Showing posts with label Diet Recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Diet Recipes. Show all posts

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Vallarai Keerai Poriyal Recipe/Brahmi Leaves Stir Fry Recipe/ Indian Pennywort Thuvaiyal/ Vallarai Keerai Stir Fry with step by step photos

Vallarai is known for its brain boosting abilities and to cure many diseases in Ayurveda and Siddha treatment since the ancient period. Vallarai is used to revitalize the brain and nervous system, increase attention and concentration, and combat aging. The extract from Vallarai is used in treating memory enhancement and neurodegenerative disorders. Vallarai has amazing medicinal properties which help in fighting many diseases. It plays a vital role in treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and brain related problems like insomnia.

Vallarai has wonderful properties, which helps in curing skin problems like eczema, leprosy, psoriasis and ulcers. Vallarai helps in relaxing muscles and alleviates menstrual pain and disorders. It promotes youthful vitality and longevity and prevents early greying of hair. Hair fall and premature greying of hair can be controlled by using vallarai oil which is readily available in Ayurveda shops.

Vallarai acts as a great cure for joint pain or inflammation, rheumatism, arthritis etc. Not just the above mentioned benefits, vallarai has many other medicinal values and properties and the list goes on. The above information is collected from various websites like Wikipedia, ayurvedictalk.com etc. For people who live outside India can buy the vallarai tablets from Ayurveda shops when you visit Chennai and consume it. With this I am going to move on with today’s recipe – Vallarai Keerai Poriyal. Do try out this delicious poriyal and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out Vallarai Keerai Thuivayal here, other interesting Keerai Recipes here and different types of Keerai Varieties in Tamil & English.

Here’s how to make Vallarai Keerai Poriyal with step by step photos…

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Ragi Drumstick Leaves Adai Recipe/Kezhvaragu Murungai Keerai Adai Recipe/Ragi Murungai Keerai Adai/Ragi Adai Recipe/Ragi Murungai KEerai Adai with step by step photos & Video in English & Tamil

Ragi Murungai Keerai Adai is a very healthy, filling and traditional recipe that is very commonly made in South Indian houses. Ragi Drumstick Leaves Adai can be served for breakfast or as evening snacks for kids. Ragi/Kezhvaragu is wonderful source of Calcium and protein, it also has considerable amount of iron needed for our body. Drumstick leaves/Murungaikeerai is loaded with Iron, Calcium, Potassium and important Vitamins and minerals needed for our body. Do enjoy the combined benefits of both Ragi and Drumstick leaves together in this Adai and enjoy. Meanwhile do check out other interesting and healthy Millet Recipes here , All About Millets here and Starters/Evening Snacks here

Here’s how to make Ragi Murungai Keerai Adai with step by step photos…

Monday, 14 December 2020

Moong dal Sambar Recipe/Paasi Paruppu SambarRecipe/How to make Moong Dal/Paasi Paruppu Sambar with step by step photos & Video

 Moong Dal Sambar/Paasi Paruppu Sambar is a very simple, easy and healthy sambar variety that can be made in no time. If you are running out of time, still want to make a traditional and authentic sambar variety, then Paasi Paruppu Sambar is the right recipe to make. It can be served along with steam cooked white rice or as side dish for Idlis/Dosas. Do try out this delectable Moong Dal Sambar and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting and delicious Sambar Varieties here,South Indian Gravies/Kuzhambu varieties here, Vegetarian Poriyal/VaruvalVarieties here. Please check out the video for the recipe in both English & Tamil

Here’s how to make Moong Dal Sambar with step by step photos…

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Red Ponnanganni Keerai Poriyal Recipe/சிவப்பு பொன்னாங்கண்ணி கீரை பொரியல்/Dwarf Copper Leaf Poriyal/How to make Red Ponnaganni Keerai Poriyal with step by step photos & Video in English and Tamil

Ponnanganni Keerai is called as “Dwarf Copper Leaf” in English and is available throughout the year. The name “Ponnaganni” means glow like gold. It comes two different varieties one with green leaves are called “Nattu Ponnanganni” and the Red ones are called “Seemai Ponnanganni”. It is loaded with iron, calcium and other vital nutrients that make our skin glow. It is an excellent body coolant and reduces body heat when consumed for a period of 48 days. It can be consumed either as ponnaganni keerai poriyal or kootu or even as kuzhambu. Ponnanganni oil/thailam is very famous in Tamil Nadu and is used for treating headaches and also for treating excessive body heat during the summer months. Do try out the Green/Nattu Ponnanganni Keerai Poriyal I have posted earlier and check out other interesting Keerai Recipes here and different types of Keerai Varieties in Tamil & English with photos. Tamil Recipe in the Video.

