Vaazhakkai podimas

Plantain/vazhakkai is one of the common vegetable that is used in almost all Kerala recipes – Mulagootal, moorukoottaan,mezhukkuperatti,aviyal, etc., Vaazhakkai Podimas is a simple South Indian style stir fry with Raw bananas. It should be made with unripened bananas else its taste will be spoiled. It is slighlt different from the vazhakkai varuval/mezhukkuperatti and everyone likes it. INGREDIENTS (Plantain)Vaazhakkai – 1 Turmeric...

Panguni uthiram

Panguni Uthiram is one of the most important festivals for Hindus. It is also called as “Meena Uthira Palguni”. The important aspect of this day is that the Pournami and Uthiram start falls on the same day of Panguni month which is the last month of the Tamil Calendar year. According to the mythology, celestial weddings take place on this day...

Holi

There was once a demon named Hiranyakashyap who was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana and refused to worship his father. Hiranyakashyap tried several ways to kill his son Prahlad but Lord Vishnu saved him every time. Finally,...

Baked & Fried Gujiya

Gujiyas are sweet dumpling make with all purpose flour or semolina or wheat flour with khova, coconut and mixed nuts stuffing. I learnt this recipe from one of my North Indian friends. It was for one holi she made it and I went to observe her making it. This recipe is time consuming but worth to make. These are mildly...

Nellikai Arachukalakki

Arachukalakki is a distinctive dish of Palakkad Iyers. This is a best side dish for molagushyam, mulagootal. You can also have this as a main course.  It is an easy recipe consisting of two steps – grinding and mixing. Hence the name arachukalakki(Arachu-grind,kalakki – mix). Coconut and curd are the two main ingredients. You can also make this by adding...

Vegetable Biriyani

          Vegetable biriyani is a rich, exotic rice that is made with a lot of vegetables and spices. It is completely different from pulav and fried rice. It contains three main ingredients that is not included in pulav and fried rice-curd, red chilli powder and tomato.  I learnt this version from one of my college friend....

Kaaradaiyaan Nonbu

Kaaradaiyaan nonbu or Savithri viratham is a traditional Tamilnadu festival of fasting wherein married woman pray for the wellness and long life of their husband and the unmarried girls pray God to get a good husband. Along with the rice flour, we use cowpea which is called as Kaaramani in tamil. Hence the name Kaaradaiyaan nonbu. I got this information...

Mango Rice/Mangai Saadham/Maavinakai chithranna

Raw mango rice is a South Indian delicacy which is made with sour mangoes. It is prepared in the same way as lemonrice which most of us make at home. It is one of the easiest rice varities which can be made in few minutes without any fuss. The mangoes should be cooked well to give it a good tangy...

Mangai thokku / Sweet and Spicy Mango pickle

Mangoes are everyone’s favourite be it a raw mango or ripened one. We can make a lot of recipes using both raw and ripened mango. During Summer season, we can see lot of mangoes in the market. Using raw mango we can make different varieties of pickles like mangai kari, avakkai, mangai thokku and mangai pachadi, mangai kootan, Mango rice,...

Baked Fingermillet crisps / Baked Ragi crisps

Fingermillet which is popularly called as ragi in tamil is a millet that is packed with nutrients. It is a super cereal that helps in controlling diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and lot more. Consuming it daily helps in improving one’s immunity and health. But nowadays, many families have stopped using it. To make the younger generation eat it, we can try...

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