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Nuvvula Karam Podi / Sesame Spicy Powder

Nuvvulu / Til / Sesame seeds spice powder is popular Andhra. It is healthy and tasty spice powder usually served with idli, dosa, upma and even with hot steamed rice with some ghee / clarified butter. This particular spice powder can also be added to dry curries  at the end to give a nice and unique flavor and taste to the dish.  This powder is healthy too as the sesame seeds are rich in Calcium, iron and fiber. Adding flax seeds makes the dish even more healthier because flax seeds helps lower the blood presser and bad cholesterol, reduce the risk of cancer and helps in weight loss too. This recipes is from one  of my  friend's mom, who  made this spice powder and served it with idli and dosa for a small gathering we had some time ago. 

This recipes goes to week 2, day 3 of Blogging Marathon 101 under the theme " Condiments"....


Nuvvulu / Sesame seeds 1 cup
Flax seeds 1/4 cup
Red chili 6-7 ( more if you like spicy )
Garlic cloves 5
Chana dal / Bengal gram 1 tbsp

Til Ka Khatta / Til ka Chutney

Til  ka khatta or Til ka Chutney is a tangy and nutty gravy that is perfect to serve with Hyderabadi Khichdi. Simple and delicious gravy made with Til ( sesame seeds ) and Peanuts along with tamarind juice which gives sourness ( Khatta ) to the gravy. 

This recipes goes to week 2, day 2 of Blogging Marathon 101 under the theme “ Condiments”....


Sesame seeds 1/2 cup
Peanuts 1/2 cup
Tamarind Juice 1 cup
Sliced onions 1/2 cup
Curry leaves 6
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds  1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Red chili 1
Chopped cilantro 2 spoons
Oil 3 spoons


Dry roast sesame seeds and peanuts separately.
Peel the skin of peanuts and grind them along with sesame seeds  and some water to make a smooth paste.
Add this paste to a bog serving bowl.
Add tamarind juice and sliced onions to the paste and mix well.
Lets prepare tempering now.
Heat oil in and add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chili and ginger garlic paste.
Saute for few seconds and add chopped coriander leaves.
Saute a…

Strawberry Syrup

Homemade fresh strawberry syrup is an easy recipes with just 4 ingredients. Just add all the ingredients into pan, cook, cool and use it, as simple as that. Perfect topping for pancakes, ice creams, waffles, cheese cakes and many more. Can also be added to cocktails or mocktails too. 
I have used this sauce to make Strawberry Virgin Mojito.

This recipe goes to Week 2, day 1 of Blogging Marathon 101 under the theme " Condiments".


Fresh Strawberries chopped 1 cup
Sugar 1/2 cup
Lime juice 1 tbsp
Water 1/2 cup


Add all the ingredients into a sauce pan and bring it to boil.
Once the mixture starts to boil reduce the flame and continue cooking until strawberries are mushy.
Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool for sometime.
Now using potato masher, mash the mixture to become thick paste.
Let the syrup  cool completely before transferring into any  bottle to store in refrigerator.
This sauce can be drizzled on ice cream, pancake, cheese cakes or waffles.
Can also be …

Nutella Puff Pastry

Today's recipe is one of the simplest and easiest dessert made in just few minutes. We just need 2 ingredients to make these delicious and kids favorite  Nutella puff pastry. These cute chocolate pastries can be made ahead of time if you are serving for any party or can be packed as a snack for kids lunch boxes. This post goes to week 4 day 3 of Blogging Marathon 100 under the theme " Stuffed Dishes".


Puff Pastry sheet 1
Nutella 1/2 cup
Round cookie cutter


Thaw the pastry sheet to room temperature.
Cut the pastry sheets to 8-10 circles with cookie cutter.
Place small amount of nutelle in the center as shown in the picture.

Close the filled circle with another circle and seal the edges.
Bake on 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
Remove and garnish with powdered sugar or nutella and serve.

Check to see what my fellow bloggers are cooking for Blogging Marathon 100.

Potato Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Potato stuffed Jalapeno peppers are a spicy and cheesy appetizer dish for any party. Can be made ahead of time and just heat or bake the peppers just before the party starts. I have added grated Parmesan cheese along with mashed potato, you can even add Cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese or any kind of these you like to. Potato can also be replaces with sweet potato, any veggie or minced meat of your choice. 
This recipe goes to Week 4,  day 2 of Blogging Marathon 100 under the theme " Stuffed Dishes".


