Stuffed & Fried Okra (Ladies Finger) / Stuffed Vendakkai Fry

Hello! ūüôā Whenever I see okra, the first thing that comes to my mind is it's link with exams ūüėõ If you are a South Indian, you would probably know okra, as the vegetable of intelligence. According to all the elders in my family, it is said to improve memory power, and is especially great … Continue reading Stuffed & Fried Okra (Ladies Finger) / Stuffed Vendakkai Fry

Navarathri Special- Vijayadasami- Broken Wheat Rava Banana Kesari- Step by Step 

Happy Dussehra/Vijayadasami everyone! ūüôā With the Navarathri festive season coming to an end, I cannot help but wonder what I would do this weekend! Navarathri has kept us so busy the last few days. I live in an apartment complex full of Tam-Brahms (short for Tamil Brahmins), so everyone here is strong on the golu game, busy … Continue reading Navarathri Special- Vijayadasami- Broken Wheat Rava Banana Kesari- Step by Step¬†

Thattai Payir/Kaaramani (Cowpeas / Lobia / Black-eyed Peas) Sundal with Idly Milagai Podi

Day 7 of Navarathri - A¬†savoury and¬†tasty¬†Thattai Payir/ Kaaramani (Cowpeas/ Lobia/ Black-eyed Peas) Sundal, tossed with idly milagai podi ! Thattai pair / Kaaramani as it is commonly known here, is mostly available in the white, or red variety. This delicious sundal is flavoured with Idly milagai podi, for a fresh twist on a traditional … Continue reading Thattai Payir/Kaaramani (Cowpeas / Lobia / Black-eyed Peas) Sundal with Idly Milagai Podi

Navarathri Special: Green Peas & Sweetcorn Sundal, No Soaking Required, Step by Step

Day 6 of Navarathri - straying off the beaten path with a fresh green peas and sweetcorn sundal !¬† This sundal is not traditional in the strict sense of the term. I forgot to soak peanuts for making sundal today (second time this week, what does that say about me?), so I was looking to … Continue reading Navarathri Special: Green Peas & Sweetcorn Sundal, No Soaking Required, Step by Step

Navarathri Special: Moong Dal Halwa / Mung Dal Ka Halwa, Step by Step

Navarathri Special Day 5: An utterly delectable, crumbly and melt-in-the-mouth Moong Dal Halwa! A 'halwa' is a traditional sweet pudding, made with ghee (clarified butter), and garnished with a mixture of fried nuts. It may not may not require additional flavouring, in the form of essence, extract and juices.¬†Halwas can be made from a variety … Continue reading Navarathri Special: Moong Dal Halwa / Mung Dal Ka Halwa, Step by Step

Navarathri Special: Semiya (Vermicelli) Kesari, Step-by-Step

For Day 4 of Navarathri, a very traditional dessert dish - Semiya Kesari !¬†A pudding style sweet dish, traditionally made in our house for festive occasions. Very quick to make (takes all of 10 mins) and tastes delicious! Hello all! ūüėÄ It is day four of Navarathri today, and I see a lot of people … Continue reading Navarathri Special: Semiya (Vermicelli) Kesari, Step-by-Step

Navarathri Special Sundal: Pattani (Dried White Peas) Sundal

Day 3 of Navarathri festival ‚Äď Vella Pattani (Dried White Peas) Sundal ! Dried peas¬†are produced by harvesting the pea pods when they are fully mature and then drying them. They are available throughout the year in India. Dried peas are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering dietary fiber and essential nutrients like manganese, copper, … Continue reading Navarathri Special Sundal: Pattani (Dried White Peas) Sundal

Navarathri Special Sundal: Channa Dal / Kadalai Paruppu Sundal (Soaking Optional)

Day 2 of Navarathri festival - a really easy, healthy and nutritious Channa Dal Sundal !¬†This is one of the easiest and tastiest sundals to make, as this legume requires considerably less soak time compared to the others. You can even make this directly without any soaking, by pressure cooking it for a little longer. … Continue reading Navarathri Special Sundal: Channa Dal / Kadalai Paruppu Sundal (Soaking Optional)

Manathakkali Vatha Kuzhambu with Shallots/Small Onions/Chinna Vengayam (With Garlic Recipe) – Step by Step

Vatha Kuzhambu ("vathal" meaning fried, and "kuzhambu" meaning curry) is one of the star dishes of TamBrahm (Tamil Brahmin) households. It is a curry made solely with tamarind broth, without lentils, and it typically may or may not contain vegetables. It usually consists of a type of "vathal", like the¬†sundakkai vathal, or¬†manathakkali vathal¬†(as in today's … Continue reading Manathakkali Vatha Kuzhambu with Shallots/Small Onions/Chinna Vengayam (With Garlic Recipe) – Step by Step

Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu/Kozhambu ( Eggplant/Brinjal cooked in a Spiced Tomato-Tamarind-Coconut gravy) -No Onion No Garlic recipe- Step by Step

Ennai Kathrikkai Kuzhambu (South Indian style eggplant gravy) is the "bestseller" of our kitchen. This is actually a Tamil name, where 'ennai' means oil, 'kathirikai' is brinjal/eggplant, and 'kuzhambu'  means gravy. This is that one dish in our household that probably everyone, from elders to kids enjoy. Anybody, and I really mean anybody that visits … Continue reading Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu/Kozhambu ( Eggplant/Brinjal cooked in a Spiced Tomato-Tamarind-Coconut gravy) -No Onion No Garlic recipe- Step by Step