Thursday, 24 April 2014

Semiya Upma Recipe - Masala Semiya - How to make Semiya upma

Masala semiya is a spicy variant of the usual semiya upma(vermicelli upma) we prepare frequently. Just little more effort can give a spicy and tangy twist to the regular semiya upma. Yes. Believe me. It is also a simple recipe but can definitely please your palate. No more guilt of preparing upma for the family. Masala semiya upma is a special dish that can be prepared for breakfast and dinner.


About the taste:

Onion gives crunchiness, tomato makes the semiya upma tangy, carrot gives sweetness and peas does not fail to five its own flavor and taste. Garam masala and red chilli powders add spicyness.

Masala Semiya Upma

Side dish suggestion for masala semiya upma:

Masala semiya upma tastes well without any side dish. Chutneys can be a great accompaniment for masala semiya. Curd and sugar are also good side dishes.

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Semiya Upma Recipe - Masala Semiya - How to make Semiya upma:


Semiya Upma Recipe - Masala Semiya - How to make Semiya upma

Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 10  Mins    |  Serves: 2
Recipe Category : Easy Homemade pasta sauce recipes


Ingredients:

  • Roasted Semiya - 1 cup(Dry Roast if semiya is not a roasted one)
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Vegetables chopped - 1 cup(I used carrot and peas)
  • Big onion -1 finely chopped
  • Tomato - 1 finely chopped
  • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
  • Salt- As required
  • Turmeric powder - A pinch
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 - 1 tsp( I have added 1 tsp)
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 - 1 tsp(I have added 1 tsp)
  • Coriander leaves - To garnish

  • To Temper:

  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing - A pinch
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Oil - 1 tbsp


Instructions:

1. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter. Add urad dal, curry leaves and hing. Saute till the urad dal turns golden brown color. Add chopped onions and saute till they turn translucent. Add chopped tomatoes and saute till they turn mushy. Add chopped vegetables, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt. Mix well.

Masala Semiya step1

2. Add water, mix well and allow it to boil. Taste the water and adjust salt, red chilli powder and garam masala powder if required. Add roasted semiya and mix well. Allow it cook. Stir occasionally. Once the semiya is cooked, add the grated coconut. Mix well and switch off the stove. Garnish with coriander leaves.


Masala Semiya step2 


Serve hot. Any chutney can be served as side dish. I prefer to serve with plain coconut chutney. You can check different chutney recipes here.

Masala Semiya Recipe

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Homemade Pasta Sauce Recipe with tomato - How to make pasta sauce at home

Homemade pasta sauce recipe I have shared here is an easy and quick pasta sauce recipe and can be made from fresh tomatoes at home. To my surprise, the taste was very good and better than even the store bought pasta sauces. My hubby who does not prefer pasta recipes loved this pasta. Even when I buy Maggi Pasta, I buy it for me alone since both my hubby and kid do not eat it. But they both love the pasta made with this home made tomato pasta sauce. 


About the taste of homemade tomato Italian pasta sauce: 

It is a sweet, spicy and tangy as well. You can adjust the quantity of dry red chillies according to your taste. You can omit adding the red chillies or reduce the quantity when you prepare the sauce for kids. You can also adjust the quantity of sugar. You can add more number of red chillies for spicy pasta lovers. 

Storage suggestion:

You can store it in fridge and use it up to a week. I always prefer to consume it within 2 days since the flavor tends to reduce if we store any food item for a long time.

Pasta Sauce
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Monday, 21 April 2014

Veg fried rice recipe - How to make vegetable fried rice

Veg fried rice recipe I have shared here (vegetable fried rice) is a healthy indo chinese main course which cannot be beaten by another indo chinese dish for lunch.Who can say no to Veg fried rice? While going for a team treat when I was working, I always choose veg fried rice if I feel like having rice. The only time consuming part is chopping vegetables. Otherwise, it is a very quick and easy recipe to go for. Even I pack it for lunch for my hubby. When compared to preparing  full meals including rice, sambar or any kulambu and vegetable side dish like kootu or poriyal, veg fried rice is quite simple yet a tasty main course.



Most of my friends prepare veg fried rice with their own creativity :)  I have tried different versions of veg fried rice recipes which I got from friends too. Its long back since I tasted veg fried rice in a dhaba. I forget that taste totally. Just to decide which recipe to choose, what should I modify and to get the idea of exact ingredients used in hotels, I decided to try  fried rice in a nearby restaurant here. I tried it and it came out very well.

Vegetable fried rice


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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Top 10 Quick and Easy Evening Snacks recipes for kids

I have compiled the list of quick and easy evening snacks recipes for kids here. Milk or Coffee with snacks in the evening is a refreshing combo for the kids once they come back from school. Be it Monday or Friday, the snacks and a cup of milk or coffee is a great way to start the evening fresh.

There are lot of snack recipes I have posted in this blog. I have handpicked 10 healthy and tasty kids-friendly recipes here. I have made a point to include few sweet snacks too to make the kids more happy. Also, I have included snacks which are stuffed with vegetables too. I have included only 2 deep fried snacks to reduce the oil intake. The reason I have added them is the goodness of cauliflower and urad dal.

