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Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Chicken Bharta

Hi friends, Here i am with a tasty recipe called " Chicken Bharta". This is a recipe where dices of chicken been cooked in onion and tomato masala. This is one of my most fav recipe. And here is the recipe just for you.....

Ingredients :

Chicken - 1/2 kg ( Skinless and boneless) ( Chopped into tiny pieces)
Big Onion - 3 ( Chopped finely)
Ginger - small piece ( Chopped Finely)
Garlic - 3 - 5 ( Chopped Finely)
Tomatoes - 3 ( Chopped Finely)
Dry red chilly - 2 ( chopped)
Chilly powder - 1/4 tsp
Green chilly - 2 ( Need not to be chopped, just take off the stem and add it)
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Green capsicum - 1/2 ( Chopped into small cubes)
Oil - 5 - 6 tsp
Dry Fenugreek Leaves ( Kasoori methi) - 2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp

Preparation :

* Cut the boneless chicken into very tiny pieces.
* Now take a pan, add oil, and add the chopped onions, garlic and ginger and fry till the raw well for 5 - 8 mins.* Then add the the capsicum, and little of chopped tomatoes and fry well.

* Now add the chopped chicken, and mix well and cook for sometimes.

* When the chicken starts to turn white in colour, add the rest of the tomatoes and mix well.

* Now add the redry chilly, green chilly, salt, chilly powder, coriander powder, little chopped corinader leaves and kasoori methi and mix well , and allow it to cook for 10 - 15 mins. ( Do not add water, because chicken leave out water).

* Keep stiring until the chicken is cooked and let the oil start to come out.
* Then squeeze the fresh lemon ( 1 tsp ) and mix well and switch off the stove.

Wow.........the yummy chicken bharta is ready, garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot. Enjoy yours too.........hmmmmmmmmmmmm.....

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

My Interview @ Solkadi

Hi friends, My India trip is filled with great joy and fun. More over to double it, I had my first interview @ Naarisakhi. Now here is my second interview at Solkadi. I am really really happy friends, and when thinking about sharing this happiness with some one, you were the first who come to my mind. Thank you friends, without all your support, i could have not done this.


Thank you my dear friends and my wonderful visitors.

With Luv,

Lavanya Sivavijayakumar

Friday, 17 July 2009

King prawn Curry

King Prawn Curry is one of the dish i often prepare, because its so easy and yumm. Here is the recipe just for you.
Ingredients :

Raw King Prawn - 500g ( Washed and cleaned)
Big onion - 2 ( Chopped finely)
Tomatoes - 2 ( Chopped)
Ginger and Garlic paste - 5 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 stem
Coriander leaves - hand ful ( Washed and cleaned)
Oil - To fry
Salt - To taste
Coriander/ dhaniya powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder - 1 - 2 tsp ( According to the spice you prefer)
Garam Masala - 1 tsp

Preparation :

* Take a pan, add 3 - 5 tsp of oil and 1 chopped onions and fry till golden brown.
* Then add the 1 chopped tomato and fry it well. ( Close the lid and cook till the tomato go soft and cooked).
* Then add the curry leaves, coriander leaves and fry for few mins.
* Now keep it aside till it get cool. Then grind it to fine paste adding water.
* Now take another pan, add 1 - 2 tsp of oil, and fry the felt over chopped onions and tomatoes.
* Then add the ginger and garlic paste and fry till the raw smell disappears.
* Now add the grinded paste and mix well.
* Add chilly powser, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt and fry to 5 mins.
* Add 1/2 cup of water and the prawns to it and allow it to cook with the lid open and keep stiring it very often making sure it does not stick to the pan.
* Cook till the prawn is cooked ( Add water if neccessary)
* Now once the prawn is cooked the oil will start to come out. At this stage add the garam masla and mix well

Thats all the yummy King prawn curry is ready to be served. Enjoy..............

TIPS : The frozen prawn may smell more comparing to the fresh ones. So to wash such prawn add 2 tsp of vineger and 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder to 1 litre of water, and wash the prawn in this. This will hep to get rid of the smell.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

A Simple Vegetarian Meals

Hi friends, Having a great time in India and eating all lovely food that are prepared by my mom has made me to put on 2 kg of extra weight. Wish it should not increase any more. I always had a great hunger for non vegetarian foods. My friends and family members use to make fun of me telling that my stomach grows bigger when i see non-vegetarian food items on the menu. Yes thats somewhat true. So decided to prepare some vegetarian meals for my Lunch. And the Menu is here.
Plain Rice,
Onion Sambar,
Garlic Rasam ( For digestion LOL....),
beans Curry/ Poriyal,
Potato fry,
Peerkangai Chutney and

These are common item that we prepare for our lunch. Each one prepare it in their own way, and i have my own style of preparation. So, here is my recipe just for you.


