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I never thought my kids would love this! The thought of kids not eating vegetables is very scary. My kids love noodles. So I shredded the cabbage in a way that looked like noodles. When they were toddlers I would often feed them cabbage saying it was noodles. But now of course, they know what it is and eat all the other vegetables too.

I cook this very often at home, since this is one of the easiest recipes of cabbage with a very little ingredients. If you shred the cabbage right, you can get kids to eat this.

Preparation time : 10 mins
Cooking time : 15 min

Ingredients

Cabbage shredded - 2 cups
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 2 tsp
Urad dal(Split black gram) optional - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Crushed garlic - 3 cloves
Green chillies - 2(adjust according to your taste)
Onion medium - 1

Method
  1. Heat a wok and add oil. 
  2. Add mustard and wait till it crackles. 
  3. Now add urad dal and garlic and fry till golden brown.
  4. Add onion and fry it till translucent.
  5. Now add cabbage and one cup of water and salt.
  6. Cook till done and all water evaporates.


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Upma was one of my last options for breakfast since I was a child. What made it a last option? I really didn't know. My mom made upma very rarely just because I didn't like it.

When I was studying, my hostel upma really made me miss my mom's. After which, I always had my mum's preparation without any complaints. I finally tried Upma by myself and felt good about it.

Upma / Uppittu is made of roasted semolina and it is the most common breakfast in every South Indian household. These days it is popular in most of the Indian households.

Upma/ Uppittu is made in different varieties as per one's taste and preference. Some also add chopped vegetables like carrot, beans, etc.

I make it more often at home, since it is quick and easy. I make the basic version of Upma. You could add your choice of chopped and cooked vegetables to this.

Preparation time : 10 mins
Cooking time : 20 mins

Ingredients

Semolina / Rava - 1 cup
Oil - 3 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 2 tsp
Urad dal / Split black gram - 1 tsp
Chana dal / Split bengal gram - 1tsp
Ginger finely chopped - 1 tsp 
Curry Leaves - 2 sticks
Onion (medium) chopped - 1 no.
Green chilies chopped - 2 nos. (adjust according to your taste)
Coriander leaves chopped - 1/2 cup
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Method
  1. Heat Ghee in  a wok/ pan and add semolina. You can even dry roast semolina if you do not wish to add ghee.
  2. Fry semolina till light brown and keep aside
  3. In a large wok / pan, heat oil.
  4. Add mustard seeds and let them sputter.
  5. Now add Urad Dal and Chana Dal and let it fry till light brown.
  6. Add onion and fry till golden brown.
  7. Add green chilies, coriander leaves and fry for a minute.
  8. Now add 2 cups of water, lemon juice and salt.
  9. After the water boils, add roasted semolina and mix well to avoid lumps forming.
  10. Cover and cook till done.
  11. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.






Does your family get surprise visit by guests? Do you want to make a quick snack for tea? Try making this delicious recipe. I bet you'll make this often.

Most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. Whether it was our mom's homemade food or any other street or restaurant special menu, food has a way of transporting us back to the past. One such memory of mine is having Charmuri / Spicy puffed rice in Malpe beach at one of the open stalls.

Charmuri at Malpe beach is available even today. But, Malpe beach has changed so much through time, that I miss those days of less crowd and no shops.

As you grow up, things change, people change, places develop and finally you are left with only memories. But, the taste of Charmuri has still remained the same. The same lady still makes Charmuri there at one of the stalls.

I have tried and tested this recipe multiple times. When I was in college, I would try to make Charmuri to get the perfect taste but failed many times. After getting married, i had to try this recipe only once. I mentioned "try" because after that I would just make it to eat and my husband loved it. Now Charmuri is a regular snack at home. I have made Charmuri so many times at home that I get the taste right every time I make it. So here is the written recipe with the video.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Serves : 2

Ingredients

Puffed Rice - 1 1/2 cup
Onion (medium,chopped) - 1 no.
Tomato (medium, chopped) - 1 no.
Coriander leaves (chopped) - few
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp ( adjust according to your taste)
Salt to taste

Method
  1. Take a mixing bowl and all ingredients except puffed rice.
  2. Mix well and see that chili powder has mixed evenly.
  3. Now add puffed rice and mix well.
  4. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Pumpkin Erissery is a traditional Kerala recipe made specially during the "Onam" festival. Recipes  of Erissery differ in ingredients. Every household has its own version of Pumpkin Erissery.

