September 30, 2016

Sugiyan

Sugiyan is a simple, traditional sweet of South India made with coconut and jaggery. The sweet balls are dipped in rice batter and deep fried.  The deeply fried, crispy and salty outer layer  with soft and yummy sweet balls inside gives a divine taste.The stuffing differs from place to place and this coconut stuffing is the most delicious of all the ones...

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Verkadalai Sundal (Peanut Sundal)

Of all the Sundal varieties, verkadalai Sundal stands unique because of its distinct taste and flavour. Its a healthy snack too to have with evening tea. An ideal snack to be packed with Children's Lunch box.

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September 29, 2016

Karuveppilai / Curry Leaves Rasam

We use Curry leaves in almost all types of rasams  for seasoning and flavouring. Curry leaves are packed with rich iron content and in this type of rasam we get the full goodness of the curry leaves. During the curry leaves season, get fresh leaves and make this rasam powder and store it to get the full benefits of these nutritious leaves. This rasam can also be enjoyed as soup to keep you refreshing..

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September 28, 2016

Thottil Payaru

A Traditional and Healthy  Sweet Snack that tastes divine and it is made with Green gram and jaggery. It is made during Navaratri. And also when a new baby is born, On the day of naming ceremony we have the custom of putting the child in the decorated wooden cradle. During that occasion it is a custom to keep a bowl of this sweet near the cradle. Since it is very healthy and tasty we make this as snack often and it can be just had as a jam spread between the breads or just place them on the rotis, roll them and have for lunch. A very different and nutritious sweet accompaniment..

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September 27, 2016

Ring Murukku / Andhra Murukku


Very easy snack that can be made with available ingredients at home is this Ring Murukku. I make this murukku in advance and store to distribute this to kids in pockets during Navaratri when they come home along with Sundal.



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September 26, 2016

No Fry Crispy Veg Balls

A healthy evening snack for all age groups with less oil. These crispy veg balls taste equally good like Veg cutlets that are deep fried in oil.

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September 25, 2016

Bombay Chutney

One of the simplest, easiest and tasty side dish for idli, dosa, pongal and chapathi. This chutney has been made in Tamilnadu since a very long time , though its name is Bombay Chutney. In some parts its also called as Besan flour chutney or Kadalamavu chutney. No coconut, No grinding and a very quick side dish..

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September 23, 2016

Veg Rava Idli

Inviting, and tasty Rava idlis that make your breakfasf or dinner more interesting, healthier and colourful...

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September 22, 2016

Palak Kichadi

A perfect and comfort one pot meal to have as breakfast or lunch. Here is the simple recipe of the tasty Palak Kichadi...

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September 21, 2016

Keerai / Spinach Vadai

We all know vadais in a different shape but here in Tirunelveli in some street shops I have seen this Keerai Vadais  in the shape of Bondas. And it was really interesting to know that these crispy vadais are made very easily without grinding the dals and instead they use the roasted flour. Is it not enough to kindle my curiosity to get the recipe and make it!!

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September 20, 2016

Tomato Dal Fry

Tomato dal fry is a luscious side dish with tempting aroma. The seasoned dal tastes heavenly when had not only with Rotis but it gives same feel when had with hot steaming rice too. This dish clearly depicts how you could make a spicy, tasty  recipe without onion and garlic...

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September 19, 2016

Aloo Stuffed Milagai / Chilli Bajji

Milagai Bajji is the most popular street food of South India. When the seeds are taken out and veggies are stuffed and fried it becomes more tasty. Hot Milagai Bajjis with a cup of tea in the evening .... Who can say 'NO' to this?

Pre time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients for making Stuffed Milagai Bajji / Stuffed Chilli Bajji:

Bajji Milagai / Banana pepper 8
Besan flour 200 gms
Raw rice flour or Corn flour 1 table spoon
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder 1/4 tea spoon
Cooking soda a pinch

For stuffing:

Well boiled pressure cooked potatoes 3 of normal size
Turmeric powder, Red chilli powder, Salt, Asafoetida powder
Finely chopped coriander leaves, grated ginger to taste 
1/4 teaspoon  of roasted jeeragam / cumin seed powder















Mash the potatoes and mix with all the items , add a tea spoon of lemon juice and keep aside.

 

How to make Stuffed Milagai Bajji / Stuffed Chilli Bajji?

With the besan flour add the salt, chilli powder, rice flour, cooking soda and mix well.
Pour some water and bring it to thick milkshake consistency.
If you have idli batter at home you can add two laddles of batter with this instead of rice four.
Wash the chillies well.














With a knife make a slit vertically starting from below the stem till 1 cm above the bottom.













Scoop out the seeds and fibre inside with the knife and stuff the potato mix inside and press the edges tightly.















Dip them in to the batter.
Heat oil in a pan for frying.

















Put the dipped chillies in twos or threes in to the pan and fry to golden brown.
Serve with tomato sauce or chutney.

ALSO SEE THE RECIPES OF MOUTHWATERING ONION BAJJI AND VAZHAIKKAI BAJJI


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September 18, 2016

Venthaya Thogayal / Fenugreek Seeds Chutney

A very healthy, fibre rich, refreshing chutney with fantastic aroma and mixed flavours. I really feel for missing this amazing chutney all these days. I got this recipe from a guest recently and it tasted heavenly. Mix this chutney with hot steaming rice adding two tea spoons of sesame / gingelly oil and enjoy the meal. Any vegetable kootu is the best side dish for this rice.

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September 17, 2016

Maravalli Kizhangu / Tapioca Adai

When you make this adai, I bet nobody could find out that its made of Maravalli Kizhangu. This adai comes out very perfect with right proportion of crispiness and softness. Maravalli Kizhangu / Tapioca adai tastes extraordinarily delicious to have with coconut chutney...

