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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Monday, 7 April 2014

Bombay Chutney Recipe - Side dish for Poori

Bombay Chutney is a very easy side dish for poori. Side dishes which go well with Poori are very less. Bombay chutney is an easy to make side dish for poori. It is a great accompaniment for chapathi, idli and dosa too. My mom prepares poori masala in the same way but with boiled potatoes. But boiling the potatoes, peeling and chopping them take more time. Since we do not add potatoes here, the recipe is so simple and not time consuming. It is a no fail recipe if you follow the exact measurements.



Bombay chutney recipe will be definitely helpful for bachelors and working women. Even my kid was happy to have this as a side dish for poori.

When you have unexpected guests at home and if you do have not much time to prepare poori masala, you can confidently prepare bombay chutney. It will surely delight your guests too.

Now, let us see how to make bombay chutney.




Bombay Chutney Recipe - Side dish for Poori:


Bombay Chutney Recipe - Side dish for Poori


Prep Time: 5 mins    |    Cook Time: 15 mins    |    Serves: 2
Recipe Category : Side dish for Poori, Chapathi, idli and dosa

Ingredients:

  • Besan flour/Gram Flour(Kadalai maavu) - 1/3 cup
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Big onion - 1 finely chopped
  • Tomato - 1 medium size finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - As required

  • To Grind:
  • Green chillies - 2 or 3
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Garlic - 5 flakes

  • To Temper:

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



Instructions:


1. Grind 1/2 inch ginger, 5 garlic flakes and 2 or 3 green chillies in a mixer. Add little water for grinding and make a fine paste. Add 1/3 cup besan flour(kadalai maavu) and 2/3 cups water in a mixing bowl. Mix well till there are no lumps.



2. Heat oil in a pan. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add 1/2 tsp urad dal, 1 tsp Bengal gram(kadalai paruppu), a pinch of hing, few curry leaves in the pan. Saute till the urad dal turns golden brown color. Add chopped onions and saute till the onion turns translucent. Add the ground paste and saute till the raw smell goes off.



3. Add chopped tomato and saute till it turns mushy. Add besan flour and water mixture in the pan. Give a quick stir. Add 1 and 1/3 cup water, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.



4. Stir frequently till the raw smell of besan flour goes off. It will take more than 10 minutes. Switch off the stove once the bombay chutney is cooked well.



5. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.



Notes:

1. You can add boiled potato also in this chutney.
2. Bombay chutney will tends to become thicker easily. Serve it immediately. If you are going to serve later, prepare it little diluted with more water. Or, cook it with little water for 2 minutes in low flame before serving.

Hope you like the bombay chutney recipe. Please try it and give me your valuable feedback.
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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Veg Cheese Sandwich Recipe - Carrot Cheese Sandwich

Veg cheese sandwich is a great breakfast recipe which can make you to feel full easily. The crispy golden brown color sandwich with cheese melted inside will make you to feel completely satisfied. I used carrot to make the veg cheese sandwich this time. You can add any vegetable to it or just add carrot alone. Carrot, onions and cheese just make this sandwich a delicious one. The recipe is so simple and you can even pack it as morning snacks for kids.

When it comes to preparing  veg cheese sandwich, you can modify the quantity of the almost all the ingredients as per your requirement. Some people like it to have more sweet whereas some may not like the sweetness in sandwich. Some might like it to be filled with more cheese and some may not like it. So, take the ingredients and the measurements as a base and feel free to be more creative to make veg cheese sandwich in your own style.

Okay. Now let us move on to learn how to make veg cheese sandwich at home. 






Veg Cheese Sandwich Recipe - Carrot Cheese Sandwich:


Veg Cheese Sandwich Recipe


Prep Time: 10 mins    |    Cook Time: 10 mins    |    Serves: 2
Recipe Category : Breakfast recipes

Ingredients:

  • Bread slices - 6
  • Carrot - 2 small carrots grated
  • Big onion - 1 finely chopped
  • Cheese - As required(1.5 tbsp approx)
  • Sweet Tomato Sauce - 1 tbsp or as required
  • Salt - As required
  • Ghee or butter - for coating the slices
Instructions:



1. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Saute the chopped onions till they turn translucent. Add grated carrot and saute till the carrot shrinks. Add cheese, tomato sauce and salt now. Saute for a minute and switch off the stove.
2. Apply butter on one side of a bread and place the filling. Take another bread and apply butter on one side. Place the buttered side of the second bread on the filling. Toast in a tawa or toaster till both the side turn crisp and golden brown color.

3. Repeat the steps for all the bread slices.

Notes:
1. You can even directly add the filling ingredients without cooking. If you are going to give it for kids, you need to cook it.
2. Adding tomato sauce is purely optional. But it gives a nice sweet flavor.
3. You can add cumin seeds powder, chat masala powder and pepper powder also.


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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Musk Melon Juice Recipe-Cantaloupe (Kirni Palam) Juice

Musk melon juice is a refreshing and healthy juice which is very much required in summer. We call Musk Melon(cantaloupe) as Kirni Palam here. I have never shown interest in Kirni Palam before marriage. Even my friend Priya used to buy this whenever she was in diet. But I have never tasted it.




My hubby buys Musk melon fruit and makes Kirni juice very often. I have tasted it only after marriage. Seeing the size of the fruit, I never came forward in making musk melon juice. I used to ask him for making it. 

Last month, one Cantaloupe was sitting in fridge for a long time inside the vegetable tray. My hubby was too busy at that time. So, I came forward to try my hands. It came out very well. My kid also liked it. You can see the little one trying to grab the glass while shooting the above photograph :) Once you pour into the glasses, the juice will automatically form 2 layers. I like it very much. If the juice is so thick, you will not get layers. It should be little diluted. 

I do not like eating it as such since it has very very light sweetness. So, I always prefer to have it as juice only. So, juice is the good way to include musk melon in diet if you do not like eating it as such.



So, before moving onto the recipe, I want to highlight the benefits of Musk Melon(Cantaloupe) juice.

Musk Melon Juice Health Benefits:

1. Reduces the heat in the body.

2. Great fruit to include if you are in diet. Since it has significant amount of fiber, it will give you the feeling of fullness quickly.

3. Rich in Potassium and it can control the blood pressure level.

4. Prevents the risk of strokes.

5. Good source of Vitamin A, B and C.

7. Rich in Magnesium and Sodium.

Now, let us see how to make Cantaloupe juice(Musk melon juice). 




Musk Melon Juice Recipe-Cantaloupe (Kirni Palam) Juice Recipe:



Musk Melon Juice Recipe-Cantaloupe (Kirni Palam) Juice


Prep Time: 5 mins    |    Cook Time: 5 mins    |    Serves: 2-3
Recipe Category : Beverages, Fruit Juice


Ingredients:

  • Musk Melon - 1/2
  • Sugar - 3 tbsp or more as you wish
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp(optional)
  • Water - 2 cups(approx) *1 cup =200ml

Instructions:



1. Cut the musk melon into 2 pieces.



2. Cut one piece again into half pieces. Remove the seeds by scraping it with a spoon or knife.




3. Take the inside part of the cantaloupe. 

4. Cut it into small pieces roughly.

5. Blend the fruit, lemon juice, sugar and water in a mixer. Add water incrementally. You can add 1/2 cup by 1/2 cup.

Serve the musk melon juice chilled. I have added few raisins for garnishing. You can use your own creativity.

Hope you liked the musk melon juice recipe. Try this and let me know your comments.

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