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Thursday, April 30, 2009


Pudina (Mint) chutney is a very tasty dish.

Pudina(Mint leaves) - 2 cups
Tomato - 1 no
Onion - 1 no
Garlic - 2 nos
Dry Red Chilli - 1 no (as per your taste)
Oil - 2 tsps
Preparation Method
Heat a Pan,
1. Cut tomato and onion into medium size pieces.
2. Put oil and fry onion n garlic.
3. Add tomato and saute.
4. Wash and add Mint leaves, red chilli and saute.
5. Cook all till raw smell goes. Cool it.
6. Grind in mixie with salt to fine paste.

Yummy Pudina chutney is ready. Serve with Samosa, Kachori and other dishes like idli and dosa also.

Prep time 15mins.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Traditional Adai!!!

A long time pending in my drafts finally posting this recipe. Enjoy.....

Adai is one other typical South Indian Breakfast/Tiffin item. It is like dosa but different in taste prepared with paruppu(dal).

· Boiled Rice /Dosai Rice - 2 cups
· Thoor Dhal (Thuvaram Paruppu) - 1/2 cup
· Channa Dhal/Bengal Gram (Kadala Paruppu) - 1 cup
· Urad Dal - 1/2 cup
· Red Chilli Dry - 3 nos
· Curry Leaves - few
· Asafotida (Hing) - 1/4 tspn
· Salt to taste
For Variations
· Chopped Onion
· Black Pepper powder (preferably as grains)
· Sliced Coconut
· Drumstick leaves (Murungai ilai)

Start with:
· Soak rice and dhal in water over night.
· When soft, grind it coarsely with red chillies.
· Though thin paper roast Dosas can be made with the smooth batter, in general the batter for Adai has ingredients not ground nicely. This still gives the nice brown crispy texture.
· Once ground add asafotida & salt and leave the batter to ferment for a while (duration….depending upon the outside temperature)

Consistency: Should be little thicker than the Dosai Batter (Coarse)

Now if you are wondering why Onion, coconut and Murungai Ilai then here you go with the below options:
· At the time of making Adai, you can use one of these as additional ingredient (I repeat only one of these and not all together) to get different flavors to your Adai.
· Another alternate is that, instead of Red Chlli you can use Black Pepper and in that case again sliced Coconut can be added.
· If you are looking at Murungai Ilai, do not add Pepper or Coconut but you may wish to add onion. Try not to add more leaves as some do not like the weired bitter like taste.

Adai can be prepared without any of these extras but if you want your taste buds to try different, then add these ingredients only when you are making the Adai and not before. This helps the basic flavor of the batter remain the same and that the freshness of the additional ingredients.

Preparation:· Add your desired extra toppings and also the curry leaves.
· Heat the pan a little more than medium, season it with half spoon of your preferred oil.
· If your pan is nonstick type, then no need to season it but you can straight away start making Adai.
· Remember that since the batter is not smooth and the consistency is thicker than that of Dosa, this needs to be cooked a little longer than Dosas.

. To make the corners crispy, add little oil to sides. you can also make a little gap at the middle and add little oil to make it crispy too. Turn the adai and cook reverse side.

Serving Options:
· Adai with Avial is the best. For Avial check for recipe just click Aviyal· Adai with butter cube.
· Some people like my husband eat it with Jaggery and thick fresh Yogurt.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Kadai Mixed Vegetable

Kadai Mixed Vegetable is a very tasty gravy prepared with vegetables and spices. A side dish for chapathi, naan, rotis….


