Vallarai Chappathi / Brahmi leaves Chappathi

Brahmi leaves are traditional plant in ayurvedic medicine. This has been used by Ayurvedic medical practitioners for centuries for a variety of purposes, including improving memory, reducing anxiety, and treating epilepsy. It contains powerful antioxidants, may reduce inflammation, boost brain function, reduce anxiety & stress, help in reducing blood pressure levels, has an anti-cancer properties. When I was a kid...

Sabudhana Vada

Sabudana Vada is a popular Maharashtrian snack that is deep fried and served with green chutney. In other parts of India, it is consumed mostly during fasting or vrat. But I always love to make it in  Appam pan which consumes very little ghee. I had this appam made Sabudana vada in BARC hospital for the first time when we...

Ven Pongal

Ven Pongal is a traditional South- Indian tiffin which is very easy to make. It is also offered as a prasadham in many temples. The right quantity of water,  cooking the rice is the most important step in making pongal. If the quantity of water is more, then the pongal cannot be scooped and served. At the same time if...

Ivy gourd sabzi / Thondekayi palya

Ivy gourd (Thondekayi / Kovakkai) is a popular vegetable in India which is often confused with pointed gourd / parwal. Pointed gourd is slightly bigger than ivy gourd and is most commonly used in North indian cuisine. We make poriyal or dry sabzi with this vegetable. This recipe is slightly different from the regular sabzi. It can be mixed with...

Vinayagar Chathurthi

Vinayagar Chathurthi is celebrated to honour Lord Ganesha. He has different names like Ganesha, Pillayar, Vinayagar, Moshika vaahanar.  He is the God who removes obstacles. Whenever we start some new ventures in life, first we offer prayers to Pillayar. A coconut is broken in front of the temple. It is called s Sedhar thengai. As the coconut breaks and scatter the...

Modhagam

Modhagam is a popular sweet made with rice flour , coconut and jaggery. It is made mainly on Vinayakar Chathurthi as a neiveydhyam to Lord Ganesha.  If the dough is left over, it can be used to make ammini kozhukkattai. If the stuffing is left over it can be eaten as it is.  There are three main steps in making...

Ammini kozhukkattai with paruppu usili

Ammini kozhukkatai is usually made out of the left over dough of the kozhukkatai during Vinayagar chathurthi. It is simple, easy and healthy snack. Every kid likes this recipe because of its tiny and cute appearance. It can be made in different ways. I am going to make ammini kozhukkattai with paruppu usili. Paruppu usili is a traditional south Indian...

Paruppu usili

Paruppu usili is a very popular brahmin recipe which is ground, steamed and mixed with kothavarangai, beans, vazhaipoo and ammini kozhakkattai. It is rich in protein and is a better substitute for coconut green chilli mixture that we use for making poriyal or upperi. Its so easy to make. Though i have made it many times, missed to post this...

Thengai pooranam

Thengai pooranam is a mixture of coconut with the jaggery syrup. This is the first time I made thengai pooranam. I learnt this from my paati (Dad’s mom). Amma and paati makes pooranam as a stuffing for modhagam. This is one of my favourite sweets(Of course whatever that is made out of jaggery :P). Whenever they make this, I thought it is a very difficult recipe. But to make the thengai pooranam is very easy and you can make it in no minutes.

Ellu Chiguli / Stuffing for Ellu kozhakkattai

‘Open Sesame’ is a famous phrase in the movie Alibaba and forty thieves. Yes!! It bursts open when it attains maturity. They are available in two colours -white and black. In Hindu mythology, the black seeds represent Lord Sani(Saturn). They are rich in iron, magnesium and has anti-cancer properties.  Adding jaggery to it makes it more rich in iron. They...

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