Saturday, May 30, 2015

Triple Berry Popsicles

Triple Berry Popsicles

1 cup Strawberry
1 cup Raspberry
1 cup Blueberry
2 tbsp Lemon juice
1/3 cup Sugar
1/2 cup water

Yield: 10 popsicles


Triple Berry Popsicles

Wash all berries with fresh running tap water.
Take all the ingredients in blender, and  puree until smooth.
Transfer the puree into popsicle mold.
Freeze it for 4 hours or overnight.

Triple Berry Popsicles

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Strawberry Banana Popsicles

Yield : 8 pieces


2 cup Strawberry, chopped
1 medium size Banana
1 1/2 cup Coconut water
3 tbsp Maple syrup


Blend all the ingredients until smooth puree.
Pour it into the popsicle mold and tap the mold lightly on the counter to release any air bubbles. Freeze it for 4 hours or overnight.

Strawberry Banana Popsicles

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cauliflower Crust Chicken Pizza - No Flour, No Grain Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Crust Chicken Pizza

Cauliflower crust pizza!! I had so many questions in my mind. " Is it possible? How does it taste? Will it form perfect pizza crust? " . But, I was so surprised and glad to see the output :).. It was so delicious, crispy and healthy too..
The pizza crust is made of Cauliflower and cheese with some spices, there is no flour/grains in the crust. The texture is crispy, hence you can easily hold it and eat it up. For the topping, I used chicken, bell peppers, onions and some mozzarella cheese. I liked it lot and it was stomach filling dish. Try this Paleo pizza dish, I am sure you will like it. Please drop your feedback and thanks.

Source : Closetcooking
For cauliflower crust:
You will need,
1 medium size cauliflower. cut into florets
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 Egg
1 Tsp dried Oregano
Salt and pepper as required
For Cauliflower crust chicken pizza
1 Cauliflower Crust
1 cup Chicken, cooked
1/4 cup Tricolor bell pepper, sliced
1/4 cup purple onion, sliced
1/4 cup Pizza sauce
3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese
Before serving:
1/4 tsp Chili flakes
1 tbsp Cilantro, chopped
Method for making Cauliflower crust

Steam or boil cauliflower florets until it cooked well.
Place the cauliflower florets in paper towel/tea towel and squeeze as much moisture out you can.
Now take them in food processor and course grind it.
Transfer cauliflower to mixing bowl, add egg, cheese, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix them all well.
Preheat oven to 450 F.
Take baking dish lined with parchment paper or silicon mate.
Place cauliflower mixture on baking dish and spread it with hand.
Now bake it for 15 to 20 minutes or until it turn to golden color.
Cauliflower crust is ready!
Method for making Cauliflower crust chicken pizza

Take your cauliflower pizza crust, spoon some pizza sauce in it and spread evenly.
Sprinkle cheese over the pizza crust.
Add in all the toppings ( chicken, bell pepper, onion) on it.
Now bake again for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling.
Sprinkle chili flakes and cilantro and serve hot.
Cauliflower Crust Chicken Pizza

Friday, May 22, 2015

Chow Chow Kootu | Chayote Dal Curry

Chow Chow Kootu | Chayote Dal Curry


For pressure cook

1 medium size Chow chow/Chayote 
1/2 cup Moong dal/paasi paruppu
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Salt as required
2 cups of water

For Grinding

1/2 cup grated Coconut
1/2 tsp Jeera/cumin seeds
3 to 4 no of Red dry chilli

For seasoning

1 tsp Mustard seed / kadugu
1 tsp urad daal / ulundhu
1 tbsp of oil
few curry leaves


Chow Chow Kootu

Wash chayote and cube them.

Take dal in pressure cooker and wash well in fresh running water.

Add cubed chayote, salt, turmeric and water in it.

Cover the cooker with its lid and cook for 3 whistle.

Turn off the heat and let the steam settle down.

Take all the ingredients mentioned under for grinding column. Add little water and grind it into smooth paste.

Then open the cooker lid and add this coconut mixture.Mix well and cook in simmer flame for  5 to 10 minutes.

Heat oil in separate pan. Once oil becomes hot, add seasoning ingredients. It will splutter right away.

Now pour this over dal mixture and stir well

That's all.. Serve with rice or paratha.

Chow Chow Kootu | Chayote Dal Curry

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

DIY Duct Tape Earring

DIY Duct Tape Earring

These cute earrings are so easy to make and fun too.
Follow this simple steps and make some beautiful earrings for yourself.
This would be a great gift option  for your loved one :).. I hope you will like it.. 
DIY Duct Tape Earring

Things needed:

  • Duct Tape
  • 16 - 18 copper gauge wire
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • 2 Big Beads
  • 2 Jump ring
  • 2 Earring hooks
  • Scissor and Ruler

Duct tape pendant:

Take a beautiful patterned Duct tape. I got this one at Dollar store for 1.25 CAD

Measure 6 inch long of duct tape and cut it.

Now make a fold at the middle. So, you have now 3 inch long duct tape.

Leave half an inch at one end and start cutting fringes from other end.

Once you finished cutting fringes, now roll it up tightly from one end to another end.

Take your copper wire and rolled duct tape. Start wrapping the duct tape tightly with copper wire ( I wrapped it thrice, you can do 3 or 5 times. but do it tightly). Bring copper wire to top center of the duct tape to add bead.

