Friday, October 31, 2014

Ghostly Poached pears in Red wine

*********** HAPPY HALLOWEEN  :) ***********

Poached pears in Red wine Sauce

Poached pears in Red wine Sauce

Ghostly Poached Pear is the perfect dessert option for today. Treat your guests with this cute looking poached pear ghost. I am sure, they will enjoy it.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gruesome Hand Meatloaf

Few more days to go for halloween. Have you all planned the menu for this halloween!!! Try this simple yet creepy looking main course dish. It is made of minced chicken meat with mild flavor of cilantro. Though it looked wierd, it was delicious. We liked it!

Gruesome Hand Meatloaf

Gruesome Hand Meatloaf

2 cup Minced chicken meat
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
3 - garlic cloves
1 inch - ginger
4 - dry chilli
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
Tomato ketchup
Onion for depicting nails

Friday, October 24, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Thenkuzhal Murukku | Diwali snack recipes

Thenkuzhal murukku is a very popular dish in South India. We used to make it for Diwali festival. The texture of murukk is crunchy and it tastes so nice. 

Thenkuzhal Murukku |  Diwali snack recipes

Murukku recipe


Rice flour - 2 cups

Urad flour- 1/2 cup
Butter - 3 tbsp (at room temperature)
Sesame seeds - 1 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Hot water - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Yield : 15 - 18 Murukku

Preparation time - 5 minutes

Cooking time -  25 minutes


Easy murukku recipe

1. Take all the ingredients (except water) in mixing bowl. Mix it well.

2. Add water little by little and mix to attain dough right consistency.

3. Divide the dough into 6 equal cylindrical portion.

4. Heat oil in wide pan.

5. Take murukku press and plate (back side) , grease it well with oil.

6. Now add one cylindrical portion into the murukk press and press it slowly in form of circle.

7. Slide the murukku dough into heated oil ( test oil by adding a pinch of dough in it. If it rises immediately, then oil is ready to fry).

8. Fry them on both sides until it turns to golden brown colour.

9. Drain excess oil in paper towel and once it cooled down, store it in air tight container.

Rice flour murukku

Healthy Kid

Healthy Child makes a Happy home. This statement is cent percent true.  As a mom, I experienced it in many situations.  I have a daughter.  She is a very active and naughty girl. We are living in Canada. Last year, during winter the temperature was reduced so low and we had snowfall every day.  Being a mom, I have a responsibility to protect my kid from flu and cold. While this sick weather, I usually avoid taking her out for walking or playing. But she became so cranky and cried for the whole day. Finally she made me to take her to our apartment playground.  We just played for 15 minutes and came back home. That day night itself, she got cold and coughs. She dint sleep at all.

Later I called my mom in Skype and said 'Ishya got bad cough, she is coughing continuously'.
She was so worried and suggested me to 'Give her warm water with honey or turmeric with milk, it will reduce the cough and apply Vicks on chest and give her only hot water'.
I prepared turmeric milk and fed her. But my daughter doesn't drink it. Her sore throat paining so badly and she ignored it with little sip.
I felt so helpless; I called my hubby's mob. He picked my call and asked me 'How is Ishya? Is she better now?
I said 'she is crying a lot and buy cold and cough medicine when you come home'

He tried to buy some medicine, but here they will not give without prescription.  Hence he went to Indian stores for buying siddha medicine.  He found Dabur Chawanprash. This was the medicine; his mom gave him during childhood to improvise immunity.  He bought that to home. My little one needs immunity to fight with bad cells, bacteria and germs. We gave a spoonful of Dabur Chawanprash and we continued to give her once in a day until she is fully recovered. Within a week, her health improved a lot, she came back to her normal life. we felt so relieved.

This year again winter started here, but I have no worries now. Every day I am giving her dabur chyawanprash, it will take care of my little one health. We are busy playing in snow, building snowman :) A healthy child makes a happy and lively home.