Beans – 6 nos
Potato – 2nos
Carrot – 1no
Capsicum – 1no
Onion – 1 no
Garam masala – 1 tspn (as per your taste)
Red chilli powder – 1 tspn (as per your taste)
Turmeric – ¼ tspn
Coriander(Cilantro) - 2 tspns


For masala/grinding
Onion - 1no
Tomato – 2nos
Cashews – 6 nos
Pattai (Cinamon) – 1 piece
Elakka(Cardamom) – 2 nos
Anasipoo(Black Cardamom) – 1 piece
Oil – 4 tspns

Garlic - 2 nos(Optional)
Preparation Method
Soak Cashews in water for 2- 3 hours and grind to a fine paste.
Cut tomato and onion into small cubes.
In a Kadai, put 2 tspns oil, put pattai (cinnamon), fry for a minute.Add onion and tomato fry for 2 mins then grind all in mixie to a fine paste.
Wash thoroughly and cut vegetables into medium size. Steam in cooker without putting whistle for 15mins. So its almost half boiled.
In a kadai, Add 2 tspns oil, add pattai, elakka and anasipoo (spices) fry for a minute now add paste of onions and tomato keep stirring for sometime. Now add chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala and stir well. Add cashew nut paste and allow it to boil well.
Add vegetables, salt and mix well. Add water if required and boil till all masala gets into vegetables.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Kadai Mixed Vegetable is ready to serve.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Kathirikkai/Vangibath | Brinjal Rice!!!

Vangibath is a tasty rice prepared with Brinjals. Its popular in Karnataka.

Rice - 1 cup
Brinjal - 1 no
Vangibath powder(Curry powder) - 3 tspns (as per your taste)
Oil - 2 tspns
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Bengal gram - 1/2 tspn

Preparation Method
Cook rice and keep separately.
Cut Brinjal into length wise pieces and put in water.
In a thick bottom kadai, add oil, mustard wait till it splutters. Put Bengal gram and wait till it turns brown.
Now add the Brinjals and cook.
Once its cooked add vangibath powder and fry till raw smell goes.
Add salt and mix well.
Allow it to cool and then mix with rice and serve.

Vangibath is ready to serve. It can be had as it is or with curd.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009



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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Paruppu (Dal) Rasam

Rasam is a very tasty dish prepared with tamarind water, paruppu(dal) and rasam powder. Rasam is famous in South India. This is prepared in Karnataka style. Its sweet and spicy mixture tastes yummy. This is my brother's favourite:-)

Toor dal - 1/2 cup

Rasam or sambar powder - 2 tspns(As per your taste)

Tamarind water - 1 cup

Grated coconut - 2 or 3 tspns

Jaggery - 1/2 lemon size

Tomato - 2nos(Optional)

Ghee - 1 /2tspn(Optional) If we use ghee it will be very tasty.

Oil - 1 tspn

Mustard - 1 tspn
Asafotida(Hing) -1 pinch
Coriander(cilantro) - 1 tspn

Preparation Method
Cook toor dal in pressure cooker.
In a vessel, add tamarind water, plain water, tomato(optional) and rasam powder.
Allow it to boil till raw smell goes .
Now take toor dal add little water to it and blend well.
Add it to tamarind water and boil well.
Add salt, grated coconut and jaggery.
Season it with ghee, oil, mustard once it splutters add asafotida.
Garnish with 1 tspn grated coconut and chopped coriander(cilantro) leaves

Rasam is ready. Serve hot with rice along with any curry or fried papads/chips.
Note - Check on salt once you season with ghee salt will reduce.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Sepan Kizhangu Dry Curry (Taro)

Sepan Kizhangu(Taro) dry curry is very tasty and simple to make. Sepan Kizhangu is a root vegetable.

Sepan Kizhangu(Taro) - 20 nos
Red Chilli powder - 1 tspn(as per your taste)
Asafotida(Hing/Perungayam) - 1 pinch
Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
Oil - 6 tspn
Mustard - 1 tspn
Salt to taste

Preparation Method

Wash Sepan Kizhangu and cook in pressure cooker for about 3 whistles time. Add the desired quantity of salt at this time itself so that the salt gets absorbed in.
Wash in cool water and peel the skin. Slice into 1 inch pieces.

