18 January 2017

Kerala style Upma - Nadan Kerala breakfast


Upma is a traditional South Indian Breakfast dish which is like a staple food in most of the South Indians' home.Almost every Indian prepare Upma at home at least once in a while.There are various ways to prepare Upma which differs from place to place ,they are as different as their respective names ,like in Telugu it is known by Uppindi/Upma,in Tamil -Uppumaavu/Uppuma/Upma,in Kannada - Upiitu/KharaBhath, in Marathi - Uppeet/Upma,in Konkani - Rulanv ,in Hindi just Upma aaand in Malayalam,Uppumavu . (Credit:Wiki Guru !)

Traditionally ,to make Upma,semolina or rava is used, which is common, but what really makes it different from place to place is the seasoning used.

In most of the languages (South Indian) Uppu means salt and mavu means flour .

Because of the light,there is a color difference

By the way,there is this famous Malayalam movie, "Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam" starring the worshiped superstar of Malayalam film industry ,Mohanlal ,with a famous ,favorite dialogue of every Mallus out there - where Uppumavu = Uppu (Salt)+ Maavu (MangoTree) and hence we Mallus gave a cutie nickname for Upma,"The Salt Mango tree" lol 😁(You can see my dubmash in the upma video below πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹)


In Kerala,we make a very basic Upma and unlike other Upmas ,they are usually flaky and not soft Upma like the consistency of rava kesari .Kerala Upma is quite simple to make yet tricky ,it is the correct combination of semolina and water especially and for more tips and tricks to make a perfect Kerala Upma with a flaky texture, do watch my video below that will demo the same step by step .

I am not a huge fan of Upma per se,however,when I eat ,I love to eat my Kerala Upma simply with banana or just plain sugar .

So,here is how I make the basic Upma recipe- Kerala upma ,the simple Upma .

Upma Kerala style 


Semolina/Rava/Suji - 1 Cup
Onions chopped -1/4 cup
or Shallots,chopped - 2-3 Nos.
Green Chillies,chopped - 2-3 Nos.
Ginger,chopped - 1-2 inch
Curry leaves,a few
Mustard seeds  - 1 Tsp
Urad dal/Urunnu paripuu - 1 Tsp
Dry red chilli,broken - 1-2 Nos.(Optional)
Salt to taste
Coconut oil - 1-2 Tbsp
Water - 1 cup + 1-2 Tbsp


Pls watch my video that will show you step by step how to make this Upma Kerala style,the nadan food of Kerala....

Yep,in Kerala we do eat the "Salt Mango Tree " πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹πŸ˜πŸ’.Why don't you give it a try ?😎

15 January 2017

Aloo Bhujia/Bhunjia Sabzi recipe - A Bihari potato stir fry

Aloo bhujia sabzi or Aloo bhunjia means Potato stir fry in Bihari style .This potato stir fry is a popular North Indian dish from the state of Bihar,India.

Every time I make or eat Aloo bhujia,it reminds me of the lunch box,back in India, we call it tiffin box .Most of my North Indian class mates and a few Southies,lunch box special (most of the time) would be simply roti or chapathi with this ordinary Aloo bhunjia. And it smelled..YUMmyyyy..

When my friends were excited to go to school and busy with getting ready for the first class or period of the day,I was excited thinking what would be the special lunch of the day of my classmates and my nose was really bright, enjoying the aroma emitting from their lunch boxes and could easily figure out if they have brought aloo bhunjia today ...My nose has 6th sense like that !πŸ‘ƒ

When everyone at school admired Swapna a.k.a Vidya for her amazing dimples,I admired her for her mom's amazing Aloo bhujia and since we all shared and ate lunch most of the time ,I remember eating a major portion of her aloo bhujia with ease as if her mother prepared that lunch exclusively for me and me only and she being cute,pretty and very sweet didn't care at all .(I don't even remember if she ate mine ) .Good days !😜😍

At home ,whenever my mom made this potato stir fry ,my bro was a serious contender ,he would eat the major portion by hook or by crook . Wish I had a sister,a small one..whom I could control πŸ‘§πŸ˜ˆ..Brothers can be sometimes annoying!..huhh

If that wasn't enough,even my better half loves anything made with potato .I wonder if potato is every guy's weakness 😏..Why God whyyyyyyyyπŸ™†

So,Aloo and aloo bhujia plays a vital role in my life .I make this easy-peasy potato recipe for chapathi/roti or poori .

So,this is how I make Bihari Aloo Bhujia :

 Aloo Bhujia Sabzi


Potato/Aloo ,large - 1 no.
1/4th of Onion,sliced
2-3 Green chillies,slit
Turmeric powder - 1 Tsp
Red chili powder - 1 Tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 Tsp
Mustard oil - 1-2 Tbsp
Dry red chillies - 2 Nos.
Water - 1 Tbsp
Salt to taste


Please watch the video that will show step by step how to make this potato stir fry:

Aloo bhujia,I love you too..

08 January 2017

Instant Almond Ladoo (3 min)|Gluten free treat|Healthy sweets


How much I love sweets ?

How much I love Indian sweets ?

How I wish ,I was healthy and slim and trim ?

How I wish I can make an easy-peasy,instant-vinstant,quicky-quicky sweets ?

How I wish the sweet it self is damn healthy ?

Well,that's my sweet background with a bitter truth !

That's why I don't have a virtual array of all Indian sweets laid down in my blog ..but hopefully ,gradually,I may..

Till then ,I am on the look out for guilt free sweets that any one can eat without any regrets and the recent one I made is a Gluten free treat ,Instant Almond laddu/ladoo in just 3 minutes .😍


This quick and easy sweet is very healthy and good for diabetic and gluten intolerant people as well .

This instant sweet recipe comes quite handy if I have any sudden-surprise guests at home and also during festival fasting or as a pre or post workout food and especially when I crave for sweets (which is like always πŸ˜€) and I don't want to spend a lot of time in kitchen making a sweet (which is also like alwaysπŸ˜‹) ,in short ,when ever I feel lazy .

 Thanks to microwave too for helping me to reduce my workload and for making a yummy jiffy jhatpat healthy laddu in just 3 minutes.


So,I can't wait to show you, how I make instant gluten free Almond laddu in 3 minutes :

Almond Laddu

Almond flour (Gluten free) - 1/2 cup
Milk powder - 2 Tbsp
Sugar to taste - 1 Tbsp
Milk - 2 Tbsp
Cardamom powder - 1/4 Tsp
Ghee - 1 Tbsp
Raisins,a few

A microwave safe bowl

Method: Pls watch my video that will guide you step by step how to make these healthy gluten free recipe- instant ladoo in microwave :-

The thing about instant ladoos or instant sweets are they will also finish instantly .My better 1/2 is not a huge fan of sweets like ME but he loved this ladoo a lot and he was the one who finished it πŸ˜’ and since it is a microwave sweet that I can prepare anytime I wish,I didn't mind either πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Ž..As they say,"Better luck next time !" 😜

For now,I am too sweet and have no mind to never mind 😎😝