* I cook rice in electric cooker, with the propostion of 1 : 2. i.e) for one cup rice, i add two cup water. * Its as simple as that.........


This is my way of making onion sambar. I learnt it from my mom. My friends always say that my sambar has a very good taste, and have always been asking me the recipe. Here is the recipe just for you.

Ingredients :

Toor Dhal - 1 cup
Garlic - 1 ( Peeled )
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Black Mustard seed - 1 tsp
Urid Dhal - 1/2 tsp
Dry Red chilly - 2 ( Chopped)
Onion - 1 ( Chopped finely)
Tomatoes - 2 ( Chopped )
Coriander leaves - hand ful ( Washed and cleaned )
Curry leaves - 1 stem ( Washed and cleaned)
Tamarind Water - ( Lemon sized tamarind soaked and squeezed in 2 cup of water )
red Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Asafoetida / hing/ perungayam - 1/4 tsp
Salt - To taste
Vadagam - small pinch
Oil - To fry.

Preparation :

* Take a vessel, add the toor dhal and wash it well.
* Now add the peeled garlic and turmeric powder , and add enough water.
* Pressure cooker it for 3 whistles.
* Then take out the vessel and mash the dhal.
* Now take another vessel, add oil and add the Musturd seed, urid dhal and dry red chilly and fry well.
* Then add the chopped onion, and fry till golden brown.
* Now add the chopped tomatoes and fry well.
* Add little coriander and curry leaves and fry for 2 mins.
* Now add the cooked and mashed dhal and mix well with the fried ingredients.
* Then add the tamarind water and mix well.
* Add chilly powder, salt, asofoetida and enough water ( According to the thickness you prefer), and allow it to be cooked for 20 - 25 mins.
* Finally take a kadai or pan , add some oil and when the oil is heated, add the vadagam and fry it and immedietly add it to the samabar and close the sambar vessel with the lid. Open the lid after 3 - 5 mins.

Thats all , the spicy and yummy onion sambar is ready to be served. Garnish and serve hot with hot plain rice, by adding little ghee...hmmmmmmmmmmmm


well, this is a very simple rasam recipe, which i learnt from my grandmother who live in a small village. Its such a tasty rasam when cooked with real care. We always see people cooking the rasam for som much time, but here we dont do that. If all the ingredients are ready, then it take no more than 5 - 10 mins.

Ingredients :

Whole black pepper - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Red Chillies - 4( Chopped )
Curry leaves - 1 stem ( Washed and cleaned)
Coriander leaves - Little
Garlic - 4 ( Peeled)
Tomato - 1/2
Tamarind Water - 2 cups ( Lemon size tamarind soaked , squeezed in 2 cup of water and filtered)
Salt - to taste
Oil - To fry
Hing/ Asafoetida/ perungayam - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

Preparation :

* put black pepper and cumin seeds in a mixy jar and grind it to fine powder.
* next take a vessel, add the powder, add 2 red chillies and the peeled garlic( Mash the garlic well)
* Add the corinader leaves, curry leaves to it.
* Now add the tamarind water and mix everything together. Add asafoetida and 1 cup of water.
* Now sqeeze the 1/2 tomato and also add the skins to the rasam.
* Now take a pan, add oil and heat it. Add the mustard seeds and red chilly and fry. Add the content to the rasam mixture.
* Now add the salt to the rasam mixture and keep it no the stove.
* Please dont leave it long for even to boil for 1 mins also. If it boils, then it looses its taste.
* Stand near and leave it for 5 mins, when it forms a white layer, switch off the stove.

Now the rasam is ready and serve hot.


Potato fry is yet a another simple recipe. It will taste much more better, when it is chopped finely. Because, it gets more crisp and tasty. Goes very well with sambar.