Add bead to copper wire and cut extra wire with jewelry cutter.

Make a loop using round nose pliers to secure the bead.
Now repeat the procedure to make another one.
Duct tape Earring

Take duct tape pendant , jump ring and earring hook.

Attach jump ring on earring hook and connect to the pendant using jewelry pliers.
Done!!! :)
DIY Duct Tape Earring

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Kuzhi Paniyaram | Kara Paniyaram

Kuzhi paniyaram/Kara Paniyaram is one of the popular breakfast dish in South India. It is made using regular Idli/dosa batter. If you are bored of having same breakfast, try this paniyaram recipe. It is very easy to make and it tastes so good. My daughter likes it lot. 

Check here for Sweet paniyaram recipe


2 cup thick Idli batter
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup carrot, shredded
2 to 3 green chilli, chopped
small piece of ginger, chopped finely
Few curry leaves
1/2 tsp Mustard seed
1 tbsp oil + some for making paniyaram


Kuzhi Paniyaram |  Kara Paniyaram

Heat oil in pan, once oil become hot add mustard seed and curry leaves.

When mustard seeds start to splutter, add ginger and chilli. Fry for a minute.

Add in onions and carrot, mix and close the lid. Cook until it turn to soft.

Remove the pan from flame and let it warm for sometime.

Once the mixture is warmed enough, add it to the idli batter and mix well. ( Add salt if required)

Paniyaram batter is ready now!!

Heat paniyaram/appe pan and add few drops of oil in each mould.

Pour spoonful of batter until 3/4th of mould.

Cook on both sides until they become golden brown on both sides.

Serve hot with your fav choice of chutney.

Kuzhi Paniyaram |  Kara Paniyaram

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Embossed Foil Wall Art

Foil wall art

Making of Embossed foil wall art is very simple and inexpensive too. All you need is hot glue gun and sticks, aluminium foil sheet and shoe polish. In this post, I shared how to make a beautiful Embossed foil art in 30 minutes.

Step 1: Materials required

Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Heavy Aluminium foil sheet
Liquid shoe polish
Photo frame (glass removed)
Pen or Pencil

Step 2: Choose your pattern

Take a sheet, which should fits well in the frame. Now draw some pattern in sheet as your wish. Since its my first attempt, I drew simple flower pattern.

You can also take print out of pattern from google images. Search " drawing sheet " pattern in google images. you will find many beautiful drawings.

Step 3: Trace it

Now trace the pattern with hot glue gun. Once you traced all curves and lines, let it completely dry for sometime ( It takes 2 minutes to dry ).

Step 4: Emboss it

Keep the glued pattern over back of the frame. Now wrap the foil over the front and to the back.

Now press down the foil with your fingers and then use q-tips to rub the foil down around the glue lines without breaking the sheet.

Once finished with the q-tips, rub generous amount of shoe polish all over the entire piece.

Let it sit for few minutes and take soft tissue, wipe it gently. Do not wipe it too much. If you do, rub some more shoe polish and wipe again.

Step 5: Frame it

Once polish is dry, put your frame on your foil art.

Tada! It's done :)

Foil wall art

Friday, May 1, 2015

Prawn Briyani | Eral Briyani | Shrimp Briyani

Prawn Briyani | Eral Briyani | Shrimp Briyani


For prawn marination:

1 lb prawn (washed, shell removed and deveined)
1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
Salt to taste

For Fragrant rice:

2 cup Basmathi rice (soaked in water for 30 minutes)
6 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp cumin seed 
1/2 tsp whole pepper
2 Mace
1 tbsp oil / ghee
1 tsp salt

For Biryani:

2 onion, chopped finely
1 tomato. chopped finely
1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 cup thick curd
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder
Salt to taste
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
Whole garam masala ( 2 bayleaf, 2 cinnamon small stick, 1 star aniseed)
oil for frying prawn

For Garnishing:

1 cup fried onion
chopped cilantro and mint leaves
A pinch of Orange food color mixed with 2 tbsp of water


Take a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients mentioned under marination. Mix all well and let it marinade for 15 minutes.

Heat ghee in big vessel on medium heat, add whole garam masala into it.

When you get the aroma of whole garam masala, pour 6 cups of water and add salt in it.

Once it begins to boil , add soaked basmathi rice.

cook uncovered until the rice is 90% cooked.

Drain water using colander / filter and keep the rice aside.

Heat oil in pan over medium heat, add marinated prawns into it. Fry till it half cooked. Then take out the shrimps from pan and set aside.

In the same pan, add whole garam masala and fry for a minute.

Add onion, ginger garlic paste and tomato, close the pan with its lid and cook until it become soft and mushy.

Add spice powders and salt, mix all well..

Add in curd and chopped cilantro an mint leaves, cook for sometime.

When oil oozes out around the edges of the pan, add in fried shrimps and close the lid and cook for about 5 minutes.

Now layer the fragrant rice over the biryani masala and garnish with fried onions, chopped cilantro, mint leaves and pour orange food color on top of the rice.

Close the lid and cook in medium flame for 10 minutes and then reduce the flame to low, cook for 5 minutes.

Switch off the flame, let it sit for another 15 minutes ( Do not open the lid)

Fluff the rice gently with fork and serve with your choice of Raita.

Prawn Briyani | Eral Briyani | Shrimp Briyani
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