I wasn't even aware of this recipe, until I got married and my mom in law cooked it at home. Though I am not a great fan of pumpkin, I loved this dish instantly. This recipe is my mom in law's version and I cook it frequently at home.

Pumpkin is cooked in coconut milk due to which this dish has a lightly sweetish taste. Pumpkin Erissery goes well with rice, dosa or roti's.

Preparation Time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 40 mins

Ingredients

Pumpkin(Peeled, De-seeded and chopped) - 1 cup
Cow-pea / Van Payar - 1 cup
Coconut - 1 1/2 cup
Jeera / Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
Green Chili - 3-4 nos.(Adjust according to your taste)
Garlic - 4-5 cloves
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 sticks
Salt to taste

Method
  1. Soak cow-pea's for 3-4 hrs.
  2. Cook cow-pea's with salt.
  3. Grind 1 cup coconut, cumin seeds, green chilies, garlic with a little water to a coarse paste and extract the milk using a strainer.
  4. Keep the 1st milk extraction  aside.
  5. Add another cup of water to the ground paste and extract 2nd milk.
  6. Cook pumpkin with 2nd milk extraction and add turmeric powder..
  7. Once pumpkin is cooked, smash it lightly with a ladle.
  8. Now add cow-pea and 1st milk extraction, mix well and let it boil.
  9. Take a small wok and add oil.
  10. Once oil is heated, add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  11. Now add curry leaves and remaining coconut.
  12. Fry it well till coconut changes its color to light brown.
  13. Add it to the pumpkin and mix well.
  14. Serve it hot with rice or roti's.

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When I was a kid, I always had white bread made of Maida(All purpose flour). Back those days, healthy eating wasn't on the menu. In southern India, rice is our staple food and bread was a Sunday breakfast.
As I grew up, unhealthy/ processed and packaged food around us had such an impact on our health, that everyone wanted to have more healthier food. That is when, the whole wheat bread, multigrain bread and many more came into market.
I always wanted to try making bread at home, but never took it as a challenge to make it. Recently, my husband wanted to try it by himself and it came out well. So we tried another time to get it perfect.
I have used whole wheat flour, dry yeast and milk. A simple recipe but a delicious one.

Preparation time: 1hr 30 mins
Cooking time : 30 mins
 
Ingredients

Wheat flour - 2 cups
Maida(All purpose flour) - 1 cup
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Active dry yeast - 2 tsp
Hot Milk - 1 cup
Salt to taste

Method
  1. Take a mixing bowl and add wheat flour, all purpose flour and salt and mix well.
  2. In another small bowl, take a cup of warm water, add sugar, yeast and mix well and let it rest.
  3. After around 5-10 mins, add yeast mixture to the bowl with flour and mix well.
  4. Now add milk and knead the dough till smooth and soft.
  5. You can add flour little by little and keep kneading, till it is not sticky.
  6. Cover the bowl with a cloth and let it rest for around 10-15 mins.
  7. Now knead the dough again so that there aren't any air pockets inside.
  8. Fold it towards the bottom and place it in a baking tin/ loaf pan.
  9. Cover the tin with cloth and let it rest for an hour.
  10. Preheat the oven at 200 C. 
  11. Apply Olive oil on top of the bread and place the bread tin in oven and let it bake for 30 minutes.
  12. If bread turns out brown before 20 minutes, place a aluminium foil on top of the bread.
  13. Remove bread from oven and let it cool.
  14. Delicious bread is ready to be served.

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Setting up your home from scratch is a big task and if you are a beginner it just makes it more difficult to shop on what you need. I was a beginner in setting up my first home in Bengaluru, India. I have setup my home twice from scratch, once a studio apartment while I was working full time and the second time was after marriage.

To start with, my focus was always on the basic necessities for a home like water, sleep and food. Shopping is something that I liked always. Setting up my home was a good reason to do what I liked. Starting with basic necessities, I set up my home incrementally.

 I did most of my shopping from a nearby supermarket when I was in the studio apartment, since I wasn’t aware of local market. The second time it was usually my husband who did all the shopping from the local shops since he knew the place very well.

Listed below are the important things you may require to set up your home for a single person or a couple.

