Archive | July 2012

Crispy Bhendi (Okra)

This is my mom’s recipe,she makes it for Shonty,as he is a big fan of Bhendi.


200 gms Bhendi (Okra),washed,wiped dry.

1 tbsp Dhana-jeera powder.(Corriander seeds and cumin seeds powder)

1 tsp Red chilli powder.

1/2 tsp Chat masala.

1/4 tsp Haldi powder ( turmeric powder)

2 tbsp Besan.

Salt to taste.

4 tbsp Oil.


Cut the stalk of each okra and make lengthwise slit.

Mix all the remaining ingredients except besan and oil.

Stuff this mixture in the slit of  bhendis,sprinkle remaining mixture on the bhendis.

Now sprinkle besan on it and mix well.

Heat a griddle,add 2 tbsp oil.

When the oil heatens up,arrange bhendis on the griddle.

Cook till bhendis turn crisp,flip over and cook on other side.

Remove on tissue paper.

Serve hot as a side dish or starter.

Happy Cooking !!!


Dal Fry


Have you ever wondered, why your homemade Dal Fry doesn’t taste like the one you get in road side dhaba ,thats because – you don’t have this Recipe!

Jeera rice and Dal fry,is a made in heaven combination…you cant ask for anything more..

So here goes the recipe..


1 cup Mixed dal ( Washed & soaked for an hour and pressure cooked for 3 whistles)

1 packet Maggi bhuna masala (with ginger-garlic)

1 tsp Ghee.

1 tsp Jeera.

3 Green chillies finely chopped.

1/2 tsp Haldi (turmeric) powder.

1 tsp Red Chilli powder.

1 tsp Dhana Jeera powder.

1 tsp Kasuri Methi.

1 tsp Garam masala powder.

1 tbsp Butter.

2 tbsp chopped Corriander leaves.

For the Tempering:(Optional)

1 tsp Oil/Ghee.

1 tsp Jeera.

1/2 tsp Dhana.

1/4 tsp Hing (Asafoetida.)

2 Red chillies.

8 Curry leaves.

8 flakes of Garlic (crushed).)

1/4 tsp Red Chilli powder.


Heat ghee in a kadhai,add jeera,let it splutter then add green chillies.

Add entire packet of  Maggi bhuna masala (with ginger-garlic).

Add chilli powder, haldi powder and dhana jeera powder,mix well and let it cook till oil separates. Add kasuri methi.

Add cooked dal and salt.Mix well.Add butter.

Let one boil come,add garam masala powder and chopped corriander leaves.

Add little water if required, this dal is thick in consistency.

For tempering,heat ghee and all all the items one by one.pour on the dal and keep covered.

Serve hot with Jeera rice,steam rice or paratha of your choice.

Tip:I have used mix dal for this recipe,I buy a packet of mixed dal which has all types of dal in it,if you don’t have it,you can mix together 2 tbsp of each type of dal that you have at home,moong dal,chana dal,toovar dal,urad dal,masoor dal,etc.

If you don’t have maggi bhuna masala,chopped onion+tomatoes +ginger+garlic can be used instead.

Happy Cooking !!!


Jeera Rice


1 cup Basmati rice (washed,soaked for half an hour and drained)

2 cups Boiling water.

1 tbsp Ghee.

1 tsp Jeera.

2 Green chillies finely chopped.

2 tbsp Corriander chopped.

Salt to taste.


Heat ghee in a thick bottom pan,add jeera and chopped chillies.

Stir for a minute.Add Rice,salt and boiling water.

Mix well, cover and cook,when half the water is soaked in the rice add chopped corrinander leaves.

Cook till water is completely soaked and rice is cooked.

Serve hot with Dal fry or any gravy of your choice.

Happy Cooking !!!


Idli Fry

Its an easy to make yummy and healthy snack.Kids love it.


4 steamed idlis (See rice idli recipe in snacks categorie) .

1 tbsp oil.

1/4 tsp Red  chilli powder.

1/4 tsp Black pepper powder.

Salt to taste.


Cut idlis into long pieces,make 5 pieces out of one idli.

Heat a non stick frying pan,add oil.

Place idlis on it,sprinkle chilli powder,black pepper powder and salt.

Roast till crisp on one side,flip over and cook till crisp on other side.

Serve hot with tomato ketchup.

Happy Cooking !!!


Pea Pulao


1 cup Basmati rice

1/2 cup Green peas.

1 large onion sliced.

1 tsp Jeera.

1 tsp Ghee.

2 cups Boiling water.

Salt to taste.


Wash and soak rice for half an hour in 2 to 3 cups of water.Drain and keep aside.

Heat ghee in a thick bottom pan,add jeera and sliced onions.

Once the onions turn pinkish in colour,add rice,green peas and salt.

Mix well,stir for 2 minutes.Add boiling hot water.

Cover and cook till water evaporates completely.Stir once or twice in between with light hand,ensuring rice grain is not broken.

Serve hot with dal or gravy of your choice.

Tip:Dry fruits like cashewnuts,almonds and raisins can also be addeded to this rice to make it rich.

Happy Cooking !!!


French Toast with Honey Butter.


4 slices of Bread.

2 Eggs.

2 tbsp Milk.

1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder.

2 tbsp Butter.

For Honey Butter:

1 tbsp Honey.

1 tbsp Butter.

A pinch of Cinnamon powder.


In a bowl beat together eggs,milk and cinnamon powder.

Heat a frying pan,smear with butter.

Take a slice of bread and dip it from both the sides in egg and milk mixture.

Let the excess mixture drip down,now place this slice in frying pan and roast from both the sides.

In a bowl mix together honey, butter and cinnamon powder well.

Once the bread is roasted from both the sides remove in a plate,spread some honey butter,cut inti triangles and serve hot.

Tips:Instead of Honey butter ,poedered sugar can also be sprinkled on top before serving.

Happy Cooking !!!


Cheesy Garlic Bread

This is an easy to make dish,goes well with any kind of pastas and soups.


1 loaf French bread (Any long bread which is  locally available).

2 tbsp Butter.

1/2 cup grated Cheese.

1 tsp Oregano.

1 tsp Chilli flakes.


Cut the french loaf in slices.

Arrange on microwave safe dish.

Apply butter,sprinkle cheese,oregano and chilli flakes.

Cook in microwave for 1 min oh high speed.

Serve with Pasta or Soup.

Happy Cooking !!!