Blackgram Rice

Ulundham Paruppu Sadham (Blackgram Rice) is a very unique rice prepared in almost every household in Tirunelveli, a southern town of Tamilnadu. Traditionally it is believed that blackgram lentils, sesame seeds and fenugreek seeds help to increase women’s fertility. Sesame seeds are great source of vitamin B6 that is required to conceive & also to…

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

Yogurt Curry is a delicious traditional South Indian curry loved by everybody young or old. Morkuzhambu is usually prepared with single vegetable like ash gourd (vellai poosani), drumsticks, ladies finger or colacasia (cheppang kizhangu). Any paruppu vadai (deep fried lentil patties) like vazhaipoo vadai, aama vadai or keerai vadai may be immersed into this curry…

Weekend Lunch

This is the lunch I prepare mostly on Saturdays. It can be prepared easily within an hour, if you plan in advance and make all ingredients available. Everybody will surely enjoy this lovely lunch especially kids. I feel tiffin sambar goes well with citrus rice also;  vazhaipoo vadai & pottukadalai thuvaiyal taste delicious with citrus…

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 protein-rich vegetable biryani. Soy is very good for women over 40 as it contains a substance similar to estrogen (female hormone). Soy, a protein-rich bean, is also good for growing children. I prefer simple home-made vegetable biryani; usually vegetable biryani served in restaurants (renowned for biryani) are greasy, overly spiced,…

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…

Meals with No-tamarind Curry

Meals with no-tamarind curry is one of our traditional gluten-free meal that brings me back nostalgic memories of relishing food as a child. This delicious flavorful meal used to be prepared by my mother with home grown vegetables. I still remember the mixed flavors of coconut oil, fresh vegetables & spices that filled our entire…