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Aloo Mattar With South Indian touch


1 cup chopped Potato
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 chopped Tomato
1 cup peas (frozen/soaked overnight)
1 teaspoon redchilli powder
Pinch of turmeric powder
Small Sized Jaggery
Salt to Taste
!/4 cup of coconut
2 tablespoon Sambhar powder
1 teaspoon Ginger -Garlic paste
Pinch of Aseofotida
chopped coriander leaves
2 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
1 teaspoon Urad Dal
2-3 curry leaf


Peel the potato and chop it to medium sized,in the same manner chop the tomato and onion.
Put all the vegetables and the frozen or soaked Green peas in the pressure cooker,add salt ,redchilli powder,
turmeric powder,jaggery,and enough water to soak the vegetables cook them well (1-2 whistle)Once done transfer it to a bigger pan.

Add grated coconut ,ginger garlic paste and the sambhar powder in the mixer and grind it to a fine paste ,by adding enough water(if using frozen coconut thaw it priorly)

In a Pan add Mustard seeds,Urad dal and oil,once starts splattering,add aseofotida ,to this add…

Palak Paneer

Ingredients 1/3 cup ghee (clarified butter) 1 bulb garlic, peeled and minced 1/2 teaspoon toasted cumin seed 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste 1 (3 inch) piece ginger, peeled and minced 1 teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon Dhaniya-jeera powder 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 cup water, or as needed 1 cup ( (10 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained)/fresh Spinach 1 pound paneer, cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 teaspoon red chilli powder1/2 cup cashew nut paste for thick consistency  Directions Melt ghee in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in garlic and cumin seed; cook until the garlic softens, about 3 minutes. Add tomato paste, ginger,1 teaspoon dhaniya j…


When i was a child my neighbor would give me and my brother this KAJJIKAYI as they were originally from coorg they would prepare this regularly and we just loved it ,if i think of those days those where really fun..So today weather was moderate and was cold out here in chicago so i was getting this crazy craving for Kajjikayi and i decided to prepare it ,here goes the recipe

Recipe of KajjiKayi


*cardamom -pinch
*cashew-nuts - 10 numbers
*ghee - 1tbsp
*grated coconut fresh or dry -1cup
*koya optional
*maida - 1cup
*oil to fry
*raisins- 10 number
*sooji- 1 cup
*sugar- 1 cup
*water as needed

Directions to prepare Kajjikayi

In a bowl add maida,ghee mix well then add little water and make a dough.     2.Take a pan add ghee,cashew-nuts,raisins saute them and then add Sooji roast for some then add coconut grated roast till it changes colour to slight golden brown,then add koya,sugar,cardamom powder mix well and keep it a side.

    3. Now take the dough make a small thin puris stuff …


As the spring is not officially started yet our park district sends us the booklet of activities in which kids can get enrolled so this time i have enrolled him in 4 classes so he is busy 4 days of the week and is away from Thomas .
which he just loves because he gets to jump on the air bag and can do summer salts ,monkey bars everything each week they have theme and he has now another 3 classes he lost one class as he is really sick this week .and he enjoys maximum in half an hour we both head to our play date at our friends place and we get a chance monthly once and it will be at our place.

Tuesdays and thursdays-Play and learn
This is a class where Pradhan has to leave me for one hour and must be by himself this just that he is getting ready for school he enjoys these kind of classes first day he was liitle quite he didnt play with anyone he was just glued to thomas as the teacher had place those toys in the class he didnt do any of the group plays or activity table ,…

Having Fun with drums

I am posting this topic a bit late because didnt get time to write about this ,after coming back from india my friend called me for her Son's birthday party so i went out to the toy shop to get a toy ,Pradhan was sitting in the cart and he said to me amma i want the drum but i ignored it and i thought it would be a perfect gift to a 4 year old boy so without hesitating i picked it up and once we got home he was adamant that i open the drums for him and allow him to play it ,1 hour we tried to distract but in vain,at last we gave in and had to open the set and assembled it and gave him

To our surprise without any formal training he could play the drums as a proffesional ,we were just happy and proud of him at this small age he could concentrate on videos what he saw in youtube and reproduce it.Here is the peice.enjoy



Today as i had gone out for shopping groceries my son asked me mommy please can i have pizza,i just didnt want him to eat the frozen pizza so i decided to make pizza at home from scratch so i got all the ingredients and i must tell you it came out really good after having 1 slice my son told me mommy it is YUMMY..

here goes the recipe


* 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
* 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
* 2 tablespoons canola oil
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon sugar
* 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

* 1 can (15 ounces) Hunt’s® Tomato Sauce
* 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/8 teaspoon pepper


* 1/2 cup chopped onion
* 1 medium green pepper, sliced
* 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


* In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the oil, salt, sugar and 2 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flou…