Pumpkin Chutney

Pumpkin Chutney ( பரங்கிக்காய் சட்னி)After all that Navratri celebration, with yummy foods and fun, let us treat our busily engaged stomach to a simple, colorful and tasty chutney. With the pumpkin season in its peak and we see pumpkin flavor everywhere from the pumpkin latte to the pumpkin spiced hand washes, let us try this …

Urulai Podi Roast

Potatoes are universal favorites. Every cuisine and every family have their own favorite recipes made of this loyal vegetable that is incredibly tasty. From mashed potatoes to bakes and fries, potatoes never let our hands down. They are so versatile that they can prove themselves towards whatever method it is being treated to. Of the …

Jackfruit Payasam

Jackfruit is one of the very tasty tropical fruit. In India, Jackfruits can be seen in many people’s backyard. Jackfruit is a bit tricky and time-consuming to clean.  However, the taste of the fruit is worth the time spent cleaning them up. This Jackfruit payasam is very famous in Kerala and is called as Chakka …

Kerala Pariuppu Curry || Onam Recipes

The Onam festival is celebrated for ten days in Kerala with pomp and show. On the final day – the Thiruvonam, a sumptuous and elaborate Onam Sadhya is cooked and served on a traditional banana leaf. The Sadhya consists of Upperi, Thoran, Kalan, Olan, Eriserry, Pachadi, Kichadi, Avial, Sambar, and many more. In this Onam …

Beetroot Kalyana Pachadi

Beetroot Sweet Pachadi is a must-have dish at the wedding menus. If you are a 90’s kid, you will know of this sweet pachadi that is served in lunch or reception menu at the weddings. Early last month, we did vegetable picking and had lots of beets that were leftover and needed to be preserved. …

Gajar Pulav || Carrot Pulav

Gajar Pulav or Carrot Pulav is a very simple, healthy, and flavorful one-pot rice recipe that can pair up very well with any rich or spicy curries. The kids in our household are a great fan of carrots. Carrots are very healthy and rich in nutrients. They are a great source of Vitamin A and …

Sweet and Sour Papaya Curry

Green Papaya is a fruit that is loaded with nutrients. It is less in carbohydrates and high in folate – a much-needed one for women and young girls. There are some fruits like green papaya that are rich in enzymes before it becomes very ripe.   Green papaya itself has a very mild sweetness to it …

Bhaingan Bhartha

Every meal with a Roti or phulka needs a perfect side dish to go along. If this side dish is going to be healthy with less greasy stuff, it is an added benefit. Baingan Bartha is one of those healthy side dishes that are tasty with less fat in it. Traditionally, Baingan Bhartha is made …

Vankaya Bhajji

Vankaya Bhajji is an Andhra delicacy that is very simple to make. Pulusu, Bhajji is usually served in the lunch menu in many Telugu households. I tasted this Vankaya bhajji at a restaurant a few years back in Chicago. Though there was a lot of menu in the buffet, this one tasted very yummy. I …

Kesar Shrikhand

Shrikand is a yogurt-based dessert that is popular in North- India. Shrikand is usually loaded with mild spices and served chilled during festivals and celebrations. It is one of the important dishes made during Janmashtami. The usual spices that are added to a shrikand are elaichi, kesar strands, rose water, rose petals, pureed mango. Each …

Vegetable Pulav – I

Pulav or Pulao is a Sunday favorite for many of us. Vegetable Biriyani can be made in many ways from less spicy to very spicy ones. There are so many ways of preparing it too from slow cooking, pressure cooking, cooking in electric cookers, etc. Whatever the method of cooking is, they serve as an …

Masala Khara Buns || Low calorie version

Evening snacks were a great part of our childhood as well now with kids at home. I remember our Appa used to get those jam buns, cream buns, open sandwiches, and Khara buns from the Iyengar bakery when coming back home. of all these, my little brother loved the cream buns while Amma, Appa, and …

Vegetable Nilgiri Kurma

There are plenty of kurma recipes in the blogosphere. One of the classic Kurma recipes is the Nilgiri Kurma. Nilgiri is one of the regions in the Western Ghats and luscious in nature. As the name goes by, this Kurma is very luscious and tasty. This Nilgiri Kurma is very famous and uses fresh ingredients …

Nellai Ulundhu Kali

Ulundhu Kali is a very famous and traditional dish in the Tirunelveli region. There are different recipes of this Ulundhu Kali in other parts of TamilNadu too with variation in the proportion of ingredients added. However, the key ingredient in this is the Whole Black Urad dal. My Amma is a specialist in making this …

Paneer Lababdar

Paneer Lababdar is a very rich and creamy Paneer side dish. The word “Lababdar” means a strong desire for something and surrendering to it. As the name means, the taste of this Paneer gravy makes your taste buds to surrender it. Paneer is used in two ways in this recipe. One is to add cubes …

CELERY STALK CHUTNEY

Celery is a water- rich vegetable that is commonly eaten raw alone or as salads. Celery has zero calories and hence it is a part of many people’s diet and in  weight loss. Celery stalks are also added in soups and smoothies. While it is good for health, the flavor of celery is very strong. …

TIRUNELVELI SODHI KULAMBU

Say Tirunelveli, there are a lot of regional speciality from this district in South TamilNadu. For every one who knows the name of this city, the immediate one is the famous Iruttu kadai Halwa. Thesecond top on this list is Sodhi Kulambu that is unique to this region and cannot be found in any other …

EGGLESS RAGI BANANA CAKE

Ragi / Finger Millet is a popularly known millet to many of us. Ragi has immense amount of goodness with it . Being rich in fibre, it helps in controlling diabetes, weightloss and help reduce cholesterol levels. Ragi is immensely rich in calcium and is a great coolant for this hot summer. From Idli, Dosas, …

Mushroom Pepper Masala

Mushrooms are a great source of vitamins. Mushroom Pepper Masala is a very common recipe/dish that is available in many Indian restaurants. It is prepared with Mushrooms on a gravy and topped off with freshly grounded pepper corns. Mushrooms are a large source of proteins if you are a vegetarian. I was not a big …

Spinach Murukku

Diwali means there is some deep frying that is mandated. Though sweets are super delicious, I just love the crunchy, crispy savories. From Murukku, thattai, and karasev, the savory list is my preference. How about some vegetable factor added to these crunchy savories for some goodness? Yes, I tried this SPINACH MURUKKU some days back …

GUJARATI DAL

Dal is an integral part of food in many regions of India. being rich in protein and the comfort it gives, dals are cooked and served in different ways. One such is the Gujarati Dal. Gujarati Dal is made with toor dal/ split pigeon peas along with boiled peanuts. The dal itself has a sweet, …

Watermelon Rind Halwa

Watermelon is a favorite summer fruit. It is the best thirst quencher during the hot, sunny summer days. After enjoying the delicious fruits, dont throw away this flesh. Instead, make this delicious Watermelon rind halwa. It is so much delicious and kind of tastes like the Kasi Halwa- made with Ashgourd. Besan/Gram Flour acts as …

Hotel Vegetable Dum Biryani

While Kulambu , poriyal and kootu are everyday affairs, the essence of the weekend is achieved only with Biryani. For many, Biryani is more than an emotion and a weekend or holiday, or celebration is made special only with Biryani. Biryani has its origin in Persia and slowly entered India. It is differently made in …

Methi Dal Tadka

Methi leaves is very healthy and rich in minerals. Methi leaves are great source for regulating the blood glucose levels, hence it is a good one for diabetics. When it is combined with dal, it makes an excellent source of protein. Methi Dal can be made in under 20 min for a wholesome lunch/dinner. This …

Eggless Sooji Cake

The Holiday season is all about baking. While we love getting cookies and cakes from stores, they are no where near to the ones made at home with the loved ones. Also, if you are vegetarian with no eggs in your diet, the joy of eating a pure vegetarian cake made with minimal ingredients at …

Tamilnadu

Vellai Kari

Vellaikari is a very tangy kulambu/ curry recipe that is famous in the Tirunelveli region. Sambar, Puli kulambu, and Rasam are very common in many households. When we get bored of these kulambu varieties, we make this vellaikari. Vellaikari is made with fresh ground spices without the addition of any Dal Varieties. It is very...

Kovakkai Chutney

Ivy gourd/Kovakkai/ Tindora is a least looked up Indian vegetable. Though it has amazing nutritional properties, it is one of the least liked vegetables. Its amazing properties of balancing the blood sugar levels makes it a diabetic-friendly vegetable. While we always look for different varieties of chutney to replace the regular coconut, onion, and tomato...

Arisi Upma || Pressure Cooker Method

Idli and Dosa are staples in south-Indian homes. However, there are some traditional tiffin recipes that are tasty and often appear in the dinner scene in our household. One such recipe is Arisi Upma. Arisi Upma is made from coarsely grounded rice in a rava consistency. Arisi Rava is traditionally cooked in a heavy-bottomed brass...

ORANGE SKIN/ PEEL PACHADI

Orange is an immunity boosting fruit rich in Vitamin C. Orange peel is also beneficial with the presence of immense nutrients in them. The skin of Oranges have fibre and polyphenols that are great against many diseases. The limonene present in orange skin has ant-cancerous properties. Indian food as such make good use of the...

Thengai Dosai / Coconut Dosa

Coconut is one freshly available food that is loaded with all richness. Coconut is generally considered a healthy form of fat. Being South-Indian, any Poriyal or thoran is not complete without Coconut in it. While I had plenty of grated fresh Coconut, I decided to make this super soft and flavorful coconut dosa instead of...

Quinoa Dosa

Idli and dosas are the staple food for every south- Indian. These are so noble that they can be served from little children to the age-old. While rice + lentil are the key ingredients of them, it is also to be taken into account the carbos from rice. Over a year, I have been experimenting...

Upma Kozhukattai

Firstly, a week-long gap in my posts is due to the turmoil of the Chennai floods. Though this post was scheduled to be posted in the mid of last week, I didn’t have an interest in doing that after watching videos and talking to people about the disaster to my wonderful city. How ever, Chennai...

Thuvaram Paruppu Sadam (Toor Dal Rice)

Toor dal rice / Thuvaram Paruppu Sadam is a delicacy that is very popular in the Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts of TamilNadu. This one-pot meal is an easy one to make and is an alternative to those days when you want to make sambar, but find no time. Thuvaram Paruppu Sadam need not be confused...

APPALA KOOTU || APPALAM KOOTU

Every South-Indian meal has a kulambu, rasam and curd. These are paired up with portal , varuval or Kootu. Though it is not possible to make all these varieties on a single day, there is at least one of them in the lunch menu. We love Kootu as they it makes a complete meal by...

Idly Sambar

A very popular Tamilnadu food is Idly. You go to any part of the world or even outside of Tamilnadu, you will definitely start to long for this. While Idly is a staple and all-time favorite for every age group, its taste is definitely elevated with its best friend Sambar. You start two Idlis first,...

