Fig & Ginger Truffles

Truffles are delicious yet nutritious treats that can be ideally prepared to gift your loved ones on any special occasion. These truffles are made of nuts, dry fruits and dark chocolate that are rich sources of vitamins, minerals & anti-oxidants; dark chocolate is good for healthy heart & brain. I have prepared truffles using powdered…

Crispy Masala Dosa

Dosa is a south Indian crepe relished by people of all ages. Typically dosa is prepared for breakfast or dinner and served as crispy dosa or spongy dosa. Crispy dosa is a thin paper-like crepe enjoyed by kids and spongy dosa is somewhat similar to a pancake. Although there are numerous varieties of dosa prepared…

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…

Thoothuvalai chutney

Thoothuvalai (Solanum trilobatum) is a herb that usually props up in our surroundings after a good spell of rain. It is a quickly spreading medicinal plant used in Indian medicines viz. Ayurveda & Siddha to treat respiratory problems like asthma, cough, cold & flu. Children & old people usually fall sick during monsoon & winter….

Eggless Nutella Cake

I had kept left-over nutella unused for quite a few weeks and I was wondering how to empty its container in a one-shot. Then I came up with an idea of baking a chocolate cake using nutella & banana (replacing eggs).  Although some do not like the idea of combining chocolate & banana, it worked…

Paneer Dum Biryani

Biryani is a medley of rice, vegetables (or meat) & spices and is popular among Indians & other south Asians. Traditionally biryani is cooked over hot coal in a sealed cooking pot allowing the aroma of spices permeated into the vegetables & rice (this method of cooking in low heat is known as “Dum” process). But…

Kofta Curry

Kofta is a soft potato dumpling soaked in delectable curry greatly enjoyed by children. Kofta curry is also relished by people who have not accustomed to the heat of red chilli. In this recipe ginger is used to make the gravy spicy and red chilli powder is added mainly for flavor. You may adjust ginger…

Porivilangai

Porivilangai is a traditional sweet made of pan-roasted rice & palm jaggery. Our grandmother usually prepared these laddus for Deepavali and my aunts used to keep them for us till our visit during summer. In those days these flavorful porivilangai were made into hard-to-bite orange sized balls but now I have made them into small…

Aloo Paratha with garlic-tomato dip

Aloo paratha is an Indian bread stuffed with spicy potato. It is a satisfying hearty meal that can be packed for children’s lunch. I prefer to serve delicious aloo paratha with hot tangy garlic-tomato dip (instead of pickle) & refreshing onion raita for breakfast or dinner. You can find the recipes for both aloo paratha &…

Jackfruit Panna Cotta

Jackfruit Panna Cotta is a chilled creamy dessert. It is so captivating to see snowy panna cotta dotted with vanilla bean wobbling on a plate fringed by delectable golden jackfruit coulis. I have made Panna Cotta, an Italian dessert, layered with locally grown fresh seasonal fruit. Since I do not like to use egg nor…

Eggless Mango Cake

As fruit bearing season of mango is nearing an end my mother sent me a last batch of organic mangoes that were plucked from the trees grown in her backyard. After devouring sweet mangoes to our hearts’ content, I decided to bake a cake with remaining mangoes. I have also baked a batch of cupcakes…

Eggless Walnut Bundt Cake

Eggless walnut banana cake is my family’s favorite for its appealing flavor, texture & taste. Mashed bananas & toasted walnuts compliment each other, sweet bananas suppress the bitterness of walnuts and provide wonderful flavor & texture.Being a vegetarian I like to use walnuts as much as possible as these are few of the plant based…

Fried Chickpeas

Nei kadalai is my favorite snack from my childhood and it brings me back fond memories associated with this delicious 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…

Indian Popsicles

I remember my childhood days indulging in ice pops (Popsicle) every summer vacation. Nowadays those ice pops are replaced by ice cream and we all really miss them so much. So here are the recipes for those forgotten ice pops that are truly Indian! I have prepared our childhood favorite ice popsicles namely kulfi ice,…

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…

Seeraga Samba Biryani with Brinjal Thokku

Interestingly Indian Biryani & Italian Risotto share some similarities: Seeraga samba rice & arborio rice are of same texture and hence cooked al dente in both the recipes. Seeraga samba rice is a quintessential ingredient of biryani in south India for its wonderful flavor (as it absorbs the flavors of all the spices used in it)…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Chinese Potato Fry

Chinese Potato (siru kizhangu or koorka) fry is a tasty accompaniment for curd rice, sambar rice or any other rice varieties. It can also be taken with rotis or Indian breads. This is a good alternate for regular potato as it has medicinal properties as well. Cooking Time: 20 min Serves: 4 Ingredients: Chinese Potato…

Eggless Spongy Chocolate cake

This chocolate cake is my son’s favorite cake for being dark, chocolaty and spongy. We all like this cake as it is healthy, light (without frosting) & soft; I used whole wheat flour instead of plain flour (maida) & light vegetable oil instead of eggs & butter. It is very easy to prepare and the…

Cottage Cheese-Peas Masala

Cottage cheese (paneer) peas masala is a tantalizingly delicious Indian curry and is my son’s favorite gravy. It can be served as a side for chapathi, roti or any rice (or pulao). Any dish with cottage cheese is surely liked by people of all ages. The recipe for paneer peas masala is as below: Cooking…

Carrot Chutney

Carrot chutney is a healthy chutney and is a good alternate to our regular coconut chutney or onion chutney. As our daily screen time is getting increased nowadays, it is better to take carrots at least one serving per day for good vision.  So we can serve this chutney with spongy uthappam or crispy dosa to…

Ginger Jam

Ginger jam is an easy to prepare digestive jam. A teaspoon of ginger jam taken in the morning in an empty stomach helps improve digestion. It is mainly beneficial for children to increase their appetite. Coriander seeds, ginger & raisins have medicinal properties of balancing body temperature. You can find my grandmother’s recipe for a…

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….

Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Gravy

Any lunch meal in South India is incomplete without aviyal (Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Gravy). Most of the traditional Indian recipes use assorted grains, pulses, vegetables, or fruits. Nowadays nutritionists recommend to include variety of  vegetables/ pulses/ grains/ fruits in our diet as it prevents vitamin & mineral deficiency; hence it is a good practice to…

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…

Vallarai Thuvaiyal

Vallarai keerai or Centella Asiatica is a wonderful herb mainly used for improving memory.  It is always better to include fresh herbs in our diet rather than swallowing them in capsule form. We can serve this chutney to children or teens while they prepare for competitive exams & also to ageing parents with decreased memory; we…

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…