Masal Vadai

It is a bizarre phenomenon that most of the vegetarians here, particularly elders, do not like the strong flavor of fennel seeds and they avoid food spiced with fennel seeds even in restaurants. But I like its sweet flavor and use sparingly in vegetable kurma & masal vadai. Typically masal vadai or aama vadai is prepared…

Ridge Gourd Kootu

Since ridge gourd (Luffa acutangula) is my husband’s favorite vegetable, I cook these gourds as frequent as possible. I usually make ridge gourd gothsu as a side for idli & dosa and kootu for rice as shown below. Ayurvedic properties of ridge gourd: There are 2 varieties of ridge gourd: sweet variety used for culinary purpose…

Yellow Curry

When we dined at a restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand few years ago it was quite captivating to see an array of flavorful creamy curries in green, red, orange & yellow colors. Since I could taste only few of the curries as a vegetarian, I brought some Thai herbs & spices back home and prepared vegetable…

Classic Elixir

Chukku-malli kaapi is a traditional South Indian digestive elixir prepared using dried ginger & other spices, herbs and palm sugar. As Indian medicine recommends to take fresh ginger in an empty stomach in the morning & dried ginger before sleep, we take fresh ginger juice or ginger jam (lehium) before breakfast & dried ginger elixir…

Cassava root Poriyal

Cassava (yucca/ manioc) plants are widely grown in India as their roots are used for culinary purposes & leaves for their medicinal properties. These gluten-free tubers are called as maravalli kizhangu in northern districts of Tamilnadu & yezhilai kizhangu (meaning seven leaves) in southern districts. Since they are available in plenty during Nov-Dec, I have…

Thoothuvalai chutney

Thoothuvalai (Solanum trilobatum) is a herb that usually props up in our surroundings after a good spell of rain. It is a quickly spreading medicinal plant used in Indian medicines viz. Ayurveda & Siddha to treat respiratory problems like asthma, cough, cold & flu. Children & old people usually fall sick during monsoon & winter….

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi! I have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by my blogger friend Savvy Raj whose works I love & admire and I want to say thank you to her. You can visit her blog that spreads positivity through her poems and showcases her beautiful artworks. My answers to her questions: What is your take on equality…

Eggless Nutella Cake

I had kept left-over nutella unused for quite a few weeks and I was wondering how to empty its container in a one-shot. Then I came up with an idea of baking a chocolate cake using nutella & banana (replacing eggs).  Although some do not like the idea of combining chocolate & banana, it worked…

Sodhi with Inji Pachadi

Sodhi is an exotic Sri Lankan stew prepared with lentils and vegetables cooked in coconut milk. Although sodhi is not a spicy curry it has grown popular among people living in & around Tirunelveli. Meals with sodhi is a lavish spread in our wedding feasts comprising creamy sodhi, pungent ginger chutney, spicy potato fries, crunchy appalam, scrumptious…

Paneer Dum Biryani

Biryani is a medley of rice, vegetables (or meat) & spices and is popular among Indians & other south Asians. Traditionally biryani is cooked over hot coal in a sealed cooking pot allowing the aroma of spices permeated into the vegetables & rice (this method of cooking in low heat is known as “Dum” process). But…

Kofta Curry

Kofta is a soft potato dumpling soaked in delectable curry greatly enjoyed by children. Kofta curry is also relished by people who have not accustomed to the heat of red chilli. In this recipe ginger is used to make the gravy spicy and red chilli powder is added mainly for flavor. You may adjust ginger…

Pineapple Rasam

Hot, sweet & sour pineapple rasam can be reveled as a comforting soup on a rainy day. Usually south Indian rasam is prepared with tomato or lemon but pineapple works wonders with rasam as it enhances its taste and flavor. You may also refer my recipes for lemon rasam & rasa vadai. When we like…

Vegetable Fritters

Bajji are delicious fritters prepared by deep frying vegetable slices coated by gram flour batter. Most of the people used to avoid taking these fritters as gram flour causes flatulence & indigestion. So here is the recipe to make easily digestible gut-friendly bajji. I have added powdered ajwain or omam seeds that is used in Ayurvedic medicine to…

