Spicy Hummus

Hummus, an ancient Arabic appetizer, is now available in every supermarket around the globe as it took the western world by storm a few decades ago. Traditional hummus is nothing but the creamy blend of chickpeas paste & sesame paste. Now there are different flavors of hummus available in the market to satisfy the ever…

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Kosambari

It is a festive season here, we celebrate a plethora of festivals continuously between August & November every year, and every festival is celebrated distinctively in different parts of India. It is quite astonishing to find how the cuisine, culture, and customs vary from one region to other even within South India. Kosambari is a…

Carrot Halwa

Generally we carry a box of assorted sweets, chocolates, or dry fruits when we visit our friends or relatives, likewise we also receive such gifts from our guests. We usually finish them in a couple of days except the milk sweets, they remain untouched for few days. Ever since I read a slogan encouraging veganism…

Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Despite the fact that peanuts can cause ama (indigestion), my father, an ardent follower of Mahathma Gandhi, encouraged us to snack on peanuts even at the young age for 3 reasons: Peanuts are the only legumes grow underground, hence the rich sources of micro-nutrients than any other legumes; they are beneficial to vegetarians for being…

Vegetable Samosa

It is quite hard to find someone who dislikes samosa, a scrumptious tea-time snack, with crispy thin layers of pastry covering chewy flavorful filling. Typically samosa is prepared by deep frying triangle shaped pastry sheets stuffed with vegetables or minced meat. But nowadays I switch to baked samosa as deep fried samosa have always been…

Vatha Kulambu

It is a common practice in the most parts of the world that people preserve bountiful seasonal fruits and vegetables by freeze-drying them in a freezer and use them all through the year. But on the contrary we, Indians living in a tropical climate, preserve them by drying under the sun as it shines here…

Sweet corn soup

Actually I am not a soup enthusiast and I like to take hot vegetable soup only in the rainy evenings or winter nights. Nevertheless I like the idea of serving simple yet wholesome soup & salad for dinner as it makes us feel absolutely satiated. Sweet corn soup with sprouted moong salad is one such hearty…

Cauliflower peas masala

If I feel exuberant and joyful I would like to please my palate with a delectable meal, and on the other hand when I feel anxious and stressed I would like to cook an elaborate meal as it succors to shift my focus of attention in a positive manner. In either case, my family gets…

Faux Mutton Biryani

Born into a family of vegetarians I am totally clueless about the flavors of meat of any kind and hence I used to wonder what makes people to have cravings for meat. So I have been looking for vegetable substitutes for meat, and then started trying out the most popular meat-based recipes like biryani, kebab,…

Fermented rice

Pazhaya sadam (fermented rice) is a classic version of overnight oats popular in the west. It has been the staple food for working class here in India, but this humble meal is in vogue even among elites in the recent times. This is mainly because people prefer to take simple nourishing meal over a lavish…

Cornmeal Puttu with Sweet Sundal

I feel it is more beneficial to take cornmeal than cornflakes for breakfast, so I prefer to make gluten-free cornmeal puttu and protein-rich green gram sundal for breakfast. Puttu is usually prepared using rice flour, but you may refer the table below to find out how cornmeal serves good for making puttu. Whenever my mother prepares…

Vegetable Kurma

I have been receiving complimentary reviews from unexpected people who are away from homeland for their studies or jobs preparing their meal themselves by looking at videos or by reading recipes and I thank all those unknown for their support & feedback. Now I am posting a multi-purpose one-pot recipe ideally suitable for such busy…

Appala Kootu

Appalam making is a leading cottage industry prevalent in my maternal grandfather’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 run…

Ketti Chutney

Idli with ketti chutney is a popular street food among bachelors who miss home-cooked food for their breakfast. Both my grandmothers prepared ketti chutney (meaning thick chutney) everyday but later we all switched to a quick watery chutney that does not require any tempering.

