Eggless Blueberry Cake

Recipe for Eggless  Blueberry Rava Sooji  or Semolina Cake - Light Fluffy and Tasty -Quick and  easy to make.

Combine – 1/2 Cup Yoghurt –  1/2  Cup Warm Milk – 1/2 Cup Melted Butter (Ghee) – Few Drops  – Vanilla Essence – 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

Mix – 1 Cup fine semolina – 1/2 Cup Dried Grated Coconut – 1 tsp. Baking Soda to Above

Garnish – 1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries  – Stir Gently – Pour in Lined Baking Dish

Bake – Preheated oven 180°C – About 25 – 30 mnts

Enjoy Delicious Easy Eggless Blueberry Cake Light Fluffy and Tasty

Note Use Fruit of Choice.   Add  more or less milk depending on Juiciness of Fruit.  

Recipe for Eggless  Blueberry Rava Sooji  or Semolina Cake – Light Fluffy and Tasty -Quick and  easy to make.

Eggplant Roll Ups Recipe

Easy Recipe for Eggplant or  Aubergine rolls.   Dramatic healthy veggie bites.

Happiness Between Tails by da-AL

Platter of eggplant rollups with yogurt dip. Photos by da-AL

Happiness for the eyes and tummy is a platter of these easy and dramatic healthy veggie bites …

Eggplants – 2 large

Olive oil – 4 tablespoons

Soy sauce – 4 tablespoons

Persian cucumbers – 6 small

Carrots – 2 large

Walnuts – 1/4 cup

Yogurt – 2 cups

Slice each eggplant lengthwise to about 3/8” to 1/2” (or 6 to 8 slices).

Spread half the olive oil in a large oven pan over its entire surface.

Place the eggplant slices in the pan and bake in 400°F oven for 20 minutes. Turn them over and bake them for another 20 minutes or until browned on both sides, using the remaining olive oil.

Remove them from the oven and sprinkle the soy sauce evenly over the eggplants.

Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Julienned cucumbers and carrots with roasted eggplant slice. Ready to roll!

Meanwhile, julienne the cucumbers and carrots, and divide them evenly…

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Cabbage Thoran – Spiced Sautéed cabbage

Recipe for Cabbage Thoran a favourite side dish of Kerala Cuisine. A Stir Fry with Cabbage and Grated Coconut

cabbage-thoran-2Garnishes play an important role in food presentation. It can be defined as “Food items placed around or on top of a principal dish for a relish”. A careful selection of garnishes that have flavour, colour, and eye appeal is appreciated and is accepted as a finished dish.

In this post we are doing cabbage thoran/ mild spiced sautéed cabbage in an arc shape. Arcs add fluidity and a sense of motion to a presentation.

Cabbage Thoran is one of the favourite side dish of Kerala Cuisine. Any Kerala Sadhya is incomplete without Cabbage Thoran. Cabbage Thoran is a stir fry made using cabbage and coconut.

Serves: 3 – 4

Preparation time – 15 minutes

Cooking time – 20 minutes


Cabbage : 500 gm finely chopped
Grated coconut : 1cup
Green chillies : to taste
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds : 1tsp
Curry leaves : 2 sprig

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Easy Veg Ratatouille

Classic ratatouille Recipe

Chop – 2 Onions  – 4 cloves of garlic  – 2 aubergines – 2 courgettes – 2 Sweet Red Peppers

Saute –  Heat pan – 2 tbsp. Olive Oil –  Onion – Garic – 1 mnt – Add rest of the Veg – Salt to taste – Saute till Soft  and Done

Spice –  2 tsp. Sweet Pepper Powder – Stir Well –  6-8 chopped Tomatoes  – Bring to Boil – 3 mnts – Pinch of Sugar.

Garnish – Hand full Fresh Herbs (Basil or Coriander) – Drizzle Tsp. of Olive Oil – Turn off Stove done.

Serve with Rice or Bread.  Delicious Quick  and Easy

Recipe for  Ratatouille Mediterranean-style vegetable stew  perfect for a super-healthy midweek Lunch or Dinner


Sambar – Luscious Veg Lentil Soup



Soak – Squeeze – Strain- Lemon-sized ball  tamarind – 2 cups Hot Water – 15 mints  – Extract Tamrind Juice.

Boil – 100g Toor Dal (Lentil)  – 1/2 tsp. Turmeric – 2-3 cups Water – Till Soft –  Cooked Dal

Chop –  Aubergine – Pumpkin –  Zucchini – Tomatoes – Carrots  – 3 cups Total – Bitesize Pieces – Mixed Veg

Cook – Mixed Veg – in Tamrind Juice – 2 -3 tsp. Sambar Powder -1/2 tsp.  Salt +/- 2 tsp – 20-25 mnts – Till done – Add Cooked Dal  –  Simmer  5 minutes.  – Done – Turn Off Stove.

Seasoning – Heat 2 tsp. Oil –  Add 1/2 tsp. Mustard – 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds (optional) – 2 Dried Red Chillies – 1 mnt  – Add to Above.

Garnish  – With Corriender Leaves.

Serve – Sambar with Rice or  Dosa (Indian Pancake)

Delicious Sambar Ready.  Mmmm…. 

Note :  Add salt to taste.   Veg of Choice. Sambar Powder can be found in Indian Stores.

Everytime I visit India, my Friend Lakshmi  says I do not spend enough time with her.  So, this visit  I decided to meet her at the Airport and share the long ride home with her and go out to dinner before going home to family.

However, arriving at her home  to freshen up, Lakshmi’s Husband Murali insisted that I stay for dinner and he was going to make a Special Sambar  with Dosa for me.  This is the Sambar he made for Dinner that evening.   So Delicious and Different from how we make at home.  

Everytime I visit Lakshmi, she reminds her Son Arjun that I was with her at the Hospital when he was Born. She reminds Arjun about me every year for his Birthday too.  

Lakshmi, Murali and Arjun thank you for your Friendship and hospitality.   I enjoyed dinner once again at your place.

Sambar Spelt Saambaar, Sambhar or Sambaar,is a Lentil based vegetable Stew  from Tamil Nadu  and Karnataka in South India. A healthy tasty dish to include in all diets.


Eggless Easy Banana Pancake

Eggless Easy Banana Pancake Recipe

Mix  – Flour 1 + 1/2 cup – 1/2 cup water – 1 tbs  Honey – 1 tbs Oil – Pinch of -Salt & Cinnamon   – 2 Ripe Mashed Banana

Fry – Heat a pan. Make thick pancakes.

Note : Substitute  –  Ghee for oil – Sugar for  honey – White flour for Brown

Quick and easy. Children love this.   Mmm….

When Tina was about 7 years old,  once a week, one of the child had to bring a homemade snack to share with the whole class and also the recipe.    This was the snack we made for her classmates and teachers.

She also had to submit a recipe for the snack.   When the recipe given to her she was disappointed as it had very few ingrdients and the method was too easy!!

However, the pancakes were well enjoyed with no leftovers!!