Tangy accompaniment “gojju”

For the rice lovers, gojju and chutney of various kinds make good accompaniments. This is popular in southern region and is made using ladies finger,cucumber ,pineapple  and even mango. Here ,is the one made of cucumber. (more…)

Dal Fry restaurant style

Finally, 2015 has set in and this is my  first post of the year.Heartfelt thankyou to one and all for the support extended in 2014. My family, friends, bloggers and all others here ,really greatful to each one of you. I have many more recipes in store  and plans for this year , hope I accomplish them. (more…)

Sweet Rice

Celebrations and sweets go hand in hand. As this year comes to an end ,here is a sweet dish for you all. May the year ahead be filled with immense joy and prosperity. Wishing all my readers a joyous 2015! (more…)

Poha chiwda

In South India, poha or beaten rice is extensively used in preparing snacks. Commonly called as Avalakki in Karnataka,Poha chiwda is a tasty ready to eat snack for evenings or along with a cup of tea. It is used during fasting and makes a good snack for a back pack. (more…)

Ridge gourd chutney

The traditional food of a good vegetable with a hot chutney and a tasty dal with rotis  or chapatis is more fulfilling than all the chaats and other delicacies which we love to eat outside. Nothing like food cooked at home, you can sense the satisfaction after eating outside for a week. (more…)


I love this month, pleasant climate, many celebrations and holidays. It’s that time of the year where we bake goodies and make new resolutions. We look forward to new beginnings again. As usual, my favourite recipe for you with seasons greetings to all of you. May the year ahead be filled with immense joy and happiness.  (more…)

Wada (urad dal)

Urad dal wada are tasty and loved by all. It is usually served along  with idli in restaurants.

Shaped like doughnuts, these have always been my favourite. With or without chutney, I love these fried dumplings. Today, a sneak and peek at this one.


  • urad dal 2 cups
  • green chilly 3
  • coriander leaves
  • curry leaves
  • salt
  • water
  • oil for frying
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  • Soak urad dal in water for two hours.
  • Grind it to a fine batter with little water.
  • In another jar, grind green chilly and coriander and mix with it. Throw in a few roughly cut curry leaves and salt.
  • Heat oil in a pan , when done, beat and take some batter, make a hole with the thumb, and slowly release it into the oil. The making of this wada really needs some practice. 
  • In the beginning, one may not be able to make them and needs to be satisfied with the usual round balls.
  • Fry until brown on medium flame, remove and put them on a tissue paper. 
  • Serve with coconut chutney.

Other variations : 

Serve it immersed in yoghurt with a dressing. It is heaven or serve it immersed in sambar for a hotter version.

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Welcome to our very first Christmas tree trimming party. This is collaboration from across many miles. From Canada, the United States to India and France. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to enjoy our selection of Christmas recipes. You will find recipes for breakfast, appetizer, dinner and dessert. You cannot go wrong with a vast selection like this.

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Merry Christmas

My name is Sarah and I’m the French one here 😉 I am delighted and excited and very happy to be part of this Christmas! I blog at The Cook whoPhotographed and I recentlyswitchedmydiet to a vegetarianone.  I inventrecipes, which are mostlyvegan or vegetarian and gluten free. I try to feedmyselfwithhealthyorganicfoods, home grown or local grownfoods. I studyintellectualpropertylawalongwithbeing a foodphotographer. I love cooking too and all I wishis to communicatemy passion for good and healthyfood. I come from France, a country wherefoodphotographyis not as popular as itisoverseas. I workwith Stock Food and maybesomeday, I’llbe able to host workshops and feedmyfamilythanks to my passion.

You canfollow me on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle + and Tumblr (pretty much everywhere).

Please enjoy this link to my gluten free, dairy free Christmas Breakfast.




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Hi I am Anu and my blog is www.easybitesonline.com . Although our beliefs are different, we as a family definitely enjoy the holiday season and Christmas day. As soon as lights go up in the neighborhood, the festive spirit and anticipation of the celebration begins! My daughters love decorating the Christmas tree, writing to Santa and await eagerly for their presents. My younger daughter who is 6 for sure believes in Santa and insists on placing a snack and a carrot in the kitchen ready for his visit 🙂 There have been times when either myself or my husband are at work and therefore don’t get to become involved with any happenings. If otherwise however, we tend to invite friends over for dinner, since our families live in India.


My dishes I’m presenting here are – vegan, gluten-free beverage and dessert – Persimmon Banana Smoothie and a Raw Persimmon Tart. I am so excited to be sharing this with you all. Determining the dishes which had to be vegan and gluten-free was a challenge, however I do hope you will enjoy my dishes. Merry Christmas to you all! Let the party begin!

Please find the links to my recipes below: 




Hello, I am Jayashree from India. I am extremly happy to be part of this party again. Thank you Cherie Chalmers for bringing these events. I am a foodie and I love cooking and trying my hand at new dishes. Its been four years since I started my writing journey. After writing on various sites, I now have my own website www.evergreendishes.com  I also write poetry and a few poems have been published.

Here is the link to my Christmas cutlets recipe


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Hi, my name is Laurie Barrie and I have been gluten free all my life. I am a wife, mom, and grandma and love cooking up yummy recipes in my kitchen. I am sharing an appetizer and a dessert for your holiday delight. My first offering is gluten & dairy free honey teriyaki meatballs in the shape of a Christmas tree and my second is a gluten& dairy free dark chocolate cupcake with candy cane whipped frosting. Please stop by my blog at http://www.glutenfreeyummy.com and stay a while. Life’s too short to eat bad food, so let’s cook up something yummy!

Here are the links to my recipes, enjoy




 Merry Christmas my name is Cherie and I blog at www.cheriesforgetmenots.com. I welcome you to our Christmas Tree Trimming party. I have organized this post for all of us as I love Christmas and I am very excited to share our recipes with you. I had plans for more recipes but life got in the way, so my contribution is gluten and dairy free Mint Christmas Tree Meringues and a Chocolate Mint & Raspberry Deconstructed Pavlova Parfaits. As I sit here enjoying my own tree I wish you many memories while you put up your own. Some traditions are just so important to our lives

You can find my post at the following link.


Thank you for joining us this Christmas; I am sure we will be back at a later date in the new year for another special event in our lives. Are you looking for recipes for your Christmas Dinner. Please check out our collaboration from Thanksgiving at the following link.


Have the merriest of Christmas Seasons from Cherie, Jayashree, Laurie, Sarah and Anu