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Showing posts with label Easy Cooking Ideas. Show all posts

Bhel Puri /Puffed Rice Snack


  • 2 cups puffed rice (murmura)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  •  1/2 cup chopped tomato 
  • 4 tbsp Sweet Chutney (made from Dates and Tamarind)
  • 2 tbsp Green spicy Chutney (made from Mint and coriander leaves)
  • 1 tsp black salt or chaat masala
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste
For Garnishing
  • 1/2 cup Sev or Farsan / (Indian Fried Snacks - available in Indian store)
  • 10 Papadi (crushed) / (Indian Fried Snacks - available in Indian store)
  • 1 tsp grated raw mango
  • roasted peanuts
  • finely chopped coriander Leaves

Time Required: 10 mins


  1. Take a large bowl  add the puffed rice, then chopped onions tomatoes, lemon juice and chutneys. 
  2. You can vary the sweet and spicy chutney as per your taste buds.
  3. Then add the crushed papadis, sev/farsan , raw mango, roasted peanuts and chopped coriander leaves, mix well.
  4. Serve immediately.
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Dahi Misal Chaat


I always think what to have for evening snack something very healthy....  Dahi misal chaat hot & sour flavor/chatpata snack gave me the answer. In language of Marathi and Hindi "dahi" means curd and "misal" in marathi means mixture. Mixture of boiled pulses, onion, tomato, fried snacks and spices are mixed in curd to bring the hot and sour flavor. This snack is very healthy, crunchy delicious in mix of all tastes and fills your heart as well as stomach!

1 cup  - Boiled Pulses
1 cup -  curd / Yogurt
1/4 cup - Chopped Tomato
1/4 cup - chopped Onion
Coriander leaves for Garnishing

>Masala Powders:
3 tsp - chaat masala  (mixture of many Indian spices)
1 tsp - Red Chili Powder
1/4 tsp - turmeric powder
1/2 tsp - Salt

>For seasoning:
1 tsp - Mustard Seeds
1 tsp - udrud dal / White Lentils (grown in Indian subcontinent- Available in Indian Store)
3 tsp Oil for seasoning

>For Toppings:
Sev/ Bhujia ( Indian fried snacks - available in Indian Store)
Potato chips
Tortilla chips
(Any snacks which ever existing at home :)

1. Soak the pulses for about 3 hrs and then cook them in pressure cooker for 3 whistles. (If you forgot to soak the pulses  4 to 5 whistles

2.  In a medium flame heat a pan add 1 tbsp of oil, add the seeds and allow them to crackle

3. Add all above mentioned masalas together in a seasoning oil and fry them for 1 min. ( This gives a nice color & taste to the chaat)

4. Add onion saute till turns in to golden brown

5. Add the tomatoes fry them for 1 min

6. Add the cooked pulses and 1 cup of water mix nicely & cook for 2 mins. And switch off the gas

7. Take a bowl add 2 scoops of pulses gravy, and layer them with some raw chopped onion and  tomato, curd, and add any of the topping snacks and garnish with fresh coriander leaves



 8. Serve this healthy, very filling, tasty guilt free snack at any time.

Recipe in Video format.

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How to cook Rice in Microwave


Don't worry if you don't have the rice cooker, you can cook the rice in microwave too. Follow the steps.


  • Rice 1 cup 
  • Microwave bowl with covering lid 
  • A microwave:) 
  • Water  

Step by Step Method:

Step 01: 
Measure 1 cup of rice

Step 02:
Nicely rinse rice with water.

 Step 03
Drain the water.

Step 04:
Add 2 cups of water i.e. 1:2 is the ratio. If you like the rice more fluffy then add 1/2 cup of water more i.e. 2 1/2 cups of water.

Step 05:
Keep the rice bowl inside the microwave and set the microwave for 15 mins. Make sure you cover the bowl with plate. Failing to cover the bowl will lead to dried the rice on top.

Step 06:
After 15 mins. leave it covered for minimum of 5 -6 minutes. Remaining heat will cook the rice to completion. Rice will comes out well-cooked and fluffy.

Serve the rice with your favorite dish.

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Kara Pori / Spicy Puffed Rice / Crispy Masala Murmura


It is one of our favorite tea time snack! As this is easy to prepare and low in calories. It taste great with garlic flavor.


  • Puffed Rice/ Pori / Murmura - 5 cups
  • Peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • Roasted Gram / Pottu Kadalai - 1 tbsp
  • Curry Leaves Few
  • Green Chili- 2 nos.
  • Mor Molaga / Dry Marinated chili - 3 nos. (Optional) - Available in Indian store
  • Garlic  - 4 flakes
  • Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds- 1 tsp
  • Urud Dal / White Lentils - 1tsp
  • Oil - 3 tsp


Time Required: 10 mins 


1. Heat a pan and fry the peanuts and roasted gram, once these are nicely roasted transfer them in to plate

2. In the same pan add 3 tsp oil, add mor molaga or green chili, mustard seeds , urud dal, garlic, curry leaves, salt, turmeric powder, and red chili and fry them nicely
3. Add the peanut and roasted gram and puffed rice/pori and mix well so that each grain of puffed rice is coated with spicy mixture.

Store it in a air tight jar. Enjoy this guilt free snack whenever you want.
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Konda Kadalai Sundal/ Chickpeas Sundal

This  chana/ Chickpeas / Konda Kadalai Sundal is one of the  simple and tasty sabzi. Perfect for curd rice. Sundal varieties are also offered for Prasadam /nivedyam for Navratri Festival Recipes.

  • 1 Cup Chana/Black Chickpeas
  • 3 to 4 Green Chilies
  • 1 tbsp Coconut grated
  • 1/4 tsp Haldi/Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 tsp Urad Dal / White Lentils
  • Oil
  • A pinch of asafoetida/Hing
  • Salt to taste

Time Required: 15 mins.


Step 01) Soak chana overnight.

Step 02) Pressure cook the soaked chana with 1/2 of cup of water for 2 whistles.

Step 03) Blend the grated coconut and green chilies and keep it aside.

Step 04) Heat oil, add seeds allow to splutter. 

Step 05) Add boiled chana, salt, turmeric powder and hing/ asafoetida mix well and saute for 3 minutes.

Step 06) Add blended coconut and green chili mixture and mix well. Adjust the salt if any.

Serving: It goes very well with Curd Rice 
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Murmura Bhel / Puffed Rice Guilt Free Snack


It is very simple, healthy, tasty, spicy and very quick guilt free snack.

  • 4 cups Murmura/ Pori /Puffed Rice
  • 1/4 Cup Onion Chopped 
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Chopped 
  • 1/4 Cup Carrot Grated 
  • 1/4 cup raw Mango 
  • 1 cup boiled corn (Optional) 
  • 1 to 2 Green Chili (Optional) 
  • 2 tbsp Roasted Peanuts (Optional) 
  • Fresh Coriander leaves/Cilantro chopped 
  • 2 tsp chaat masala powder (Mixture of many Indian spices - Available in Indian store)
  • Salt to taste 
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • 2 tsp Oil 

Time Required: 15 mins


Step 01)
In a large bowl add chopped onion, tomato, carrot, raw mango, corn, coriander leaves, 
 red chili powder, chaat masala, peanuts, salt and mix well.

Step 02) If you want really want spicy then add green chilies else red chili powder itself is enough

Step 03) Now add crisp puffed Rice/ Pori/Murmura and oil and mix well so that each grain of puffed rice is nicely coated with spicy mixture.

Serving: Serve immediately

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