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 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….

Drumstick Leaves Sambar

Any sambar or kuzhambu in South India is usually prepared with tamarind, but drumstick leaves sambar or murungai keerai sambar or puli illa curry is prepared without tamarind. It is a special curry cooked at every household in Tirunelveli. It is a flavorful nutritious curry prepared with drumstick leaves. Drumstick leaves are rich in iron and…

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…