Spicy Hummus

Hummus, an ancient Arabic appetizer, is now available in every supermarket around the globe as it took the western world by storm a few decades ago. Traditional hummus is nothing but the creamy blend of chickpeas paste & sesame paste. Now there are different flavors of hummus available in the market to satisfy the ever…

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Greens Curry with Cottage Cheese

Greens curry is one of the most favorite curries not only for Indians but also for the foodies around the globe. Greens curry is a traditional winter curry prepared using different leafy greens & paneer (cottage cheese) in India. Palak paneer is the most commonly prepared curry using palak (spinach) whereas saag paneer is prepared…

Basil seeds Banana Bread

Basil seeds (sabja seeds) are one of the most sought-after summer ingredients in Asia as these seeds are believed to lower the body heat according to traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda also. You may check out the other health benefits of these sensational basil seeds here.

Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Despite the fact that peanuts can cause ama (indigestion), my father, an ardent follower of Mahathma Gandhi, encouraged us to snack on peanuts even at the young age for 3 reasons: Peanuts are the only legumes grow underground, hence the rich sources of micro-nutrients than any other legumes; they are beneficial to vegetarians for being…

Fig upside down cake

Earlier elders of our family were of the opinion that baking cakes is a painstakingly strenuous procedure, and hence nobody dared to bake cakes at home. We usually devour the cakes bought from the reputed bakery in our locality, and we also had an opportunity to relish home-baked cakes on every Christmas shared by our…

Amla Relish

Besides candies, chocolates, ice cream, ice pops, and other sugary snacks there were also healthy snacks like boiled peanuts & Palmyra sprouts, roasted corncobs, and locally grown fresh berries & fruits sold in our school canteen. All the children relished them as much as any other snacks like puffs, samosa, or chips during intervals or…

Chinese Spinach

I am thankful to the creator of The Popeye show for motivating my son, a picky eater, to have a liking for insipid spinach even at his tender age. This cartoon show made my job easier to convey the importance of taking wholesome food and also made a small kid to understand a profound theory,…

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…

Indian Beetroot Relish

I feel sad that children today are not able to savor our traditional beetroot relish as we did during our childhood days. It was a delightful experience for the kids to relish the beautiful reddish-purple beetroot puree infused with delicious flavors of native fruits served in the wedding feasts. Beetroot sweet pachadi, the most popular…

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…

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 quickly spreading herb usually props up in our surroundings after a good spell of rain. It is a medicinal plant used in Indian medicines Ayurveda & Siddha to treat respiratory problems like asthma, cough, cold & flu.

Eggless Nutella Cake

When I noticed the container of left-over Nutella kept unused for few weeks, I badly wanted to use it up in one shot and hence I decided to bake a chocolate cake using Nutella. Being a vegetarian I prefer to use bananas as the substitute for eggs, and I baked a chocolate cake using Nutella…

Paneer Dum Biryani

Biryani is a medley of rice, vegetables (or meat) & spices and it is a popular rice dish in India, Srilanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other countries in south Asia & central Asia. Traditionally biryani is cooked over hot coal in a sealed cooking pot allowing the aroma of spices permeated into the vegetables & rice…

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, 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…

Jackfruit Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta is a creamy Italian dessert similar to custard prepared by cooking sweetened flavored cream, set with gelatin, and served with fruit coulis, caramel sauce, or chocolate sauce. Now I have prepared a vegan panna cotta by replacing cream with coconut milk, gelatin with agar agar, and prepared the fruit coulis using locally grown jackfruit…

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 one of my favorite snacks popular in Tirunelveli, Madurai and other surrounding places. 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 as our…

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 steam the palmyra sprouts, pound them when dried, and relish the pounded palmyra sprout as a savory snack. Sri Lankans boil these sprouts, dry them, make into a flour and use the flour to make sweet puttu, koozh or add into…

Seeraga Samba Biryani with Brinjal Thokku

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

Sweet Poha

Aval puttu is a traditional sweet prepared using the beaten rice mainly for Chithirai Vishu (Tamil New Year). Beaten rice or rice flakes are easily digestible as the gluten in rice is reduced to a large extent. Aval puttu can be offered to deities as neivedyam during festivals and served as prasadam particularly during Navarathri….

Savory Doughnuts

Ulundha vadai (medhu vadai) is a gluten-free South Indian savoury doughnut prepared using black lentils (urad dal). Any feast or festival in our family is incomplete without making soft ulundha vadai with crispy golden skin. Vadai is a commonly prepared evening snacks in our family particularly during monsoon, and it is usually served with hot…

Green Chutney

We can prepare restaurant style Green Chutney easily at home using mint leaves or coriander leaves. A pleasant green chutney with the burst of flavors will surely make anyone salivate and hence it can be served as an appetizer for kids or sick people who refuse to take food. It is heavenly when green chutney…

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…

Mango Jam

Maangai pachadi is a sweet sour & spicy mango jam prepared usually on Tamil New Year day. It is a delicious side dish for rice served with any kuzhambu or rasam; it can also be served as a side for ulutham paruppu sadam. Health benefits of mangoes: Mangoes contain dietary fiber, vitamin A & vitamin…

Banana Flower Patties

Vazhaipoo Vadai or banana flower patties are delectable patties with crispy skin and soft flesh. Banana flowers can be included into our diet in the forms of 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.

Fig Juice

Fig juice is the best way to include nutrients rich figs in our diet. Fig juice can be served to people of all ages. Health Benefits: As figs contain more calcium than any other fruit, they are good for our teeth & bone health which is particularly needed for women and old people’s health. Figs…

Soy Biryani

Generally vegetable biryani served in restaurants are greasy, overly spiced, and made of semi-cooked rice tossed with few vegetables. Hence I prefer to make simple flavorful delicious vegetable biryani at home, and I like to add textured soya for making protein-rich delicious biryani. Soy biryani is a wholesome meal and is usually served with refreshing…

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 is our family’s favorite chocolate cake for being dark, chocolaty, spongy, and most importantly guilt-free. I have used whole wheat flour instead of plain flour (maida), vegetable oil in place of butter, and also used home-made yogurt (curd). I have also used chocolate ganache for frosting and garnished with chopped pista & edible rose…

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

I find carrot chutney a delicious & healthy alternate to our regular coconut or onion chutney. Since our daily screen time is getting increased nowadays, it is a good idea to include as much carrots as possible in our diet to protect our vision.  Carrot chutney may be served with spongy uthappam or crispy dosa….

Ginger Jam

Ginger jam is a digestive jam usually prepared during Deepavali. A teaspoon of ginger jam taken in the morning in an empty stomach helps improve the digestion mainly when we enjoyed a sumptuous feast in the previous day. It is also beneficial to children to increase their appetite.

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…

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….

Avial

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 (Centella Asiatica) is an amazing herb used here to improve the memory for children who are preparing for competitive exams and also for old people with decreased memory. It is always better to include such fresh herbs into our diet rather than taking them in capsule form. I also found that when we…

Millet Kichadi

Millet Kichadi is our family’s favorite breakfast. Generally I prepare this nutritious kichadi when my son preparing for his exams as it helps to keep him fresh & focused during his exam even though he had slept for few hours in the previous night. Since all the ingredients in this kichadi are rich in micro-nutrients,…

Rava Upma with Fresh Peas

Since rava upma is the easiest meal to prepare, it is being served often for breakfast or dinner 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 a handful of fresh green peas. Rava upma…