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Idiyappam is an age old healthy recipe followed for generations …It tastes awesome with coconut jaggery milk or any spicy curries or with veg stew or even with pickle and coconut oil..

It’s also known as string hoppers/semiya/shevai /ottu Shavige 😊

Authentic way of making Idiyappam is very tedious process, involves a lot of procedures like soaking , grinding , cooking the batter then steaming etc….which is time consuming and so many of us turn up without making it 😓 due to busy working life ,eventhough we love it ! …

We go for something instant or quick recipes to enjoy, so today i am here with an instant and more healthier version of ottu shavige where no much work invoved😍, very easy recipe of making Idiyappam/ottu shavige using fine rawa or semolina ,which tastes equally delicious ❤.Soo that now everyone can satisfy there carving to eat ottu shavige along with coconut milk  (you can check my blog for such instant easy,quick and delicious recipes ❤) ..Hope you all will like it 😊

Give this recipe a try and enjoy Idiyappam anytime of the day or even when u have not planned anything for breakfast or on sudden arrival of guests and impress them😊

•2 cups semolina/rawa

•1-1/2 to 2 cups water(approximately add 11/2 cups first and knead if necessary add water accordingly )


•1 tsp ghee/oil


▪Mix all above ingredients and make a dough 

▪Make equal sized balls and steam cook 15 -18 minutes 

Grease the inside part of an Idiyappam maker or Chakuli mould with oil and fill it with the prepared 1 or 2 steamed rawa balls and press it in a circular motion on a plate in the form of long strings in circular motion.

▪Serve with Jaggery coconut milk 


▪This recipe makes around 6 medium Idiyappam 

▪You can use authentic Machine /Chakuli mould for making these Idiyappam 

COCONUT JAGGERY MILK: Grind 1 cup coconut ,soaked 1tsp kus kus,1tsp rice soaked,to fine paste,stain this using water then add jaggery  (as per taste),boil once and add cardamom powder mix and switch off gas ,cool this and serve with Idiyappam (Soak kus kus and rice for an hour ) 

Instant way of making coconut jaggery milk dissolve grated jaggery(use as per sweetness) in 1/4 cup warm water then bring it to room temperature add ready to use coconut milk ,add 1/2 tsp cardamom mix and enjoy.



Here is a resturant type  ONION PAKODA / PAKORA/FRITTERS recipe for all you dear friends 😍😍😍 …..
From the below recipe you get just perfect restaurant type crispy, delicious non oily onion pakoras…..Just enjoy making this within minutes for evening tea / coffee or club this along with lunch as a sidedish or enjoy it with your guests or friends….

Easy to make  when you like to munch on something when it’s raining or during kitty parties 😊….

#easy #quick #delicious #instant #snack #starter #teatime #pakora #pakoda #onion #crispy #fritters #deepfried #homefood #resturant #cookwithashu 


• 2 large onions finely sliced  (seperate each layers by squeezing)

•2 finely chopped greenchillies 

•Few chopped curryleaves 

•1/ 2 cup besan / Gramflour

•1/2 cup rice flour 

•Salt to taste 

•1/4 tsp turmeric 

•1 tsp chilly powder 

•a pinch soda (optional ) 

•1/4 tsp ajwain / om seeds 

•1 tsp coriander seeds crushed roughly 

•oil for deep frying 


▪In a wide container add all dry powders and mix well ,now add onions , chillies and curry leaves mix well applying pressure while mixing, this helps onions to release moisture and helps binding all together 

▪If necessary sprinkle water  (but not necessary, but the dough must be tight ,if the mixture contains more moisture then your pakoda will turn soft and soggy )

▪Rest 5 minutes, and again mix applying pressure 

▪Heat oil in a wide kadai to boiling point, then reduce to medium heat and make pakoda by dropping small portion of dough into oil

▪fry all sides till crisp and golden ,remove this to a absorbing paper to remove excess oil…

▪serve hot with mint or coriander Chutney or with ketchup 😊

* Slice onions only at the time of making pakoda, as it leaves it’s own moisture if cut fresh

*if necessary just sprinkle water to bind it ,adding to much water pakodas become soggy 

*see below picture for perfect idea of dough consistency



Here is a Restaurant type classic ghee roast masala which can be easily made at home and enjoyed…..

Gheeroast as i said earlier is a famous manglorian cuisine , they say that the origin of gheeroast masala is from a small town near Udupi/Manglore named Kundapur…

Here the masala is made with ground red chilles and tossed in generous amount of ghee to balance the spiceness and taste….the colour of dish looks firey red,its served as dry for starters or as semi dry gravy and served as a side dish ☺… The classic combo for any gheeroast is manglorian popular neer dosa(recipe in my blog , do check it)..