Arisi Thengai Payasam

The Tamil month of Aadi sets the beginning of various festivals in Tamil Nadu. It is customary in our house to celebrate every Aadi velli ( Aadi Friday) very religiously. The smell of agarbathi with flowers and boiling sambar along with a background of devotional songs is what I have grown up watching. My mom...

Little Millet (Samai) Idly

Incorporating millets have become a practice in my household these days. I try different recipes with them and one such hit recipe is this Samai Idli / Little Millet Idli. I get requests from readers and friends on the availability of millets in the USA. Please try to get them from online( amazon), Trader Joe’s has...

Rava Idly

Rava Idly – Yup! You heard it right. Are you getting bored of having routine idly and dosas? Are you looking on for some quick-fix dinner recipes? This one is for you. The marriage of semolina (a.k.a Rava / Sooji) with sour curd without fermentation is a delight to the tastebuds. People who hate sooji...

Wheat Rava Dosa

Wheat Rava is one least accepted ingredient in my family. Both the H and LO are not fans of it. There is always a big NO for this healthy ingredient and I rarely stock them up in my pantry. I somehow managed to finish up most of the packet that I bought a long time...

URAD DAL CHUTNEY

Chutney and Sambar are vital in a South-Indian breakfast. While Idli and Dosa are great breakfast options, the chutneys that pairs up with them, make them more interesting. I make chutney with onion, tomato and vegetables, I also love making them with dals. Refer to Chutneys in the website.One such is this tasty Urad Dal...

Puli Dosai ||. Tamarind Dosa

Every week, while I plan my weekly menu, the one question that arises is what do I make for dinner. It is easy to plan out my breakfast menus as Idlis, dosas, cereal, or Oatmeal are our go-to ones on weekdays. Though we have a routine of soups, phulkas for dinner, the kids get bored...

INSTANT BAJRA/ KAMBU PANIYARAM

Pearl Millet is one of the fibrous millets. Pearl Millet/Bajra/Kambu is a boon to diabetic patients. Bajra has a very high fibrous content and tends to digest slowly. This will release sugars gradually and hence pearl millet is very diabetic friendly. Pearl Millet is also gluten-free and hence it can be consumed by people with...

Watermelon Rind Halwa

Watermelon is a favorite summer fruit. It is the best thirst quencher during the hot, sunny summer days. After enjoying the delicious fruits, dont throw away this flesh. Instead, make this delicious Watermelon rind halwa. It is so much delicious and kind of tastes like the Kasi Halwa- made with Ashgourd. Besan/Gram Flour acts as...

Spinach Dosa

Dosa is a daily fare in many Indian households. Apart from the regular Idli-Dosa made with rice alone, it is a bonus if we could incorporate some healthy greens too. One such healthy and evergreen hit dosa is this spinach dosa which the kids love. In addition to the rice, I have also added quinoa...

Instant Garlic Pickle

Garlic is one of the very healthy vegetables that are heart-healthy. It is a key seasoning ingredient that is used widely around the world.  A south-Indian meal is not complete without a bowl of creamy curd rice.  A spicy pickle elevates the taste of the curd rice. However, a store-bought pickle is loaded with preservatives...

BARNYARD MILLET/ KUTHIRAIVALI PONGAL

Barnyard Millet / Kuthirai vali arrisi is one of the positive millet that is a boon to human. Positive millets are those millets that help in curing any health issues or disorders. Hence their consumption is very good for health. The carbohydrate content of this Barnyard millet is low and it is rich in fibre....

Turmeric Chutney

Pongal is the time of the year when we can find fresh turmeric roots in the market. While most of the Indian curries have turmeric in the ingredient list, there are only a few dishes that you can make with fresh turmeric roots. Turmeric pickles and Turmeric milk are the most common ones that can...

Vazhaikkai Puttu / Raw Banana Puttu

There’s one plant /tree that every part is used in cooking and edible is the banana tree. Every part of the banana tree, from the stem, flower, vegetable, and fruit is edible. Raw Banana/ Green Banana is a versatile vegetable that can be made shallow fried, deep-fried, in curries, and roasted.  Of all these, a...

Chettinad Kola Urundai Kulambu

For a south Indian, everyday lunch comprises rice, poriyal, and importantly kulambu/ gravy/ pulusu or Rasam. This is an important part of the lunch and made with tamarind base or buttermilk base with the addition of dals/vegetables. In Tamilnadu cuisine, Chettinad cuisine is very famous for its unique flavors. There are certain spices and vegetables...

BARNYARD MILLET IDLI || KUTHIRAIVALI IDLI ( NO RICE VERSION)

Millets are a wonderful substitute for rice and wheat that is consumed widely. Though these wonderful grains are not new to us, they were definitely forgotten for a while. With the internet people are becoming more and more aware of these wonderful grains. While some of them had switched back to millet on a daily...

Biscuit Payasam

Payasam and kheers are a part of many Indian festivals. Even if it is a special occasion like a Friday pooja, payasams are offered as prasadam/ offering to the deity. When there is a packet of biscuits that you are bored with eating, transform it to this Biscuit payasam in a jiffy, and enjoy a...

Snake Gourd kootu / Pudalangai Kootu

Gourds are groups of vegetables that include, but not limited to pumpkin, squash, and cucumbers. The gourds may be hard or soft-shelled with seeds in most of them. The gourds are commonly found in South and South-East Asian countries and have an important place in Indian cooking. They are so versatile that it gives immense...

OMAM KULAMBU || Postpartum Recipes

Indian spices are rich in medicinal values. Every spice has medical benefits to cure cough, cold, indigestion, and congestion easily available in the Indian Pantry. Of these the one spice that aids in indigestion disorder is the carom seeds/ Omam/ ajwain seeds. Omam is very versatile, that it can be even given to little babies...

SUN DRIED TOMATO PICKLE || THAKKALI URUGAI

Tomato is a fruit available throughout the year. Tomatoes are so versatile and they are part of main dishes, appetizers, jams /jellies, and even pickles. Pickles are a major part of Indian cooking and Summer is a season of pickles. I usually make pickles with Mango and Lemon in the summer season. This time on...

Sweet and Lemon Sevai

Sevai is a very tasty South – Indian tiffin recipe. When you have a packet of ready-made sevai, your option to make a tasty meal is endless. From Sweet to Savory, Sevai is so versatile that it can be tasty food. Though a ready-made sevai is easy to prepare, we need to know the exact...

BarnyardMillet Kozhukattai

Kozhukattai is a famous South-Indian food that can be had as a snack or a fulfilling dinner recipe. Kozhukattais are very versatile and can be made with any grain from rice, wheat, ragi, or any millet variety. I try to include millets in our family diet regularly, mainly because they are complex carbs that are...

Capsicum Chutney

Being a South- Indian, we love our Idlis and Dosas accompanied by various chutney and sambars. We love our coconut, Onion and tomato chutneys, but do not want to get bored with eating the same. Hence I try my hands on various vegetables and even their skin for chutneys. Not only they taste great, but...

Surakai kootu / Bottle Gourd Kootu

Surakai kootu ( Lauki Kootu) is a simple kootu and best combo for Vathal kulambu. The sweetness of surakai/bottle gourd balances the spiciness of any south -Indian curry. Surakai /bottle gourd/lauki is rich in water content and often is used in Indian cooking. A wide range of dishes ranging from soups, main course to dessert...

MOR KEERAI || BUTTER MILK SPINACH CURRY

Keerai / greens are a great source of Iron. It is good to include greens in our diet. Back In India, we can find a variety of greens. However, we can only find a few varieties like Kale, Chard, Moringa, and Spinach. We often make Spinach Dosa, Spinach Molagootal, Andhra Pappu, and Palak Paneer. Sometimes...

Black Urad dal Dosa

I am back again with another healthy dosa option. Whole black Urad dal is used in Indian cuisine in many ways. One of the popular dishes that are famous throughout the world is Dal Makhani, where the black urad dal is the chief ingredient. In Tamil Nadu, we use this dal for dosas too. It...

CELERY STALK CHUTNEY

Celery is a water- rich vegetable that is commonly eaten raw alone or as salads. Celery has zero calories and hence it is a part of many people’s diet and in  weight loss. Celery stalks are also added in soups and smoothies. While it is good for health, the flavor of celery is very strong....

Tirunelveli Idli Molagai Podi

South-Indian breakfasts are very satisfying and tasty. The main staple breakfast items are Idlis and Dosas with an array of accompaniments including chutneys, sambar and podis. Though I make different types of chutney, my family always wants their Idli molagapodi with their Idlis and Dosas. There are many ways to make the Idli podi. Some...

Vendhaya dosai || Fenugreek Dosa

The Masala box is an important one that is available in every Indian Kitchen. Each of the ingredients in the Masala box brings flavor and enhances the taste of the dish it is added to. One of the ingredients seen is Fenugreek which has a bitter taste, yet gives awesome flavors when added to sambar,...

Peanut Rice

Peanuts are a wonderful source of protein and fiber. Peanuts are high in protein, calorie-rich, less in carbohydrates, and make you fill with a handful of them. Peanuts are an essential part of cooking in most of the South- Indian variety rice. It is also our pantry staple. I came across this peanut rice in...

South Indian Restaurant Style Paneer Biryani

Paneer is a very favorite ingredient from kids to adults. Biryani is another weekend affair for many including vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Adding the favorite Paneer to Biryani is a great combo. The south-Indian Biryani is usually a bit spicy and has a burst of flavor from the spices. They are also made predominantly with Jeera...

Vazhaikkai Poriyal

Vazhaikkai poriyal is our family favorite. Every household has a different style of this versatile vegetable. My family too has different ways of dealing with this vegetable. Vazhaikkai can be used to make kootu, stir fry, deep fry, roast, etc. My H loves this poriyal and I usually make this for him. This version is...

Mixed Vegetable Salna

Salna (சால்னா)!!!! Yes, you heard it right. It sounds like a non-vegetarian curry, nope I tried to do a vegetarian version of it. Salna is a very famous curry, relished along with parotta, and is popular in the roadside hotels of TamilNadu. Parotta and Salna are made for each other. Though I have not tested...

BUN DOSAI || AVAL DOSAI

Dosai is an emotion if you are a proper south-indian.  There are many varieties of dosa that is available like the paper roast, ghee roast, masala dosa, millets dosai and many more. OF all these, some dosa varieties are famous in certain places like this BUN DOSAI . This dosai is very very soft like...

Aval Kara Pongal

Ven Pongal is everyone’s favorite at home. But it also counts for the calories that come with it. Back in childhood, I remember Amma making Pongal for our Saturday breakfast and we have it with Sambar and Vadai that Appa used to get from the Udupi hotel after his morning walks. That piping hot Pongal...

