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Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetables

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Let's face it. some of us don't like vegetables any more than our toddlers do.Most of us do not get enough servings of fruits,vegetables and whole grains that our bodies need. A single food can never provide all the essential nutrients that our body needs. Therefore it's always important to consume a wide variety of food to provide adequate intakes of vitamins,minerals and dietary fiber.Vegetables can be added to almost any food. They generally add a lot of flavor to main dishes, as well as a lot of nutrition. I have a habit of adding vegetable to my meat dishes even fruits sometimes. They add more flavors and the dishes looks more tempting and colorful too. I have omit the addition of meat to my stir-fry this time. I wanted to tasty each vegetable by it's own flavor. Believe me it tasted awesome with fried rice.

Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetables

Ingredients
Serving Size:4

3 cloves of garlic crushed
1 medium onion chopped
1 large carrot sliced
2 celery sticks sliced
1 red pepp…

Fried Noodles With Vegetables

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Fried Noodles With Vegetables
I just simply love noodles with a touch of Indian Chinese fusion cooking. I hardly know anyone who doesn't relish Indo-Chinese food. These are commonly found in may restaurant and seems to be on the hit list among people especially kids. Whenever I go to any restaurant I normally find youngest ordering these Indo-Chinese fusion food compared to local Indian food.A bowl of healthy noodles loaded with yummy vegetables is never easy to NO at all. I really got mad at the sight of dosas and iddlies after coming back to India but I just really love them so much:) Ha haa!!! I'm mad right??? Anyway back to my recipe: Lengthy curly noodles tossed with tons of colorful vegetables with the touch of soy sauce really make this dish special at any time.

Ingredients
Serving Size:4

1 cup of cooked Hakka noodles or any kind of ur choice
1 cup chopped baby bok choy
1 red capsicum sliced
1/2 cup baby corns sliced lengthwise
1/2 cup oyster mushrooms
1 clove minced
1tbsp peanu…

King Prawn Kurma

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When looking for a tasty seafood dish,you can never go wrong with prawns.Whether boiled or steamed, sautéed or baked, fried or grilled stewed or in a curry, prawns are extremely popular thanks to its delicious flavor which makes it an ingredient you do not want to substitute in any recipe.These prawns is very popular with my 4 yr old fuss eater.The following recipe was done very long back but still I can never forget the spicy and mouth-watering dish at all.This kurma had a light texture and which happens to be very popular among my friends and family members.They are the perfect side dish for naans or even with plain white rice.
King Prawn Kurma
Ingredients:
Serving Size: 4

1kg cooked frozen King prawns
3tbsp fresh curd
1tsp paprika powder
1tsp gram masala
1tbsp tomato puree
3tbsp thick coconut milk
1tsp chillie powder
2/3 cup water
1tbsp peanut oil
1tbsp ginger garlic and chille paste
1 small piece cinnamon bark
2 cardamom pods
chopped fresh coriander leaves for garnish

Preparation Met…

Szechuan Fried Noodles

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Szechuan Fried Noodles
For quite sometime my cooking sphere have being slow.Today I was able to sit down and glanced at my cooking journal. Oh my God!!! so many recipes that have being tried were kept aside for sometime.After shifting from USA I was kinda of more busy than before.An all time favorite dish of mine!!noodles tossed with spicy szechuan sauce and peanut oil is simply mouth-watering.
Ingredients
Serving Size:5

1 small packet rice noodles
1tbsp peanut oil
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 cup thinly sliced chicken breast
1tbsp soy sauce
1tbsp fish sauce
1tsp sugar
1tbsp fresh grated ginger
2tbsp szechuan sauce
1tbsp Chinese Rice Wine
1tbsp oyster sauce
1 medium onion chopped
5 cloves garlic minced
1 celery stick sliced
2 carrots sliced
1 can sliced bamboo shoot drained
1/4 cup snow peas chopped
2tsp cornflour
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil

Preparation Methods:
Soak the rice noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes or until soft and drain.Keep aside.Heat the peanut oil and sesame …

Tri-Coloured Pasta With Sun-dried Tomato and Curry Leave Pesto

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Tri-Coloured Pasta With Sun-dried Tomato and Curry Leave Pesto

A very good afternoon to all my friends and followers from CBE (Tamil-Nadu). Have u guys being wondering why there's no updates from my side for some time ??Hmmm!! Well I have moved back to my hubby's hometown. I was held up with settling down,kids school and other stuffs. Finally I'm completed settled and here I am with a recipe from my kitchen to yours. This recipe has been kept as side for a quite a long time. It's one of my son's favorite dish using Tri-Coloured pasta. I have given a South Indian touch to the dish by add curry leaves.

