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payar mezhukkupuratti

Achinga payar mezhukkupuratti / long beans stir fry is a very commonly made side dish for lunch.  It is a very healthy and tasty side dish which can be easily prepared for lunch. Achinga payar is a Malayalam word for long beans.   Coming to the health benefits, long beans are low in fat content, is an excellent source of protein, fiber, folic acid and complex carbohydrates.  The addition of

Poricha kuzhambu

Poricha Kuzhambu is a classic tamil Brahmin recipe.  This can be made with vegetables like brinjal, snake gourd, drumstick, pumpkin or chow chow.  This is a recipe which is similar to the molakushyam which is very famous in Kerala cuisine.  This recipe contains a combination of lentils with vegetables.  The vegetables can be used alone or combined with other vegetables.  This can be served with any poriyal or pachadi of

sambaram

Sambaram is such a tasty and thirst quencher, which every malayalee is familiar with.  During early days, when some one visits us or someone from family comes home tired, they were offered sambharam.  This was supposed to be a perfect body cooler.  This practice was very strictly followed at my dad’s house.  (Now things have started changing). I am talking about the time before other aerated drinks grabbed its place.  With

kothamalli thokku

Kothamalli thokku is a very tasty and easy to make dish which can be served with rice or with dosa.  As I have already discussed here, my husband being born and brought up in Chennai, is a very big fan of tokku, thogayals, and other kuzhambu varieties.  So I try to make it whenever possible and this is one such dish which my MIL taught me.  She adds coconut also

kadala sundal

Chundal is a classic south indian recipe made from Chick peas.  You can make use of black or kabuli channa.  Channa is otherwise called as Garbanzo beans, chick peas, indian pea or hummus.  It is a type of legume.  It is served as a street food in Tamil nadu.  You go to Marina beach, you can see people selling sundal on all four sides.  Some of them serve sundal with raw mangoes. 

strawberry oats milkshake recipe

Today’s recipe is a filling healthy milkshake recipe. I have already discussed here our love for milkshakes.  But there is one more thing I don’t like oats.  But oats being a healthy cereal, I always look out for recipes where I can include it in my daily routine.  This is one such recipe which is very easy to make and tasty too.  This can also be served for breakfast when

Aloo methi - potato with fenugreek leaves stir fry

Methi seeds are widely made used in Indian kitchen and also the leaves of fenugreek.  Fenugreek leaves are very well known for their anti diabetic properties but due to its bitter taste, it is mostly avoided by children and even by grown ups. But when mixed with some other vegetable like potato, the taste becomes wonderful.  So today, I have made aloo methi which is a dry vegetarian side dish

vendakka theeyal

Theeyal is a traditional dish of Kerala.  Theeyal can be prepared using various vegetables like shallots, lady’s finger, bitter gourd and so on.  There are two main steps of making this curry.  First one, is fry okra with very little oil, till the slimness goes off.  Be careful not to add too much of oil while frying okra otherwise it will be very difficult to remove slimness. The second step

carrot rice

Today’s recipe is an easy and tasty rice dish which kids would love to have it for their lunch – carrot rice.  This rice dish has got a sweetness of carrots, crunchiness of nuts and with less spiciness, this definitely will be kid friendly.  More over, it is very easy to prepare too.  Here, I have made use of Basmati rice for the preparation, you can also try other rice

puttu

Puttu is a traditional recipe of Kerala which is often served with kadala curry.  In some places, puttu is also served with pazham and pappadam.  Puttu is made in a traditional vessel called puttu kutti / puttu mould which is readily available in the market.  Puttu is made using roasted rice flour.  Various brands of rice flour for puttu is available in the market.  As shown in the picture below,

How to Make Sweet Lassi

Lassi is a traditional yogurt based drink.  It is very popular in North India.  Here the main ingredients are yogurt, sugar and water.  It is very easy to prepare and tasty. You can also find fruit based lassi’s and it is not that lassi is always sweet.  There are salt based lassi’s also.  But sweet ones are favourite at home. Lassi can be flavoured with cardamom powder or few drops of rose essence. 

Rava Idli Recipe

Today, I am posting an idli recipe made with idli rava.  Normally I have idli / dosa batter stocked which will stay for two to three days.  But yesterday, the entire batter was over and I wanted something easy to make for breakfast as my daughter leaves for school early in the morning.  It was then I thought of making this idli which is very easy to prepare compared to

Watermelon Juice

I always love fresh juices but watermelon was never in my list.  Though I love watermelon pieces I never liked the juice.  My kids love watermelon juice and whenever we go outside, my daughter always opt for her favourite watermelon juice and I just watch her enjoy it.  But things changed when I tried this watermelon juice with lime juice added to it.  I was quite surprised with this change.  A person who never liked watermelon juice is now finding

Mutton Keema Biryani

Biryani, Pulao, Fried rice are rice varieties which I usually prepare at home. I prepare only veg fried rice.  But coming to biryani, anything is acceptable – veg or non veg.  But in non veg the regular preparation is mutton, chicken, prawns, egg and so on.  While talking to my friend, she told me about keema biryani.  It was then that I thought I haven’t prepared it for a long time.  This

Poha Upma

Poha upma is one of the delicious and easy to make breakfast recipe.  Poha is also called as Atukula or Aval in different languages across India.  It is a popular dish in Maharashtra and the people on low calorie diet can always rely on poha upma. Poha is a traditional dish of Maharashtra.  Most of you might be familiar with Kande Pohe.  It is a famous recipe of Maharashtra which

potato roast

Potato roast is an easy to make and tasty side dish for rice.  This is a very easy recipe which makes use of very few ingredients with no onion or garlic in it. This recipe can be prepared even when you are in a hurry to go to office or for children.  Potato is a versatile vegetable and blends itself with all the vegetables and makes the dish very tasty.

carrot rice

Rice dishes are very popular and loved equally by everyone in India, though the name and style changes from place to place.  Whether it be dal rice, or variety rice or pulao, what ever be the name, everyone loves it.  And in South India, it is a custom to have rice in the afternoon for lunch.  Rice with sambar, upperi or poriyal, pappad, pickle, curd and rasam is considered to

Soy Chunks with Mixed Veggies Recipe

Hello foodie buddies. Time to cook something healthy for the family! I’m here with yet another delicious and nutritious recipe, consisting of soy and veggies, full of goodness! This one is basically a Sindhi recipe, and needs to be nicely sautéed for a little longer time. But you will be happy with outcome and the taste will justify the few extra minutes in the kitchen. I have added whatever veggies

Lemon Iced Tea Recipe

I love to have beverages with my meals, especially with snacks. Sandwiches, nachos, fries and sizzlers are incomplete without a tall glass of iced tea on the side. I like the lemon iced tea that I make from the store-bought iced tea powder. So I said to myself, why not make iced tea from scratch at home. I tried 5 to 6 different recipes of iced tea and this one

Ginger-Pandan Leaves Tea Recipe

Ginger Pandan Leaves Tea, Summers have faded away. The mere look at the cloudy sky makes us crave for a cup of piping hot tea. What’s more comforting than having onion pakodas with tea after coming home tired from work? It gets even better with flavored tea! Are you a fan of flavored tea as well? Well, this is your lucky day! Because, today I am sharing the recipe of