Easy Vegetable Biriyani

Easy Vegetable Biriyani - This Easy Vegetable Biriyani is an easy weekend lunch that's full of nice flavour. Try this recipe and the whole family can enjoy. When you make biriyani you should expect two things they are the rice should be firm not mushy and it should be full of bold flavours. If you follow some basic methods it should be easy to cook a tasty biriyani. Whenever I make biryani, I always prepare a fresh ginger garlic paste.(Do not peel the garlic skin because it adds nice flavour and taste). The ginger garlic paste is the first main ingredient which enhances the taste of the rice. I have used all the dry spices and the biriyani masala powder. I have used the basic combination of vegetabIes that everyone like and you can add any other vegetabIes that you want. I also prefer to add ghee and oil in minimal amounts. Letting the rice rest for 1 to 2 hours before serving helps to release the flavours from the spices and the rice also stay distinct. If you do not have biryani masala powder, you can replace it with 1/2 tsp red chilly powder and 1 tsp garamasala powder. This Easy Vegetable Biriyani is really simple to make and it has a nice flavour. Let's see how to prepare this Easy Vegetable Biryani with step by step photos.

Easy Vegetable Biriyani with step by step instructions and pictures.  This Easy Vegetable Biriyani is an easy weekend lunch that's full of nice flavour. Try this recipe and the whole family can enjoy.  When you make biriyani you should expect two things they are  the rice should be firm not mushy and it should be full of bold flavours. If you follow some basic methods it should be easy to cook a tasty biriyani. Whenever I make biryani, I always prepare a fresh ginger garlic paste.(Do not peel the garlic skin because it adds nice flavour and taste). The ginger garlic paste is the first main ingredient which enhances the taste of the rice. I have used all the dry spices and the biriyani masala powder. I have used the basic combination of vegetabIes that everyone like and you can add any other vegetabIes that you want. I also prefer to add ghee and oil in minimal amounts. Letting the rice rest for 1 to 2 hours before serving helps to release the flavours from the spices and the rice also stay distinct. If you do not have biryani masala powder, you can replace it with 1/2 tsp red chilly powder and 1 tsp garamasala powder. This Easy Vegetable Biriyani is really simple to make and it has a nice flavour. Let's see how to prepare this Easy Vegetable Biryani with step by step photos.

Check out my other biriyani recipes here

Aviyal - Vegetables in curd and coconut - Tirunelveli Aviyal





Aviayl, Veg side dish for sambar,rasam




Pulikuzhambu - Tirunelveli style Pulikuzhambu recipe

The best and the most authentic Tirunelveli recipe is this Pulikuzhambu. This dish is tangy and spicy with unique taste. This kuzambu is a must - have during family gatherings and it is also easy to make. Adding of drumstick or brinjal gives extra taste to it. If you do not have vegetables, add sundaikkai vathal along with onions and garlics. When you cook large amounts of this kuzhambu, you can save some for future meals. This kuzhambu tastes perfect the next day. The leftover kuzhambu can be mixed with any kootu or keerai masiyal and keep the mixture in low flame for 10 to 15 minutes. This thick mix of this kuzhambu and keerai or kootu gives you a tasty side dish for curd rice.Just serve this kuzhambu with a tsp of ghee over the rice and paruppu (dal) and  you will definitely enjoy the taste. The perfect side dish is yam masiyal, drumstick leaves thuvaram or any vegetable kootu. Try this tasty, tangy and spicy kuzhambu.

Pulikuzhambu

Rajma Masala

If you want to make restaurant style rajma masala at home using few simple ingredients definitely you must try this recipe.This is very easy and tasty that can be done within an hour. You can use the canned rajmas, but freshly cooked offer the best flavour and nutrition.




Drumstick leaves thuvaram (Drumstick leaves stir fry)



This drumstick leaves thuvaram is a unique side dish in South Indian cuisine. They're made with little cooked toor dal and ground coconut, jeera paste. Finally 1 tbsp of coconut oil is added to enhance the taste and it prevents the leaves to stick each other. This drumstick leaves thuvaram/stir fry is a best side dish for pulikuzhambu, sambar and any South Indian kuzhambu varieties. Let's see how to prepare this Drumstick leaves thuvaram with step by step photos.

