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…

Diet Chart

This diet chart was given to me by a dietician and it really helped me to shed my excess weight to a good extent. You can try this chart at your own risk 🙂 On waking 1-2 glasses of lukewarm water(with jeera,saunf,honey,lemon) Breakfast (8.00 – 8.30 AM) 1 cup tea + ½ tsp sugar [skimmed…

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…

Instant Groundnut(Peanut) Chutney

This chutney is easy to prepare and kids would love the taste of it. You can store it in a container and use it as needed by just adding water to the mixture to make the chutney. Ingredients: Peanuts – 1 cup Refined oil – 1 tsp Red chilli powder – ½ to 1 tsp…

Cucumber/Vellarikkai Pachadi

Cucumber keeps the body cool and calm during hot summer. It quenches thirst and prevents us from sun-stroke, heat-stroke and allergy. This pachadi can be served with variety of dishes including mixed rice and north Indian roti. Ingredients: Cucumber, grated/ chopped finely    –     1 Curd, whisked – 1 cup Refined oil –…

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…

Ridge gourd/Peerkangai Thuvaiyal

This dish is my all time favorite South Indian recipe. I learned this dish from my mother. The preparation cuts down my time in the kitchen, whenever I am bored to cook. This dish can be mixed with plain rice dotted with ghee or eaten along with Idli/Dosa/Chappathi. Ingredients: Ridge Gourd, peeled, sliced roughly –…

Lemon Rice

Lemon rice plays an important part of South Indian meal. The tangy rice prepared with lemon juice refreshes the palate and is very easy to prepare. Ingredients: Rice 1 cup Juice of lemons 2-3 Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp Refined oil 2 tsp Green Chillies, chopped 1-2 peanuts/cashew nuts to taste Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp Curry…