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Banana Stem Stir Fry | Vazhaithandu Poriyal | Plantain Stem Stir Fry

Banana Stem to me was a challenge recipe after Pavakkai, once I overcame the dislike to a vegetable that was once dread by me, I did want to explore possibilities with Banana Stem/ Vazhaithandu and I was on a look out for a simple recipe that was quick and easy to do. To my surprise I have started to love this veg and made this porriyal almost thrice and its a great accompaniment with Pavakka Puli Kozhambhu. The sweet taste of the Vazhaithandu complements the slightly  bitter and tangy taste of the Puli kozhambu. Now that's what I call as a perfect combination. For all those who think of Priya has too much non veg the news is we do eat a lot of veg and almost 3-4 days a week we eat veg at home and there are those days when we don't want anything to do with non veg and the soul reason would be an overdose of non veg recipes. If you are like me who hates this veg try this simple stir fry and I am sure you will love it.

Bitter Gourd Tamarind Curry | Pavakka Puli Kuzhambu | Bitter Gourd/ Karela/ Pavakka Recipe

Pavakka Puli Kuzhambhu is one of the first recipe that I tried using Pavakka, if you had seen my earlier recipe on Pavakka Stir Fry you would know this. Since I was new to cooking this veg I had great difficulty to find the perfect recipe and when I saw my friend Saranya post this recipe I immediately set all doubts aside and went ahead with it. Thanks Saranya for sharing this wonderful recipe which is one of my favorite now. 

Pavakka Puli Kozhambhu is a tangy curry which is mild in spice and is a great accompaniment with white rice and any veg side. Its a perfect satisfying curry for those days when we wish to go vegan. It does take a while to make this so don't do it when you are in a hurry, to be honest it tastes great the next day ;-). The bitter gourd does not taste bitter but very mild in bitterness hence if you are someone who hates this veg go ahead try it and you will love it for sure.

Verdict ~ A favorite recipe @ home and we have it every fort-night

Lemon Pepper Chicken Roast | Whole Chicken Recipe | Christmas Party Recipe

Christmas was great for us, we planned a simple meal just for the two of us and this Lemon Pepper Chicken was one of the recipe that was made. Its a simple Whole Chicken Recipe that has a basic marinate and no curd/ yogurt involved. Since I am a big fan of lemon chicken incorporated it using a whole chicken  The tangy taste of lemon and spicy pepper gives a great combination in this recipe. Try it for yourself and you will love it. To all my blogger friends I have been super busy with husband on leave and not finding time to visit your recipes too. 

Fruit & Nut Cookies | Christmas Cookies | Christmas Bakes

Christmas planning for me started a month back, I had lots of recipes in mind and few of which I have already posted here. This Fruit and nut cookie was one recipe which was in my to-do list for long. Finally it has made an entry here :-) the reason I had book-marked this recipe was because of tutti fruiti in them, we both simply love it. After much hunting to get tutti frutti here I was forced to adapt the recipe with what I could get. Instead made this with glazed cherries and pistachios for the red and green effect. I wish I had taken the cookies a little earlier mine was baked for 13 mins, it is crisp and had enough sweetness and does bring back childhood memories to me.

Plum Cake Indian Recipe | Christian Christmas Plum Cake | Last minute plum cake

Christmas is never complete without a Plum Cake. From childhood I used to love plum cake for their super mosit texture and loads of dry fruit and nuts in them. Although I have found a liking to the Indianised version of plum cake of using only rum essence and not real rum. This plum cake is also more of an Indian version of Christmas cake without using any booze and I call it last minute Christmas cake since it does not call for the traditional method of soaking dry fruits and nuts in rum for over a month or two. For more Christmas Recipes, check out my Christmas Menu HERE

Verdict ~ Cake is super moist and not too much over-powering in spices. Its not too heavy and has a little hit of rum (from rum essence). We both enjoyed it so much and plan to make one more to give away to friends

