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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Millet Kichadi

Millet Kichadi is our family’s favorite breakfast. Generally I prepare this nutritious kichadi on my son’s exam day as it helps to keep him alert & afresh during his exam even if he had slept for few hours in the previous night. All ingredients in this kichadi are rich in micro-nutrients and make this kichadi…

Broad Beans Poriyal

Avaraikkai poriyal (Broad beans poriyal) is a tasty healthy side dish that goes well with sambar, rasam or morkuzhambu.  Kids also like this vegetable mainly for its tasty beans. Health Benefits: Broad beans are rich in protein & fiber and good sources of vitamins & minerals. It also helps lower blood sugar & LDL (bad…

Drumstick Leaves Idli

Drumstick leaves idli or murungai keerai idli is a nutritious breakfast. It is as easy as making an ordinary idli. You can just add a handful of fresh drumstick leaves into idli batter, pour into idli moulds and steam them. These healthy idlis are good for weight-watchers as they are more filling and one may…

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…