Neivilangai

Neivilangai has always been featured in our family’s Deepavali menu every year. These melt-in-mouth lentil flour laddu are popular among Indians & Sri Lankans. North Indians use Bengal gram (Besan) flour & south Indians use green gram flour to make delicious laddu. Neivilangai prepared by our grandmothers were extremely delicious and aromatic as they used…

Thattai

Thattai (meaning flat disc) are inexorably delicious crackers prepared in our family for Deepavali. It is so astonishing to see numerous varieties of thattai made all over India using various spices, lentils & grains. Thattai found in every state, every district and even every family has its own distinct taste, flavour, texture or colour.  Also…

Porivilangai

Porivilangai is a traditional sweet made of pan-roasted rice & palm jaggery. Our grandmother usually prepared these laddus for Deepavali and my aunts used to keep them for us till our visit during summer. In those days these flavorful porivilangai were made into hard-to-bite orange sized balls but now I have made them into small…

Adai Pradhaman

Although Navrathri in south India is synonymous with savoury sundal, traditionally sweet payasam is also offered for neivedhyam during Navarathri. I prepared adai pradhaman, a creamy delicious dessert popular in Kerala & southern Tamilnadu. In Kerala onam sadhya menu is incomplete without adai pradhaman. I still remember the delicious adai pradhaman prepared by my aunt…

Radish Sambar

Radish (mullangi) sambar tastes as delicious as shallot (chinna vengayam) sambar as they both absorb taste & flavor of all the spices used in sambar. Hence I like to savour mullangi sambar with any south Indian meal whether rice, idli or dosa. Mullangi sambar tastes great with aviyal and it goes well with any kootu or…

Peas Pulao

Peas pulao is a delicious and aromatic rice dish and can be prepared in a jiffy. Peas pulao can be served with any spicy vegetable gravy or dal and also be packed for children’s lunch. Time taken : 15 min Serves : 2 Ingredients: Basmati rice – ½ cup Water – 1 cup Fresh peas – ¼…

Omam Kuzhambu

Generally I prepare omam kuzhambu when we return home from a vacation, or after attending a wedding ceremony for few days. I make omam kuzhambu and serve with hot steaming rice & roasted papad (sutta appalam), when we crave for a home-cooked food that soothes our stomach. Health Benefits: Omam (ajwain / carom seeds /…

Aloo Paratha with garlic-tomato dip

Aloo paratha is an Indian bread stuffed with spicy potato. It is a satisfying hearty meal that can be packed for children’s lunch. I prefer to serve delicious aloo paratha with hot tangy garlic-tomato dip (instead of pickle) & refreshing onion raita for breakfast or dinner. You can find the recipes for both aloo paratha &…

Modhagam

This is my first post in the second year of blogging! On this first anniversary I thank WordPress team for their fantastic support, readers & fellow bloggers for their amazing encouragement and my family, relatives & friends for their kind cooperation, invaluable assistance & honest reviews. Today I thank Lord Ganesh by posting the most…

Kummiyanam

Kummiyanam is a nutritious dessert made of rice, assorted legumes & palm jaggery prepared by the people in Tirunelveli, Nagerkoil, or Kanyakumari. It is offered to the lamented souls while remembering them in Aadi month (a Tamil calendar month usually falls between 15th of July & 15th of August). In this month we remember departed men…

Aadi Perukku

Aadi Perukku is a festival of fertility that is being celebrated by women in south India for more than 500 years. It was mentioned in Sangam Tamil literature, Paripadal, written in the 14th century. I like to quote them here: “Women getting ready to bathe in the river urging their men to dress in festive…

Tamarind Rice

Puliyodarai, a traditional rice dish, stays good & tastes divine even if it is kept without being refrigerated for 3 or 4 days.  My mother used to say that her grand father always preferred to carry puliyodharai rice while traveling in bullock cart for all their family trips.  Here is my simplified recipe for puliyodharai…

