KOZHUKKATTAI (MODAK)

KOZHUKKATTAI (MODAK)

Am sure we are all very familiar with Kozhukkattai. It is a delicious sweet that we most often associate with festivals and puja. Kozhukkattai is made as an offering for Lord Ganesha on Ganesh Chathurthi. But we like making it as a nice snack or 

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. 

THAYIR SEMIYA (CURD SEMIYA)

THAYIR SEMIYA (CURD SEMIYA)

Thayir Semiya (Curd Semiya) is vermicelli that is mixed with curd. In a way, it can be described as curd rice, but with vermicelli instead of rice. On a daily basis, we eat a lot of rice. But curd rice is an inevitable part of 

MIXED VEGETABLE PORIYAL

MIXED VEGETABLE PORIYAL

Mixed vegetable poriyal as the name suggests is made with a mixture of vegetables. My daughter is the biggest fan of hot steamed rice. She is content with eating just rice and a good side dish. It is quite easy for me to simply whip 

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, 

COCONUT SEVAI

COCONUT SEVAI

Sevai (not to be confused with semiya) are thin white strands typically made of rice. Coconut sevai is sevai that is cooked with grated coconut. It is flavoured with delightful coconut and tastes great for a relaxed meal. Coming to sevai, I have already shared 

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 

VEGETABLE POHA

VEGETABLE POHA

Vegetable poha is a quick and healthy dish that can be served either as an evening snack or dinner or breakfast.

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, 

PEPPER SEVAI (Milagu Sevai)

PEPPER SEVAI (Milagu Sevai)

Sevai (not to be confused with semiya) are thin white strands typically made of rice. Pepper sevai is sevai that is seasoned and cooked with pepper. It has the spicy kick of pepper along with a laid back flavour of a comforting meal. Coming to 

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 

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 

VEGETABLE RAVA KHICHDI

VEGETABLE RAVA KHICHDI

I know a lot of people who will scrunch up their noses just at the mention of khichdi. However, I have also seen the same people eyeing khichdis served in restaurants because of the inviting colour and look. So here I have tried to create 

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 

TEMPLE STYLE KANCHIPURAM IDLY

TEMPLE STYLE KANCHIPURAM IDLY

Food in all forms is divine. When it comes in the form of prasadham, from a temple, it is literally divine. Some prasadhams are associated with specific temples and to that particular place. Thirupathi ladoo, Pazhani Panchamrutham, Kanchipuram Idly are few such prasadhams that have 

ARISI UPMA (RICE UPMA)

ARISI UPMA (RICE UPMA)

Upma is a very famousbreakfast dish in South India. However, when we think of upma, we generally think of rava upma (which is more commonly available in restaurants). To make this is Arisi (Rice) Upma, I have used broken down rice, and it is a 

MANGALORE BUNS

MANGALORE BUNS

I first had mangalore buns at Eating Circles in Chennai. Initially, I was very skeptical on how these would taste as I had never had them before. I was not sure if it is a sweet dish or a savoury ones. But lo, and behold 

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 

MURUNGAI KEERAI ROTI (DRUMSTICK LEAVES ROTI)

MURUNGAI KEERAI ROTI (DRUMSTICK LEAVES ROTI)

Each and every part of a drumstick tree has some nutritional value. More often than not, we consume just the drumsticks. However, the leaves (Murunga Keerai) are just as healthy if not more, and should be included in our diet. But blame it on our 

IDLY WITH COCONUT CHUTNEY

IDLY WITH COCONUT CHUTNEY

Idly is a South Indian breakfast staple. Light, fluffy cakes that are served with steaming hot sambhar or chutney. What’s not to love ? Making an idly starts with making the batter, which (if you wanna make the urad dal idly) is a little time