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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mutta Chor (Egg Fried Rice)

Hello, this is a very simple recipe invented by my Mother. I have not come accross this in any body elses house in my School days or college days or after. Everybody associated egg fried rice with chinese cooking, but this is simply indian in flavour. I came accross one more recently in a blog but I forgot to book mark it. It was slightly different with more spices added, if  I come accross it again I will link in this post.

Ingredients: (Serves Two)
Ponni Rice (1 cup) cooked with salt to taste till done.
Eggs - 2 to 4 Nos (Two for Adults, Four if you are serving children)
I keep a little of the egg mixture aside and mix the additional egg mixture in my daughters portion of rice.
Onion - 1 big Chopped finely
Oil - 2 tbsp or lesser
Ghee - 1 tsp
Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp or more or less as per heat tolerance
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp.
Green chillies 1 choppped fine (Optional)
Salt to taste
Curry leaves one sprig or two

Heat oil and ghee in a big kadai. Reduce heat. Bruise the curry leaves and add to the heated oil. You will be able to see that the oil acquires a light greenish tinge. Add chopped onions and green chilli and salt. sautee untill onion is golden brown. Add chilli powder and turmeric powder. sautee for a few seconds till its mixed well in the onions and the raw smell of chilli powder is gone. Add eggs and scramble them  as for bhurji till fully cooked. Mix in the rice turn well in the pan till egg mixture is evenly distributed. Serve with simple salad, Pickles. Khalaas.

Please note that fresh curry leaves are essential for this dish without curry leaves it OK but not Oomph. You can omit ghee but since we use ghee very rarely, its use is reserved for mutta chor, biriyani etc. so we can indulge once in a while. I dont like to reheat this and use, but if you are rushed for time or dont want to waste food then you know..
Also use fresh cooked rice. Not rice from the fridge.

I used to take this to my office for Lunch. My friends there didn't believe me that it was so simple to make because it tasted so good.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Acne (Pimples) eliminating Face Pack

This is a face pack for acne (Pimples) which was on an afternoon show in Doordarshan (Long Long ago)by Shahnaaz Hussain India's reknown beautician. I found it effective in my high school and college life. I hope it helps others. It should not be kept on the face for more than fifteen mins. I dont know why, but she stressed upon it on the show.

Take equal amounts of neem leaves, tulsi (Holy basil) leaves and pudina (Mint) leaves. Make into fine paste and apply on the face. wash with lukewarm water after fifteen mins.

If you have younger siblings, ingnore any comments about your facepack looking exactly like cowdung. or hide in your room.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Simple Chilli Idli

It was one of those morning when I hit the snooze button too many times and there was no time to make tiffin for my daughter to take to school. I has planned on mini idlies and tomato chutney. There was time for mini idlies but no time for Tomato chutney. I had read in aval vikatan about pepper idlies, Of course i kept that recipe book let safely, so safely that i can't find it myself..... anyway that is how chilli idly was born. I am sure many other women have had this idea before me and maybe even posted about it, here's my take:
Simple Chilli Idli

Mini idlies - around two to three cups
Oil  - 1 tbsp or more
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp as per heat tolerance.
Asafoetida (hing pdr) - two shakes from the dabba
Curry leaves - 1 sprig.

Heat oil in a fry pan, add mustard, let it pop, bruise curry leaves with your finger, add to the oil, Keep heat on sim. Add asafoetida, salt, turmeric and lastly add chilli powder. You will get a nice smell .Swirl around this flavoured oil in the pan and drop in the idlies. toss well to coat all idlies and serve.

You can do the same with whole idlies cut into pieces, or leftover idlies also. Instead of chilli powder you can add pepper powder or a mixture of both. My dd dosen't like pepper so I added chilli pdr.

I am sending this post for Any on can cook series - 23  Taste of Pearl City and Lets cook Series by Tckling palates
I want to include Logo but How? Just copy & Paste? Please inform me in the comment form anybody?
Edited to add Logo...


