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Plantain Paratha - Raw Banana Stuffed Paratha

Plantain Paratha - super yummy parathas stuffed with the precooked plantain masalas. The first time I made this, it was a big hit in my family and my son told me it's a paratha filled with plantain podimas. Because he likes plantain podimas (puttu) very much and finish it completely as a salad.


This paratha is good for breakfast and you can simply have it with a bowl of curd. Plantain paratha has few simple ingredients like plantain, wheat flour, chopped ginger, chopped green chillies, coriander leaves and grated coconut. The plantains are cooked and then grated finely. I use the carrot grater to grate it, you may use a potato masher to mash it. If you have nice soft plantains, it will be easy to cook and grate them, otherwise you will have small small chunks in the paratha. After preparing the plantain gratings simply saute them in a pan along with chopped ginger, green chillies, coriander leaves and curry leaves. Once you are done with the plantain mixture, prepare the stuffed …

Black Urid Dal Porridge - Karuppu Ulundhu Kanji

Black urid dal porridge (Karuppu ulundhu kanji) - prepared with just four ingredients like split black urid dal, palm jaggery, grated coconut and milk. This kanji is one the best dish to include in your diet for breakfast because it reduces the body heat plus it keeps you energetized for the whole day.


This kanji can be easily prepared within 15 minutes. In this porridge I have used black urid dal and palm jaggery. If you do not have black urid dal, you can replace it with white urid dal also. In most of our Tirunelveli dishes we use split black urid dal.  Black urid dal has an excellent flavour when compared with white urid dal. Next, an important star ingredient in this kanji  is palm jaggery. Nowa days, many of us forgotten its amazing nutritional values in it. Palm jaggery is high in iron and several other nutrients. So if this porridge is prepared with these two star ingredients (black urid dal with palm jaggery) you can have a healthy protein iron dish for your breakfast. Now l…

Karthigai Pori - Karthigai Vella Pori Recipe

Karthigai Pori - a classic prasadam prepared for karthigai festival. This karthigai pori looks different from the regular rice pori and you can get these pori during karthigai tamil month in pori shops.


They are one my favourite, favourite...... prasadam dishes. This tastes so good on the next day because the jaggery will enter each poris after cooling down. For this karthigai pori dish you will need the nel pori, jaggery, black sesame seeds and coconut. To prepare jaggery syrup, I recommend to use pagu vellam (jaggery) which is dark brown in colour because it gives a nice taste and colour to this dish. You have to dissolve the jaggery with little water and then strain it if needed. Then continue boiling the syrup on low heat, stirring occasionally, until it reaches to a thick consistency. Watch your jaggery syrup closely as it gets thicker or browns quickly. Before preparing the jaggery syrup, add the nelpori in a big container or in a vessel. Add the roasted sesame seed…

Nanjil Sambar - Nagercoil Style Sambar

Nanjil Sambar - prepared with the  combination of seasonal vegetables, toor dal and flavoured with freshly prepared sambar powder. Another interesting recipe from my Rema athai. As Nagercoil is her hometown, I learned many nanjil recipes from her. Nanjil refers to the area around Nagercoil, Agastheeswaram, Thovalai etc. Last month I prepared 30 varieties Nanjil recipes for the Aval Vikatan magazine. I have no time to take step by step pictures for all the 30 recipes, but took some pictures for a few recipes. All the 30 varieties are evergreen recipes of Nanjil.


This Nanjil sambar is one of my favourite sambar for lunch. This sambar is similar to our Tirunelveli idi sambar but there is no need for any coconut paste.In both Tirunelveli sambar and idi sambar we add coconut paste in the final stage. For this sambar, you need fresh vegetables like drumsticks, brinjal, lady's finger, raw mango, yellow pumpkin, potato and carrot. Plus sambar onions, green chillies and freshly ground sam…