Friday, March 27, 2009


As i said in my previous post of TOMATO/THAKKALI KOOTU, this is also my families fvrt dish. we all die for this. we never miss the chance of making this on tomato seasons. That too specially prepared in my mom's hand Mm.... that tastes really heaven. My mom prepare and give me in big bottle saying that Hema i prepared a lot for you especially for your hubby, it will sure come for another 15 to 20 days ma. I will get that one with a big smile on my face and my mind will say Ayo amma 15 to 20 days a... seri seri parthunde iru. Analum Ipadi oru emaliya irukiye!.... After a week or 10 days i ll call amma and say amma yr thokku was very tasty and its over.. can u tell me the recipe I m planning to make it now. Ha ha ha imagine how my mother could be on that side. This is my Mom's signatured dish. Here u guys go for the recipe da......


Red ripped Tomatoes 20
Red chilli powder 1/2 cup or less according to yr spice taste.
Hing a pinch
Fenugreek powder 2 tsp
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 2 cups


Finely grind the 15 tomatoes and finely chop remaining 5 tomatoes. Heat the oil in a pan. Pop up mustard, add hing and all tomatoes. Add salt. Sauté for 20 to 25 mts until the tomato gravy gets thicken. Add chilli powder and fenugreek powder, again cook for 10 to 15 mts covering with lid. Mean time not to forget to stir so that it should not get stick with pan or get burnt.

U can have this with dosa/idly/chapatti/parathas/puri

DRUMSTICK MASALA - This is my daughter's favo curry. I m dedicating this to her.

HOT N SOUR TOMATO SOUP- Both my kids are lover of soups. This one dedicated to both of them.

TOMATO THOKKU -Though its all our favrt... my hubby and my sister Vasu craving for this. I m dedicating the spicy thokku to both of them.

All these Entries goes to Sanghi ‘s Fall in love – Tomato Event.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Everyone visiting here will get surprised on seeing my new template…. This is normal thing… now I come to the real story. Can u believe this that I too got surprised on seeing my blog bright n colorful with new template? Ha ha ha that’s true dears… me too got surprised. The surprise was given by Mahimaa of Indian vegetarian kitchen.

It’s a long back longing (pls ignore the grammar here let it be rhyming ok) of me to change my template. I too change often from the bloggers template and by changing the font color, size and style and maximum adding of back rounds to my knowledge that’s all. But I was scared to experiment with my more than 100 posts by down loading from other site and installing all widgets again as I m much ignorant on tech side of computer. I was telling all these stories to Mahima dear when we were chatting on line. She said she will help me after finishing her course and gets free time. So I have given my password, she send me some site addresses and header link to select me. I have selected some and send her thro mail. More than months over and I totally forgotten that one.

3 days back when I was login to my blog with morning fresh filter coffee in my hand, with that tinge of coffee in my tongue and my eyes got bloomed n forget to blink on looking into my changed template.. Cho Chweet surprise Mahima has given me. Thank u so much mahimaa……Really I feel very happy and I should appreciate her for her effort and time spent for me in her busy schedule.

Thanks a ton darling. I am Proud to have u as my friend.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


This is my favrt.. My mom prepares both the tomato kootu and tomato thokku tasty and yummy. Probably my next post will be tomato thokku. Whenever I go to my mom’s place I go by with a lengthy list to make her do for me. And my gal now doing the same prepares two tooooo big lists for her patti and thatha.

Her list for patti is cookery things and for thatha is purchase list. One more spl list she brings to her chitti for handy craft work things and fancy items. We go with two bags and return home with min 4 bags. Ok ok these are all practice in politics ma… hope everyone do the same. Ha!Ha!Ha!....

Lets come to Today’s menu


Moong Dhal ½ cup
Ripped red tomatoes 3
Onion big 2
Grated Cabbage and carrot each ½ up (optional)
Green chilli 2
For Grinding
Grated coconut ½ cup
Cumin seeds/jeera ½ tsp
Black pepper ¼ tsp
Dried red chilli 3 to 4


Par Boil moong dhal and keep aside. Cut all the vegetables and add into the par boiled dhal and cook till everything done. Mean time add necessary salt and turmeric. Grind the ingredients said under for grind. Add the paste into the kootu. Cook for another 8 to 10 mts. Now the tasty kootu is ready to have with hot white rice.

Accompanies well with all thuvayal rice/plain rice/chappati.

Sending this kootu to Sanghi ‘s Fall in love – Tomato Event.