Breadsticks ~ A guest post by Swathi Iyer

Today I am happy to invite a dear friend and blogger Swathi Iyer who owns Zesty South Indian Kitchen she is a well known blogger and a fore runner in the blogging world. She is a mom of two and juggling between 2 kids she takes time to blog on her passion for food. Talking about her blog she has a wonderful spread of world cuisine, take a look here and you will know what I am talking about. During my initial days of blogging I used to have many doubts and Swathi used to be the one I used to clear them with. At first when I asked her for a guest post she gladly agreed and I did request her to bake any form of bread since she is so good at it. Today she shares with us a beautiful recipe Breadsticks and due to time constrain we are not able to do an interview with her, but you can click here to know more about Swathi. Thanks Swathi for sharing this wonderful recipe and over to you

Meat Ball Recipe | Kheema Puffs Recipe | Mutton Khola Urundai

"Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la."

The music makes me merry and so does this season of Christmas were families come together and friends nearer. Christmas for me is very special were we get more time to spend as a family and go to church remember the birth of Christ and giving gifts to the needy. My school was one big inspiration during Christmas where we used to bring gifts to the lowly and as kids we used to save money to do this. We would then make cards for our parents, sings carols, watch Christmas plays and another important thing is end up with chocolates :-) For more Christmas Recipes, check out my Christmas Menu HERE

Chocolate Crinkles | Chocolate Christmas Cookies | Christmas Recipes

Can you believe its just 12 days to Christmas? I am all excited and my oven is super busy. Another reason for the super excitement is my blog crossing 50K page views ;-). The weather is really cold and nothing like keeping my home warm with some fresh bakes. This year Christmas seems to be more Chocolaty for me, no clue why I have been having too much cravings for Chocolate and I simply find this as an excuse reason to bake. I did try my hand on Chocolate Rum Balls which was a super hit at home, we gobbled them and my craving for chocolate were still alive so I tried my hand at these Chocolate Crinkles which has been in my to-do list for long. Boy these were amazing, trust me its a chocolate lovers dream. They taste awesome full of chocolate and I get reminded of brownies, yes you read it right its taste like brownies and gooey chocolate cake. Absolutely in season with their snow caps of icing sugar. For more Christmas Recipes click HERE

Candied Almonds | Roasted Almond Snack Recipe | Christmas Treats | Party Snack

Today I am sharing yet another Christmas Treat recipe/ Party Snack, this is a special treat that is more loved by nut lovers.  One great person who loves nuts would be my Dad, although we stay far apart Daddy this one is for you. These almond treats are coated with perfect balance of sugar and salt that gives added crunch to the toasted almonds. It has a perfect crunch and stays great for up to a month in an air-tight container. Although you can do variations with other nuts but the oven temperature would vary. You could also try doing them on a stove top, but it would take a long time but its worth a try. For  more Christmas Recipes click HERE

Whole Chicken Tandoori Recipe | Restaurant Style Chicken Tandoori Recipe

I am so excited to do my second guest post for my dear sister Divya of Youtoocancookindianfood and thank you so much Divya for sharing your space for my recipe. When Divya had asked me to do a guest post for her and I could not think anything beyond chicken, really... read more you will know why :P You must all be knowing what fun we have when we do things together. Yes I am talking about out Christmas event. Truly speaking I could not have thought of a better time to post this recipe. Please hop into Divya's blog to check out more about this recipe, click HERE 
For more Christmas Recipes, check out my Christmas Menu HERE

Chocolate Rum Balls | Chocolate Truffles Recipe

When Suja chechi asked me to do a guest post I was so thrilled and excited  since it is my very first guest post. She writes Kitchen Corner and is a well known blogger for her lip-smacking recipes. I am so happy to share this wonderful chocolate treats for Christmas. Christmas is very close to my heart and from my younger days I used to get really excited about this season right from buying new clothes, putting up the star (In India Christmas have the tradition to put paper shaped stars fitted with a light bulb inside as a sign of Christ's birth), decorating the Christmas tree and not to forget the yummy sweets, cakes done by amma. But Christmas is not just all these things its a little bit more, its about giving. So today's post is all about little treats that can be given to others as an expression of love. To check out my guest post click HERE 
For more Christmas Recipes, check out my Christmas Menu HERE

