Friday, 28 February 2014

Vendhaya Kuzhambu/Fenugreek Seeds Gravy – Tamil Nadu Special

“Vendhaya Kuzhambu/Fenugreek Seeds Gravy” is a traditional and authentic kuzhambu prepared in all most all the homes of Tamil Nadu. I was looking at my recipe index and then I realized I have not posted some very common and important kuzhambu varieties of Tamil Nadu. So today I decided to post my mom’s Vendhaya Kuzhambu. Try this aromatic and flavourful Vendhaya Kuzhambu and have a great day.

Here’s how to make Vendhaya Kuzhambu with step by step photos….

Thursday, 27 February 2014

GarvaNu – Wheat Flour Kheer [Gujarati Delight]/Wheat Flour Paayasam/Godhumai Maavu Paayasam

Today I am sharing with you all friends, readers, followers and subscribers a very happy and sweet news. From now on priyas virundhu is no more with blogspot, we have our own domain So friends please keep visiting and encouraging us as always. Thank you all for your kind support and encouragement.

GarvaNu is a kheer from South of Gujarat. I came across this special and authentic recipe of Gujarat in Rishtey channel. The aroma of the roasted wheat flour and combined together with the flavourful cinnamon powder is just tantalizing. The GarvaNu is not supposed to be cloyingly sweet, but you can very well adjust the sweetness according to your taste. Try out this luscious kheer and have a great day. Do check out other delightful Paysam/Kheer varieties here.

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

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

More Kuzhambu/Mor Kuzhambu [Without Vegetables]

Today I am going to share a very basic, common, simple and appetizing more kuzhambu made in almost all the houses of Tamil Nadu. Usually I add vegetables to more kuzhambu, but today my refrigerator was empty and I was kind of lazy to do shopping. So I ended up making a plain more kuzhambu without any vegetables, but I promise you all that I will be posting more kuzhambu with vegetables real soon. For now enjoy this simple and divine more kuzhambu. Check out other South Indian Kuzhambu varieties here...

Here’s how to make More kuzhambu with step by step photos…

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Onion Tomato Chutney [Side dish for idlis, dosas, uthappam, etc]

Chutneys play a vital role in South Indian breakfast. I always tend to make different types of chutneys for breakfast or dinner so that I don’t get bored cooking and my family doesn’t get bored eating the same type of chutney again and again. Today I made very simple and easy onion tomato chutney which can be made in a breeze. Do not forget to check out other delectable and mouth-watering Chutney/Thogaiyal varieties here.

Here’s how to make Onion Tomato chutney with step by step photos…

Monday, 24 February 2014

Easy & Quick Rasam with Rasam Powder/Instant Tomato Rasam

Rasam is a staple South Indian Soup eaten with steamed rice or drank as such as soup. I just love rasam, when I am in no mood to cook then I make this simple and quick rasam with potato fry and enjoy my day. Do check out other RasamVarieties by clicking here.

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

Badam Pisin With Milk/How to use Badam Pisin[Almond Gum]/Badam Pisin – natural body coolant

Badam pisin or Almond gum is an edible gum collected from badam/almond trees. Badam tree bark secretes the gum and it gets dried up, which is later collected and used for medicinal purposes. They look like little rocks which are white in colour and an excellent natural body coolant. The famous drink of Tamil Nadu - Jigarthanda, Rose milk etc are prepared by adding Nannari sarbat to the badam pisin. The badam pisin is soaked overnight in water which then becomes like jelly; this jelly can then be used along with sarbats.  Badam Pisin is a natural jelly which can be consumed by everyone to beat the heat and keep the body cool. This is badam pisin milk is an easy and simple home remedy during the hot summer days. My grandma used to give this for us and now I do it for my kids or for myself. Do you really want to see how the badam pisin looks like and how it turns into a jelly, then scroll down further for more photos...

Here’s how to make Badam Pisin Milk with step by step photos…

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Banana Bread with Wheat Flour [No Butter & No Eggs]

As I said in my earlier post I am making and baking a lot of healthy snacks at home. One such healthy bread I made is the Banana Bread with wheat flour. My kids liked the banana muffins a lot, so thought of making banana bread with wheat flour without adding butter or eggs. Try this healthy banana bread friends, you will surely love it.

