Blogging Marathon # 8 - Kids Delight - Dairy Milk Shake

Day 6 of blogging marathon is time for a Kids delight. My simple recipe for today is Dairy Milk shake. I had offered two dairy milk choclates for Lord Krishna on Janmastami. So I guess its apt to make a milk shake so that it satifies the kids in me ;-) ( jokes apart). I prepared this especially for my dad. He loves milkshakes and choclates, so a combination of them will surely satisfy his taste buds.

1. Dairy Milk Choclate- 1
2. Milk - 1.5 glass
1. Take the dairy milk and break it into small pieces
2. In a blender take the milk and choclate pieces and blend well
2. Serve chilled

Check my blogger buddies running 8th edition of blogging marathon here.


Blogging Marathon # 8 - Condiment - Thakali thokku

On the fifth day of the marathon and its time for another Condiment. Im gonna make Thakkali Thokku. It has been a saver when you suddenly have guests or when your bored doing the usual cooking. Mom and I usually prepare it every alternative week on Sundays and use it for the weekdays. I can have it with Idli, Dosa, Chappathi, Rice , even as a sandwich spread. Easy and quick to make , it has all the flavours of chilli and tanginess mixed in the right proportion.

1.8 - 10 tomatoes blanched in hot water
2.Red chillie powder - 2 spoons
3.Coriander powder - 1 spoon
4. Turmeric powder - 1/2 spoon
5. Tamarind - a small ball ( you can adjust it to your taste or even avoid it, if the tomatoes are very ripe)
7. Salt to taste
8. For seasoning Oil. Mustard seeds, Urad dal and Fenugreek seeds

1. Blanch the tomatoes in hot water and let it cool down
2. Once it is completely cooled down, take the tomatoes in a blender and make a smooth paste
3. In a thick bottomed wok, add a little oil
4. When the oil is hot add the seasoning agents one by one

5. To this add the tomato puree followed by the dry powders mentioned above

6. Keep stirring to avoid the pulp staying below.

7. Do not stand too close to the wok as there will be hot bubbles bursting as the thokku gets thicker.

8. When you see oil coming on to the sides of the wok, the tomato thokku is ready.

9.Serve with some hot idlis or paper roast dosas

They are not only a good combination to eat but also to see, it would be a visual treat to the eyes, when you seve them with white fluffy idlis, the color combination would be very nice. Do try and let me know how you liked it.Check my blogger buddies running 8th edition of blogging marathon here.

This dish is off to Condiment Mela hosted by Srivalli.


Blogging Marathon - Kids Delight - Panjamirtham

Am on the fourth day of the Blogging Marathon -# 8, and its time for some cooking without fire. Im making Panjamirtham today. For the benefit of people who do not know what is panjamirtham, it is a prasad given is many temples especially Lord Murugan temple. This is a famous prasad in Lord Murugan temple in Palani.

Every year , we go to our native place and offer prayers to our home deity. As a part of the pooja , we prepare Panchamirtham and do a abhisekam to the lord with it. This year I had the opportunity of preparing it. It was god s wish I guess , that made me prepare it against all odds.

I wanted to do a step by step pictorial for this dish and my sweet sister clicked the pictures as the dish was prepared.
Please note: The pictures are not edited as I wanted to show how it will actually look when the dish is prepared and this is a very long post with lots of pictures. Please bear with me


1. Ripe Bananas - 6 nos
2. Apple - 2 nos
3. Guaua - 1
4. Dates - 10 -15
5. Oranges -1
6. Jaggery - 2 cups powdered
7. Diamond rock candy ( Kalkandu ) - 1 pack
8. Honey - 15 gms
9. Ripe Mango - 1
10- Black Seedless Grapes - 250 gms
11. Pomegranate pearls - 1 cup


1. Take the vessel in which you are gonna prepare panchamirtham and wash it well.
2. Ensure that it is dry, since moisture will spoil the taste of the dish
3. Peel the bananas and make thin slices of them

4. Mash the banana

5. Add the powdered jaggery to the mashed banana

6. Mix the mashed banana and jaggery well

7. Cut the mango pieces into the mixture and mix well

8. Now add the apple and guava into the vessel , followed by oranges

9. Add the pomegrante pearls and the rock candys, followed by the black grapes

10. Add the dates and honey at this point and mix well

11. Your panchamirtham is ready to be offered to God.

12. Mix well so that honey , jaggery and the fruits blend into each other.

Check my blogger buddies running 8th edition of blogging marathon here.


Blogging Marathon # 8 - Condiments - Pudhina Chutney

Today is Condiment Day. Indian Cuisine, especially South Indian cuisine has the maximum number of condiments to be listed, starting from podis, thogayals, chutneys, vadam , appalams , etc.
I am posting an incredibly tasty and easy breezy chutney which you can have it mixed with rice, or as a sidedish. This chutney can also be used as a spread on Chapatis or Breads, when you make rolls or sandwich. I like to mix it with rice along with a tinge of ghee and have with homemade vathal. Reminds me I do have three varieties of Vathal that I have to post and send it to Srivalli's Condiment Mela.

