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Sep 1, 2018

513: Traditional Thirattipal


A popular milk sweet from Tamil Nadu. Thirattipal is a rich and delicious dessert of thickened Milk with Jaggery, Ghee and flavored with cardamom powder. It is a Rich, Delicious, and is a perfect choice to your dears to make them Happier on Birthdays, Festivals and on all Occasion.
I always craved for the kind of Thirattipal my mom used to make when I was a child. This is a very simple recipe but need time to prepare.

Cooking Time         1 hour
Recipe type:           Sweet
Cuisine:                 South Indian
Serves:                 2-4 people


Whole Milk                     1 ½ Lt/ ½ Gallon
Jaggery                         1 cup
Green Cardamom           8 no (Crushed)
Saffron                          a pinch for garnish (optional)
Ghee                             1 Tablespoon


  • Heat milk in a heavy bottom deep Pan over a Medium flame.
  • Bring to a boil. Add saffron in it.  Mix well. Simmer the stove heat.
  • Stir it every 5 or 10 minutes and scrape the sides. Milk level will start reducing and the color will also change.
  •  Simmer until it is reduced to 3/4ths. Keep stirring now. You need to keep stirring to avoid sticking at the bottom.
  • In meantime powder the jaggery and crush the cardamoms.
  • Now add the jaggery and crushed cardamoms to the milk mixture. Mix it very well.
  • Keep stirring now. You need to keep stirring to avoid sticking at the bottom.
  •  Now add Ghee in it.
  • When all the liquid is absorbed and you get thick halwa like mixture, switch off the flame.
  • Allow it to cool down and transfer it to the container.     
  • Delicious Thirattipal is ready to Serve.

Aug 1, 2018

512:Homemade Navratna Idli Milaghai powder/ Healthy Spiced Chutney Powder

Navaratna Milaghai Podi

Idli Milaghai Powder is spicy, healthy and tasty condiment for idlis and Dosas. I use only homemade idli podi and make it in batches to use for couple of months. so, every two months once, I prepare a different variety and use it. This time as I add as much Dals, Lentils and Nuts from my pantry when I prepare this Podi, so I know that we have sufficient nutrients for the meal.  It takes some time to fry and grind the ingredients but its worth the time spent for the next few weeks. I am adding this recipe based on requests from some of my friends.
This is my own recipe and it turned out to be awesome. little spicy and we love it that way. if you do not want it spicy, then reduce the quantity of red chillies.
I have already posted idly milaghai podi and Flaxseed  Milaghai Podi  in my blog. This one is with Navratna dals. This powder is a good combo for idli, dosa and adai.

Course    :      South Indian
Prep Time  :   10 Mins
Cook Time   :  5 Minutes
Total Time:     15—20 Minutes
Servings :       20


Urdh Dal(Black gram dhal)                  ½ Cup
Chenna Dal (Bengal gram dhal)           ½ Cup
Moong Dal                                         ½ Cup
Masoor Dal                                        ½ Cup
Jowar/ Cholam/ Sorghum                   ½ Cup      
Peanuts                                             ½ Cup
Pottukadalai/ Chutney Dal/roasted Dal ½ Cup
White Sesame seeds                          ½ Cup
Dry Red Chillies                                 15-20 no.. (According to your spice level)
Curry Leaves                                     ¼ Cup   (optional)
Asafetida powder                               1 Teaspoon.
Salt                                                  To Taste.

How to Make the Recipe:

  • Measure and keep all ingredients ready. Clean all the Dals, Discard the debris.
  • Heat a pan ,Fry all the dhals on low heat until they turn golden brown. Take care to fry the dhals separately as some dhals like moong dhal gets fried sooner compared to Chenna  dhal.Keep aside.
  • Now dry roast the redchillies till crispy. Keep aside.
  • To the same pan add the curry leaves and dry roast it and keep aside.
  • Dry roast the sesame seeds till begins to splutter and keep aside.
  • Cool the roasted ingredients.

 Make Navratna Idli Powder

  • Take a blender jar, add Roosted Red Chillies  and curry leaves and grind it
  • Now add the all roasted Ingredients, Asafetida(Hing) powder and Salt and blend to coarsely powder it.
  •  Spread the powder in a plate, once cooled down store it in an airtight container
  • Healthy and tasty Nutrients Enriched Navratna Idli Podi is ready.
  • Enjoy with hot idlis and Dosas.

  • You can use this powder to stuffed Brinjals, and make Brinjals podi fry.

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Please Try my other Idli Podi Recipes. Link is Here

Healthy Flaxseed Milaghai Podi/ Flaxseed Gun powder

Mulaghai Podi / Spicy Gun Powder


Jul 1, 2018

511: Macaroni Pasta Salad

This is the simple Macaroni Salad. It’s loaded with Protein and Fiber.  I made this salad is slightly spicy and Indian taste. This recipes I used avocado, Garbanzo(Tinned White Chenna) , Frozen Vegetables, Zucchini,  corns cherry Tomatoes.   Some other possibilities depending on your tastes are red peppers, green peppers, cucumbers, diced tomatoes, baby corn, and shredded carrots.  I like to make this salad a day and ahead and let it chill overnight. This gives the flavors a chance to blend and it tastes delicious! Making this macaroni salad ahead of time also makes things so much easier when going camping or to a family gathering. It’s a definite crowd pleaser – appealing to adults and toddlers alike!
Prep time: 20 min | Cooking time: 15 min | Serves: 3-4 People


Macaroni or any small shaped pasta    2 cups 
Frozen Vegetables                             1  Cup (thawed)
Tinned Garbanzo                               1 Tin  ( Washed and Drained)
Chopped Cherry Tomatoes                  1 Cup
Avocado                                            1 no. (Sliced)
Zucchini /  English Cucumber             ½     spiraled  or chopped
Green Chili Paste                               1 Tablespoon
Cumin Seed Powder                           ½ Teaspoon
Pepper Powder                                   ¼ Teaspoon
Dried Parsley                                      1 Teaspoon
Dried Oregano                                    1 Teaspoon
Lemon Juice                                       2 Teaspoon
Olive Oil                                             2 Tablespoon


  • Prepare macaroni to al dente according to package directions. After macaroni is cooked, drain well and cool to room temp. you can also just run cold water over the pasta to cool it quickly while draining. This will just rinse away the starches.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine Oil,, Salt, Pepper Powder, Green Chili Paste, Dry Parsley, Dried Oregano, and Lemon Juice.
  • In a large bowl toss macaroni with Thawed frozen vegetables, Sliced Avocado, chopped Zucchini, Garbanzos and Cherry Tomatoes and Oil Mixture.
  • Fold in Oil mixture until pasta is well coated.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight.
  • If the salad seems a little dry after setting up overnight, add some oil a little bit at a time until salad becomes nice.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator, for up to 2  days.

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