Carrot Poriyal

Carrots have always been in the wishlist for everyone at home. With many variations of this carrot curry around, I have my own version that my LO at home love to eat. With a tint of ginger added, it has a unique flavor and taste. Carrots are rich in beta carotenes and are one of...

Vegetable Nilgiri Kurma

There are plenty of kurma recipes in the blogosphere. One of the classic Kurma recipes is the Nilgiri Kurma. Nilgiri is one of the regions in the Western Ghats and luscious in nature. As the name goes by, this Kurma is very luscious and tasty. This Nilgiri Kurma is very famous and uses fresh ingredients...

BOTTLE GOURD/ LAUKI DOSA

Suraikkai / Bottle gourd is a variety of the squash family and rich in water content. Lauki is very commonly used in Indian cooking to make sambar, stews, kootu, kofta, and stir fry. This vegetable is also aids in weight loss due to the water content in it. It has immense health benefits, relieving stress,...

Aapam (Without Yeast/ Baking Soda)

After all that busy holiday feasts, followed by the busy shopping, the Indian taste buds always demand us for those homemade, traditional, comfort foods. While I know how busy this long weekend would go, I planned this guilt-free, soft pillow-like aapam ahead and left them in my oven to ferment overnight ( Grr.. Mine almost...

AVAL KOZHUKATTAI || STEAMED FLATTENED RICE DUMPLINGS

Steamed foods are always a hit in our household. It is less in fat, softer, yet tasty and can be gulped without any guilt 😃. Kozhukattai is one of our favorite steamed foods. We have them as a snack and also sometimes as dinner. The other day, we were back after a tiresome grocery shopping...

KANCHIPURAM IDLI / KOVIL IDLI

Kanchipuram Idli / Kovil Idli / temple Idli is a very famous Idli variety that had its origin in a small town -Kanchipuram, TamilNadu. This is served as an offering in the famous Sri Varadharaja temple and meticulously made in bamboo cases lined with Mandharai leaves. Though it seem to be a regular Idli, this...

Inji Kulambu || Ginger Curry

In our household, any medicinal Kulambu is done after the day of heavy feasting to balance the digestive health. One such is this Inji Kulambu / Ginger Kuzhambu. This Kuzhambu is made with fresh ginger pieces grounded with spices and cooked on a tamarind broth. It is finished off with some gingelly oil and jaggery...

MANGO MASALA RICE || MANGA MASALA SADHAM

Mangoes are everyone’s favorite. Be it a fruit or used as. a vegetable, Mangoes are loved by everyone. In Indian cooking, raw mango is widely used in many regions to make pickles, pachadi, sambar, curries, and rice too. I usually make mango sambar, which is our family favorite, and sometimes this rice too for the...

Channa Dal Sundal

Channa Dal Sundal ( கடலை பருப்பு சுண்டல்) is one of the easily made sundal variety for upcoming Navratri season. Remember those days when amma does this sundal for Saraswathi pooja every year. Also, my maternal grandfather loves this sundal. He calls this “Poomparuppu sundal”. He insists that this sundal had to be cooked perfectly soft like...

Thinai Aval Payasam ||Foxtail Millet Poha Kheer

Millets are becoming an essential part of everyone’s diet these days. While millets are available as a whole grain or flour, they are also available as rava or  flattened rice /poha. I usually grab a pack of millet Poha during my grocery hauls. Poha upma is an usual affair with them. However, I wanted to...

KARA PIDI KOZHUKATTAI

Vinayagar chaturthi is all about Kozhukattais. All Pillayar loves this simple and easy steamed food. There are many kozhukattais/ modakams made in sweet and savory versions. While making modakam is a bit lengthy process, beginners those who stay way from home can bring a festive feel with this simple savory/kara pidi kozhukattai. It is so...

Nellai Ulundhu Kali

Ulundhu Kali is a very famous and traditional dish in the Tirunelveli region. There are different recipes of this Ulundhu Kali in other parts of TamilNadu too with variation in the proportion of ingredients added. However, the key ingredient in this is the Whole Black Urad dal. My Amma is a specialist in making this...

PAVAKKAI PITLAI KULAMBU

Every South-Indian meal usually has two or three course. Starting off with Paruppu or thogayal or Podi , followed with Kulambu. While Sambar, Kara kuzhambu and Rasam are commonly made, there are some kulambu varieties that are traditionally prepared with freshly grounded masala. One such very flavorful Kulambu is Pitlai. Pitlai is made with bittergourd,...

Caramel Payasam

Payasam is an integral part of any occasion and celebration. Every sumptuous meal always has a sweet ending with payasam. Semiya/ Vermicelli payasam is a very easy one to prepare at home. This payasam uses the same ingredients, yet, the process of preparing varies and this payasam tastes very different. Caramel is made from sugar...

MoongDal Dosa

Proteins are the building blocks of life. Agreed!!! While there are so many advertisements on protein powders and shakes, why not we try including proteins our way – The Indian way!! This moong dal dosa is inspired by the pesarattu. I follow the same procedure as I do for it. They can be prepared for a...

Garlic Chutney

Idli and Dosa are always a favorite for south Indians like me. However, having an appropriate side dish for it makes you gobble more or less. While coconut chutney is a classic combo always, sometimes, the taste buds ask for a spicy accompaniment. One such spicy and heart-healthy accompaniment is the Garlic Chutney.  I bought...

MILAGU KULAMBU

The Cold weather around brings in a lot of uninvited guests – cough, cold, strep throat. Also, we look on for hot, spicy stuff to treat our tastebuds. Milagu Kuzhambu is one such version of spicy, traditional remedy for the winter weather troubles.  The combination of fresh spice powder, combined with tamarind juice and garlic pods...

Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice (தேங்காய் சாதம்) is a very simple and common variety rice made in all SouthIndian households. With many variations from family to family, I follow this version given here. Though I am not an ardent fan of this coconut rice, I make it when I have plenty of fresh coconut at home. I remember those...

Karthigai Adai

Karthigai Deepam is an important festival celebrated at houses and temples all over in Tamilnadu. It falls in the Karthigai Masam of the Tamil calendar. It is to be believed that a constellation of six stars group together to form a pendant shape. Thirukkarthigai is celebrated with lamps placed all over the houses for three...

Carrot Kesari || Navrathri Recipes

Kesari is an all-time favorite easy to make the sweet recipe. This is very popular in Tamil weddings and at home when there is an unexpected guest or even a quick sweet to satisfy the sweet cravings. My little A loves this Kesari and I remember him asking for yellow-colored Kesari during one of the ...

Paal Conjee

Some days, the stomach seeks for comfort food that is light yet tasty. If you are looking for one such or need a change from your routine breakfast favorites, then this Paal congee /Milk porridge is for you. This congee is made of rice + urad dal and mildly flavored with fenugreek and jeera. A generous...

PUDHINA PODI for Idli, Dosa and Rice

Podis are best companions for Idli, dosa, or rice on a busy day when there is less time to make an elaborate meal. We love our podis and this Pudhina podi has become our household favorite. While we like to add. a spoonful of this with rice and ghee, the kids love to eat with...

Vazhaikkai Kola Urundai

The other day when I went for my grocery shopping, some fresh green plantain caught my eyes. I love fresh vegetables. I grabbed two of them keeping in mind making vazhaikkai poriyal. Somehow, I just used one of them only as it was enough for my family. The other plantain was however sitting in the...

Pepper Thattai

Thattai is a traditional recipe that is made in Tamil households for Krishna Jayanthi and Deepavali. Thattai can be stored and consumed for two weeks. The right mix of rice flour and roasted gram flour or besan flour and seasoned with pepper or red chili powder for the spiciness. Thattai is also called as Nipattu...

PLUMS THOKKU

Plum is one of the stone fruit that is available for a certain season of the year. We love eating them as such, however, when we got a box of plums, we could not finish them. The three of the plums were ripe and I wanted to put them to good use. I decided to...

Sathumaavu Urundai

I was MIA mode for some time now, due to other priorities in life. I am back into actions with loads of pictures of the recipes that I had cooked and clicked so far during this break. To start off after that festive food, I made this Sathumavu Urundai a.k.Health mix balls for a week’s...

Ashgourd / Poosanikkai Rasavangi

Making a two or three-course dish for the lunch is a part of our household. Though variety rice or one-pot meals come in between, people back at home prefer to have a quick fix meal that has a kulambu, kootu/poriyal, and complete off the lunch with curd and pickle. A wee little bit planning makes...

DHANIYA PODI || KOTHAMALLI PODI || CORIANDER SEEDS POWDER

Whenever we eat heavy meals on a festive day, the next day calls for. a simple lunch. Simple Lunch means it either has some rasam, thogayal, or a flavorful Podi with some ghee or gingelly oil. In our household, I always stock up on dal Powder/ Paruppu Podi and this flavorful Dhaniya podi. This Dhaniya...

Moongdal Sundal

Navratri is all about the season of sundals. In most of the households, the evening snacks during Navratri days are sundal. Ranging from green gram, channa, Kala channa we use a variety of beans for this. Meanwhile, lentils like channa dal and moong dal are also made. Channa dal sundal is usually made on Saraswathi...

Vella Seedai | Sweet Seedai

Vella Seedai is one of the mandatory deep-fried South- Indian Snack during Krishna Jayanthi.  It is one underrated snack because of the labor it goes into making this and also the risk it involves preparing it. Yes, it requires an immense amount of skill and practice to making this most delicious Vella seedai. The proportion...

TIRUNELVELI SODHI KULAMBU

Say Tirunelveli, there are a lot of regional speciality from this district in South TamilNadu. For every one who knows the name of this city, the immediate one is the famous Iruttu kadai Halwa. Thesecond top on this list is Sodhi Kulambu that is unique to this region and cannot be found in any other...

Orange Rasam

Every South-Indian meal has atleast two course. Usually it begins with sambar and followed by rasam. Rasam is an integral part of any south-Indian full meals. It is made of spices that can soothe the tummy after any heavy meal. While there are many traditional rasam varieties, I have used oranges to make this rasam....

Paal Payasam

Paal Payasam(பால் பாயசம்) is a rich and very yummy dessert that can be served for any occasion. Being the auspicious day of Saraswati Pooja, let us make this yummy payasam and get the blessings of Goddess Shakthi. It can be made in a heavy-bottomed vessel or in a pressure cooker to reduce the cooking time....

Kambu Pakoda

Pearl millet is also called Kambu(Tamil), Sajje / Sajjalu (Kannada / Telugu), and Bajra (Hindi). Pearl millet / Kambu is one variety of millet that is loaded with good nutrients like Calcium and magnesium along with fiber. Kambu is also a boon to fight against type 2 diabetes. I usually make dosas, idlis, and rotis...

Yellow Pumpkin Kootu

Yellow Pumpkin/ Parangikka is one of the sweet members of the pumpkin family. In the part of the world where I live, this pumpkin is found on anything and everything in the harvest month of October. From what we see, hear and taste, we have had pumpkin in desserts from cakes, pie, and to a...