This drumstick leaves thuvaram is a unique side dish for sambar and puli kuzhambu. They're made with little cooked toor dal and ground coconut, jeera paste. Finally 1 tbsp of coconut oil is added to enhance the taste and it prevents the leaves to stick each other. This drumstick leaves thuvaram/stir fry is a best side dish for pulikuzhambu, sambar and any South Indian kuzhambu varieties. Let's see how to prepare this Drumstick leaves thuvaram with step by step photos

About me


Hai, 
I am Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan welcoming you to my blog VIRUNDHOMBAL.

Basically, I am a computer science graduate from Bhrathidasan university, Tiruchy. From my infancy stage till I get married I have been nurtured In Tiruchy. I went to a school where a rich tradition and heritage find a valuable space. Yes, I did my schooling in Railway mixed High school and all disciples are unique in their own way. Even while I was pursuing my higher education in Jamal Mohmaed college, Tiruchy we the students feel free to  interact with our co students about our way beyond our college days. After my college days are over I was about to choose Home science with specialization  of food science my wedlock ceremony , though not an interruption, had to be arranged as a part of the parental care. It was a blessing in disguise as my husband  a busy software techie found his own time to appreciate my magical work in the kitchen.That was an inspiration for me, a housewife like me as the husband’s appreciation is the best possible testimonial. He has been instrumental in helping me to design this blog. Thanks to my grandfather for suggesting me to name VIRUNDHOMBAL for this blog.  


Cooking is something that definitely gets criticized and then only we improve it. My greatest gift is my father. He really appreciates my work and also he understands my passion in cooking. I really want to thank my father for his support. Since my mom had given the freedom in the kitchen, I felt free to test any thing on my own and therefore I preferred my way of cooking.
In the year 2012, I participated in a cooking competition conducted for Chennai house wives. This  time  I received  the first prize and adjudged KITCHEN QUEEN OF CHENNAI by none other than the Principal Dr.MGR university Shri. Damodharan. Therefore, I decided to present my recipes through electronic media after being invited by Tamil TV channels. Many of my friends and family members requested me to start a food blog with traditional Tirunelveli recipes and healthy vegetarian foods. 


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VIRUNDHOMBAL 

Iam hailing from an orthodox  family of Tirunelvelli district where the  rich heritage and traditions do find an excellent place. Especially whenever a guest arrives, it is not only the responsibility of a house wife but the entire family will be delighted to ensure  that all possible efforts are taken to treat the guests till they step out our house.That is why our rich tradition of VIRUNDHOMBAL is hailed as one of the best systems in the Tamil Nadu. VIRUNDHOMBAL means  serving food with Hospitality surcharged with true devotion and love. It is for this reason our house wives do find a best space in our family. Therefore, in order to reflect our ideas of rich heritage I have started this blog to afford the maximum benefits to  the  housewives ,be it, young or old, beginner or stalwarts ( I can understand your doubt why stalwarts of course I should tell you for interaction Yes it is). My blog deals with not purely  a DO IT YOUR SELF KIT but to provide your most loved ones a quality and completely healthy and hygienic food. Since every item has been tested in my lab ( in my kitchen) it is easy to cook with minimum effort to enjoy  maximum happiness amongst your family. Utmost care has been taken  while designing the  recipes that only ingredients available in your kitchen self has been used. Due care has also been taken that all theses recipes are designed to suit the elderly people ( I am trying my level best to suit the elderly people in strict accordance with the health charts wherever applicable), children friendly and of course your hubby's  pocket friendly as well.

Hope You can enjoy a happy cooking experience to serve your loved ones a delicious food and be their loved ones. You are always  welcome to give your feedback or to seek any assistance You can reach me by my email smlchitra85@gmail.com


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ஆய கலைகள் அறுபத்து நான்கில் சமையல் கலையும் ஒன்று. உணவு என்பது வாழும் ஜீவராசிகளுக்கு ஆதாரம். சமையல் கலையில் முழு விருப்பத்துடன் ஈடுபட்டால் சாதாரண பொருட்கள்களைக் கொண்டு சமைக்கும் உணவும் கூட அமிர்தமாக விளங்கும் என்பது என்னுடைய எண்ணம். எனக்கு சிறு வயதிலிலேயே சமைப்பதில் மிகுந்த ஆர்வம் உண்டு.

