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How to make left over cooked rice taste like freshly perpared rice?

Left over rice, is very hard to consume it doesn't taste good especially when you refrigerate it. Here I give you two tips to make the left over rice just like a fresh rice.
1. When you refrigerate the rice , it becomes a kind of hard and unable to have even if you microwave it. So, yo just sprinkle some water and microwave it. You will be surprised to see it turns out that good.

2. When you cook fresh rice in a rice cooker, Just add left over rice on top of it and close the lid, keep it warm and have after 10-15min. It will taste and look like a fresh rice.

Pacchi pulusu- Raw tamarind Rasam

Pacchi pulusu is a very special rasam in south India especially Andhra pradesh. Making is very easy and it tastes delicious.

Tamarind pulp-soak lemon size tamarind in water and squeeze out the juice-5 tbsp
Onions chopped--1/2cup
Green chili-2 in number
garlic cloves-2
curry leaves- 1 rib
Coriander/ cilantro chopped-10 springs
Salt to taste
Red chili powder/ pepper powder- 1/2ts
Vegetable oil-2bsp
cumin seeds-1/2tbsp
Mustard seeds-1/2tbsp

Mix Onions, tamarind pulp, salt to taste, rechili powder/pepper powder in 250ml of water and keep aside.
Now prepare the tempering. Grind green chili, few onions, garlic cloves and very few cumin seeds together and keep aside. heat 2tbsp of oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, mustard seeds wait until they splatter and add grinded green chili mixture, curry leaves and saute until the raw smell disappears. Finally add little turmeric and saute 1min and turn off the stove add this tempering to tamarind mixture and mi…

Oakra peanut fry- bhendi fry/ladies finger fry

Oakra or bendakaya is my father's favorite vegetable. We used to have thrice in a week, when I was in India, I never used to like this vegetable, my mother used to prepare another curry for me. But she used to say " Bendakaya tinte telvi vostundi" means "Oakra is brain food, that increases intelligence".

Oakra-washed and chopped to half inch pieces-2cups
Pea nut/ground nut-1/4cup
Green chillies-2
chopped cilantro-2t.s
Cumin seeds-1/2ts
Mustard seeds-1/2ts
Chana dal-1ts
Salt to taste
Chili powder-1/2t.s
Red chili-1
vegetable oil-2ts


Heat 2ts of oil in non stick pan and add pea nuts and fry them, take them out in a bowl and keep aside.Add cumin + mustard + chana + moong  dal+ red chili and wait until they splutter. Add bhendi and fry them under medium flame, when they are finely cooked add turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt to taste cook till raw flavor goes away.Finally add the fried ground nuts and mix well.Serve w…

Mushroom Curry- Indian Style

Mushrooms are very low in calories, very high in fiber & contain many important vitamins and minerals. The nutritional facts of mushrooms are stated below:

Nutrition FactsServing Size 1 ozAmount Per ServingCalories from Fat 165 Calories 187% Daily Values*Total Fat 18.29g28%Saturated Fat 16.221g81%Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat 0.778gCholesterol 0mg0%Sodium 10mg0%Potassium 154mgTotal Carbohydrate 6.7g2%Dietary Fiber 4.6g18%Sugars 2.08gProtein 1.95gVitamin A 0%Vitamin C 1% <

Carrot, Potato, Onions whole wheat bread sandwich- Healthy Breakfast

Quick, easy, healthy and handy recipe is a great idea for the mother's/ wifes/ working women for their lazy kids/ hubby's. My hubby does his breakfast in car while driving to office. These kind of recipes are very healthy and handy for the people like my hubby. Many mornings he went without having breakfast, which is very bad habit. Now I no more entertain such unhealthy habit, so I planned to make some healthy and handy foods and this is one of them.

Ingredients: (makes 2, serves 1)
Whole wheat bread/ white bread-2 slices
Carrot grated-1 cup
Potato grated-1cup
Onion- grated-1cup
Oil-2tbsp (olive oil preferable)
red chili powder/pepper powder- to taste
salt to taste

Heat 1tbsp of oil in a pan and add carrot, onion and potato and fry till they get cooked, add salt to taste and red chili powder or pepper powder(very mild flavor is preferable so add very little). keep it aside. 
Now take a pan and heat 2tbsp oil. Take bread slice, remove sides that are brown and c…

What is cholesterol?What are healthy cholesterol levels?

Cholesterol is a type of fatty substance, also known as a lipid which is a type of fat in blood. You get cholesterol from eating certain type of fatty foods.

Your body also makes cholesterol. In fact, cholesterol is a major component of cell membranes and is made by the cells of most organs and tissues in the body. Your body also uses cholesterol to make bile salts, which help aid in digestion.Smaller amounts of cholesterol are used to make harmones and vitamin D and other substances.

Cholesterol is carried in the blood by special substances called lipoproteins. Low density lipo protein, or LDL, is known as "BAD" choloesterol. High density lipoprotein or HDL is known as "GOOD" cholesterol. These two types lipids along with triglycerides, makeup the three main parts of your cholesterol.

The three main categories of fats(Lipids) are:
HDL, LDL and Triglycerides in our body.

What are healthy cholesterol levels?

