AnuSriram

Ingredients:
  • Tortilla chips
  • Refried Beans - 1 can
  • Salsa con queso (salsa with cheese) - 1 small jar
  • Hot sauce - to drizzle
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Chopped Tomatoes
How to make it:
Take a plate or bowl. Spread the tortilla chips. (My chips had a hint of lime. Absolutely... extra tasty!) Heat beans in microwave or stove top. Squeeze the beans on top of the chips. Add cheese salsa and hot sauce (Frank's red hot sauce). Slightly Warm in microwave. Top with shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Serve!
Very easy to make and sure is delectable!



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AnuSriram


As a part of the Foodbuzz taste maker programme, Foodbuzz and Buitoni sent me a Coupon good for one "Buitoni Frozen Meal for Two". Being a vegetarian I wasn't sure if Buitoni has any vegetarian options. I went to the store and looked in the frozen foods aisle and to my surprise, i found something Vegetarian - "Four Cheese and Spinach Ravioli with Tomato Basil Sauce". As usual, checked for the ingredients and bought home. The next day being Father's day, my son made a cute photo collage for his dad and asked my help to prepare something special to celebrate the day!

So, i made these raviolis that day and believe me.... it did not taste like Frozen Food!! They were so soft, well cooked in less time and was tasting gr8! It was so convenient and easy to prepare in less time and most of all made the dinner complete! Awesome, Isn't it??

Raviolis are the kind that i never make at home, but would love to eat at restaurants! I have tried other Store bought Frozen Raviolis before and none tasted good like the one we get in restaurants!

This Buitoni box had not just the raviolis but also a pouch (yes!, a food-safe plastic pouch) of yummy tomato-basil sauce to go with the raviolis. So, it is zero preparation time and just about 10 minutes of cooking time. I baked some store bought veggie nuggets to go along with this ravioli. And, i was so happy.... i had less time cooking and more time to spend with family and so my Son!
I cooked the raviolis as per the package instructions and tossed them with the sauce. (Next time shopping, i gotta look for this tomato basil sauce from Buitoni if it is available in a jar.... the taste was awesome!)




Next, gotta try Buitoni's Five Cheese Cannelloni with Tomato Basil Sauce!!
These definitely make a quick, easy and tasty meal!

Would be nice if they can introduce more Vegetarian options in Lasagna and other pasta varieties!!

Thank you Foodbuzz and Buitoni for giving me a wonderful opportunity trying this Buitoni product! Love it!

AnuSriram
Vathal (Origin: Tamil) means any sort of Sun-dried veggies and Kuzhambhu (Origin: Tamil) means Gravy. Usually, as the name says, Vathal kuzhambhu is made either with sun-dried veggies or with onions. But, here i made it as a combination of Onions and Vathal in a spicy tamarind gravy.

Ingredients:
  • Sundakkai Vathal (Dried Turkey Berry) - 1/4 cup
  • Tamarind - Lemon size ball
  • Small onions - 1 cup, peeled
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp extra hot or 2 tsp mild-medium hot.
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as required
  • Dried Red chillies - 2 or 3
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Channa dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Oil - 1/4 cup
  • Onion Vadagams - few, fried
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp (optional)
How to make it:

Soak tamarind in 2-3 cups of warm water and mash well. Extract the pulp in a bowl. Add chilli powder, sambar powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt. Mix well. Heat oil in a deep bottom pan, add red chillies and mustard seeds and when it splutters, add urad dal and channa dal. Add onions and fry for a while. Add the vathal and fry until it turns brown. Add the tamarind pulp and mix well. Add sugar and let it boil on low flame until oil separates. Add curry leaves and the fried onion vadagams. For a thicker gravy, add rice flour mixed with little water and let it cook on medium heat for 2 more minutes. Serve hot with rice along with fried papad or potato fry (Click Here and here for recipe) to make it a beautiful combo. Add a tbsp of gingelly oil, if preferred! Enjoy!




AnuSriram
This is my Husband's recipe and he always says a big story about this snack that he enjoyed during his school days. He also says that the name of this snack is Thattuvada.. Which i never heard of. So i named it Thattai Delight! Do anybody know about this?



Ingredients:
  • Thattai - about 20
  • Beetroot - 1/4 cup, shredded
  • Carrot -1/4 cup, shredded
  • Onion - 1/4 cup, shredded
  • Cilantro - few, chopped
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coconut oil - 1 tsp
  • Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Amchur powder - 1/4 tsp
For chutney
  • Mint- few leaves
  • Cilantro - few
  • Green chillies - 2
  • Dates - 3 or 4, seedless
  • Salt - a pinch
How to make it:

Both home-made thattai as well as store bought thattai can be used for making this evening snack. You can find the recipe for thattai here. Arrange thattai in a plate. In a bowl, mix onions, beetroot and carrot. Add salt, chilli powder and amchur powder. Add coconut oil and cilantro and mix well. Make thick mint chutney and keep it ready in a separate bowl. Take a tbsp of veggies and place it over the thattai. Do it for all the thattais. Add a little of mint chutney on top of it and cover it with another thattai. Take a bite and see how the plate goes empty in front of your eyes.... Enjoy!


Update: Thank you Lata Ji for telling me about "His cooking Event" by Priti. I'm sending this recipe to her right away... :)

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