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November 25, 2018

Cauliflower Fry - Easy Evening Snack with Cauliflower

Cauliflower fry is a favorite evening snack for my son Siva. This cauliflower fry is a deep fried snack, which many of us will order as a starter in restaurants. This cauliflower fry is an easy dish to prepare, but it requires some little attention to get perfect results. The ready made mix for snacks are slowly entering in many of our kitchens for cooking easily without much effort. But it's not healthy as it includes artificial colour, preservatives and monosodium glutamate. Actually, preparing homemade snacks is very easy and healthy too.

Cauliflower Fry  - Easy evening snack - Cauliflower fry is a favorite evening snack for my son Siva. This cauliflower fry is a deep fried snack, which many of us will order as a starter in restaurants. This cauliflower fry is an easy dish to prepare, but it requires some little attention to get perfect results. The ready made mix for snacks are slowly entering in many of our kitchens for cooking easily without much effort. But it's not healthy as it includes artificial colour, preservatives and monosodium glutamate. Actually, preparing homemade snacks is very easy and healthy too. This cauliflower fry includes besan flour, rice flour, corn flour and maida. To add the flavours ginger garlic paste, chilly powder and lemon juice are added. After mixing the batter, it takes only 20 minutes to prepare it.

November 19, 2018

Sambar Powder - Homemade Sambar Podi

Sambar powder - perfect homemade sambar powder with few basic ingredients in your kitchen. My mom is an expert in preparing homemade spice powders for kuzhambu varieties. This is also my mom's recipe. My mom taught me that fresh ingredients are all you need to make a good sambar powder. Plus, roasting the spices right before powdering gives the sambar powder more flavour. So  always try to use fresh spices for sambar powder.

Sambar Powder - Homemade Sambar Podi  - Sambar powder - perfect homemade sambar powder with few basic ingredients in your kitchen. My mom is an expert in preparing homemade spice powders for kuzhambu varieties. This is also my mom's recipe. My mom taught me that fresh ingredients are all you need to make a good sambar powder. Plus, roasting the spices right before powdering gives the sambar powder more flavour. So  always try to use fresh spices for sambar powder.

November 15, 2018

Kuzhi Paniyaram - Healthy South Indian Tiffin

Kuzhi Paniyaram is an easy and healthy tiffin prepared with a few basic ingredients in our kitchen.Once you have decided to prepare kuzhi paniyaram for your dinner, prepare the batter and allow it to ferment for 5 to 7 hours.  You can also ferment the batter overnight and you can prepare a healthy tiffin for your family during weekends. Makes an easy tiffin for your regular week night or weekend breakfast. It's spongy and slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Kuzhi Paniyaram - Kuzhi Paniyaram is an easy and healthy tiffin prepared with a few basic ingredients in our kitchen.Once you have decided to prepare kuzhi paniyaram for your dinner, prepare the batter and allow it to ferment for 5 to 7 hours.  You can also ferment the batter overnight and you can prepare a healthy tiffin for your family during weekends. Makes an easy tiffin for your regular week night or weekend breakfast. It's spongy and slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  In this kuzhi paniyaram recipe, you need idly rice, raw rice, urid dal, fenugreek and other tempering ingredients. Many people prepare kuzhi paniyaram with the dosa batter, but I recommend to grind the batter separately for kuzhi paniyaram. Never skip the fenugreek because it  helps to give you a soft and spongy paniyarams. To add additional flavours I have added fresh grated coconuts, chopped onions and green chillies. For frying the kuzhi paniyaram you can use groundnut oil or gingely oil. Finally, don't forget to prepare tomato chutney to serve this yummy kuzhi paniyaram. Because it's one of  the best side side dish  for this kuzhi paniyaram. Now we will see the recipe in detail.

November 14, 2018

Methi (Fenugreek) leaves Stir Fry | Venthayakeerai Poriyal

Methi (Fenugreek) leaves Poriyal - simple and healthy side dish for your lunch with 5 basic ingredients. For methi leaves poriyal, there is no need to chop the greens. Just remove the leaves from the stem and wash it well for 3 to 5 times because it has more mud and sand when compared to other greens. The aroma in the kitchen was very nice when we saute the methi leaves. Methi leaves poriyal tastes good when made with fresh leaves. I recommend making it the same day, but if you have busy mornings just pluck the leaves and keep it in a ziploc bag.

Methi (Fenugreek) leaves Poriyal - Keerai (Greens) Dishes - Methi (Fenugreek) leaves Poriyal - simple and healthy side dish for your lunch with 5 basic ingredients. For methi leaves poriyal, there is no need to chop the greens. Just remove the leaves from the stem and wash it well for 3 to 5 times because it has more mud and sand when compared to other greens. The aroma in the kitchen was very nice when we saute the methi leaves. Methi leaves poriyal tastes good when made with fresh leaves. I recommend making it the same day, but if you have busy mornings just pluck the leaves and keep it in a ziploc bag.

November 12, 2018

Snake Gourd Kootu | Pudalangai Kootu

Snake gourd kootu is a healthy side dish for your lunch. We have a wide variety of high water content vegetables like bottle gourd, ash gourd, snake gourd, ridge gourd etc. All these vegetables contain eighty percent water and keep you hydrated the whole day. These water content vegetables are a popular choice for kootu, sambar and thayir pachadi. Try to include any one of these vegetables weekly, twice in your regular diet.

