Blackgram Rice

Ulundham Paruppu Sadham (Blackgram Rice) is a very unique rice prepared in almost every household in Tirunelveli, a southern town of Tamilnadu. Traditionally it is believed that blackgram lentils, sesame seeds and fenugreek seeds help to increase women’s fertility. Sesame seeds are great source of vitamin B6 that is required to conceive & also to…

Savory Doughnuts

Ulundha vadai aka medhu vadai is a gluten-free South Indian savoury donut prepared using black lentils dough. Any festival in South India is incomplete without making ulundha vadai; this traditional vadai used to be prepared for all special occasions like weddings or on any day just as evening tiffin. I tried a method that has…

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. Our grandmothers never had arthritis &…

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….