Misal Pav | Mumbai Chaat Recipe | Indian Street Food Recipe

Misal Pav is a Mumbai based street food.  It consists of spicy curry usually made of sprouts, mutter, chick peas and chilly powder gravy. The final dish is topped with Punjabi mix, Farsan or sev, poha, onions, lemon and coriander. It is usually served with bread toasted with butter or pav buns. A great Indian chaat which makes a great evening snack. I am finally so happy to get my gear on SNC challenge hosted by my dear friend (sis) Divya Pramil of You too can cook Indian Food, she is well known as the brain child of the SNC group. Yes I take great joy in pulling her leg :P This month's challenge by the South Team is hosted by Sherin of Kuk's Kitchen and the challenge is to make Medu Vadas which is my favorite. On the other hand Meena of Random Ramblings North team has challenged us to make Misal Pav. When I saw this challenge I was really thrilled :-) thanks Meena for this wonderful recipe. Being someone who loves pav bajji and pani puri this recipe was totally new to me and thanks to SNC, Divya and Meena for giving us a platform to learn new recipes of Indian origin with original fool proof recipes tried & tested by members. So here's goes my entry to this month's challenge.

Pavakka Porriyal | Bitter Gourd Recipes | Pavakkai Pan Fry

Pavakka/ Bitter Gourd/ Karela is one veggie that was once hated by me. Pavakkai and me were big enemies, I would run the other direction if I knew that amma had made pavakka at home. Just few months before marriage one fine day I was so hungry and wanted to munch something I saw some chips in a cover and since I was too hungry I did not care what it was and went ahead munching it, to my surprise it was this forbidden veg and I actually liked it. You can guess what happened I changed my mind from not eating this veg I started to have only  pavakka chips and only that form nothing else.

Potato Kurma Recipe | Easy Kurma for Chappati | Chappati side dish recipe

Potato Kurma is a versatile curry and can be made with any of your favorites ~ paneer/tofu, mix vegetables, hard boiled eggs. Its a great side to Veg Pulao, poori or chappthi/roti. I have used basic spices and not loaded it with too much... sometimes simplicity is best :-). This is the curry we had with our Veg Pulao. Linking this recipe to South Indian Series hosted by Divya Prakash

Veg Pulao without Coconut Milk | Mixed Vegetable Pulao | One Pot Pulao

Veg pulao / Mixed Vegetable Pulao is a delicately flavored rice sauteed with ghee and whole spices. Its a simple, easy one pot meal, a family favorite and its the most simplest recipe that can be done as a main with a spicy side. Although we love our chicken recipes sometimes we do take off and go veg, this is more like a weekend meal as its lovely and fragrant, you simply lose the joy of a lovely smelling kitchen if you put this in a box and pack for lunch. But I would not complain :-) its as good as it is and can be paired with a side of your choice. 

Methi Paratha | Methi Chappthi | Fenugreek Leaves Recipe

I am so glad to get my camera back and couldn't wait to do a post. Thinking about posts I found that I have  hardly updated roti/ chappathi recipes here. my last one was the Aloo Paratha which was done ages ago, seriously those click are so average bad when I look at it now. So wanted to do full justice with pictures and here we go. I hope its a virtual feast for all of you.

Methi paratha / Methi Chappati / Methi Thepla is an Indian spices flat bread this is super easy to make and gives perfect moist roti's. This is a great recipe for anytime of the day, I know people who have this for snacks / breakfasts too. I never used to be a fan of methi (Fenugreek) and after marriage, I used to like kasthuri methi but hated methi leaves (confused right? :P)  somehow I get bored with carrots & beans the usual stuff, so I tried incorporating greens in roti's and wish to share more of my parathas here hopefully. I have used simple and basic spices in the dough and used warm water to knead. 

