Cottage Cheese-Peas Masala

Cottage cheese (paneer) peas masala is a tantalizingly delicious Indian curry and is my son’s favorite gravy. It can be served as a side for chapathi, roti or any rice (or pulao). Any dish with cottage cheese is surely liked by people of all ages. The recipe for paneer peas masala is as below: Cooking…

Breakfast with Eggplant Gothsu

Eggplant (brinjal) gothsu is one of our favourite accompaniments for idli & dosa and I usually prepare this for breakfasts on Sundays. It is a very unique gothsu prepared by people living in Tirunelveli and is called as kathirikai kichadi. We also make gothsu using yellow pumpkin (poosani) and ridge gourd (peerkangai), you may find the…

Greengram Sundal

Greengram (Paasi payaru) sundal is a healthy snack that can be packed for your kids. This can also be served to people of all ages for the following reasons: Easily digestible compared to other legumes. Good source of protein & fibre. Low glycemic index and hence one may not feel hungry for quite longer. Cooking…

Carrot Chutney

Carrot chutney is a healthy chutney and is a good alternate to our regular coconut chutney or onion chutney. As our daily screen time is getting increased nowadays, it is better to take carrots at least one serving per day for good vision.  So we can serve this chutney with spongy uthappam or crispy dosa to…

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 have medicinal properties of balancing body temperature. You can find my grandmother’s recipe for a…

Poori

Poori is the most favorite food for all Indians young or old. For children it can be packed for lunch or served when they return home after school. Here you can check the recipes for regular poori, cheese poori & palak poori. Potato masala is the most common accompaniment for poori; other sides that go…

Adai Avial (Mixed Lentils Dosa with Mixed Veg Curry)

Adai (Mixed lentils crepe) is a traditional protein rich dosa prepared using assorted lentils and rice. We can make crispy adai for children & soft adai for elders. Adai tastes best with aviyal and is a complete meal as aviyal is prepared with medley of vegetables. Adai aviyal can be taken frequently as it helps to meet our daily…

When cyclone hits Chennai…

Severe cyclonic storm Vardah hit Chennai at an unprecedented speed of over 125 kmph for more than an hour on December 12, 2016 Monday afternoon. It made our life miserable as the entire city suffered with power failure for 3 days, mobile network failure for a week and internet services not yet restored fully until…

Potato Masala

Potato masala is an easy to prepare multi-purpose side dish liked by people of all ages. It can be stuffed between breads to make a sandwich, or stuffed into South Indian dosa or North Indian paratha, or used as an accompaniment for roti,  poori & rice varieties like curd rice, tomato rice, lemon rice, etc….

Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Gravy

Any lunch meal in South India is incomplete without aviyal (Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Gravy). Most of the traditional Indian recipes use assorted grains, pulses, vegetables, or fruits. Nowadays nutritionists recommend to include variety of  vegetables/ pulses/ grains/ fruits in our diet as it prevents vitamin & mineral deficiency; hence it is a good practice to…

Meals with No-tamarind Curry

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

Drumstick Leaves Sambar

Drumstick leaves (murungai keerai) sambar is a flavorful nutritious curry prepared without tamarind and hence it is popularly known as puli illa curry (no-tamarind curry) in Tirunelveli. It is usually served with rice, any poriyal or aviyal & roasted appalam. Health Benefits: Drumstick leaves are rich sources of iron. If this curry is taken frequently by…

Chickpeas Gravy

Since cooked chickpeas are easily digestible, chickpeas gravy (chana masala) can be served to people of all ages. It tastes good with any roti, methi roti, chapathi or any rice dish. Whenever I plan a meal for dinner, I make sure to cook with less oil as it helps to reduce the load on liver. So…

Millet Payasam

Millet payasam is a scrumptious dessert that can be prepared easily. We can serve this guilt-free payasam to even diabetic (with reduced jaggery) as millets are of low glycemic index. Millet I used here is foxtail millet very much suitable for making desserts.You can refer the table below for their health benefits. Cooking Time: 40…

