Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Gravy

Avial (Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Gravy) is one of the most popular side dishes served in almost every wedding lunch in South India.  We also prepare this at home for all the festivals, feasts, or functions.Most of the traditional Indian recipes use mixed grains, or mixed pulses, or mixed vegetables, or mixed fruits. Nowadays nutritionists…

Meals with No-tamarind Curry

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

Drumstick Leaves Sambar

Any sambar or kuzhambu in South India is usually prepared with tamarind, but drumstick leaves sambar is prepared without tamarind. It is a Tirunelveli-special flavorful nutritious curry popularly known as puli illa curry (no-tamarind curry) or murungai keerai sambar. Health Benefits: Drumstick leaves are rich in iron and are useful to increase hemoglobin count. If this…

Chickpeas Gravy

Since pressure cooked chickpeas are easily digestible, chana masala (chickpeas gravy) can be served to people of all ages. This version of gravy is healthier as less oil is used & also it is easy to prepare. Whenever I plan a meal for dinner, I make sure to cook with less oil as it helps…

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….

Carrot-peas Poriyal

A colorful carrot-peas poriyal is so irresistible that even kids can not say “no” to this dish and your family never get bored with this. Vitamin A from carrots, protein in fresh peas, fiber from carrots & peas add more nutritional values to this poriyal. Taking carrot everyday is good for our eyes as we…

Mushroom Pepper Fry

Mushroom Pepper Fry is a healthy flavorful dish that can be served with rice or roti, or it can be stuffed into dosa or sandwiches. Mushrooms are rich in protein that are very much required for children. It goes well with rice and sambar, rasam, or morkuzhambu. This dish can be prepared quickly & easily. Cooking…

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 helps to reduce body temperature so we…

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…

Vallarai Thuvaiyal

Vallarai keerai or Centella Asiatica is a wonderful herb mainly used for improving memory. We can serve this chutney to children or teens while they prepare for competitive exams & also to aging parents with decreased memory; we can surely notice them with improved memory while including this chutney regularly in their diet. It is always…

Coconut Chutney

Coconut chutney is a commonly prepared accompaniment in every South Indian household. It can be served with idli, dosa, uthappam, pongal, kichadi, vadai or bajji. You can check the restaurant style coconut chutney recipe as below: 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 in India especially for masala dosa. 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 a perfect accompaniment for…

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 2 or 3 hours in the previous night. All ingredients in this kichadi are rich in micro-nutrients and make…

Broad Beans Poriyal

Broad beans are rich in protein & fiber and also a good source of vitamins & minerals. It helps lower blood sugar & LDL (bad cholesterol). Avaraikkai poriyal (Broad beans poriyal) is a very tasty healthy side dish that goes well with sambar, rasam or morkuzhambu.  Kids also like this vegetable mainly for its tasty…

Starch-free Rice

If you are keen to take low-carbs and yet you are tempted to take rice, then here is the cooking method with which you can reduce the carbs in rice. For this I use heavy bottom cooking pot with a lid that has holes in it; this lid can be locked with pot and hence…

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…

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…

Rava Upma with Fresh Peas

Rava upma is the easiest to prepare and hence if you serve this often your family will surely get bored. Yet we can make it interesting, healthier & tastier just by adding fresh peas into it and serve hot in the evening on a rainy day; no wonder this upma will be the most sought…