Ingredients
Serving Size:

For the Pesto:
4tbsp sun-dried tomatoes
2tbsp chopped fresh basil
2tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
1/4 cup curry leaves
1tbsp chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
3tbsp chopped onion
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1tbsp tomato paste
1/3 cup crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt to taste

Preparation Methods:
Place sun-dried toma…

Asparagus With Ham/Chicken

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Asparagus With Ham
I know I know!!! I haven't shown my face for quite some-time since my last post. I was kinda of busy around my own world and nothing special has being on my strove for sometime. the bug flu has being going around in shifts in my home for sometime and the kids wasn't in mood for anything new.Recent I found some good back bone ham at the central market and prepared this mouth-water side dish which was indeed great with white steaming rice.Hope that this recipe will find it's way on your dinning table soon.Till then happy cooking and more recipes will flow soon....

Ingredients:
Serving Size:4

1 bunch asparagus cubed
1 cup cooked ham or any dark meat
2tbsp finely chopped garlic
1 yellow onion chopped finely
1tsp chili flakes
1tsp Chinese Rice Wine
1tbsp dried shrimps pounded
1tsp dark soy sauce
1/2tsp grounded black pepper
salt to taste
1tbsp sesame oil

Preparation Methods:
Infuse 1tbsp of olive with crushed chill flask in a non-stick pan followed chopped onions,min…

Spicy Prawn Fried Rice

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Ever since my daughter starts to having prawns -preparing fried rice is very common in my kitchen. A very easy way for me to make her finish her plate in no time.As long as she filled I'm happy:)

Spicy Prawn Fried Rice
Ingredients
Serving Size: 4

1 cup leftover cooked rice
1 red onion chopped finely
1 cup cooked prawms
3 large eggs, beaten
4 small shallots, peeled
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cups finely chopped or shredded vegetables
3 red chillies
1/2tsp shrimp paste
1/2tsp sugar
chopped coriander leaves
chopped spring onions

For Sauce:
2tbsp dark soy sauce
2tbsp light soy sauce
3tbsp tomato ketchup
1tbsp spicy black bean paste
salt to taste

Preparation Methods:
Break the overnight/leftover rice using the back of a spoon so they don’t clump together-keep aside.Coat a large skillet with cooking oil and heat over medium-high heat. Pour in eggs, reduce heat to medium-low and cook. Slide out of the pan onto a clean cutting board. When cool enough to handle chop it to bite able size and leave as…

Nutty Deep Fry Okra Masala

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Nutty Deep Fry Okra Masala
"Yucks!!!Mommy I really don't like that sticky veggie you gave me for lunch today.Pleas don't prepare the mat home anymore",used to be my 6yr old's complaint whenever I prepare okra at home. These sticky veggie happens to be my hubby's favorite and he grabs them in bulk when fresh ones arrives at Central Market. I was really trying my best get my kids enjoy orkra but was unsuccessful until I came across this particular recipe in a cookbook in the library few month back.The snaps were utterly irresistible and decide to give it a try.The complaint stopped immediately.Anything is possible when it come to to food I guess....it's always how we make them delicious and tricks to get them through the kids. Anyhow these "sticky veggie "finds it's way in kitchen twice a week and fills the tummy of the kids..

Ingredients
Serving Size: 4

Marinate For Okra:
15 medium size ladies finger halved
1tsp garam masala
1tsp chillie powder
1/4…

Singapore Fish Curry

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Singapore Fish Curry
Sometime I really wonder why I'm not prepare fish as before.When it comes to fish I always remembers "Muthu Curry Restaurant " in Singapore where they sell the best Fish Head Curry.Normally the curry is brought in-front of you still bubbling away in the large clay pot .Fish head curry is a spicy curried dish made using a fish's head. The dish is peculiar to Singapore, mixing the spices of a typical South Indian fish curry with the fish head, a delicacy amongst the Chinese.Since my hubby is not fond of fish head-I'm just preparing the curry with cat-fish cubes instead.

Ingredients
Serving Size:4

1lb cat-fish cubes or red snapper
1/2 cup okra
2 eggplants
1tsp cumin seeds
1/2tsp fenugreek seeds
5 green chillies halved lengthwise
few sprig of curry leaves
1 cup shallots halved
10 cloves of garlic crushed
1tsp thinly sliced ginger
3 tomatoes cubed
1tbsp tomato paste
2tbsp tamarind pulp
1 cup coconut milk
1/2tsp turmeric powder
1tsp chilli powder
2tbsp fish curry mas…

