Melon ball fruit salad

Ever since I realized the weight loss properties of musk melons I started including them in my diet as much as possible during the entire summer. Also I stopped making musk melon juice with added sugar for myself but started taking salads to enjoy its health benefits completely. Now lets make melon ball fruit salad…

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Long beans Poriyal

It is really challenging for me to cook the vegetables that are my family’s bêtes noires to their liking.  Yard-long beans (karamani) is one such insipid vegetable but is full of nourishment compared to commonly used green beans. Hence I try to complement its texture, flavor & taste by adding suitable ingredients to enjoy the…

Vegetable Kurma

I have been receiving complimentary reviews from unexpected people who are away from homeland for their studies or jobs preparing their meal themselves by looking at videos or by reading recipes and I thank all those unknown for their support & feedback. Now I am posting a multi-purpose one-pot recipe ideally suitable for such busy…

Drumstick pods soup

Nowadays drumstick pods (murungakkai) are being grown abundantly in my mother’s garden, and she used to keep sending me a batch of these pods every now & then. But it has been boring to see these drumsticks in our sambar, kuzhambu, kootu & poriyal on our plates every day.  Nevertheless I do not have the heart…

Karadaiyan Nombu Adai

Turmeric rhizomes are inextricably intertwined with our culture & traditions. The family ties are religiously acknowledged by tying a turmeric smeared thread around the wrist or neck (only for women) in the presence of deities, priests & other elders. Women used to observe fasting until the sacred turmeric thread is tied around the neck when…

Stuffed Capsicum in Gravy

Stuffed bell peppers in creamy sauce can be prepared for any gathering arranged at home for being an absolute crowd-pleaser. I have used soy meat & vegetables for fillings and cashew nut paste for gravy (curry) and have also used fennel seeds in the fillings & dried fenugreek leaves in the gravy for flavor. So…

Ashoka Halwa

I prefer to make Ashoka halwa over rava kesari (sooji halwa) for breakfast on special occasions because it is a nutritious protein-rich sweet. I also like to serve this delicious melt-in-mouth halwa as evening tiffin. Ashoka halwa is usually prepared using sugar; but here I have used palm jaggery and have not used any food color….

Vada Pav

Vada pav, a popular street food in Mumbai, is similar to American burger in which a spicy potato dumpling is kept inside the pav bread. Anyone traveling to Mumbai does not like to return home before relishing street foods like vada pav, pav bhaji, etc. It is fascinating to find people from every walk of…

Pav Bhaji

One of the most indelible joyful moments of any mother would be seeing her children relish the healthy food prepared by her. Serving home-made whole wheat pav bread with mixed vegetables curry (bhaji) to my family is one such moment that I wish to cherish forever. If we serve oven-fresh flavorful pav breads with delectable bhaji to…

Whole Wheat Pav Bread

Baking bread at home is not as exhausting as making roti/ chapathi, it is simply a time consuming preparation and hence requires a planning well ahead of our meal. It is truly a rewarding experience to bake bread at home with various flours and spices of our choice to make it healthier and to serve…

Fig & Ginger Truffles

Truffles are delicious yet nutritious treats that can be ideally prepared to gift your loved ones on any special occasion. These truffles are made of nuts, dry fruits and dark chocolate that are rich sources of vitamins, minerals & anti-oxidants; dark chocolate is good for healthy heart & brain. I have prepared truffles using powdered…

Appala Kootu

Appalam making is a leading cottage industry prevalent in my maternal grand father’s village. As a kid I was completely awestruck watching women & girls in our neighbourhood kneading mountainous dough, rolling appalam at lightning speed, and stacking dried appalam like a tower.  Whenever I was upset with my cousins or siblings I used to…