Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Sprouted Moong Dal Salad/Green Gram Salad

Here’s a very healthy and filling salad…

Mixed Vegetable Kurma

This is a delicious gravy made with coconut, vegetables and is packed with all nutrients and minerals. It is a perfect way to serve vegetables in one single pot. I make it for chapatis and puris, but sometime serve it with idlis, appams and dosas, and it tastes heavenly.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Monday, 29 April 2013

Pepper Rasam/Milagu Rasam

Rasam plays a vital role in  South Indian meals especially Tamil Nadu , no meal is complete without rasam. We make it every day at our homes but each time with different flavor and a twist. 
Whenever I go on trips and come back the very first thing I prefer after I come back will be a simple pepper rasam for two reasons, the  first is  the taste is mind blowing and the second is, it can be made in 10 minutes. Just have it with rice and appalam and your day is complete.
Today my little one has a very bad cold, so I made pepper rasam which is absolutely the best remedy for cold and gets easily digested. Check out my other  rasam varieties here

Here’s how to make pepper rasam with step by step photos…

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Almond Cookies/Badam Cookies [Eggless]

Hello everybody, since it is weekend I thought I will make some cookies and share it with you all. These cookies are very filling, healthy and perfect with a cup of milk for your kids. Just try these and you will surely love it…

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Methi Dal/ Vendhaya Keerai Paruppu Kadaiyal

We all know greens are always good for our health. Each and every keerai(greens) has distinct taste and health benefits. It is usually very hard to get our kids to eat the greens. One easy and simple way to get them to eat the methi leaves is to add it with dal and make it tastier. It serves the dual purpose, we get the protein and other benefits of methi leaves. Not only with dal, methi leaves can be prepared in numerous way like methi paratha, methi with aloo, methi with chicken which I am likely to post in the future. Check out other South Indian Sambar and Dal varieties here.

For now here’s how to make methi dal with step by step photos…

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Focaccia Bread with Onions, Olives & Herbs [Italian Bread]

Focaccia is an Italian bread, which can be made either savory or sweet. It is one of the easiest breads to make, here I have made Focaccia with onions, olives and herbs as toppings. It can be changed according to your taste as well. I have had focaccia bread several times but wanted to give it a try. So I referred to food network  and made it for my kids. The bread came out great, so I thought I will share it with you all.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Gulab Jamun With Milk Powder

Gulab jamun is an all time favorite sweet for anybody and everybody. It is one of the traditional Indian desserts found in all occasions. Here I thought I will make Gulab Jamuns with milk powder and share it with you all.

Here’s the delicious Gulab jamuns with step by step photos…

Friday, 26 April 2013

Okra/Vendakkai Garlic Pepper Fry

This vendakkai fry is entirely different from the one in my previous Vendakkai Curry. This is garlic and pepper okra fry which is chef Dhamus recipe which I have been doing for years. It has all the benefits of garlic and pepper bundled together with okra. For me this okra fry is a  perfect replacement for the Pepper Chicken on vegetarian days.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Maangai Kuzhambu/Raw Mango Kuzhambu

My mom makes different types mango kuzhambu's and this is one among them. This is a typical South Indian kuzhambu, especially made during the mango season. Though this recipe might look spicy, the sour mango will balance it and taste awesome. Check out other delicious South Indian -TamilNadu special Kuzhambu varieties here.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Baby Potato Roast/Fry - Method I

This baby potato fry/roast is my family’s favorite. It is very easy and can be made very quickly as well.  I came across this recipe long time back in a television show and since then have been making this. Whenever I make these it just vanishes the very next minute I put it on the dining table. Any way guys give it a shot, you will surely like it.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Lemon Rasam/Elumichham Pazham Rasam

South Indian Meals is never complete without rasam, there are different varieties of rasams and lemon rasam has a special place in it. The lemon rasam is made with thoor dhal or paasi paruppu so we get all the benefits of dhal and also in enriched with vitamin C because of the lemon juice. I used to crave this rasam a lot when I was pregnant and will ask my friend to make it and give. Ok guys, try out this lemon rasam you will surely love it. Check out my other  Rasam Varieties here...

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Simple & Quick Peas Pulav /Matar Pulav

Peas pulav is a simple one pot meal hassle free and can be made very quickly. It is perfect for get together’s when you have lot of other dishes to make and is also best for packing as lunch. I have used coconut milk to make this peas pulav because my kids love it like that and it also gives extra flavor but you can as well replace it with just water. Check out my quick  Vegetable Pulav Here.

