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Today's recipe is another kid-friendly recipe. This is an extremely simple recipe which you can whip up in a few minutes. No need to worry about whether the rice will be over cooked or not, since we are using cooked rice. I usually make such pulao's when I have left over rice from the previous day. Goes really well with a simple raita and poppadums. ;) Meal done.

                                 Vegetarians can just skip the chicken part and proceed with the recipe.


Onion- 1 big, chopped
Tomato -1/2 , chopped
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Aubergine - 2 small, cubed
Boneless chicken - 1/3 cup, chopped
Green chili - 1, slit
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Yoghurt - 1 tbsp
Mint leaves -  a handful,chopped
Cooked Basmati rice - scant 2 cups

Heat oil in a wok. Saute the onions and green chili till slightly browned.Add the ginger garlic paste and stir till the raw smell leaves.  Add the chicken and stir till it mixes well…
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Palak paneer was one of the first dishes I experimented in a desperate attempt to make my fussy daughter eat her greens. She was 4 years back then. She is now 7 and still asks for this dish every week. When she was younger I still remember that when anyone asked her what her favourite vegetable was, she used to puff up her chest and say 'spinach'!!!hahaha......
 She loves it! My younger one will eat whatever the older one eats. job is done when I please the older one!....LOL

                               I have substituted the usual cream for milk here. Its extremely healthy and usually a hit with the kids since they cannot 'see' the whole veggies!

Oil - 4 tbsps onion- 1 large, pureed
ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp tomato - 1/2, chopped cashewnuts -  8 spinach - 3 bunches (I used baby spinach) green chili - 2,slit
chili powder - 1/2 tsp cumin powder - 1/2 tsp coriander powder - 1 tsp milk - 1/4 cup
paneer (cottage …


                                         I was going through my recipe book the other day when I came across this one. Given to me by a good friend Susmita. One of my first friends since I moved to Kuala Lumpur. One brainy kid who's kid would probably be more brainier than she is.. She's one hardworking girl,........ a perfectionist,....... an achiever......... and I swear I don't know where she gets the energy to work 40 hours a day!!!!!!!!!If she's not at work, she'll probably be on a hike or back packing somewhere in the world.Trust her to be tidying up her kitchen cabinets at 2 AM just because 'she has no time' !Well my dear readers, THAT is Susmita for you! Bet you all have atleast one friend like that :)
One helluva girl I admire..... U GO GIRL!I love you! Need to catch up soon:)

                                            This recipe is the perfect recipe for those weekday dinners where you just want to dump in all the ingredients and wait for it to…

Lahsooni Methi Paneer

So happy to be posting on my blog after ages! My last blog post was when I was pregnant with my second. Now she is 4 years old!!Years flew by in a wink! Not that Im complaining. No more tantrums(not too much atleast!), dirty diapers, milk feeds, messy meals, waking up like a zillion times in the middle of the night and the list goes on........Iv had my fair share of ups and downs.                                  My girls are now 7 and 4......and hopefully I can be a bit more regular here now. So here I am, on my blog after 4 years. So baby steps again bear with my amateur photos guys!
 I found this recipe on whisk affair and have just made minor changes to it. 

Oil minced garlic - 3 tbsp onion, finely chopped -  1 cup green chillies -2 , slit ginger, minced - 2 tsps yoghurt - 1/2 cup Flour- 1 tsp coriander powder - 2 tsp kashmiri red chili powder - 1tsp turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp garam masala - 1/2 tsp salt to taste fresh crea…

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Back to blogging after a long break! Sorry to all my readers for the delayed post and to all my blogger friends for not keeping track of their posts!

My daughter loves chicken nuggets, but it never struck me that I could give her homemade ones and that too baked!! no guilt there!..yay! So I came across this recipe on Rasa Malaysia's blog....and wow! its definitely a keeper! So easy and quick. Best part is, it can be made without those looong marination hours! phew! They were so crisp and tender :)

Mommies you can thank me for this one!! :)

End daughter and me ended up fighting for the last one! :D

INGREDIENTS: boneless chicken cut into nugget sizes - 6
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (I used mozerella)
a pinch of coarse salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
about 2-3 tbsps all purpose flour 
1 egg

PROCESS: preheat oven to 400 deg F.spread the bread crumbs in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 mins until golden brown.Transfer the bread crumbs …

Mysore Bonda/ Ulundhu bonda

This is very similar to ulundhu vadai. Much simpler to make because you just dont have to worry about the perfect round shapes with the perfect holes!! Just simply scoop the batter in your fingers and roll them into a ball shape and then fry them.

One of the very few things my fussy daughter just loves!!........phew! Thank God for that!

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup urad dal/ ulundhu, heaped
1 small onion, chopped finely
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1 tbsp corander leaves and  curryleaves , chopped (optional)
1 tbsp basmathi rice OR 1-2 tsps rice flour
1 tbsp peppercorn
2 tbsps coconut bits
a pinch of chopped ginger (optional)
salt to taste
oil for frying

PROCESS: Soak the urad dal and basmathi rice (if u are using) together for about 3-4 hours.Wash well and drain. In a food processor, blend the urad dal and rice with only necessary amount of water to form a paste. The more water you add the more oil it will absorb while frying.Transfer the batter into a bowl and add the above ingredients and mix well

Moist Eggless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting

I baked this cake for my husbands birthday last month. Since the  joy of baking website has got lovely and trustworthy recipes I usually choose her recipes if Im not in the mood for 'experimenting'! The following recipe was an extremely easy 'mix and bake' recipe (and using no electric beater...yay!!)..........

I used a 23 cm cake tin. So ended up a bit thin. The 20 cms cake tin would have been perfect for this one.

tasted so moist and lovely...........but in my defense..... I did feel a bit guilty for choosing SUCH an easy recipe for his birthday!... :D

INGREDIENTS: 1.5 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
75 grams unsalted butter (1/3 cup), melted
1 cup warm water(240 ml)
1 tbsp lime juice or vinegar .....(I used vinegar)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Chocolate frosting:
6 ounces (170 gms) semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy cream (35% butterfat)
1 tbsp unsalted butter, r…