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Computer problems


Computer problems. Got it cleared of viruses. Now have to set up everything again. Hopefully everything will be up and about in a day or so............


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tailor Birds nest

Tailor Birds Nest.
This is a photo of a Tailor Birds nest at the back yard of my parents house in my nativeplace. The bird has felt safe enough that it has built its nest at such a low level. The tree is just a sapling not even my height. My dd was very excited and wanted to take photo of the eggs inside. so I tilted it carefully and took the photo.
I wondered at the Almighty's Creation. Just think, the bird has to build its nest, hatch eggs and the chicks have to grow up before the leaves dry up and fall away. Amazing isnt it?
We had to return back to tvm and then to UAE the very next day of discovering this. Otherwise it would have made a very nice exhibit for my daughters class room if we could have waited for the chicks to hatch and fly away.
Inshallah Next Time,


Corriander Carrot Whole Wheat Dosai

Corriander Carrot Whole Wheat Dosai

This is one dosai which makes frequent appearance on the Dining table and also makes it to my Daughters tiffin box as she likes this very much, since it is whole wheat, it satisifies my hubbys criteria for high fibre food and the ease in which it can be made is convenient for me also.


Whole wheat flour - 2 cups
Dosa Batter - 2-3 ladles (Optional)
Butter milk - 1 cup
Water to make into batter
Salt to taste.
Corriander - 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup finely chopped
Carrot - 1/2 cup finely grated, steamed for a few mins or zapped in the microwave untill a little soft.
oil as reqd. (I prefer Sesame oil, can use Ghee also)

You can mix the first four ingredients by hand or with whisk till no lumps are there or you can follow my method for lump free foamy batter. You need a blender for this - mind you I have tried this out in Sumeet, Preethi and Philips. Take the bigger jar, pour a mixture of water and buttermilk untill the blade is one finger segment submerged (around 1 cm or so). add flour. Blitz two or three times, scrape down the sides with the spatula, add water if necessary, and blend till smooth. lastly add the dosa batter. takes hardly two mins.
Rinse jar and cover immediately after transferring batter to suitable container. If you are leaving it to dry then better mix by hand. Don't make more work for yourself in the kitchen.
Set aside for a minimum of fifteen minutes. Two hours will be ideal. Add the carrot & corriander and stir till well distributed.
Heat tawa to medium hot (not smoking), apply oil evenly with a papertowel soaked in oil or a rag
(Hint: Use an Aluminium/wooden Clothespin to hold the rag and save your finger tips a brush with the hot Tawa.)
Ladle one to two spoons in the middle of the tawa, spread in circular motion to form a medium thickness pancake. Drizzle a little oil or no oil for elders and a little more oil for children. When it changes colour and the underside turns golden flip over and cook the other side also the same.
Serve with Chutney of your choice (Coconut Chuney with Porikadalai Shown Here).

I am sending this recipe to the linky list by Umm Mymoonah (Taste of Pearl City) at
I think it will come under all three categories.

Edited to add :
I am sending this Dosa to Show me Your Dosa by Divya Vikram at Dil Se

Friday, June 10, 2011

Nongu Paal By Taste of Pearl City, Spicy Mango Slices from me

If any of you visitors want to see poetry while reading a recipe go here:

View of Kuttralam Falls from Tenkasi Road

Main Falls, Kuttralam
This is a recipe for nongu paal and Oh my! looks like a dream. When we go to India, we go to Kuttralam atleast once. My nativeplace is nearby. Bathing in Kuttralam is for cooling the body from outside. Drinking Nongu Juice with Lime water - Padhaneeris cooling the body from the inside - thats what my Maami says. The fermented is Kallu and haraam for us. Eating nongu is one of the rites of passage while on a trip to Kuttralam. When the heat gets unbearable here in UAE, I sit in front of the AC and turn its fan full blast in front of my face and close my eyes and imagine that I am sitting in a van overloaded with my relatives and the window is open and the wind is rushing on my face...Aah Dreams... Hmm If sombody sprays water on my face, I will imagine it as the kuttrala saaral, no use trying to wake me up from my day dreams.

