Appala Kootu

Appalam making is a leading cottage industry prevalent in my maternal grand father’s village. As a kid I was completely awestruck watching women & girls in our neighbourhood kneading mountainous dough, rolling appalam at lightning speed, and stacking dried appalam like a tower.  Whenever I was upset with my cousins or siblings I used to…

Ketti Chutney

Idli with ketti chutney is a popular street food among bachelors who miss home-cooked food for their breakfast. Both my grand mothers prepared ketti chutney everyday but later we all switched to a quick chutney that does not require any tempering. It is so heavenly to take spongy idli or dosa served with spicy coconut…

Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka is a hearty lentil curry flavored with fried cumin seeds & red chillies. Without tadka (tempering) this dal can be devoured as a hot lentil soup on a cold winter night. Dal tadka goes well with jeera rice (or any pulao) and Indian bread. I like to serve a mildly spiced dal tadka and…

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 those curries as a vegetarian, I brought some Thai herbs & spices back home and prepared vegetable…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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)…

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.  …

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…

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…

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….

Chickpeas Gravy

Since cooked chickpeas are easily digestible, chickpeas gravy (chana masala) can be served to people of all ages. It tastes good with any roti, methi roti, chapathi or any rice dish. Whenever I plan a meal for dinner, I make sure to cook with less oil as it helps to reduce the load on liver. So…

Carrot-peas Poriyal

An irresistible and colorful carrot-peas poriyal can be taken as a salad or as a side for rice. Nowadays kids are spending most of their time with mobile phones and other devices, we need to protect their eyes by including carrots in their diet everyday.  Carrots & peas compliment each other in all respects whether…

Mushroom Pepper Fry

Mushroom Pepper Fry is a healthy dish that can be prepared quickly & easily. Mushrooms are the only vegetables that are rich sources of protein. So vegetarians or vegans can include mushrooms in their diet for their protein requirements. Mushroom pepper fry can be served with rice or roti, or it can be stuffed in…

Methi Roti with Chickpeas Gravy

Methi Roti or vendhaya keerai chappathi is a food with low-glycemic index as both wheat & methi are of low-GI. If you check your blood sugar after 2 hours of taking methi roti, you will be surprised to see your glucose level at its low. Also fenugreek leaves help to reduce body temperature and hence…

Millet Pongal

Breakfast with millet pongal is an ideal way to start a day. Millet pongal can be served with spicy coconut chutney alone as it tastes good even without sambar. So healthy breakfast can be made in a jiffy. Here I used kodo millet or varagu but you may try with other millets also. You can…

Coconut Chutney

Coconut chutney is a commonly prepared condiment in every South Indian household. It is a perfect side for south Indian idli, dosa, uthappam, pongal, kichadi, vadai or bajji. Here is the restaurant style coconut chutney recipe : Time Taken : 3 min Ingredients: Coconut pieces – 9 Nos. (each 1 inch) Green chillies – 2 Nos. Roasted…

Sambar for Tiffin

Sambar is the most popular side dish for idli, or dosa (particularly masal dosa) all over India. But it is typically prepared by south Indians; others used to feel that their sambar is not as delicious as the one prepared by south Indians. So here is the recipe for simple and delicious sambar that is…

Millet Porridge

Millet porridge is one of the best breakfasts that can be taken on a scorching sunny day. It keeps us cool,  fresh & energetic all through the day. It is so filling that you don’t require anything till lunch. The millet I used here is pearl millet or kambu. Pearl millet is a flavorful protein-rich…

Rava Upma with Fresh Peas

Since rava upma is the easiest meal to prepare for breakfast or dinner, it is being served often in every south Indian family. Hence everyone in the family especially children get bored of taking rava upma. Nevertheless we can make it interesting, healthier & tastier by adding fresh peas and serve them warm. Rava upma…