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Simple Potato Fry

Simple Potato Fry Potato - almost everyone likes this tuber. It is an omni present and used vegetable. This particular potato fry dish is simple with very few ingredients. No tempering too. The speciality of this dish is the fact that it has few ingredients so that flavour of caramelised potato is a deliciously expressed. 
Myself and my hubby love any dish if it turns slightly brown or we are even okay if it is slight burnt. We fish out the brown or black ones and eat. 😋. 
I generally use the iron skillet or kadai to do the roasts. It is non sticky and better than a non stick as its non toxic too. People, you have to try iron kadais ! It is user friendly too. And you have to check out the flavour of this potato fry roasted in iron kadai.. !

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Lets see this easy quick recipe.

Ingredients:Potato - 3 bigOnion - 1 bigChilli powder - 1 teaspoonCoriander powder - 1 teaspoonTurmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoonSalt - as requiredOil - 3 table spoons Procedure: Wash, peel…
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During the course of trying of new recipes and developing old recipes.. I found out that this badam halwa recipe was such an easy and simple recipe with very few ingredients. It is not at all a big deal !
It is a fool proof recipe. Any one can do it and end in an awesome badam halwa. You will love yourself for reproducing the halwa at home!

Of course, this is a calorie-laden. But once in a while its okay to INDULGE yourself into this sinfully good dessert. And this dessert is made with good almonds and ghee - our traditional fat, which is far better than these days' refined oils, creams and cheeses. The only check you should have when we make this dish is the sugar we add. Just keep it to the low end, which helps the dessert to express the almond texture and saffron plus ghee flavour. The commercially selling badam halwas ar…

Javvarisi/Sago Payasam

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Let's go to the simple yet divine javvarisi payasam recipe.

For more - Sweets / Desserts, Vermicelli Payasam, Deepavali, Festival Food. Ingredients:Milk - 1 litreJavvarisi/sago - 100 gramsSugar - 8 - 10 teaspoonsWater - 2 cupsCardamom powder - 1/4 teaspoonEdible camphor - one small bit to the size of small pepperSaffron - optionalCashews and raisins - 1 tablespoons each Procedure: Wash and soak the javvarisi for atleast 1 hour.Boil the milk and keep it ready.Boil water and add the javvarisi to it.Keep stirring as the sag…

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Since it was a long time my husband too had any makkan pedas, one day I remember, my husband bought a small size honey-soaked-bun thinking it was a makkan peda..😂😅. After so many years, one fine day we had a chance to eat makkan peda in a function. The credit goes to my grandmother. No.. it's not what you think. It was on my grandmother's 13th day ceremony lunch, they served makkan peda as a dessert. 😆. The …

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Lets me take you to the recipe of this polite, tempting and yummy vadai/medhu vadai.

For more - Festival Foods, Vaazhaippu Vadai, Deepavali, Ingredients: Urad dhal - 1 cupRaw rice - 1 tablespoonOnion - 1 bigGinger - 1 inch pieceGreen chillies - 2 Curry leaves - 1 sprigCoriander leaves Salt - as requiredWater - few tablespoons to grind Procedure: Wash and soak the rice and urad dhal for at least 2 hours.Chop the onions and keep ready.Today I am using mixer to grind. But wet grinders are always best for grinding for vadai as they make the batter light and fluffy.Tr…

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Adhirasam - King of Desserts in Tamil Cuisine

Adhirasam - King of Desserts in Tamil Cuisine

Adirasam is the South Indian sweet made during Deepavali in most of the houses. Our previous generations, had this recipe in finger tips. But, we in our busy life style, missed to spare time to know about this recipe. And today there are some people, who just spend their Deepavali without adirasam just because they don't know how to make it.

Some ardent cooks learn the recipe from their mom or mil. Some learn from the internet or cook books. I too tried so many sources of recipe like cook books, internet, cookery shows and asked many many people. Then, I tried once and it was a flop. I did not have the confidence to try again. I realised that reading the recipe and trying it is of no use. I knew that I have to see someone doing live.. NO.. not in televisions.. but personally.. live.. so that I can see how moist the rice flour is.. the ratio of rice flour to the jaggery...  the bubbles in the jaggery syrup.. the colour of the syrup.. th…