Snake Gourd Kootu | Pudalangai Kootu  - Snake gourd kootu is a healthy side dish for your lunch. We have a wide variety of high water content vegetables like bottle gourd, ash gourd, snake gourd, ridge gourd etc. All these vegetables contain eighty percent water and keep you hydrated the whole day. These water content vegetables are a popular choice for kootu, sambar and thayir pachadi. Try to include any one of these vegetables weekly, twice in your regular diet.  Snake gourd kootu is a wonderful side dish for pulikuzhambu. Kootu is often prepared with moong dal or toor dal. But for this snake gourd kootu we add chana dal. I like the crunchy dals in the kootu which adds a beautiful colour also. Most of our kootu or poriyal dishes we add the ground coconut paste, which adds flavour, colour and taste also.

November 08, 2018

Ven Pongal

Ven pongal - many of our favourite weekend breakfast dishes. Ven pongals are easy to prepare, but they must be prepared with proper measurements to get perfect results.

Ven Pongal  - Ven pongal - many of our favourite weekend breakfast dishes. Ven pongals are easy to prepare, but they must be prepared with proper measurements to get perfect results. Start your ven pongal by  roasting the dals in a pan. There are two ways to roast the dals, but my favourite is dry roasting the dals well until you can smell a nice aroma from the moong dal that produces a nice flavour to the entire dish. It won't take longer than a minute to roast the dals, so do not omit the step. After roasting the dals we have to add it to the raw rice and cook them in a pressure cooker. Like many of my pressure cooker recipes, I recommend to soak the rice and dal for 20 minutes for perfect results. Next, we will see the water level for venpongal. Usually for venpongal, use 3 to 3.5 cups of water for 1 cup of raw rice, but you may need to practice the amount your pressure cooker requires for the particular dishes. If you add more water for venpongal, it gives you stickier rice, which may take more time to settle down without any moisture. The other important step for venpongal is we have to stir the cooked venpongal with a good amount of ghee in a heavy bottomed kadai.

November 07, 2018

Coconut curry leaves chutney | Thengai Kariveppilai Thuvaiyal

Coconut curry leaves chutney (thuvaiyal) easy and healthy thuvaiyal for your lunch with a plate of warm rice. We prepare different types of kuzhambu everyday for lunch. But sometimes it will be boring to cook or  you feel tired when you do not have energy in your body. In that situation, this quick thuvaiyal is the best one for your lunch. The thuvaiyal is mixed with the hot rice and served with appalam and sundakkai vathal. We prepare this thuvaiyal during fasting days like shasthi, kiruthikai and sathurthi. After the fasting is over, we mix the cooked rice (pacharisi sadham) with a tbsp of this curry leaves chutney  swirled with a few tablespoons of gingely oil.

Coconut curry leaves chutney - Thengai Kariveppilai Thuvaiyal - Coconut curry leaves chutney (thuvaiyal) easy and healthy thuvaiyal for your lunch with a plate of warm rice. We prepare different types of kuzhambu everyday for lunch. But sometimes it will be boring to cook or  you feel tired when you do not have energy in your body. In that situation, this quick thuvaiyal is the best one for your lunch. The thuvaiyal is mixed with the hot rice and served with appalam and sundakkai vathal. We prepare this thuvaiyal during fasting days like shasthi, kiruthikai and sathurthi. After the fasting is over, we mix the cooked rice (pacharisi sadham) with a tbsp of this curry leaves chutney  swirled with a few tablespoons of gingely oil. This coconut curry leaves thuvaiyal includes ingredients like grated coconuts, curry leaves, asafoetida, tamarind and red chillies. All the ingredients are handy and you can grind it within 5 minutes. For this chutney, the only work you have to do is grating the coconut. There are many frozen grated coconuts or coconut powder, but nothing tastes better like the fresh grated coconuts. We have to add a good amount of red chillies, tamarind and asafoetida powder as it gives the main flavour for this thuvaiyal. Plus, if we reduce any one of the ingredients, it won't taste good when we mix it with rice. Finally, use fresh and tender curry leaves for this thuvaiyal because it is the star ingredient in this dish.

November 04, 2018

White Vegetable Kurma | Vellai Kurma for Chapathi, Parotta & Idiyappam

White vegetable kurma - one of my favourite side dishes for idiyappam. For idiyappam or aapam i prefer kurmas which are flavoured mildly. This white vegetable is one among those categories and also it is pretty easy to make. This kurma is also good for parotta and chapathi.

White Vegetable Kurma - Vellai Kurma - Side dishes for idiyappam, aapam, chapathi and parotta. White vegetable kurma - one of my favourite side dishes for idiyappam. For idiyappam or aapam i prefer kurmas which are flavoured mildly. This white vegetable is one among those categories and also it is pretty easy to make. This kurma is also good for parotta and chapathi.

November 01, 2018

Sweet Somas | Somasi - Diwali Sweet

Sweet Somasi is my favourite Diwali sweet. During my childhood days, my mom prepares this Somasi for Diwali and I helped her to make the pooris and the stuffing method. I enjoyed each and every part of this dish. All the hard work goes in stuffing and brushing the pooris with maida paste and it requires little patience. After preparing the somasis, the deep frying method requires very few minutes.

Sweet Somas | Somasi - Sweet Somasi is my favourite Diwali sweet. During my childhood days, my mom prepares this Somasi for Diwali and I helped her to make the pooris and the stuffing method. I enjoyed each and every part of this dish. All the hard work goes in stuffing and brushing the pooris with maida paste and it requires little patience. After preparing the somasis, the deep frying method requires very few minutes.