Sweet Pongal

Preparing Sweet Pongal used to be a difficult task for me when I started cooking, it took really a long time to meet my expectation (similar to the one that served in temples!). So here is my recipe that I learnt after several futile attempts; please note that the important steps that help perfecting it…

Chitrannam

Chitrannam is a platter of different rice varieties prepared on an auspicious Aadiperukku day, a day that brings in prosperity. It is believed that whatever we do on that day would grow manifold, so farmers used to sow their seeds and others would like to venture into new business on this day. I prefer to…

Sacred Fruit Salad

Panchamirtham is a sacred fruit salad that we offer to God and is also used for abishegam (bathing deities) in temples. The renowned Palani panchamirtham made using bananas that are exclusively grown near Palani hills is offered to Lord Muruga in Palani temple. You can check this video to see how panchamirtham abishegam is performed…

Jackfruit Panna Cotta

Jackfruit Panna Cotta is a chilled creamy dessert. It is so captivating to see snowy panna cotta dotted with vanilla bean wobbling on a plate fringed by delectable golden jackfruit coulis. I have made Panna Cotta, an Italian dessert, layered with locally grown fresh seasonal fruit. Since I do not like to use egg nor…

Eggless Mango Cake

As fruit bearing season of mango is nearing an end my mother sent me a last batch of organic mangoes that were plucked from the trees grown in her backyard. After devouring sweet mangoes to our hearts’ content, I decided to bake a cake with remaining mangoes. I have also baked a batch of cupcakes…

Idli Podi

Idli milagai podi is an indispensable condiment in every south Indian’s pantry.  I do not like to use store-bought idli podi as it is finely powdered; I find idli podi satisfying only when I feel the coarse grits on my tongue. We use roasted rice for its sandy texture; roasted asafoetida & raw garlic for…

Cabbage Poriyal

Since bland white cabbage is my family’s bête noire, I find vibrant purple cabbage the best alternate. To my astonishment I came to know that it has more health benefits than white/ green cabbage. Health Benefits : Purple cabbage has a nutrient anthocyanin, an antioxidant responsible for its purple color, has anti-cancerous properties; also purple…

Ayurvedic Lemonade

Panakam is a traditional lemonade that we offer to God. It tastes so divine and is taken during Kandha Sashti Viratham observed for 7 days after Deepavali. We used to drink panakam on all these days as it helps to purify, energize & hydrate our body. My grand father’s sister, a hardcore devotee of Lord…

Ice Apple Pudding

Nungu payasam is a creamy dreamy delightful dessert served in wedding feasts and in star hotel restaurants. It is a perfect finish to a meal for the impeccable taste and enticing flavors of nungu (palm fruit or ice apple), saffron & cardamom. Nungu is a jelly like sweet fruit covered with astringent white skin and…

Mushroom Masala

Mushroom masala is a healthy hearty dish with a wonderful flavor. It can be served to people who can not bear the heat of chilli as it is spiced up with pepper & ginger rather than chillies. It can be sandwiched between toasted bread slices or served as a side for rice & roti. Mushroom…

Versatile Blogger Award

I thank Sheema for nominating me for Versatile Blogger Award and Avid Observer for One Lovely Blog Award. Please visit Avid Observer’s blog for her fantastic motivational posts and Sheema’s blog for fabulous DIYs, delicious recipes, beauty products’ & accessories’ reviews. Rules for both the awards: Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them…

Eggless Walnut Bundt Cake

Eggless walnut banana cake is my family’s favorite for its appealing flavor, texture & taste. Mashed bananas & toasted walnuts compliment each other, sweet bananas suppress the bitterness of walnuts and provide wonderful flavor & texture.Being a vegetarian I like to use walnuts as much as possible as these are few of the plant based…

Fried Chickpeas

Nei kadalai is my favorite snack from my childhood and it brings me back fond memories associated with this delicious savory. Our family get-together were incomplete without nei kadalai and wheat halwa. I still cherish those happy moments with my father who used to bring nei kadalai and Tirunelveli halwa while visiting me. These goodies are…