Here’s how to make Red Ponnanganni Keerai Poriyal with step by step photos and video…

Friday, 17 July 2020

Dwadasi Paaranai/Duadasi Thaligai/Dhuvadasi Menu/Dhuvadasi Paaranai Recipes with step by step photos

Ekadasi Viratham [fasting] is practised by the followers of Lord Vishnu as a step to attain a place in Vaikuntam. Ekadasi vratham is a 3 day vrat which starts on Dashami [10 th Lunar day] and concludes on Dwadasi[12 th Lunar day]. On Dashami and Dwadasi we should eat only twice and on Ekadasi it is complete upavasam [we should not eat anything]. On all three days, Lord MahaVishnu name is chanted and prayers are to be performed. Dwadasi is the day after ekadasi , Paaranai is breaking the fast. One should break the fast after the sunrise of the dwadasi, after the first quarter of the dwadasi tithi has passed, but before the dwadasi tithi has ended. If there’s insufficient time, the fasting can be broken with a Thulasi water. The people who fasted on Ekadasi day will have Dwadasi Paaranai – special meal to finish the fasting. The paaranai should not involve tamarind, tomatoes, plaintains and are made to ease the system after fasting and to balance the acidity levels. Please check out the list of Dhuvadasi Paaranai iterms and how to prepare them with step by step photos

Here’s the list of Dwadasi Paaranai Recipes with step by step photos…

Monday, 29 June 2020

Carrot Soup Recipe/Healthy Carrot Soup Recipe/Healthy Carrot Soup to Build Immunity and Stay Fit/How to Make Carrot Soup with step by step photos & Videos


Carrot Soup, the name says it all, a very healthy and tempting soup to keep everyone and fit and healthy. In addition to regular carrot soup, I have added ginger, turmeric powder, cumin powder and black pepper powder for added taste. Do try out this delicious soup and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting Soup Varieties here.

Here’s how to make Carrot Soup with step by step photos & video…

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Vegetable Soup Recipe/Healthy Vegetable Soup/Mixed Vegetable Soup Recipe/How to make Mixed Vegetable Soup with step by step photos and Video


Today, I am going to share a very healthy and delicious Mixed Vegetable Soup that can be made in a jiffy. I have added carrots, beans, cabbage and corn, you can add more vegetables of your choice. For spice, I have used black pepper powder, but you can add red chilli flakes as well. Do try out this delicious, healthy and tempting soup that will help you stay healthy and build your immunity. Meanwhile do check out other interesting Soups and Salads in the link.

Here’s how to make Vegetable Soup with step by step photos & Video…

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Turmeric Tea Recipe/Turmeric Ginger Tea/Manjal Tea/Manjal Inji Tea/Immune Boosting Tea – How to make Turmeric Tea with step by step photos and Video


Turmeric Tea is an extremely healthy tea, which helps in building strong immune system and is a wonderful anti-inflammatory. Regular consumption of turmeric tea helps in fighting common cold, cough and infections. I have added adhimadhuram/liquorice which helps in maintaining a healthy respiratory tract, boost immunity, digestion and helps in treating chronic inflammation. Another important ingredient added is ginger, which helps in controlling nausea and has high anti-inflammatory properties. Do try out this healthy immune boosting tea and stay healthy. Meanwhile do checkout other healthy Tea and KashayamVarieties here.

Here’s how to make Turmeric Tea with step by step photos…

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Saamai Kanji Recipe/Little Millet Kanji Recipe- Healthy Millet Kanji Recipe/How to make Saamai Paal Kani with Video

Saamai/Little Millet Kanji is a very healthy and filling breakfast which keeps our day going. The seeds of Saamai are smaller than those of other common millet varieties. Saamai is rich in fibre, it helps in reducing fat and is good for bones and muscles. It is loaded with iron and protein. Little millet helps in controlling blood sugar level and is a rich anti-oxidant. Do try out this healthy and filling Saamai Kanji and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting andhealthy Millet/Sirudhaniyam Recipes here and other Kanji/Porridge Varieties here.

Here’s how to make Saamai Kanji with step by step photos and  video...

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Watermelon Juice Recipe/How to make Watermelon juice/Easy Watermelon Juice – Refreshing & Thirst Quenching

 Watermelon is one of the best thirst quenchers for hot summer days. Watermelon helps in keeping our body hydrated and replenishes our body with required nutrients and minerals lost due to sweating. Watermelon has high amount of water content – about 92 % , but is  also loaded with vitamins and minerals. They have significant amount of vitamin A, B6, C, loads of Lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. It is a complete power packed fruit with very less calories that aids in weight loss. Do try out this refreshing, hydrating and thirst quenching water melon juice and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting, healthy and fresh juices/lassi’s/milkshakes/smoothies etchere.

