Mutton Curry


Mutton – ½ kg
Onion – 1(finely chopped)
Medium size Tomatoes – 2 (finely chopped)
Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tbsp
Chilly Powder – ½ tbsp
Pepper Powder – 2 tbsp
Cloves – 4
Cardamom – 4
Aniseeds – 1 or 2 tbsp
Bay Leaf – 2
Cinnamon - 2
Salt – to taste
Cooking Oil

Cooking Instructions:

Wash and clean the mutton and cut it into cubes and keep it aside.

Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan and add onions and tomatoes and sauté it well. Let this mixture cool a while and then grind it to a smooth paste.

Heat 5 tbsp of oil in a pressure cooker and sauté it with cloves, cinnamon, aniseeds, bay leaves and cardamom. Add grinded paste and ginger garlic paste to it and stir fry until the raw smell leaves off. Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and pepper powder and stir fry it well. Now add the mutton pieces to it with required amount of water and salt and close the lid of the cooker. Let it cook until the mutton is well cooked.

Open the lid of the cooker once the pressure is released and let it cooker in simmer flame until the gravy becomes thick and the masala is coated on the mutton well. Masala curry is ready to serve.

Side Dish: It sounds great with rice, chapattis and Naan

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A Trip to Amirdhi Forest and Soya chunks / Meal Maker Vadai

Amirdhi / Amirthi Forest lies to the southeast of Vellore, Tamilnadu. The forest is rich with different species of Flora and Fauna. A substantial part of this jungle has been cleared to serve as a tourist resort where as the rest of the forest has been declared a wildlife sanctuary. A trek for a kilometer leads one to a panoramic view of a seasonal waterfall.

Amirthi is one of the nice spots for one day picnic. As my hubby was already been there 10 year before, today being the Christmas holiday, we visited the spot again with my son and husband.

We went to Old Bus stand in Vellore by bike and waiting for the bus number 11C or 15 which goes to Amirthi forest directly. We were there by 9.45 AM in the morning and the shop owners near the bus stand asked us to wait for some time at the bus stand. We also waited for about 30 minutes, but no bus has come. And there was a response that only one bus is available which plying to amirdhi to vellore and vice versa. So we had a doubt and wanted to clarify.. If you are going along with your friends, better take a cab or car or even bikes will do….. but going along with a family needs car or a cab or even an auto rickshaw (as we did).

My husband asked an auto driver about that and he also agreed that only one bus is available. Then he asked the auto driver that how much he charges for to and fro from Vellore to Amirdhi and back. He asked around 300 rupees and i negotiated with Rs. 250 at last with a waiting time of 90 minutes.

There are some mini buses plying around Kaniyambadi(on the way to Amirdhi) to Amirdhi and vice versa.

We started our jouney by 10.30am and reached there by 11.30am as the roads for nearly 15kms was not good at all. Total distance is about 26 kms from Vellore. The government can generate more revenue through this picnic spot if the road conditions and travel arrangements are improved. Only during holidays, we can see a little crowd. The forest remains closed on Tuesday.

Once we reached over there, we asked the driver to wait for an hour.

There is a Zoo and water falls in amirdhi forest. The water falls is a nice trip which we missed this time, as we went as a family, which needs to walk for more than a km. Only gents prefer to go to waterfalls, since there won't be much crowd in falls area.

We saw animals like porcupine, red monkey, crane, duck, forest cat, crocodile, tortoise,etc. These animals are inside the cage, and there are lot of monkeys outside the cage, (be careful with your bags and packs).

It hardly took just 30 minutes to see all the animals in the zoo and took some snaps…. By 12.15 we started from there and reached Vellore old bus stand by 1PM.

But the beauty here is the trip is very nice, because of the way which we travelled in auto is very nice and greeny mountains and crops, really it is a worth to pay 250 rupee for an auto. My son enjoyed a much over there….

See some of the snaps that we took there and on the way to it…….
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Coming to today's recipe, it is Soya Chunks Vadai, which i came to know from a Cookery show in TV.


Soya Chunks / Meal Maker – 16 pieces
Roasted Gram / Porikadalai – one handful
Onion – 1 (finely Chopped)
Green Chillies – 2 (finely chopped)
Salt- to taste
Cooking Oil

Cooking Instructions:

Soak soya chunks in hot water for 15 minutes. Wash soya chunks well in cold water for 4 or 5 times to remove the raw smell. Squeeze out the soya chunks well now.
Grind roasted gram to a fine powder. Now add soya chunks along with powdered roasted gram and grin it to a fine paste. Do not add water while grinding because water content in soya chunks will be enough to form a dough. If the dough is too dry, add little water.

Add onions, chillies and little salt to the grinded dough and mix well. Roll out the dough into equal size of small balls.

