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Banana walnut cake in microwave

Banana walnut cake is quite good as the banana fruit gets along well with the walnut. I have tried banana nut cake using the conventional oven as it is how any cake is baked. Today, I'm gonna share with you the recipe for baking banana walnut cake using a microwave. It just takes 5 minutes in the microwave to bake the cake. No need to wait for 30-40 minutes for baking the cake. This can be made as an evening snack for your kids after school. I'm sure they would love to have it.Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acids that helps in brain development. Ingredients: 1 cup all purpose flour /maida 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp vanilla essence 1/2 cup walnuts 1 ripe banana 1 tsp nutmeg powder (optional) 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature 2 eggs, at room temperature 1/2 cup vegetable oil How to make banana walnut cake in microwave: 1. In a bowl, sift together a cup of all purpose flour, salt and baking soda. Dry ingredients are ready. 2. In another bo

Chettinad Nattu kozhi varuval / chettinad chicken curry

Varuval means frying in "Tamil", and the word Chettinad comes from southern parts of TamilNadu. Chettinad recipes use extreme amount of spices and are rich in taste and aromatic too! There are wide variety of dishes available like chetinad karakuzhambu (tamrind gravy), ennai kathirikai (spicy brinjal gravy cooked in tamarind paste), chettinad fish fry, chettinad nattu kozhi varuval (country chicken fry) etc., In our today's episode of food blogging, we are gonna see the detailed steps of preparing the spice powder, marinating chicken, and making the varuval. An alert for those who do not prefer spicy food - this dish is quite spicy, at the same time it's tasty that you cannot resist yourself from having it. Try it out and share your valuabe opinion. Ingredients: 400 gms of chicken pieces 3 tsp cooking oil 10-11 shallots, finely chopped 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste 2 medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped 2 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp of blac

Jeera Roti

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Stuffed Mirchi Bajji

Stuffed mirchi bajji is a spicy evening snack which you can enjoy especially on rainy days. The stuffing is made out of potatoes and carrots with few other spice powders like coriander powder, turmeric, ginger, green chilli, chopped coriander leaves and chopped onions. The mirchi or cubanelle pepper is slit and deseeded to allow room for the stuffing. The stuffed pepper is then dipped in a batter of corn flour, rice flour and besan/chick pea flour and deep fried in oil. The stuffed mirchi bajii goes well with chutney or ketchup or even mint chutney. Ingredients: 2 potatoes 1 carrot 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped 1/2 tsp ginger pieces 1 green chilli, finely chopped 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves salt to taste 1/2 tsp cumin powder 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp coriander powder 6-7 cubanelle peppers oil for deep frying For the batter: a pinch of turmeric powder 1/4 tsp of orange food color 1/2 cup besan flour / bengal gram flour or chick pea flour 1/

Egg capsicum curry

Egg capsicum curry is little more spicy and equally tasty. The usual routine of eating either boiled eggs or egg burji or omlette is boring at times and we would like to eat something new recipe with boiled eggs. Capsicum is always available at our home, as i would prefer to use bell peppers in one or the other dish atleast thrice a week. If not one whole capsicum, atleast i use a portion of it in my lunch meals. Sometimes, i use all the colors available in the market for chicken skewers as they give a more appeasing look to the kabob! Each tastes different. The yellow bell peppers are spicy as compared to it's siblings - green, red and orange. The egg capscium curry is made using sliced onions, ginger-garlic paste, green chillies and garam masala. That extra hot spiciness to the dish comes from the freshly ground black pepper corns, fennel seeds and cumin seeds. Let's quickly see what goes into the pan for making this yummy egg curry. Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 large o

Cauliflower fry without oil

Cauliflower pakoda is a crispy evening tea time snack. It is also one of those popular street foods in chennai. Also in bakery shops, they sell cauliflower pakodas freshly made every evening in front of our eyes. On a lazy day, we shall buy these pakodas and have it as a side dish for our lunch/dinner. I am sharing a recipe of cauliflower pakoda without deep fry in oil, using an oven. Ingredients: 250 gms of cauliflower florets 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp chilli powder 1/2 tsp garam masala powder 1 tbsp corn flour 1/2 tsp all purpose flower/maida 1/2 tbsp rice flour 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves/cilantro (optional) 2 tbsp oil 1 tsp ginger garlic paste 1 tsp black pepper powder (optional) Steps: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 2. Cut the cauliflower florets in medium pieces, not too small (they get burnt) and not too big (would not be crispy). 3. In a plate, mix together all the ingredients mentioned above. Sprinkle some water and mix well. I