Boiled & Mashed Potato 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese 1/4 cup Red chili flakes 1/2 tsp Salt to taste Chopped cilantro 1 tbsp Oil 1 tbsp


In a mixing bowl combine together  mashed potato, Parmesan cheese. chili flakes, salt and chopped cilantro. Wash the Jalapeno's thoroughly and cut them to make equal halves.  De seed the pepper and stuff the potato & cheese mixture. I have used air fryer here,  so just add very little oil on top of the filling. Air fry…

Cream Cheese & Corn Toasted Sandwich

Cream Cheese & Corn toasted sandwich is a great after school snack. Can be packed for lunch boxes and picnic's too. Can also be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have used Philadelphia Garden Cream cheese here which gave this sandwich a great taste and flavor along with corn and bell pepper. You can go ahead and add plain cream cheese too. I have toasted the sandwich with little butter,  if you like it without toasting skip that process and serve.

This recipes goes to the Week 4 Day 1 of Blogging Marathon 100 under the theme Stuffed Dishes. Here goes the recipe.....


Bread slices 8
Garden Vegetable Cream cheese 1/4 -1/2 cup
Frozen or Fresh sweet corn  3/4 cup
Chopped red bell pepper 2 spoons
Butter 2 tbsp
Salt to taste


I have used frozen corn here, add  it to hot water and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Drain the water and set aside.
I have used Philadelphia Garden Vegetable  cream cheese here  you can use plain cream cheese too. 
Cut the edges of the bread sl…

Mango Frozen Yogurt

Mangoes are my favorite fruit, its the prefect season to make use of them make some delicious treat for our family. Summer is fast approaching and everybody loves to have some frozen treats.  You can check out my other recipes with fresh mangoes at the end of today's recipe.

 I am a typical Andhra girl, in our culture a meal is ended with curd rice, but my meal used to end with either rasam or sambar.  I never liked yogurt / curd. My family tried a lot to  feed me yogurt, I tried once too but somehow I didn't like the taste and flavor of it. After coming to US, I used to see these flavored frozen yogurt stores everywhere. My Kids love yogurt and I just gave it a try to see how it tastes. As they were fruit flavors didn't feel like i was eating yogurt or curd. Slowly I  developed my taste in having flavored yogurts. 

Today for week 1 day 3 of BM 100, I will be posting about Mango Frozen yogurt. To be frank I have made this mango frozen yogurt for myself though it is a Kids De…

Pineapple Slush

Spring is here and Summer is just around the  corner and its the perfect time to have frozen treats. So why not make use of our tropical fruits and make some frozen treats for our family. My kids love pineapple juice instead of  the fruit.  So today I will be preparing Pineapple slush  and surprise my kids after the school.  A slush or slushy is a flavored ice. Add your favorite fruit to the crushed ice along with some honey or sugar if the fruit is sour or not that sweet, and blend it. That's it, slush is ready to be served. It can be made ahead of time and then freeze it. 

This recipe goes to Week 1,  day 2 of Blogging Marathon 100 under the theme " Frozen Desserts". 


Pineapple diced 1-1/2 cup
Crushed Ice 1-1/2 cup
Pineapple juice  3/4 -1  cup
Honey 1 tbsp


Add all the ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
Pour it in a serving glass, garnish with pineapple chunks or rings.

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No Churn - Oreo Ice Cream

After a month long Mega Marathon, we are back to our regular marathon from today. Took up a simple theme to just chill and relax my mind. Another reason I choose this theme was for my kids. Summer is approaching and we all love to have some frozen treats like ice creams, frozen yogurts etc.... My Kids love ice  creams and oreos are their favorite cookies. I have been thinking to make ice cream with these 2 ingredients for quite sometime now. 

Coming to Blogging Marathon,  this month we are stepping into 100th edition. I have been part of this marathon since 5th edition. It was a wonderful journey so far. Learnt lots of things from fellow bloggers. Learnt different types of food, learnt how to take picture and many more. Except few who stay in Jersey, haven't met others in person. Hope I get a chance to meet all of them someday. 

So here I am with a simple and kids favorite Oreo Ice cream with just 3 ingredients. This recipe goes to day 1 of BM 100 under the theme " Frozen Desse…

Round up of 26 Delicious Biryani / Pulao / Khichdi Recipes with Grains

What an amazing month this April was. It was my first time participating in Mega Marathon, where a group of bloggers get together and blog for whole month non stop, except Sundays. I was bit worried when I said yes to this Marathon, as the theme was so tempting, I took it  up and challenged myself that I can do it. And yes I did it, posted all the recipes on time. 

The theme was cooking Biryani / Pulao / Khichdi recipes with only grains. There were 2 choices for me to select, either to cook in A-Z order or cook randomly which I choose to do. Initially when  I was preparing list of dishes to cook I thought will I be getting 26, but when I sat down to write the list was going on and ended up with almost 70 dishes. But as the we had to cook only 26, I still feel there should  be at least 1 or 2  more months to cook the list of dishes I made. I thoroughly enjoyed cooking and posting the recipes everyday. And of course  reading my fellow bloggers recipes and commenting  on them. 

I cant than…