Heat oil in a pan for deep frying. Take a ball and flatten it with your hands and make a hole in the centre and drop it in the oil carefully. (You can flatten it in your desired shapes or can cook as ball also). Cook in a simmer flame. Wait until the one side of vada turns to golden brown and now turn it to the other side, and and wait until it turns golden brown. Remove it from the oil and drain the excess oil with a paper towel.

Side Dish: Goes well with all types of rice and can be served as evening time snacks also.

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Seppankilangu / Colocasia Fry

I don't eat colocasia but use to cook at home for my hubby. when i saw this recipe in sujatha's blog, i really loved it and tried at home and the taste was really good!

Colacasia (Seppankilangu) – ¼ kg
Onions – 1 (finely chopped)
Tomato - 1 (finely chopped)
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp or adjust it to ur taste
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a few
Salt- to taste
Cooking Oil

Cooking Instructions:

Clean the colocasia well in water. Add colocasia and enough amount of water in a pressure cooker and let it to boil just for 2 or 3 whistles in high flame and switch off the flame. Do not let it to overcook at any cost. Immediately release the pressure of the cooker and open the lid and drain the excess water.

Peel off the skin and cut them into thin round slices. Heat a little oil in a pan and put few pieces of slices in it and deep fry them until it turns golden brown. Repeat the process for all the remaining slices.

Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan and sauté it with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add onions and tomatoes and chilly powder and required amount of salt to it and fry until tomato is mashed well. Now add the fried colocasia to it and mix well and let it cook for 2 minutes. Switch off the flame and transfer it to the serving bowl.

Side Dish: Goes well with rice

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Kovakkai / Ivy Gourd / Dondakai Masala


Kovakkai- 250gms (cut lengthwise)
Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
Coriander Powder- 2 tsp
Chilli powder – 1 tsp or adjust to your taste
Turmeric Powder- ½ tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - few
Salt - to taste
Cooking Oil

Cooking Instructions:

Heat oil in a pan and sauté it with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add the chopped onion and ginger garlic paste and fry till the onions become soft. Add coriander powder, chilli powder and turmeric powder and fry for a while until the raw smell leaves off the dish. Add water a little if required in this stage. Now add kovakkai pieces to it and fry a while. Add little amount of water (since we are going to prepare dry masala) and let the vegetable to cook well. Once the vegetables is cooked and become soft, switch off the flame and transfer it to the serving bowl.

Side Dish: Goes well with hot rice

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Raw Banana / Valakkai Fry


Raw Banana – 2
Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Broken Black Gram – 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilly – 3
Curry Leaves – few
Salt- to taste
Cooking Oil

Cooking Instructions:

Peel off the skin of raw banana and cut it into small cubes. Add the raw banana cubes in a pan with enough amount of salt and 2 glasses of water. Let it to cook in a high flame. It will get cooked within 5 minutes. It should not be overcooked since it spoils the taste of the dish. When the raw banana cubes are cooked, switch off the flame and drain the excess water and keep them aside. Let it to cool for few minutes.

Heat oil in a pan and sauté it with mustard seeds, broken black gram dry chilly and curry leaves and onion. Add cooked raw banana and stir fry it for few minutes and switch off the flame.

Side Dish: Serve it with hot rice

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EFM (Event for the Month) December - Savouries Series!

I am really thankful to all the bloggers who participated in the EFM - Sweets and made it succesful. Round Up of the EFM - Sweets goes HERE.

Now its time to announce the theme for this month. Theme for EFM (Event for the Month) for the month of December is "Savouries". Savouries include our traditional Murukku, Sev, Karaboondhi,etc and evening snacks like Cutlet, Pani Puri, Kachori, Samosas and on and on..... Hope Savouries are favorite to all of us and we have lot of varieties to taste. So, come out with all your savouries recipes and am awaiting eagerly for your entries.

Rules for Participating in the Event:

1. Prepare any type of Savouries,and post it in your blog in the month of December 2008 to January, 2009 with the logo and a link back to this page.

2. If you already have appropriate entry archived, please make sure to re-post it during the period of event with the logo and a link back to this page. Only the entries re-posted during the entry will be accepted.

3. Provide a link back to this announcement page and use the logo without fail.

4. Subscribe my blog via E-mail.

5. Email your entry to, with "EFM Theme - Savouries" in the subject line with following details

* Your Name
* Blog Name
* Blog URL
* Recipe Name
* Recipe URL
* Photograph of final dish(200 x 200 Pixels) and it is a must.
* id which you have used to subscribe my blog

6. The deadline for this event is January 20th, 2009. Please remember that no late entries will be entertained.

7. There is no limit to the number of entries.

8. If you don’t have a blog but wish to participate in this event, send your entries with a picture, your name and recipe to before the deadline. I will post the recipes with your picture in my blog and include it in the round-up.

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EFM - Sweet Series Round Up!