Here’s how to make Banana Bread with step by step photos…

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Ullundhu Paal/Urad dal Milk/Urad dal Payasam/Urad dal Kheer/Health drink for Kids - Tamil Nadu Special

As a parent and mom of two kids I am always on the lookout of healthy and tasty food that can be made easily without any hassles. This Ullundhu paal/Urad dal payasam is one such recipe I came across in Vikatan long time ago. Ullundhu Paal is a special, traditional and authentic health drink prepared in Thirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. It is a very healthy drink, prepared with milk and palm sugar. This Ullundhu pal is a must for girls and growing children as energy booster and helps in maintaining a healthy body and mind.  Do check out urad dal kali/urad dal halwa, yet another urad dal dish made especially for girls. A short note about the panam/panang kalakandu which is used in preparing this milk. Panang kalkandu is a kind of rock sugar made from panam pathaneer[Palm tree] which is extracted from the flower of palmera tree. It is loaded with medicinal value, reduces the body heat, cures cough, cures gastric problems and is rich in minerals like magnesium, chromium and iron.  Try this authentic and traditional health drink of Tamil Nadu and you will surely love it. Check out other Payasam Varieties here.

Here’s how to make Ullundhu Paal with step by step photos…

Dates & Nuts Cake [Egg less & Butter less]

Dates & nuts cake is a delectable and a very easy cake to make. The most astonishing part is, though the cake is egg less and butter less, it is still spongy, soft, moist and yummy. The addition of nuts is optional, but when added has small crunchy bites makes the nutritious and healthy.

Here’s how to make Dates & Nuts cake with step by step photos…

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Dill Leaves Vadai/Dill leaves Kadalai Paruppu Vadai

Dill leaves vadai is a very aromatic, delicate tasting and flavourful vada. Before going into the recipe I would like to share a few things about Dill leaves. Dill is native to Mediterranean and East European regions. Dill leaves are feathery, fern like and dark green in colour. Fresh and dried dill leaves are widely used as herbs in Russia, Germany, Greece, Poland, Norway and many other countries. In India dill is known as shepu in Marathi, savaa in Hindi, soa in Punjabi, sadhakuppu in Tamil, soa-kura in Telugu, sabbasige soppu in Kannada and chathakuppa in Malayalam. Dill is a unique plant, because both its leaves and seeds are used as seasoning. It is rich in vitamin A, C, B6, folates, riboflavin, calcium, iron and other important minerals. Dill has an essential oil called Eugenol, which has been in therapeutic use as local anaesthetic and antiseptic. Eugenol also has been found to reduce sugar levels in diabetics. Dill seeds have been used in traditional medicines for digestion, as disinfectant, for more milk production in nursing mothers and to cure neurological symptoms like headaches and neural instability. [Information collected from various websites including Wikipedia]. Do check out other Vadai Varieties here and other interesting Starters/EveningSnacks/Appetizers here.

Here’s how to make Dill leaves Vadai with step by step photos…

Monday, 17 February 2014

Rasam Powder Recipe/Home Made Rasam Powder/Rasa Podi

Today I am sharing a very flavourful and aromatic rasam powder. I usually don’t make rasam powder; I love the fresh rasam masala. But my MIL always makes rasam powder and stores it in air tight container. After my marriage things started to change slowly, I started to like the aromatic flavours of rasam powder. It comes in very handy for everyone, so that rasam can be made in minutes without a mixer or mortar & pestle. Try out this flavourful rasam powder and make rasam you will surely love it.

Here’s how to make Rasam Powder with photos…

Friday, 14 February 2014

Caramel Custard Pudding/ Mexican Flan - Happy Valentine's Day

Today from Priya’s Virudhu, we are wishing each and every one of you, “Happy Valentine’s Day”. Love for your friends, family or any one special is always in your heart, Valentine’s Day is the special day to express your true love, show that you really care and cherish all the little moments. So for this special day, I made Caramel Custard Pudding as a special treat for my loving family. It is a very light, delicate and heavenly tasting dessert prepared in most of the places in India. 

Here’s how to make Caramel Custard Pudding with step by step photos…

Chicken Tikka Masala – Restaurant Style

Yesterday I did post Chicken Tikka, today I grilled another batch of chicken tikka and made the very famous, authentic and traditional chicken tikka masala. This chicken tikka masala is Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe whom I adore a lot. Do follow this fool proof  recipe and you will surely not fail. So friends when you can make Chicken Tikka Masala, restaurant style what are you waiting for? Give it a shot and you will surely love the rich, creamy and delectable chicken tikka masala. Check out other interesting and tempting Non-vegetarian gravies/biryanis/varuval/pulavs here.

Here’s how to make Chicken Tikka Masala with step by step photos…

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Chicken Tikka Made in Oven

Chicken Tikka is a very popular and authentic dish in the Indian subcontinent. Not only in India or Pakistan it is very famous around the world and seen in most of the restaurant menus. The word “Tikka” means “bits” or “pieces”. Chicken Tikka is traditionally made with small pieces of boneless chicken, by marinating them with mixture and spices and yogurt, then threaded in skewers and baked in clay-based oven called the tandoor. Chicken Tikka is most places is also grilled over red-hot coals and brushed with ghee for added flavor and taste.

