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Friday, February 25, 2011

Ginger Tea/Inji Tea/Adrak Chai/Teh

Tea/Chai is a traditional milk based beverage India. I have added ginger to add more flavour and its good for digestion and throat. This is going to my Healing Foods Ginger Garlic hosted here at Sara's Corner started by Siri.

Milk(Normal/Low Fat) - 1 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Tea powder - 1 tspn
இஞ்சி/ Ginger/ आदरक/ ಶುಂಟಿ - 1 inch piece pounded
Sugar - 1 tspn or sugarfree

Preparation Method
In a vessel add all the ingredients and boil well. It will overflow but keep in low flame and stir with a spoon until it boils and quantity reduces a little.
Filter it and serve hot.

Flavourful Ginger Tea is ready to serve.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Vazhai Thandu/Banana Tree Stem Kootu

Vazhai Thandu/Banana Tree Stem is very good for health. Its raw juice is good for Kidney stones and for kidney related problems.

Vazhai Thandu/Banana Tree Stem - 1 no
Pasi Paruppu/Moong Dal/Split green gram - 1 cup (soaked in water for 1 hour)
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Green Chilli  3 nos (As per your taste)
Jeera/Cumin Seeds - 1 tspn
Black Peppercons - 4-5 nos(Optional)
Buttermilk - 1/2 cup
Water as required
A broken Wooden stick piece to stir and remove string like.

Coconut Oil or any cooking oil -2 tspns
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Hing/Asafotida - a pinch
Curry leaves - few

Preparation Method
Remove 2-3 layers of the stem or till you get tender stem.
Wash cut Vazhai Thandu into round thin slices, in between you will be getting Naaru/ string like keep removing them.
Cut into small pieces.
In a bowl, add water and butter milk. Add the chopped pieces.
Take the broken wooden stick piece and keep mixing. You will see the naaru/strings coming keep removing them.
The tender ones can be cooked as it is.
In a wide kadai/wok, add the chopped vazhai thandu and paasi paruppu. Add water and cook well.
Grind coconut, jeera and green chilli to fine paste.
Mix it with the cooked vazhai thandu and boil it.
Add salt and season it with the above ingredients.

This is good combination for chapathi or steamed rice.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sweet Corn Soup

After posting my Vegetable Soup, I thought of continuing posting Soup recipes this week. Sweet Corn Soup is my favourite one whenever I go to restuarants. My son also loves soups.

Sweet Corn -  1/2 tin
Milk - 1/2 cup
Water- 2cups
Pepper powder - 1/2 tspn(As per your taste)
Corn flour -  1 tspn
Salt as per taste

Preparation Method
Take little portion of the corn and grind coarsely with little milk in mixie. wip it once or twice.
Heat a vessel or bowl with 2 to 3 cups of water, add corn, grounded mixture, little salt and allow it to boil.
Then mix corn flour with little water and make a paste. Pour it and mix well. Add leftover milk too.
Allow it to boil in low flame. Add pepper powder according to your taste and a pinch of sugar(optional)
Boil till the soup becomes thick. Check for salt.

Sweet Corn Soup is ready to serve.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Vegetable Soup

Soups are soothing for Winter and also when having cold. This is simple and quick.

Carrot, Beans & Cabbage - 1 cup chopped thinly.
Ginger & Garlic - 1 no. chopped or mashed.
Soya Sauce - 1 tspn
Water -  2 cups
Pepper powder - 1/2 tspn (As per your taste)

Preparation Method
In a wide vessel, add vegetables, ginger and garlic, salt with water. Boil well till veggie is half cooked.
Add pepper and soya sauce, mix well.
Add water check salt.

Serve hot.

This recipe is going to Healing Food Ginger Garlic at my space started by Siri.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thalicha Idli/Seasoned Idli

Idli is a famous and popular breakfast in South India. Its also good when you are unwell with delicious sambar or chutney.

Idli Batter -  6 Karandi/laddles(Click here for batter recipe)
Salt as required

For seasoning
Oil - 1/2 tspn
Kadugu/Mustard - a pinch
Kadalai Paruppu/Channa Dal - 1/2 tspn
Peringayam/Hing/Asafotida- a pinch
Grated Carrot - 2 tspns
Chopped Kothamalli/Cilantro - 1 tspn(Optional)

Preparation Method
Heat a pan, add oil and season all the ingredients except carrot and mix in the Idli batter.
In the Idli plate, grease it with little Nalla Yennai/gingely oil. Pour little batter and fill carrot and again pour little batter on it.
Make another plate same as above.
You can steam it with Idli cooker or fill 2 cups water in a kadai, keep this two plates and close it with a lid.
Steam it for 12-15mins.
Makes around 8 idlis.
Serves - 1 or 2 pax.

Fluffy Seasoned Idlis are ready. Serve it with Tomato or coconut chutney or sambar or just sugar.

This recipe is going out for Twist the traditional Idli by Satya.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Healing Food - Ginger and Garlic Event Announcement and Giveaway!!!

Hi Friends,

This month I am hosting Healing Foods event started by Siri of Cooking with Siri who has wonderful recipes at her space. The theme picked is Ginger Garlic. I would like to thank Siri for giving the opportunity for hosting the event.

As you all know Ginger and Garlic has so much health benefits. Ginger is good for digestion and its also good for memory power. Its also good for Upset Stomach read this and also cure joint pain read this. Garlic is good for cholestrol and post natal period too.

So, hope to receive delicious entries.


Rules for the event

1. Any number of fresh entries can be sent. Archived entries to be reposted, else will not be accepted. You can prepare any vegetarian dish using any of the above or both in one dish from now till 28th Feb 2011.
2. Eggs are not allowed.
3. Use of logo is appreciated.
4. The entry should be linked back to this event announcement and Siri's Event Page.
5. Format of entry
- Name

- Recipe name
- Recipe link
- Pic resized to 300 pixel
6. Non bloggiers can also participate, by sending their recipes  by email to with or without photograph.

Now coming to the Giveaways

1. Cooking At Home With Pedatha

Awarded Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the World 2006, this book documents the culinary legacy of an illustrious Indian grandmother for posterity.
2. Sukham Ayu
Winner of Best Health & Nutrition Book in the World 2009 – Second Place, this beautiful book has been researched at KARE, an idyllic Ayurvedic research & rejeuvenation establishment near Pune.

2 lucky winner will win one the following award-winning books as a give-away.

You can also subscribe for my recipes, follow me or join me on FB.

So start preparing your dishes and mail me at subject Healing Foods. Specify in mail which one is used or both are used.

Hope you enjoy the participation @ Sara's Corner. If you have any questions, pls mail me or leave a comment.

Looking forward for your support and participation in the event.



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