Here i served this kootu with hot white rice along with SEPPANKEZHANGU FRY . Enjoy the platter dears. Dedicating this to my cousin Padmaja who loves this kootu with this curry very much.


Again the shower of Awards. here comes the list of buddies and dearies who are all made me wet by their rain of Awards. Thank u all i m so happy and honored.

This cute goodie Basket comes from Varsha . She honored me as FRU Topper for sending more Recipes to her Event Recipes for rest of us dessert. Cho Chweet my darling thank u so much da.

Those comfort hugs of friends comes from Vibaas. Thank u for honoring me dear.

This lovely Sister Hood Award is from VG. Thank u for considering me as yr sister VG and Its my pleasure to be your sister.
All these following Awards showered by my dearies Jaishree, Pooja n Gita's Kitchen join her hands in giving me the little hearts.

Thank you so much my dears. My joy has no bounds. Cant express my happy thro d simple word T H A N K Y O U. It really mean a lot.
I would like to pass all those Awards to all my blogger buddies. Pls Feel free to pick them dears.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


This is everyone’s favorite dish. We usually prepare this with venpongal and Rice uppuma. This tastes heaven with these two main dishes.


Brinjal 3
Onion 2
Tomato 2
Tamarind paste 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric a pinch
Hing a pinch
Curry powder/sambar powder 3 tsp
Oil, mustard seeds, and curry leaves for tampering.


Cut the brinjal to fine pieces, length wise the onions and tomatoes.
Pressure cook the brinjal, onion and tomatoes to two to three whistles.
In a pan pop up mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add the cooked mixture. Add salt, turmeric, tamarind paste with little water, hing and curry/sambar powder. Bring to boil for 8 to 10 mts.


Take a big size brinjal and grill deeply on the stove top. The outer skin of the brinjal should turn black. Peal the skin and smash the flesh of brinjal.
In a pan pour oil and pop up mustard seeds.
Add onion, tomato sauté for a while and add the smashed brinjal. Add tamarind paste with little water.
Add turmeric, salt, curry powder/sambar powder hing. Bring to boil about 5 to 8 mts. keep stirring on and off. If the Kosthu is too thick add little water.

Now the simple yet tasty kosthu is ready.
Accompanies well with Rice uppuma and pongal

Monday, March 9, 2009


This is my favorite chutney would like to have with any Tiffin items. Since my hubby doesn’t like garlic flavor much in any dishes, I used to do it when he is out of town. My kids also love this. It is very easy to prepare and tasty too.


Garlic pods 10
Onion 1
Tomato 1
Dried red chilli 6
Tamarind extracts ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 3 tsp
Mustard 1 tsp


Grind all above said ingredients by adding little water, salt and tamarind to a thick paste.
Take a pan, pour oil liberally and pop up mustard seed.
Add the chutney paste in to the pan and sauté till the raw smell goes and it leaves oil.
Accompanies well with Dosa/Idly/Chappathi/Parathas/Bread
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Friday, March 6, 2009


Its again a flow of awards in our blog world I think.. So many Awards from sweeties. Almost i can see all these awards are roaming around and keep every ones blog fresh and bright as they are twinkling in mine now. we keep on passing them to our lovely friends.Its a wonderful feel, that someone thinking about us and take an effort of adding our name in their list. This time Everyone of you made me so happy and honored by giving these cute and sweet Awards. Thanks a ton dearies. It mean a lot lot to me....

These Awards are coming from Sanghi and Shama Nagarajan . Oops I m loosing my conscious seeing this sweet attacks from them.

Oh my dear Divz ... u jus made my day and my blog so bright and beautiful by passing this to me. And recently got this from Sanghi, sriharivatsan and Shama Nagarajan too... so lovely dears.

These cute little hearts are from Varsha Vipins n Shama Nagarajan. Hooo HOO i m flying like these hearts.Thanks darling.
These friendly hugs coming from AnuSriram , Jaishree , Akal's Saappadu, Shama Nagarajan, sriharivatsan and Divz. I feel so comfort my dear friends.. thanks a lot lot and a lot.

And here comes the special Award from Shama Nagarajan , especially for my daughter's Art work which has participated in her Event. Here is the link of it.

KIDS FRIENDLY CRAFTS EVENT - ROUND UP!!!!!!!!!!!!! . She made every participants happy with this Award. This is for my daughter Lakshana. Thank shama dear.

Thank u all. I would like pass these awards to all my sweet friends who are all visiting and leaving their lovable comment in this post. Its waiting for u dears pls pick up.