Ingredients :

Potatoes - 5 -6 ( Chopped very finely)
Oil - To fry
Red Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Salt - To taste
Rice flour - 1- 2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp

Preparation :

* First wash the potatoes and chop it finely.
* Then take a pan add 4 -5 tsp of oil
* Add the chopped potatoes and fry for few mins till the raw smell disappears.

* Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilly powder and salt.

* Sprinkle some water. Dont use more water, because the potatoes are chopped very finely.
* Now close the lid and cook it for some time.
* The oil will start to come out. Add the garam masala.

* Once the potatoes are cooked, add the rice flour and mix well and fry for another 5 mins.

Now the crispy potato fry is ready. Enjoy.......


Ingredients :

Beans - 300 grms ( Chopped
)Oil - To fry
Red Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Salt - To taste
Rice flour - 1- 2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp

Preparation :

* First wash the beans and chop it.
* Then take a pan add 4 -5 tsp of oil
* Add the chopped beans and fry for few mins till the raw smell disappears.

* Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilly powder and salt.

* Now add one cup of water.

* Now close the lid and cook it for some time.
* After the beans is cooked, The oil will start to come out.

* Add the garam masala.
* Once the beans are cooked, add the rice flour and mix well and fry for another 5 mins.Now the beans curry is ready. Enjoy.......


Its simply deep fried in hot oil.

Microwave version of cooking papad :

* Simply sprinkle some water on the papad and place it in the microwave.
* Set the timing for 1 min.
* Make sure you turn it once inbetween to the other side.
* In this way, we need not use oil, and its good for health too.


Click here for the peerkangai chutney recipe

Click here for the printable version of this recipe

Friday, 3 July 2009

Dry chilli paneer - ( Microwave cooking)

Hi friends,

As i promised here is the very first recipe of spice-india's microwave cooking.

Chilly paneer is a fav recipe of many. Its one of the most famous and common dish that we find on the menu cards of many chinese restaurants. Here is the microwave version of chilly paneer. ( I have made it dry, so i named it as dry chilli paneer). This microwave version of chilli paneer is very easy to make. When all the ingredients are chopped and ready, then it just takes 10 mins of cooking time. Here is the recipe just for you.

Ingredients :

Paneer - 300 grms ( Sliced into small cubes, and need not be fried, can be used directly)

Big Onion - 1 ( Chopped Length wise)

Ginger - small piece ( Chopped very finely)

Garlic - 2 ( chopped finely)

Soya sauce - 2 tsp vinegar - 1/2 tsp

green capsicum - 1 ( cut into small square shaped )

Ajinomoto - 1/2 tsp

Green chillies - 3 ( sliced length wise)

Cornflour - 1 tsp ( mixed in 6 tsp of water)

Orange food colour - 1/4 tsp Salt - To taste Oil - 3 -4 tsp

Preparation :

* Take a microwave dish and oil. Then add onion, ginger, garlic, ajinomoto, soua sauce and the sliced paneer cube.

* Mix every thing together.

* Cover the dish with the microwave lid.( Do not use tupperware or non microwave proof vessels to cook. And always use the microwave safe lids to cover the vessels. Because microwave vessel lids are with small hole opening, thro which the steam escapes. Do not ever close the container with other lids and cook in microwave. Its very dangerous)

*Microwave for 5 mins. ( Power level - High)

* Then take the vessel out and add vinegar, green chillies, capsicum, salt and the cornflour water, orange food colour and mix very well.

* Now microwave for 4 mins without covering the vessel.

* wow......the yummy chilli paneer is ready now.

*Mix well and serve hot. You are sure to love it.

Click here for the printable version of this recipe

Thursday, 2 July 2009

My First Interview

Hi friends...................

Once again a happy news to share with you.......

I am very happy today, and really wanted to share this with you. Naarisakhi conducted a interview me. This is my very first interview of mine. This is all about our and its success . I was really happy and very much excitied indeed, because this is my very first interview. All this happiness came to me just because of you visitors and my fellow bloggers.

Also feel free to write your wonderful comments and all you suggestion on my site. Wish i will get the same support in the near future.

I am bit late in posting this, its all because , my site was down for last 3 days, and thats the reason for posting it this late, and not updating with new recipes. But now the problem with the site are corrected and will be updating regularly.
I am also planning to add a new edition of microwave cooking. So friends come back and check back my site for easy and healthy microwave recipes.

Once again thanking you for all your great support for me and my site. Do wish me for more success too.
Thank you all............
Lavanya Sivavijayakumar