Fresh Fruit Salad

Whenever I don’t feel like cooking I make this simple fruit salad and have it for my lunch. The star ingredients here are mint leaves & chaat masala without which I would definitely feel like missing a meal; so anyone who wants to reduce the in-take of carbs can try this salad as it satiates one’s…

Buttermilk & Lassi

Spicy buttermilk is a traditional south Indian drink usually served after taking heavy meal to improve the digestion. Buttermilk with jeera powder or chaat masala is popular in other parts of India. Lassi is a sweetened flavored creamier buttermilk served chilled as dessert in India. Generally buttermilk is kept in earthenware (mud pots) few hours…

Indian Popsicles

I remember my childhood days indulging in ice pops (Popsicle) every summer vacation. Nowadays those ice pops are replaced by ice cream and we all really miss them so much. So here are the recipes for those forgotten ice pops that are truly Indian! I have prepared our childhood favorite ice popsicles namely kulfi ice,…

Blackgram Rice with Sesame Chutney

Ulundham Paruppu Sadham (Black gram Rice) is a unique rice prepared by people in Tirunelveli, a southern town of Tamilnadu. Sesame chutney is similar to Mediterranean Tahini sauce and is an essential side served with black gram rice. We usually serve this nutritious meal to young girls during their cycle every month. Although we prepare this meal specially…

Pounded Palmyra Sprout

Idicha panang kizhangu (pounded Palmyra sprout) is a traditional gluten-free fiber-rich snack. Traditionally palmyra sprouts were cooked either by steaming them or by roasting over indirect heat in a old-fashioned Indian stove. I still remember the wonderful aroma of roasted palmyra sprouts that we relished during our childhood days. In those days steamed sprouts were…

The Awesome Blogger Award

Hi! I am extremely happy that I have been nominated for the Awesome Blogger Award by an energetic enthusiastic blogger Lindsay and thank her for honoring me with such a nice gesture. You can check her amazing lifestyle blog with beauty tips & easy peasy recipes: https://lindsayrose2.wordpress.com/

Seeraga Samba Biryani with Brinjal Thokku

Interestingly Indian Biryani & Italian Risotto share some similarities: Seeraga samba rice & arborio rice are of same texture and hence cooked al dente in both the recipes. Seeraga samba rice is a quintessential ingredient of biryani in south India for its wonderful flavor (as it absorbs the flavors of all the spices used in it)…

Amla Pickle

Indian Gooseberries (amla) are considered to have anti-aging properties and it was mentioned in Sangam Tamil literature 2000 years ago : King Adhiyamaan gifted a rare fruit, nellikani (amla), to an old poetess Avvaiyar as he believed that she was worthier enough to live longer and act as a peace maker than a mighty king…

Sweet Poha

Aval puttu (sweet poha) is a traditional sweet usually prepared on Tamil New Year day. It tastes scrumptious when sprinkled over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Beaten rice is an easily digestible form of rice with less gluten. Please check the recipe for aval puttu as below: Time Taken: 30 min Serves : 3 Ingredients: Thick…

Savory Doughnuts

Ulundha vadai aka medhu vadai is a gluten-free South Indian savoury donut prepared using black lentils. Any feast or festival in South India is incomplete without making ulundha vadai. This traditional vadai is prepared for all special occasions or can even be prepared as a snack any day. Ulundha vadai can be served as rasa…

Spicy Vegetable Gravy

Spicy Vegetable Gravy is a chettinad style Masala Kootu that will be liked by even kids who refuse to take vegetables. Here I have prepared masala kootu using snake gourd and can be made with other similar vegetables also. Pudalangai masala kootu is a delicious & aromatic gravy that can be served as a side…

Pigeon Peas and Rice

Thuvaram paruppu sadham (rice with split pigeon peas) is a traditional flavorful one-pot meal popular in Tirunelveli. I prepare our favorite thuvaram paruppu sadam for lunch on a lazy weekend. It is so delightful when we pour coconut oil lavishly over the rice and relish with crunchy appalam or papadam (sun-dried lentil discs) & vengaya vadagam…

