August 31, 2016

Butter Mullu Murukku

An easy way to make mouth melting, crispy Mullu Murukku with minimum ingredients. By following this method with Just with 2 table spoons of butter  you can make your murukku as tasty as it is made of fully butter...


August 30, 2016

Tomato & Cheese Frankie

Kids love to carry this tomato and cheese frankies in lunch box. For elders, skip the cheese and instead just spread half teaspoon of butter and make the mouth watering frankies. The stuffing can be made in advance on the previous day or during week ends and hence you can make the frankies ready without any mess...


August 29, 2016

Pachai Sundaikkai Kuzhambu / Fresh Turkey Berry Kuzhambu

Though we use the dried Sundaikkai in cooking often, we can make use of this fresh ones only when it is available in the market during the season. This is an ancient ingredient that we use in cooking. I never miss to buy and store them in freezer whenever I see them in the market...


August 28, 2016

Thakkali / Tomato Pachadi

Thakkali pachadi or Tomato raitha is a simple, tasty, delicious and creamy side dish. It is served as a side dish for any pulao varieties. Traditionally we make it as a side dish whenever we make Poricha kuzhambu. Since Poricha Kuzhambu is made without tamarind, tomatoes and curd in this pachadi give a wonderful combo... 


August 27, 2016

Urulaikizhangu / Potato Podimos

Urulaikizhangu Podimos is the most traditional way of making Potato curry for the guests and during feasts in Tamil Brahmin families. It is a  mandatory item to be served especially during the visit of son in law in olden days. It is s an unbeatable combo to have with Sambhar rice...


August 26, 2016

Mor Venthasar

A simple & tasty  Kuzhambu that can be made in just five minutes. We make this yummy kuzhambu the next day of any festival feast to give a break from usual menu . This kuzhambu is mixed with hot rice and had with any vegetable stir fry roasted pappad...


August 24, 2016

Paal Poli / Milk Poli

Instead of Payasam this sweet is made on certain occasions like Aavani avitam and Krishna Jayanthi. It is a traditional, mouth melting delicacy. The fried polis soaked in creamy milk with powdered nuts taste heavenly...


August 23, 2016

Muparuppu Vadai / Three Lentils fritters

An authentic Tamil Brahmin Recipe made during any pooja as Prasad with three lentils. It is made without onion and garlic.  A very mild variation from masal vadai and aamai vadai makes this to remain soft for a longer time.  This vada is very much suited for making Rasa Vadai too..


August 22, 2016

Gokulashtami Recipes / Krishna jayanthi Recipes

Gokulashtami is also known as Sree Jayanthi or Krishna Jayanthi and it is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. Different Sweet and Savory snacks are made on this day and Sri Krishna's most favourite Seedai, Butter and Aval (Poha) is mainly offered to Little Krishna along with other items. Here is the list of all sweet and savory snacks & Poha recipes...


August 21, 2016

Crispy Thattai ( Rice Crackers)

Thattai made of Rice flour and urad dal powder is the traditional snack and festival recipe of South India. We make this for Diwali, Gokulashtami and some times even as evening snack. usually we add red chilli powder for the spiciness and for a change I some times add green chilli paste to get a different flavour and taste...


August 20, 2016

Manjal Pongal and Thaalagam (Yellow Dal Rice with Mixed Vegetable Gravy)

Every year in the Tamil month of Aadi , every Tuesday this Manjal Pongal and Thalaga Kuzhambu is made by Tirunelveli Brahmins. Manjal pongal is a simple dal rice / pongal and  Thalagam is the Mixed veg gravy made with roasted sesame seeds and coconut.  We add either ghee or coconut oil with the hot steaming dal rice and mix with the Thalagam. Vadams (Rice crisps) are the best side dish for this rice. 


August 19, 2016

Curry and Kootu Powder

Make this aromatic and tasty curry powder to make your cooking simple, easy and yummy. With this nutty powder in hand you can make wonders in cooking from chutney to pulao with different tastes. Here is the recipe and and tips to use this powder in cooking...


Beet and Carrot Halwa

Instead of making Halwa exclusively out of carrot or beetroot making them combined gives good colour and yields  more quantity . Moreover grating of beetroot is easier and just two large size beets yield more stuff. Adding some Khoya / Khoa  gives a mild chewy texture and makes it delightful...


