Healthy Recipes

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pal payasam

Payasam is a traditional sweet recipe which is made during special occasions such as marriages, birthday’s and during festivals.  Pal payasam is a pudding which is made out of rice, milk and sugar.  This is considered to be a must during Sri Krishna Jayanti pooja.  This is a very simple and easy to make pudding with a very rich and creamy texture and a great heavenly taste.  This is a very

kothamalli sadam

  Today’s recipe is yet another easy to make rice dish made with coriander leaves – Kothamalli sadam.  It is not only easy to make but tasty too. Variety lunches are very easy to make and pack for lunch boxes and kids would definitely love it.  I have made use of basmati rice here, but you can also try with raw rice or other rice varieties.  I always like such

kadhi

Today’s recipe is another easy to make dish that can be served with rice – Kadhi.  Kadhi is a famous gujrati sidedish which can be served with rice, kichadi and even with roti.  Most important thing to be noted is that for this you don’t have to cut any vegetables.  Being a Keralite, I always love curd based dishes but our food always contains curd and loads of coconut which

podalangai parippu usili

Paruppu usili is a popular iyengar dish which is made with lentils and vegetables.  Usili is usually made with vegetables like cabbage, banana flower , cluster beans and so on.  I have always wanted to make usili and today, I made it using snakegourd.  I had plans to make usili using cabbage but I had cooked cabbage yesterday and didn’t want to repeat the same today.  So tried with snakegourd

rava upma

Upma needs no introduction to a South Indian. It is a South Indian breakfast dish.  But apart from that I also make it in the evening for my daughter, when I feel that she hasn’t taken enough vegetables.  Here I have given the recipe for an upma made with semolina.  To increase the nutritional value, vegetables are also added to it.  Upma can also be made with vermicelli, poha, bread and so on. 

parippu thoran

Thoran is served as a side dish for rice along with sambar or any other curry.  Thoran can be made with various vegetables, like beans, long beans, okra, potato, and so many other vegetables.  Parippu thoran is made with toor dal and it goes wvery well with rice and other dishes. Though this thoran can be served with any curry like theeyal, moru curry and so on but usually, I

oats pongal / Healthy meals

Today I have made oats pongal.  Pongal is a South Indian breakfast recipe which is usually cooked with rice and moong dal.  Today I am sharing with you a healthy, easy to make pongal made with oats.  I have made this pongal in the same way as we make normal ven pongal.  It turned out to be very yummy and tasty.  Oats is gaining popularity with all its health benifits

avocado milkshake recipe

This is a very simple, yet tasty and healthy recipe.  This recipe makes use of very few ingredients mainly avocado, milk, sugar and cashew nuts.  This is very much liked by my children.  Here I haven’t used water at all.  But you can add ice cubes at the end and blend it once more if you want a really chilled shake. Avocado is a fruit which has got a creamy texture, and

muringa erissery

In malayalam, muringa means drum stick and ella is erissery.  In our place it is told that drum stick and drumstick leaves are very good for health.  It is grown in most of the houses. So this erissery will be prepared at least once in a week.  My mother adds drum stick leaves to dosa and chapatti also.  But this is one recipe which my mother learnt from a magazine called vanita and she taught

kuska biryani

Kuska biryani – is nothing but plain biryani without vegetables cooked with masala and spices.  This is an easy to make biryani as there is no need to chop vegetables, and the rice is cooked in coconut milk which gives it a wonderful flavor.  I usually make this biryani when I am running short of time or when I don’t have enough vegetables to prepare vegetable biryani. You can also make

BROKEN WHEAT UPMA RECIPE

Upma is a common South Indian breakfast. Though traditionally it is made of rava, here is the simple recipe of a different type of upma using Broken Wheat as the main ingredient. INGREDIENTS: Broken Wheat – 2 cups Oil – 1 tbsp Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp Urad Daal – 1 tsp Dry Red Chilly – 2 nos Curry Leaves – few Onion – 1, finely chopped Green Chilly –

khara pongal

Pongal is a famous festival of South India, it is a harvest festival.  Pongal in Tamil means something that is overflowing.  Usually it is overflowing of rice and milk. Ven pongal or khara pongal is a famous breakfast dish in Southern part of India.  It is very easy to prepare, tasty and healthy.  This can be served with coconut chutney or sambar.  My husband loves it with onion salad, though

greengram fenugreek leaves thoran

Today’s recipe is a very healthy thoran made with green gram and fenugreek leaves.  Thoran as I have already told you, is a traditional Kerala dish made with vegetables or with lentils and a coconut mixture.  It is a very tasty side dish that can be served with rice and any other curry of your choice.  At home we all love thoran and I try to mix various vegetables along

puttu upma

Puttu ularthiyathu / puttu upma is a traditional Kerala dish which can be prepared from fresh puttu or left over puttu.  I have already shared the recipe of puttu.  Puttu is a traditional breakfast dish in Kerala and is served with pazham which means banana and papad or with kadala curry (black chickpeas curry).  Puttu with kadala curry is a very tasty combination.  But sometimes at home, we have some

vermicelli upma

    Semiya upma / vermicelli upma is a popular South Indian breakfast dish.  It is made from vermicelli, mixed vegetables and other spices.  I try this recipe very often and is a hit in my family.  This is a very simple version of vermicelli upma with loads of vegetables and no extra spice powders added to it.  Not only for breakfast, it is great for snack also. In this

elumbicha sadam

Lemon rice is a South Indian dish which can be easily prepared even when you are in a hurry.  This can also be made with leftover rice. This recipe comes handy when you wake up late and want to prepare lunch.   This is also best dish to pack for lunch or it is also good to pack during travel time.  Since lemon is added, this rice dish will not get

travancore sambar

Today I am sharing the recipe of sambar.  Though the name sambar looks very simple, but for the same word, there are various methods of preparation.  Tamilnadu sambar is different from Kerala sambar and if you think about Kerala sambar, Palakkadan sambar is very different from Travancore sambar .  Though I love palakkadan sambar with the taste of roasted coconut and other whole spices, I also like travancore sambar and

vegetable biryani

At home, all of us are biryani lovers.  More over it is easy to prepare especially when you make biryani in pressure cooker with some ready made biryani masala, I think, it is most easiest one pot meal which everyone will love to have.  You can serve it with raita, or curd or with any other side dish.  Here I have made biryani with home made biryani masala.  You can

vendakka mezhukkupuratti

Vendakka mezhukkupuratti is an easy to make and tasty side dish for rice.  This can be served with rice and any curry of your choice.  It is very easy to prepare and requires very few ingredients mainly, okra, onion, green chilli.  Now to the recipe.. Ingredients required Vendakka / lady’s finger  – 1/2 kg Green chillies  – 2 shallots  – 10 – 15 (chopped) Turmeric powder  – 1/4 teaspoon Red

Kerala fish fry

Today’s recipe is Kerala style fish fry.  It is very easy to make and tasty too. You can make use of any kind of fish to make this tasty fish fry but I normally prepare this with king fish as my family love it. Now take a look at the recipe.. Ingredients required fish pieces  – 5 – 6 (I used king fish) ginger garlic paste – 2 tablespoon red