Spicy Kara Boondhi

It is that time of the year, where we don’t might on the calories. Diwali is an important festival celebrated all over India with great joy. While I try making different sweets and savory every year, there are some standard recipes, that are very special and brings nostalgic memories. One such is the karaboondhi that...

Chettinadu Keerai Masiyal

Green Leafy Vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals. Chettinadu Keerai Masiyal is a very tasty and healthy recipe that can be eaten with rice or served as an accompaniment. They are creamy in texture and mildly spiced making them kids-friendly. This masiyal can be made with any variety of green. The addition of dal...

Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari – a simple, noble, and easy to prepare South Indian delicacy. A quick fix dessert that comes in hand when we have unexpected guests around. Also called sooji ka halwa or sheera in the northern parts of India, this subtle sweet just differs in its consistency, though their ingredients are the same. While KesariAdd...

MAIDA SEEDAI || Krishna Jayanthi Recipes

Seedai is a favorite snack for the kutty Krishnar. Seedai is many of our favorite snack too. However, to achieve a no-burst seedai, we need more practice and perfection. If you are a beginner who wants to try making Seedai first time this Krishna jayanthi, then this is for you. Maida Seedai is a crispy,...

Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai

Kozhukattais are specialties from Tamilnadu and this Pidi Kozhukattai is a very traditional one made during Chaturthi in our household. we need the basic ingredients available in the pantry to make this Pidi kozhukattai. Unlike the modaks, they do not require poornam or filling to make them. It is more like a dump-and-go recipe, however,...

Semiya Kesari

Semiya / Vermicelli is one kitchen ingredient that I love a lot. Yes, in my household, I am the only one who loves semiya upma. Basically, my H is not fond of Semiya at all. I usually buy the smallest pack that is available in the grocery store just for myself. The least I do...

Sakkarai Pongal

Sweet Pongal or Sakkara Pongal (சக்கரை பொங்கல்)is a famous sweet in south India, especially Tamil Nadu. This is cooked with newly harvested rice from the field at the juncture of the Pongal/harvest festival, which is predominantly celebrated in all parts of the state with great pomp and show. Marking the commencement of the year to...

Ribbon Pakoda

Ribbon pakoda/ ola pakoda/ ribbon murukku – All mean the same. I am pretty sure that it has got more such names in different areas of Tamil Nadu. This is an easy snack for this Diwali, provided you have the murukku press with the ribbon pakoda stencil. I know that making murukku is a big...

Wheat Appam

We make appam for Vinayagar Chaturthi. I also find some people making it for Karthigai deepam. This year Karthigai deep is celebrated on November 26th, 2015. We usually make pori, payasam, and vadai, along with the man vilakku. Though we do not make appam for this festival, it might be useful for those whose families have the...

BLACK URAD DAL RICE || ULUNDHAM PARUPPU SADHAM

Urad dal is a very healthy ingredient, rich in calcium and Iron. The health benefits from Urad dal are so much. Urad Dal helps regulate the diabetes, good for cardiac health, good for bones. This Urad dal rice is very famous in the Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. It is usually given to little girls while...

Rava-Coconut Burfi

Deepavali is all about celebration. when theres celebration, theres definitely good food. How about a quick sweet recipe that does not take much time and can be made with easily available ingredients at home? Heard it right! Rava and Coconut are easily available . Add in sugar and a bit of ghee to bring in...

GULKHAND KOZHUKATTAI || Rose petals Jam Modak

Modak / Kozhukattai is a favorite prasadam made during the Vinayagar Chaturthi festival. Vinayagar Chaturthi is celebrated in many parts of India and modak/ kozhukattai is offered ,as it is the favorite one for Lord Ganesha. Kozhukattais are made in south India with an outer rice flour covering and an inner filling usually made with...

Brinjal Pirattal

There are some traditional vegetables that bring us their exotic flavors when cooked at the right consistency with mild spices. I always experience that cooking vegetables like okra or brinjal is a little challenging. Might sound a bit weird right? Yes, but too much or less of water added to this will definitely ruin their...

Drumstick Leaves Thogayal

We need to include healthy foods into our daily diet. Healthy foods need not be always salads and soups. We can make our regular meals incorporating these healthy ingredients to it. One of the plants that have most of its part that is edible is Drumstick/Moringa tree. The leaves, flowers, vegetables can be safely consumed...

GARLIC KARA SEV

Kara Sev is a variation of murukku which is usually spiced with pepper or red chilli powder along with flavors from different combination of spices. While I love pepper kara sev, specially the thick ones, I also equally love this garlic /Poondu kara sev for it outstanding flavors. The combination of garlic/poondu with omam just...

TEMPLE STYLE MILAGU PONGAL

Milagu Pongal is a very famous prasadham that is offered in Nanganallur Anjaneyar temple. Nanganallur is in the suburbs of Chennai and is very famous for its temples. Though there are many temples in Nanganallur, the Anjaneyar Kovil is very well known and people from different parts of Chennai visit the temple. The majestic Idol...

PULI ILLAKARI KULAMBU

A South-Indian meal has a kulambu, poriyal or kootu along with rice and ghee on a daily basis. Of this kulambu, some of them are made with dal and mostly with tamarind. After delivery, it is suggested that the moms eat healthy to heal themselves as well as foods that help in nursing babies. For....

Oats Uthappam

Oats has become a common food these days. It’s usual to have porridge either with milk and sugar or with buttermilk and salt. I have been taking trials with oats in adapting this fiber-rich grain with an Indian touch. A bit of desi spices along with the goodness of vegetables makes this Oats Uthappam – a...

Karuvepillai kulambu

Karuvepillai is an important ingredient in any southIndian food. Though its presence is very prominent, most of the people throw them away. However, Curry Leaves is a very nutritious and healthy ingredient. It is very rich in Iron and anti-oxidants. After a heavy Deepavali meal, I decided to make a simple, and healthy meal. I...

Karamani Vadai || Lobia Vada

Karamani Vadai (Lobia/காராமணி பயிறு) is an attempt to infuse bean into our diet. I made this vadai last year during the Navratri season. I was a bit hesitant during the process of making this vadai, fearing its outcome. Surprisingly it turned out very crunchy like our normal masala vadai. The kids liked it very much...

Paal Kolukattai

Paal Kolukattai is a very tasty traditional sweet that has numerous ways of preparation. This is very famous in the Chettinad area of Tamil Nadu and authentically prepared with jaggery and coconut milk. Some people also make it with regular whole milk and sugar or jaggery. This kolukattai is underrated because of its appearance like...

Ragi Dosa

I am back again with another millet recipe. This is no fancy recipe. Those who know to cook with millets and have been doing the same would definitely be aware of this. As far as I know, ragi is one of the very common millets that people have been using, due to its availability as...

Urulai Podi Roast

Potatoes are universal favorites. Every cuisine and every family have their own favorite recipes made of this loyal vegetable that is incredibly tasty. From mashed potatoes to bakes and fries, potatoes never let our hands down. They are so versatile that they can prove themselves towards whatever method it is being treated to. Of the...

Pottukadalai Murukku

Pottukadalai Murukku is one of the tasty members in the murukku dynasty.:-) The basic ingredient is the rice flour and is combined with powdered roasted gram dal. The color of this murukku is definitely a treat to the eyes. With the addition of roasted gram dal powder, the murukku renders a cream color. They are...

Pineapple Modak / Pineapple Kozhukattai

Modaks / Kozhukattai / Sweet dumplings are famous Indian sweet dishes that are made during Ganesh chaturthi celebrations. Different varieties of modak are prepared in various cultures. Modaks are made either by steaming or by frying. Commonly the outer covering of the kozhukattai/ Modak are made with rice flour and are steam cooked. Sometimes, the...

Beetroot Kalyana Pachadi

Beetroot Sweet Pachadi is a must-have dish at the wedding menus. If you are a 90’s kid, you will know of this sweet pachadi that is served in lunch or reception menu at the weddings. Early last month, we did vegetable picking and had lots of beets that were leftover and needed to be preserved....

Spicy Pori Upma

Pori/ Puffed Rice is usually used in making snacks. During ayudha Poojai, Pori is served along with jaggery and roasted gram. After this, most of the households leave them as such. I tried making a spicy version of this Pori upma with the leftover puffed rice/ pori. The secret ingredient in this recipe is the...

Vazhaipoo Vadai | Banana Blossoms Vadai

Vazhaipoo Vadai (A.k.a) Banana flower vadai is a traditional Chettinad recipe. the mild flavor of fennel seeds along with slight bitterness from the banana flower makes this lip-smacking vadai. The banana flower is full of nutrients. The medicinal value of the banana flower is such that it can regulate insulin levels in the blood. It is...

KESAR RAVA LADOO

It’s that time of the year, where everyone’s home and life are lit up with joy and happiness. Diwali is a time where the family gathers up for the celebration. To add more joy to the celebrations, sweets and savories are prepared and shared. A quick and tasty sweet like this Kesar Rava Ladoo will...

Vazhaithandu Poriyal | Banana Stem Poriyal

வாழைத்தண்டு (Banana stem) is a fiber-rich vegetable that comes from the very noble banana plant. The versatility of banana is very well known, for every part of it is useful to mankind in some ways. Banana stem is available throughout the year in India, while in the US, I find it very rare. While I...

Kadalaparuppu Poorna Kozhukattai

Kozhukattai is the main neivedhyam for Vinayagar Chaturthi.  It is the favorite of Lord Ganesha. Kozhukattai is a simple steamed food with an outer covering of rice flour and an inner filling which may be sweet or savory. In southern parts of India, this is mandatory for Vinayagar Chaturthi. The sweet filling for Kozhukattai can...

Sun-Dried Cluster Beans/ Kothavarangai Vathal

Vathals and Vadagams are very commonly made in India during the summer months. Vathals are usually made with different forms of vegetables like brinjal, ladysfinger, and bittergourd. These vegetables are parboiled in water and sun-dried for -5 days depending on the heat. After completely dried, they are stored in an air-tight container and fried when...

Mushroom Pepper Masala

Mushrooms are a great source of vitamins. Mushroom Pepper Masala is a very common recipe/dish that is available in many Indian restaurants. It is prepared with Mushrooms on a gravy and topped off with freshly grounded pepper corns. Mushrooms are a large source of proteins if you are a vegetarian. I was not a big...

Ridge Gourd Kosthu

Idlis and Dosas are staples for many of us. Finding a right accompaniment for them is a challenge. Coconut chutney or sambar is a classic combo for hot Idlis. However, there are various other options for those. One such kosthu/ sambar varieties that I often prepare with Idlis is the Ridge Gourd Kosthu from the market. This...

Spinach Murukku

Diwali means there is some deep frying that is mandated. Though sweets are super delicious, I just love the crunchy, crispy savories. From Murukku, thattai, and karasev, the savory list is my preference. How about some vegetable factor added to these crunchy savories for some goodness? Yes, I tried this SPINACH MURUKKU some days back...

