New Food Blog

Hello freinds,

I am back from my hibernation.All is well.I am happy to inform you all that i have started a new blog called “SHADRUCHI” .I will continue both the blogs. Hope you all will enjoy my recipes.

Simple Healthy Macaroni


Hello Friends!!!!! I was hibernating even before winter was here. Sorry for that. And I can see fall colours everywhere. Ohh!!!!! They look beautiful. Everytime I find them new and interesting. Now I am back with something u all will love. Just as simple as preparing noodles. Thanks to my friend P. Though I prepare noodles this way simple I never tried with macaroni. It is simple, filling and everyone loves it. You can add whatever veggies u like in it lot of veggies can go in it. I found some free time for a post. I prepared this long back and got to post today. My kid loved Macaroni. So this is for you.

Ingredients:

Macaroni……………2 fistfuls

Water……………….big pot full

Onions………………1/2 small

Veggies…………..carrots, capsicum, tomatoes

1 each (U can use whatever u wish)

Oil……………………1tsp

Salt………………… to taste

Coriander leaves………fistful

Curry leaves……………3

Method:

  1. Boil water in a big pot adding salt. Now add Macaroni to the boiling pot and let cook uncovered for 8-9 mins.
  2. Drain the water in a strainer and collect the Macaroni.
  3. In a pan heat oil and add onions and let them fry when they turn transparent add carrots and curry leaves.
  4. Now add capsicum let them cook and when the capsicum turns soft.
  5. Add salt and tomato let cook and add coriander leaves and macaroni.
  6. Mix well and serve hot.

Note: The capsicum gives spiciness to the dish and tomato gives the gravy which coats the macaroni well. You can make any changes u wish.

You can use wheat macaroni if u like. That’s healthy. And better. Will try it next time.

Gaarelu(uddin vada) ,Mavinakayi pulihora for my little Ganesha


My Ganesh chaturthi went well and now I am out of the hangover of the festival. Not only Ganesha was filled with festive foods but we also stuffed some ourselves. Making us a heavier than before. If we r feeling like this then how would have poor little Ganesha have felt with all those tempting food from all over the world who are celebrating this festival. I can’t imagine. Just you guys think once. So for this Ganesh chaturthi my menu is a little big than every year. I was able to photograph only these two as I forgot the semiya payasam and undraallu in the photograph. And for lunch including all these neivedyam we had rice, dal palak(paala kura pappu),tindora fry(dondakaaya vepudu),papads. See how much food I stuffed into myself and my family. But we were busy in eating somuch that we forgot taking pics and while starting I took a pic and that came to my rescue. This is my entry to RCI KARANATAKA Hosted by dear ASHA of FOODIE’S HOPE uddin vada as they and we call as gaarelu both r same but names r different. We south Indians have some similar dishes which are exactly same. And Mamidikaya pulihora as we call and in Karnataka they call mavinikaya chitranna. So these are my entries for RCI . For more info about RCI karnataka.

Uddin Vada (Gaarelu):

Ingredients:

Urad dal……………..2 cups

Ginger………………1 inch

Green chillies……..3 no

Salt……………………to taste

Oil………………………for deep frying

Method:

  1. Take all the ingredients in a blender add water if needed to blend but the batter should be thick than mashed potato. Maybe 3 to 4 tbsp of water will do not more than that.
  2. Add salt and mix well.
  3. In a pan add oil for deep frying.
  4. Take aluminum foil or ziplock cover that fits in ur hand and brush some water on it with ur hand.
  5. Then take the batter form into a ball and place on the sheet spread it little and make a hole in between looks like donut.
  6. Now deep fry this in oil that is already hot.
  7. Turn once and remove when both sides are golden brown in colour.

Note:

1. If u use mortar and pestle as we use in at home these will be very good and even in blender the batter is made good. Don’t add too much water as u don’t get them to form a shape nor will be able to drop it in oil. But while shaping it u should immerse ur hand in water and brush the plastic cover with water.

2. If we add onions to this batter it’s call ulli gaarelu or ulli vada.

Maminikaayi Chitraannam (Pulihora):

Ingredients:

Mango………………..1 (remove the skin and scrape it into pieces)

Rice……………………..2 cups .