நான் எதை புதிதாக சமைத்து பார்க்கும் போது என் அம்மா எனக்கு முழு ஆதரவு கொடுப்பார்கள். அதுவும் எனக்கு ஒரு உத்வேகத்தை கொடுத்தது. என் அப்பா நான் எதை செய்தாலும் பாராட்டி ருசித்து மகிழ்வார். அந்த பாராட்டு எனக்கு மேலும் ஒரு தூண்டுகோலாக இருந்தது. எனது தங்கை நான் புதிதாக செய்யும் உணவுகளை ருசித்து மிகவும் துல்லியமாக அவற்றில் உள்ள நிறைகுறைகளை சுட்டிக்காட்டுவாள்.

2003ஆம் ஆண்டில் நான் கல்லூரியில் படிக்கும் காலத்தில், கல்லூரிகளுக்கு இடையே நடந்த சமையல் போட்டியில் தேங்காய் பராத்தா  செய்து காண்பித்து அதன் செய்முறை விளக்கத்தையும் கூறி வந்தேன். நடுவர் தீர்ப்பை எதிர்பார்த்துக் கொண்டிருக்கும் போது திருவிளையாடல் படத்தில் சிவாஜி கணேசன் நாகேஷிடம் பரிசு கிடைத்ததா என்று கேட்பது போல் என் அப்பா என்னிடம் கேட்டார். உதை ஒன்று தான் கிடைக்கவில்லை என்று நாகேஷ் சொன்ன மாதிரி நானும் சொல்லும் போது நடுவர் குழுவினரால் என் பெயர் பரிசு பெற்றதாக அறிவிக்கப்பட்டது. 2012 ஆம் ஆண்டில் சென்னையில் இல்லதரிகளுக்கு நடந்த சமையல் போட்டியில் கலந்து கொண்டு Chef. Dr. தாமோதரன் அவர்களால் தேர்வு செய்யப்பட்டு  Kitchen Queen of Chennai என்ற பரிசை பெற்றேன். இது தான் என்னுடைய விருந்தோம்பல்.காம் (www.virundhombal.com) என்ற வலைப்பூ (blog) ஆரம்பிக்க காரணமாக அமைந்தது. இந்த வலைப்பூவில் திறம்பட குறிப்புகள் போஸ்ட் செய்வதற்கு என் கணவர் அவ்வப்போது ஊக்குவித்து வருகிறார். எனக்கு தேவையான அனைத்து பொருட்களையும் வாங்கித் தருவதோடு புதுமையாக செய்வதற்கு உதவுவார். என் மகன் சிவா என் வலைப்பூவிற்கு first & best critic. 

என்னுடைய சொந்த ஊர் திருநெல்வேலி. திருநெல்வேலியில் உள்ள சைவ சமையல் தனித்தன்மை வாய்ந்ததாகும். திருநெல்வேலியை பூர்விகமாக கொண்ட என் ஆச்சி எனக்கு நிறைய குறிப்புகளை கற்றுத் தருகிறார்கள். என் தாத்தா தமிழர்களின் விருந்து உபசரிக்கும் பண்பை சுட்டிக் காட்டும் பொருட்டு விருந்தோம்பல் என்ற பெயரை வலைப்பூவிற்கு பரிந்துரைத்தார்கள். என் சகோதரன் கனகசபாபதி இந்த வலைப்பூவிற்கு தேவையான வீடியோ மற்றும் புகைப்படங்கள் எடுப்பதற்கு உதவி செய்து மற்றும் ஆலோசனைகள் கொடுத்து வருகிறார். இவர்கள் அனைவரும் அளிக்கின்ற உத்வேகம்தான் எனக்கு மேலும் மேலும் புதுமுயற்சிகள் செய்ய தூண்டுகோலாக இருக்கின்றது.

Regards,
Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan

Carrot Rice - Carrot Sadham - Easy lunch box recipe



I learned this fabulous recipe from my husband.This is an easy recipe and it tastes good. I used basmati rice, you can use any rice or other cooked millets of choice. The grated carrots in the rice look super pretty. The pre cooked rice mixed with the mixture of spices, ginger garlic paste, fresh carrots and finally the lemon juice.