Baath Cake | Goan Semolina & Coconut Cake | Goan Christmas Recipe

Today I am so excited to share my blog to a wonderful blogger friend Priya Suresh, she is the author, cook, recipe writer, photographer behind her well know blog Priya's Easy and Tasty Recipes aka Priya's Versatile Recipe. As the name suggests her recipes are indeed easy, tasty and versatile. The day I started to invite guest posts I simply knew who all to invite and Priya was one among them. Sharing the same names did get me curious to know more about her ;-). Being a frequent visitor to her blog I used to admire her baking skills - she bakes excellent bread, a recipe developer and a person who is consistent in delivering posts. My observations of her would be that she is a humble and down to earth person who encourages most bloggers, her write ups can never be boring she would mostly talk about her recipe, give credits to others and also keep her photographs simple. Few favorites in her collection would be Swiss roll ice cream cake, Oats Almond Ladoo (which is a personal favorite, I have tried it twice at home :-) Eggless Braid Roll, and something simple as chappthi with healthier addition barley - Barley Chappthi  

Choco Beet Cake | Chocolate Beetroot Cake Recipe ~ Thanksgiving Special & 100'th post

Last week started bad with my camera having an issue. Being a food blogger your camera is something that is so important to you  and I seriously learnt the value of my camera. Next came an issue with blogger which said I have exceeded the quota of 1 GB memory. Suffering the loss of camera was painful and this only added to my worries. Next I decided to cook no matter what :P and was so enthu (enthusiastic) to do my 100'th post against all odds and did this chocolate beet cake and the day I chose to do it the sun suddenly said good bye and next 2 days it was completely dark and not perfect for photos and how can you save a cake that tasted good. I ended up clicking pics in the poor lighting. 

Mutton/ Lamb Pepper Fry | Mutton Chukka Recipe | Restaurant Style Mutton Pepper Fry

Dull, cold and dark days is what I have been seeing here and its been so cold that all I want to do all day is roll under the sheets and take a long peaceful nap but here I am planning to do a post that is a super hit at home. The pictures were taken in my camera (which I am missing a lot now :( ) and when it was hail and healthy. Somehow this post has been postponed for long now. 

Mint Avocado Apple Smoothie | Low Carb Smoothie | Meal Replacement

After a gap in blogging, I've gathered the courage to do a post today and I want to really thank my dear blogger friends for all your concern and care on checking things with me. I have been doing fine and my camera has gone for service and I have started to use a friends camera to click pics for the time being. If you find the pictures not great it could be because of the bad weather. But I just felt I should not stop posting and use what I have to keep going.

Soya Chunks Biryani | Meal Maker Biryani | Meal Maker Recipe

My earlier post on Soya Chunk Fried rice had lots of comments and what amazed me is that some never had success with soya chunks or did not prefer eating them since it is bland... Well I have a solution to that and its simple, try it and you will love it forever. Soya Chunks with its meaty texture is filled with protein and it can be paired with rice to make a lovely recipe that's not only simple but quick too. This is yet another recipe sitting in drafts for a while and until I get my camera sorted you can enjoy this recipe

Bread Upma Recipe | Easy Bread Indian Recipe | Quick Masala Bread

I wish I had a story to tell, well I don't cos I don't feel like it... I have screwed my camera by chipping the memory card while juggling it from the camera socket to the laptop hmmm so have been really upset and this has caused a slowdown in my cooking a bit. While I try to get things resolved I wanted to share one of my favorite snack/ breakfast Bread Upma which has been in my drafts for a while and thought what better time to post it. 

Garlic Chicken Recipe | Chinese Restaurant Style Garlic Chicken

Today I am so eager and delighted to share this guest post by my dear friend and blogger Divya Pramil who writes You too can cook Indian food. She is one famous cook in the blog world who stuns everyone with her original home cooked recipes and who maintains her consistency in posts every time. Being someone who misses home food and a non-vegetarian I used to admire Divya's cooking and just felt it was so authentic like how my mom used to cook delicious recipes. One day I had contacted her and she was so sweet to reply to my list of doubts, back then I was just a month old in blogging. Our friendship grew from then and there had been not a dull moment with her :-) I am so happy to have found her. Divya to me is not just a great friend but someone who I relate to very well. Although she is younger to me by 2 years I still think she is an amazing cook with loads of creativity and passion to what she does best "cooking". A few recipes of Divya that have really caught my eye are the Chicken monkey bags and sweet corn rasam... Divya has many hats ~ blogger, event hostess, photographer, award distributor and you can go on and on. Many other blogger friends have also told me how they admire her creativity and dedication when it comes to blogging

