Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pomegranate Milkshake | Maadhulai Milkshake | Milkshake recipes | Summer Special Drinks

Pomegranate shake

Pomegranate Milkshake is a delicious and yummy shake. This is my hubby's favorite and he makes it very well. This is the first shake he prepared for me after our marriage and that is the first time I tasted this yummy shake and from that time, its become my favorite too. This pomegranate milkshake is easy to prepare too.

You can view some healthy milkshake recipes...
Gulkand Milkshake
Dates Milkshake
Blueberry Milkshake
Dried Apricot milkshake

Pomegranate milkshake

How to make Pomegranate Milkshake

Preparation time: 15 min | Cook Time: 0 min | Serves: 3
Recipe Category: Beverages | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

1. Pomegranate - 1
2. Chilled milk - 3 cups
3. Vanilla icecream - 1 scoop (optional)
4. Sugar - 1/4 cup
maadhulai milkshake


Deseed the pomegranate and get the seeds alone.

Blend the seeds, milk, ice cream and sugar until it is creamy.

Filter the shake and transfer into the glasses and serve.

Pomegranate milkshake

1. Icecream enhances the taste of the shake. Here I have not added.
2. Sugar can be replaced by honey, but adjust according to the sweetness.
3. If you want, after blending, you can filter the shake and discard the sediments.

Delicious and tasty Pomegranate Milkshake is ready.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ring Murukku | Chekodi | Chegodilu | How to make ring murukku | Diwali Snacks | Murukku recipes


Ring Murukku or chekodi or chegodilu is my favorite murukku in my childhood days. My father used to get it from snack stores in the evening and I just love the ring shaped one. During that time, I do not know its name... I just call it as otta murukku (hole murukku) and my father know what I am asking for. After coming to blogging world, I came to know its Telugu name and still now, do not know its Tamil name. So If anybody know, please let me know it. This is such a lovely and crispy snack and the only difficulty is to make its shape takes more time. But my kids helped me in this process. Ok, lets see the making process of the crispy snack Ring Murukku.

You can view some yummy snacks recipes below
Traditional Karasev
Kaara boondhi
Uppu Seedai
Easy Murukku for Beginners
Galagala / Wheat snack

Ring murukku

How to make Ring Murukku / Chekodi

Soak Time: 1 hr | Preparation time: 45 min | Cook Time: 10 min | Serves: 6
Recipe Category: Snacks | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Recipe Source: My kitchen experiments


Rice flour - 1 cup (store bought)
Water - 1 cup
Yellow moong dal - 3 tsp
White sesame seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Butter - 1 tsp
Salt - as per taste
Oil - for frying

ring murukku

1. Wash and soak the dal for 1 hr.

2. In a vessel add water and when it is boiling, add the butter, salt and the soaked dal.

3. Give a stir and add the rice flour to the boiling water and immediately switch off the water. Mix the rice flour thoroughly and cover and keep aside, until it comes to room temperature.

4. When the dough comes to room temperature (light warm temperature should be ok) add the chilli powder, cumin seeds, sesame seeds and salt if necessary.

5. Make into a smooth dough. If the dough is dry, add a tsp of water and not more than that.
6. Now apply oil in your hand. Take a small portion of dough and roll into a strip of length 6 cm approx. and join the ends and press slightly to make a ring shaped.

7. Ask your kids to help and they can enjoy making it. (Of course they will make some different shaped murukkus... ). Do the same for the rest of the dough.
8. Heat the oil in a vessel and when is very hot, slowly drop the murukku in small batchs.

9. When the murukku, comes floating on top (or the ssshhh... sound stops) reduce the flame to low-medium and cook until they become golden colour.

10. Filter the excess oil and save in a airtight container.

How to make chekodi

  • After making the dough, keep it closed with a wet cloth to prevent it from drying.
  • Always keep the flame in high first and then turn to medium for a even crispy murukkus.
  • After making the ring shape, if the murukku breaks, add a drop of water to the murukku and attach it tightly as they may tend to break when dropped in water.

andhra murukku

Yummy and crispy ring murukku / chekodi / chegodilu is ready.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Semiya Payasam | Vermicelli Payasam | Vermicelli Kheer | Seviyan kheer | Easy payasam Recipes | Simple Kheer Recipes

How to make semiya payasam

Semiya payasam or Vermicelli payasam or Vermicelli kheer is an easy, simple and delicious kheer. This is one of our family favorite payasam and also the first payasam, which i learnt to make it in early days. It can be made in a jiffy when any guests arrives at home and can never go wrong most of the times. I have posted some easy and yummy payasam recipes and you can have a look on it.