One of the other delicacies is Mango Slices And Cucumber slices sprinkled with salt and Chilli mix.

Required :
Kili Mooku Variety Mango - Semi raw is my preference or Cucumber cut lengthwise.
Chilli Powder
Thinly Slice Mango, Mix 1 tsp of salt & 1/2 tsp of Chilli powder and srinkle on slices. Mix gently with hand. Test for taste. Enjoy.

One of the good things in UAE is that the tender Cucumbers are always available, in TVM we had to make do with the fully grown cucumber.


For Umm Mymoonah: Kili Mookku Mango is as shown below. It is also called Bangalore Mango. I have taken this photo fron sulekha .com
It is not very sour when raw and it dosent go to the high levels of sweetness as in other varieties. One speciality is the skin is also crunchy and tasty, so it is especially suited for this item.


Sunset In Khorkalba Mangrove Lagoons With Fujairah Mountains at the Back Ground. A popular place for a Picnic in Kalba - Sharjah

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Kasthuri Manjal Face & Body pack

Here is a recipe for a Kasthuri Manjal pack,

Kasthuri Manjal Powder - 2 tsp
Besan (Chick Pea Flour) - 2Tbsp
Juice of one lemon (For Oily to Normal skin only)
Rose Water + Buttermilk - enough to make a paste

Let it sit for 5 to 10 mins before use. Use as a Face pack or for the whole body for cleansing. This can also be used after oil massage. Use warm water to wash off, circular movements of the hand. Use cold water in the end to close pores.



Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My Way Of Basically Basic Cooking - 1 - Tea

Hello All,

I remember when I was growing up around 12yrs , relatives visiting from my native place to Bangalore used to ask my Mother - Chaaya poda theriyuma? (Does She know how to make Tea?). I used to long to put my nose up in the air and declare my competence in washing dishes, grinding thuvayal on the ammi kal, pounding spices in th ural etc etc .... making tea, that was jujubi for me. My mother was strict in that respect , it was her opinion that even a maharani had to know how to do the work properly so that she can supervise her servants properly. So began my training at an early age...

And no, I didnt say anything, meekly went to the Kitchen to make Tea, we were to show respect to elders however tactless they are.

Making Tea My Way:

Ingredients: (Two people)
Whole Milk - 1 cup
Water 1 Cup
Tea Dust or Powder  - 2 tsp
Sugar to taste
Ginger (Crushed) - 1tsp (Optional)
Cardomom Powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)

Rinse vessel nicely with fresh water, add Milk and water and keep on stove to boil. Adjust flame so that it coves only the base of the vessel. Dont waste gas. After it comes to a boil, turn the heat to sim. Add tea leaves, ginger & cardomom if using. Boil till you get required aroma colour and if required kaduppu.
Check whether any of your guests need tea without sugar. (Diabetics, Dieters). Add sugar to taste. Strain through fine seive. Serve immediately with a smile. Throw residue in dust bin, rinse strainer immediately and keep in its place, otherwise next time you have to search for it in the sink. Soak vessel immediately in water to make it easy for cleaning. Keep away all the things you have taken out back in their places.

If you get any complaints blame me or the tea leaves Ha ha ..



I typed a nice introduction of myself and forgot to save it. Dear all, please wait till I get over losing neary two paras of painstakingly typed politically correct introduction. For now I am bushed.

Indian, Muslim, Tamil, Civil Engineering Graduate, Homemaker, Mother to a 11 year Little woman, Wife to my Childhood Sweetheart. Daughter to the best Father and Patient Mother, Eldest sister and what else.....

Oh my name? To all my web visitors and Future friends I am Fathima.

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May the peace and blessings of the Almighty be upon you and may he shower you with His Mercy and His Bounty
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