Indian Pennywort(Centella asiatica)| Vallarai keerai Masiyal

Vallaarai keerai, commonly known as Indian Pennywort is loaded with vitamins and minerals B, K, calcium, zinc and magnesium. It has cooling properties which helps in balancing the body heat. It also helps in increased memory power and is highly recommended for kids. In today's recipe, we shall see about making a quick curry with vallarai keerai. You can have it with rice, jeera rice.  Here are few other healthy recipes from our blog- do check it out if any of it interests you :) Mix veg paneer subzi Hot and Sour Soup Bean kootu Poha payasam Tomato Garlic Soup Onion Rava Dosa Beet Milkshake Okra stir fry ' Curry leaves Buttermilk Detox juice/green juice Greens Stir Fry Ingredients: a big bunch of Indian pennywort/vallaraik keerai 3 dry red chillies - adjust as per taste 2 medium sized onions, roughly chopped 2 medium sized tomatoes, roughly chopped 3 garlic pods How to make vallarai keerai masiyal: Clean the spinach by removing the stem. This variety of greens are actually cuter

Palkova / Thirattupaal/ Sweet Khoya

Homemade sweets are always special as you have control over the sweetness ( well, i agree you cannot compromise on the sugar added to a sweet recipe) however we can assure brown sugar or jaggery could be substituted wherever possible and free of food colors and any other preservatives. In today's recipe, i'm going to share about a simple two-ingredient recipe which uses cow's milk - its palkova aka thirattupaal (sweet khoya). The process is quite cumbersome, however with a heavy bottomed non-stick pan, you can skip stirring quite often and sit back and watch while it gets simmered without being burnt. Choose the right vessel for this dish and you would be rest assured a hassle free recipe. Let's get into recipe and the steps. You can use full cream milk or buffalo's milk instead of cow's milk. Cow's milk gives the best of taste you can ever get! Happy ready and hope you try out this recipe at your home and share your valuable feedback. Ingredients

Cashew Pakoda / Cashewnut fritters

Cashews are nutritious to health providing the necessary protein and carbohydrates to certain amount if consumed little amount on a daily basis. These nuts are also good at providing good cholesterol/fat to our body, so you better keep a watch on how much you take it each day. Kids like cashews and they tend to pick those cashews in sweet dishes like sweet pongal, rava (semolina) kesari, payasam, kheer etc., If i could think of any savoury item that has cashews in it, then ven pongal, pakodas, puliyogare are to name a few. Today i had made cashew pakoda for lunch starters and it was super duper hit. Let me quickly share the recipe here. Ingredients: 1 cup raw cashews 1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced 2 tsp hot cooking oil 1 tsp salt 2 tsp chopped green chillies 10 mint/pudina leaves 1 tsp fennel seeds 1/2 cup besan flour/chick pea flour 1/4 cup corn flour 1/4 cup rice flour 3-4 garlic pods, finely chopped/crushed 1/2 cup of water or as needed oil for deep frying

Catla fish fry

Fish is rich in omega 3 fatty acids and big ones like catla, salmon, rohu are all really flesh ones which tend to be of lean meat texture. It's good to try meat like recipes with such fish. This is a south Indian recipe especially from Tamil Nadu.  I usually make fish fry with the same spices as listed here. You can add ginger-garlic paste if you want, but it would not compromise on the taste of the dish! Ingredients: 1 tsp red chilli powder salt to taste 1 tsp black pepper powder #How to make catla fish fry: Take all the spice powders and salt into a plate. Add 50 ml of water and mix it to a paste. Let it be thick so that it coats the fish pieces. Place fish pieces onto the plate and coat them nicely on both sides. Let it marinate for 20-30 minutes. Heat a tawa and add some oil. When the oil is hot enough, place marinated fish pieces on medium flame. Cook for 5 minutes. Drizzle some oil if needed. Flip and cook for another 5-6 minutes on medium flame. Drizzle few spoons of oil and