Kuzhambu Varieties, Traditional Recipes

MANGO DRUMSTICK SAMBHAR

After Navarathri festivities I am sure all of you will be needing a simple yet tasty lunch options.I made this Mango Drumstick Sambhar today and it was as tasty as ever.I wanted to make plain Mango Sambhar but ended up with adding drumstick as well.Raw Mango Sambhar adds the rice to a new taste and imparts a special flavour.As you might know here you should keep the tamarind extract a bit less as we are adding mango which will make the sambhar sour.The mango when cooked tends to get softer and tastier.You can add brinjal or capsicum also in place…

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Indian Festival Recipes, Millet Recipes, Navarathri Recipes, Neiveidhyam Recipes, Payasam/Kheer Recipes, Traditional Recipes

SAMAI PAYASAM

Samai or Little Millet is a long forgotten Millet variety which was in use since old times.Nowadays due to the growing importance of health benefits of these grains.I have made a few varieties of recipes using millets and since this is Navatri season,thought of posting this simple recipe of payasam or kheer.I have made it with jaggery but you can replace it with sugar too.Similarly palm sugar can also be substituted for jaggery.Samai is good for diabetics and has low glycemic index. Samai has fibre content and helps in digestion too.The payasam turned super delicious and we all enjoyed the…

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Indian Festival Recipes, Millet Recipes, Navarathri Recipes, Neiveidhyam Recipes, Sweets, Traditional Recipes

SAMAI VELLA PUTTU/LITTLE MILLET PUTTU

I am making use of millets these days in my recipes not only to add them to the blog but also to add a healthy touch to the diet in our day to day food.As today is NAVATATHRI’s first day thought of sharing with you all this easy and tasty jaggery based sweet recipe which can be offered to GODDESS for the celebrations.I have Arisi Vella Puttu already in my blog,but this one I made with my own innovation.The process is simple and the ingredients even simpler. Puttu is usually made on Fridays during Navarathri celebrations.You can try this for…

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Avani Avittam Recipes, Indian Festival Recipes, Snacks, Traditional Recipes, Vada

AAMA VADAI

Aama Vadai or Paruppu Vadai as it is called is a bengal gram and tur dal based fritter usually made during festivals in Tamil Nadu.It is specially made during Weddings,Boghi and Avani Avittam. Avani Avitttam or Upakarma is a vedic ritual practiced by Hindus of Brahmin caste.It is conducted once in a year during the month of Shravana when Brahmins change their Upanayana thread. This day is also important as Brahmins worship Rishis and offer libation of water to their ancestors. Amongst other delicacies Paruppu Poli and Paruppu Payasam is also made.The vadai is a no garlic no onion recipe,since…

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Kuzhambu Varieties, Traditional Recipes

ERISSERY

Eriserry is a Kerala based gravy for rice made in a coconut gravy and topped with roasted coconut.It is full of flavour and aroma and is a great accompaniment to rice.Usually it is made with pumpkin,yam or plaintain this recipe is a signature dish among Keralites.It is seasoned with black pepper and tempered with red chillies.The Onam Sadya or the rich meal prepared on the Onam has this Eriserry on the menu.Yam is rich in carbohydrates and fibre.Banana is equally good and lends a peculiar taste to the dish. Traditionally cow peas or pigeon peas are soaked cooked and added,but…

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Rasam, Traditional Recipes

PEPPER RASAM

Rasam is a thin soup like gravy with or without lentils served with steamed rice.It is the second course in the South Indian menu and has many variations and flavours.This Pepper Rasam is made without lentils and I often make it when someone at home is down with cold or fever.It is a highly a comfort food and is pleasing to taste bus specially when you are ill.I have many Rasam recipes in my blog,but the one I make the most at home was never blogged.So I am here today with my very own easy peasy method of the most…

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Breakfast Recipes, Idli Varieties, Traditional Recipes

KANCHIPURAM IDLI

Kanchipuram Idli is a traditional breakfast item in most South Indian households.However did you know it is made in the Madapallis or Temple Kitchens and offered to GOD VARADARAJA PERUMAL in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu and is encased in the dried mandharai leaves as per the procedure followed there.It is a whole some and easily digestable meal since it has rice and urad dal.As per custom it is steamed in a large foot long vessel which requires hours to get cooked.But in homes we can make the same Idli in our idli moulds or small vessels as well. I…

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Rasam, Traditional Recipes

DRUMSTICK RASAM

Rasam is a thin lentil based gravy with spices and tomato with or without tamarind extract.In my house rasam is an integral part of the daily menu and is my comfort food as well.It is really wholesome and flavourful to have hot rasam on steamed rice with any curry and homemade ghee poured on top of the rice.I usually make Tomato Rasam or Jeera Rasam and on weekends Lemon Rasam Or Mysore Rasam.As it is a thin gravy or soup,it is light on the stomach yet filling. Though I am fond of rasams ,I have not tried unique variety of…

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Diwali Sweets, Indian Festival Recipes, Sweets, Traditional Recipes

ADIRASAM

Adirasam is a deep fried type of Indian sweet from the Tamil cuisine.Also this is one of the traditional sweets made in Tamil Nadu during festivals and marriages.Though it requires a very ingredients,it is very difficult to attain the perfect texture and requires absolute concentration.It is made using rice flour and jaggery.The rice is soaked and dried and then powdered. Jaggery is made into a syrup and added to the rice flour,mixed and made in to balls which are flattened and deep fried.Some make it with syrup too,but I have never attempted to make that version. Somehow it was a…

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