South Indian Spicy Prawn Curry Recipe

Off late I was reminded of my mom's mango fish curry and I remember we used to relish it the next day with some cold curd rice, sounding weird ?? I am sure everyone has some crazy combinations when it comes to food. Well my brother has one, he used to love dosa with ghee and sugar dip and he made me fall in love with that and we both used to be crazy about it :-), he used to end up with those teenage nightmare "pimples" and I used to escape :D. Now my husband loves to have curd, rasam and sambar all together :-) I know I am getting some glares...

Hyderabadi Chicken Curry | Spicy Andhra Chicken Curry

Weekends seriously makes me go nuts. Having a hungry husband and skipping breakfast has become a norm here. I know its not at all healthy but we end up waking late and hence rush to do lunch. My husband loves and awaits to have a hot home cooked meal over the weekend and hence I try to cook something interesting for him. Last week I was on the lookout for a traditional and yet home cooked chicken curry and to my surprise I found one from a fellow blogger and you know what happened :-) dished it out. When I read her post I was sure that this is the one I wanted to try. Its a recipe shared by her friend and I just want to thank them both for this amazing recipe. Needless to say that Hyderabadi cuisine is known for its marriage of flavors and spicy dishes. I've dished out few other hyderabadi recipes like the Hyderabadi mutton biryani and the Mirchi ka salan

Eggless Caramel Bread Pudding | Bread Dessert Recipe | Bead Pudding

Its been freezing here and although the sun pops up, the cold winds just spoils the whole day :( but I've just got used to these situations and fluctuating temperatures. There used to be times when I was in India where I wanted the temperature to be cool and wear those long forgotten sweaters and get cosy and roll up under my sheets all day. Well all those prayers are answered now and yet I still complain :-) I just think we never are happy with what we have and still want what's not there. This happens to me with food too, but just that in the case of food I end up loving new dishes and still don't let down my old favorites. This bread pudding is one such recipe

Chicken Dum Biryani | Easy Chicken Biryani | South Indian Chicken Biryani

Off late my husband has raised an issue about me and he kept complaining saying that I make all new dishes when guests come and later don't repeat the dish for him. My only response this complaint is "You rule out the fact that along with the guests you also relished the food", anyways I felt totally bad for him and thought of satisfying him a bit and did the Chicken Dum Biryani  This is my total take on the dum biryani and can be made in less than an hour. By the time the biryani is done you could clean up the dishes and other work and sit down for a lovely meal at home. 

Well before I go to the recipe would want to share with you something that made me happy a few days back. One of my close friend who was not so fond of cooking surprisingly left this comment in my blog last week, I was totally elated and felt happy for her :-) thought of sharing this with all of you 

My lovely friend,

Though i don't prefer to cook, your blog has started changing me. Believe me , you have got couple of fans from my office too ..I just love the way you present and detail your cooking in the blog. You are becoming an inspiration from me to you for that.." 

Recipe - Own
Serves - 4 people
Cook & prep time - 1 hr


For Marination:

Chicken with bones - 1 kg/ 1 baby chicken without skin
Curd - 1 cup
Salt- as per taste
Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1 and 1/2 tsp
Corriander powder - 4 tsp
Jeera/ cumin powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp

Basmathi Rice - 3 cups
Whole spices - bay leaf-1, cardamom-2, cinnamon stick - 2, cloves-2, star anise-1, jeera-1tsp

Onion - 1 big sliced thin
Tomato- 1 big chopped fine
ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Whole spices - bay leaf-1, cardamom-2, cinnamon stick - 2, cloves-2, star anise-1
4-5 green chilli
Oil - 3 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
coriander and mint leaves- handful/ 1/4 bunch each
saffron water/ orange food color water - 2 tbsp