Some of the delicious payasam/kheer recipes are

Mango kheer / Mango payasam
Pasta Payasam
Javvarisi Semiya payasam
Quinao Payasam
Jackfruit Kheer

How to make vermicelli kheer

How to make Semiya Payasam / Vermicelli Payasam / Vermicelli Kheer

Preparation time: 10 min | Cook Time: 15 min | Serves: 4
Recipe Category: Dessert | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

1. Milk - 3 cups + 1 cup
2. Semiya (vermicelli) - 1 cup
3. Sugar - According to taste
4. Cardamom pods - 5 to 6 (crushed)
5. Cashews - 8 to 10 
6. Raisins - 8 to 10
7. Water - 1 cup
8. Salt - a pinch
9. Ghee - 2 to 3 tsp


vermicelli payasam

1. In a small pan, fry the vermicelli in 1 tsp ghee, till it becomes, light brown and keep it aside.

2. In the same pan, 1 tsp ghee and again fry the cashews and raisins and keep aside.

3. In a vessel, add 1 cup milk + 1 cup water and allow to boil and add a pinch of salt to it. 

4. Now add the fried vermicelli and when it is 3/4th cooked, add the sugar, cardamom pods.

5. Add the remaining milk and allow to boil.

6. Add the cashews, raisins and the saffron and mix well and serve hot.

7. Delicious Payasam is ready

seviyan kheer

1. Adding a pinch of salt, enhances the taste of the payasam.
2. Instead of adding, 1 cup milk + 1 cup water, you can cook the vermicelli in the water itself (until 3/4th cooked) and then add the milk. My mother uses this way and i am following it. 
3. Semiya Payasam will thicken when it cools down. So you can add little milk and add to it accordingly.
4. You can reduce the sugar and milk and can add condensed milk, for a rich taste.

simple kheer recipes

Easy and Delicious Semiya payasam / Vermicelli Kheer is ready. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

How to make Thick Vegetable Soup | Easy Soup Recipes | Indian Soup Recipes

Vegetable Soup

Thick Vegetable soup is one of my favorite and comforting soup which I used to prepare when any of my family members gets cold. I also feel at least this way, my kids have vegetables in their food. I used to prepare clear vegetable soup and creamy version too, but I love this one more. This is Indian version of Vegetable Soup. I added fried bread pieces, which adds more flavor to the soup.

You can view some soup recipes

Mushroom Soup
Roasted Bell Pepper Soup
Clear Vegetable Soup
Thick Chicken Soup

Indian vegetable soup

How to make Thick Vegetable Soup

Preparation time: 15 min | Cook Time: 20 min | Serves:4
Recipe Category: Soups | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

  • Vegetables - 1.5 cup ( I used, carrot, beans, corn, peas, green bell peppers, cabbage ).
  • Onion - 1 chopped finely
  • Green chillies - 1
  • Maggi Vegetable stock - 3 tsp
  • Water - 1 litre + 3 tsp + 1/2 cup
  • Corn flour - 1 tsp
  • Salt - as per taste
  • Pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Olive oil - 1 tsp + 2 tsp
  • Bread Pieces - few (optional)

Soup Recipes


1. Wash and Cut the vegetables into small pieces and keep aside.
2. In a kadai / vessel, add the oil and add the onion and green chillies and saute for a while.

3. Now add the vegetables. Saute for a while.

4. Add 1/2 cup water and let the vegetables cook for a while (3/4th cooked) and strain the water and keep the water.

5. Now grind the strained vegetables to a smooth/coarse paste and keep aside.

6. In another big vessel, add 1 litre water and add the vegetable stock and mix well.

7. When it is fully mixed, add the ground vegetable paste and the strained water.
8. Allow to cook and let it boil for 10 min.
9. Add the pepper.
10. Meanwhile, mix the corn flour with 3 tsp of water and add it to the boiling soup.
11. After adding soup, more foam forms on the upper layer, and if you do not wish, can remove it.
12. in another pan, add 2 tsp oil and fry the bread pieces, and add to the soup.
13. Garnish with some coriander leaves, if you wish.

Thick Vegetable Soup

Serve the super comforting hot and Thick Vegetable Soup. 

You can add any vegetable of your choice.
My green chilli is very spicy so i added only one as it suits our family taste.
The store bought vegetable stock have salt by itself, so, while adding salt check it first and then add.

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