Prawn Curry is Gj’s favorite dish. When he buys prawns/shrimps, he would as me to make this dish. I like to eat this dish with Curd Rice and Chappathi. Gj prefers to eat this dish only with Curd Rice. After eating, he would love to sleep for 2 hours (I guess prawn curry with curd rice would make him drowsy). If I want him to watch a movie with us, then I would make this dish for dinner. If I have some work to do, then I would not mind him eating this dish and falling asleep. This is a basic Prawn Curry and anyone could do this easily as the preparation is very simple. Except for grinding ginger garlic paste and deveining prawns,shrimps, there is not much work to do. This dish also goes well with Idly and Dosa.
In California, we get coriander leaves at a lower price compared to East-Coast. Usually I buy four bunches of coriander leaves for 2 weeks. I make Kothamalli Thogayal every week. One week I ‘ll make this Kothamalli Thogayal and the other week, I would make Kothamalli Thogayal with Curry Leaves. However, I do not get curry leaves often here. When it comes to non-vegetarian, I’ll make Coriander Chicken Curry/Malli Chicken. This Kothamalli Thogayal goes almost with most of the dishes like Idly, Dosa, Rasam, Curd Rice, Sambar and also with rice. Mostly, I have it with rice.
My mom learned this recipe from my maternal grandmother. Right from my childhood days, whenever my mom makes Vegetable Biryani or Chicken Biryani, she would certainly make this Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chutney along with a Sweet Tomato Pachadi. Together with Biryani and Tomato Pachadi, it taste like heaven. When my mom asks me what special recipes can she manke on my Birthday, I would definitely say ‘The Trio’ combination. These are my family’s favorites recipes. This recipe also goes very well with Biryani, Fried Rice and Pulao. After I got married, I wanted to learn this recipe from her but somehow it just kept going. When my mom came here, she made it for my husband and his friends. All just fell in love with this “Trio” Combination. Gj then urged me to learn this recipe from my mom. Only last time when she came here for Shreeya’s delivery, I requested her to make this recipe for us. As usual, we all loved her preparation. She usually add color but Gj and myself are against adding artificial colors. So, I have given two detailed procedures: one with artificial color and the other without it. The recipe and the preparation remains the same for both except for the addition of artificial colors. This recipe has both spice and sweet. If you want it to be hot enough, add more red chillies. Now, lets move on to the recipe…
I still remember when I had this Stuffed Paratha for the first time. My father’s close friend invited us for a dinner. Aunty made Stuffed Mutton Paratha, and our family instantly fell love with it. The paratha was way too soft and was almost melting in our mouth. I was a fussy eater then. When aunty wished to serve each and everyone with more than two parathas, everyone said that they were already feeling heavy. You know what???? I was secretly longing to have more. The Stuffed Mutton Parathas tasted heavenly. My mother tried the same recipe with Chicken in a couple of days at home, and she came very close to the taste. We loved the taste of Stuffed Chicken Parathas.
Mangoes are my favorite food. I don’t mind eating it all the time during my childhood days. My mom would give me only a mango a day because I would get prickly heat or boils. When I go to my cousins house, I would eat mangoes throughout the day and have those boils all over my face and body. Then slowly as I grew older, the boils eventually got away from me.
Apricot has got so many health benefits. Apricot is rich in Vitamin A, Potassium and has high fiber. It is available during May till July. Whenever I buy Apricot, I either make smoothie or jam. This time I thought I’ll make Apricot Lassi. I prefer fresh apricots to dried ones. Dired apricots lose their water content because of the drying process that they goes through. If you have apricots and curd/yoghurt at home, you could make this Apricot Lassi. Apricot has a sweet flavor so if you even add less sugar, it will taste good. A super tasty and refreshing smoothie!
After my wedding, when I did not know much about cooking, I learned this recipe from Chef. Mallika Badrinath’s book. Whenever I have guests at home, I make this recipe. It comes out well every time. I feel this recipe is quite simple to make and if you have the ground masala at hand, then your work is even more easier. When my mother-in-law came to stay with us, I made this rice for her. She fell in love with the capsicum rice. She asked me to make this rice many times and loved the rice every time I made it for her. I made Capsicum Rice last Tuesday and had it with Raita. My mother-in-law does not like to eat out in restaurants so when we went to Washington D.C from Pittsburgh, we packed this rice for the trip. The rice stayed fresh and tasted good even after 6 to 7 hours. Whenever I make Capsicum Rice, I will think of the nice memories of the Washington D.C trip we had. Usually, I’ll make this recipe with green capsicum but this time, I made with yellow and green capsicum. If you want your rice to be colorful, then you can use green, yellow and red capsicum. Now let’s go for the recipe…
My mom makes Tandoori Chicken and Chicken Lollipop often. When she came here for my second delivery, she tried this recipe on her own. It came out very well and all of us liked it. Then I requested her to make again. She made it on the last day she left to India. Amidst shopping and packing, I tried taking pictures as much as I could. This is my mom’s version of Chicken Lollipop. It had a perfect blend of all spices and was tasty and crispy because of bread crumbs. We loved it and was more happy to eat it for the second time. Here comes the recipe…
Preparation Time. 5 minutes
Marination Time. 1 hour
Baking Time. 25 to 30 minutes
Recipe Category. Snack / Side Dish
Recipe Cuisine. Indian
Serves. 5 nos.
My husband Gj likes oats very much. Not for the taste but for the health benefits. Every other mornings, he will have Oats Cereal as his breakfast. I always eat Oats with a big sigh. However, I love Oats Biryani, Oats Pongal, and Oats Curd Rice. I tried this Oats Porridge with fruits, and it came out very well. Gj loved it so much. I am planning to make Oats Porridge at least twice a week. Above all, it is super easy to make. When you are in a hurry, you can make this Oats Porridge in just 5 minutes. It tastes good when it is little hot or warm. If you are little fussy about Oats, please try this recipe.
Preparation Time. 4 minutes
Cooking Time. 6 minutes
Recipe Category. Breakfast/Dinner
Shreeya likes Peas and Rice Puree very much. I started giving her this puree recently when she turned 6 months old. I give it to her for lunch twice a week. Adding rice to the peas puree makes it quite heavy for her, and she sleeps well after having the Peas and Rice Puree. Moreover, Rice provides lot of energy. I think most of the babies like Peas and Rice Puree because of the sweetness from the peas. If you are using fresh peas, you may find it little difficult to puree the skin smoothly. I always use frozen peas so it makes my work much easier. You can try a lot of combinations with peas. Peas goes well with many veggies and fruits.