December 31, 2014

Vegetable Masala Dosai

Usually we make dosai with spreading the potato and onion masala inside the dosai. For a change try this vegetable masal dosai which is colorful and healthy. Another way to make the kids to eat vegetables...


Tip #16: Amazing Tips for a Fabulous Cooking

Irrespective of our experience in kitchen some times we fail to know  Smart Samayal Tips which can make our cooking Faster, Tastier &Healthier. Here are some tips which I collected from different sources and follow in daily cooking:



December 30, 2014

Tip #12: When and How to add Salt?

For any type of cooking, Salt is the inevitable Ingredient that gives taste and the entire taste of an item changes drastically if it is added a bit more or we forget to add Salt. It also serves as natural preservative. Though we add salt to all food items there are some Smart Samayal Tips to follow When to add and How to add salt?



December 29, 2014

Tip #4: Three Easy Steps to make a Greek Dip at your Home!!

Apart from Jam, Sauce and Mayonnaise the people of Greece and Mediterranean countries make a unique and delicious Bread Spread called Skordalia. The name may sound complicated but the preparation is very easy. Make your ordinary bread sandwich a rich and special one with our Smart Samayal Tip..


December 28, 2014

Crunchy Salad

This simple and easy to make salad is a any time healthy  filling appetizer even loved by children. It can be had as a meal too.


Cashew nut Pulao

Cashew nut pulao is an easy and rich recipe which is a real treat to growing children. It is very ideal for the party menu. Spicy Paneer masala or Baby corn masala is an ideal combination for this. A simple raitha also serves good.....


December 27, 2014

Home made French Fries

French Fries! Everybody's favorite snack!! Who can resist munching french fries after seeing it? Here is the simple recipe of French Fries with no compromise in taste. Make French Fries at home and surprise your Kids. Have it as side dish for Pulao varieites or as Snacks with tomato sauce...


December 26, 2014

French Onion Soup

A mouth watering soup from the International cuisine. No doubt that it is a treat for the lovers of Onion. Very easy to make at home . 


December 25, 2014

Oniona and Tomato Kuruma

A very easy to make Kuruma that tastes extraordinarily well. Once you  taste this, I  guarantee that you will become an addict to this. This kuruma surprisingly also goes very well with Idli and Dosa. A mild spicy gravy with the richness of onion and tomato is one of the best combination for the Indian bread varieties too..



December 24, 2014

Chilli Idli

Do your kids complain that they are bored of eating idli as tiffin often? We all know that Idli is the healthy and traditional food and how can we compromise it ? Don't worry. Try this method and make idlis more attractive and often sought recipe. This can also be taken for lunch box...


Idiyappam (Rice String Hoppers)

Idiyappam is a  simple, tasty recipe and very easily digestible one since it is steamed. It is a regular breakfast item of the people of Kerala and Tamilnadu. Though ready mix Idiyappam is available in the shops, making it with home made flour tastes exceptionally soft, fresh and good.  Idiyappam can be made easily once we make the flour ready and keep a stock of it. Vegetable stew, Kuruma and Kadappa are the side dishes that suit idiyappam very well. We also have it with morekuzhambu...


December 23, 2014

Mochai Kara Kuzhambu (Field Beans Tangy Gravy)

A typical Tamilnadu's Tangy Gravy with Field beans is called Mochai Kara kuzhambu.This is a mouth watering kuzhambu variety . This kuzhambu with hot steamed rice and any vegetable stir fry goes very well. Mochai kuzhambu is  an unbeatable combination for curd rice too. This kuzhambu can be used for 2 or 3 days refrigerating...


December 22, 2014

Authentic Sambar Powder Recipe

Sambar is the signature recipe of Tamilnadu and the making of sambar becomes very easy if you have this Sambar Powder with you. The sambar tastes very delicious because of the perfect blend of the spices in the right proportion. This is the recipe of the traditional brahmin sambar powder followed in my family over generations....


December 21, 2014

Carrot Stir Fry with Freshly Ground Spices


Though we use carrot in different ways in our regular course of cooking, we feel sometimes that the plain carrot curry does not go well as the side dish because of its sweetness. Try this carrot curry and relish the fantastic taste .....


December 17, 2014

Green Tomato Kootu

GreenTomato Kootu is a perfect accompaniment for rice. Green raw tomatoes taste very delicious with mild sourness and hence tamarind need not be added while cooking this. This kootu can also be had with Chappathis or Rotis...

Ingredients for making Green Tomato Kootu:







Chopped green raw tomatoes from 8 to 10 tomatoes

Thur dal 3 tb spoons

Mustard seeds and cumin seeds for seasoning

Curry leaves

For Kootu Paste:

Heat 2 tea spoons of oil in a pan and fry 1 tb spoon of urad dal and 4 red chillies to brown. After they get cooled add 2 tb spoons of coconut with them and grind to paste with water and keep aside.

Method for making Green Tomato Kootu:

In a pressure pan add thur dal at the bottom. Then add tomato pieces on them. Pour 2 cups of water and add 1/2 tea spoon of turmeric powder. Cook them to 2 whistles.