Step 1: Drinking and cooking Water

What can be more important than drinking water? It is said that a minimum intake of 8 glasses of water is important to keep us healthy. Present lifestyle and our work keeps us so occupied that we always think about drinking water (and satisfied with the thought!!) but we skip it due to frequent visits to the washroom.

I never kept a count on glasses but I still wanted water once I reached back home from office. I had bought a 25ltr purified water can from a nearby stores and I used the same water for cooking as well. It’s easier in the beginning if you are alone, but you have to upgrade to a purifier if you are with your family.

Step 2 : Sleeping basics

I had a cotton mattress, a quilt/blanket (can get colder during winter), 2 bed sheets(one for covering the mattress and other to cover you) , 2 pillows. I preferred to put the mattress on the floor and sleep rather than getting a cot. You can buy a spring mattress, pillow, blanket and bed sheets from a single shop.

Step 3: How I set up my kitchen?

Click here to know how I set up my kitchen


Step 4 : Appliances

Setting up a new home takes a toll on you in the beginning. To know what to buy and what is required is difficult to decide.

I had bought a 90lt refrigerator and a mixer grinder in my studio apartment. That was fine when I was alone. I would wash my clothes every day, so never thought of buying a washing machine.
After marriage, me and my husband bought a 190lt refrigerator in the beginning, which I upgraded later when I felt the need for a bigger one. I bought an induction stove for heating and cooking. You can always set a timer and not worry about switching it off.  I also got a television, washing machine, water purifier, otg.. I kept buying appliances whenever I felt it was needed the most.

Step 5: What do I need to clean my house?

Cleaning is an important household activity without which health is at stake. I am a cleanliness freak, which is why this section is an important part for me.

Checklist below gives a list of important cleaning items for a home
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Floor cleaning liquid
  • Kitchen cloth
  • Stove cleaning brush
  • Vessel cleaning liquid/soap
  • Scrubber to clean vessels
  • Steel scrubber to clean harsh stain in vessels
  • Brush to clean sink
  • Bathroom floor/tile cleaner
  • Brush/ broom to clean bathroom
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Brush for cleaning toilet

The title says 5 steps, but I have included another bonus step, for those who like to make their home beautiful.
Step 6: Other items
  • Door mats
  • Curtains
  • Any electric items( lights, fans, boosters..)
  • Organizers for bedroom or bathroom
  • Decorative items for your house

I have listed down most of the things required in a house for setting it up.

I would love to get in more ideas from you and I'll keep updating when I think of more things.

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Chana Dal Vada is a very popular Indian snack usually accompanied with tea. Some eat it with any of their favorite Chutney's and others prefer having it plainly with tea probably because of its crunchy texture.

Chana Dal Vada is made by grinding split chickpeas into a coarse paste, enhancing its taste by mixing a few ingredients and deep frying it in oil.

In Udupi, Chana Dal Vada is popularly known as "Chatambade". Bifurcating this word gives you "chatte" meaning flat and "ambade" meaning fritters (Hog plums are also called Ambade in Udupi which are mainly used in curries and pickles). Probably, the word "Chattambade" came from the flat shape of the fritters.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients

Chana Dal - 1 cup
Onion (finely chopped) - 1 medium
Green Chili (finely chopped) - 2 nos.
Ginger (finely chopped) - 1" piece
Chili Powder (optional) - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves (finely chopped) - 1/2 cup
Curry leaves (finely chopped) - 2 sticks
Salt to taste

Method
  1. Wash and soak Chana Dal for about 2 hours.
  2. Strain the water completely.
  3. Keep 1/4th of soaked chana dal aside.
  4. Grind the remaining 3/4th of soaked chana dal into a coarse paste. You can add 1-2 tbsp of water while grinding.
  5. In a mixing bowl, add all chana dal, ground and whole.
  6. Add chopped onion, green chili, ginger, coriander leaves, curry leaves and salt and mix well.
  7. Heat oil in a wok , and make small balls of the mixture and flatten them. Flatter the better, to get a crunchy taste.
  8. Once the oil is hot, drop the flattened mixture in the oil.
  9. Flip the vada's and fry till golden brown on both sides. Fry them in batches of 3-4 Vada's at a time.
  10. Place them on a paper towel to absorb any oil present.
  11. Serve them hot with any of your favorite Chutney's.

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