Here’s how to make peas pulav with step by step photos…

Monday, 22 April 2013

Biryani Kathrikkai/Brinjal for Biryani

Biryani kathrikkai as the name says is a perfect accompaniment for biryani’s. It is usually served in all the marriages and restaurants. I have tried different versions of this same gravy but finally settled down with this one which has satisfied my family and friends taste buds.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Potato Masala for Puris

This is a very common and a simple potatao masala which is given as side dish for puris in all the restaurants. It is very easy and taste the same as the restaurant ones.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Tomato Gravy/Thakkali Kuzhambu

Tomato gravy is one of the special South Indian gravies especially made in Tamil Nadu. It is totally packed with Vitamin C and perfect for a light meal for any day. Sometimes I enter at the last minute in to the kitchen, without any plans of what to cook. At those times, this gravy comes in very handy, because it can be made in  a jiffy. Check out other delicious South Indian -TamilNadu special Kuzhambu varieties here.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Mango Rava Kesari/Mambaza Kesari

Mango kesari is a popular dessert and offered by many caterers for any occasions. The sweetness of mango combined with the delicacy of Kesari makes this mouth watering dessert. Since mangoes are available abundant in this season, I thought why not make a mango kesari and share it with you all.

Here’s how to make mango kesari with step by step photos…

Green Beans Poriyal/Curry

A simple beans poriyal, just right for any day. I don’t think green beans needs any  introduction. So here’s the green beans poriyal…

Kathrikkai & Murungakkai Kaara Kuzambu/Brinjal & Drumsticks Gravy

There are different types kara kuzhambu made in our South Indian homes, each one has a distinct taste and flavor. I just love the combination of brinjal and drumsticks and it is very common in our house. I prefer to make all types of kuzhambus with gingely oil to get both the taste and the health benefits of it. 

Gingelly oil/Nalla ennai is cold pressed oil and has numerous health benefits. Cold pressed oils are produced through a  combination of grinding and low heat without any addition of chemicals. Gingelly oil is derived from sesame seeds, using this method. That is why I think it is named as “Nalla ennai” meaning “Good oil”. Try to incorporate ginglley oil as much as possible in your cooking… Check out other delicious South Indian -TamilNadu special Kuzhambu varieties here.

With that short note, let’s see how to make Kara kuzhambu with step by step photos…

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Mango Jam

I bought some raw mangoes to make mango gravy (kuzhambu). But I was just procrastinating things because of my laziness. The raw mangoes turned to delicious ripe mangoes. Then I came across mango jam, found it interesting. So I thought I will give it a shot and share it with you all. It is just fabulous,  you should surely try it...

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Vendakkai/Okra/Ladies finger Curry

I am great fan of Vendakkai, we used to grow them in our own back yard in Chennai in our school holidays. It used to be so much fun and golden memories. My Aathaa(grandma) usually says eat lots of vendakkai it improves your memory power, that is what the ancient Ayurveda also says. Vendakkai has other benefits like boosting your immunity, getting rid of body toxins, controlling blood sugar etc.

Now let’s see how to make a simple Okra curry/vedakkai curry with photos…


Paanagam is a special beverage made on auspicious days like Sri Rama Navami and for Amman as nivedhyam. Back in my native place (Nagapattinam – Thanjavur district), paanagam, neermore and rice kanji is made during the “Theru Thiruvizha” (Chariot Festival) which falls during the month of May and also during August (Aadi). This thiruvizha is really fun, there will be lots of folk and traditional dances like the oyil attam, mayil attam, garagattam etc. We need more than two eyes to see everything and enjoy at the same time. Paanagam, Neermore and Rice kanji are all  made in big barrels and distributed by volunteers to all devotees and to people pulling the “Theru”. The “Theru” starts from the main temple early morning and goes around the town (4 mada vidhi’s) and comes back to “Theradi” by late noon. All along the way, paanagam and neermore is given to public to boost energy to pull the Theru.

I still remember those days as a kid running along with the “Theru” and drinking paanagam and neermor with my brothers and sister. The paangam is a superb instant energy booster that can be had in any other day and also it helps to cool your body during the hot summer days.

Now coming back to paanagam, let’s see how it’s made …

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Vazhai Poo Kootu/Plantain flower Kootu

Each and every part of Vazhai maram(banana tree) is useful and consumed in one way or another. There are several dishes made out of vazhai poo, like the vazhai poo vadai, vazhai poo kuzhambu, vazhai poo poriyal etc especially made in Southern Part of India. Here is a very simple vazhai poo kootu which is a very healthy and comforting dish. Check out other delicious sambar & kootu varieties Sambar and Dal varieties here.

