CHETTINADU VAZHAIKKAI CURRY

CHETTINADU VAZHAIKKAI CURRY

Chettinadu Vazhaikkai Curry is made with mashed raw bananas and a spice powder that we will be making. Every part of a plantain (banana) tree is useful in the kitchen. The stems, the fruit, the vegetable and the flower of the tree can be cooked. 

ARBI MASALA

ARBI MASALA

Arbi Masala is a relatively new dish in our household. One of my daughters is a big fan of potatoes, and only potatoes. It is the only ‘kizhangu’ (starchy root vegetable) that she likes and eats. Over the years I have tried to include arbi, 

DRY GARLIC CHUTNEY

DRY GARLIC CHUTNEY

Dry Garlic Chutney is a popular condiment used in chaats. Mainly, in vada pav. It is quite spicy, but if we are making it at home we can adjust the spice accordingly. I have prepared this dry garlic chutney with a mixture of coconuts, sesame 

VEGETABLE CHUTNEY (THOGAIYAL)

VEGETABLE CHUTNEY (THOGAIYAL)

In our house, usually chutney means what we generally have with any tiffin item as a side dish. Whereas, we mix thogaiyal in with plain steamed rice. We have a lot of famed chutneys like Coconut Chutney and Tomato Chutney. And these mostly focus on 

LADIES FINGER FRY (VENDAKKAI FRY)

LADIES FINGER FRY (VENDAKKAI FRY)

I am sure we have all had some kind of ladies finger fry (Vendakkai Fry) in our lives. Each one is prepared differently, and taste different. While some have thin strands of ladies finger dipped in besan and fried, others are more directly fried. However, 

STUFFED TOMATO (In Gravy)

STUFFED TOMATO (In Gravy)

Why do most of our elaborate side dishes focus only on paneer ? Or why do we think of paneer when we want to treat ourselves to great food ? While paneer is amazing, it is greater when it is mixed with a few other 

DRUMSTICK DAL

DRUMSTICK DAL

Jumping into what motivated me for this drumstick dal. During the end of the shopping week, we generally have only a few vegetables left. And during those times deciding upon what to cook is such a big task. This happened to me quite recently, and 

SULTANI DAL

SULTANI DAL

One day my daughter felt like I am over exerting myself in the kitchen, and she kept asking me to try and keep the cooking as simple as possible. I landed on this Sultani Dal recipe as it sounds extremely delicious, but it is super 

POOSANIKKAI MOR KOOTU (White Pumpkin Mor Kootu)

POOSANIKKAI MOR KOOTU (White Pumpkin Mor Kootu)

Kootu is a healthy South Indian dish, that is very famous in many Tamil homes. Kootu’s preparation is quite simple, and it is very delicious. A blend of vegetables and lentils are generally used in making kootu. However, in a mor kootu we reduce the 

TOMATO PEANUT CHUTNEY

TOMATO PEANUT CHUTNEY

Any dish is truly enjoyable when it has something like a chutney or any side dish accompanying it. Normally when we think of chutney, we think of white chutney (coconut chutney) or green chutney. However, tomato and peanut is a new combination that is worth 

MUSHROOM CREAMY SAUCE

MUSHROOM CREAMY SAUCE

Some of us have our reservations about mushroom. But, I think we can all agree that it is a very interesting vegetable. It is a delightful addition in pasta, rice, noodles and so on. Personally, I love pasta tossed in white sauce with sautéed mushrooms 

BELLAM PULUSU

BELLAM PULUSU

With the quarantine going on, I am unable to go to the market and pick out vegetables on my own. Still, we have a great home farm nearby that delivers vegetables to us weekly. So, this was the end of the week, and I was 

ALOO PALAK (Potato Spinach gravy)

ALOO PALAK (Potato Spinach gravy)

I love spinach, I think its very under appreciated as I have already mentioned here with my Palak Paneer recipe (click here to check that). In this dish, I have combined spinach with potato. Kids, and fussy eaters likewise, will enjoy this dish without scrunching 

MURUNGAKAI GRAVY (DRUMSTICK GRAVY)

MURUNGAKAI GRAVY (DRUMSTICK GRAVY)

Generally, we use drumsticks to prepare sambhar or Kuzhambu. But this is a very different recipe without onions, but using coconut. This Murungakai Gravy recipe balances both tastes very well such that they compliment each other. It is great with rice, appam or dosa. We 

POTATO FRY (URULAI ROAST)

POTATO FRY (URULAI ROAST)

Potatoes are very versatile, they can be the main course, the side dish or simply a binding agent. This potato fry is the ultimate comfort food for a lot of us. It is simple and quick to make. Moreover, it requires very little effort, and 

STUFFED BRINJAL

STUFFED BRINJAL

Generally, we only think of preparing fried brinjal or brinjal kozhambu. But kids lately scrunch up their noses for all of these containing brinjal. This Stuffed Brinjal dish however, is a very welcoming change for brinjal. It is very tasty, but at the same time 

MANATHAKKALI KEERAI KUZHAMBU / GRAVY

MANATHAKKALI KEERAI KUZHAMBU / GRAVY

Manathakkali keerai (also known as black nightshade leaves) contains a lot of medicinal properties. We have the plant in our garden, and with the current lockdown, I am experimenting various dishes with these leaves. I have already posted a soup recipe using this keerai. This 

VAZHAIPOO CURRY (BANANA FLOWER PORIYAL)

VAZHAIPOO CURRY (BANANA FLOWER PORIYAL)

Banana flower is rich in nutrients, and it is a healthy addition to our diet. But often, it tastes bitter, so a lot of people don’t like eating it. This recipe that I have shared today makes a very nice curry/poriyal, that brings out all 

PALAK PANEER

PALAK PANEER

Spinach is an elite vegetable that is often very under appreciated. It is versatile and extremely nutritious. Palak Paneer is a dish that highlights spinach and gets it all the love that it deserves. We make palak paneer, with pureed spinach, paneer and spices. This 

SORAKKAI (BOTTLE GOURD) GOTHSU

SORAKKAI (BOTTLE GOURD) GOTHSU

In our household, the name sorakkai brings up a huge chorus oh “oh no” or sometimes even “yuck”, mostly by my younger daughter. But this gothsu recipe incorporates onions and tomatoes with bottle gourd to make it very tasty. Sometimes, they even forget that they