Fried Chickpeas

Nei kadalai is my favorite snack from my childhood and it brings me back fond memories associated with this wonderful 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 a stick ice (Popsicle) every summer vacation. Nowadays those ice pops are replaced by ice cream and people like us would really miss them so much. So here are my recipes for those forgotten ice pops that are truly Indian! I have prepared my favorite kulfi ice ,…

Blackgram Rice

Ulundham Paruppu Sadham (Blackgram Rice) is a very unique rice prepared in almost every household in Tirunelveli, a southern town of Tamilnadu. Traditionally it is believed that blackgram lentils, sesame seeds and fenugreek seeds help to increase women’s fertility. Sesame seeds are great source of vitamin B6 that is required to conceive & also to…

Pounded Palmyra Sprout

Idicha panang kizhangu (pounded Palmyra sprout) is a traditional gluten-free fiber-rich snack that we relished during our childhood days. I still remember those sprouts pounded by my paternal grand mother; she used to pound them with great finesse that each & every bits were of same size! In those days our house was filled with…

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

Indian Biryani & Italian Risotto share some similarities: Seeraga samba rice & arborio rice have been cooked al dente in both recipes and have the same consistency. Seeraga samba rice is a quintessential ingredient of biryani in south India as it has a wonderful flavor, it does not gather into thick lumps and most importantly it…

Amla Pickle

Indian Gooseberries (amla) are considered to have anti-aging properties as per Ayurveda. Amla was mentioned in Sangam Tamil literature 2000 years ago : King Adhiyamaan gifted a rare fruit, nellikani (amla), to an old poetess Avvaiyar as it was believed to extend one’s life. If you are interested to read her poem written after receiving amla…

Sweet Poha

Beaten rice or poha or aval is an easily digestible form of rice. 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.  

Savory Doughnuts

Ulundha vadai aka medhu vadai is a gluten-free South Indian savoury donut prepared using black lentils dough. Any festival in South India is incomplete without making ulundha vadai; this traditional vadai used to be prepared for all special occasions like weddings or on any day just as evening tiffin. I tried a method that has…

Spicy Vegetable Gravy

Spicy Vegetable Gravy is a chettinad style Masala Kootu prepared with snake gourd. Snake gourds have cooling effects on our body and it helps producing body fluid. So it is much required specially for people living in India where summer has just begun. Pudalangai masala kootu is my favorite dish for being so tasty &…