August 17, 2016

Avani Avittam Menu

Here is the list of recipes we usually make on Avani Avittam. The different possible menus with options that could be prepared for this special day is given with the recipes...


Keerai Thandu Thengai Kuzhambu ( A gravy with the tender stems of Amaranth leaves)

Have you ever used the tender stem parts of the Greens for any kuzhambu? They absorb the spices and flavours from the gravy, become soft and tastes very delicious to have. This is the traditional tamil brahmin Kuzhambu made with the green stems, coconut and butter milk...


August 16, 2016

Thatte Idli

Thatte idli is an authentic Karnataka recipe. The flat idlis melt in mouth with sponge texture. It is served in almost every retauraunt there with varieties of chutneys and sambar. The same batter can also be used to get fluffy regular idlis. Though the original version asks for making the batter in the wet grinder, I used only mixer to grind the batter and the result was outstanding....


August 12, 2016

Idi Sambhar / Sambhar with freshly ground spices

Idi sambhar is the special sambhar made in Tirunelveli district by using roasted fresh spices and powdering them coarsely. Different vegetables are used to make this more colourful, flavourful and healthy. This sambar is aromatic & delicious..


August 11, 2016

Sweet Kozhukattai / Thengai Pooran Koazhukattai

The most offered sweet to Lord Ganesha which is not only his favorite but everybody's favourite is Sweet Kozhukattai. The pooran stuffed inside the sweet kozhukattai is made traditionally with coconut and jagerry. Nowadays we make sweet kozhukattais with different stuffings. We make this Sweet Kozhukattai not only for Ganesh Chathurthi, but also for Varalakshmi Pooja, Thai velli and Aadi Velli Kizhamais...


August 10, 2016

Ulutham Kozhukattai / Urad dal Kozhukattai

Spicy version of sweet kozhukattai made with urad dal and chillies. This is made as neividhyam on Vinayaka chathurthi. Since it is a steamed and healthy food I make this as evening tiffin too. Whenever I make Sweet Kozhukattai on festive days, I make a point to make this also for my mother in law who is diabetic...


Pacharisi Idli / Idli for Vrat days

Usually on Vrat days we avoid taking parboiled rice. So we make any tiffin made out of wheat or raw rice. For Varalakshmi Pooja, which is celebrated this year on August 12, idlis made out of Raw rice is an important Neividhyam. Follow some simple tips to get soft idlis that stay fresh for longer time...


August 08, 2016

Madhulai Rasam / Pomegranate Rasam

The recipe for Madhulai  rasam / soup written by me was published a month back in a Tamil magazine in the category  iron rich recipes. My friends and relatives, who read the recipe, made this and gave me the feed back that they liked it very much. Here is the recipe for the rasam...


August 07, 2016

Kothamalli Sadham / Coriander leaves Rice

Last week my friend called me to ask the recipe for the coriander leaves rice that is served in South Indian  marriages nowadays. Oh! it flashed immediately to me, how could I miss this to post in my blog? A very simple but aromatic and yummy though it is made without onion and garlic.An ideal lunch box recipe too...


August 06, 2016

Thayir Vadai / Dahi vada

Posting Thayir Vada recipe in my blog is a long time pending. Since I make this on either festival days or for guests I fail to take photographs somehow. This time I made it for Sunday Lunch to take photos exclusively to post in my blog.  Who can refuse to have this soft mouth melting Vadas soaked in curd? If you follow very simple tips while making this you can get perfect Thayir vadas as served in Marriage feasts and restaurants...


August 04, 2016

Baby corn Tikka Masala

Every bite of the fried baby corns sauteed in heavy spiced gravy tastes delicious and a perfect side dish for any Indian bread variety. A different Baby corn recipe apart from usual baby corn manchurian or baby corn masala. Here is the simple and step by step perfect recipe to get tasty Baby corn Tikka masala gravy...


August 03, 2016

Simple Tomato Fry

One of the best side dish for rotis, chapathis or pulkhas. A lip smacking recipe with minimum ingredients that stay fresher for even 3 to 5 days. So an ideal side dish to carry while travelling. My son during his school days for excursions he asks me to make the rotis and tomato fry as side dish in large quantity for him and his friends...


August 02, 2016

Nellikkai (Amla) Thokku / Gooseberry Pickle

A spicy, hot  and sour pickle which is rich in Vitamin C and tastes very good with Curd rice , Bread and  Parathas. Make this Mashed Gooseberry Pickle and enjoy its goodness.