In a kadai, put oil, mustard (allow it to splutter) then add turmeric and asafotida.
Add :
sepan kizhangu and fry for 2 mins.

red chilli powder and mix well.
some oil and fry.
Roast well till it turns brown.

Crispy Sepan Kizhangu dry curry is ready to serve.

It will be very tasty with rasam rice.

Note - If it becomes very sticky sprinkle 1 or 2 tspns rice flour and fry.

Thursday, April 16, 2009




Prevent buildup of fatty deposits on artery walls with regular doses of tea. (actually, tea suppresses appetite and keeps the pounds from invading....Green tea is great for our immune system)!

Thanks to my friend.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tamil New Year | Vishu | Varsha Pirappu!

Dear Readers,

Wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous Tamil New Year. April 14th 2009 Puthandu is celebrated by Tamilians across the world. People visit to temples with new clothes and
see predictions in pachangam. In Kerala it is known as Vishu Kani. People keep mirror decorating it with gold jewellery and offering fruits, rice, dal, sugar, money, mango, cucumber, dry fruits at nite. You should see this first in the Morning, after seeing this Nyvediyam is prepared using these ingredients like Vadai and Kadala parappu payasam and offered to God. Boli is also prepared.

People visit family and friends.

Dishes prepared are

Arachuvitta Sambar Recipe here
Senai Kizhangu(Yam) and Vellarikka(Cucumber) Kootu. Click here for Kootu recipes.
Rasam - click here for rasam Recipes.

Paruppu Vadai -  see below for Vadai recipe.
Kadala Paruppu Payasam - click here and see below for Payasam recipes
Boli/Poli - click here and here for recipes.

Click here for Festival Menu.

Notes - There will be no onion and garlic in the Festival Menu.

This is very simple and easy snack prepared on festivals and auspicious ocassions.

Recipe for Vadai


Kadala Parappu(Channa dal/Bengal Gram) - 2 cups

Dry Red Chilli - 2nos (as per your taste)

Asafotida(Hing) - 1 pinch
Curry leaves - few


Oil for deep frying

Preparation Method

Soak Kadala parappu for 2 to 3 hours in water. Then in mixie add kadala parappu, dry red chilli, asafotida and salt to 2 or 3 whips (coarse) Transfer to a bowl and add curry leaves. In a kadai, heat oil in medium flame. Take vadai mixture, make small balls and press and drop in oil. Deep fry on both sides till brown.

Take it on a tissue paper.

Serve with lunch.

Recipe for Kadala Parappu Payasam


Kadala Parappu (Channa dal /Bengal gram) - 1/2 cup
- 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 1/2 cup(as per your taste)
Elakka powder(Cardamom poweder) - 1/2 tspn
Grated coconut - 1 cup

Preparation Method

Cook rice and kadala parappu in pressure cooker. Keep more water so Kadala parappu should cook well. In a vessel keep jaggery with 1/2 cup water and let it dissolve. Filter it for mud particles. Add rice and kadala parappu with jaggery. Allow it to boil in low flame. Keep stirring. Grind grated coconut with elakka in mixie into fine paste. Mix this with the above mixture and boil well. Garnish with ghee, cashews and grapes.
Serve with Lunch.

Wishing you all இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துகள! May god shower happiness, love, success and everything in this year.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Podalangai Thogayal

Podalangai(Snake Gourd) seeds Thogayal (Chutney) is prepared with the seeds of the vegetable. Its good when Podalanga(Snake Gourd) is tender and fresh. This is popularly prepared by people in South India.

Podalangai (Snake Gourd) - 1 long
Cooking oil - 1 tspn
Grated coconut - ½ cup
Uzhatham parappu (Urad dal) - 3 tspns
Dry Red chillies - 2 nos.
Prepartion method
Cut Podalangai lengthwise. Remove the seeds and keep separately.
In a kadai add cooking oil, uzhatham parappu, dry red chillies and fry till brown. Transfer it to a plate to cool.
Now add little oil to the kadai and fry the seeds till raw smell goes.
Grind in mixie the above with grated coconut and salt to form a coarse (not smooth) paste.