Mystery Blogger Award

Hi! I am so excited that I have been nominated again for yet another award, Mystery Blogger Award.  My heartfelt thanks to amazingly talented Abha for nominating me; you can check her blog for an awesome collection of authentic recipes at https://abhajhablog.wordpress.com/ What is Mystery Blogger Award? “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers…

Green Chutney

Restaurant style Green Chutney can be prepared easily at home with mint leaves or coriander leaves. Pleasant green chutney with burst of flavors will surely make anyone salivate. This chutney is a great appetizer and hence useful for kids or sick people who refuse to take food. It is heavenly if you serve this green…

The Leibster Award

Hi ! I am honored that I have been nominated for the Leibster Award by a fellow blogger Ruta and I thank her for such a nice gesture. You can check her wonderful recipes at https://estoniancuisine.com/; Estonian cuisine will surely help you grow taller & smarter! What is the Liebster Award? The Liebster Award 2017 is an…

Yogurt Curry

Morkuzhambu is a traditional South Indian curry prepared using sour curd. Since sour curd is enriched with probiotic organism, this healthy curry can be served to everyone young or old. Usually mor-kuzhambu is served with plain rice or rice with mashed greens (kadaintha arai keerai). Morkuzhambu may be prepared with single vegetable like ash gourd (vellai…

Shallot Chutney

Chinna vengaya chutney is a spicy tasty healthy traditional chutney mainly prepared for young girls & pregnant women. Health Benefits: Shallots contain flavonoids that have powerful antioxidant properties; shallots also useful for improving emotional health & heart health. Other ingredients in this chutney are curry leaves & black grams; curry leaves are rich sources of…

Bread Pizza

Bread Pizza is a simple healthy delicious pizza that can be made easily at home. You can surprise your children when they return home by serving flavorful warm Bread Pizzas topped with crunchy veggies & stringy cheese.  It helps to relieve their stress and motivates them to do their after-school work happily. Try & see…

Happy Women’s Day

On this International Women’s Day I wish every woman health & happiness! I have compiled a list of nutritious recipes that meet the dietary requirements of women of all ages; you can click on these images below for their recipes. For Young Girls: Ebony Sweetmeat is made of black grams that are rich in protein, iron,…

Weekend Lunch

This is the meal I prepare for lunch usually on Saturdays. It can be prepared easily within an hour, if you plan in advance and make all ingredients available. Everybody including kids will surely relish this delicious lunch meal. I find tiffin sambar a great accompaniment for citrus rice; Citrus rice & curd rice taste…

Mango Jam

Mango jam or maangai pachadi is a sweet sour & spicy jam prepared with semi-ripe mangoes. It tastes heavenly when a scoop of vanilla ice cream is glazed with this scrumptious mango jam. Mangoes contain dietary fiber, vitamin A & vitamin C; they also contain antioxidants that fight against free radicals. Please check this slideshow to…

Banana Flower Patties

Vazhaipoo Vadai or banana flower patties are gluten-free snacks prepared with yellow peas and banana flowers. These irresistible patties have crispy skin mainly because of yellow peas. Health benefits of banana flower: Banana flowers have flavor similar to that of artichokes. Banana flowers can be included in our diet as banana flower stir-fry (poriyal), coconut…

Tamarind Curry

Puli Kuzhambu or Tamarind Curry is a traditional south Indian curry prepared using garlic & shallots. We can enjoy its taste to the fullest only when the flavors of all the spices are completely infused into the curry. It can be used for 2 or 3 days without being refrigerated or for 15 days if…

Millet Noodles

Ragi idiyappam is a healthy tasty gluten-free breakfast that can be prepared in a jiffy using instant finger millet noodles. It is an ideal breakfast for weight watchers as it aids in weight loss too. Finger millets can be included in children, women & old people’s diet as they are rich in calcium and iron….

