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Hi all , Since I am tied up with some works. I am taking a short break from blogging and will be back soon with wonderful posts. Will visit all your blogs whenever time permits and also post the Diwali recipes which is lying in my draft. Hope you all remember " DISHES FROM MY KITCHEN " until I come back.. and you are welcome to see my old posts..

Happy Blogging !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bye for now.



" Wish you and your Family Happy, Prosperous and Safe Diwali "

On this day I would like to share this Good news to you all... I am featured as Diamond Chef at solkadi. Have a look at my Interview with Solkadi here......

About Diwali

Diwali or Deepavali is a significant festival in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and an official holiday in India. In Hinduism, across many parts of India and Nepal, it is the homecoming of Rama after a 14-year exile in the forest and his victory over Ravana.In South India, it marks the victory of Krishna over Narakasura. In India and Nepal, Diwali is now considered to be a national festival, and the aesthetic aspect of the festival is enjoyed by most Indians and Nepalese regardless of faith.On the day of Diwali day many wear new clothes share sweets and snacks and enjoy colorful crackers. So It is the lovable festival for the kids too.

We are really missing the crackers in US :( but no compromise in snacks and sweets we had blast in our mouth and feeled the crackers sound by eating murukkus ..... :)

No festival is complete without sweets and savouries... Coming to this part these are some from my kitchen... And Again Have wonderful Diwali.

And today I am posting the dishes with no recipes ..but I will be posting all these recipes one by one in the following weeks....








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Today I am posting the recipes for the dishes which we had for our Friendship day get together. Since I did not had time to post this immediately, I am posting it today and also its requested by friends. And also I did not get much time to take good picture on that day, So adjust with the poor photography. Except the rasmalai I started everything in the morning. And we had for lunch. Everyone really enjoyed and we had wonderful Friendship day. So going to the recipe part.....

When I planned the menu thought of covering four different cuisines and it was

* Chinese
* Italian
* North Indian
* South Indian

So The Menu was

1. Sweet corn Vegetable soup
2. Spring roll / wonton
3. Pita Pizza
4. Methi Pulao
5. Mixed vegetable curry
6. Plain rice
7. Rasam
8. Curd Rice seasoned
9. Pickle
11. Rasmalai

Here is the recipe for Mixed vegetable curry, Rasamalai, Methi pulao ,Spring roll/wonton, Sweet corn Vegetable soup. The measurement of the recipes are for single family.


This is rich dish with full of flavor which very well goes with all the roti and rice dishes. All our friends really enjoyed having this with methi pulao.


Mixed vegetables - 2 cups( Cauliflower, Carrots, Beans, potatoes, Green peas)
Paneer - 1/2 cup cubed
Onions - 2 cups
Tomatoes - 1 cup
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Green chillies - 3 slitted
Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Whole spices - Cloves, Cardamom, cinnamon 1 each
Red chili powder - As required
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Brown onion paste - 2 tbsp ( fry the onions till brown and make paste out of it)
Curd - 2 tbsp ( If u don't like curd substitute with milk cream)
Tomato puree or paste - 2 tbsp

For cashew nut paste:
Cashew nuts - 10
Poppy seeds - 1 tsp

Soak the cashew nuts and poppy seeds in water for 20 minutes and make a smooth paste.Keep aside.

1. Chop the veggies.Parboil the vegetables I used microwave for doing this.
2. Fry the paneer with tsp of oil.( Do it if u used to it or u can add at last to the gravy).
3. Now add some oil and add the whole garam masala (spices) and jeera.Let it splutter.Add chopped onions and slit green chillis and fry till transparent.
4. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till oil separates.
5. Add all the powders and salt.
6.Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till oil separates.
7.Add the parboiled veggies and mix well.Cover and cook for 2 minutes.i.e the veggies need to be well coated in this onion-tomato masala.
8.Add the tomato paste and mix well.
9.Add brown onion paste and curds. Mix well.
10.Add the cashewnut paste. .
11. Add some water and mix well, Let it cook for few minutes.
12. Add garam masala powder at last and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Note :

The secret of this recipe is vegetable has to be really crunchy.


Rasmalai this is almost everyone's favorite dessert and no one say no to this even their stomach are houseful.This is always mega hit dessert in any parties.

First I always make rasagulla a day before after enjoy this sweet I make rasamalai next day. So it is two in one.


Ingredients :

Milk - 4 cups
Lemon Juice - 2 tbsp
Sugar - 1 1/2 cup
Water - 4 cups

1. Take 4 cups of milk and boil it.
2.Now when it comes to full boil add the lemon juice diluted with a tbsp of water and add to the boiling milk.
3. Mix well the milk now curdles and after the cream and water get separated well drain in the muslin cloth and wash well in the running water to remove the flavour of lemon.
4.Now knead the paneer to very very smooth paste but i usually put it in the blender and give run or u can also put in the food processor too.
4. Now make a soft dough and make equal balls out of it. It almost comes to 10 balls.
5. Now In the vessel add the sugar and water when the sugar melts and water boils well. Add the paneer balls and close with a tight lid few minutes it doubles in the size. Now switch of the flame and transfer in a bowl and refrigerate it.

