Friday, October 23, 2009

Quick Kichadi

It is an easy to prepare, healthy and delicious food with rice and lentil as major ingredients. We can have and enjoy this food with chutney, thuvaiyal, pickle, thokku, curd etc.


  • Rice: 2 cups
  • Green gram (Paasip paruppu / Moong dal): 1 cup
  • Mustard (Katuku / Rai): 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves (Kariveppilai / Karipaththa): A few
  • Green chili: 3
  • Onion: 1
  • Tomato: 1
  • Garlic: A few
  • Coriander leaves (Kothumalli thazhai / Dhania paththa): As required
  • Cooking oil / Edible oil: As required
  • Turmeric powder: A little
  • Ghee / Clarified butter: As required
  • Salt: As required

Method of preparation:

  • Take a cooker and heat oil in it.
  • Add muster, curry leaves, chopped green chili, garlic, onion and tomato one after the other and sauté for about two minutes.
  • Add six cups of water and boil the contents.
  • Add salt and turmeric powder.
  • Add rice and green gram.
  • Pressure cook for three whistles.
  • Add a little ghee and decorate with coriander leaves.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Chinese style fried rice

It is a type of delicious fast food, can be prepared easily at home.


  • Cooked Rice: Two cups
    The following item are used on an as required basis:
  • Carrot
  • Beans
  • Onion
  • Capsicum
  • Chopped scallions (Spring Onion, green onion, or salad onion)
  • Cabbage
  • Green Chili
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Chopped Ginger
  • Pepper Powder
  • Soy Sauce
  • Red chili
  • Sauce
  • Sesame oil or any edible oil
  • Salt

Method of preparation:

  • Cut all the vegetables into small pieces.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan.
  • Add cumin seeds. When they splutter, add chopped ginger and chopped garlic and fry for about a minute on medium-high flame.
  • Add green chili, carrots, beans and fry for about three minutes.
  • Add capsicum and continue frying for about three minutes, without overcooking.
  • Add onions and cabbage and stir well for further about three minutes.
  • Sprinkle pepper powder.
  • Add soy sauce, red chili sauce and a little vinegar. Stir and cook for about two to three minutes.
  • Add cooked rice and required salt and mix well followed by addition of some chopped spring onion.
  • Remove from flame.
  • Serve hot with sauce.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Egg fried rice

It is an easy to prepare delicious food, contains egg, rice and vegetables.

Method of preparation:

  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan.
  • Fry a finely chopped onion till golden brown.
  • Add a tbsp of ginger-garlic paste and 3 finely chopped green chilies.
  • Reduce flame and stir.
  • After a minute, add ½ tsp each of turmeric powder and red chili powder with a stir.
  • After about two minutes, add 4 well beaten eggs and stir continuously for about five minutes.
  • Add 1/4 cup each of finely chopped and boiled French beans, carrots and peas.
  • Stir for about two minutes.
  • Add salt and 1/2 tsp of garam masala.
  • Add 3 cups of cooked rice and mix well.
  • Close the lid and cook for about five minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with or without soy sauce.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Papaya shake

It is a very tasty non alcoholic golden yellow drink, both appetizing and nourishing.


  • Ripe papaya: 400 gm
  • Ripe banana: 100 gm
  • Honey: 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder: one or two pinches

Method of preparation:

  • Blend the pulp of both the fruits with a little water.
  • Add honey and cardamom powder.
  • Mix well.
  • Serve cold.