Bhelpuri with Chick-Peas

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Bhelpuri with Chick-Peas
Ding dong and my clock showed 4pm and immediately my tummy wants to have some snack which happens almost everyday.I really want to have some comfort food available in the street in most part of India which has became very popular. Chaats!!!!I love bhel puri and never get enough of it. It is so fulfilling, yet not fattening at all. I just love the combination of fresh vegs with the sev and rice puffs. And the chutneys are so yummy. I also make the 'dates' chutney along with tamarind chutney."A plate of savoury snacks, typically served at road-side tracks from stalls or carts in India. With its origins in the northwestern state of Gujarat, chaat has become immensely popular in the rest of north India and the rest of South Asia which This is a masala, or spice mix, typically consisting of amchoor (dried mango powder), cumin, Kala Namak, coriander, dried ginger, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Always assemble bhelpuri just before you're goi…

Spinach and Mushroom Masala Omelets

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An omelet is a dish made from beaten eggs quickly cooked with butter or oil in a frying pan, sometimes folded around a filling such as cheese, vegetables or even meat. These omelet always favorite among the kids.Blending eggs with onion,tomatoes and Indian spice was kind of usual thing in my kitchen but I had some spinach laying in my freeze for quite sometime. Why not prepare spinach omelet with some mushrooms just like served in IHop but omitting the chesse with Indian masala. It was a perfect combination with curd rice and it just vanished once served.


Spinach and Mushroom Masala Omelets
Serving Size:4

Ingredients For the omelets:
2 eggs
4tsp butter
1 cup finely chopped spinach
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
dash of black pepper
1tbsp cold water
salt to taste

Preparation Method:
Melt 2 tsp. butter in a small skillet over high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until golden. Lower the heat, add spinach and saute briefly, until it wilts. Set aside and drain as much liquid as possib…

Barley Vegetable Soup

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"What is wrong with these days? Have you lost interest in cooking or the frequent changes in climate is making you too lazy to cook?"These question have being pestering my mind and I'm debating against it.Even sometime I have a feeling that my kitchen in also looking upon me with these questions too.for the past few weeks I have being busy and not much into cooking at all. I just wanted to pamper myself with more homely and comforting dishes which doesn't take much of my energy and time. What's more comforting then have a bowl of healthy soup. For the first time I have experiment using barely pearls in soup and I was success this time too:)

A generous amount of spices, along with beans, barley and veggies make this soup tasty and filling and healthy. I love the taste of barley, and the addition of beans and veggies will definitely tempted anyone for a second helping.

IngredientServing Size:4

1 onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic minced finely
2 ribs celery, diced
2 carrots…

Baked Chicken Gravy

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Baked Chicken Gravy
Since everyone in my family are chicken lovers-I always like to try new recipes to improve the taste of the normal chicken curry with a lot of spices. This was my hubby's creation and it tasted very good as we try out with briyani and it was really so delicious. At the end I was left with just a piece of drumstick...it just vanished:)


For the Paste:
2 cups chopped shallots
2tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 bunch chopped corinader leaves
1 bunch chopped mint leaves
3 green chillies
1tsp turmeric powder
1tsp poppy seeds
1tsp fennel seeds
1tsp nutmeg powder
1tsp salt

Add 2tbsp ghee to wok and roast all the ingredient til fragrant and grind to a paste once cool and keep aside.

2 tomatoes chopped
2tbsp curry masala
2tbsp chicken masala
1tsp gram masala
1tsp chillie powder
1tbsp coriander powder.

Add another 2tbsp ghee and saute the tomatoes til tender followed by all the spice powder.Fry them until the oil starts to separate- then add the grind masala, Saute til they turn to brown …

Bottlegroud Saute

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Bottlegroud Saute
I would thanks all my fellow blogger-and well-wish for showering me with awards. I'm indeed honored to receives these awards from u guys. I wouldn't have reached here without your encouragement. This is one of my favorite vegetarian- side dish which I like to prepare whenever I feel bored of having meats at home.

Ingredients
1 cup chopped bottlegroud
1 red onion chopped
1 garlic clove minced
1 green chillie chopped finely
1/2tsp mustard seeds
1/2tsp cumin seeds
1tsp channa dhal
1tsp ural dhall
1tsp pepper powder
1/2tsp turmeric powder
1/2tsp chillie powder
1/4tsp garam masala
a pinch of hing
chopped coriander leaves
chopped spring onions
few sprig curry leaves

Preparation Methods:
Heat a skillet on medium flame with 2tbsp oil and splutter curry leaves,mustard ,the dhals and cumin seeds followed by chopped onions,minced garlic and green chillie. As the onions turn slightly brown add the chopped bottlegroud, all the spice powders and salt. Saute for 2 minutes and cover…

Mutton Do Piaza

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Mutton Do Piaza
I was going through the shelve in Dallas Library and came across this delicious Mutton recipes which really made me drool at the step by step snaps.I don't really like to have mutton but now I have got myself addicted and always find some ways to prepare them.

