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Just to share with you………

This is second christmas for us in US.  I thought of celebrating it with my Friend Virusali’s family. We both planned to bake cake for christmas and cutting it. Since because our kids are not well we couldn’t make it.  In the afternoon It was raining and boring.  We were not able to go out also.  So, I thought of making/baking cake.  Long back I saw this recipe in Sudha’s blog she used electric mixers,proper baking pans etc.  I took only the ingredients from her and made in my own style.  We cutted the cake and celebrated the christmas.  My Kid was the first to taste my first cake and she liked a lot.


Merry Christmas

Plain Butter Cake



1. All purpose flour – 2 cups

2. Baking powder – 2tsp
3. Salt – 1/2 tsp
4. Unsalted Butter,Softened – 1 stick(1/2 cup) (or buttery taste)
5. Sugar – 1 cup
6. Large Eggs – 3 large
7. Whole Milk – 3/4 cup


1.  Preheat oven to 350°F.
2.  In a big bowl mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
3.  Beat butter , sugar ,eggs and milk in Mixi until all gets mixed well.
4.  Pour this into Bowl in which you have mixed flour.
5.  Mix the batter well by stirring atleast for 5 mins until it becomes soft with out any unmixed flour bubbles.
6.  Coat aluminium foil trays (or baking pans) with butter and put two spoons of flour and make thin coating above butter coating
7.  Then spread the batter evenly in pan and bake the cake in middle of oven for about 20 to 25 minutes.
8.  Cool for 5mins and then take the cake out.


Chocolate cake

Chocolate cake

If you like chocolate cake then melt some chocolates which is your favourite and add to to above cake batter and mix throughly and then bake as told.

Just to Share with you………

This is the easiest bonda whicn I know.  No need of cutting onions etc.  This I can say as “No more tears BONDA“.   I have not mentioned the amount because how many bonda you need acccordingly boil the eggs and make batter enough to dip all the cutted eggs.  You can do this with left over boiled egg you made for lunch which will be a good snack for evening time.


South Indian EGG Bonda / Muttai Bonda



1.  Egg

2.  Besan / Kadalai mavu

3.  Chilly powder

4.  Salt

5.  Pinch of color powder



1.  Hard Boil the eggs, remove the skin and cut into halves.

2.  Mix Bessan, salt,  chilli powder, color powder with water and make the batter.  The consistency should be like dosa batter.

3.  Heat oil in kadai.

4.  Dip the egg in the batter and fry in oil till golden brown.

Just to share with you….

Once I bought corn packet from frozen section and I don’t know what to do with that huge amount.  I heard from grandma that they will make dosa’s,  bonda’s and pakoda’s by grinding fresh corn.  So I thought of trying it in my  way with grandma’s corn recipe as a base.  It came out really good.

Corn Vada Bonda


1.  Frozen corn – 1 cup

2. Rice flour – 1/4 cup

3. Ginger – 1/4 tsp  finelly chopped

4. Green chillies – 6 nos

5. Onion medium – 1

6.  Salt – as needed

7. Oil for frying

8. Corriander & curry leaves  as needed


1.  Take corn from freezer half an hour before and grind the corn without water.  If needed sprinkle few drops of water and grind.  Don’t add more.  Since the corn has enough water content in it no need for adding water.

2.  To it add rice flour, finely chopped onions, green chillies, ginger, curry leaves, corriander leaves and salt.  Mix well.

3.  Heat the oil in a kadai or a pan.

4.  Make the shapes you want (like vada,bonda,Pakkoda) with above mixture.

5.  Fry them till they turn golden brown.


Mixture should be thick otherwise your recipe will absorb more oil.

Just to share with you…….

In my place this ribbon pakkoda is well known as OLA Pakkoda.  This I tried with my own combination and it came out good.

OLA Pakkoda


1.   Rice flour –  2 cups

2.   Urud dal flour  - 1/2 cup

3.   Besan/Kadala Mavu  - 1/2 cup

4.   Butter stick  - 1 (or buttery taste 1/2 cup)

5.   Salt  as required

6.   Chilli powder as required

7.   Oil for frying

8.   Sesame seeds – 2 tsp


1. Mix all the ingredients (except oil)  together by adding warm water to make a chappathi dough-like consistency.
2. Squeeze the dough through a murukku mould (using rectangular shaped ribbion pakkoda plate) into the oil.  Deep fry the Ribbon pakoda, till crisp and golden brown.


Don’t make the dough with more water than needed thinking that it will be easy to squeeze because if the dough is a kind of watery it will absorb more oil.


Those who don’t have murukku mould can make “Thattu Vadai/Thatti” with this same flour

1. Rolling dough into small size balls and press it to flattern and deep fry in oil.

To clean Copper Pots

To clean copper pots, sprinkle a little salt, rub with the cut side of a halved lemon and rinse with water.

How to take way the smell from pots after cooking fish in that

Fish smell tends to linger on the pots and pans long after the cooking. Brew some tea (for ten to fifteen minutes) in the pot/pan in which fish has been cooked. Discard tea leaves and water. Fish smell will disappear.

To clean Used Milk Glasses

Used milk glasses should be rinsed with cold water instead of hot water before washing, as hot water cooks the milk and makes them harder to clean.

To Super Clean the Utensils

1. For cleaning vessels add a handful of common salt to the washing powder for better results.
2. Soak burnt pans in a solution of ammonia and water, for an hour. Clean with used lemon and then with soap and water. They will sparkle again.
3. To remove tea or coffee stains from pots or cups, rub the stained area with a little salt and rinse afterwards.
4. To cut grease and odour on dishes, add a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water.

To remove unpleasant odours from the oven

To remove unpleasant odours from the oven, place a wide pan with warm water to which used tealeaves have been added and leave it to stand in the oven for some time. Even a bowl of warm water with vinegar or lemon juice does the trick.

To clean Aluminium Pans

You can clean darkened aluminum pans easily by pouring in two teaspoons cream of tartar mixed in some of water.  Place on heat and boil for 10 minutes.

To unclog drain

To unclog a drain, mix a cup of salt with a cup of baking soda.  Pour these into the drain, and then add a pot of boiling water.

To remove egg mess

If you drop an egg on the floor, cover it with salt an let it remain like this for a couple of minutes.  You will be able to easily clean the mess with a paper towel.

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