I might include few more recipes too. So, please stay tuned for more recipes :)


Click on the image or the title of the recipe to read to the full recipe.






Gobi 65 

A perfect evening time snack with the goodness of cauliflower.

Cauliflower has anti-cancer properties. So, try to include at least once in 7 days in your diet.






Carrot Cheese Sandwich 

Carrot and cheese make the sandwich more healthy and tasty.

Carrot is rich in Vitamin A. Cheese is good in cancer prevention, cavity fighting and bone strengthening.




Sweet Eggless French Toast 

Tastes very sweet. Just one or 2 slices enough
 to start the evening fresh.

Choose whole wheat bread to make it a healthy one. It is good in complex carbohydrates. It is a rich source of protein and fiber as well.


Paneer Wrap 

You can play with paneer by stuffing as much vegetables as possible to make it more healthy. You can use homemade paneer to make it more healthy and pure.

Paneer is a great source of calcium and it is very good for teeth and bone health.


Cheese Pasta 

If your kid loves pasta and cheese, there cannot be any substitute for this recipe. Very quick but tasty recipe.

Choose a wheat pasta. It is good for bones and muscles. It is rich in Vitamin A and potassium. Hence it is good for the health of eyes and heart.

Cheese is good in cancer prevention, cavity fighting and bone strengthening.


Potato Bonda 

Potato Bonda is a comfort evening snack for everyone in the family. Bonda stuffed with potato and onions make it a healthy one. Your kid will like each and every bite. Make sure to reserve few bondas for you too.

Boiled Potato is good in Vitamin C, Potassium, Phospohorus and B-complex vitamins.


Medu Vada 

Who can say no to medu vada? The main ingredient is urad dal. Adding onion slices make it more crunchy and tasty.

Urad dal is an energy booster and rich source of iron. It is rich in protein. Urad dal must be included in the diet for the growing children to have healthier backbones in future.


Chocolate PedasVada 

Chocolate Pedas cannot stop kids from stopping with few. You can stuff the pedas with nuts and dry fruits to make it more healthy.

Milk powder contains host of vitamins such as A, D, E and K. Cocoa powder is good in iron, fiber and magnesium. It provides antidepressant benefits.


Rava Laddu (Sooji Laddu)

Rava Ladoo is a sweet evening snack. You can make it and stock for more days if you do not add milk.

Sooji is good in B-complex vitamins, Selenium and and Iron.


Peas sundal 

Peas sundal is a very healthy snack for kids. Some kids will directly eat the peas boiled with salt.

Peas has anti-oxidant properties. It is low in fat and high in everything else. It is good in stomach cancer prevention.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Kothamalli Chutney Recipe - Coriander Chutney with coconut

Kothamalli chutney is a tasty, different and easy chutney for idli and dosa. There are so many ways we can prepare coriander chutney. I have made this kothamalli chutney with coconut, dry chillies and tomato. Hence I would like to name it as Red Coriander chutney with coconut:) I can give you a guarantee that it is a different and quite easy chutney recipe.



My kid has started talking very well and nowadays he is asking us to take him to different places. He is demanding more and asking us to take to hotel too :) There is a hotel called Krishna Bhavan near my house. It is a veg hotel and it is a very good place to idli, dosa and other light food items. We always include dosa in our order as my son likes to have dosa with sambar. They prepare different chutney items and hence the chutneys make me to try in the next day itself. So, this time I am going to share with you all the kothamalli chutnry - red coriander chutney with coconut which I recently had there.

coriander chutney

I have already posted plain coriander chutney(kothamalli thogayal in Tamil). It is a chutney which tastes great with curd rice. But I prefer this kothamalli chutney with coconut for idli and dosa. Till now, I have posted 12 easy and quick chutney recipes you can have with idli, dosa and rice. You can check by clicking on the above link. I have also posted how to prepare idli dosa batter(dosai maavu) to get hotel like crispy dosas.

Now let us see how to make kothamalli chutney here.

Kothamalli chutney recipe


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Monday, 14 April 2014

Easy Cheesy Pasta Recipe - How To Make Creamy Cheese Pasta


Creamy Cheesy Pasta is very easy to make in no time. So, bachelors and working women can bookmark this recipe to prepare it whenever they don't have time to make breakfast or dinner. Since it is homemade mac and cheese, it is definitely healthier than the store bought one. Also, cheese is good for kids. So, this recipe is good for kids too.

I have used macroni and cheese to make cheesy pasta. You can use any kind of pasta and follow the below cheesy pasta recipe. The result will be same. Pasta lovers will love this recipe very much. If you love both cheese and pasta, there is no doubt that this recipe will be your favorite easy cheesy pasta recipe.

Cheese Pasta 

Sadly, my hubby does not like Pasta much. He will have very little quantity to just taste. But he does not prefer to have it as main course. My kid resisted initially to have it. But he started liking it gradually. No need to say, I love it so much, that too with tomato sauce. It was yummy!! Creamy cheese pasta and tomato sauce is a super yummy combination. 