Lentil Crumble

Paruppu usili (lentil crumble with veggies) is one of the most popular south Indian sides served with rice. For people on weight-loss diet a bowl of usili can be taken as a mid-morning meal; it makes them feel full and it contains protein, fiber, vitamins & minerals. Also it can be packed as a healthy…

Ebony Sweetmeat

Ulundhangkali is a soft silky delicious ebony sweet; it is a traditional south Indian sweetmeat prepared when a girl attains puberty. As ulundhu kali  helps to strengthen uterus & hip bones, it is mainly served to girls during their cycles especially in their first cycle and also to pregnant women. It is our customary to serve the…

Chayote Delight

Chow-chow kootu is a South Indian curry prepared with lentils & coconut masala. Chow-chow kootu is my husband’s favorite dish and hence I prepare this dish quite often. It goes well any kuzhambu or rasam except morkuzhambu. Health benefits of chayote: It is recommended for women to include chayote in their diet before and during…

Tomato Chutney

Tomato Chutney is a delicious chutney and is so refreshing when a piece of ginger is added. Tomatoes contain antioxidants that fight against the formation of cancer causing free radicals. Tomatoes protect eyes from age related eye diseases. They are good for heart health and stomach health also. If we are taking tomato based food…

Citrus Rice

Citrus boosts immunity, energy & mood and aids in detoxification & digestion. This was one of the reasons that lemon rice was traditionally prepared & packed for short travels. Citrus Rice is a healthy non-sticky easy-to-prepare rice dish and hence can be used for packing children’s lunch box also. Recently I bought unripe citrons (naarthai)…

Creamy Peas Masala

Creamy green peas masala is a rich flavorful Indian curry surely liked by kids. This delicious masala is very good for growing children;  protein from peas helps in growth, shallots give immunity & iron-rich coriander leaves prevent anemia. Creamy green peas masala can be served as a side for roti, puri, aapam, idiappam, idli or…

Fig Juice

Fig juice is the best way to include figs in our diet. As figs contain more calcium than any other fruit, they are good for bone health. Figs also help in lowering blood sugar & cholesterol. Figs are rich in dietary fiber, so fig juice may be served often to kids & oldies to improve…

Coriander Seeds Chutney

I love to use coriander seeds roasted as it is so aromatic that it elevates flavor of any dish. As per Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine, this spice has many healing powers; particularly it aids in digestion, stimulates appetite, prevents food poisoning and lowers blood sugar. Coriander seeds chutney is very effective in…

Soy Biryani

Soy biryani is a delicious wholesome healthy meal and is usually served with refreshing raita. It is particularly felicitous for people who wants to make a transition into vegetarian diet as cooked soy chunks & meat share the same texture. Soy may be recommended to include in the diet of women over 40 as it contains…

Simple Curd Rice

Curd rice is a simple traditional probiotic meal. I make sure to serve curd rice to my family particularly when someone takes a course of antibiotics. Antibiotics kills both good & bad bacteria and probiotics helps to replace good bacteria. So taking curd or curd rice during a course of antibiotics will help to keep…

Roasted Chickpeas Chutney

Udaitha kadalai or pottu kadali thuvaiyal is a tasty healthy chutney. Roasted chickpeas (Bengal grams) are rich in protein and has low glycemic index; you can just take plain roasted bengal grams (1/4 cup) directly as mid-morning or evening snack, it makes you feel full for longer and hence helps in weight management also. Preparation…

Cucumber Salad with Yogurt

Cucumber raitha or vellarikai thayir pachadi is the best way to include cucumber in our diet. It keeps our body cool & hydrated and is very useful when taken during summer. Health benefits of taking cucumbers are: it reduces risk of certain cancers, helps lower blood pressure, protects brain from neurological disorders and controls bad…

Simply Delicious Meal

Paruppu sadham with karunai kizhangu masiyal & elumichai rasam is a simply delicious meal that can be prepared easily even when you feel lazy. Surprisingly your family will simply enjoy this meal and also they will ask you to repeat the same some time soon. Please click on the images below for their recipes.  …