Try this recipe for your kids lunch box. Introduce them to a colourful and healthy carrot rice and skip them the old boring rice varieties. Definitely they will enjoy this rice and it is also the best way to include carrots for them. When you pack the rice top it with some  fried cashew nuts or any other nuts. Don't forget to add the lemon juice because it is the secret ingredient in this recipe. Don't want to add any water while sauteing the carrots because the carrots cook with the moisture in it. You can also serve this rice with any light gravy if you prefer. Now let's see how to prepare this Carrot rice with step by step photos.





Tomato Onion Thokku



The simplest and tastiest side dish which can be prepared within 20 minutes is Tomato onion thokku. It's easy to make and goes well with roti, idly, dosa and pongal. This thokku is a perfect side dish for school lunches, a quick weeknight side dish and also for your travel foods. Try this yummy thokku and definitely it will be your family favourite.




 

Sirukeerai Thuvaram (Tropical Amarnath greens stir fry)







Siru keerai/ Tropical Amarnath greens is such a super nutritious green, you want it to eat it as often as you can. It has calcium and iron in abundant quantity. We can prepare sambar, kootu, vada, oothapam and many dishes with this keerai.
This siru keerai thuvaram is a very popular, healthy and of course tasty side dish too. In Tirunelveli, people used to say as kothikeerai for this dish.In this recipe the ground paste adds a lot of flavour to the thuvaram and cooked toor dal enhances the taste. Try this yummy thuvaram with any type of keerai. Let's see how to prepare Siru keerai thuvaram with step by step photos.



Amla (Gooseberry) Thokku - Nellikai thokku

This recipe is an easy way to use up amlas(gooseberries). The simplest and best side dish for our curd rice is our pickles and thokku.Making and storing your own thokku at home is healthy and interesting. Now let's see how to prepare this crunchy amla thokku.


Chenna Masala - Side dish for poori, batura and nann




Chenna Masala

This chenna masala is a simple home style dish. My mother often prepares this chenna masala in my childhood days.There is no need for chenna masala powder, amchur powder, tea powder or dried pomegranate seeds powder just simple garamasala powder is enough for the masala. Fresh onions, fresh tomatoes, ginger, garlic are made into a nice paste and little tamarind juice and jaggery are added to enhance the taste. A fantastic gravy with minimum ingredients.   Always try to use dried chickpeas rather than the canned peas because they are adding too much preservatives and sodium to keep it fresh for a longtime. Soak the dried chickpeas for more than 8 hours or overnight and pressure cook them thoroughly, they won't turn hard. Do you want a perfect Chenna Masala? The answer is let them to cook well until the raw smell of the garlic, ginger, red chillies and the coriander seeds disappear. Try to use unrefrigerated tomatoes for any dishes because the sweetness in the tomatoes tastes so bland after refrigeration.





Tomato Thokku - Thakkali thokku


Tomato thokku - easy homemade thokku prepared with tomatoes, chilly powder, tamarind and fenugreek powder. An interestingly unique side dish for any breads and rice. You can also use this thokku as a base to prepare tomato rice, tomato poha upma or tomato idiyappam.


Tomato Thokku - Thokku recipes -  Tomato thokku - easy homemade thokku prepared with tomatoes, chilly powder, tamarind and fenugreek powder. An interestingly unique side dish for any breads and rice. You can also use this thokku as a base to prepare tomato rice, tomato poha upma or tomato idiyappam. Tomatoes are evergreen vegetable, so you can prepare this whenever you want it. Like the mango thokku, this tomato thokku is also prepared by the same method, but we have to use tamarind extract for this thokku to increase the shelf life. For best tomato thokku, the tomatoes are sauted in the oil on medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes
Tomatoes are evergreen vegetable, so you can prepare this whenever you want it. Like the mango thokku, this tomato thokku is also prepared by the same method, but we have to use tamarind extract for this thokku to increase the shelf life. For best tomato thokku, the tomatoes are sauted in the oil on medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes. I always prefer to cook many of my dishes on low to medium heat for perfect results. The next important point is to use heavy bottomed hindalium kadai as it retains the heat uniformly. As i told  in my garlic thokku recipe, do not use iron or non stick kadai for thokku or any tamarind based dishes. It is important to stir the thokku in between to avoid burns, especially after adding the chilly powder. I prefer the thokku to be more flavourful, so I have added a good amount of chilly powder, fenugreek powder and asafoetida powder. You can also reduce the quantities according to your taste buds. Now let's see how to make this yummy tomato thokku with step by step instructions.



