October 31, 2016

Ragi Adai / Finger Millet Adai

A healthy, simple and tasty tiffin that is very ideal for breakfast and could also be served as evening snack. 


October 30, 2016

White Soya Bean Gravy (Without Garlic & Ginger paste)

A super tasty and spicy gravy with protein rich white soya beans that is truly delicious with Chapathis, Rotis, Naan and Plain rice...


October 29, 2016

Tip #26: Marvel Tips to use Curd in Daily Cooking

Curd or Dahi is an inevitable item of our daily food and it is consumed in any form in the course of our food.  This nourishing curd is a rich source of Calcium and Protein. It also boosts up immune power. It is easily digestible and has more of Vitamin B Complex.Here are some recipes from Smart Samayal Tips that can be made out of Curd...


October 28, 2016


Vellaippam is the traditional breakfast recipe that finds place in Diwali menu in most of the families of Tamilnadu. It is a deep fried one made with the batter specially we grind for making this vellaiappam...


October 27, 2016

Khaja (Pastry Wafers)

Make this delicious Pastry wafer dipped in sugar syrup for Diwali! This crunchy fried sweet wafers tastes yummy with mild sweetness and very easy to make with simple procedure. Though I made this for the first time, it turned out very yummy without any flaw and we all loved it....


October 26, 2016

Okkarai (A Diwali sweet with lentils and jaggery)

Okkarai is the traditional sweet made in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli Tamil Brahmin families. Whether we do other sweets and savories or  not, this Okkarai and Inji leghiyam are mandatory for Diwali. It is a healthy, simple and delicious sweet since it is steamed and less ghee is used. Usually and traditionally we make this out of Chana dhal (kadalai paruppu). Now we are making this combining Moongh dhal and Chana dhal which is more healthy...


October 25, 2016

Diwali Savouries

Just four days more for Diwali 2016! Come on!! Get ... Set...Start... Here is the recipes for the most Traditional Diwali Savouries with step by step recipes and pictures..


October 24, 2016

Malli Thogayal / Coriander seeds Chutney

A very refreshing and flavourful chutney for lunch with welcoming taste. When you have hectic schedule for upcoming  Diwali, make this simple chutney and relish its wonderful taste by mixing this with hot steaming rice with a dollop of ghee or gingelly oil. This chutney is also a wonderful combination to have with curd rice...


October 23, 2016

Tirunelveli Halwa

Posting the authentic recipe for Tirunelveli Halwa is a long time pending for me. Its not only the Iconic sweet of Tirunelveli it also earned me a good fame after I made this in the popular Tamil Satellite Channel Sun T.V. I should thank my hubby who got the permission from the traditional halwa makers of my town and took me there to watch their halwa making. It helped me a lot to become an expert in making this delectable and inviting sweet. The only secret ingredient needed is Patience. If it is made by following the steps perfectly you will be amazed to see that Just 250 gms of Wheat yields  1 k.g of halwa.


October 22, 2016

Dry Jamuns with Instant Jamun Mix

The most favourite dessert and the sumptuous sweet of my family is Gulab Jamun which is also an easy to make dessert. The best companion to have ice creams is with  this dry Jamuns. When it is made by garnishing or stuffing with dry fruits and cardamom  the flavour and taste of this dessert simply turns out to be divine. With the help of few ingredients you can make this Diwali very grand and festive with this fascinating and tempting sweet....


October 21, 2016

Must try Burfis for Diwali

Sharing Happiness, Joy and sweets with our dears and nears is the important aspect of any festival isn't it? Here is the recipe for the delicious Burfis which are easy to make for Diwali..


October 20, 2016

Crispy Diamond Chips (Thukkada)

I added the crushed green chillies, ginger, curry leaves to this dough to make this crispy diamond cuts a perfect snack for the monsoon days. Thukkada is a very easy to make savoury and can be made in large quantity easily. It gives a very good flavour and is  easily digestible...


October 19, 2016

Vangara Dosai

Vangara dosai is the Prasadham  offered in   Azhwar Thirunagari Perumal Temple. Azhwarthirunagari is one of the Nine Perumal shrines (Nava Tirupati) located in Tirunelveli-Tirunchendur route. This is a spicy dosa made with ginger, pepper and jeera and coated with ghee and jaggery syrup. Last month I was invited as the judge for a cookery contest and out of the seventy fives items displayed, this dosa was the centre of attraction and very new to me. The taste was very different and immediately I got the recipe from the contestant too. Just one dosa is enough to fill your tummy...


October 17, 2016

Dry Fruits Burfi

A mouth watering, delicious and healthy sweet without using even a tea spoon of ghee!!! Amazing isn't it?? Yes every bite of this burfi gives awesome taste and makes you energetic and brisk...


October 16, 2016

Asoka Halwa (Moongh dhal Halwa with Marie Biscuits)

Asoka Halwa is popular and authentic  sweet of Thanjavur district which has become the most served dessert in all marriages and feast. The mouthwatering heavenly taste tempts all to become its addict. Traditionally roasted wheat flour is added and for a change I added powdered Marie biscuit and to my surprise it came out extremely well and rich. Enjoy this scrumptious sweet for this Diwali....


October 15, 2016

Hot and Sweet Corn Mixture

Hot and Sweet Corn  Mixture is a very easy to make Diwali Snack and could be made in large quantity in no time.  No work of making batter with Besan flour and doing Boondhi and Omapodi. It gives a blending taste of Sweetness and Spiciness with the Crunchy Nuts and Dry Fruits. Rich Savory and at the same time  no complicated procedure. Try this Sweet and Spicy Corn Mixture and enjoy every Crunchy Bite...


