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Vegetable Momos - Vegetable Dumplings - Starter Recipes

Vegetable momos are a super addictive snack that everyone likes. Most of the Chinese restaurants have different varieties like vegetable momos, fried momos, green momos, chicken momos etc. One of the common momos you can easily find on the streets is the vegetable momos.  It is a simple snack, but it requires some time to finish the whole process. If you prepare the vegetable stuffing earlier, you can prepare the momos easily within 20 minutes. I made several experiments to bring  the thin outer layer and finally my husband did it. He always wanted to recreate dishes like samosa and parotta  to bring the perfect texture. A few years ago, I  prepared ten samosa recipes for Aval kitchen magazine which was prepared fully by my husband. I just made the stuffing and deep fried it. He made the samosa patties perfectly and it tasted good. Here for momos also he used the same technique to prepare the outer layer and the momos turn perfect.  It's very simple to prepare the vegetable stuffin
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Onion Thool Bajji - Vengaya Thool Bajji - Evening Snack Recipes

Onion thool bajji - a simple and easy snack recipe with onions. Like onion pakoda, this onion thool bajji is a quite popular snack during season time in our hometown Courtallam. I enjoy munching this thool bajji after a nice bath at main falls during every season time. As it is prepared with onion slices with a soft texture it is named as thool bajji.  Now coming to the batter ingredients for the bajji. Besan flour is the main ingredient and in addition we add rice flour and dosa batter for the crisp texture. Making the batter with the correct consistency gives the perfect shape and texture. Both vazhaikkai bajji and onion thool bajji have pretty much the same ingredients, but the water ratio is different and the way of frying too. Onions get cooked easily, so always deep fry them on medium heat and transfer it before the bubble ceases. You don't need to plan much for this thool bajji and you can make it easily for unexpected guests or for any unplanned occasions.  Check out my oth

Yellow Pumpkin Puli Kuzhambu - Parangikai Puli kuzhambu - Kuzhambu Recipes

Yellow Pumpkin Puli Kuzhambu (Parangikai Puli kuzhambu) recipe with full video and step by step pictures. A lip smacking puli kuzhambu made with yellow pumpkins that is perfect for rice and it is quite easy to prepare.  During our last visit to SriRangam we had this tasty puli kuzhambu at Sri Chitra hotel.  It's an interesting kuzhambu recipe and they treated all their customers as their family members. We make puli kuzhambu using different vegetables and the most common one are drumstick, brinjal, lady's finger or simply with onions and garlic. When they told me the menu it was new to me and  I have not tasted this kuzhambu anywhere else. We were so happy and excited with their excellent service. After our lunch I went to their kitchen and asked them about the recipe details. I noted down the recipe from him and tried it on the next day for our lunch. It turned out very well and tasted exactly the same. It's a straightforward recipe and let's see how to prepare this ku

Drumstick Leaves Sambar - Moringa Leaves Sambar - Kuzhambu Recipes

 A simple sambar for your lunch made with drumstick leaves. Today my husband asked me to make sambar with just one vegetable or any one keerai.  Sometimes it's boring to add more vegetables in sambar when we pack them for their lunch boxes. There are no specific rules in adding different vegetables, but one vegetable is more than enough for sambar. This drumstick sambar is similar to our Tirunelveli sambar, but with a few variations in the cooking methods. For Tirunelveli Sambar, we add sambar powder while cooking the vegetables in the tamarind extract. But for this drumstick leaves sambar, we add sambar powder in the final stage. Generally for sambar prepared with greens, the sambar turns thick so I have decided to add it in the end. In this method, the drumstick leaves stay separate in the sambar and the consistency is also perfect to serve with rice. Make sure to separate the leaves from the stem without any thin sticks. I made a video of the Drumstick leaves sambar. Do check it

Green Tomato Pachadi - Raw Green Tomato Thokku - Thakkali Kai Pachadi

Green tomato pachadi is a tasty side dish prepared with green tomatoes, onions and green chillies as the main ingredients. It goes well with idli, dosa, curd rice and even chapathi. The green tomatoes are usually tangy when compared to red tomatoes and there is no need to add tamarind for the pachadi.  To make this green tomato pachadi you will need Onions - it adds a delicious sweetness to the dish. Make sure to slice the onions thinly, so that it will be blended well with the tomatoes.  Green chillies - as we are preparing pachadi with green tomatoes I don't want to lose the beautiful colour. So I have added green chillies in more quantities. You can increase or decrease the amount of green chillies, according to your spice level.  Green tomatoes - slice the tomatoes thinly because it takes more time to cook when compared to red tomatoes. In the final stage, I have mashed the tomatoes with a wooden masher, so you can get a smooth texture. If you prefer a chunky texture, cook t

Rasam Powder - Homemade Rasam Powder Recipe

Rasam powder recipe with step by step pictures and video. Once you prepare your own homemade rasam powder you won't buy store bought readymade powders. Today we are going to prepare rasam powder in small batches that stay good for longer. Also, it is easy to prepare within 20 minutes. In South India  every home has a different recipe to prepare rasam powder depending on their taste. This rasam powder is super flavourful and you can prepare any varieties like tomato rasam, paruppu rasam, garlic rasam etc.  Now let's see some important tips to prepare homemade rasam powder. Measure each ingredient in the right amount and roast the spices one by one in the correct heat till aromatic. Use fresh spices, not old ones. This is especially important for coriander seeds.  Use a heavy bottomed kadai or a flat pan for roasting the spices because the spices get roasted uniformly. Remember to stir often when roasting and do not burn them. Before you begin roasting the spices, take all the sp