Here’s how to make Vazhai Poo Kootu with step by step photos…

Monday, 15 April 2013

Urad dhal Vadai/Medhu Vadai/Ulundhu Vadai

Urad dhal vadai is a very common snack in Southern India. It is made on all special occasions and festivals. It is a perfect evening snack with hot piping tea or coffee. One vadai is always never enough for anyone. Once you start eating it you always want more. Do check out other Vadai Varieties here.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Rava Kesari / Sooji Kesari

Rava kesari is a very traditional dish made for all festive occasions in Southern Part of India especially Tamil Nadu. It is very quick dessert that can be made in no time. Kids love this rava kesari for its flavor and color. Rava kesari is also made in marriages with variations by adding fruits like pineapple, apple etc. It is very easy so just go ahead and try it and you will surely love it.

Here’s how to make Rava Kesari with step by step photos…

Ragi Kanji/Ragi Malt/Kelvaragu Kanji

Ragi kanji is a very healthy way to start your day. This is a perfect porridge even for small babies. I used to give this to my girl when she was 6 months, she was lactose intolerant. So I used to substitute milk with yogurt (thayir) and no sugar, just salt. When you start for your babies, give small quantities and gradually increase the amount. Later on when they turn older like 12 months or above you can start with the sathu maavu kanji available in shops or make it at home as well.

I grew up on ragi kanji when I was a kid, now my kids are having it. Even now me and my husband have it at least two or three times a week for breakfast.

Here’s how to make Ragi Malt…

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Mango Pachadi/Maangai Pachadi - Tamil New Year's Day Special

Mango pachadi is a must on Tamil New Years day, it is so special because it has all the six taste “arusuvai” [Innipu, uppu, pullippu, kasappu, urrapu and thuvarpppu].

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Iniya Chithirai Thirunaal Vaazthukkal


I thought of sharing a few facts about Tamil New Year with you all…

The “Tamil Puthaandu” or “Chithirai Thirunaal” symbolizes the new and prosperous beginning. The first day of the Tamil Calendar month “Chithirai” falls on the 14th of April which is celebrated as the New Year. Chithirai marks the beginning of Spring, when the neem trees start blooming and the first batch of mangoes grow. 

On this special day, the tradition goes by making food with six different taste innipu(sweet), pulipu(sour), kasapu(bitter), oovarpu(salty),thuvarpu(astringent), kaarpu(hot). This reminds that life is a mixture of different experiences like sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprises and has to be treated equally.

The Tamil Calendar follows the 60 year cycle, and this year is the “Vijaya Varudam”.

 “Iniya Chithirai Thirunaal Vaazhthukkal.”

Thank you all for reading this post and wish you all very great success in all aspects of life.

 See you all with Tamil New Year's day special menu...

Here' my Menu

1. Mango Pachadi
2. Moong Dhal Payasam/Pasi Parrupu Payasam
3. Rava Kesari
4. Drumsticks & Brinjal Sambar
5. Potato Fry
6.Urad Dhal Vadai/Medhu Vadai
7. Paruppu Rasam
8. Rice
9. Appalam
10. Fruits

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Ragi/Kelvaragu Vadai

Anyone ready for healthy and delightful vadai, here it is – Ragi Vadai. Once you start eating it you cannot stop eating this. Do check out other Vadai Varieties here.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Mutton/Goat Meat Pepper Gravy

This mutton gravy does not need much of an introduction. This is my mom’s version of mutton pepper gravy, which is mouth watering and finger licking. Try it  and you will not regret.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Kelvaragu/Ragi Ladoo

Now that my kids have no school and are at home, they wanted some thing sweet. So I was thinking something healthy as well delicious. That is when I wanted to make ragi ladoo.  I came across my friend Preethi’s blog. I found her ragi ladoo very interesting, she had used almond milk powder. I skipped that part and  added cardamom powder. The ladoos came out fabulous, my kids loved it. Thanks a lot Preethi. So I thought I will share it with you all. 

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Friday, 12 April 2013

Potato Bajii/Fritters

Potato Bajii/Fritters is a very famous and delicious evening snack that nobody can resist. Serve hot bajii on cold evening days, it is totally striking. One bajii is never enough, you will keep going for more and more of it.

Here’s how to make it with  photos…

Oats & Mango Smoothie

Oats & Mango Smoothie, here’s another healthy breakfast smoothie. Delightful, quick and filling drink to keep your day going. So why not start your day with a healthy smoothie...

Here's how to make it...