  • Was the chicken in cold running water several times, drain all the water and set aside in a bowl mix all the ingredients to marinate and add the chicken to it and set it refrigerator for 1/2 hour. 
  • Prepare raita and chop the onions for the biryani
  • Wash and clean the rice in cold running water and let it soak for 30 mins
  • Once the chicken in marinade for 20 minutes  Take 2 vessels, one heavy bottom vessel (the one you will need for biryani)and the other to boil rice, heat oil in the biryani vessel and ghee to this add the whole spices and let it fry for 1 minute and release the flavor, to this add the onions and saute for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. now add the green chilli and ginger garlic paste and cook for 2 minutes. 
  • In the other vessel boil 6 cups of water and add the whole spices and rice along with salt (adding salt is very important) when the rice is 40% cooked transfer it to a vessel straining all the excess water, set aside
  • Now add the tomatoes and cook until they become mushy, add the marinated chicken to this and mix well until well combined.
  • Now to this masala add the cooked rice and layer it on top, sprinkle some mint and coriander leaves and pour the color/ saffron water on top and close the lid tight.Its ideal to keep this vessel on top of a dosa tawa/ skillet in case your vessel is not heavy bottom. Let it cook for 20-25 minutes in medium-low flame.
Cooks Wisdom

- Using tawa as a base is to stop the meat from burning in the direct flame
- Adding salt to boiling rice is very important
- using food color water is optional, incase using saffron water just dilute it in 2 tbsp of milk and pour on top of rice.
- Before serving mix well and check if the chicken in cooked wel

Custard Pancake | Custard Powder Pancake Recipe | Custard Powder Recipe

Off late I have gone crazy over custard powder, yes you heard me right. I had picked up a tin of Bird's Custard powder and ever since I have been exploring all possible recipes with it so far I had tried the fruit custard, 5 minutes custard cake and the custard pancakes which I am totally spellbound with and thought of sharing it here.

Most of you must be knowing this by now especially vegans. Custard powder acts as a perfect replacement for eggs. 1 egg = 1 tbsp of milk +2 tbsp of custard powder and trust me it is as good as adding eggs. I usually don't prefer pancakes with eggs since it just makes a heavy feeling after eating. I usually love to experiment pancakes and mostly eggless. The texture of these pancakes are so light and fluffy, not heavy when you hold them and one person can eat close to 3-4 pancakes at one go.So here's the recipe to the most softest pancake.


- Use plain flour instead of self-rising but remember to add baking soda 1/2 tsp for the below recipe, the recipe makes around 6 fluffy pancakes
- You can top it with nuts, custard cream, whipped cream, chocolate chips, fruits, honey or maple syrup but loved it plain 
- I used birds custard powder in vanilla flavor

60 Days to Christmas Event & Giveaway


Hi All,

Its great to have friends and its great to do things together. Today my friend Divya Pramil (youtoocancookindianfood) and I are organising a 60 days to Christmas event where its solely dedicated to the favorite season of the year. Ah! Christmas, the biggest holiday of the year. To me this season is fun, special and brings fond memories. So to make this Christmas even more special in the blog world Divya and Me planned this event for almost 3 months: P. Not to forget 2012 has been super special for the 2 of us as it’s our first year of blogging and this is my very first event. 

"60 Days To Christmas"

Grab this logo!!

Christmas has both a strong religious and traditional meaning. It has a certain feel, all to itself, that you usually do not feel at any other time of the year. The true meaning of Christmas is the gift of son Jesus to this world, the Bible says

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace”    Isaiah 9:6

"And she (Mary) will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21

Going to the event the name says it all, its a 60 days event starting from today 26-Oct-2012 until 24-Dec-2012. The only important thing to remember is that I will be hosting all bakes, sweets desserts and indian palaharam in my space and Divya will host all themains, sides and savory dishes in hers. We do have a surprise awards and superb gifts for this event. And we just made it super simple by randomly selecting a winner combining both teams... 

About & Guidelines

We are going to conduct a joint event that will be running in her space and my space too. Nothing to get confused here are some guidelines. 
·      Divya’s space(Youtoocancook) will bepurely dedicated to Curries/Gravies, Soups, Appetizers and Rice Varieties. So you can prepare any recipe that comes under the above category and link it to her blog.
·     I will run the same event at my space but it will be purely dedicated to Baking stuffs like Cake  Cookies, etc; Drinks, Sweets and Desserts and so if you prepare any recipes that comes under the above category you must link it to here in my blog.