Here’s how to make watermelon juice with step by step photos…

Saturday, 18 April 2020

VaraguArisi Kanji/VaraguArisi Vendhayam & Poondu Kanji/Kodo Millet Porridge/Kodo Millet Porridge with Garlic & Fenugreek –How to make Varagu Arisi Kanji/ வரகுஅரிசி கஞ்சி செய்வது எப்படி

Varagu Arisi Kanji/Kodo Millet Porridge is a very healthy breakfast and a right one to start your day. This varagu kanji can be made in jiffy and is a one pot recipe. When varagu kanji is consumed for breakfast it keeps your day going and you will fell light. Varagu is gluten-free and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. They help in controlling blood sugar and cholesterol. Do try out this Varagu Arisi Kanji and post your comments here. Start your day with a healthy breakfast and lead a healthy life. Also check out other interesting and healthy Millet Recipes here, Kanji & Porridge Recipes here and other Breakfast Recipes here.

Here’s how to make Varagau Arisi Kanji/Porridge with step by step photos…

Monday, 13 April 2020

Neeraagaram/Pazhayadhu/நீராகாரம்/Pazhaya Sadham Recipe/Pazhaya Soru with Pachaimilagai & Onions/Pazhayadhu Recipe – Fermented Left over Rice/How to make Pazhaya Sadham Kanji-Summer Special Body Coolant

Pazhaiyadhu/Pazhaiya Soru/Neeraagaram is one of the healthiest Breakfast recipes handed over by our ancestors to us. ‘Pazhaiya’ in Tamil means old and ‘Sadham’ means rice. The other name is Neeraagaram, in which 'Neer' means water and 'Aagaram' means 'meals'. Pazhayasadham has amazing and astonishing health benefits. Pazhaiyadhu is usually made with Vaditha Sadham [the rice is cooked and excess water is drained] rather than the pressure cooked rice. Pazhaiyadhu/Neeraagaram is a traditional recipe forgotten by many and given less importance in the Indian Cuisine. As years past most of the traditional food practices have gone out of practice. Pazhaidhu is one among them and look down as poor man’s food and ignored irrespective of its nutritional value. Please read below about the benefits of consuming Pazhayadhu/Neeraagaram. Do try out this this healthy and easy bowl of Neeraagaram and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other healthy Kanji and Porridge Varieties here.

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

Monday, 6 April 2020

Vetrilai Thogaiyal/Betel Leaf Chutney/How to make Vetrilai Thogaiyal/Paan Chutney – Healthy Chutney to fight Common Cold & Cough

Vetrilai/Betel Leaf/Paan plays a vital role in poojas, prayers, religious ceremonies, special occasions, weddings etc. Including betel leaves in our diet is important because they have many curative and healing health benefits. The betel leaves/vetrilai is loaded with vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, carotene and is a wonderful source of calcium. They help in controlling blood sugar, cures bleeding gums, eliminates bad breath and helps in increasing metabolic rate. Vetrilai/betel leaves helps in fighting common cold & cough and builds our immune system. They are basically ornamental creepers and can be grown even in our balconies. This Vetrilai thogaiyal is a delicious and healthy side dish that can be served along with idlis/dosa etc or can be even served with a bowl of steam cooked white rice. Do try out this Vetrilai Thogaiyal and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out VetrilaiPoondu Sadam/Betel Leaves& Garlic Rice here and other interesting Chutneys/Thogaiyal Varieties here.

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

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Thakkali Kai Kootu/Pachha Thakkali Kootu/Green Tomato Kootu - தக்காளி காய் கூட்டு

Thakkali Kai Kootu is a South Indian delicacy made with raw/green tomatoes/thakkali kai along with dal and fresh ground coconut paste. It is a very simple,  healthy, spicy and tangy kootu that can be prepared as side dish and served with white rice or rotis. The green tomatoes are not available all the time in the market, but whenever I find these beautiful, tangy green tomatoes/tomatillos, I make it a point to buy them and make either kootu or thogaiyal. Do try out this lovely and healthy Thakkali Kai Kootu and post your comments here. Meanhwile do check out other interesting and delicious Kootu Varieties and other  Sambars/Dal/Rasamvarieties here.