October 14, 2016

Stuffed Bhindi / Lady's Finger Fry

Every bite of this stuffed Lady's finger fry gives wonderful taste and feel since it is filled with different spices. A fantastic side dish for Lunch along with rice or for dinner with rotis...


October 13, 2016

Narkel Naru / Coconut and Milk Ladoo

Narkel Naru is a delicious Bengali sweet with heavenly taste. Try this delicacy for  Diwali which is made with very few ingredients and also very simple to make. There are few other versions are also to make this but I followed the simplest one with no compromise in taste...


October 12, 2016

Ulli Venthasaar (Onion Tangy Gravy)

Ulli Venthasar  is very popular in Tirunelveli and Nagercoil Brahmin families. My family members are addicted to this and Ulli Venthasar is the all time favourite kuzhambu for all of us. Mix some venthasaar and gingelly oil in hot steaming rice and enjoy the divine taste with Pappads as side dish.


October 11, 2016

Sweet Corn Spicy Dosa / Adai

Adai is a popular spicy dosa variety of South India usually made with rice and lentils. For a change try this tasty adai made of rice and sweet corn that tastes really spicy, crispy and Tomato chutney gives a wonderful combo to this adai...


October 09, 2016

Banana Dosa

A dosa made with rice and jaggery that tastes extremely delicious with the flavour of cardamom, banana and ghee. A very different dosa that can be made as a break from from regular breakfast menu or it could also be served to kids as after school tiffin.


October 07, 2016

Wheat Flour Kheer (Gothumai Maavu Payasam)

A delicious Kheer that can be made very easily and quickly with no compromise in taste and quality.


October 06, 2016

No Fry Sabudana / Jevarisi Vadai

Shallow fried Crispy Sabudana vadas can be had as breakfast or evening snack. They can be made very easily in short time. Deep fried Sabudana Vada is a popular Maharashtra snack that tastes yummy. Usually it is made adding peanuts. I added some Poha / Aval with Sabudana to increase the crunchiness and the taste was lovely and amazing...


October 05, 2016


An Authentic and Classic Kerala recipe  served as side dish and is the integral item  of the feasts. The veggies cooked in pepper, with roasted coconut, green chillies  and sauted in coconut oil makes this to taste really divine..


October 04, 2016

Milagu jeeraga Rasam (Pepper and cumin seed Soup)

Milagu jeeraga Rasam is the most comfort one for a rainy or cold winter day. The steaming rasam with the fine aroma gives soothing feel to throat. Boiled dal is not added to this rasam and hence it is very easy to make and can be prepared very quickly. Any vegetable stir fry or pappad suits well with this Rasam Rice. Not only with rice,  it can also be had as a soup or appetiser in a cup.

  • Pre time: 05 mins
  • Cooking time: 15 mins
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients for making Milagu jeeraga Rasam:

  • Tamarind juice 3 cups from a small lemon size tamarind
  • Salt 1/2 tea spoon
  • Black pepper corns 2 tea spoons
  • Cumin seeds / jeeragam 2 tea spoons
  • Asafoetida / Hing 1/4 tea spoon
  • Thur dhal 2 tea spoons
  • Red chillies 2
  • Ghee 2 tea spoons
  • Curry leaves 10
  • Mustard seeds 1/2 tea spoon

How to make Milagu Jeeraga Rasam:

  • Heat a pan with one teaspoon of ghee. 
  • Fry the thur dhal, pepper, red chillies chillies till the dal color changes. 
  • Switch off the stove and add the cumin seeds / jeeragam. 
  • After it gets cooled grind it with water and keep aside.  
  • Boil the tamarind water with salt and turmeric powder till the raw smell goes. 
  • Add a tea spoon of sugar or jagerry and asafoetida.
  • Now pour the ground mix to it with little water. 
  • Add some tomato pieces but it is optional. In traditional pepper rasam tomato is not added. 
  • Allow it to boil till it starts to give bubbles and foam. 
  • Saute it with mustard seeds with a tea spoon of ghee. Add coriander leaves.


Banana / Nendra Pazham Sweet Pachadi

A pachadi with the blend of mixed  tastes and  flavours that tickles our taste buds. A healthy dish that can be made very easily that could be served in a cup hot or cold at any time.


October 03, 2016

Chewy Nutty Energy Balls

You will be amazed to know that delicious, drooling balls can be made using Poha / Aval as the basic ingredient with dry fruits.  An ideal snack for Navaratri distribution and a health supplementary for all age groups..


October 02, 2016

Gujarati Dal Vada / Green gram fritters

An authentic Gujarati recipe that tastes scrumptious and crispy. I happened to see the photo of this vada in the food group Hunger Hop posted by Saumil Raval ji. Impressed by the photo and the description given by him I asked him the recipe too. He was so nice to send me immediately the recipe and I am posting the very same recipe given by him in his own writings.  In no way it is inferior to South Indian Dal Vada. Since it is made of Green gram it has sepcial aroma and flavour too. Enjoy this festive season with this Gujarati Dal Vada..

Gujarati Dal Vada


October 01, 2016

Kerala Paal Payasam with Jaggery

Though we make numerous varieties of Payasam on Festive season, Kerala paal payasam stands special in taste which is made of milk and sugar. Here is the recipe of the same delicious payasam made with Red rice and jaggery. The creamy and yummy kheer tastes just heavenly...