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Nullikai urundai/Urid dal balls

Corn Cheese Balls

Mushroom 65

Paneer 65

Ulundha vadai - Medhu vadai

Puzhungal Arisi(boiled rice) kozhukattai | Rice dumplings

Vegetable Cutlet

Mixed Vegetable Soup

Vegetable clear soup


Idli & Batter for Idli and Dosa

Ragi Idly

Ragi Upma

Saamai ven pongal

Kollu Dosa

Beetroot poori

Chilly Bread

Pepper Dosa

Coconut Milk tomato aval upma (Flattened rice upma with coconut milk)

Curry leaves paratha

Radish Paratha

Mixed veggies and cheese sandwich

Tomato Pasta

Schezwan Veg Noodles

Vegetable rava upma

Arisi Upma | Upma with rice and toor dal

Millets and Toor dal dosa 


Kambu Koozh | Pearl Millet Porridge


Keerai(Greens) Sambar

Radish Sambar

 Kara Kuzhambu

Mint leaves pulikuzhambu

Brinjal Kothsu

Curry leaves Karakuzhambu

Puli illa Kuzhambu(Kuzhambu without tamarind)



Idi Sambar

Green chilly sambar

Tomato garlic rasam

White Pumpkin(Ash gourd) Sambar

Vellai curry (Sambar without dal)

Pepper Pulikuzhambu

Tirunelveli Sodhi

Rice Varieties

Carrot rice

Easy Vegetable Biriyani

Corn Pulav

Mint leaves Biriyani

Sweet corn jeera rice

Baby corn and Capsicum Pulav

Masala Veg Fried Rice

Kodo Millet Vegetable Bhath

Toor dal rice (Thuvaram paruppu sadham)

Foxtail millet tomato rice

Tirunelveli Kootanchoru

Coconut rice - Thengai Sadham

Ponnangani keerai rice

Tomato Rice | Thakkali Sadham
Vegetable Side dishes

Beans carrots thuvaram(stir fry)

Plantain(vazhaikkai) fry

Bitter gourd/Pavaikkai  thuvaram

Vazhaikkai(Plantain) puttu/podimas

Malabar Vellarika Patchadi

Snake gourd poriyal

Cabbage Carrot and Beans Stir fry (Kadhamba Thuvaram)

Ladies finger Pachadi

Chow chow (chayote) Kootu (Chayote with Split green gram and Coconut)

Beetroot and green peas poriyal

Aviyal (Vegetables in Coconut and Curd)

Raw Banana curry

Potato puttu/podimas

Vazhai thandu(Plantain pith) thuvaram/stir fry

Bottle gourd/Suraikkai Aviyal (Bottle gourds in Coconuts and Curd)

Bittergourd fry

Pidi Karunai Kizhangu (Yam) Masiyal

Raw Papaya Kootu

White Pumpkin (Ash gourd) Kootu | Vellai Poosanikai Kootu   

Seepankizhangu Varuval | Taro root Roast

Masalas / Gravies / Kurmas / Sabjis

Paneer Methi Masala

Easy Mushroom Masala

Easy Moth dal sabji 

Tomato Onion Sabji

Tomato dal ( Tomatoes cooked with red masoor dal)

Carrot and green peas kurma(Carrot and green peas in Coconut milk)

Zero Oil Sprouted Green gram Dal

Red soyabeans and Mushroom Kurma

Broccoli Masala

Soya chunks and green peas kurma

Hotel Vegetable Kurma (Carrots, beans, potatoes and green peas in rich coconut paste)

Rajma Masala

Chenna Masala

Dried Green Peas Masala

Paneer Capsicum Kurma

Paneer Butter Masala

Green Moong dal masala

Easy Chenna Masala

Cauliflower Kurma 

Simple Vegetable Kurma


Tomato Thokku

Amla (Gooseberry) Thokku

Tomato Onion Thokku

Puli Milagai (Green chilly in tamarind sauce)

Raw mango thokku


Moong Dal Payasam

Aval (Flattened Rice) with Jaggery and Coconut

Thiribagam (Three in one delight)

Ragi flour sweet kozhukkatai(Dumplings)

Aval/Poha ladoo

Milk Halwa

Carrot Halwa

Chocolate Burfi (Chocolate Fudge)

Kaikuthal Arisi (Brown Rice) Sweet Pongal

Rava ladoo

Rava Kesari

Moong dal/Green gram sweet sundal

Potato Halwa


Beetroot Jam

Kaju Katli | Cashew Nut Fudge


Sirukeerai Thuvaram (Tropical Amarnath greens stir fry)

Drumstick leaves thuvaram (Drumstick leaves stir fry)

Paruppu Keerai (Common purslane greens ) Kootu/ Greens with dal

Manathakkali Keerai kootu/Black night shade greens kootu


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