Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kovakka Mezhukkupuratti / Kovakka Stir Fry ( Tindora / Ivy gourd Stir fry )

Kovakka Mezhukkupuratti / Tindora stir fry
How to Make Kovakka Mezhukkupuratti / Kovakka Fry / Tindora fry / Ivy gourd fry?
Preparation time : 15 minutes, Cooking time : 15 minutes

Ingredients :

Kovakka / Tindora : 250g, (Approximately 2 cups or 30 in numbers)
Onion : 1/2 cup, finely chopped
Garlic : 3, finely chopped
Curry leaves : 1 Spring
Chilly powder : 3/4tsp
Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
Coconut oil : 1tbsp++
Mustard seeds : 1/4tsp

Kovakka Mezhukkupuratti / Kovakka Stir Fry ( Tindora / Ivy gourd Stir fry )

1. Clean and trim the sides of Kovakka / Tindora. Now slice the kovakka/Tindora lengthwise.

2, Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add chopped onion, garlic and curry leaves.Add chilly powder, turmeric powder and fry well.

3. Add in the Kovakka / Tindora and  salt. Cover the pan with a tight lid and Cook in a low flame for 5 minutes. Now uncover and stir fry well. (I like my Kovakka mezhukkupuratti in a crunchy way, so I don't cover the pan throughout the cooking and stir fry till its cooked)

4. Serve hot with Rice / Chappathi.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Rithika Turns 8 - An Indoor Camping Birthday Party

Camp Rithika
Camping themed cake for Rithika's birthday party

I know, I took a long time to publish this post. This year Rithika wanted an indoor Camping birthday party. We have 2 car parking garage with access to living room, so it was perfect to use for the theme. We set up the Coleman tent and arranged folding chairs in the front of our tent. For the activity, kids made a fireplace with a paper bowl, LED light and tissue papers. To match the theme, I made this Camping themed cake in vanilla flavor. The bottom layer was decorated with mini marshmallows, graham crackers and topped with melted chocolate. The top layer was decorated with Chocolate barks, buttercream grass, and a cake topper Tent.

Green and white cupcakes / Camping Themed cupcakes

Rithika's 8th birthday party - Camping themed birthday cake

Trail mix bar

Camping themed Trail Mix - Kids Indoor Camping Birthday Party

  • Fresh catch of the day - goldfish crackers
  • Bear poop - Whoppers
  • Fresh Bait - Gummy worms (Black forest brand) 
  • Twigs - Pretzel sticks
  • Sour Gummy worms
  • Chex mix
  • Popcorn
  • M&m's
  • graham crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Oreos
  • dry fruits

DIY Burlap cloth birthday garland by Rashmin Raj and Rithika

DIY Camping birthday party signboards by Rashmin Raj and Rithika

Trail mix corner, cake, and Cupcakes
Kids Menu
Rithika's 8th birthday party Party Menu 1 - Kids

  • Mac n cheese
  • Gluten-free cornbread
  • Boiled sweet corn
  • Cream cheese cucumber sandwiches
  • Mango Salsa
  • Nachos
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Trail Mix bar
Indoor Camping Birthday Party

Party Menu for Adults
 Rithika's 8th Birthday Party Menu 2 - Parents

Kids Indoor Camping activity - "Making a fireplace"

Thank you,