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September 16, 2016

Idli Pepper Fry

Small twists  can bring out  many attractive and interesting dishes from our traditional healthy idlis. When children get bored of eating regular idlis make this  idli pepper fry that really tickles your taste buds...



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September 15, 2016

Instant Nellikkai / Amla Pickle

A pickle with minimum oil and hence can have this pickle guilt free and this can be eaten as soon as you make it....


Pre time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins

Ingredients for making Instant Nellikkai / Amla  Pickle :

Nellikkai / Amla / Gooseberries 15
Red chilli powdered 1 full tea spoon
Hing powder / Asafoetida 1/4 tea spoon
Fenugreek 3/4 tea spoon
Salt as required
Sesame / Gingelly oil 3 tea spoons


How to make Instant Nellikkai / Amla  Pickle ?

In a pan dry roast the fenugreek / venthayam to golden brown, powder it and keep aside.
Wash the gooseberries, wipe them out and steam them in an idli cooker or steamer for 20 minutes.
By this time they will become soft and easily you can take the seeds out.
















Heat a pan with oil.
Once oil is heated keep the flame low and add the salt, asafoetida and red chilli powder to the oil and give a fast stir.
Add the boiled gooseberry pieces to it and fry them well.
Let them get fried in low flame for 7 to 8 minutes.
Stir ocassionally.
Add the fenugreek powder and switch off the stove.
Mix well.
Once they get cooled down store in an air tight box , refrigerate and use.

ALSO CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RECIPE OF HEALTHY AMLA PACHADI


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September 14, 2016

Spicy Cauliflower and Potato Curry

A No Onion, No Garlic but spicy, hot and yummy curry that tastes delicious with any rice and roti or chapathi. A two in one side dish for lunch and dinner.

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September 13, 2016

Idichu Pizhinja Payasam (Popular Dessert of Kerala)

This is the traditional and authentic Kerala Payasam / Kheer served in most of the marriages. Marraige feasts in Kerala are known for the varieties of payasams served. Minimum two varieties are served. In those days they serve this Idichu Pizhinja payasam with a ladle made of  polished coconut shells. The jaggery syrup blended with coconut milk and the small coconut pieces roasted in ghee make this kheer heavenly...



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September 12, 2016

Puli Milagai - A simple method (Green Chillies in tangy gravy)

Puli Milagai is a lovely and tasty side dish to have with idli, dosa, chapathi, upma and even with bread toast. The hotness of green chillies when blended with the spices , cooked in tamarind juice and added jaggery it really tickles the taste buds. The simple curd rice turnsout heavenly when had with this...


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September 11, 2016

Kalan - A delicacy from Kerala


Kalan is a truely delicious vegetable side dish boiled and simmered in curd / yogurt with spices and enhanced with the coconut paste. No feast in Kerala is complete without this Kalan.  The veggies coated with rich and creamy gravy really makes it lipsmacking...

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September 10, 2016

Malabar Avial


Avial always finds a special place in the menu during marriages, festivals and special occasions. The Avial done by Kerala Brahmins is entirely different from the Tamil Brahmins . But each  has its own unique flavour and taste. Here is the recipe of Malabar Avial..

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September 09, 2016

Venthaya Mor Kuzhambu (Roasted Fenugreek Buttermilk Kuzhambu)


Venthaya Mor kuzhambu is the traditional kuzhambu that tastes  heavenly to have with rice and also with Dosai, Adai and Idiyappam.When we have excess stock of buttermilk in refrigerator, we make this. Any vegetable stir fry goes well with this Kuzhambu...

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September 08, 2016

Kathirikkai / Brinjal Kichadi

Kathirikkai Kichadi is the traditional and special side dish made in Tirunelveli for idlis. It is usually served for breakfasts with idlis in marriage feasts. It tastes extremely good when made with white brinjals.


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September 07, 2016

Nellikkai Sadham (Amla / Gooseberry Rice)

An absolute tasty , healthy rice that tickles the taste buds. This Vitamin C rich rice is an ideal lunch box recipe...


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September 05, 2016

Sukku Malli Coffee (Dry Ginger Coffee)

Sukku Malli Coffee is a herbal drink that tastes very yummy and is a perfect ideal evening drink that is good for digestion and gives a consoling feel to sore throat. Every ingredient used in this has medicinal value. This coffee is very famous in Tirunelveli and sold in nook and corner of the city along with Payaru Sundal (Boiled Green Grams). A simple,  yet healthy evening drink and snack of course.


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September 04, 2016

Perfect Thengai / Coconut Pooran


Thengai / Coconut Pooran is the authentic and traditional stuffing for making Modhak, Bholi and Sugiyan. Only if we get the pooran in right consistency,  we can get a perfect and good looking modhak, bholi or sugiyan. Follow these simple steps to get Perfect Coconut Pooran...

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September 03, 2016

Ganesh Chathurthi Recipes


Here is the collection of complete set of recipes to be made on Ganesh Chathurthi...

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September 02, 2016

Aval Pooran Kozhukattai / Poha Modhak



Instead of making pooran fully with coconut,  for a change I tried this Aval Kozhukattai that needs a little coconut. It came out very well and the aval/ poha helps to absorb the jagerry in pooran when it melts during steaming. So the Kozhukattais come out perfectly without any juice coming out and looks pure white..

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September 01, 2016

Banana Halwa

During festival seasons we have more number of bananas in hand that too some times ripened ones which we hesitate to eat. Try this healthy, tasty banana halwa by using  excess bananas in hand. It is a wonderful dessert too...

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