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 by people 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…

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Bottlegourd Adai

It is a common tendency of people here to pamper their guests whom they respect with sumptuous feasts to express their special affinity towards them. So the way food offered to guests is obviously regarded as the scale to measure their closeness. During my childhood days I noticed people getting offended during family functions, particularly…

Cornflakes Chaat

It is really tough for every mother to meet the dietary requirements of highly active & energetic teens today as she needs to serve them 4 meals a day that satiate their hunger, nourish them adequately, and importantly, please their palate. Since it is almost near to impossible to prepare healthy hearty delicious meals four…

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…

Boli

I wish all my readers a blessed New Year full of happiness and health! In this new year I aspire to rise up & glide above my comfort zone and hanker after the recipes I never dared to try before. There are a number of varieties of boli prepared by south Indians, but the traditional…

Karamani Sundal

Navarathri is a festival of worshiping the goddesses Parvathi (for creative power), Sarasawthi (for wisdom) & Lakshmi (for wealth). Navarathri celebrations in Tamilnadu is incomplete without offering sundal (legume salad) to deities. I like to make karamani (black eyed beans) sundal for the soft skin & creamy texture. Today I used karamani of mahogany, peach &…

Poomparuppu Sundal

Lord Ganesha is worshiped by Hindus in the same manner God Janus is regarded in Greek mythology. It is interesting to find the striking similarities between the two as they both hold the honor of being the first god worshiped in every ritual. My day starts by listening to the hymn, Vinayagar Agaval, written by…

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…

Ashoka Halwa

Ashoka halwa is a protein-rich sweetmeat that I like to serve with breakfast on the day of festivals, or special occasions. I find guilt-free Ashoka Halwa the best alternate for the usual sooji halwa (rava kesari). I also like to serve melt-in-mouth Ashoka halwa along with tea-time snacks in the evening. Ashoka halwa is prepared…

Vada Pav

Vada pav, a popular street food in Mumbai, is much similar to American burger in which a spicy potato dumpling is kept inside the pav bread. Anyone traveling to Mumbai does not return home before relishing the delicious street foods like vada pav, pav bhaji, etc. It is so fascinating to find people from every…

Pav Bhaji

One of the most indelible joyful moments of any mother would be seeing her children relish the healthy food prepared by her. Serving home-made whole wheat pav bread with mixed vegetables curry (bhaji) to my family is one such moment that I wish to cherish forever. If we serve oven-fresh flavorful pav breads with delectable bhaji to…

Whole Wheat Pav Bread

Baking bread at home is not as exhausting as making roti/ chapathi, it is actually a time consuming preparation and hence it just requires a planning well ahead of our meal. It is truly a rewarding experience to bake bread at home with various flours and spices of our choice and also to serve oven-fresh…

Masal Vadai

It is a bizarre phenomenon that some of the vegetarians here, particularly elders, do not like the strong flavor of fennel seeds and they avoid food spiced with fennel seeds even in restaurants. But I like its sweet flavor and use sparingly in vegetable kurma & masal vadai. Typically masal vadai or aama vadai is prepared…

Vegetable Fritters

Bajji are delicious south Indian vegetable fritters prepared by deep frying vegetable slices after coating them in chickpea (Bengal gram) flour batter. People with sensitive stomach used to avoid taking these fritters as gram flour causes flatulence & indigestion. So here is the recipe to make easily digestible gut-friendly bajji. I have added powdered ajwain or omam…

Aloo Paratha with garlic-tomato dip

Aloo paratha, an Indian bread stuffed with spicy potato, is a hearty meal that can be packed for children’s lunch box. Besides we can serve hot aloo paratha for breakfast or dinner along with pungent garlic-tomato dip (instead of pickle) & refreshing onion raita. The recipes for both aloo paratha & garlic-tomato dip is as…

Fried Chickpeas

Nei kadalai is one of my favorite snacks and it brings me back fond memories associated with this delicious savory during my childhood days. I still cherish those happy days with my father who used to bring nei kadalai and Tirunelveli halwa whenever he visited me. Our family get-together is incomplete without savory nei kadalai and…

Pounded Palmyra Sprout

Panang kizhangu (Palmyra sprout) is popular among south Indians & Sri Lankans. We usually make steamed & pounded palmyra sprout and relish as a savory dish. Sri Lankans boil these sprouts, dry them, make into a flour and use the flour to make sweet puttu, koozh or add into some non-veg recipes. Traditionally palmyra sprouts…

Sweet Poha

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. Beaten rice is an easily digestible form of rice with less gluten. Please check the recipe for aval puttu as below: Time Taken: 30 min Serves : 3 Ingredients: Thick…

Savory Doughnuts

Ulundha vadai aka medhu vadai is a gluten-free South Indian savoury donut prepared using black lentils. Any feast or festival in South India is incomplete without making ulundha vadai. This traditional vadai is prepared for all special occasions or can even be prepared as a snack any day. Ulundha vadai can be served as rasa…

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 delectable patties with crispy skin and soft flesh. Banana flowers can be included in our diet as patties (vadai), stir-fry (poriyal), coconut curry (kootu), lentil crumble (paruppu usili), soup & salad. Banana flower patties are gluten-free snacks prepared using banana flowers & yellow peas. Health benefits of banana flower: Banana…

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 in children, women & old people’s diet as they are rich in calcium and iron. It is…

Deep Fried Lentil Patties

Deep fried lentil patties (Aama vadai) are very popular South Indian snacks. It is so delicious for being crispy outside & soft inside. Traditionally patties are prepared without adding spices like fennel, cumin, garlic, etc. on Deepavali day.  The next day we used to soak excessive fried patties in a bowl of thick curd (yogurt) and…

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. 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…

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…

Rava Upma with Fresh Peas

Since rava upma is the easiest meal to prepare for breakfast or dinner, it is being served often 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 fresh peas and serving it warm. Rava upma…