Paruppu Keerai (Common purslane greens ) Kootu/ Greens with dal
I always like to work any greens into our diet because they are just good for you and I happen to know these types of kootu are really delicious with any South Indian meals and also for rotis & parathas. I like paruppu keerai greens very much because it's flavorful and quite healthy. I added some chopped tomatoes for taste and soaked moong dal for thickness and as usual, small onions coconut paste for the flavours. You can eat them as a side dish or you can mix it in a bowl of plain rice and eat it as a meal. I kept the ingredients pretty simple, but if you want to make it rich you could add some chopped garlics, green chillies or even some chopped big onions. The amount of kootu that this recipe makes will vary a quite bit depending on the size of the keerai(greens) bunch. My kootu yielded about 2 cups, but you could even add another bunch if you want more.
Tirunelveli Kootanchoru/Mixed vegetables rice with dals and spices
Kootanchoru is a popular lunch dish from Tirunelveli. This is our family favourite rice and it is rich in nutrients as it contains lots of vegetables and dals. We prepare this rice frequently for special events and family get togethers. In most of Tirunelveli dishes we use small onions, garlic, coconut and generous amount of jeera. In this dish also we have used coconut small onion paste and good amount of fresh vegetables. We add commonly used vegetables such as raw banana, brinjals, drumsticks, carrots, beans and potatoes. I have learned this recipe from my grandma. She taught me with her some useful tips and techniques about how to cook, when to add the ingredients and how to choose the correct vegetables. My son named as Tirunelveli biriyani for this rice. Now let's see how to prepare this kootanchoru with step by step photos.
This is a wonderful Tirunelveli Ladies finger pachadi that is usually served with sambar and rasam. There are many versions for this recipe. This version includes ladies finger, tomato, raw mangoes and it gets flavouring from small onions, red chilly powder and asafoetida powder. The coconut paste adds a delicious richness to the pachadi. Simple to make and a very tasty side dish for traditional South Indian meals.
Suraikai (bottle gourd) adais are healthy and filling dish for breakfast. These Suraikai (bottle gourd) adais are made with chana dal, toor dal, urid dal, rice and grated bottle gourd.
This adai is very easy to make, nutritious and perfect way to include bottle gourd for all of us. Simply soak the dals, grind them and add the grated bottle gourd, chopped onions and curry leaves. These are the three simple methods needed to make these healthy adais. You can also add grated coconuts, chopped coriander leaves for this adai. You can serve this adai without any chutney and sambar.
Black urid dal dosa also called as mulu ulundhu dosa in Tirunelveli. This is a famous breakfast dish in Tirunelveli. This is an easy and healthy dosa with rice, black urid dal and fenugreek. We often prepare this dosa for weekend breakfast or dinner. The addition of black urid dal with its skin is what it makes it so special and unique.
Black urid dal contains a lot of nutritional value. In most of our food items we include black urid dal rather than the white variety. This black urid dal dosa is also super easy to make with simple two step process. I use split black gram dal in this recipe, but you may also use the whole black gram dal. Many people have a doubt that if black split grams are ground along with the skin then how it will taste. It is very tasty if they are ground and fermented properly. The best accompaniment for this black urid dal dosa are onion garlic coconut thuvaiyal,ellu podiand powdered palm jaggery. Follow these simple step by step instructions for a super tast…
Paal Kozhukattai - our family favourite evening dessert. Paal Kozhukattai is an easy dessert made with just 4 ingredients. This paal kozhukattai is made with rice flour and then cooked in the milk. The kozhukattais are then sweetened with sugar and to add some extra flavours grated coconuts and a teaspoon of cardamom powder are added. So good when it's served hot.
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…