Tuesday, 27 May 2014



  1. Cinnamon Sticks - 5 (Each one is about 2 -3 inches)
  2. Cardamom pods - 1 cup
  3. Cumin seeds -  1/2 cup
  4. Black pepper - 1/2 cup
  5. Cloves - 1/2 cup
  6. Coriander seeds -  1/2 cup
  7. Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  1. Roast all ingredients without oil. Except cardamom.
  2. Do not let them turn brown.
  3. Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods.
  4. Blend them all into a fine powder.
  5. Garam masala powder is now ready to use in curries.

  1. దాల్చిన చెక్కలు - 5 (రెండు అంగుళాల చిన్న ముక్కలు)
  2. ఇలాచి - 1 కప్పు 
  3. జీలకర్ర -  1/2 కప్పు 
  4. మిరియాలు  - 1/2 కప్పు 
  5. లవంగాలు  - 1/2 కప్పు 
  6. ధనియాలు -  1/2 కప్పు 
  7. తురిమిన ఎండు కొబ్బరి - 1/4 కప్పు

చేయు విధానం

దాల్చిన చెక్కలు, జీలకర్ర, మిరియాలు, లవంగాలు, ధనియాలు మరియు తురిమిన ఎండు కొబ్బరి - 1/4 కప్పు నూనె లెకుండా వెయించుకోవాలి. . ఇలాచి పొట్టు తీసి గింజలు వేయించిన వాటితో కలిపి పొడి కొట్టుకోవాలి. అంతే గరం మసాల పొడి రెడి.


An aromatic blend of spices.
  1. Toor dal / Split pigeon peas - 1/2 cup
  2. Coriander seeds - 1/2 cup
  3. Dry red chilies - 15
  4. Whole black pepper - 3/4 cup
  5. Cumin seeds - 3/4 cup
  6. Fenugreek seeds - 3/4 cup
  1. Dry roast all above ingredients.
  2. Let them cool.
  3. Blend them into powder.
  4. Store in a air tight container and use as required.

  1. కంది పప్పు - 1/2 కప్పు 
  2. ధనియాలు - 1/2 కప్పు 
  3. ఎండు మిరపకాయలు - 15 
  4. మిరియాలు - 3/4 కప్పు
  5. జీలకర్ర - 3/4 కప్పు 
  6. మెంతులు - 3/4 కప్పు

చేయు విధానం
కంది పప్పు, ధనియాలు, ఎండు మిరపకాయలు, మిరియాలు, జీలకర్ర మరియు మెంతులు  నూనె లెకుండా వేయించి పొడి కొట్టుకోవాలి. అంతే  రసం పొడి రెడి.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Radish / Mullangi Raita

Ingredients :
3 Medium size Radish
1 cup Curd
1tsp  oil
1-2 dry red chili
few curry leaves
1/4tsp mustard seeds
1/4tsp Urad dal
Pinch of  Asafetida
Salt to taste

Grate the Radish and squeeze out the juice from it. Add curd  and salt and mix well. Take a small pan, add oil, when the oil is hot add the mustard seeds and when the mustard seeds splutter, add the urad dal,  dry chili, curry leaves and finally the asafetida.  Pour the oil with the seasoning on the radish curd miture and stir well.
Healthy salad/  Raita ready.

Health Benefits of Radish / Mullangi

The health benefits of radishes have been known for millennia. Radishes have been used as both a food product and a medicine since before the Roman Empire.
Radishes are a root vegetable, originally cultivated as a crop in Europe and China. A member of the Brassicaceae – kale, broccoli, cabbage – family, the radish is a common vegetable consumed around the world because the plant is extremely fast growing. When seeds are planted, sprouts appear in as little as three days.
Radishes are one of the most ignored vegetables on your local produce aisle and they shouldn’t be! Radishes are extremely low in calories, naturally fat-free and carry a low glycemic load.

The Good Stuff in Radishes
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • B vitamins
You simply can’t go wrong with adding this tart veggie to your total nutrition plan! Thin-sliced, radishes make a good snack option that preserves well. A cup of radishes contains only 19 calories!
They are also delicious tossed over salad or added to soups or stews. Mix shredded radishes into potato or macaroni salads.

Radishes: Big Health Benefits in a Little Package Fight Cancer

Researchers at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University found that radishes induce apoptosis – meaning they kill cancer cells. Compounds called isothiocyanates and anthocyanins are found in abundance in radishes and have been proven effective in the fight against cancer in several studies. The study was published in the medical journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition in 2010. Their fiber content makes radishes particularly effective at preventing and fighting colorectal cancer.


If you have chronic bronchial flare-ups, sinus infections or asthma, radishes can act as a natural decongestant.

Healthy Heart

The fiber, vitamins and minerals in radishes make them a smart choice for cardiovascular health. They’ve been shown to lower cholesterol, manage diabetes and regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Digestion & Detoxification

Your liver and gallbladder depend on bile to keep them running smoothly, and radishes have been shown to stimulate bile production. The sulfuric properties of radishes also help regulate bilirubin production and flush the excess from your blood. Left unchecked, this compound results in jaundice. The fiber content regulates bowel movements to flush toxins more efficiently and to help prevent constipation.
Research is currently being done on the black radish to verify that it increases oxygen in the blood and protects red blood cells from damage.

