Thursday, 17 May 2007

Apple Cum Dates Milk Shake

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away". This is not just an adage but a truth.

Apple juice is a very healthy drink and it helps to fight off viruses and colds. Dates too have the similar quality... in administering sore throat and colds.

We all know the nutritional importance of eating fruits and vegetables, but we still don't take a proper step in achieving it. It hardly takes 5 minutes to prepare.

Apple Cum Milk Shake is very easy to prepare. Here it goes.

Apple - 1 No.
Milk - 1 Cup (100 ml)
Dates - 2
Honey - 2 Tsp
  1. Cut apple into small pieces
  2. Juice Apple pieces, Dates (seed removed), Honey and Milk using a blender or mixie.

Nutritional Fact:

  • Apple - Rich in Vitamin C
  • Dates - Calcium, Iron
  • Honey - Several vitamins, such as vitamin B6, vitamin C, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and Essential minerals including calcium, copper, iron,magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc.

Monday, 7 May 2007

Vermicelli Uppuma

'Vermicelli' is an Italian word called 'little worms' (sounds gross…doesn’t matter anyway). In Tamil it is called as 'Semiya'. There are various dishes prepared using Semiya/Vermicelli. Here is a simple recipe for Vermicelli Uppuma.

Semiya - 2 Cups
Onion - 1 Medium
Green Peas - 2/3 Cup (Frozen)
Red Chilli - 3 (or more based on your taste)
Bengal Gram/ Channa Dhal - 2 Tsp
Urad Dhal - 2 Tsp
Mustard - 1 Tsp
Cumin - 1 Tsp
Salt - As Required
Oil - 3 Tsp
Ghee - 1 Tsp

  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry semiya until golden brown and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil and splutter mustard.
  3. Add Cumin seeds, Channa Dhal and Urad Dhal and fry until golden brown.
  4. Add Onion , red chilli and curry leaves and fry.
  5. Add Green peas and add 3 cups of water (Semiya:Water - 1:1.5) and allow it to boil.
  6. Now add some salt (as per taste) and add semiya.
  7. Leave in stove for 10 mins (until it absorbs the water).
  8. Pour one teaspoon of ghee.


  • Beans, Carrot can also be added.
  • Cashew can be added along with other dhal.

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Why am I here....

I am from Southern part of India. I am an IT Consultant by profession. I dedicate this blog to my parents.

Cooking is an art. Most of us obtain this from our mother. We then develop it, tailor according to our taste. My mother used to prepare tasty dishes. We used to have guests at home most of the time. I used to wonder at my mother, cooking so many dishes for so many people with interest.

I was a person who never ever wanted to cook. I had this thought until I started cooking.There came a time where I had to cook on my own. I experienced the fun in it. From then on I started to love cooking.

There are various methods of cooking. The ingredients we add actually matters to the taste. If you satisfy your taste buds that is are an expert !

Basic tastes are Salt, Sour, Bitter & Sweet. Cooking is all about mix match of these tastes.Proper mix match (like measurement) adds to the taste and flavor.

I am here to share recipes which I cook...learnt from my mother, my husband,my sister, friends etc.,

Since am a vegetarian, this blog will carry Vegetarian dishes and few dishes with Egg.

Vegetarian diets offer disease protection benefits due to Lower saturated fat and cholesterol in it.

I will try to add the Nutritional fact of each dish given here.

I would like to Thank you for your time in reading this.

Your comments and suggestions about the recipes here will definitely add value. Thanks once again.

Happy Cooking !