Lemon Idli

Idli is a tiffin for many. But to me, Idli is an emotion. Every day mornings are made bright with these healthy, beauties accompanied by chutney or sambar. It is a staple food at my house and kids love them even in their school lunches. They stay fresh as packed and taste yummy too. As...

Aval Puttu

Navratri is all about prayers, fun, dance, and leave it not – Food too. Irrespective of our geographical placement, we Indians try to pass our traditions to our family by all these. Food plays an integral part of any festival. Though we have evolved to try new recipes and techniques in our meal each day,...

Thenkuzhal Murukku

The Tamil month of Aavani brings in festive flavors to the household, Starting from Krishna Jayanthi, it is continuous to Vinayagar Chaturthi, Diwali, and Karthigai Deepam.  Of all this, Diwali is one funfilled festive that is close to my heart.  When I begin to pen down the Snacks for Diwali, Thenkuzhal is the default recipe...

Kuzhi Paniyaram

This that time of the year again!! Yup BACK TO SCHOOL!! After that month of vacation, kids are looking forward to the next school year. While they are busy looking for a school, teachers, and friends, the moms are hitting their heads for healthy, quick lunch ideas. If your kid is a first-timer like mine,...

ANGAYA PODI ( Perfect for Postpartum Mothers and Digestion)

Pregnancy is an important phase for every women and recovery after childbirth needs to be done cautiously. In early ages, where medical facilities are less and most childbirth was done at home, the diet that was followed postpartum helped in the healing process. Most of the foods given to new moms included peppercorns against the...

Hotel Style Kara Kuzhambu

For a South-Indian, lunch means it has rice, kulambu and a side of poriyal/stirfry and Kootu. While Sambhar and rasam are almost liked by many, KaraKulambu is one that tastes great with a tangy and spicy side . I love the Karakulambu served in hotels as they are flavorful and spicy. The hotel style Karakulambu...

Pumpkin Chutney

Pumpkin Chutney ( பரங்கிக்காய் சட்னி)After all that Navratri celebration, with yummy foods and fun, let us treat our busily engaged stomach to a simple, colorful and tasty chutney. With the pumpkin season in its peak and we see pumpkin flavor everywhere from the pumpkin latte to the pumpkin spiced hand washes, let us try this...

PAZHANI KOVIL STYLE PANCHAMRITHAM

Panchamritham is a sweet offering served in Murugan temples. While many temples offer this neivedhyam, the divine PALANI/ PAZHANI MURUGAN temple in Tamilnadu is very known for this. Palani is a pilgrim town in the Dindugul district of Tamilnadu famously known for the Dhandayudhapani temple. The story of the shrine is that Lord Murugan wanted...

Iyengar Bakery Style Masala Bread Toast

If you are a 90’s kid, you must have definitely tasted this at least one time in your childhood. After-school snacks are also important after a full day at school. During our school days, there was a bakery that we pass through every evening after school. Cream buns, puffs, and many other flavorful goodies would...

Patnam Pakoda

After school snack is always important when there are school going kids at home. Most of the days there is some fruit along with crackers on weekday evening since our dinner time falls over quickly. The scenario is not the same on weekends, especially on a Friday, where the schedule changes over. So Friday snack...

Aval Ladoo

This healthy Aval Ladoo is my kids’ recent favorite. This ladoo can be made in a jiffy with simply three ingredients that are available in the pantry. Also, it is very healthy with the addition of dates- a rich source of iron and also a natural sweetener. While having a random phone conversation with mom, she...

CURRY LEAVES / KARUVEPPILLAI AMMINI KOZHUKATTAI

Kozhukattai is a quick snack or a fulfilling dinner for us. While we make other sweet variety of kozhukttais for chaturthi, we always make savory kozhukattais for dinner or a quick evening snack. Of the many savory kozhukattai we make, I love this curry leaves/karuvepillai ammini kozhukattai very much. Growing up, curry leaves was not...

Ennai Vazhakkai Pirattal

The one plant that is edible in any form is the Banana tree. Of this, I love raw bananas very much. Vazhaikkai/ raw banana is used widely in South-Indian cooking from curries, kulambu, avial , poriyal , podimas , kootu and varuval. It is very versatile and blends well with any form of food. I...

Nellikkai Sadham || Amla Rice

It is sometimes boring to have routine kulambu/curry along with plain rice every day. On such days of boredom and need quick fix meal days, I opt for a variety of rice. South-Indian taste buds are so much imbibed towards lemon rice. Be it in travel or lunch box for school/college/office, Lemon Rice stands first....

Cabbage Peas Poriyal

Firstly, apologies for the delayed posts. Been a while that I posted here. However, I did click some pictures and will be posting here regularly. Cabbage- Peas Poriyal (கோஸ் பட்டாணி பொரியல் )is a simple poriyal and rich in taste. We can see this poriyal commonly in marriages and functions. Cabbage curries bring out a good volume for...

Kalkandu Pongal

Kalkandu Pongal (கல்கண்டு பொங்கல்)is a simple one-pot delicacy that can be prepared for neivedhyam during the Navratri days. My H likes it very much, though I don’t prepare it that very often, maybe 2 or 3 times in a year. I don’t get the small-sized diamond kalkandu/sugar candy here, but only the rock sugar variety....

Godhumai Rava Payasam

Payasam is an important party. South-Indian meal. Every festive meal in South India usually consists of poriyal, kootu, Avial, Pachadi with a three-course meal of Sambar, rasam, vathal kulambu and thayir . This is usually ended with a tasty payasam. Payasam is usually made with rice, millets, dals, sago, veermicelli, and fruits in a jaggery...

Podi Uthappam

Uthappam is a weekly visitor in my household. I grind Idli/dosa batter every weekend. After making fluffy soft Idlis, I use the rest of the batter for making dosa and Uthappam. I also pack this for my little one’s lunch box. For tiffin boxes, uthappam is the best choice over the dosa. It remains soft...

ARACHUVITTA PULI KULAMBU

Every Tamil Nadu meal consists of a many varieties of kulambu, Poriyal, Kootu and pachadi. Of all this, kulambu variety is prepared every day in different households. Kulambu is prepared with tamarind, butter milk or addition of dal. Though Sambar is a famous kulambu variety prepared with dal and vegetable on a tamarind broth, other...

Arisi Paruppu Payasam || Onam Recipes

Every festival is accompanied by a sweet dessert.  In the same way, every Onam sadhya meal has at least two payasam in it. Usually, one of the payasam is made from rice, dal, or a combination of it with the addition of jaggery. If you are looking for a payasam with a combo of rice...

Tirunelveli Special Kootanchoru

Kootanchoru is a very famous dish in the Tirunelveli region. Growing up as a kid, I remember this Kootanchoru made whenever we have family members gather for any family events, or during travel. Traditionally, Kootanchoru is made in a large open pot and cooked on the woodstove. Kootanchoru is often confused with Sambar Sadham which...

Thiruvadhirai Kali

With a school going kid and a toddler at home who are keeping me on to the toes, blogging had taken a back seat for a year. One of my 2020 new year resolutions was to keep my blog up and going. On this wonderful day of Thiruvadhirai or Arudhra Dharisanam, here comes the first...

Masal Vadai

Masal Vadai is made with dal and spices. It is very crispy and crunchy outside and soft inside. The Masal vadai is so flavorful with a burst of spices in every single bite. Though it is a very simple recipe, a lot of techniques need to be followed. It is important to get the texture...

CHANNA SUNDAL || GARBANZO BEAN SUNDAL

Channa | Garbanzo bean| Chickpea |வெள்ளை கொண்டக்கடலை is a protein-rich dry bean that is highly recommended. Though the Punjabi chole masala is my favorite, I mean to make this sundal every year during Vinayagar Chaturthi and Navratri. We prefer to have this white-colored chickpea over the brown. It is a myth that most of us...

Cabbage Thoran

Every South-Indian meal comprises the main course as rice with any kulambu with a side of poriyal, kootu, varuval and thoran. Of all, I love the thorans. Thoran can be made with vegetables like cabbage, carrot, beans, broad beans, and most green vegetables. The Cabbage thoran that I made the other day is our family’s...

Barnyard Millet/Kuthiraivali Adai

Millets are the new trends. It is good to know!! However, the sad part is, this is not a NEW thing to our culture. These millets were a part of the healthy and long life of our elders. In ancient days, our grandmoms were so innovative with these millets, that they tried their hands on...

Cranberry Garlic Pickle

Cranberry is a super fruit that is very commonly used during holiday seasons. It is made as a chutney or relish for Thanks giving Dinner. The fresh cranberry fruit is available very commonly in grocery stores. It is rich in nutrients and anti oxidants making it a super fruit. During off-season, it is available in...

Brinjal Sambhar| Kathirikkai Sambhar

Sambar (சாம்பார்),- flavour of every south Indian home. This south Indian delicacy is a must-do on auspicious days. The flavour that it renders makes a divinity feel on every south Indian home. There are many ways to make a delicious Sambar and every region in Tamil Nadu follows a unique style. However, the Tirunelveli Sambar...

Kadhamba Sadham

Kadhambam means ” Variety” in Tamil. As the name goes, this Kadhamba Sadham is made with Rice and toor dal along with an assortment of country vegetables and freshly ground masala paste. Kadhamba Sadham is made during festivals like Navratri and Pongal on the Kanum Pongal day. After an elaborate purchase of vegetables for Pongal,...

AZHAGAR KOVIL DOSAI

Azhagar Kovil is a very small village in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu. The name of the village is from the very famous Azhagar/ Kallazhagar Kovil. The main deity of this temple is Sundarabahu Perumal in standing pose ( Nindra kolam). Azhagar Kovil is one of the 108 divya desam as per the Vaishavite...

KAVUNI ARISI DOSAI || BLACK RICE DOSA

The Indian subcontinent grows about 6000 varieties of rice. While, the world knows much about the Basmati and the Sona masoori rice, there are may varieties like the rajamundhry, thooyamalli, kaatuyanam, kavuni arisi among those thousand varieties. Of these, the black rice, which is commonly called the Kavuni Arisi in South India, is very good...

Coconut – Sesame Chutney

If you are a South- Indian, Idlis must be your staple food. The taste of any well made Idli raises when it is paired with a delicious Chutney or Sambar. If the tasty chutney turns out to be healthy too, its a bonus. Coconut chutney is an easy one and can be made with a...

WATERMELON RASAM

Water melon is a summer fruit that is rich in water content. After coming back from the scorching sunny day, we need to quench our thirst with this water rich fruit. Water melon by itself is sweet and there are a lot of recipes that can be made from it including sorbets, popsicles, drinks and...

