Aloo Paratha with garlic-tomato dip

Aloo paratha is an Indian bread stuffed with spicy potato. It is a hearty satisfying meal that can be served for breakfast or dinner and also 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. You can find the recipes for…

Eggless Mango Cake

As fruit bearing season of mango is nearing an end my mother sent me a last bunch of organic mangoes that were plucked from the trees 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 for…

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 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…

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 my favorite kulfi ice, thenga (coconut) ice, semiya…

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…

Seeraga Samba Biryani with Brinjal Thokku

Indian Biryani & Italian Risotto share some similarities: Seeraga samba rice & arborio rice have been cooked al dente in both recipes and have the same consistency. Seeraga samba rice is a quintessential ingredient of biryani in south India as it has a wonderful flavor, it does not gather into thick lumps and most importantly 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 dough. Any feast or festival in South India is incomplete without making ulundha vadai; this traditional vadai is prepared for all special occasions or even on a normal day as an evening snack. Ulundha vadai can be served as…

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. Health benefits of banana flower: Banana flowers have flavor similar to that of artichokes. Banana flowers can be included in our diet as banana flower stir-fry (poriyal), coconut…

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…

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 it is my son’s favorite gravy as a side for rotis. Any dish with cottage cheese surely be liked by people of all ages. So try this colorful flavorsome gravy. Cooking Time: 20 min Serves : 4 Ingredients: Cottage Cheese (paneer)- 100 g…

Carrot Chutney

Carrot chutney is a colorful healthy tasty 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.  It is a good alternate to our regular coconut chutney or onion chutney and it goes very well with spongy or crispy dosa. This…

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 all have medicinal benefits of balancing body temperature. Please check below my grandmother’s recipe for…

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 side dishes that…

Potato Masala

Potato masala is a simple side dish prepared almost in every household in India. 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, etc. by incorporating small variations….

Mushroom Pepper Fry

Mushroom Pepper Fry is a healthy flavorful dish that can be served with rice or roti, or it can be stuffed into dosa or sandwiches. Mushrooms are rich in protein that are very much required for children. It goes well with rice and sambar, rasam, or morkuzhambu. This dish can be prepared quickly & easily. Cooking…

Vallarai Thuvaiyal

Vallarai keerai or Centella Asiatica is a wonderful herb mainly used for improving memory. We can serve this chutney to children or teens while they prepare for competitive exams & also to aging parents with decreased memory; we can surely notice them with improved memory while including this chutney regularly in their diet. It is always…

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…