Spicy Mashed Yam

Karunai Kizhangu Masiyal (spicy mashed yam) is a tangy tasty accompaniment for rice or roti. It can also be used as a spread for sandwiches. Yam is an excellent & commonly used remedy for hemorrhoids (piles). We have to be little cautious that yam causes tongue prickling; it can be avoided by keeping them unused…

Lemon Rasam

Lemon Rasam is a soup prepared in almost every South Indian household. It can be served with hot rice and it tastes delicious when served as a soup during winter. Cooking Time : 15 min Yields : 500 ml Ingredients: For Rasam Powder: Cumin seeds (jeeragam) – 1 tsp Pepper (milagu) – 1 tsp Coriander…

Deep Fried Lentil Patties

Deep fried lentil patties (Aama vadai) are very popular South Indian snacks. It is so delicious for being crispy outside & soft inside. Traditionally patties are prepared without adding spices like fennel, cumin, garlic, etc. on Deepavali day.  The next day we used to soak excessive fried patties in a bowl of thick curd (yogurt) and…

Chinese Potato Fry

Chinese Potato (siru kizhangu or koorka) fry is a tasty accompaniment for curd rice, sambar rice or any other rice varieties. It can also be taken with rotis or Indian breads. This is a good alternate for regular potato as it has medicinal properties as well. Cooking Time: 20 min Serves: 4 Ingredients: Chinese Potato…

Grandma’s One-pot Meal

Kootanchoru is a traditional one-pot meal prepared for lunch by my maternal grand mother when we all gathered during vacation. She used to be prepare it with locally grown vegetables like drumsticks, drumstick leaves, raw banana, raw mango along with its seed (of course the seed will be discarded), jack fruit seeds, etc. and serve…

Turmeric Banana Stirfry

Fresh turmeric tuber (pachai manjal kizhangu) is a wonder herb with medicinal properties of anti-cancerous, anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory &  anti-microbial. It also prevents or delays the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Although turmeric has been widely used as dry powder in Indian culinary, traditionally fresh roots were included in our food for medicinal purposes. Turmeric roots are being…

Ginger Drink

We used to take ginger drink in an empty stomach especially on the day when we return to work after a long travel; it keeps us fresh & active throughout the day. It also helps in ease of digestion. First we have to extract ginger juice before preparing Ginger Drink as below: Ingredients :  Ginger…

Greens ‘n’ Lentils

Greens that I have used here is Solanum Nigrum or black nightshade or manathakali keerai. It treats mouth ulcers and protects liver, this herb is being used to cure Hepatitis in rural Tamilnadu. Greens ‘n’ Lentils (keerai kootu) is a healthy accompaniment for rice; it goes well with any sambar, rasam or kuzhambu, except morkuzhambu. Ingredients:…

Eggless Spongy Chocolate cake

This chocolate cake is my son’s favorite cake for being dark, chocolaty and spongy. We all like this cake as it is healthy, light (without frosting) & soft; I used whole wheat flour instead of plain flour (maida) & light vegetable oil instead of eggs & butter. It is very easy to prepare and the…

Horsegram Idli Powder

Horse gram or kollu is a wonder bean with lots of health benefits: aids in weight loss, controls cholesterol and treats peptic ulcer, jaundice, menstrual problems, etc. keeps us warm during winter. Best way to include horse gram in our diet is by adding a teaspoon of horsegram idli powder into a cup of buttermilk. It…

Classic South Indian Meals

This delicious meal seems to be a very satisfying healthy complete meal that we all love to relish on a Sunday. First we pour sambar generously over rice and have them with aviyal & poriyal; next we drink payasam and finally we take curd rice along with vegetables in sambar. For children we also serve sambar…

Red Lentils Sambar

Traditionally sambar (for rice) is prepared using thuvaram paruppu (red gram/ toor dal), but here I have used masoor dal (red lentils) to prepare drumstick sambar mainly because it is a rich source of protein as it contains an important amino acid. Red lentils are preferred over other lentils in restaurants as it adds more viscosity…

Golden Milk with Pepper

I remember drinking Golden Milk for the first time when I was about 5 years old. I was woken up from sleep by mother, she held a glass of golden milk near my mouth and made me to empty the glass. Although I was feeling drowsy, I still remember sweet ‘n’ spicy warm milk soothing…

