Radish Sambar

Radish (mullangi) sambar tastes as delicious as shallot (chinna vengayam) sambar because both absorb the taste & flavor of all the spices used in sambar. Hence I like to savour mullangi sambar with any south Indian meal whether rice, idli or dosa. Mullangi sambar tastes great with aviyal and it goes well with any kootu or…

Peas Pulao

Peas pulao is a delicious and aromatic rice dish and can be prepared in a jiffy. Peas pulao can be served with any spicy vegetable gravy or dal and also be packed for children’s lunch. Time taken : 15 min Serves : 2 Ingredients: Basmati rice – ½ cup Water – 1 cup Fresh peas – ¼…

Omam Kuzhambu

Generally I prepare omam kuzhambu when we return home from a vacation, or after attending a wedding ceremony for few days. I make omam kuzhambu and serve with hot steaming rice & roasted papad (sutta appalam), when we crave for a home-cooked food that soothes our stomach. Health Benefits: Omam (ajwain / carom seeds /…

Aadi Perukku

Aadi Perukku is a festival of fertility that is being celebrated by women in south India for more than 500 years. It was mentioned in Sangam Tamil literature, Paripadal, written in the 14th century. I like to quote them here: “Women getting ready to bathe in the river urging their men to dress in festive…

Tamarind Rice

Puliyodarai, a traditional rice dish, stays good & tastes divine even if it is kept without being refrigerated for 3 or 4 days.  I heard that my grand mother along with her younger children used to travel in a cart to a nearby town for their Diwali shopping; she preferred to carry tamarind rice &…

Chitrannam

Chitrannam is a platter of different rice varieties prepared on an auspicious Aadiperukku day, a day that brings in prosperity. It is believed that whatever we do on that day would grow manifold, so farmers used to sow their seeds and others would like to venture into new business on this day. I prefer to…

Blackgram Rice with Sesame Chutney

Ulundham Paruppu Sadham (Black gram Rice) is a very unique rice prepared in almost every household in Tirunelveli, a southern town of Tamilnadu. Sesame chutney is similar to Mediterranean Tahini sauce and is an essential side served with black gram rice. We usually serve this nutritious meal to young girls during their cycle every month. Although we prepare…

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…

Pigeon Peas and Rice

Thuvaram paruppu sadham (rice with split pigeon peas) is a traditional one-pot meal popular in Tirunelveli. This flavorful rice is an easy-to-prepare meal itself and hence can be packed for children’s lunch box. This is one of our favorite lunch meals on a lazy weekend. It is so delightful when we pour coconut oil lavishly…

Yogurt Curry

Morkuzhambu is a traditional South Indian curry prepared using sour curd. Since sour curd is enriched with probiotic organism, this healthy curry can be served to everyone young or old. Usually mor-kuzhambu is served with plain rice or rice with mashed greens (kadaintha arai keerai). Morkuzhambu may be prepared with single vegetable like ash gourd (vellai…

Weekend Lunch

This is the meal I prepare for lunch usually on Saturdays. It can be prepared easily within an hour, if you plan in advance and make all ingredients available. Everybody including kids will surely relish this delicious lunch meal. I find tiffin sambar a great accompaniment for citrus rice; Citrus rice & curd rice taste…

Citrus Rice

Citrus boosts immunity, energy & mood and aids in detoxification & digestion. This was one of the reasons that lemon rice was traditionally prepared & packed for short travels. Citrus Rice is a healthy non-sticky easy-to-prepare rice dish and hence can be used for packing children’s lunch box also. Recently I bought unripe citrons (naarthai)…

Soy Biryani

Soy biryani is a delicious wholesome healthy meal and is usually served with refreshing raita. It is particularly felicitous for people who wants to make a transition into vegetarian diet as cooked soy chunks & meat share the same texture. Soy may be recommended to include in the diet of women over 40 as it contains…

Simply Delicious Meal

Paruppu sadham with karunai kizhangu masiyal & elumichai rasam is a simply delicious meal that can be prepared easily even when you feel lazy. Surprisingly your family will simply enjoy this meal and also they will ask you to repeat the same some time soon. Please click on the images below for their recipes.  …

Grandma’s One-pot Meal

Kootanchoru is a traditional one-pot meal served for lunch by my maternal grand mother whenever we gathered during vacation. This meal used to be prepared by her with locally grown vegetables like drumsticks, raw mango, jack fruit seeds, etc. and served with home-made fried appalams & vadagams. I, my siblings & my cousins used to…

Classic South Indian Meals

This delicious meal seems to be a very satisfying healthy complete meal that we all love to relish on a Sunday. First we pour sambar generously over rice and have them with aviyal & poriyal; next we drink payasam and finally we take curd rice along with vegetables in sambar. For children we also serve sambar…

Red Lentils Sambar

Traditionally sambar (for rice) is prepared using thuvaram paruppu (red gram/ toor dal), but here I have used masoor dal (red lentils) to prepare drumstick sambar mainly because it is a rich source of protein as it contains an important amino acid. Red lentils are preferred over other lentils in restaurants as it adds more viscosity…

Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Gravy

Avial (Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Gravy) is one of the most popular side dishes served in almost every wedding lunch in South India.  We also prepare this at home for all the festivals, feasts, or functions.Most of the traditional Indian recipes use mixed grains, or mixed pulses, or mixed vegetables, or mixed fruits. Nowadays nutritionists…

Meals with No-tamarind Curry

Meals with no-tamarind curry is one of the healthy traditional meals that we all relished as children. My mother used to prepare this delicious flavorful meal with home-grown vegetables. I still remember those mixed flavors of coconut oil, fresh vegetables & spices filled our entire house.  In those days we never said “no” to any…