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Paruppu Vadai

Paruppu Vadai

Tea snack made last weekend. Only channa dhall was used together with the usual assortments of ginger, onion, chilli and cumin. End result was a yummy crispy paruppu vadai.


Weekly Challenge

  • One special item of the week
  • One special breakfast item
  • One baking special

These are my goals for 2015 in order to expand my kitchen adventures. I thought of this weekly challenge just like that while deciding whether to facebook or continue with my book!

That said, I truly hope this activity will not sizzle out just like that as I kind of like cooking and love the compliments I tend to get nowadays! 🙂

With that, here are my week 2 items:

  1. Yee Mee soup
  2. Sambal tumbuk ikan bilis
  3. Idli & coconut chutney
  4. Chocolate chips cookies (threw away the whole batch as almond essence spoilt it)

All in all, made four items, of which 3 for the first time. First time as in a new recipe, methodology.




There, I did it! I cooked for 13 people. All by myself while taking care of the boys and the maid. Now for a little bit of back story.

I am 35 and a person running her own household. I am used to  having ladies my age hosting lunch and dinner with a snap of their fingers. Heck, I remember my own mom and aunts doing just that and still continue doing so. I felt the time has come for me to do the same.

With that, we hosted both my side of the family and husband’s for lil D’s 2nd birthday get-together. Dinner it was.

I baked a banana cake a day before, while the birthday cake was baked the night before the birthday. I iced the cake on the birthday morning.

Menu as follows:

  • Tomato rice
  • Ghee rice
  • Sambhar
  • Chicken rendang
  • Kampung chicken masak kicap
  • Quail egg sambal
  • Cucumber mayo salad

I prepared the above from scratch. Mom prepared mutton and MIL made mix vege. My side of the family are quite particular about having enough food (read: better to have leftovers than not have enough for everyone to eat). Also, if you cook something, cook it well.

Needless to say, I passed both the tests with flying colours. Due to the stress of cooking for my family, I would normally screw up a dish either by too much or too less of something. This time, I didn’t let that bother me.  I cooked as I would normally do.

Compliments were received. The greatest compliment of all came from my husband. He asked if there’s enough food for tomorrow. Not for lunch but TOMORROW! Coming from the husband, that is huge. I mean HUGE! All in all, I think we did a good job in hosting the party as everyone immensely enjoyed themselves. Including the birthday boy and us, the hosts.

The cakes and the ice-creams made rounds and all in all, we had a good time. I was dead tired, no doubt. The important thing is, we ushered the new year with manifolds of happiness.

Weekend Stress Busters

Breakfast was gothuma thosai without egg. How one craves for simple childhood breakfast (not that this was made at home). I would consider this thosai to be one of my comfort food. Hot hot thosai with margarine. Awesome!

Made chicken biryani  for lunch using this vegetable biryani recipe My only grouse, I should have made it a tad more spicy.

Baked chocolate cake for tea. All these for Saturday makan-makan.

Sunday afternoon, N asked for candy. He wanted blue coloured candy. Lucky I had shaved coconut in the freezer. Left to defreeze and candy was made. The boy sat at the dining table and refused to move!

Dinner was partly paratha.

Rava Upma

I just don’t know why but I almost fail each time I make Indian breakfast. Who could ever miss making Rava upma? Well, I could.

The only other time it was a success when I followed an online recipe. Here’s another How To.

I may try it for my dinner tonight. Before I receive pelts, the rest of the family gets hot steaming rice, tofu sothi with chives, fried Barred Spanish Mackerel. May make achovies sambal.