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. Being a vegetarian I could taste only few of those curries, and hence I brought those Thai herbs & spices back home and…

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 elevates the flavor of rasam to a whole new level. You may refer my recipes for lemon rasam & also…

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 usually prepared on the Aadiperukku day, ie. the 18th day of Aadi month in the Tamil calendar. It is believed that whatever we do on that day would grow manifold, so farmers used to sow their seeds expecting a good yield. It is also believed to be…

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 my meal, I would like to make this simple fruit salad for my lunch. I also don’t feel like missing my meal because of mint leaves & chaat masala, the star ingredients used in here. So anyone who wants to reduce the in-take of carbs can try this salad…

Pigeon Peas and Rice

Thuvaram paruppu sadham (rice with split pigeon peas) is a traditional flavorful one-pot meal popular in Tirunelveli. I usually prepare our favorite thuvaram paruppu sadam for lunch on a lazy weekend as it does not require much of a planning. Besides I can serve this rice simply as a meal along with appalam or papadam (sun-dried…

Green Chutney

We can prepare restaurant style Green Chutney easily at home using mint leaves or coriander leaves. A pleasant green chutney with the burst of flavors will surely make anyone salivate and hence it can be served as an appetizer for kids or sick people who refuse to take food. It is heavenly when green chutney…

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…

Millet Noodles

Ragi idiyappam is a delicious 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. Finger millets can be included into the 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 (pottu kadalai) thuvaiyal is an easy to prepare thuvaiyal. It tastes divine when served with curd rice, puliyodarai (tamarind rice), lemon rice, or can be enjoyed by simply mixing with hot rice & sesame oil as well. Roasted chickpeas (Bengal grams) are rich in protein and has low glycemic index; you can just…

Thayir Pachadi

Thayir Pachadi Thayir pachadi (raitha) is the most common yogurt-based dish prepared almost in every part of India. We can prepare thayir pachadi using cooked or raw vegetables, spiced up with black pepper, chopped green chillies or red chilli powder. Raitha is usually served as a side for bland flatbreads like chappathi & stuffed paratha…

Simply Delicious Meal

Paruppu sadham with karunai kizhangu masiyal & elumitchai rasam is a simply delicious meal that can be prepared easily when we feel lazy. Surprisingly everyone in our family enjoys this meal and they also ask me to repeat the same soon. Please click on the images below for their recipes.         Serving…

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 find the recipes for poori, cheese poori & palak poori. Potato masala is the most common accompaniment for poori; other sides that go well…

Kara Adai

Adai (mixed lentils crepe) is a traditional protein-rich dosa prepared using rice and assorted lentils. Adai may be prepared crispy liked by children or soft for elders and served for breakfast or dinner. Adai tastes best when served with  mor-kuzhambu,or avial, but we can simply serve adai with idli podi, coconut chutney, or sugar. When adai is served…

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

Millet pongal is a healthy hearty dish that can be served for breakfast. Since millets are used in this pongal, the pongal is slowly digested & absorbed and hence the slower or smaller rise in blood sugar levels. Millet pongal may be simply served with spicy coconut chutney, and it does require to serve this…

Coconut Chutney

Coconut chutney is the most commonly prepared condiment in every South Indian household. It is usually prepared with fresh coconut meat & chillies (green or red chillies), but some like to add ginger for the pungent flavor, roasted Bengal gram (pottu kadalai) for adding volume, tamarind/ curd for the tangy flavor and/or cashew nuts for…

Sambar for Tiffin

Sambar is the most popular side dish for idli, or dosa typically prepared by south Indians. Others used to feel that their sambar is not as delicious as the one prepared by south Indians. So I have shared a fail-safe recipe for making delicious sambar which is a perfect accompaniment for idli, masal dosa, vennpongal,…

Millet Kichadi

Millet Kichadi is our family’s favorite breakfast. Generally I prepare this nutritious kichadi when my son preparing for his exams as it helps to keep him fresh & focused during his exam even though he had slept for few hours in the previous night. Since all the ingredients in this kichadi are rich in micro-nutrients,…

Millet Porridge

Millet porridge is one of the best breakfasts that can be taken on a scorching sunny day during  summer as it keeps us cool & energetic all through the day. It is so filling that we don’t require to take anything till the lunch. The millet I used here is a flavorful protein-rich pearl millet…

Rava Upma with Fresh Peas

Since rava upma is the easiest meal to prepare, it is being served often for breakfast or dinner in most of the south Indian families. Hence people esp. children get bored of taking rava upma, but we can make it interesting, healthier & tastier just by adding a handful of fresh green peas. Rava upma…