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Saarina powder /rasam powder


1 cup Red chillies [byadagi chilly preferred]
11/2 tbsp cumin seeds
1tsp methi seeds/fenugreek seeds
5-6 tbsp coriander seeds
2 branches of curry leaves
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp asefotida/hing powder
2 tbsp coconut oil


Fry each ingredients separately in a pan or microwave [no oil if doing in microwave].until it gives nice aroma.let it cool
After it is cooled blend it in a mixer/blender to a very fine powder.Mix well and you can store this in a Airtight container.

Rasam {Bele saaru}

Bele Saaru is a simple lentil soup which is tangy and just nice to drink as such or even eat with plain rice.

is very famous for its temples.Udupi food is very popular in many parts of the world. The temples here serve one of the tastiest meals. Bele Saaru and Plain Rice is a comfort food for us.This is one item which is liked by my Dh and Ds.Here goes the recipe.


Togari Bele/Split Pigeon Peas/Toor Dal-1 fistful
Tomato - 1
Turmeric - 1big pinch
Curry Leaves - 1 line
Coriander Leaves - 2tbsp (chopped)
Saarina pudi/Rasam Pudi - 1bsp [ Saarina pudi ]
Tamarind paste 1tbsp
Salt and a little jaggery to adjust flavor

Tampering :
1tsp Ghee/Oil, 1/2 tsp Mustard, 1red chilli broken into pieces, Asafoetida/hing one big pinch

Cook daal with turmeric in a pressure cooker.
Take out the juice of tamarind (or dilute tamarind extract) in 1 cup water and keep it aside. Add jaggery, green chilies(if using),chopped tomatoes and cook till jaggery melts,and the tomatoes become tender.

Mushroom munchurian

from long time i was thinking of completing the writing for this but couldnt do it,here it is i hope you guys enjoy it.

Mushroom Manchurian, dry (To serve 4)

Button mushrooms,15-20 (I used a 200gm packet)

For the batter:

3/4 cup maida
1/4 cup cornflour
A green chilly, crushed or 2 tsps of green chilly sauce or 1/2 tsp red chilly powder
2 shallots/small onions-crushed
A tsp of minced garlic
Salt, to taste
Water, to make a thick batter

Oil- to deep fry

Final Mix up:

2 tbsp- Oil
A tbsp of ginger + garlic, julienned (or paste)
A green bell pepper- cut into 1/2 inch squares
A big onion - cut into 1/2 inch squares
2 tbsp- dark soy sauce (I used Ching's secret)
1 tbsp- green chilly sauce ( I used Weikfields)
1/2 tsp red chilly powder or 2 red chillies broken into 3 pcs each
1/4 tsp white pepper powder
Salt- to taste (be careful, the sauces contain salt)
Scallions- to garnish


1. Wash and slice the mushrooms thin and long.

2. Prepare the batter with the ingredients listed, thick, …

Rasgulla from scratch

A year long graving to make rasgulla from scratch came true at last. I had made this in India but was reluctant to make it here so long.

For chenna/paneer
6 cups milk (I used whole milk)
1-2 tbl spns lemon juice

For syrup:
1 cup sugar
2 and 1/2 cups water
1/4 tea spn cardamom powder

Heat milk in a heavy bottomed pan. When it is hot, add the lemon juice. Mix with a spoon and cook for a few minutes till the milk separates.
Sieve it through a clean cloth.
Tie the towel in a pouch and squeeze it to remove any extra water.
Hang the towel for about 30mins allowing all the water to fall down. Now the paneer/chenna is ready.
Take it on a plate and knead it very well to remove any chunks. This is very important to get good quality rasgullas. Now make small balls (of peda size), remember, when they are cooked, they increase in volume, so don’t make them too big. It is quite difficult to make these as they break very easily. So apply a bit of pressure to hold them together…

Tiramisu for two

I wanted to try this tiramisu dessert without alcohol and egg so i did some reasearch and i got this recipe in which i gave my own changes to the original .
This is banana tiramisu

3/4 cup ricotta cheese ( you can take fat free cheese)
2 tbsp confectioner sugar
1 cup banana( you could use fresh or frozen straw berries )
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup choclate sause
1 and 1/2 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup cool whip cream
1 cup vanilla Wafer biscuits
1/2 tsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp coffee liquor


In a large bowl add ricotta cheese,sugar and vanilla extract Wisk it until smooth bu hand or hand mixer
In another bowl wisk whip cream and sugar keep aside
Chop the banana's into small piece to decorate the tiramisu take some wine glass or you can take in decorative glass in the bottom layer crumble the biscuits Add some coffee liquor then on top add 1 tbsp of ricotta cheese mixture,then add banana to next layer ,add whip cream on top of this repeat this layering .Top this with one …

Vegetarain Lasagna

Today i hosted Playdate at my place after a long gap ,i was thinking what would be the menu for lunch as we meet at around 12 in the afternoon .We usually have playdate every week at and everyone gets their turn.So as i decided on making vegetarian lasagne for grown up and peene in white sause for kids(this recipe i will post next).
Here goes the recipe for lasgne.


1 box of lasagne sheets( i bought whole wheat sheets)
3 cherry tomato ( you can use canned tomatoes)
1 cup of mixed vegetables
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1/2 cup of spinach
1/3 cup of milk ( cream )
1 tbsp of Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp oil
3 green chillies
1 inch ginger
1 cup mozzerela cheese
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup parmessan cheese

White sause

1/2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp corn flour
2 cups milk


First cook all the vegetable in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle ( you could steam it too)
Then in a wok add Oil after it gets hot add the vegetables and…