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…

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…

Happy Women’s Day

On this International Women’s Day I wish every woman health & happiness! I have compiled a list of nutritious recipes that meet the dietary requirements of women of all ages; you can click on these images below for their recipes. For Young Girls: Ebony Sweetmeat is made of black grams that are rich in protein, iron,…

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…

Millet Noodles

Ragi idiyappam is a healthy tasty gluten-free breakfast that can be prepared in a jiffy using instant finger millet noodles. It is an ideal breakfast for weight watchers as it aids in weight loss too. Finger millets can be included in children, women & old people’s diet as they are rich in calcium and iron….

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…

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,…

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…

Drumstick Leaves Sambar

Any sambar or kuzhambu in South India is usually prepared with tamarind, but drumstick leaves sambar or murungai keerai sambar or puli illa curry is prepared without tamarind. It is a special curry cooked at every household in Tirunelveli. It is a flavorful nutritious curry prepared with drumstick leaves. Drumstick leaves are rich in iron and…

Drumstick Leaves Idli

Drumstick leaves idli or Murungai keerai idli is a nutritious breakfast. It is as easy as making an ordinary idli. You just have to add a handful of fresh drumstick leaves into idli batter, pour into idli moulds and steam them. Idlis that are rich in iron are ready to serve. You can also tempt…