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Coriander leaves and Tomato Pulav

Coriander leaves and Tomato Pulav - easy, healthy and simple one pot meal within 20 minutes. If you are looking for a simple, but tasty and healthy rice for a lunch prepare this Coriander leaves Pulav. You'll love how easy this rice is. I saw this recipe on a TV cookery show prepared by Chef. Damodaran. I have followed his instructions and prepared this Coriander leaves Pulav and the only change I have included is the cashew nuts to the ground paste.


The combination of tomatoes and coriander leaves do very well on most of gravies, rice varieties and rasam. In this Pulav, the coriander leaves are ground along with tomatoes, green chillies and few cashew nuts. The ground coriander leaves and tomato are mixed with the soaked rice for a few minutes. Then a few spices and onions are sauted in oil and then mixed rice is added and pressure cooked. That's it the rice is done and you can serve it with any mild vegetable gravies or just an onion raita tastes good. You can also cook the…

Paneer and Green Peas Gravy

There are many gravies based on Paneer. Today we are going to see a simple homestyle gravy prepared with paneer and green peas. This gravy will become your new favourite gravy with Paneer.


We often prepare paneer based gravies using fresh cream and onion tomato paste. But this gravy is based on roasting the spices and then ground along with coconut. At times, we feel to eat simple and filling dish for breakfast or lunch by spending less time in the kitchen. In that situation, you can prepare this gravy within 20 minutes. The only tough job in this gravy is roasting the spices and then grinding. What makes this gravy unique is there is no chilly powder or coriander powder or garam masala powder. If you want to add garam masala flavour, sprinkle garam masala powder in the end. What I am feeling is that you don't need to add any other extra flavourings like garam masala powder or sabji masala powder. The other spices like black pepper, cumins, curry leaves and green chillies gives a…

Instant Mango Pickle

This instant pickle with raw mangoes is an incredibly simple pickle you can make within 10 minutes. There are many different methods for preparing a mango pickle. But, this instant pickle is easy to prepare, easy to store and enjoy a tasty pickle for your curd rice with simple process. Anyone can make this instant mango pickle. You can serve this mango pickle right away, but it will taste better, if it gets at least 30 minutes to marinate.


In the summer, it's delicious with fresh mangoes.There are many varieties of raw mangoes, you can use any type as you prefer. Fresh mangoes are ideal for pickles, as it is easy to dice them. No need to peel the skin for this pickle. Make sure to season the pickle with a good amount of red chilly powder and gingely oil as we do for other pickles. Usually we add salt and red chilly powder to the chopped mangoes and finally hot gingely oil, asafoetida powder and fenugreek powder are mixed well with the pickle. But in this method, the chopped mango…

Rava Upma

Rava upmas are prepared in different styles - cooked with a few vegetables, or cooked with tomatoes or cooked with dals or cooked with a few onions and green chillies. It's a delight for me to cook this classic rava upma with onions and green chillies. Preparing  rava upma is such an easy way to cook tiffin for your breakfast or dinner within 10 minutes. All you really need for this upma is finely chopped onions, green chillies and ginger.


Rava upma and Semiya upma are one of my favourite breakfast dishes. You can easily prepare this upma within 10 minutes with a handful of chopped onions and few ginger and green chillies. As you all familiar with this Rava Upma we will see some important tips for a tasty upma.
When roasting the rava, try to roast it well on medium heat until you can smell a nutty flavour. Roasting the rava makes a more flavourful upma. You can also add a tsp of ghee for roasting the rava. For many rava upma dishes it requires two parts of water for one part of r…

Manathakkali Keerai Poriyal | Black Night Shade Greens Stir Fry

Manathakkali keerai has thin leaves which are best suitable for poriyal. In fact, removing the manathakkali leaves from the stem is very easy too. This manathakkali keerai is same as my other keerai poriyal recipes. For most of my keerai dishes you will see I have included lots of onions, cooked dals and ground coconut paste. These ingredients would help to add more taste. Additionally, these ingredients (cooked dal & coconut paste) tend to remove the bitterness in the manathakkali keerai and also in the vendhayakeerai dishes. These two keerai has a mild bitterness in the leaves. Grinding the coconut paste is just a few minutes work, so don't avoid it. In all our poriyal recipes we add all healthy ingredients like small onions, garlic cloves, cumin and coconut. These all are super foods that are good for your health and you can add to your daily diet.


Manathakkali keerai has the ability to reduce mouth ulcer or stomach burn  problems because of its high water content. It also…

Peerkangai Sambar | Ridge gourd Sambar for Idly and Dosa

Ridge gourd Sambar - simple and easy sambar for idly, dosa and pongal. Depending upon the vegetables available in our kitchen, we prepare different types of sambar. We prepare simple sambars with ridge gourd or brinjals for  breakfast because they can be easily cooked without much work. Sambars prepared with moong dals are lighter than those prepared with toor dal. So I always prefer moong dal for tiffin sambar but you can add any dals as you wish. You can also prepare this sambar if you have any unannounced guests in your home. Because preparing sambar is easier than grinding large quantities of chutney. 




As you all know, ridge gourd has so many health benefits so try to include this vegetable weekly once. This ridge gourd sambar is perfect for kids, adults and also for elderly people. Naturally ridge gourd has a sweetness in it. To reduce the sweetness I have added green chillies, sambar powder and also red chillies. The green chillies are cooked along with the ridge gourd and then g…

German cabbage and Chick Peas Kurma ( Noolkol Kurma)

German cabbage or turnip cabbage called as noolkol. This turnips are not as popular as some other vegetable such as cauliflower or carrots, but they are nutritious and make a wonderful addition for kurmas or sabjis.



For a long time my husband asked me to prepare side dishes with this turnip and he said, try to remove the strong flavour from the turnips. So after few experiments I found this recipe and it was a big hit. To remove the strong flavour from this turnip I have cooked the chopped turnips along with finely chopped green chillies. Apart from regular coconut masala paste, I have also added a thick coconut milk for more flavours. I had some cooked chick peas, so I added in this kurma. There is no need for any additional spice powders. This turnip kurma was so amazing, prepared by using both traditional coconut paste and the coconut milk. This kurma will be definitely a favourite for all those who want to include healthy vegetables, using only healthy ingredients. If you do not ha…

Garlic Thokku

Garlic Thokku (pickle) is the perfect condiment for many dishes like rava upma, dal kichidi, roti and curd rice. A thokku is  a condiment, which is basically a pickle consisting of methods like preparing the fenugreek powder, sauteing the ingredients using gingely oil. It also follows the addition of good amount of red chilly powder, asafoetida powder and a small piece of jaggery. 




Today we are going to see thokku using garlic cloves. It's very simple and healthy. The only hard part of  this dish, is peeling the garlic cloves. To keep your work simple, peel the garlic cloves or you can finish it when you watch a movie on the TV. After peeling the garlic cloves, it's just a 15 minutes work and you can enjoy a healthy homemade pickle for 2 to 3 months without any added preservatives. It's always better to prepare homemade pickle with your seasonal ingredients like mangoes, garlics, tomatoes, etc..Small softneck garlics are best suited for pickles. Gingely oil, red chilly powd…