging Marathon, for the week 1, I choose to cook 3 "CHINESE DISHES  YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME". Here goes the simple yet delicious Chinese corn soup recipe......


Chicken / Vegetable stock 2 cups
Frozen corn kernels 1/2 cup
Eggs 2 beaten
Black pepper powder 1 spoon
Salt to taste
Corn starch 2 spoons
Water 1/4 cup


In a sauce pan combine vegetable / chicken stock  and corn kernels, bring it to boil. 
In a separate bowl mix  water and corn starch .
Reduce the heat and add the corn starch tot he stock and continue to cook for about 2- 3 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
Slowly add the beaten eggs while stirring the soup.