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…

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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…

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

Soy biryani is a delicious wholesome healthy meal and is usually served with refreshing raita. Health benefits of soya: Soya may be recommended to include in the diet of women over 40 as it contains a substance similar to oestrogen (female hormone). Soy is a boon for vegetarians as it is the best source of…

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

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 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 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 or Centella Asiatica is an amazing herb mainly used here to improve the memory for children who are preparing for competitive exams and also for old people with decreased memory. I also found a significant improvement when we served this chutney to my father everyday. It is always better to include such fresh…

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…