We have made the rules very simple and we are not going to force you to subscribe to our blogs or even like our pages on Facebook. You will have to just cook a recipe, post the logo and and link it to the respective pages using the linky tool.  

Prize & Awards to be won

The winner can choose any one of the following prize. (The color of the prize may change) 

  1. Nova Touch Digital Kitchen Scale (weighs upto 5 kg)
  2. Canisters 4 Jars
  3. 3 Set Tupperware Magic Oil Flow 
  4. Prestige 3 litre cooker
  5. Tupperware Multi Cook 3.3 litre
  • We will select one winner via random generator and she can chose any one of the prizes from the above pic. Its all upto her choice. 
  • A participation certificate to all and many interesting awards (Certificates of appreciations) apart from this prize is also awaiting. 

Rules and Regulations for participating in this event;

Event Dates

§  Event starts today (October 26, 2012) until December 24, 2012.


§     Cook any recipe that relates the Christmas theme and post it on your blog along with a link back to hosts and logo.
§  Recipes relating to Christmas theme will be given special importance and will be considered for awards.

Linking & Logo

§  Logo and links are mandatory. Submissions without logo and links will not be considered
§        Link your entry to the respective event pages using linky tool. 

      ~ Link Sweets, Desserts, Drinks and Baking stuff like Cookies, Cakes eggless & with eggs HERE.
(The linky tool is in the bottom of the page)

Old Posts

§  Two old entries or archived posts are allowed only if re-posted with links and logo.

Who can participate?

§  This event is open only for Indian residents. Even if you are not in India you can participate and win it for your loved ones in India.
§  Bloggers who are not into food blogging can also participate. Just make a recipe post it on your blog and enter the event or send in a recipe to my email id with the following format given for non-bloggers.
§  Non-bloggers who are interested can send your recipes as a word document with the following format to my e-mail 
§  Name of the participant
§  Name of the recipe
§  Ingredients required
§  Method of preparation
§  Send a picture of the recipe as attachment

Can't wait to see all your lovely entries here :-) and to pick the lucky winner. If you have any doubts or questions do write here or post a comment below. Thank u !!!

Fish Puttu | Sura Puttu | Shredded Fish indian Side

Fish Puttu is my all time favorite after the fish fry. This is a common dish done at home and brings back fond memories to me. Its a simple and easy dish that can be prepared with very less oil compared to the indian fish fry recipes. Goes well with sambar, rasam and rice hmmm yummm!!!

Usually fish puttu is done with shark fish/ sura meen, but you can simply make this with any fish fillet, I have even tried it with Salmon and it tastes so yum. Ideally the shark fish is cleaned and boiled in water with salt and turmeric and later the skin and bones are discarded to make this puttu. But to make things simple I would say simply use fish fillets to avoid the messy job :-) isn't that simple???


Fish Fillets - 5 (I used haddock fish)
Onion - 1 large finely chopped
Ginger - 1 inch finely chopped
Garlic - 3-4 pods chopped
Green chilli - 4-5 chopped fine
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Peppercorns - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp


  • In a saucepan fill water to half bring it to a boil and add the fish pieces with little salt and 1/2 turmeric let it boil in a closed lid for 5-6 minutes. Once done discard the water, drain the fish pieces in a kitchen towel and you can also break them into small pieces
  • In a kadai/ wok heat oil and once hot add the mustard seeds and wait for it to pop, then add the peppercorns  ginger garlic, curry leaves and chopped green chilli, give it a good mix and later add the onions. Once the onions brown add the masalas and the fish. Keep mixing well until well combined.
  • Use the stirring spoon to break the fish pieces to fine, check for salt and serve hot

Cooks Wisdom 

- Adding salt while boiling is key in this recipe
- In case you are using fish with bones, try and discard the bones and skin after boiling stage.
- And big fish can be used for this recipe 
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