Carrot-peas Poriyal

An irresistible and colorful carrot-peas poriyal can be taken as a salad or as a side for rice. Nowadays kids are spending most of their time with mobile phones and other devices, we need to protect their eyes by including carrots in their diet everyday.  Carrots & peas compliment each other in all respects whether…

Mushroom Pepper Fry

Mushroom Pepper Fry is a healthy dish that can be prepared quickly & easily. Mushrooms are the only vegetables that are rich sources of protein. So vegetarians or vegans can include mushrooms in their diet for their protein requirements. Mushroom pepper fry can be served with rice or roti, or it can be stuffed in…

Methi Roti with Chickpeas Gravy

Methi Roti or vendhaya keerai chappathi is a food with low-glycemic index as both wheat & methi are of low-GI. If you check your blood sugar after 2 hours of taking methi roti, you will be surprised to see your glucose level at its low. Also fenugreek leaves help to reduce body temperature and hence…

Millet Pongal

Breakfast with millet pongal is an ideal way to start a day. Millet pongal can be served with spicy coconut chutney alone as it tastes good even without sambar. So healthy breakfast can be made in a jiffy. Here I used kodo millet or varagu but you may try with other millets also. You can…

Vallarai Thuvaiyal

Vallarai keerai or Centella Asiatica is a wonderful herb mainly used for improving memory.  It is always better to include fresh herbs in our diet rather than swallowing them in capsule form. We can serve this chutney to children or teens while they prepare for competitive exams & also to ageing parents with decreased memory; we…

Coconut Chutney

Coconut chutney is a commonly prepared condiment in every South Indian household. It is a perfect side for south Indian idli, dosa, uthappam, pongal, kichadi, vadai or bajji. Here is the restaurant style coconut chutney recipe : Time Taken : 3 min Ingredients: Coconut pieces – 9 Nos. (each 1 inch) Green chillies – 2 Nos. Roasted…

Sambar for Tiffin

Sambar is the most popular side dish for idli, or dosa (particularly masal dosa) all over India. But it is typically prepared by south Indians; others used to feel that their sambar is not as delicious as the one prepared by south Indians. So here is the recipe for simple and delicious sambar that is…

Millet Kichadi

Millet Kichadi is our family’s favorite breakfast. Generally I prepare this nutritious kichadi on my son’s exam day as it helps to keep him alert & afresh during his exam even if he had slept for few hours in the previous night. All ingredients in this kichadi are rich in micro-nutrients and make this kichadi…

Broad Beans Poriyal

Avaraikkai poriyal (Broad beans poriyal) is a tasty healthy side dish that goes well with sambar, rasam or morkuzhambu.  Kids also like this vegetable mainly for the tasty beans inside. Health Benefits: Broad beans are rich in protein & fiber and good sources of vitamins & minerals. It also helps to reduce blood sugar &…

Starch-free Rice

If you are keen to take low-carbs and rice is your staple food, then here is the cooking method with which you can reduce the carbs in rice by 40%. In this method starch in rice is drained off while using a cooking pot with a locking lid that has holes in it; when the…

Drumstick Leaves Idli

Drumstick leaves idli or murungai keerai idli is a nutritious breakfast. It is as easy as making an ordinary idli. You can just add a handful of fresh drumstick leaves into idli batter, pour into idli moulds and steam them. These healthy idlis are good for weight-watchers as they are more filling and one may…

Millet Porridge

Millet porridge is one of the best breakfasts 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…

Rava Upma with Fresh Peas

Since rava upma is the easiest meal to prepare for breakfast or dinner, it is being served often in every south Indian family. Hence everyone in the family especially children get bored of taking rava upma. Nevertheless we can make it interesting, healthier & tastier by adding fresh peas and serve them warm. Rava upma…