Checkout my other thokku recipes

Masala Veg Fried Rice



One day my son wants me to prepare veg fried rice with briyani flavor.
Using very simple ingredients in my pantry I prepared this colourful fried rice. This simple fried rice is really good for lunch boxes too.




Saamai (Little millet) Lemon Rice - Millet Recipes

Saamai Lemon rice - The easiest and delicious rice made with tangy lemon juice and healthy saamai millet.
This recipe requires very less effort and you can easily pack in for your lunch box.

Bittergourd fry - Pavakkai varuval - Side dish with bitter gourd




Bitter gourd fry (Pan fried bitter gourds with gram flour and rice flour)


Bitter gourd fry, Veg side dishes, Side dishes for sambar, rasam, and for South Indian rice varieties.



Saamai (Little Millet) Venpongal (Millets cooked with Split green gram)



Saamai Venpongal - Start your weekend breakfast with this tasty and healthy saamai pongal. Pongal is one of the healthiest and nutritious breakfast which provides adequate energy for the whole day.
Millets Pongal is the best way to include millets in your diet. It's a gluten free, high fibre and high protein packed food. Take a break from your regular raw rice pongal and try this healthy pongal for a change.



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Thiribagam (Three in one delight) - Tirunelveli dessert with besan flour, cashew and badam



Thiribagam (Three in one delight)

Thiribagam is a popular dessert in Tirunelveli. This thiribagam is made from besan flour, cashew powder, badam powder, sugar, milk and ghee.
Edible camphor and saffron are used for adding flavour. This traditional homemade dessert is wrapped up in a piece of butter paper and served.
This sweet has a combination of three major sweets kajukatli, mysurpa and badam halwa. Hence it is called as Thiribagam.


Thiribagam is a popular dessert in Tirunelveli. This thiribagam is made from besan flour, cashew powder, badam powder, sugar, milk and ghee. Edible camphor and saffron are used for adding flavour. This traditional homemade dessert is wrapped up in a piece of butter paper and served. This sweet has a combination of three major sweets kajukatli, mysurpa and badam burfi. Hence it is called as Thiribagam.


Kaikuthal Arisi (Brown Rice) Sweet Pongal









This Kaikuthal arisi ( Brown Rice) sweet pongal is a jaggery based sweet dish. Kaikuthal Arisi( brown rice) also called unpolished rice.
Brown rice is believed to be more nutritious as compared to white rice as, there are many nutrients in the brown layer that normally get taken off in the polishing process. Cooking brown rice is a little bit tougher than the regular white rice. Soaking the rice in water before cooking helps to soften the grains evenly. Now let's see how to prepare this tasty pongal.

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Green Peas Masala - Quick and easy side dish for roti & poori

Green Peas masala - Side dish for roti, nann, phulka and pulav. Easy and tasty gravy.
Cook easily in 30 minutes or less with this superfast, easy masala. Delicious and tasty green peas masala made lighter than other gravies with few ingredients.This is one of my all time favourite masala. My favourite Green peas masala requires some onion paste, tomato paste and simple ingredients you likely have in your kitchen. 

Green peas masala | Side dishes for roti, poori | How to prepare green peas masala with step by step photos |


This masala is thick with full of tomato flavour and garamasala powder. In the final stage, a teaspoon of sugar enhances the  taste that pairs perfectly with the gravy. I always like to prepare this gravy with dried green peas because I have tried with other varieties of green peas, this one is my favourite. You can enjoy the taste of green peas in every single pea. This masala goes well with roti, poori, bread and any pulav or rice cooked in coconut milk. Let's see how to prepare this Green peas masala with step by step photos. 
Checkout my other masala recipes here