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…

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…

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…

Cheesy Scrambled Egg

This is an easy breakfast or snack that can be prepared in just 5 minutes. Kids will love this dish a lot and may be used in bread or burger buns. Ingredients: Butter 1/2 tsp Egg 1 Milk 1 tbs Mozzarella Cheese (grated) 1/4 cup Method: 1. In a microwavable soup cup, microwave butter on…

Almond Milk

This drink can be served chilled in the hot summer months. It is an energy booster; Ingredients: Almonds(Badam), soaked overnight 10 in 1 cup water Milk 1 cup sugar to taste Method: 1. Drain and peel the almonds. 2. Cut each almond into 3 pieces. 3. Bring the milk to boil in a pan. Add…

Vengaya(Onion)/Kathirikkai(Brinjal) Gothsu

Eggplant(Brinjal)/onions cooked in a tangy tamarind gravy spiced with both red and green chillies, goes well with Ven Pongal or even dosas / Idlis. Ingredients: Onions/Brinjal, Chopped 1 1/2 cup Tamarind, Lemon-sized, soaked in 1 cup warm water for 5 min, juice extracted 1 Refined Oil 3 tsp Mustard seeds 3/4 tsp Dry red chillies…

Ven Pongal

Ven Pongal is a popular dish in South Indian homes and is typically served as a breakfast. Ingredients: Rice 1 cup Split green gram(Moong Dal) 1/4 cup Refined oil 3 tsp Black Peppercorns 1 tsp Cumin(Jeera) 2 tsp Ginger 1″ piece, finely chopped Asafoetida(Hing) a pinch Cashew nuts split, fried in 1 tsp ghee 10-12…