Here’s how to make Thakkali Kadi Kootu with step by step photos…

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Agathi Keerai Kootu Recipe/Agathi Keerai Paasi Paruppu Kootu Recipe/Agathi Keerai Kootu with step by step photos

Today, I am going to share a very healthy and super delicious Agathi Keerai Kootu with paasi paruppu/moong dal. Agathi Keerai has numerous health benefits loaded with vitamin A, E, C and other minerals like calcium, phosphorous, Iron etc. It contains 8.4% of protein, 1.4% of fat, 3.1% of minerals. Agathi Keerai helps in easy digestion, cures acidity related problems, regulates urination, cures stomach ulcer and reduces the stress to a great extent. I have mentioned only few benefits of Agathi Keerai , with this short note let's moves on to the kootu recipe. Do check out Agathi Keerai Poriyal I have posted earlier here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting and healthy Kootu varieties here.

Here’s how to make Agathi Keerai Kootu with step by step photos…

Friday, 10 January 2020

Agathi Keerai Poriyal/Agathi Keerai Curry –How to make Agathi Keerai Poriyal/Humming Bird Tree Leaves Stir Fry

Agathi Keerai has numerous health benefits and loaded with vitamin A, E, C and other minerals like calcium, phosphorous, Iron etc.  It contains 8.4% of Protein, 1.4% of Fat and 3.1 % of Minerals. According to the Siddha School of Medicine, Agathi Keerai has 63 curative benefits. Mainly, it reduces body heat and cools the eyes, heals the wounds and is a wonderful remedy for mental depression and other illnesses. The terms “Agathi” refers to “fir inside”, it will ignite the fire inside all the organs and equalize the blood circulation throughout the body. Agathi Keerai helps in easy digestion, cures acidity related problems, regulates urination, cures stomach ulcer and reduces the stress to a great extent.[Content Source: Vikatan]. I have mentioned only few important benefits of Agathi Keerai, but still there are many more. Lets include Agathi Keerai atleast once a month in our diet and enjoy the benefits. This Agathi Keerai Poriyal is usually prepared on Dhuvadasi day[Next to Vaikunda Ekadasi] for meal after complete fasting, which helps in reducing the acidity levels. Do try out this healthy Agathi Keerai Poriyal and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting and healthy Keerai Recipes here and other vegetarian side dishes here. Also check out Nellikkai Thayir Pachadi, PorichaRasam/Dhuvadasi Rasam and Mor Kuzhambu prepared for Dhuvadasi in the links and Dhuvadasi Paranai/Thalagam here.

Here’s how to make Agathi Keerai Poriyal with step by step photos…

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Nellikkai Pachadi/Nellikkai Thayir Pachadi/Gooseberry Raita Recipe/Amla Raitha

“Nellikkai” is the Indian gooseberry is called the Power House of Nutrition. Neelikkai in Tamil is called as Amla in Hindi and Gooseberry in English. Nellikkai is a wonderful fruit is extremely good for the hair, immunity and a great remedy for cold, coughs and helps in fighting infections. Nellikkai pachadi is usually made on dhuvadasi which falls after the ekadasi fasting. This is a very easy thayir pachadi that can be made in a jiffy and is a perfect side dish with SundakkaiVatha Kuzhambu or any South Indian Kuzhambu variety and with Poricha Rasam. Do try out this healthy and tempting Nellikkai Pachadi and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting Raithas/Pachadis here.

Here’s how to make Nellikkai Pachadi with step by step photos…

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Red Rice Dosa/Sivappu Arisi Dosai/Healthy Sivappu Arisi Dosa –Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Red Rice/Sivappu Arisi is a special variety of rice loaded with antioxidants called anthocyanins. This antioxidant gives a beautiful and rich red color to the rice. The anitoxidants in red rice helps in reducing symptoms of inflammation, helps in preventing cancer and weight loss management. This red rice is one healthy alternative to the regular idli rice. Red rice/Sivappu arisi has a nutty flavour and packed with nutrients such as Vitamin B, iron, calcium, zinc etc. This dosa has a beautiful pink color which will surely attract the kids. Do try out this red rice dosa and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting Breakfast recipes here and Red Rice Idli here.

Here’s how to make Red Rice Dosa with step by step photos…

Monday, 9 December 2019

Coriander, Cumin & Fennel Tea/ CCF Tea - Ayurvedic Tea to Boost Digestion & Detoxify/CCF Tea for weight Loss/How to make CCF powder & Tea

CCF tea/Coriander Cumin & Fennel is yet another healthy tea from my kitchen. Including CCF tea in our diet on daily basis aids an array of health benefits by decreasing the inflammation and detoxifies our body. It is also loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and rich in antioxidants to support our health. Do try out this healthy tea and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting tea/beverages here.

Here's how to make Coriander, Cumin & Fennel Tea Powder & tea ...