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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…