Karunai Kizhangu Fry/ Yam Fry

Karunai Kizhangu Fry/ Yam Fry is totally an irresistible side dish. It looks like fish fry comes in very handy on veg only days.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Mango Phirni/Kheer

Mango phirni, the name was new to me, after I searched found out it is a dessert more like pudding or kheer. I have not made this before but phirini was very interesting and very easy, so I gave it a shot. After I made this and served it to my girl, she said “Wow mummy!!! It is mangolicious …”. I asked her what??? She said like delicious, it is mangolicious. I was very happy. We get lots of delicious mangos and kids are also at home around this time of the year, so I thought I will share this phirni with you all.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Black Chickpea Masala/Karuppu Kondakadalai Masala/Kala Channa Masala

Black Chickpea Masala/Karuppu Kondakadalai Masala/Kala Channa Masala is a yummy and healthy side dish for rotis. It is fully packed with protein and fiber.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Ven Pongal

Ven Pongal is a simple and popular South Indian dish served as breakfast in all most all the homes especially in Tamil Nadu. Ven Pongal and Sakkarai pongal are two special pongals made on Pongal festival (Harvest festival) as neivedhyam to Sun god. It is very simple and easiest break fast to make.

Here’s how to make ven pongal with step by step photos…

Black Chickpea Sundal/Kondakadalai sundal/Kala channa

Karuppu Kondakadalai sundal is a very special sundal made for all special occasions like vinyagar chaturthi, during navarathri and many more. Not only special occasions it makes a very healthy and filling evening snack. It has lot of anitoxidants and filled with protein and fiber. So, I make sure that I make at least one type of sundal twice a week. You check my other sundal varieties here

Here’s how to make it…

Monday, 8 April 2013

Aval Payasam/Rice Flakes Payasam/Poha Payasam

Aval Payasam/Rice Flakes Payasam/Poha Payasam is a very simple payasam made with aval and milk. It is lord Krishna’s favorite and I make it during Krishna Jayanthi and many other occasions. It is especially served in Guruvayur as prashad to everybody. It is our families all time favorite payasam.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos...

Chicken Vindaloo

Chicken Vindaloo is a very popular dish in Goa. I used to make this dish but never knew why it has the name vindaloo. But I searched it now to find that it has derived its name from the Portugese dish “Carne de Vinha d Alhos” which uses meat, vine and garlic. This dish has been modified with the substitution of vinegar and spices.

Here’s how to make chicken vindaloo with step by step photos…

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Instant Rava Dosai/Semolina Dosa

Instant Rava Dosai/Semolina Dosa is easy and simple dosa, can be made in minutes.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

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Friday, 5 April 2013

Sura Puttu/Shark Puttu

Sura Puttu/Shark Puttu is a very simple and famous dish in South India. This is one of my mom’s best recipes and I always follow the same without any modifications. It is my all time favorite. Puttu  is one easy way to get the kids to eat fish.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Semiya Payasam/Vermicelli Payasam/Vermicelli Kheer

Semiya Payasam/Vermicelli Payasam/Vermicelli Kheer is a very common and famous dessert in South India. No Tamil feast is complete without a payasam, it is so simple and can be made within minutes. It is one traditional sweet that is made on all auspicious and festive occasions.

Here's how to make it with step by step photos...

Rava Upma /Semolina Upma/Sooji Upma

Rava Upma/Semolina Upma is very simple and easy breakfast to make. Here I made a very simple basic upma with onions and green chillies.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Quick & Simple Egg Bhurji /Spicy Scrambled Eggs

Egg Bhurji/Spicy Scrambled Eggs is very simple and easy dish which can be made within minutes. It can be made with variations like adding green bell pepper, red bell pepper etc, but here I have made it very basic just with onions and green chillies.

Here's how to make it with step by step photos...

Pesarattu/Green Gram Dosa

Pesarattu is a very unique and a delicious dosa/crepe from Andhra Pradesh. It is made with whole green gram, the kids fall in love with this pesarattu  for its green color. It is very healthy and protein packed breakfast. This dosa does not need fermentation, can be made immediately after grinding.

Health benefits: It is highly rich in  fiber and protein. One cup of cooked green gram contains about 15 g of fiber and 14 g of protein. It has both insoluble and water soluble fiber. The water soluble fiber helps in reducing the cholesterol level. It digests slowly and gradually releases glucose, there by stabilizing the blood sugar level. Now lets see how to make pesarattu.

Here's how to make it with step by step photos...

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Mutton Biryani in Oven [Layered Mutton Biryani]

I am happily posting my 100th post, layered mutton biryani in oven. Try out this biryani you will never forget the taste of it. I usually prefer to make biryani in oven when it is for large crowd, it is simple and easy as well.

Here’s the yummy mutton biryani with step by step photos…



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