1. Pudhina - a small bunch
2. Coriander leaves - a small bunch
3. Coconut - 1/4 cup
4. Bengal Gram dal - 1/4 cup
5. Red chillies - 1
6. Green Chillies - 3
7. Tamarind - a small ball (depends on the level of tanginess you want)
8. Salt - to taste

1. Saute the ingredients one by one seperately and keep aside
2. In a blender add the ingredients and grind to make a coarse paste
3. Do not add water as it might spoil the consistency
4. Check for the salt and serve with the dish of your choice

Now was'nt I right in saying it is a breezy dish. Do try it and let me know how you liked it.
Check my blogger buddies running 8th edition of blogging marathon here.

Sending this aromatic chutney to Srivallis' Condiment Mela


Blogging Marathon #8 - Kids Delight - Murukku Laddoo

Murukku Laddoo, is a recipe from my late grandmother . I miss her a lot. She used to make this after Diwali when we were tired of munching the murukku made at home. Very simple preparation, but again it tastes out of the world. One of the things that I inherited from my grandmother is her cooking talent.

Todays recipe is a Kid s Delight , which requires no fire at all. I prepared this dish for a competition in Radio Mirchi and won accolades for it from Chef Damu.


  1. Muruku - 5 nos
  2. Jaggery - 1.5 cup
  3. Coconut scrappings - 2 tsps

  4. Nuts - Optional


  1. I had got murukku from the shop to make this. You can make use of either home made or readymade muruku

  2. Take all the ingredients in the blender and pulse them into a coarse mixture

  3. Remove the coarse powder in a plate and start making small balls out of the mixture

  4. The oil from the murukku will help the balls stay in place

  5. Store in a dry box. Will last for two days.

Now isnt that very simple. Do try it out and let me know of your view.
Check what my fellow marathoners are cooking on Day 2


Blogging Marathon # 8 - Gongura Chutney - Condiment from Andhra

Gongura Pickle, the very name will activate the salivary glands of mine. Well ok I see many heads nodding. Gongura Chutney with Creamy white Curd rice, would be a delectable combination that I can have at any time of the day.
I am the last entrant to this season of Blogging Marathon # 8. Im doing a combination of Condiments and Kids - Delight : No fire cooking. The event would be incomplete without my entry in it, after all I am the host.

Coming to todays post. its the ever famous condiment from our neighbouring state, GONGURA.
Ever since I first tasted it, fell in love with it.

Simple to prepare, but very tasty. It takes in very few ingredients, but tastes just out of the world. Guess I have been talking about its taste so much.

Without further delay, let us get into the preparation of this dish.

  1. Gongura Leaves - 1 big bunch

  2. Garlic pods - 10 -15 peeled

  3. Red Chilli - 6 - 7

  4. Asafoetida Powder - a pinch

  5. Salt to taste

  6. Oil

  7. Mustard seeds


  1. Clean the gongura leaves and wash them well

  2. Drain off the water and let them dry a little

  3. In a wide mouthed wok, heat a little oil

  4. When the oil is hot add the washed gonguran leaves and stir well

  5. After the leaves are stirred well, keep them aside

  6. In another, pan add a little oil

  7. When the oil is hot add the mustard seeds, followed by the garlic pods

  8. Stir fry the garlic pods, till a nice aroma is got

  9. Add the red chillies followed by the Gongura leaves and keep on stirring

  10. Sprinkle the salt and asafoetida powder while still stirring the mixture

  11. When the leaves come together with all the ingrdients, you can remove it from the fire and let it cool

  12. Store is a dry , air tight container

Enjoy your gongura with idli, dosa, rice, curd , etc..
I had packed it for my friends at office and they just loved it.

Check out what my fellow runners are cooking for Day 1.

Sending this wonderful gongura chutney to Srivalli's Condiment Mela and to Vardini's Event Herbs & Flowers - Garlic


Kids Delight - No Fire Cooking

Hello friends,

I am back with a wonderful and interesting event for which you need to put on your creative hats. Im very glad to host this event , many thanks to Srivalli for giving me this opportunity. Given below are few guidelines for the event

  • Do not use fire to cook the Final dish.

  • The dish can have ready made stuff that is got from the storeex : Sev for Bhel puri can be got from the store ( the bhel we preparewithout chutneys)

  • No microwave or OTG or stove top to be used

  • In case you are making smooties the milk can be pre boiled

  • Multiple recipes are permitted

  • Recipes from archives can be accepted ONLY if updated as current posts.

  • Veg and non veg recipes are welcome.

  • Recipes from those who do not blog can be accepted.

  • Please provide links back to this announcement as well as to Srivalli's Kid's Delight post(http://spicingyourlife.blogspot.com/2010/01/announcing-kids-delight-wholesome.html)

  • Feel free to use the event logo in your post.

Some ideas to cook without fire

  • Sandwiches

  • Yogurts

  • Smoothies

  • Salt biscutis with different toppings

  • Different Dips

  • Hummus

  • Salads

  • Coolers

  • Laddoos

So don your creative hats and send me your creations.

Format for sending entries.


Blog Name:


Send in your entries to akamalika@gmail.com.

The event is open till September 15th 2011

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