Sacred Fruit Salad

Panchamirtham is a sacred fruit salad that we offer to God and is also used for abishegam (bathing deities) in temples. The famous Palani panchamirtham made using bananas that are exclusively grown near Palani hills is offered to Lord Muruga in Palani temple. In Hindu marriages it is customary that the parents of bride &…

Idli Podi

Idli milagai podi is an indispensable condiment in every south Indian’s pantry.  I do not like to use store-bought idli podi as it is nicely powdered; I find idli podi satisfying only when I feel the coarse grits on my tongue. We use roasted rice for its sandy texture; roasted asafoetida & raw garlic for…

Ayurvedic Lemonade

Panakam is a traditional lemonade that we offer to God. Generally we end our fasting by drinking panakam as it helps to purify, energise & hydrate our body.          My grand father’s sister, a hardcore devotee of Lord Muruga, never missed to observe fasting on all Sashti days (once in every fortnight)…

Buttermilk & Lassi

Spicy buttermilk is a traditional south Indian drink usually served after taking heavy meal to improve the digestion. Buttermilk with jeera powder or chaat masala is popular in other parts of India. Lassi is a sweetened flavored creamier buttermilk served chilled as dessert in India. Generally buttermilk is kept in earthenware (mud pots) few hours…

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…

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…

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…

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 liked by everyone 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…

Shallot Chutney

Chinna vengaya chutney is a spicy tasty healthy traditional chutney mainly prepared for young girls & pregnant women. Health Benefits: Shallots contain flavonoids that have powerful antioxidant properties; shallots also useful for improving emotional health & heart health. Other ingredients in this chutney are curry leaves & black grams; curry leaves are rich sources of…

Mango Jam

Mango jam or maangai pachadi is a sweet sour & spicy jam prepared with semi-ripe mangoes. It tastes heavenly when a scoop of vanilla ice cream is glazed with this scrumptious mango jam. Mangoes contain dietary fiber, vitamin A & vitamin C; they also contain antioxidants that fight against free radicals. Please check this slideshow to…

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…

Tamarind Curry

Puli Kuzhambu or Tamarind Curry is a spicy tangy traditional curry prepared with garlic & shallots. Garlic & shallots are considered to be very good for heart health as they reduce hypertension and control cholesterol. Also they help in removing toxins from our system. Besides garlic has antibacterial, antiviral & antifungal properties too. You can…

Ebony Sweetmeat

Ulundhangkali is a soft silky delicious ebony sweet; it is a traditional south Indian sweetmeat prepared mainly for teenage girls & pregnant women. Ulundhu kali is believed to strengthen uterus & bones and it is our customary to serve this kali to a girl when she attains her puberty. Traditional Breakfast with Kali This is…

Coriander Seeds Chutney

I love to use coriander seeds roasted as it is so aromatic that it elevates flavor of any dish. As per Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine, this spice has many healing powers; particularly it aids in digestion, stimulates appetite, prevents food poisoning and lowers blood sugar. Coriander seeds chutney is very effective in…

Simple Curd Rice

Curd rice is a simple traditional probiotic meal. I make sure to serve curd rice to my family specially when someone taking a course of antibiotics; when antibiotics kill both good & bad bacteria, probiotics help to replace good bacteria. Serving Curd Rice: Curd rice tastes best with udaitha kadalai thuvaiyal. It also goes well with…

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…

Golden Milk with Pepper

I remember drinking Golden Milk for the first time when I was about 5 years old. I was woken up from sleep by mother, she held a glass of golden milk near my mouth and made me to empty the glass. Although I was so drowsy, I still remember sweet ‘n’ spicy warm milk soothing…

Breakfast with Eggplant Gothsu

Eggplant (brinjal) gothsu is one of our favorite accompaniments for idli & dosa and I usually prepare this for breakfast on Sundays. It is a very unique gothsu prepared by people living in Tirunelveli and it is called as kathrikkai kichadi by them. It is heavenly when you pour this gothsu liberally over idli/ dosa followed…

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…

Adai Avial (Mixed Lentils Dosa with Mixed Veg Curry)

Adai (Mixed lentils dosa) is prepared by mixing small amounts of various lentils. Paruppu adai is a protein rich dosa as the mixture of lentils provides a complete source of amino acids similar to animal sources of proteins. Kara adai tastes best with aviyal (mixed vegetables in coconut gravy) and also turns out to be a complete meal….

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…

Millet Payasam

Millet payasam is a dessert that you can take with no guilt as it is gluten free; I have used coconut paste instead of coconut milk so that it contains less fat. Everybody will surely love this crunchy yummy flavorful payasam. The millet I used here is foxtail millet very much suitable for making desserts….

Millet Pongal

Breakfast with millet pongal is an ideal way to start a day. It can be just served with simple coconut chutney and no need to prepare sambar also as an accompaniment. So your breakfast can be made quickly & easily. Millets I used here is varagu or kodo millet; you can try the same with…

Coconut Chutney

Coconut chutney is a popular accompaniment prepared in every South Indian household for idli, dosa, pongal, kichadi, vadai or bajji. Please check my restaurant style coconut chutney recipe as below: Total Time Taken : 3 min Ingredients: Coconut pieces – 9 Nos. (each 1 inch) Green chillies – 2 Nos. Roasted Bengal gram (pottu kadalai) – 1…

Millet Porridge

Millet porridge is the best breakfast that can be taken on a scorching sunny day. It keeps us cool,  fresh & energetic all through the day. It is so filling that you don’t require anything till lunch. The millet I used here is pearl millet or kambu. Pearl millet is a flavorful protein-rich millet. Please…