Ingredients
For The Masala Paste:

1 cup shallots chopped
15 dried chillies (adjust according to your intake of spice)
2tbsp meat masala -any brand
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 tomato
2tbsp tomato paste
2tbsp ginger garlic paste

Add 5 tbsp of oil in wok add the all the masala ingredients and roast to grind into a smooth paste.

1lb mutton chopped
1/2tsp tumeric powder
2tbsp coriander powder
2 cups chopped onions
salt to taste
2 bay leaves
a small cinnamon stick
3 cloves
3 cardamon pods
1/2tsp mustard seeds
1/2tsp cumin seeds
few sprig curry leaves

Preparation Methods:
Grease a pressure cooker with 2tbsp oil and splutter mustard and curry leaves followed by cumin,dried chilies, cinnamon stick,cloves and cardamon pods til fragrant.Add …

Spicy Tofu Sambal in South Indian Style

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Spicy Tofu Sambal in South Indian Style
Many have known that we recently celebrated my son's 6th b'day few days ago and I had quite a number of vegetarian guests for the party. Well I'm not very creative in preparing veg dish like others but I wanted them to taste a very popular taste bud of my hometown prepared in the essence of South Indian flavor.Since we had chicken briyani and Kashmir Pulao I wanted make a dish that can blend well with both. Finally I decide to prepare a Malaysian delicacy know as sambal-very spicy chilli paste which can be added to any type of dishes. The taste was really good and all my guests really loved it and I would like to share the recipe with all.....

Ingredients For The Paste:
Serving Size: about 10
20 dried red chillies-soaked in hot water for 30 minutes
1/2 cup chopped shallots
2tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
2tbsp tomato paste
1tsp sugar
1tbsp lime juice
salt to taste
2tbsp chili oil

Saute all the ingredients in the ch…

Spicy Scramble Eggs

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Spicy Scramble Eggs
Eggs are as important as food all around the world. They are so easy to prepare and often the first food many people learn how to cook.Like most kitchen eggs usually find their way in my dinner table most of the time.Both my kids enjoy having egg in their food.The following is one of my favorite way in preparing them...

Ingredients
Serving Size:5
6 eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
2 green chillie minced
1tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2tsp mustard seeds
1/2tsp cumin seeds
1/2tsp ural dal
1tbsp tomato ketchup
1tsp white pepper powder
1tsp chillie powder
1/4tsp gram masala
1/4tsp turmeric powder
1/2tsp black pepper powder
salt to taste
finely chopped coriander leaves
finely chopped green spring onions
finely chopped parsley
a pinch of hing powder

Preparation Methods:
Crack the eggs one by one in a large bowl. Add the white pepper powder,tomato ketchup and a pinch of salt. Whisk them well and set aside. Heat a wok and add couple 2tbsp butter. Once it&#…

Arvin's 6th B'day

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Arvin's 6th B'day Party
"Let's keep it sweet and simply this time", was my reply when we will discussing what to do for my son's coming b'day. Time really flies. It's just unbelievable that my son is 6yrs old . He was just 3.2kg health baby boy wrap in blue blanket entering into the world on March 8th 2004 and here we are planning to celebrated his 6th b'day.

Anyway I wasn't much interested in inviting many guests for the party as it falls on Monday-a working day. I just wanted invite some very close friend but in the end we had invited about 30 guests for the party. I really don't know how the guests list got increased but it was really great. I was prepare all the food for the any function myself with help from my friends back in Owasso but here I wasn't able a most of my friends are further from my place. For the first time since I came here we order food from outside.

We decided to have pizaa party and order chicken briyani from outsi…

Hokkien Prawn Mee

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Hokkien Prawn Mee
Prawn noodle(Hokkien Prawn Mee) is simply delicious and there's various way of preparing them.They are normally served with some slice of pork and beans sprouts. These two are the main ingredients one can find in their bowl of Prawn Noodle Soup. The broth is made from boiled prawn with their head intact which has to be fried. I couldn't find fresh prawns so I'm using seafood broth form my recipe.

Ingredients:
Serving Size: 4

1 packet egg noodles
4 cups seafood broth
20 jumbo prawns
1/2 sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped boy choy
1 cup beans sprout
1/2 cup sliced baby corns
2tbsp minced garlic
1tsp pepper powder
2tbsp sesame oil
1tbsp Chinese Rice Wine Vinegar
chopped spring onions
fried onions
For the Sauce Paste:
10 tbsp of dark soya sauce
5 tbsp of light soya sauce
2 tbsp of oyster sauce
2 shallots sliced
1tbsp spicy bean sauce
1tsp red chilli paste
2 tbsp of sesame oil
1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
1tbsp sugar
3 tbsp of cooking oil
2 shallots (coarsely chopped)
2 cloves of garlic…