For Rasmalai

Ingredients :

Milk - 4 cups reduce to 2 cups
Saffron - 2 pinch (put it in hot milk)
Cardamom - 1 powdered
Nuts - pistachios, almonds finely chopped
Sugar - as needed
Rasagullas - Remove from the sugar syrup by pressing using your palm.

Method :

1. Reduce the milk and add sugar and nuts. Switch of the flame.
2. Now add the squeezed rasagullas, saffron, cardamom.
3. Serve chilled. Refrigerate for at least 3 hrs.


Easy appetizer and yummy one too.

Ingredients :

Spring roll wrappers - 1 pac
Mixed vegetables - cabbage, carrots, beans ( finely shredded)
Ginger + Garlic - 1 tsp
White pepper powder - 1 tsp
Black pepper - 1 tsp
Salt as needed
Soya sauce - 1 tsp
Ajinamoto - a pinch (optional I usually don't use it)

Method :

1. Saute all the vegetables by adding all the ingredients one by one. There should not be moisture in it. Do this in the high flame so that the veggies will not get soggy.
2. Roll out in the wrappers and deep fry in the oil till golden brown.
3. The same filling is also used for making wontons too. Enjoy with hot sauce or Tomato sauce.


This really has really wonderful flavour and so simple to make too.

Ingredients :

Basmathi rice - 2 cups
Methi leaves - 2 bunch
Cummin seeds - 2 tsp
Onions -2 sliced
Tomato - 1
Ginger+Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Green chillies -2 slited
Red chilli powder
Garam masala powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil and salt as required

Method :

1. Separate the leaves from the bunches.
2. Wash well and chop it. Now to this add some salt and keep aside for some time.
3. This is done to remove the bitter taste.
4. Now in the rice cooker or pressure cooker heat some oil and allow the cummin seeds to splutter.
5. Now add the onion, chillies and tomato one by one.
6. Once they are sauteed add the chopped methi leaves by squeezing out the water.
7. Fry well and add powders.
8. Now add the soaked rice and measured water check for salt and cook till done.
9. Serve with any gravy or raita.


Tasty and comforting soup to start a lunch and dinner. Have this with yummy accompaniment.

Ingredients :

Cream style sweet corn - 1 tin
Parboiled mixed veggies - 1/4 cup ( carrots, beans)
Corn flour - 2 tbsp - diluted in water ( this is appro measurement add more if u want to thicken it)
Spring onion chopped finely - 2 tbsp
White pepper powder

Method :

1. Dilute the corn with water and corn flour.
2. Add the parboiled veggies.
3. Bring to boil and when it get thickens.
4. Add pepper powder and salt as required.
5. Garnish with spring onion and serve hot hot with any accompaniment.

Note :

1. Add vinegar if needed.
2. Add egg white once it is boiling using fork so u will get egg drop soup.



Hope you all enjoyed my Virtual Mediterranean Feast. And many of them have asked this question whether I did everything in same day. Yeah but not in one stretch did some in between other works and had for the Dinner. Today I am posting the pita chips which I made from the leftover Pita and Hummus. So simple and you can play variety of flavors in it. But what I am posting is which I do regularly at home. Sure you all like this flavored Hummus. Give it a try if you have not tried it. You can use this flavored Hummus for bread spread also. It really tastes great with wonderful flavor and also so healthy. So here is the variation of chips and Dips with some Tips.

Hummus (Click here to see the Basic Hummus recipe) - 2 cup (Divide to 3 portions)

Coriander Hummus - Just add 1/4 cup chopped coriander to the one portion of Hummus and grind it to fine paste or coarsely according to your wish.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus- Broil one red pepper remove the outer skin and chop and add to Hummus grind to fine paste or coarsely.

Olive Hummus - You can use both black or green as per your wish just add 4 to Hummus and give it a blend.

Note :

1. If you are planning to do any one particular flavour Hummus before making basic hummus recipe just add those flavouring accordingly when you grind the boiled chick peas and other ingredients as mentioned in the basic method. Since I did with Leftover Hummus I am adding later to the basic recipe.
2. Other flavours which taste great for Hummus are roasted garlic, Mint.


Ingredients :

Pita- 2 cut to triangles and split them.(Use scissors)
Roasted cumin powder - 2 tsp
Chili powder - as required
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Garlic - 2 pod crushed and chopped very finely or u can use garlic powder too.

Method :

1. Whisk the olive oil with other powders and salt.
2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
3. Brush the pitas with the oil mixture.
4. Bake it for 7 to 8 minutes. Just keep an eye. It should be lightly browned and crisp.
5. Enjoy with any dips.

Tips :

1. Other flavors u can do is whisk olive oil with salt, pepper and some Italian dried herbs.
2. Just sprinkle the cheddar cheese powder for cheese flavoured pita.
3. For onion flavor you can use onion powder, salt and pepper.

For healthier version Use whole wheat pita too. Perfect for munching. Please let me know if u gals have tried any !!!!!!!!!!!! Still I have many more to try and will update you if it comes out tasty.


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