Ingredient: dal

Paruppu podi recipe – Lentil powder for rice

Paruppu podi/ spicy powder with lentil is made quite often at my place since my childhood. It was definitely made for my dad when we(my mom, sis and me) went to our native place during our vacations. It came in really handy during dinner when my dad used to just cook some rice and had it with this powder. I have made it only once since my marriage and somehow this was never my favourite. But when my grandmom send a packet of this a couple of months back, my son had it once and got addicted to this podi….

 

Tirunelveli ashgourd and curd curry recipe – Vella pooshnikai morkuzhumbu

I love some of the traditional Tamilnadu recipes especially their kootus and curries.I don’t make it very often as we have a very simple lunch of chapati ,curry, rice and dal everyday and for dinner , I make some kind of tiffin/snacks. But during weekends, I try to make some traditional recipes like avial or usili curry or poricha kuzhumbu which involves coconut and grinding of spices etc. A couple of months back when I had thesurgery, my dad had come here. He wanted to help me with cooking that time. I had then, recently got a traditional south Indian…

 

Paneer and small onion in southindian tamarind based gravy – Side dish for rotis and rice

Whenever I make arachuvitta sambar or the paste for vathakuzhumbu , I always think of trying out a fusion variety with paneer ,mushrooms or tofu added into the same gravy /kuzhumbu. This would make a different and delicious side dish for rice and rotis. So I finally tried it one day and it tasted really delicious. I made it with paneer , but am sure you can add in some fresh mushrooms and tofu and some peas too. I had it with phulkas , but my hubby insisted that I make some steamed rice or cumin rice for this gravy…

 

Oats upma recipe – Easy breakfast recipes

As I said before , I got a variety of wholegrains during my shopping to Mustafa. I have already posted with quinoa and I used quinoa in a variety of forms and also in place of rice. I will be posting some recipes with millets which is another grain I have been using. I also got a packet of steel cut oats. I have been using oats in my cooking for a long time and I have posted many recipes with it. This steel cut oats has a hard texture and takes little more time to cook than the usual…

 

Rava semiya khichdi – Upma varieties – Easy breakfast recipes

This is another post which was drafted before my India trip and decided to post today as I found some time for myself. I did not want the whole month to go without a post. Its somewhat going to be irregular again for sometime, but I do want to come back with a bang and how I wish to do a post almost everyday!!I just love blogging!! This is a normal everyday recipe for our most frequently made breakfasts. But I sometime combine the duo – semolina and vermicelli adding loads of vegetables making a simple and light dinner for…

 

Nellikai saadam- Gooseberry rice – south indian rice recipes

I made this prior to the Tamil new year and wanted to post it before the new year, but somehow could not mange to do so. I usually make some rice variety along with some sweets. Last year we had the Karnataka style raw mango rice. I wanted to try this rice variety with gooseberries since a long time. It was really delicious and tasted like mango rice or lemon rice. I generally make pickles with gooseberries and I do want to try other recipes with it too. There are many recipes with it which I have tasted before ,…

 

Kothavarangai puli kootu- Cluster beans tamarind gravy- South Indian lunch recipes

I love cluster beans. I find this frequently nowadays, thanks to the Indian grocery shops which have opened nearby. Its much easier to get many fresh Indian vegetables every week rather than visiting little India once in a while. I usually make a stir fry adding onions and it makes a delicious side dish for chapatis. My mom used to make a kootu adding pepper, tamarind and jaggery. I loved that. Here I have used a similar recipe I found in meenakshi ammal. I made it as a side dish for rice and sambar.

 

Kathrikkai/ brinjal rasavangi recipe- Tamil style brinjal recipes

Life has become quite busy after the school reopened. Especially as this is my kids first year in primary school,everything has been new for him as well as me.Mornings and evenings have become really busy. Though I do find a couple of hours in the afternoon , I have been spending the time with the younger one, relaxing and watching tv. So blogging has been highly irregular. I hope we do adjust to the new routine and I will find sometime everyday to spend with my blogging activities. Meanwhile I had made this delicious south indian gravy a couple of…

 

Palak upma recipe – Spinach upma- Easy Breakfast recipes

This year is coming to an end soon. The last week of this year. The holidays will be coming to an end. The schools will be reopening next week. So much of excitement and nervousness around now. Things will be busier again. No more of relaxing or rather lazy days!! We have been going out during the weekends. The weekdays are always busy with the kids around. So I did not spend more time in the kitchen. The food preparation has been really normal – healthy but not time consuming. I love making different varieties of upma for our weekend…

 

Chow chow / chayote squash chutney recipe – Side dish for dosas

Chow chow or Bangalore kathrikkai or chayote squash is widely available Indian vegetable even in the local supermarkets of Singapore.Actually the fact is this is one vegetable used mostly in the south indian kitchen and also by many races of the people throughout the world. As I find it here easily, this is one vegetable made almost every week at my place. I mostly use it in kootu , but I love the thuvayal or the chutneys made with it. The squash is quite tasteless , so it tastes good when spiced adequately. I made the chutney slightly different than…