Grandma’s One-pot Meal

Kootanchoru is a traditional one-pot meal served for lunch by my maternal grand mother whenever we gathered during vacation. This meal used to be prepared by her with locally grown vegetables like drumsticks, raw mango, jack fruit seeds, etc. and served with home-made fried appalams & vadagams. I, my siblings & my cousins used to…

Adai Avial (Mixed Lentils Dosa with Mixed Veg Curry)

Adai (Mixed lentils dosa) is a protein rich crepe prepared by mixing small amounts of various lentils. It is found that the mixture of lentils provides a complete source of amino acids similar to animal sources of proteins. You may check this link from American Institute for Cancer Research to know more about nutritional benefits of lentils: http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/legumes.html…

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…

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…