Bittergourd Chips

Vegetables are the heart and soul for every human being, especially the vegetarians. Every vegetable has its own goodness. I agree with this fact and try to incorporate most of the vegetables to our diet. However, there are some vegetables that are in my least likely one’s list. Bittergourd is at the top level in...

FOXTAIL MILLET / THINAI UTHAPPAM

Millets are trending grains these days. Though these super grains are not new to us, we have completely avoided them so far. Also, the misconception that they can be had only as porridges/ gruel had not interested many. However, we can incorporate these super grains into daily affairs like Idli and Dosas. They are not...

Porikadalai Thogayal

Porikadalai thogayal is a no- fancy recipe. I have been away from blogging for quiet a while and back now, looking for some comfort food. The seek for these simple foods comes after those elaborate feast at family weddings that we had over the last couple of months. One such comfort foods that we had for...

Almond-Walnut Chutney

Dry nuts are extensive storehouses of vitamins and minerals necessary for body functioning. There are some dry nuts like walnut and almonds that help in maintaining the good cholesterol in the blood. From beautiful skin and nails to a healthy heart, dry nuts offer numerous goodness. While eating them raw is good, sometimes the H...

Sweet and Sour Papaya Curry

Green Papaya is a fruit that is loaded with nutrients. It is less in carbohydrates and high in folate – a much-needed one for women and young girls. There are some fruits like green papaya that are rich in enzymes before it becomes very ripe.   Green papaya itself has a very mild sweetness to it...

Tomato Chutney

Tomato Chutney (தக்காளி சட்னி) is a weekly routine for a day in my house to take a break from the regular coconut chutney. My mom makes wonderful tomato chutney and I still remember the days we eat an additional dosa or idli, just for the sake of this chutney. This is my brother’s favorite and he likes...

Omapodi || Diwali Recipes

The blogosphere is full of festive recipes. I love savories over sweets. South- Indian savory list is endless. Some are very spicy and some are very subtle, yet tasty. One such less spicy savory that are kid-friendly and elderly-friendly is – Omapodi. Omapodi is made with gram flour and rice flour with the star ingredient...

Sathur Milagu Kara Sev || Pepper Kara Sev

Saathur is a small town in the southern part of Tamilnadu. It comes under the Virudhunagar district of Tamilnadu. Saathur is very famous for its cottage industries that are many source of income for its residents. Apart from these cottage industries, Saathur is very famous for its Karasev. If you belong to Tamilnadu, you might...

Mini Jangri

Yaay!!! Hurray !!! Yes, I did it!!!! This sweet dish is my long term wish to prepare, click, and post. Though I prefer savories, there are some very particular sweets that I love for it. Jangri, Gulab Jamuns, Rasagulla, and Rasmalai. I know they are all very sugary and completely soaked up in syrup, yet...

Mint Chutney

I have been away a while from blogging. It was a much-needed break for me, with so many things running around. I am back again and will be prompt with new and easy recipes as usual. Idli and dosas are the staples of every South- Indian. Choosing side dishes for these elevate these staples. I...

RUSK HALWA

Halwa is a traditional sweet that can be made with flour, vegetables, and even fruits. How about trying halwa with rusk? For most of us, teatime is not complete without those one or two pieces of rusk. While I got the rusks for this purpose, I had almost half a packet of them, left untouched....

Rail Chutney

Chutneys are the best accompaniment for any tiffin. If you are a South Indian, you will agree to this. A flavorful and tasty chutney can make a wonderful breakfast. A train journey brings a lot of memories. Also, if you have purchased any food packets during travel, you would have tasted this spicy rail chutney....

Whole Black Urad Dal Idli

Idli is a universally accepted comfort food. It has the right proportion of lentils (proteins and rice ( carbs) for a healthy breakfast. Urad Dal is the main component of the Idli. It is so important to make a perfect Idli. The main deal to get a soft Idli is to master the ratio of...

North Indian

BAKED WHEAT METHI MATHRI

Mathri or Mathari is a very famous snack in the North India made during Diwali and Holi festivals. The key ingredients to make Mathri is Maida and ghee which is seasoned with carom seeds, basic spice powders and ton loads of kasoori Methi if you are making a methi Mathri like me. I love the...

Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry || Suraikkai Kofta Curry

Rotis and Phulkas are a part of our weekly dinner routines. From Dals to Kurmas, I pair the phulkas to make a delicious dinner. Before this COVID thing happened, dinner is the only time where we all gather together at the table with everyone following a different routine. A delicious dinner plate with the discussions...

CUSTARD POWDER HALWA in 15 mins

Custard Powder is a mixture of milk proteins and cornflour along with a little amount of sugar in it. The custard flour is available in stores in different flavors like banana, strawberry, oranges, and Mango. Each of the flavors has a unique taste in them. Custard powder is used as a base to make fruit...

ALOO METHI

Aloo / Potatoes are universal favorites. Every cuisine has a different and delicious way to make potatoes. Of all the vegetables, Potato is used widely in all regions of Indian cuisine. Each of these dishes is made either with simple ingredients or many regional ingredients to make a delicious potato dish. Of all the potato...

PROSO MILLET / PANI VARAGU RIBBON PAKODA

Proso millet is one of the millet variety commonly found in Europe, Indian and United States. In the United States, this millet is also used as bird feed. It is approved as human food too. Being non- glutenous and it is an appropriate food for people who are allergic to wheat. Proso millet has a...

Rose Lassi

Summer is a time when we always feel the need to quench our thirst. apart from water, some cool drinks and juices bring in some sort of freshness to a thirsty throat.  Juices and Drinks are made with fresh fruits, milk, yogurt to cool down the body. Of all the summer drinks, lassi is our...

Kesar Shrikhand

Shrikand is a yogurt-based dessert that is popular in North- India. Shrikand is usually loaded with mild spices and served chilled during festivals and celebrations. It is one of the important dishes made during Janmashtami. The usual spices that are added to a shrikand are elaichi, kesar strands, rose water, rose petals, pureed mango. Each...

CAULIFLOWER PULAV

One-Pot Meals are always easy to make for a weekday meal or for lunchbox. If they have some incredibly healthy vegetables in them, then it is a bonus making the meal a complete, wholesome one. Cauliflower is one such vegetable that has low calorie, but high in fiber. Cauliflower is also anti-oxidant rich that protects...

Vegetable Pulav – I

Pulav or Pulao is a Sunday favorite for many of us. Vegetable Biriyani can be made in many ways from less spicy to very spicy ones. There are so many ways of preparing it too from slow cooking, pressure cooking, cooking in electric cookers, etc. Whatever the method of cooking is, they serve as an...

Rainbow Carrot Raitha

There are some tired days when we want a quick fix meal. Although one-pot meal comes in handy, we always want some accompaniment apart from the papadam/ appalam and pickle. One such is the raita. While I was doing my grocery shopping this week, these colorful organic rainbow carrot bags got my attention. I quickly...

Vegetable Pulao

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas 2016!! We had a good vacation too. This post is a long pending one. I had clicked them when I prepared Carrot Raitha. I usually have a packet of frozen mix veggies in my freezer. There are times when I run out of vegetables and just rely on...

Paneer curry (No Onion – Garlic Version)

Paneer / Indian cottage cheese is a high source of protein. Paneer is one versatile ingredient that can be used to make sweets, paratha, curry, and salad. Curry is usually made with an onion-tomato base for flavor. However, Paneer can also be used in making dishes when we choose for a sattvic meal – meaning...

RUMALI ROTI / Roomali roti

Rumali Roti or Roomali Roti is a very famous flatbread that is super thin and extremely soft. It is such soft that it stays the same even after hours of making it. Roomali/Rumal means “Handkerchief “. Rumali Roti is usually served with tandoor dishes and rich meat dishes that people can use this roti to...

Green moong Dal Curry

Green Moong dal Curry( मूंग  सब्ज़ी )is a hands-on sidedish when I run out of the vegetables. It so happens I mostly make this for rotis/phulkas on a Friday night or on Saturday mornings before I could rush to the grocery stores. Though I was not a huge fan of this back at mom’s place when...

Masala Khara Buns || Low calorie version

Evening snacks were a great part of our childhood as well now with kids at home. I remember our Appa used to get those jam buns, cream buns, open sandwiches, and Khara buns from the Iyengar bakery when coming back home. of all these, my little brother loved the cream buns while Amma, Appa, and...

Methi Matar Malai

Yes!!! I reached another milestone – Glad to inform you that this is my 50th post !!! While I wasn’t aware that I am reaching my 50th post, I quickly realized after looking at my post numbers. I wanted to celebrate this gesture with our family’s favorite and a vegetable of my little one’s choice. While...

SPINACH RAITHA || KEERAI RAITHA

Raitha is an integral part of any biryanis, pulao, or mixed rice. Raitha can be made from vegetables, fruits, nuts, or a combination of them. While onion, tomato, and cucumber raithas are very commonly made, raitha with greens is a very healthy option if you like to include vegetables in many forms. This Spinach Raitha...

Aloo Gobi Matar

Aloo Gobi Matar (आलू  गोबी  मट्टर ), is an easy fix side dish, made with potatoes, cauliflower and green peas and is suitable for rotis/phulkas or rice. My family loves any version of boiled potatoes rather than the deeply roasted versions. So, I prefer to make this low cal version. With cauliflower available throughout the year...

Potato Sandwich

The lunch box for kids is a huge task for moms. The lunch packed must be filling, healthy, and also a favorite one for kids. Our usual lunchbox menu includes a sandwich and this potato sandwich is an all-time favorite. Potato is a favorite vegetable for most kids. This potato sandwich is very mildly spiced...

Beet root – Dry fruit Ladoo

You may wonder why I have this post now. Is there any festival or occasion that is lined up? Yes, it is!!! Of late I realized that I am almost with my 25th post in my personal space. Really!!! I am giving a gentle pat to myself and say Go gurl!! For a person like...

Masala Puri

If you have been to Chennai Marina beach, you might not have definitely missed tasting this. Masala Puri is very famous at Marina beach in the evening hours. The piping hot masala puri combined with the cool sea breeze is definitely to live for. I have recreated this Masala Puri at home with dried green...

Coconut Ladoo

A sweet beginning for this Diwali. I am sure that everyone around the globe is gearing up for Diwali celebrations. With Diwali around the corner, the busy ladies will be hitting the kitchen to bring out the flavors for their family and friends. It might not be easy for all the moms to make elaborate...

Palak Paneer || Spinach Paneer ( 2 IN 1 SERIES )

Palak Paneer is a classic recipe that is loved by many. A truly Punjabi curry, this palak paneer has many ways of doing it. Palak greens are easily available in India through the year. While it is a luxury vegetable and not found very often in my part of the world, I try to replace...

Paneer Lababdar

Paneer Lababdar is a very rich and creamy Paneer side dish. The word “Lababdar” means a strong desire for something and surrendering to it. As the name means, the taste of this Paneer gravy makes your taste buds to surrender it. Paneer is used in two ways in this recipe. One is to add cubes...