Various types of ghee roast can be made like fish, prawns, crab,squid,potato,paneer,babycorn,chicken,eggs and so on…. you can see few other gheeroast recipes in my blog ☺ ..

Now lets see this easy and quick Recipe


•1 pkt Mushrooms (250 gms or can use Tinned ones)

•2 tblsp yogurt/curds

•3/4 tsp turmeric 

•1 tsp ginger garlic paste

•20 dry Red chilles(i used byadgi)

•3 tsp coriander /dhania seeds

•1 tsp cumin/jeera seeds

•1/4 tsp Fennel seeds /Saunf 

•1 small onion

•6 garlic cloves peeled 

•1/2 “ginger

•2 cloves

•a very small piece of cinnamon 

•6 peppercorns 

•1 tsp kasuri methi

•a small gooseberry sized tamrind

•1/4 cup ghee/clarified butter

•few fresh curry leaves

• salt to taste


▪clean and wash mushrooms ,cut them into 4 pieces or as desired

▪Marinate mushroom with yogurt,salt turmeric and gingergarlic paste for 15 minutes or more

▪Heat a pan add few drops of oil , add Saunf, jeera ,coriander seeds,Black pepper toss awhile then add onion,ginger ,garlic,redchilles fry till chilles get crisp (dont burn chilles,just toss in a low flame to avoid burning)

▪cool above fried ingredients, and grind along tamrind using water to very fine paste (make fine paste is very necessary)

▪Heat the pan ,add ghee, add ground masala and cook in medium flame till oil starts separating,add marinated mushrooms , water if u want semi gravy or else no need of adding water if you want to make it dry

▪cook till mushrooms are cooked (*mushroom get cooked fast)

▪Add curry leaves, kasurimethi , salt if required as we have already added for marination give everything a good mix and just boil for a minute or so..

▪Now mushroom gheeroast is ready to relish as a starter or as a side dish..


*I have used 2 tblsp ghee here 

*at the time of adding kasurimethi you can add 1/2 tsp garam masala powder 

*the same recipe implies for paneer

Squid gheerost,neer dosa,prawns gheeroast,paneer gheeroast

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Posted by on February 28, 2017 in SIDE DISH, VEG STARTERS, VEGETERIAN CURRIES



Bread Upma…

Here is a simple and an easy recipe which can be made instantly……Best recipe for using breads laying untouched….

Simple to make Delicious in taste.. Making Bread upma is a brilliant idea to finish of stale bread or bread which is about to expire ;):mrgreen:

Here is a excellent recipe which can be made in jiffy…❤


•1 PKT Bread cut into pieces 

•2 medium onions chopped 

•2 medium tomatoes chopped 

•4 slit greenchillies 

•1 tsp gingergarlic paste 

•1/4 tsp turmeric 

•1/2 tsp chilly powder 

•1/2 tsp garammasala powder 

•1/2 tsp cumin powder 

• 1 tsp dhania powder 

•2 tblsp oil 

•1 tsp mustard seeds

•1/2 tsp cumin seeds 

•1/4 cup water 

• 2tblsp Chopped coriander leaves 

▪Fine Nylon Sev
▪ Heat a wide wok, add oil when hot add mustard seeds let this splutter add jeera let this pop well add onions, greenchillies fry transluscent 

▪Add gingergarlic paste saute awhile 

▪Add all spice powders saute till a good aroma 

▪add in chopped tomatoes, saute for 3 minutes 

▪Add water boil well till thick

▪add salt give a good mix

▪now add bread peices, coriander leaves mix well till everything gets combined 

▪Serve hot with sev sprinkled on top 

* you can even add sprouts,eggs to the recipe.. 

*any bread can be used,but tastes awesome with milk bread..




An easy ,quick ,instant crispy  fritters recipe using cauliflower  is here…..These fritters can be made for kitty parties or can be enjoyed during teatime or when on sudden arrival of guests or you can even enjoy this as a side dish with your regular lunch menu… gohead and give this a try and enjoy.. ☺


•2- 3Cups gobi/cauliflower florets 

•1 small onion chopped

•few curry leaves

•1 tsp ginger chopped

•1 tsp finely chopped greenchilles

•2 tblsp gramflour

•1 tblsp cornflour

•1/4 tsp asafoetida/hing

•2 tsp chilly powder (as per taste)

•1/4 tsp turmeric 

•1/4 cumin/jeera powder

•1/4 tsp garam masala powder

•1 tsp coriander seeds

•1 1/2 tblsp roasted gram dal /daliya (putana)

