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Easy Vegetable Biriyani

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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…

Aviyal - Vegetables in curd and coconut - Tirunelveli Aviyal

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Sambar - Tirunelveli Sambar for lunch

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Sambar is the most common kuzhambu (curry) in all of South Indian cuisine and staple in any restaurant and on important occasions. There are many variations for sambar depending on region or taste preferences. Tirunelveli sambar has some variations in the taste and the ingredients. Most of Tirunelveli recipes consist of coconut and small onions.



Pulikuzhambu - Tirunelveli style Pulikuzhambu recipe

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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.

Rajma Masala

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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)

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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.


About me

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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 tointeract 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 specializationof 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 husbanda 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 appreciati…

Carrot Rice - Carrot Sadham - Easy lunch box recipe

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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.






Raw Banana curry

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This raw banana curry would make the perfect side dish for any rice varieties.



Tomato Onion Thokku - Side dish for idli, dosa, pongal and chapathi

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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.




Other recipes with Tomato
Tomato KurmaTomato DosaTomato Coconut Chutney Tomato Rice Tomato chutneyTomato Green chilly ChutneyTomato Onion SabjiTomato DalTomato ThokkuTomato Millet Rice

Sirukeerai Thuvaram (Tropical Amarnath greens stir fry)

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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

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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

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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 …

Tomato Thokku - Thakkali thokku

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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.



Masala Veg Fried Rice

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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

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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

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

Usually cooking bitter gourd without the bitterness is really tough, but if you cook them with simple techniques you can really enjoy the dish. This dish is crisp in taste and easy to prepare. This is a very good side dish for sambar, rasam, pulikuzhambu and South Indian rice varieties. Let's see how to prepare this Bitter gourd fry with step by step photos. 





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

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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.



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

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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.




Kaikuthal Arisi (Brown Rice) Sweet Pongal

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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.

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

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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.