Mushroom Paniyaram | Mushroom Kuzhi Paniyaram

Mushroom Paniyaram

Today I am going to share yet another lunch box recipe with a veggie sneaked in. :-) Yesterday I posted ridgegourd rice, and today it’s the protein rich – mushroom paniyaram – a delicious and mess free lunch box recipe that vaandu loves. I usually use a different rice, dal proportion for paniyaram batter (you find it here) but for this recipe, I did not use the paniyaram batter instead, I went with my regular idli/dosa batter. Check out the simple recipe below.

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Ridgegourd Rice | Peerkangai Saadam

Ridgegourd Rice

The school season has already begun here in India, and it’s about to start in the USA and other countries soon. Packing kids lunch is always a challenging task. I shared a few kiddo’s favorite lunch box recipes last year, and here I am back with another set of kids friendly lunch box recipes. The first recipe that I am going to share is the Peerkangai Sadam/Ridgegourd rice. It’s a mild yet delicious rice with the veggie sneaked in.

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Kuthiraivali Aval Upma | Barnyard Millet Flakes Upma

It’s been ages since I posted a millet recipe. I am glad to post a different millet based upma recipe today. It’s the barnyard millet flakes upma or precisely Kuthiraivali aval upma. This upma is a delicious and crunchier upma with the fragrance of coconut oil. Between, wondering where did I get the barnyard millet flakes? It’s from the Native Food Store. Thanks to Native Food Store for this unique millet product. :-)

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Tropical Sorbet | Mango and Pineapple Sorbet


When it comes to frozen delights, Sorbet is a must, and I cannot skip this simple frozen fruit delight during summer. Today I am going to share a Tropical Sorbet, precisely Pineapple and Mango sorbet with a hint of lemon juice. And, I did not use any ice-cream machine or churner for this recipe. Aloha !!! Bring the tropical flavor to your home with this delightful five ingredient no churn sorbet.

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Frozen Mango Yogurt Bars

Can you eat mango lassi? Ask me, and I will say “Yes, of course” :-) and if you ask me how, I will say “as frozen bars.”  :-) That’s what I am going to share today – Frozen Mango-Yogurt bars or barks or mango lassi bars. Please feel free to pick your favorite name. If you are like me crazy about mangoes and wondering how to store them even after the season is over – then you are right the right place and here is the solution.

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Mixed Berry Froyo

Mixed Berry Froyo is a delicious frozen summer treat rich in antioxidants and probiotics. This froyo is a no-churn simple recipe, and it can be prepared without an ice-cream machine. Froyo is nothing flavored frozen yogurt. You can add your favorite flavors which could be anything from frozen fruits to liquid flavors like vanilla or rose syrup. This time I went with mixed berries to prepare this vibrant mixed berry froyo. These froyos are great way sneak in the fruits.

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Vegan Green Papaya and Green Mango Salad | Thai Special


I am posting a salad recipe after a long time. Today I am going to share the vegan version of my favorite and a great salad that you can find on the menu of all the Thai restaurants here in the US. Yes, it the Green Mango and Papaya Salad. Be it a potluck or BBQ party; this crunchy salad is a great addition to jazz up your menu. So here comes the vegan version of the famous Thai salad – Green Mango and Papaya Salad.

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Microwave Vegan Mango Kesari / Sheera | Vegan Mango Desserts

Vegan Mango Rava Kesari

The third vegan dessert that I am going to share is the Vegan Mango Kesari or Sheera.  I did not use any oil/vegan butter or margarine for this recipe, and I prepared this zero oil Kesari in the microwave. Once you have the mango puree ready, you can make this dish in 3 minutes and 15 seconds in the microwave. Yes, that’s the cooking time for this recipe. Dig in further to see the step by step recipe detail.

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Vegan Mango Phirni with Flattened Rice| Vegan Mango Desserts

Vegan Mango Phirni

A vegan kheer with mango flavor, yes that’s what I am going to share today!!!  I prepared this Sweet Vegan Mango Phirni with almond milk, flattened rice and of course sugar. But the flavor doesn’t stop there. I further enhanced it with with the flavors of mango, saffron, and pistachios. You know what, you can prepare this delectable Phirni under 30 minutes, and it is a perfect dessert and an offering/prasadam for any occasion.  Here is the detailed step-wise pictorial recipe.

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