•salt as per taste

•oil for deep frying


▪First check florets,then add this to water with salt and rest 30 minutes,this helps to kill insect or impurities present in florets 

▪Drain water and keep this in a colander to drain excess water

▪Take a mixi jar add gram flour,cornflour,salt,chilli powder,turmeric, hing,jeera powder,garam masala  and roasted gramdal grind to fine powder

▪To this add coriander seeds and grind for one pulse (just crush coriander seeds)

▪Now in a wide bowl add chopped onion ,chilles,curry leaves,ginger gobi mix well to this add the powder mix and mix 

▪Now sprinkle water lightly and mix with slight pressure so that it get mixed well 

▪Heat oil , keep this in medium flame and add florets one by one and deep fry till crisp flipping all sides

▪Now Gobi kurkure is ready to relish….

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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in SNACKS, VEG STARTERS



​Bread Rolls… A perfect evening snack with tea or coffee . It tastes awesome ,crunchy outside soft inside…Kids will love this for sure as it’s a deepfried and made of bread, and a easy way to make kids eat veggies..This can made in jiffy if you have boiled potatoes ready….

   Here I have used potato for filling /stuffing inside bread , you can replace it by paneer, cheese,mushroom ,boiled peas,boiled corn, capsicum, boiled and shredded chicken(keema) (anything of your choice)but method and procedure remains same

Let’s see the recipe 


•6 white /brown bread  (remove sides)

•2/3 boiled and mashed potatoes 

•1/4 cup shredded cabbage 

•1 grated carrots 

•2 chopped greenchillies (opt)

•Few springs coriander leaves chopped

•1/4 tsp chilly powder

•1/4 tsp garammasala 

•1/4 tsp asafoetida / hing 

•Salt to taste  

•1 tsp limejuice 

•oil for deep frying 

•1 egg (vegetarians can use cornflour slurry )

•bread crumbs for rolling


▪Heat a kadai add 1tsp oil,add chilly powder, garammasala,hing saute lightly add greenchilles ,cabbage, carrots and fry for a minute add salt give a good mix add mashed potatoes, mix and switch off the gas and add limejuice ,coriander leaves mix well  )and leave this to cool

▪Or you can even mix all the above ingredients  in a bowl without frying and use for making stuffing as we deep fry the rolls after stuffing

▪In a wide container add sufficent water for dipping bread, now take a slice of bread dip in this water for a second or two,remove and squeeze tightly excess water by holding in between your palms 

▪Take sufficient potato filling and place in center of bread and roll well till it gets sealed properly , place this aside 

▪continue doing same with the rest of the bread slices 

▪Beat egg well with a pinch of salt

▪Now dip each slice of bread in egg mixture and roll well in bread crumbs(see that it’s coated well)and set each roll in a box with a lid and refrigerate for 30 minutes 

▪Heat oil well then reduce the flame on medium and deep fry rolls till golden 

▪Enjoy with ketchup 🙂


* Vegetarians can replace eggs with cornflour slurry  (1 tblsp cornflour mixed in1/4 cup water without lumps )

Bread Rolls 


Posted by on June 30, 2016 in DEEP FRIED ITEMS(VEG), VEG STARTERS



Are you thinking something for tomorrow’s breakfast then I am here with a easy and quick recipe for you all…
Bread Besan Sesame Toast or You can say a vegetarian bread omelette …
      You can also top it with generous amount of cheese grated and enjoy!


•1 cup besan / Gramflour
•6 bread slices or as needed
•2 chopped greenchillies
•1 medium tomato chopped
•1 medium onion chopped
•2 tblsp coriander leaves chopped
•1/2 tsp chilly powder
•a pinch turmeric powder
•1/4 tsp garammasala powder
•1/4 tsp asafoetida
•1/4 tsp cumin powder
•1/4 tsp dhania powder
•Salt to taste
• water as required
• oil/butter/ghee
•2 tblsp Sesame seeds  (white Til)


▪In a wide container add besan with onions, tomato, chillies, coriander leaves ,all dry powders along with water to a thick batter…
▪Now dip each slices of bread in the besan mixture
▪Make sure that veggies stick to bread slices or just add on the bread slices with the help of a spoon.


▪Heat a griddle, add ghee and place the bread slices, sprinkle some sesame seeds on top and fry this both sides on medium heat till crisp …
▪Cut to desired shapes and serve
▪Enjoy as it is done,with time it becomes soggy…

*can add grated carrots, capsicum, cheese …
*Besan can be replaced with eggs



Bread Besan Sesame Toast