To help yor risk from heart disease, eat healthy foods that…

Rajma/ Kidney beans salad/chat

Rajma/kidney beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. In addition to lowering cholesterol, kidney beans' high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as rice, kidney beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein.
Kidney Beans nutritional profile: source: WHFoods

Kidney beans, cooked
1.00 cup
177.00 grams
224.79 calories
DensityWorld's Healthiest
Foods Ratingmolybdenum132.75 mcg177.014.2excellentfolate229.39 mcg57.34.6very goodtryptophan0.18 g56.24.5very gooddietary fiber11.33 g45.33.6very goodmanganese0.84 mg42.03.4very goodprotein15.35 g30.72.5goodiron5.20 mg28.92.3goodphosphorus251.34 mg25.12.0goodcopper0.43 mg21.51.7goodpotassium713.31 mg20.41.6goodmagnesium79.65 mg19.91.6goodvitamin B1 (thiamin)

Glazed doughnut balls

Who do not love doughnuts?They are my favorite. Why the most delicious foods are always rich in calories? this question always strikes my mind. If they are low calorie food I would have enjoyed them every day. I just started making this doughnuts, just at the end my hubby came from work and we both started munching on them, we were so busy in munching that I just forgot to take the pics of my lovely doughnuts. I just took them at the end.  they came out really yum!!!! here is the lovely recipe for all of you!

2  envelopes active dry yeast(each 0.25 ounce)
1/4 cup warm water (115 F)
1& 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/3 cup shortening
5 cups all-purpose flour
vegetable oil enough for frying
1/3 cup butter
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
hot water as needed


Add the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5-10 minutes until they become foamy.Take a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt,…

Healthy Breakfast- Capsicum & Mushroom Franki

This is the flavorful recipe with the left over chapati/roti (Night dinner-Morning breakfast). You can do the same with corn/wheat tortilas. Before going to recipe, first I should tell you all about my sweet hubby, because of whom I've to try these kind of quick, easy, healthy and handy breakfast. Let me tell his best qualities,
1. He is very punctual (yeah! he will go to office at 8:15 though it is at 7:30)
2. He will get up very early (hehe!!! 7:00am)
3. He can look after his things on his own ( I'll just Iron his dress, keep it ready when he comes out of
    bathroom, brush his shoe, arrange his office files and key's),
4. He will never miss his breakfast (yeah! he will have it only on weekends!!!!, In weekdays if I make
    breakfast I'll just have to dump it!!!)
I think all the above qualities forced me to prepare these kind of handy recipes for breakfast, so that he can have it in car while driving to office. Now enough of my naughty hubby. Coming to recipe...


Daddojanam - Curd Rice with Flattened rice (Atukulu)

Flattened rice are called Atukulu in telugu. This easily digestible form of raw rice is very popular across Nepal, India and Banglaadesh and is normally used to prepare snacks or light and easy fast food in a variety of Indian cuisine styles, some even for long-term consumption of a week or more. It is known by a variety of names: Poha (Click here for poha recipe) or Pauwa in Hindi,Pohe in Marathi, Chindé in Bengali, Chira in Assamese, Phovu in Konkani, Chudaa in Oriya,Atukula ponai in parts of Bihar and Jharkhand , Pauaa/Paunva in Gujarat, and Chiura  in Nepal, Bhojpur and Chhattisgarh.

Click Here for source:Wikipedia

Daddojanam- Yoghurt rice is a very traditional rice recipe in southern parts of India. It is served as a holy food(prasadam) in almost all the temples. World famous richest Temple Tirumala tirupathi offers this as one of the food to God and give this food as holy food to the devotees. I personally love this prasadam. Coming to the recipe.

Chicken- Coconut milk Curry

Chopped onions-----1/4cupCoconut milk-2cups
chopped ciliantro---2t.s
Cumin seeds--------Few
Cumin powder------1ts
Coriander powder--1ts
Garam masala------1/4ts
Dry coconut powder--2ts
Salt-----------------To taste
Chilli powder------1/2t.s
Procedure: 1. Take chicken cut it into medium size cubes by removing extra fat and wash it. 2. Take a pan heat it add oil. 3. Add cumin seeds, after they splutter add onions and little bit of salt which aids to cook onions faster. 4. After the onions are half cooked add gingergarlic paste and turmeric and cook it until raw flavor of garlic                 goes away. 5. Add chicken and cook it untill 80% done by stirring it in constant intervals. 6. Now add chopped tomatos and coconut powder and cook it until tomatos are completely cooked. 7. Add red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder,Coconut milk, salt and garam masala. 8. cook for 5 min in simmer by addi…

Coconut kichidi- very delicious and yummy

I love coconut rice, but this time I wanna make something with twist on it. So I thought to try kichidi this time. It came out really good with wonderful color. But let us see what are the benefits & good/bad about the coconut. Coconut and its coconut oil are high in saturated fats, even higher than butter and margarine. Several studies prove that it greatly elevates the LDL- bad cholesterol. However coconut oil is suggested as a replacement for hydrogenated vegetable oils. Although they both increase the bad cholesterol levels, coconut oil seems to also have a powerful HDL- good cholesterol boosting effect. Myristic acid found in coconuts that causes the increase in LDL and HDL accounts for about 19% of the fat in coconut. But it contains good amount of fiber too, that can help you in weight loss.

Now coming to the recipe Ingredients:(Serves 2) Rice- 1 & 1/2 cup Coconut milk-2cups Water-2cups Salt to taste Chana dal(senaga pappu)-1/4 cup Moong dal-1/4cup

For seasoning:
Cumin seeds-1/2…