Easy Cheesy Pasta Recipe - How To Make Creamy Cheese Pasta


Prep Time: 2 mins    |    Cook Time: 8 mins    |    Serves: 2
Recipe Category : Breakfast recipes

Ingredients:

  • Pasta - 1 cup(I used Macaroni)
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Cheese - 1 tbsp
  • Pepper powder - 1 tsp
  • Water - To boil Pasta
  • Coriander leaves or Basil leaves - To garnish

Instructions:


1. Boil pasta in sufficient water with 1/2 tsp oil and required salt. Or just add water so that the macaroni is completely immersed in the water. Boil it till the pasta is cooked but the pasta should not start breaking or mushy. It took 8 minutes for me in low flame. Stir now and then to avoid pasta sticking to the pan. Drain the water and run it through cold water. Keep it aside. You can follow the pasta and water ratio and the time to boil as per the instructions given in the wrapper by the brand. 

cheespasta ingredients 
2. Add the cooked pasta, milk, cheese and pepper powder in a pan and heat it on the stove.  Mix them well till the pasta is well coated with cheese and becomes creamy. Switch off the stove.

cheespasta ingredients_2 

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with tomato sauce.
Cheese Macaroni
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Friday, 11 April 2014

Nestle Cerelac India Review - Cerelac Stages 1,2,3 & 4 Reviews


I wanted to share my review on Nestle Cerelac Product with you all for a long time. The time has come now. I was giving it for my kid from 6 months till 2 years. Now my kid is 2.75 years old. I have used all the Nestle Cerelac Stages 1,2,3 and 4. I thought I would post my review on cerelac now itself since I might forget the things as the time passes quickly. I hope it will be useful for mothers of babies(6 months - 2 years) and expecting women to take informed decision.

Cerelac, Farex and Lactogen are few of the trusted brands which are existing in the market for a long time. My mom used to say that she had given Cerelac and Farex to my sister when she was a baby.

How I decided to try Cerelac?

Like many other new mothers, I was also in a confusion whether to try Cerelac or not for my kid. But my mom strongly suggested to introduce Cerelac to the baby. She told me that it is the best option when we need to go away from home for long hours like day long shopping, functions, parties or any other appointments where we cannot get homemade food. Also, it is easy to carry wherever we go. I found her advice to be meaningful. So I started giving Cerelac to my baby.

Price and Available Flavors:

You can check the current flavors and price in the link - http://www.babyoye.com/c/Baby-Food

Was it useful for me?

Yes, of course. I used to give at least once daily. My child liked it very much. I found it very useful when I went outside for long hours, when my child woke up in the middle and played for a long time in the mid night, when my child woke up before me.

What flavors my kid liked in each stage?

Cerelac Stage 1: Wheat Apple
Cerelac Stage 2: Wheat Apple Cherry
Cerelac Stage 3: Wheat Rice Mixed Fruits
Cerelac Stage 4: Multi Grain 5 fruits

I made a point to include Wheat and Apple(or fruits) in all the stages since I included Rice everyday at home.

My suggestions:

1. You should train you baby to Cerelac when you are at home itself. Do not think that you will give only when required. Baby might not eat a new food well all of a sudden. So, you should make a point to give it frequently so that the baby will get used to it.

2. As Nestle recommends in the label itself, mother's milk is best for baby. So, you should continue feeding mother's milk for your baby along with solid foods.

3. You should also include other homemade food items, fruits and vegetables too which are appropriate for the child's age on the advice of your pediatrician.

4. Sometimes the baby might not eat well when you try for the first time. In that case, increase the quantity gradually day by day.

5. If your child takes more time to eat, do not mix more quantity at a time. Since the prepared Cerelac has to be consumed within half an hour as Nestle suggests, prepare one scoop by one scoop.

6. After opening the pack, you should use it within one month.

7. Do not store the unused feed even in fridge. Just discard it. You can also eat as I used to do instead of wasting :) It tastes so good!!

8. Always store in an air tight container. Close the lid once you take the required amount.

9. Use a dedicated clean and dry spoon and keep it in the container itself. Do not use the spoon for any other purpose.


THUMBS UP:


1. Instant and tasty solid food.
2. Easy to prepare.
3. Travel friendly.
4. It contains cereals and milk which provide the best combined benefit of cereal and milk.
4. Free from added artificial colors, flavours and preservatives.
5. Contains immunonutrients, growth nutrients, brain and vision nutrients. 6. Different flavors available. Almost all babies like at least one of the available flavors.
THUMBS DOWN:


Not all flavors for all stages are available in every store. I had to tell the shop owner in advance to buy the flavor I wanted. Otherwise, I had to check in so many stores. 

To avoid the delay and other problems, you can order online in advance. You can check the available flavors in the link http://www.babyoye.com/d/Feeding-&-Nursing and order in discounted price.

About Babyoye:

www.babyoye.com is one of India's largest online baby store where you can buy all kind of baby products like Diapers, Baby Wipes & Bags, Feeding & Nursing, Bath & Health, Baby Gear, Clothes, Shoes & accessories, Toys, Schools & stationery, Books & Music and many more in discounted prices. The best part is shipping is free if your purchase amount is more than Rs.500. Cash on delivery option is also available.

Hope the review is useful to you. See you soon with another useful review.
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