Salt……………………..to taste

Turmeric…………….1/2 tsp

Tadka:

Oil………………………..2tsp

Red chillies…………….1

Mustard seeds……….1/2 tsp

Urad dal…………………1 tsp

Chana dal……………….1 tsp

Peanuts……………………fist full

Green chillies……………4 split lengthwise

Curry leaves…………….4-5

Method:

  1. Wash the rice and cook well and cool the rice in a plate so that the rice doesn’t stick together. Add salt and turmeric to the rice.
  2. Now scrape the mango and keep aside.
  3. In a pan add oil and one by one all the tadka ingredients in the order and let them fry till they turn golden brown now add mango and let it cook for 1 or 2 mins.
  4. Add the above mixture to the cooled rice and mix well.
  5. If needed u can add salt, turmeric

Note: I used rice cooker measuring cup and rice cooker I used ½ cup less water for my rice.

Vinayaka Chaturthi


Vinayaka chaturthi was celebrated in my home.

Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi to all of u.

Vara Lakshmi Vratham

This is the festival I celebrate with much dedication every year. Last week I celebrated it with my daughter. We do this pooja in the 2nd Friday of Sravana Masam the most auspicious day. And if it comes with pournami that’s very good. This year pournami(full moon day) is on Tuesday. I don’t know why I am fascinated about this day and the pooja on the whole. I don’t regularly do pooja even a Namaskaaram to the God though I have great respect towards our God’s. But Vara lakshmi vratham takes a special place somewhere in the corner of my heart and every year i do the pooja. My mother laughs at me as when I tell her I don’t want to do the pooja this year and guess what the next when I wake up I change my mind and do it. It happens every year and this year too. And I don’t know ABC of how to do a pooja I simply follow the book or printouts I find. I think the real essence of doing the pooja doesn’t matter how u do or what u do but how u feel to do and with dedication u do. It should come out of ur heart. Anything that done whole heartedly how bad it may look it will turn out well. I am not a strong believer in god as far as I know even I go to temples to get a peaceful mind and because now a days the temple’s are stacked with people I avoid them on festive days. when its rush and where we can’t even breathe properly. Guys we want peace at least to pray not think of other people walking on us. So after coming to USA I feel so relieved. As u all must have known this festival pooja and importance through other blogs. I am not repeating it. But if u haven’t and need to know anything about it you can find more details here.

This is the 6th year I am celebrating the festival after I have married my dear R. Can u believe it? I too can’t J . Good me. Even in my childhood I used to ask my mom don’t forget my toram( a thread knotted with different leaves and flowers) as I won’t get a holiday from school like my mom has. Good old days the mehandi we put on our hands and happily showed in school and do u know how beautiful our hands used to be. Hakuna Matata(it means no worries). Even now I have no worries but somehow I miss my past days. And not to mention as I am a last minute decider as usual I wanted to keep it simple so I selected the neivedyam to be simple yet nice. In my house sweets won’t go quickly and no time to make Gaarelu and poornaalu my all time favourites. So I made Pulihora, chekkara pongali, Kesari. We decorate a coconut like the Lakshmi devi the goddess we r praying with jewels and flowers.



Look in the picture my little girl is helping in doing pooja.

And friends what took me so long to post this is my daughter there is a little bit story too. I make it short. We went to New jersey last week. As we planned already I made the pooja simple so nothing is wasted and nothing is messed up. So in that matters everything went well and the trip was also fine. We enjoyed philly down town and New Jersey 6 flags safari and hurricane harbor. My daughter enjoyed a lot in the water and not to mention she got fever when we returned. It will be horrible if our little ones r down with fever. And it lasted for 4 days with high fever. She got little infection in her right ear which caused the fever. Today she was fine and the doc gave Good recovery certificate on the follow up visit(that is today). So at the end all is well. Now I got time for my post. So here I am writing my post. I should mention but we loved the Hurricane Harbour. We will go again but wait for my daughter to grow another yr older.



I completed the pooja successfully and u can observe my lamination which covers all the gods whom I worship. Lord Venkateswara , Sai baba, Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Parvathi Parameshwara with Little Ganesha. Hope u all like it.

I offered chakkerapongali,kesari,pulihora, banana, pomegranate and apples for Neivedyam.