Podalangai Thogayal is ready to serve. This can be used as a side dish for Kootu,Chapathi, Poori and along with meals. It can even be mixed with rice also.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Homemade Badam Milk!

Badam Milk is very tasty and healthy drink. Badam is rich in Vitamin E. Its very refreshing drink.

Badam (Almonds) - 6 nos
Pistachos(Pista) - 6 nos
Kumkumpoo(Saffron) - 4 strands - Optional
Sugar - 2 tspns (as per your taste)
Milk - 1 1/2 glass
Elakka powder(Cardamom powder) - 1/4 tspn
Food colour yellow or orange - Optional ( I have not added)

Preparation Method
Soak Badam in hot water for 1 hour and remove skin.
Soak 3 strands of kumkumpoo in 1/2 glass of milk - optional
In mixie grind Almonds and pistachos with little milk to fine paste.
Heat milk, add Elakka powder and this fine paste. Boil well.
Mix kumkumpoo milk and add required sugar and off the stove.
Garnish with pistacho flakes and kumkumpoo. Enjoy the drink hot or chilled.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Vengaya VathaKuzhambu - Erulli Gojju

Vengaya VathaKozhambu(Erulli Gojju in Kannada language) is a thick spicy gravy of onion mixed with tamarind water. This is one of my mom's best recipe. This is very simple and sweet. This is popular and frequently prepared in Karnataka, India.

Onion - 2 nos
Tamarind - Lemon size
Sambar or vathakuzhambu powder - 1 tspn(according to ur taste)
Asafotida - 1 pinch or small piece
Jaggery - small piece(If u like more sweet can add little more)
Oil - 2 tspns
Mustard - 1 tspn
Kadala paruppu/uzhatham paruppu - 1 tspn
Curry leaves - few

Preparation method
Soak tamarind in hot water and squeeze it. Filter and keep the water.
Cut onions into small pieces.
Heat kadai, put oil, mustard wait till it splutters. Add asafotida and kadala paruppu/uzhatham paruppu saute till brown. Now add chopped onions, little salt and saute till soft.
Add tamarind water and allow it to boil.
Add sambar or vathakuzhambu powderand boil well till raw smell goes.
Now add curry leaves and jaggery and stir well.
Keep it in medium flame till it becomes thick in consistency. Taste and see add salt if required.

Yummy Erulli Gojju is ready to serve. This is a good combination for chapathi or rice.

Tips - If it becomes too watery, mix 1 or 2 tspns of rice flour in little water, add this to vathakuzhambu and allow it to boil till you get the desired consistency.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Parangikai(Mathan) Poriyal

Parangikai (Mathan) Poriyal - Sweet or Yellow Pumpkin is very colourful. This vegetable curry is very tasty. It is simple and very easy to prepare.

Parangikai - 1/2 no (Sometimes external appearance is in green too)
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Green chilli - 2 nos (as per your taste)
Cooking oil - 2 tspns
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Kadala parap/Uzhatham parap - 1 tspn
Asafotida - 1 pinch
Curry leaves - few

Preparation Method
Remove skin and seeds of the parangikai. Cut into small cubes.
Heat a kadai, put oil, mustard wait till it splutters. Add asafotida and kadala parap/uzhatham parap saute till brown.
Add the cut parangikai sprinkle little water, salt and cook it.
Grind coconut and green chilli in mixie just one or two whips.(Optional - Chopped Chillies can be separately added with grated coconut without grinding)
Check whether parangikai is cooked soft do not over cook.
Now add curry leaves, coconut and green chilli mixture mix well.
After 5 to 10 mins off the stove.

Parangikai poriyal is ready to serve.

Notes - Cut Parangikai to medium size, cutting very small while cooking it will overcook and become paste.


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