Dabur Chyawanprash has anti-oxidant properties and helps to strengthen your body's internal defence mechanism - the immune system - thereby protecting you from day to day infections such as cough, cold etc.   Chyawanprash, a time-tested, age-old formulation has a number of herbs like Amla, known to be one of the best antioxidants, Giloy (Guduchi), known to have immuno-modulatory properties, and has more than 40 other natural ingredients. It helps to improvise the immunity level three times.  Every day I am giving a tsp of dabur chawanprash to increase her immunity level, like how our mom did to us. Dabur Chyawanprash brought back happiness to our home.

 This post is a part of  Dabur Chyawanprash.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Diwali is all about Sweets and Sweet Memories

Diwali is just around the corner. All of my family members are so excited to celebrate it in a grand manner. In my native, a month ago, all the shops were decorated with colourful serial lights. I am eagerly counting the days for grand celebration.

How we prepare for Diwali celebration in our home:

When I think about Diwali festival, first thing which strikes my mind is new dress :). Every year two weeks ahead of Diwali, we used to do Diwali dress shopping. We don't like to do shop in last minute, because the bazaar will be so crowd and more than that all good pattern and latest trendy dress might sell that time. This year also we finished our shopping a week ago.

Next thing which come to mind is everyone's favourite yummy sweets and savouries :) In our home, we never buy sweets from shop. Every year we make Diwali sweets at our home.  My grandma comes to my home to help mom for Diwali sweet preparation. She is a great cook (I am learning cooking from her now). I and my two sisters likes to do some help like rolling, mixing the murkku dough, but my mom never allow us to go near the oil pan. While making sweets, we sit around and my grandma shares her childhood memories with us. It is always one of unforgettable moments in my life. The sweets which we prepare for Diwali is rice flour murruku, sweet murruku, mullu murruku, guava leaf murruku, gulab jamun, adhirasam, rava laddu, seeni urunda, Mysore pak etc., .During Diwali, we share sweets with our relations and neighbours. Hence we make 100 numbers in each sweet and savoury dish. 

Gulab jamun is one of my favourite sweet delicacies. It is so delicious and simple to make. From last year, I make gulab jamun using left over breads. It tastes as same as normal milk powder gulab jamun. I would really love to share the simplest recipe. The ingredients you will need
For making bread gulab jamun is
8 bread slice
1/2 cup milk
Oil for deep frying 
For making sugar syrup
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
A pinch of cardamom powder 
A pinch of saffron strands 

Method for making jamuns:

First, cut the brown edges of bread and dip the bread in milk. Then squeeze out the extra milk. Repeat the same for other breads. Now take breads in blender and grind it into smooth paste. Divide equal portions and make balls. Heat the oil in pan over lower flame. Drop each ball into the heated oil, fry them well until it turns to golden brown colour. Drain the excess oil in paper towel. Let them warm for some time.

Now for the sugar syrup, take sugar and water in large saucepan, mix well and cook it on lower flame. When it forms single string consistency, remove it from the flame and add saffron strands and cardamom powder. Once the sugar syrup cools down, add jamuns into it. 

Let it soak for 4 hours to get soft and smooth texture. It's done :) simple isn't it?? I hope this recipe will help you all for the last minute sweet preparation.

Image source: here

Last but not least, Fire crackers :).  Actually we buy it on a day before Diwali that's why I couldn't upload my own fire crackers image. We love different colour sky shot. That is in top of my fire cracker list.

How we celebrate Diwali:

The day before Diwali night, we sisters never sleep. We do chatting, playing card games, watching Diwali special television show. At 12 o clock, we wish everyone in our family and we start sweeping our home entrance for big rangoli kolam. Then my dad applies small drop of segaikai (powder herbal shampoo) and oil on head. It is one of traditional custom during Diwali festival. My mom will be very busy in arranging all the sweets, pooja items and cloths in pooja room. After aarathi my dad gives us new clothes. We happily go and wear it. After 10 o clock, we visit our friends and relations home to share Diwali wishes and sweets. The whole day we spent time firing crackers, visiting relations home, watching TV, eating loads of sweets. Diwali is one of my very favourite festivals. Now, I'm eagerly counting days for Diwali celebration.

Wish you all a very happy and prosperous Diwali 2014 :)

This post has been written for Indi blogger Happy Hour "Gharwalidiwali".
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