Paneer Tikka Masala

Tikka Masala is a most wanted food for many westerners. Go to any restaurant in the US, you are sure to find Chicken Tikka Masala.. Wait!! Wait!! I am not here to share the chicken Tikka masala recipe here. I am a strict vegetarian and have no ideas about how the chicken looks like… Gweekk, except...

STRAWBERRY PHIRNI ( 2 IN 1 SERIES )

Phirni is a Punjabi dessert that is made with rice and cooked in milk. The main difference between a Kheer and Phirni is that kheer is cooked with whole rice grain, while Phirni is cooked with grounded rice paste. The consistency of phirni is on a creamier side and it is definitely a crowd pleaser...

Sabudhana Vada || Javvarisi Vadai

Maha Shivarathri is an important Hindu festival celebrated in India. During Shivarathri, people fast the entire night and also consume no-onion, no-garlic food until they break the fast. Sabudhana is one grain that is commonly consumed during fasting. Sabudhana Vada is a crispy snack made with soaked sabudhana, boiled potatoes, and peanuts. It is very...

Punjabi Lobia Curry

The inclusion of beans is a part of the Indian diet, irrespective of the region we belong to. Indian cuisine can enhance the flavor of any bean with the subtle addition of spices to it. One such very commonly used bean from the bean galore is the Soyabean / Karamani Kadalai / Lobia. Soya bean...

QUINOA DATES KHEER

Quinoa is one of the popular grain that is widely used these days. Though it originated in the South Americas , it has gained popularity in the recent few years in Indian cooking. It has much more fibre content than rice and hence people are opting for different ways to include Quinoa in daily diet.Quinoa...

Motichoor Ladoo || Diwali Recipes

Diwali is around the corner and many of us are gearing up with Diwali preparations. The joy of Diwali is complete with preparing sweets and sharing them with family/friends. From childhood, we have the tradition of making sweets at home and Amma tries a new variety every year. The process of cleaning up rice, dal,...

SOOJI KHEER

Sooji/ Rava / Semolina is a very easily available ingredient in Indian households. The tradition of making some sweet on the last Friday of every Tamil month is followed in our households. For a Friday Pooja, I made this easy Sooji kheer with simple and easily available ingredients in the pantry. In under 20 mins,...

BENGALI BHAJAMUGER DAL

Dal is an integral part of any Indian meal. Whether you come from North, South, West, or Eastern part of Indian, every cuisine has dal included in some form. Bengali cuisine usually consists of rice and fish as their staple food. However, most of them observe at least two or three days of strict vegetarianism...

Brinji Rice

Hello all!! Been a while that I was away from blogging. Life has been good to us and blessed us with a little baby girl and she is already ONE!!! Blogging took a backseat and the priority went to running house errands and baby chores. This is the break that I desperately needed, and I...

CREAMY RESTAURANT STYLE DAL MAKHANI

Dal Makhani is a very healthy and creamy Punjabi curry. The main ingredients for this are black Urad Dal, Rajma, butter and cream. As the name goes, this dal is tempered with butter and finished off with some fresh cream. This Dal makhani is rich in protein content from both the pulses and pairs up...

Carrot Halwa

Wishing all my readers a very Happy and prosperous New year 2017. The last year had been a wonderful journey for me with respect to my blog. Though my blog had been started a few years back, I became very active in the year 2016. I had written about 40 + recipes last year. Thanks to...

Wheat Nankhattai || Diwali Recipes

Nankhattai is a very famous Indian short cookie that is loaded with Indian flavors. The name Nankhattai origins from the words, “Naan” meaning shortbread and Khattai meaning “Biscuit”. Nankhattai is very famous in North India and Pakistan. Nankhattai is made with refined flour / Maida, Sooji, and Besan flour. I am not a great fan...

Sweet Corn Masala

I love sweet corn. Be it a simple cup of corn or grilled ones. There are days, when I and my mom used to go shopping, just to end up eating this cup corn from those pop-up stalls outside the supermarkets.  After moving to my part of the world, what tempts me most is the...

Fresh Homemade Masala Paneer

Paneer is a favorite ingredient for many from kids to adults. We can make any number of dishes with Paneer from paratha to curries, sandwiches and incorporate them into rice. It is so versatile, that it can be used in any cuisine. Being rich in protein, Paneer is a very filling one. While Paneer is...

Vegetable Cutlets

Vegetable cutlets are a favorite snack from kids to adults. I made this a few months back for my LO’s school potluck. I made it less spicy for the children and they liked it. Its an easy snack and can be made ahead and refrigerated. Once we have guests at home, it can be deep-fried...

Airfried Gobi Tikka ( Tandoori Cauliflower)

Gobi/ Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that can be used in various cuisines and in different forms from soups to curries to fry. Gobi Tikka is a very traditional dish made from fresh spices and cooked in a tandoor. I have used the air fryer to make this Gobi Tikka with only one tablespoon of...

MASALA AVOCADO CHAPATHI

Roti/ chapati is a regular one at my household. My LO prefers these for his lunch box. To make it more interesting and sneak peek all possible veggies to his lunch box, I make different kinds of rotis / chapathis with mashed, grated, minced, or finely chopped vegetables. One such is the Masala Avocado Chapathi....

Pomegranate Masala Raitha

A very simple, colorful and delicious Pomegranate Raitha. Pomegranate is rich in a variety of nutrients from Vit.C, Iron- an important one for women and children. While pomegrante can be eaten as such, you definitely have to try this Pomegranate Masala Raitha. It is easy to make, healthy, fresh and colorful. It is definitely a...

Methi Dal Tadka

Methi leaves is very healthy and rich in minerals. Methi leaves are great source for regulating the blood glucose levels, hence it is a good one for diabetics. When it is combined with dal, it makes an excellent source of protein. Methi Dal can be made in under 20 min for a wholesome lunch/dinner. This...

Dhariwala (Potato- Green Peas curry)

Making side dishes for phulka / rotis/ rice is a challenge for me. I was cleaning up the pantry and found lots of potatoes hiding up there waiting for my attention. Though the routine aloo mutter is what I make when there are lots of potatoes and peas at home. However this time I also...

Gujarati Undhiyu Using Frozen Vegetables

I always love to experiment with different cuisine.  When we call anything as North- Indian cuisine, it covers up many states. Though we may feel that paneer, aloo, butter makes up this North – Indian cuisine, there are also very subtle flavored dishes that imparts comfort flavors. One such is the Gujarati cuisine. Gujarati cuisine...

Methi Mushroom Masala

Mushrooms are a naturally available source of Vitamin D. In addition, they are high in water content, making them a low-calorie food. The mineral Selenium found in mushrooms is great for bone health making them one of the superfoods. Mushrooms when combined with methi leaves elevate the nutritional level of the food. I tried this...

HARIYALI PANEER CURRY

Paneer is a favorite ingredient for many from kids to adults. There are many recipes with paneer that are tasty. We tasted this specific Paneer curry in a restaurant. Normally, Hariyali Paneer tikkas are served in many restaurants. But this was more like curry and perfect for phulkas. It is very tasty and subtle in...

Jeera Rice

Variety rice / One pot meal is always very easy to prepare on busy weekdays for lunch. Ranging from our South- Indian lemon rice, coconut rice to the North- Indian pulao varieties, these one-pot meals can be prepared in a jiffy.  One such very simple one-pot meal is the Jeera rice. This jeera rice is...

Gajar Pulav || Carrot Pulav

Gajar Pulav or Carrot Pulav is a very simple, healthy, and flavorful one-pot rice recipe that can pair up very well with any rich or spicy curries. The kids in our household are a great fan of carrots. Carrots are very healthy and rich in nutrients. They are a great source of Vitamin A and...

CORIANDER PILAF/ CORIANDER RICE

Coriander / cilantro is a part of every household. They are one herbs that have a strong flavor when used in any dish. While they are commonly used to garnish any dish or make green chutney / thogayals, this simple to put together Cilantro/ Coriander rice is very tasty and filled with strong flavors. It...

Rasgulla

If you are a sweet tooth person, this sweet delicacy will definitely be on the top of your list. Rasgulla and gulab jamuns are distant cousins that have some things in common, yet are very unique in their own style. Rasgullas are very famous in the Eastern part of India, especially in Kolkatta. Rasgulla tastes...

Bengali Chirer Polao

If you like the Kanda Poha or Lemon Aval, this is similar to them with a Bengali twist to it. This very famous Bengali Chirer Polao makes use of winter vegetables along with a generous addition of raisins/kishmish, peanuts, and cashews flavored with mild spices. The addition of sugar and raisins along with vegetables gives...

GUJARATI DAL

Dal is an integral part of food in many regions of India. being rich in protein and the comfort it gives, dals are cooked and served in different ways. One such is the Gujarati Dal. Gujarati Dal is made with toor dal/ split pigeon peas along with boiled peanuts. The dal itself has a sweet,...

Vegetable Kofta Curry

The birthplace of Koftas is in central Asia and Africa, especially in Egypt. Basically, koftas are made with vegetables, meats or beans and formed into a dumpling. In the northern part of India, particularly in regions of Kashmir, koftas are often made with meats. These are further cooked in spicy, rich gravy and served along...

Bhaingan Bhartha

Every meal with a Roti or phulka needs a perfect side dish to go along. If this side dish is going to be healthy with less greasy stuff, it is an added benefit. Baingan Bartha is one of those healthy side dishes that are tasty with less fat in it. Traditionally, Baingan Bhartha is made...

Andhra

Dondakaya Vepudu || Tindora / Kovaikkai curry

Ivy Gourd/ Tindora/ Tendli/ Kovaikkai is one least looked on vegetable. It is not very commonly seen in my grocery store. However, when I find them, I grab some of them to make poriyal, chutney, and this Dondakaya Vepudu. The first time I tasted this Dondakaya Vepudu was in an Indian restaurant back in Chicago...

Vankaya Bhajji

Vankaya Bhajji is an Andhra delicacy that is very simple to make. Pulusu, Bhajji is usually served in the lunch menu in many Telugu households. I tasted this Vankaya bhajji at a restaurant a few years back in Chicago. Though there was a lot of menu in the buffet, this one tasted very yummy. I...

Cabbage Chutney

I have been growing up watching my mom doing chutneys with different kinds of vegetables and even their skins. Those were the days when we would eat coconut chutney, once in a week, while our cuisine is very much popular with the coconut chutney. Trust me she is an awesome cook and loves to explore....

Andhra Spinach Pappu ( 2 IN 1 SERIES)

Spinach is a super food rich in Iron. The rich green color it renders to any dish is always eye pleasing in addition to the loads of nutrients it has. Spinach can be used in many ways in smoothies, pastas, stir fry and in Indian dishes too. I usually use it in dosas, coot, poriyal...