Lemon Rice (Chitrannam)

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This is my entry for JFI Rice hosted by Sharmi of Neivedyam this month. Brain child of Indira Mahanandi.This is a great event. After trying this and that I have settled for simple lemon rice which is easy to prepare and nice way of using ur leftover rice as well. With all those dishes we can make with rice. I feel this is easy one. And can be made in a jiffy. I have to say that this is different from what we make normally. After hearing my husband I said what? Onions in lemon rice? I added onion to the tadka so it gave a little different taste to the rice which is not typical lemon rice we have in Andhra. But it tasted really good. Well my husband loves it this way and he says in Karnataka they prepare lemon rice this way but I have no idea about it. Well wherever it may originate from the taste is good and we loved it. Well it tasted good.

Ingredients:

Rice………………..1 cup

Lemon…………….1 big

Salt…………………to taste

Turmeric………….1/4 tsp

Tadka:

Mustard seeds………..1/2 tsp

Red chilies……………….2

Chana dal………………1/2 tbsp

Urad dal………………..1/2 tbsp

Curry leaves……………..4

Ginger ………………………cut into small pieces

Peanuts………………….fist full

Green chilies…………2-3 cut lengthwise

Onion……………………..1/2 cut lengthwise

Oil………………………….2 tbsp

Method:

  1. Cook the rice and let it cool.
  2. Now mix lemon juice, salt and turmeric into the rice mix well without breaking the rice.
  3. Keep aside.
  4. Now in a pan add oil and red chilies, mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, curry leaves, ginger, peanuts, green chilies, onions.
  5. Fry till onions r soft and peanuts and chana dal, urad dal turn golden brown.
  6. Now mix the tadka to the rice and again mix well.
  7. That’s it finished in a jiffy.

Good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. As you wish. Great way to use leftover rice.

And last but not the least I too got an award. I am Rocking girl. Thank u Padma.


Now after I got this award I would like to give it out to all my blogger freinds.Everyone deserves it. As we all strive to make difference in our own sense in bringing out the variety of posts whatever it may be in. 

Poori Bhaji with a twist of Egg


This is for “A Mad Tea Party’s” Poori Bhaji Party. Hope I am not late. Though I made them I was not able to take photos of them. Now I again made them for just me and my daughter (well R has gone to office and takes his box) J .My Mom used to make them very often for Sunday breakfast or call them brunches. I was the one who pressed lot of pooris in the poori maker (well I am greedy as I would get one extra poori). Even if I am not able to eat them I want that extra poori. Well now-a-days we don’t make them being health conscious and all and looking how much oil it takes (well if made perfect it don’t take too much oil). May be once a month. But the day we make them we have them to heart. As I told earlier I made these for lunch all within a span of 15mins.

Preparation time: 5mins

Cooking time: 10mins

Ingredients:

Onion…………………1 big cut lengthwise

Green chillies……………2 cut lengthwise

Potatoes………………………2 big

Egg………………………………1

Gramflour……………………1 tsp

Salt…………………………….to taste

Red chilli powder…………..1 tsp

Turmeric powder…………..1/2 tsp

Water……………………………1 cup

Tempering:

Oil…………………1 tsp

Red chillies…………1

Mustard seeds………1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds…………1/4 tsp

Curry leaves……….4

Method:

1. In a pressure pan heat oil and add all the tempering ingredients one by one. Let them splutter. Add onions and green chillies let them fry.

2. Now add potatoes and all the ingredients except egg and gram flour should go in. cover and cook for 2 whistles.

3. Mean while mix the poori dough and keep it in fridge.

4. Now take off the whistle and cover check the water if u want can add some more now in a tsp of water mix gram flour and add it to the bhaji

and now add one egg let it stay before mixing till it gets thick now mix well mashing the egg into little balls.

5. That’s it it’s done.


Now coming to Pooris:

  1. Wheat flour, Salt to taste, Water mix all together and add a little oil to coat at the end. Keep it in fridge till u r ready to make. Pooris will turn out well if u make them within 5mins or 10mins if u have to wait keep in fridge (not for long). I made them right away.
  2. Make balls out the dough and roll them round with 4 or 6 inch diameter (as u wish depending on ur pan size)
  3. Heat oil in pan to deep fry the pooris. The oil should be hot and poori should raise once u drop it in oil.turn around and heat till u get light gold brown drain and remove. You get nice pluffy pooris.

Enjoy them hot.

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