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…

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…

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…

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…

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. Banana flowers have flavor similar to that of artichokes. Banana flowers can be included in our diet as banana flower stir-fry (poriyal), coconut curry (kootu), lentil crumble (paruppu…

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….

Deep Fried Lentil Patties

Deep fried lentil patties (Aama vadai) are very popular South Indian evening snacks that can be taken along with a cup of hot coffee or tea. It is so delicious as it is crispy outside & soft inside. Traditionally patties are prepared without adding spices like fennel, cumin, garlic, etc. It tastes best when served…

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…

Poori

Poori is the most favorite food for all Indians young or old. It can be served for breakfast, dinner or as evening tiffin while the kids return home after school. Potato masala is the most common accompaniment for poori; other side dishes that go well with poori are chickpeas masala, dal, or tomato gravy.  Cooking…

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 2 or 3 hours in the previous night. All ingredients in this kichadi are rich in micro-nutrients and make…

Rava Upma with Fresh Peas

Rava upma is the easiest to prepare and hence if you serve this often your family will surely get bored. Yet we can make it interesting, healthier & tastier just by adding fresh peas into it and serve hot in the evening on a rainy day; no wonder this upma will be the most sought…