MLA Pesarattu (Andhra Pesarattu)

Pesarattu is a very healthy and wholesome breakfast option. It is a very famous breakfast/ tiffin from Andhra Cuisine. It is called Andhra Pesarattu, Pesara – means green moong bean and Attu means Dosa or crepe. It is also called Pesara Dosa or Cheeldo.  Pesarattu is rich in proteins and is very filling. It is...

Kuthi Vangaya Kurra

Kuthi Vangaya Kurra is a brinjal curry popular in the region of Andhra. This gravy is rich in flavor and taste with its smooth paste blending together the south Indian spices and cooked alongside Indian eggplants a.k.a violet brinjals. The same recipe can be followed with green Mirchi replacing brinjal. Though I have tried the...

Andhra Puliogare

Puliogare is one variety rice that pops up in mind when ever I think of it. Being a south- Indian with various options for one pot meal, Puliogare stands first  when we are planning travel or a potluck. Though it is a known recipe for every one, there are numerous ways of preparing it. In Tamil...

Paruppu Podi

Apart from the curry, kulambu, poriyal – kootu varieties that occupy our palette every day, there are some days of the week when the taste buds just need some subtle powders and thokku. One such is the Dal powder a.k.a paruppu podi. Hailing from the southern state of Andhra (O.k. Telengana? – O.K. No comments....

Gongura Pachadi

Gongura / Sorrel leaves are an important ingredient in Indian cuisine especially in the regions of Andhra and Telangana. If you visit any Andhra restaurant or mess, the complimentary spice caddy will be filled up with goodies like gongura pachadi, Andhra parupppu podi, and Avakkai. There are also various dishes from Pappu to Gongura mamsam...

GUTHI VANGAYA PULUSU/ ANDHRA BRINJAL CURRY

Guthi Vangaya Pulusu is a very famous pulusu made in Andhra. Pulusu is a very common tamarind based curry made in Andhra regions. Generally vegetables are slow cooked in tamarind broth with basic masalas and finally tempered. Brinjal is a very favorite vegetable commonly used in Andhra cuisine and brinjal in pulusu tastes great. Some...

Karnataka

Kharabhath

Kharabhat is a very famous dish in Karnataka region. Khara means the spicy version that uses Green chili and also the addition of spicy masala powder. It is almost a near cousin of Upma or Uppitu that is famous in South- India. Though both Upma and KharaBhath use similar ingredients, there are also some additional...

Coriander Chutney

Whether it is Idli or dosa as breakfast, we always need chutney or sambar as accompaniment. Though there is always a stock of Idli podi at home, I prefer making chutneys for the morning meal. Coconut is a vital visitor at our household, but I love exploring different chutneys making use of vegetables too. We...

Karnataka Tarkari Palav (Instant Pot Method)

Pulav/Pulao is an easy one-pot meal that can quickly be done for a weekday meal. They also make a perfect fit for lunchboxes. There are many pulav varieties made in different parts of India. Tarkari Palav is a very famous Karnataka dish. It is made with any short grain rice like sona masoori, raw rice...

MADDUR VADA

Vadai / Vada is a well – known snack in South- India. These deep fried indulgence are made with lentils like Urad Dal, Channa Dal and Toor Dal. Maddhur Vada is a vada that can be made under 15 mins and does not need any soaking. Maddur is a small town in the state of...

Quinoa Bisibelabath

Bisibelabath is yummy South- Indian delicacy from the Indian state of Karnataka. I have had this for few times while in India. Though it may look like sambar Sadam of Tamilnadu, it definitely tastes different from the proportion of different kinds of spices added to it. Authentically, bisibelabath is prepared with rice and toor dal...

KARNATAKA STYLE GOJJU AVALAKKI

Aval/ Avalakki/Poha is a very common breakfast ingredient that is used in many different ways It is easy to make and yet tasty too. There are lot of poha versions and every region has their own recipe. This GOJJU AVALAKKI is a very famous breakfast recipe from the state of Karnataka. It is made with...

MANGALORE CHANNA GHASSI/ GASSI

Mangalore Cuisine is a distinctive south-Indian cuisine. The addition of coconut and curry leaves in most of their dishes make them stand out of others. Mangalore cuisine can be seen in Udupi, Tulu people. Some of the famous dishes of Mangalore region are Korri roti, Ghassi, Udupi Sambar and Neer dosa. Of these Ghassi is...

GASAGASE PAYASA ( POPPY SEEDS KHEER)

Karnataka Cuisine is different in manyways. Though Rice, Ragi and steamed vegetables are the main ingredients of Karnataka Cuisine, they keep varying as we travel through different parts of Karnataka. Karnataka Cuisine has different cuisines within itself from Udupi cuisine, Davanagere cuisine, Uttar Karnataka Cuisine, Mangalore cuisine to name a few. Gasagase Payasa is a...

Sweet Corn Kosambari

Sweet Corn is a favorite for kids as well as adults. While, corn and cheese goes hand in hand, it is not liked during summer days while it is very hot. Summer days call for something that is light, fresh and satisfy the hunger. For many, the word salad is boring as it is considered...

UDUPI HAYAGREEVA MUDDI

Hayagreeva Maddi is a very famous dessert made with bengal gram/ channa dal and jaggery. It is often confused with the Kamala paruppu payasam or with the Pooranam/ sweet stuffing used to make puli and Modakams. But these are definitely different from both of them. The consistency of this hayagreeva Maddi is more of a...

Kerala

Ulli Theeyal

Ulli Theeyal(உள்ளி தீயல்) is a coconut-based Kerala dish, that I make when I buy fresh coconut. I have tried this with dry coconut powder and found the difference when it is made with fresh coconut. “Theeyal” means burnt. The taste of this curry truly depends on the level of coconut is fried. Theeyal can be...

MORU CURRY || No Vegetable || under 15 min Lunch side

Every South-Indian lunch menu has at least two – to a four-course meals. Normally Sambar, rasam, and finally curd is served to finish off a meal. While there are many curd-based dishes, in South-Indian cooking, this morucurry is my favorite. If you have a fridge clean-up day or days without any vegetables at home, you...

KERALA SPECIAL NEI APPAM

Nei Appam is a very traditional Kerala recipe that is made with rice, jaggery, cardamom, coconut and cooked in ghee. It is called Kerala Unniappam and is a part of festivals from Onam, Chithra Vishu etc. “Unni” in Malayalam means small and “Appam” means made with rice. Though there are many dishes in various cuisines,...

Vellarikkai Kichadi || Cucumber Kichadi

Sadhya Meal is a sumptuous one with at least a minimum of 20 tasty Kerala recipes. When it comes to the flavors, Kerala cuisine uses mild spices that are native to land. The use of coconut oil elevates the taste of any Kerala recipe. Thoran, Kalan, Olan, Puliserry, Eriserry, Pachadi, and Kichadi are a major...

KERALA ADA PRADHAMAN

Ada Pradhaman is a Kerala delicacy. It is made with flattened rice strips that are cooked with jaggery syrup and finished off with thick coconut milk. Ada Pradhaman is. apart of marriages or as a part of the Onam Sadhya meal. There are a lot of ways to make this Kerala Ada Pradhaman. Some people...

Kerala Mushroom Capsicum Fry

Mushrooms are a rich in Vit B, which is not very much available in vegetarian diet. It has no carbs and rich in water content. Hence it can be eaten without guilt by people who are in their weight loss journey. Also, the cooking process is very quick . Mushrooms are so versatile that they...

BENGALI BHAJAMUGER DAL

Dal is an integral part of any Indian meal. Whether you come from North, South, West, or Eastern part of Indian, every cuisine has dal included in some form. Bengali cuisine usually consists of rice and fish as their staple food. However, most of them observe at least two or three days of strict vegetarianism...

Jackfruit Payasam

Jackfruit is one of the very tasty tropical fruit. In India, Jackfruits can be seen in many people’s backyard. Jackfruit is a bit tricky and time-consuming to clean.  However, the taste of the fruit is worth the time spent cleaning them up. This Jackfruit payasam is very famous in Kerala and is called as Chakka...

KERALA PINEAPPLE PULISSERY

Pulissery is a very famous Kerala dish that is usually served on a sadhya meal. Pulissery is made with different kinds of vegetables/ fruits like Ashgourd, Pineapple and Mango. It is prepared with a freshly grounded coconut paste along with sour curd. Though it is a yogurt based dish and may look like the Morkuzhambu...

Kerala Pariuppu Curry || Onam Recipes

The Onam festival is celebrated for ten days in Kerala with pomp and show. On the final day – the Thiruvonam, a sumptuous and elaborate Onam Sadhya is cooked and served on a traditional banana leaf. The Sadhya consists of Upperi, Thoran, Kalan, Olan, Eriserry, Pachadi, Kichadi, Avial, Sambar, and many more. In this Onam...

Achinga Payar Mezhukupiratti

Mezhukupiratti is a Kerala dish that often finds its place in the Onam sadhya. This simple side uses very minimal spices, yet gives a strong flavor and taste to the dish. Mezhukupiratti is often made with vegetables like green bananas(Vazha mezhukupiratti), Yam ( Chenai Mezhukupiratti), Ivy gourd ( Kovaikkai Mezhukupiratti) Long beans (Achanga Payir Mezhukupiratti)....

Kerala Olan || Onam Recipes

Olan is one of the components in Onam Sadhya. It is served on the banana leaf along with other sides. Olan is a very mild preparation made with ash gourd,  coconut milk, and green chili, tempered with coconut oil and curry leaves. Commonly, cooked black-eyed peas / Vanpayar are added alongside ash gourd to make...

Kerala Thengai Chammanthi

If you are a coconut lover like me, then Kerala dishes will be top of your list. The freshness of Coconut when added to any dish elevates the taste of the dish many folds. From kootu curry to thorans and avial, their taste gets elevated with the addition of fresh coconut. One of the very...

KERALA PALADA PRADHAMAN

If you think of Kerala recipes, there are a lot of recipes that come to mind. Coming to sadhya meals, every meal will definitely have this Pradhaman to finish off an elaborate lunch. Pradhaman is a sweet dish made with fruits, dals, or rice ada. I love the Ada pradhaman. Also, I equally love this...

KERALA KURUKKU KALAN (ONAM SPECIAL)

KALAN/ KATTI KALAN/ KURUKKU KALAN is a very famous Kerala recipe, that is part of every Sadhya meal served on a banana leaf. Every Sadhya meal has an array of dishes ranging from Parippu curry, Kerala Sambar, Olan, Eriserry, Avial, Thoran, Puli Inji and Kalan. Of this, Kalan is made with a combination of vegetables...

Alleppy Vegetable Curry

The richness of any regional cuisine is mainly focussed on what abundantly is available in the place or what is suitable for its climatic conditions. This vegetable curry is from “God’s Own Country”, with the star of their food- Mr. Coconut!!! Yes, You heard it right. Most of the dishes from Kerala is incomplete sans...