Cauliflower Sambar

Cauliflower is low in fat, low in carbohydrates but high in dietary fiber,water, and vitamin C, possessing high nutritional density. Steaming or microwaving better preserves anticancer compounds than boiling. My husband indulges himself if I make this sambar and I don’t have to worry even if I have to buy a large flower 🙂 Ingredients:…

Poondu karuvapillai milagu kuzhambu

Poondu(garlic) karuvapillai(curry leaves) milagu(pepper) kuzhambu(gravy) is another tasty south Indian dish that is prepared and served when one is recovering from fever or when the weather is very cold or as a special diet for feeding mothers. The garlic, pepper and curry leaves have lots of medicinal values and aid in easy digestion and improved…

Macaroni with Soy nuggets

This dish is easy to prepare and is one of the favorite healthy breakfasts at my home. I conceived this recipe while trying to cultivate the habit of including wheat and soya for breakfast. This dish offers rich sources of protein, dietary fiber and carbohydrates from the wheat based macaroni and more protein from the…

Pitlai

Pitlai is another tasty south Indian dish similar to sambar. We do not use sambar powder, instead prepare with ground spices and coconut. This dish tastes best when mixed with rice and eaten with papad(appalam). Many does not prefer Bitter gourd due to its taste even though it has excellent medicinal values.when bitter gourd is…

Vatral kuzhambu

This dish is an all-time favorite to the traditional Tamilian. This may be prepared with a whole slew of fresh vegetables or marinated and dried(vatral) vegetables. This dish tastes best when mixed with rice and eaten with papad (appalam). Vatral is prepared by soaking the vegetables like manathakkali(black-nighshade), sundakkai(turkey berry), kothavaranga(cluster beans) in buttermilk, salt…

Poondu Milagu Jeeraga Rasam

This rasam tastes good and has good aroma. Pepper and cumin aid in digestion and have good healing effect when consumed during cold or fever. Toddlers too would love the taste of this rasam. Do not stir the rasam for toddlers and mix with dal and rice dotted with ghee.This rasam may be served hot…

Poondu(Garlic) Kuzhambu(Sambar)

Garlic has long been considered a herbal “wonder drug”, with a reputation in folklore for preventing everything from the common cold and flu to the Plague! My Father-In-Law believes that eating this dish keeps his body warm especially after his oil massage 🙂 Enjoy the taste and aroma of this dish. This is my entry…

Mor kuzhambu(yoghurt gravy)

The preparation of this dish is very easy and tasty when you keep all the ingredients ready. Typically, in south Indian homes, this dish will be prepared at least twice every month and the ideal combination for this kuzhambu would be paruppu usili. As the intake of coconut and dal is more, for easy digestion…

Sambar Powder

“Sambar powder” is the main ingredient in the preparation of the tasty South Indian sambar as it adds flavor and aroma to the sambar. Ingredients: (for 4 and storage for 3-4 months) Red Chillies – 250 gms Dhania / Corriander seeds – 500 gms Black peppercorns – 100 gms Turmeric powder – 50 gms Toor…

Beans Paruppu Usili (lentil crumble)

Ever since my childhood, I used to bug my mom to prepare this paruppu usili for me every week. It’s a lentil crumble that may be prepared with vegetables like beans or banana flower or cluster beans or onion and so on. Even without the vegetable, this dish can be mixed with plain rice dotted…