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

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Blueberry Muffins [No Butter]

Today I made very simple and easy blueberry muffins for my kids. The fresh blueberries in the muffins were really extraordinary. Blueberries are one type of berries with dark indigo colour and have the highest antioxidants level. The blueberries activate fat burning genes in abdominal fat cells to assist with weight loss. So, one handful of blueberries in your morning breakfast helps in burning the excess fat.  Not only that they are rich in vitamin C, E, riboflavin, niacin and folate.

Here is how to make Blueberry Muffins with step by step photos…

Monday, 10 February 2014

Whole Chicken Roast [With Indian Tandoori Masala]

Today I am going to share with you all a very delicious and easy whole chicken roast infused with all Indian spices and oven roasted. With not much of introduction I am moving on to the recipe.

Here’s how to make Whole Chicken Roast with step by step photos…

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Onion Chicken Fry

Are you looking for a quick, hassle free chicken fry without any grinding, then here it is – Onion chicken fry. It is perfect for bachelors and if you are really in a hurry to cook something fast, delicious and mouth-watering. Check out other interesting and tempting Non-vegetarian gravies/biryanis/varuval/pulavs here.

Here’s how to make Onion Chicken Fry with step by step photos…

Friday, 7 February 2014

Potato Raita/Urulaikizhangu raita

Today I am sharing with you a very healthy, easy quick and delicious potato raita. An absolute winner among the kids, I sometimes make them as evening snacks for my girls. Without much introduction I am moving on to the recipe, do check out my other raita recipes here.

Here’s how to make Potato Raita with step by step photos…

Thursday, 6 February 2014

White Vegetable Kurma /Vellai Kurma – Restaurant Style

I know most of you must have had Vegetable White Kurma in restaurants served as accompaniment for chapathis/rotis or pulavs/biryanis. Wondering how to make this delectable White Vegetable Kurma? It is made by grinding coconut, poppy seeds, coconut, milk and green chillies. This kurma has a rich and creamy texture and  a very healthy dish. Do check out other interesting Kurma Varieties here. 

Here’s how to make White Vegetable Kurma with step by step photos…

Baba Ganoush – Middle Eastern Delight

Baba Ganoush is a dish made out of Eggplant/Aubergine/Kathrikkai, along with tahini paste, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. The Eggplant/Aubergine is baked or broiled over an open flame and the skin is peeled out. This is done to make the Eggplant pulp soft and to get a smoky taste. It is a very common and popular dip eaten along with kuboos/pita bread in the Middle East. I have had this Baba Ganoush several times in Lebanese restaurants when I used to live in USA. Another very similar and authentic dip/chutney made in Tamil Nadu [South India] is the Sutta Kathrikkai Chutney which also has the smoky taste along with Indian spices and seasoning. Do check out the Tahini Paste which is the base for the Baba Ganoush and also try out the Sutta Kathrikkai Chutney – South Indian version of Baba Ganoush.

Here’s how to make Baba Ganoush with step by step photos…

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Kothamalli Thogaiyal/Cilantro Thogaiyal/Coriander leaves Thogaiyal [Without Coconut]

Today I am posting a very healthy, flavourful and delectable Kothamalli Thogaiyal. I love this thogaiyal, because of its course texture, slightly tangy and spicy taste and packed with flavours. Kothamalli thogaiyal does not get spoilt very easily for about 5-6 days when handled properly with clean spoon. It is rich in vitmains, minerals and packed with fiber. When making either kothamalli chutney or kothamalli thogaiyal, don’t just use the leaves, use the tender part of the stem also, it is loaded with fiber and helps in digestion. Before going into the recipe do check out other Chutney and thogaiyal varieties here.

Here’s how to make Kothamalli Thogaiyal with step by step photos…

Monday, 3 February 2014

Karamani/Black Eyed Beans Patties/Tikkis

Yesterday I posted a very healthy and delicious Black Eyed Bean Soup, I had about a cup of cooked beans left. So I made some healthy patties as evening snacks for my kids. It is so easy, quick and super healthy, you can have them for evening snacks or toast some bread slices, keep the patties in the middle along with a cheese slice and have them as sandwiches.

Here’s how to make Black Eyed Beans Patties/Tikkis with step by step photos…

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Black Eyed Beans Soup/Karamani Soup

Black Eyed Bean is a small bean with creamy texture, rich in protein and pack with fibre. If you are looking for a simple, healthy and filling dinner, just make a pot of soup and serve them with bread. Check out other healthy and filling soup varieties here.

Here’s how to make Black Eyed Beans Soup with step by step photos…