Weight Loss

The water and fiber content make radishes surprisingly filling, and the lack of calories puts them at the top of the “best diet” foods. The surprising number of nutrients found in these small vegetables means you aren’t skimping on nutrition while cutting back on fats, sugars and carbs. They hold up well and can be eaten raw or cooked. They add a unique flavor to many foods.

Kidney Cleanse

There are few foods that work as well as the radish at preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Drinking juice that includes radish eases the burning most experience during a UTI and shortens the length of time you’ll have to deal with the infection.
If you haven’t given these little root vegetables a chance, why not try adding them to your meal plan? The health benefits of radishes have been proven in countless studies and more research is being done all the time to find more medicinal uses.
Radishes may be small…but they certainly pack a punch!

Plantain Stem / Vazhaithandu Raita



1) Plantain stem 8-10  inch  in length
2) I bowl of curd
3) 1 green chili
4) Few Coriander Leaves


1)   Cut the Plantain stem into tiny cubes.  Cutting the Plantain stem is a little tricky. Cut them into thin rounds first and try to pull out the fiber as much as you can with the help of a knife and later cut them to tiny cubes.
2)   Put this in salt water and leave it in that salt water for sometime.
3)   Take a bowl of curd, remove the plantain stem cubes from salt water and put them in the curd. Add the green chili, chopped coriander leaves and season with salt. Let it soak for a while (30mins+)  before it is served.

Health Benefits of Plantain Stem


A potassium rich food with high fiber content and it has many other amazing health benefits.
Most people include banana in their daily diet, but very few have ever thought of including banana stem. The banana stem has many nutritive and health benefits. The stem is usually thrown away once the fruit is cut from the plant. So next time if you happen to find one, think of including it in your menu. Here are some good health reasons why banana stem must be part and parcel of your diet at least on occasions.
Banana stem is rich in fiber and helps weight loss.  Due to rich content, it helps body to feel full faster.  The intake of food gets reduced by including banana stem to diet.  It can be taken in the form of juice, but eating it as a whole provides more benefits. Including it once or twice a week can help people looking for ways to cut down extra pounds.
Like banana, banana stem is also rich in potassium and vitamin B6.  Vitamin B6 helps production of chemicals such as hemoglobin and insulin. Again, it improves the ability of body to fight against infection. Potassium helps effective functioning of muscles including cardiac muscles, prevents high blood pressure, helps nerve impulses and maintains fluid balance within the body.
It is a diuretic and helps detoxify the body. Some believe that banana stem can prevent and treat kidney stones. This is fact under study and the effectiveness has not been proven by the western world.
It can be taken as a laxative for constipation. Again, the rich fiber content prevents constipation. It cools the body. So overall, banana stem does wonders to our body.
How to include them in diet? Very tender ones can be used in salads and not so tender ones can be added to soups or as a steamed vegetable.
Slicing banana stem for dishes might be hard work, but it provides unmatchable health benefits.Its a cooling agent to our body , so use it weekly twice is recommended.

Choco Chip Cookies with Olive oil

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Stir together the flour,baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the vegetable oil, brown sugar and white
sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Blend in the dry ingredients, then fold in the chocolate chips. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

It’s all about appetizing meals of Kerala for Suresh Nanda

Meals of Kerala Suresh Nanda 
Hi, I am Suresh Nanda and I welcome back to my blog. Here is an article about the appetizing food that I have had the chance to savour during one of my trips to Kerala. It is of one of those places where you would want to indulge in sightseeing and food as well and hence, I am bagging off some of the most mouth-watering meals of Kerala.
When it comes to planning a hassle-free vacation, nothing can beat the aesthetic beauty of Kerala. Lush green environment works as a rejuvenating remedy and not to forget its tangy cuisines are always available in plenty to add to your vacation experience. Irrespective of whether you are an avid vegetarian or a non-vegetarian lover, you will be inundated with countless tangy dishes in Kerala to please your taste buds.
If you are a vegetarian, you should try out the rustic thali known as the Kerala Sadhya.  This platter consists of rice, ghee, pickles, banana, avail, laya uperi and other savouries. Payasam is a dessert that is prepared primarily from coconut milk, fruits and dry fruits. Believe it or not but regardless of how much you are conscious about your diet, you won’t be able to resist from grabbing an extra payasam pie.
Not to forget, there is a decorative platter for non-vegetarian lovers as well.  A combo of fish curry and rice is one of the most preferred meals amongst the many non-vegetarian dishes in the offer.  In addition, coconut made products and fish curry always hit the preference list of international tourists who do not deter from trying the delicacies that Kerala has to offer. Unlike the traditional fish cooking procedure, you will come across a diversified range of fish cooking methods in Kerala. Though its bit strange, fish pickles are known for its delectable taste throughout the world.
So, this is what I can close on my trip to Kerala. It is a place worth a visit to calm your senses and feed your appetite! I will be posting more articles about some of the most lip-smacking dishes that I have had the chance to taste from different parts of our country. To know more, keep scouting through the Suresh Nanda’s foodie diary!