After the steam is released, mix them and boil them with required salt. Add the coconut paste and curry leaves. Saute it with mustard seeds, cumin seeds and hing powder in a tea spoon of oil.


December 15, 2014

Black Urad dal and Pepper Adai (A perfect winter tiffin)

This is a healthy Adai (dosa) recipe made of lentils, pepper and cumin seed. The split black urad dal is very good for health when had with the black skin. It gives good aroma and crispy texture to the dosa. The pepper and cumin seed add good taste and flavor to this Adai. A perfect tiffin for the winter season...


December 13, 2014

Karunai Kizhangu Puli Kuzhambu (Yam Tamarind Kuzhambu)

Karunaikizhangu is a root vegetable and also a traditional vegetable.  In  month of December and January here in Tamilnadu the markets are flooded with varieties of root vegetables freshly available after harvesting. Its texture resembles senai kizhangu but a different taste.  This Kuzhambu tastes very delicious and we all love to have this with hot rice and with idlis...


December 12, 2014

Pirandai Thogayal (Veldt Grape Chutney)

Pirandai thogayal is the authentic chutney variety of Tamil Cuisine. It is a healthy, tasty and easy chutney.  It has amazing health benefits and very easily can be grown in the kitchen garden. It is mixed with hot rice and had usually. It can also be had as side dish for curd rice and dosa. Pirandai is also known as 'edible stemmed vine'. It has analgesic properties and  enhances digestion...


December 11, 2014

Ridge Gourd Gravy (Peerkangai Masala)

Ridge gourd gravy is a tasty, spicy, easy and must try recipe. It can be had with Indian breads and also with rice.


December 09, 2014

Thayir Semiya / Semiya Bagalabath (Curd Vermicelli)

This is a cool and refreshing recipe that suits for Lunch box and also for dinner. It is usually served in parties also in the place of curd rice. Very easy to make and tasty....


December 08, 2014

Pakarkai Pitlai

Pakarkai Pitlai is a traditional and famous Tamil Brahmin recipe cooked with bitter gourd and boiled lentils. Since the freshly ground spices are added it gives a wonderful taste. The consistency will be slightly thicker than sambar. It is used as kuzhambu/sambar and also as a side dish for Morekuzhambu rice...


December 06, 2014

Traditional Coconut Chutney Type 3 (Getty Thengai Chutney)

This is the typical Nellai style coconut chutney made for Dosa and Adai. Shallots are used in this chutney to get special flavour. Very less water is used to get thick chutney. It also tastes good to have with Tamarind rice or Lemon rice....


Murungai Keerai Dosai (Drumstick Leaves Dosai)

Drumstick leaves are specially considered to have all the vitamins and proteins needed by us. Drumstick leaves are very rich in Calcium, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Iron. Make it a  practice to use this in cooking often and enjoy the health benefits. A different dosa recipe made of Drumstick Leaves...


December 05, 2014

Bottlegourd Tomato Kootu without Coconut

Bottle gourd is known to combat excessive thirst in diabetic patients. Bottle gourd is also considered one of the best weight loss foods since it is 96 percent water and provides just 12 calories per 100g of serving. It is rich in, thiamin, vitamin C, zinc, iron and magnesium thus helping in improving overall health. Make this coconut less Bottlegourd kootu with moong dal and enjoy its health benefits...


Kathirikkai Gothsu (Brinjal and Onion Tangy Gravy)


The best side dish for Ven pongal, Arisi uppma and Upma Kozhukkattai. But can also be had with hot idlis. This tangy, hot and spicy gravy is very famous in Thanjavur district. The method of preparing this side dish differs from place to place in Tamilnadu..



December 04, 2014

Adai (Lentils and Rice Dosai)

Adai is a Traditional Protein rich Tiffin made out of lentils, rice and chillies. It is a healthy and stomach filling tiffin made as either breakfast or dinner. When you have it with a teaspoon of butter coated on it and with a piece of jaggery it tastes heavenly. Adai Avial is the most popular combo. It can also be had with any chutney or with a simple cup of curd...


December 03, 2014

Karthigai Pori Urundai (Dry Puffed Rice Sweet Balls)

Pori urundai is the special sweet we offer to Lord Karthikeya on the festival Karthigai. This is a tasty sweet and also a very healthy and safe snack. We make Pori Urundai out of Nel pori and Aval Pori. Here I give the recipe of Aval Pori Urundai (Puffed rice Sweet Balls)


Karthigai Pori Urundai (Dry Puffed Rice Sweet Balls)

Pori urundai is the special sweet we offer to Lord Karthikeya on the festival Karthigai. This is a tasty sweet and also a very healthy and safe snack. We make Pori Urundai out of Nel pori and Aval Pori. Here I give the recipe of Aval Pori Urundai (Puffed rice Sweet Balls)


December 01, 2014

Coconut and Dal Chutney Powder


The blended flavour of Fried lentils, Roasted coconut and garlic gives a wonderful side dish for Idli, Dosa, Uppma and Curd Rice (The best combo). It can be stored for 10 days and hence helps a lot during hectic schedule and also for travel...