Cottage Cheese-Peas Masala

Cottage cheese (paneer) peas masala is a tantalizingly delicious Indian curry and is my son’s favorite gravy. It can be served as a side for chapathi, roti or any rice (or pulao). Any dish with cottage cheese is surely liked by people of all ages. The recipe for paneer peas masala is as below: Cooking…

Breakfast with Eggplant Gothsu

Eggplant (brinjal) gothsu is one of our favourite accompaniments for idli & dosa and I usually prepare this for breakfasts on Sundays. It is a very unique gothsu prepared by people living in Tirunelveli and is called as kathrikai kichadi. We also make gothsu using yellow pumpkin (poosani) and ridge gourd (peerkangai), you may find the…

Greengram Sundal

Greengram (Paasi payaru) sundal is a healthy snack that can be packed for your kids. This can also be served to people of all ages for the following reasons: Easily digestible compared to other legumes. Good source of protein & fibre. Low glycemic index and hence one may not feel hungry for quite longer. Cooking…

Carrot Chutney

Carrot chutney is a colorful healthy tasty chutney. As our daily screen time is getting increased nowadays, it is better to take carrots at least one serving per day for good vision.  It is a good alternate to our regular coconut chutney or onion chutney and it goes very well with spongy or crispy dosa. This…

Ginger Jam

Ginger jam is an easy to prepare digestive jam. A teaspoon of ginger jam taken in the morning in an empty stomach helps improve digestion. It is mainly beneficial for children to increase their appetite. Coriander seeds, ginger & raisins have medicinal properties of balancing body temperature. You can find my grandmother’s recipe for a…

Poori

Poori is the most favorite food for all Indians young or old. For children it can be packed for lunch or served when they return home after school. Here you can check the recipes for regular poori, cheese poori & palak poori. Potato masala is the most common accompaniment for poori; other sides that go…

Adai Avial (Mixed Lentils Dosa with Mixed Veg Curry)

Adai (Mixed lentils crepe) is a traditional protein rich dosa prepared using assorted lentils and rice. We can make crispy adai for children & soft adai for elders. Adai tastes best with aviyal and is a complete meal as aviyal is prepared with medley of vegetables. Adai aviyal can be taken frequently as it helps to meet our daily…

When cyclone hits Chennai…

Severe cyclonic storm Vardah hit Chennai at an unprecedented speed of over 125 kmph for more than an hour on December 12, 2016 Monday afternoon. It made our life miserable as the entire city suffered with power failure for 3 days, mobile network failure for a week and internet services not yet restored fully until…

Potato Masala

Potato masala is an easy to prepare multi-purpose side dish liked by people of all ages. It can be stuffed between breads to make a sandwich, or stuffed into South Indian dosa or North Indian paratha, or used as an accompaniment for roti,  poori & rice varieties like curd rice, tomato rice, lemon rice, etc….

Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Gravy

Any lunch meal in South India is incomplete without aviyal (Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Gravy). Most of the traditional Indian recipes use mixed grains, or mixed pulses, or mixed vegetables, or mixed fruits. Nowadays nutritionists recommend to include mixed vegetables/ pulses/ grains/ fruits in our diet as it prevents vitamin & mineral deficiency; hence it is…

Meals with No-tamarind Curry

Meals with no-tamarind curry is one of the traditional meals that we all relished as children. My mother used to prepare healthy yet delicious meal with home-grown vegetables. I still remember our house filled with mixed flavors of coconut oil, fresh vegetables & spices while preparing this flavorful meal.  In those days we never said…

Drumstick Leaves Sambar

Drumstick leaves (murungai keerai) sambar is a flavorful nutritious curry prepared without tamarind and hence it is popularly known as puli illa curry (no-tamarind curry) in Tirunelveli. It is usually served with rice, any poriyal or aviyal & roasted appalam. Health Benefits: Drumstick leaves are rich sources of iron. If this curry is taken frequently by…