Presenting you the Round Up for the "EFM - Sweet Series" and I Welcome you all to the Round Up! A surprise awaiting at the end of the post....!

My sincere thanks to all you wonderful bloggers, who joined me to celebrate the festival with your sweet recipes and making this one, a successful event. So get ready to bookmark your favorite recipes and try it out in your kitchen. I received totally 95 types of sweets. Can we all see this altogether in one shop? It's impossible, i can say!

Thank you one and all for your delicious contributions and making it a very successful event. It’s because of you all lovely bloggers now we have One-Stop-Shop for Various Sweets. I am really very happy and thank you all for your support and encouragement. I have submitted the round up in the order i have received the entries.Here is what you have been looking forward to…

If i have missed any of your entries, please contact me to my mail id, so that i can update the missing entries.

Let's all celebrate our upcoming New year with 95 type of Sweets!

Mahimaa has started this round up with her delicious Basundhi recipe.

Anisheetu has Toasted Marshmallows for us.

Happy Cook is here with us with her Riz Condé.

Lakshmi is with her Chiurmaalu Payasam

Namratha has come out with her Sabudhana Kheer for the event.

Sangeeth Raghunathan has send 8 sweet recipes for this event.

Mysore Pak

Kaju Katli


Rava Ladoo

Carrot Halwa

Beetroot Halwa

Raw Rice Payasam


Pavani has brought 3 recipes for all of us

Borugulu Balls

Sweet Poli

Chanakaya Papu Torphy

Priya has 5 delicious and yum recipes.

Badam Rasamalai

Paneer Rice Pudding

Cherry Clafoutis

Carrot Poha Kheer


Divya Mubarak has 8 yummy recipes for this event.

Rawa Kesari

Gulab Jamun

Rawa Laddu

Badam Phirni

Kesar Nutty Milk

Maavu Urundai

Vanilla Coconut Milk Jelly

Vermicelli Kheer

Ivy has come out with her Cuckoos Nest Chocolate Cake

Suma has presented her Apple Fritters

Hema has 4 scrumptious recipes here

Sooji Appam

Palada Payasam

Wheat Halwa

Badam and Kaju Kathli

Navita Hakim has a unique recipe named Sinful Chocolate and Luscious Strawberries

Usha has submitted a yum Mysore Pak recipe

Padma Rekha is with 2 yummy sweets


Chiroti Peni

Keerthana has Gajar Ka Halwa for this sweet event

Gopi Shah has submitted Til/Tal Na Chiki for this event

Chandani's Fruit Shrikand comes here.

Sanghi has 7 mouthwatering recipes for this event

Rava Saffron Kesari

Vermicelli Sweet Kheer

Chana Sweet Balls


Mixed Nuts Halwa

Mango Pachadi

Green Gram Balls

Cashew and Badam Sweet Balls

Shruti has prepared a unique sweet Shakkar Paara

Kayal has send Moong Dhal Kheer for the sweet series.

Sowmya has come out with Appam recipe

Cham is with us with her Mango Halwa

Yasmeen has 6 delicious recipes

Sheer Korma

Beet Cheese Treats

Double Ka Meeta

Saffron Sevia

Carrot Pudding

Spiced Apple and Pomegranate Pie

Archy has come out with Sweet Sooji Matri/Cookies

Ujwal Prashant with her Churmundo~Wheat Flour Laddu

Akal with her Carrot Halwa Recipe

Madhoo Gargya's Nei Appam recipe

Gayathri with my favorite Rasamalai recipe

Smitha has Holige/Obbatu for the event

Vidhas has 11 delicious recipes for the event


Cashew Burfi / Kaju Katli

Broken Wheat Dhaliya Porridge

Rice Carrot Kheer

Rava Urundai

Maida Halwa

SAbudhana Cocnut Milk Payasam

Banana/ Nenthrampazham Halwa

Sabhudhana Moong Dhal Kheer

Palkozhukattai/ Rice Flour Balls

Aval / Rice Flakes Kesari

Ujwala Mohan's 4 Sweet entries for the event

Coconut Laddu

Cabbage Halwa

Dumroot Winter Melon Halwa

Mysore Pak

Easycrafts has submitted scrumptious sweets for thee event

Maida Halwa

Rajasthani Moong Dal Halwa

Beetroot Halwa

Wheat Asoka Halwa

Oats Halwa

Choco Coconut Burfi

Maida Burfi

Last but not the least, its Jaishree with 7 sweets

Coconut MysorePak

Milk Coconut Burfi

Pal Ada Pradaman



Puran Poli

Pears Cherry Ladoos

Have decided to give a credit to the participant who has sen maximum number of entries to the contest. A Gold Trophy badge is going to Vidhas as she has send the maximum of 11 delicious entries to this EFM - Sweet Series.

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