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Couscous Burrito with an Indian Twist

Couscous Burrito with an Indian Twist

Recently, we were having burritos for dinner and I had this idea for a NONG (No Onion No Garlic) substitute for habanero sauce. This recipe comes from my own kitchen. A few days later, I tried to implement my idea and it has received a […]

Quick Vegetable Sabzi with Instant Gravy Sauce

Quick Vegetable Sabzi with Instant Gravy Sauce

I had shared the recipe for my Homemade Instant Gravy Sauce recently. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a quick sabzi for chapattis using this Sauce. If you’re one of those who feel it’s way easier to make chapattis than a sabzi, […]

Instant Gravy Sauce

Instant Gravy Sauce

Yo, you have to try this recipe! No, seriously, go ahead and try it. You’ll thank me later. This recipe will save you so much time and it’s one of my must haves in my kitchen! Read in Tamil   Ingredients: 1 cup – Homemade […]

Milagu Puliyodharai / Pepper Tamarind Rice

Milagu Puliyodharai / Pepper Tamarind Rice

Iyengar puliyodharai is something very special in our south Indian culture. Memories of having puliyodharai as prasadam at temples come flooding back at the mention of the dish. It is also traditionally prepared for many an Iyengar festivals. And as we celebrate Kanu tomorrow, I […]

Poli – 2 Varieties, 2 methods

Poli – 2 Varieties, 2 methods

It is a tradition in many households to prepare Poli (Obbattu/Holige) during the festival of Bogi or the previous day of Makara sankranthi.  Most of us find preparing Poli at home a tedious process but it actually is not so, or atleast, it need not […]

Pongal – Another way

Pongal – Another way

Get ready to wow your family and friends with this recipe. Whichever method of making Pongal you prefer, try this seasoning with it. You’ll be surprised how good it tastes!   Read in Tamil Ingredients: 1 bowl –cooked rice ¼ cup –Cooked Mung dal ½ […]

No Dal Vendhaya (Fenugreek) Pongal

No Dal Vendhaya (Fenugreek) Pongal

“There’s no Pongal without dal. And with dal, comes gastric troubles at absolutely no extra cost! So we’ve given up on Pongal altogether…!” If you’re one of those who feel this way, then this nutritious Fenugreek Pongal recipe is just what you need! Read in […]

Sweet Aval Pongal (No Rice, Less Ghee!)

Sweet Aval Pongal (No Rice, Less Ghee!)

If nothing else, just from the trend of posts on this blog you must be able to tell that Pongal festival is right around the corner! In that same line, here’s a recipe for Chakkarapongal made with aval. The most wonderful thing about this recipe […]

Chakkara Pongal

Chakkara Pongal

Marghazhi is just not complete if we only make Ven Pongal every day. Why don’t we see a few sweet variations to Pongal? First, in this recipe we’ll look at traditional Chakkara Pongal made with rice, dal and jaggery. Read in Tamil   Ingredients: ¾ […]

Quick Pongal

Quick Pongal

Yesterday, we saw how to make Pongal by cooking rice and dal simultaneously in a pressure cooker. But those who don’t have time for elaborate processes will like this recipe a lot. You can make Pongal with just the rice you had made for afternoon […]

Pongal

Pongal

‘Pongal’. The first thought that comes to my mind at the mention of the Tamil month Margazhi. The pleasures of waking up early and going to Perumal temple, enjoying the colorful kolams along the way and having a blessed Darshan at the temple right before […]

Paal Kesari/Mohanbhog

Paal Kesari/Mohanbhog

Kesari is one of the simplest Indian desserts that even a novice in the kitchen can prepare with ease. All you need are everyday ingredients such as sugar and rava which I’m sure you’ll have on hand at all times. If you switch out the […]

Eggless Coffee Brownies

Eggless Coffee Brownies

Brownies…. the wonderfully decadent squares of cocoa divinity. Who doesn’t know of them? And who, of those that know of them, has claimed to not like them? Brownies are rich, chocolate desserts that are delicious to taste and easy to make. A small square goes […]

Palak Paneer in Pressure cooker

Palak Paneer in Pressure cooker

Palak Paneer is just one of those side dishes that we immediately order as soon as we see it in any restaurant menu. It’s loved by all because it’s nutritious, tasty and visually attractive! But, no matter how much we love, most of us shy […]

2 minutes Tomato Chutney/Pickle

2 minutes Tomato Chutney/Pickle

In this recipe, I am going to show you how to use the Homemade Tomato Puree to prepare Tomato chutney or Tomato thokku instantly. Read in Tamil   Ingredients: 1 cup – Homemade Tomato Puree ½ tsp – Turmeric Powder ½ to ¾ tsp – Red […]

Mixed Flour Appam

Mixed Flour Appam

In our Indian Culture, we celebrate several festivals in a year.  Among them, there are three festivals for which making Appams is an absolute must – Avani Avittam, Sri Krishna Jayanthi and Karthigai. Making Appams is a very versatile art.  You can see a different […]

Nellikai (Gooseberry) Rice

Nellikai (Gooseberry) Rice

Gooseberry is a highly nutritious fruity. It’s rich in vitamin C, high in water and fiber content which improves digestion and bowel movements. But more importantly, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen it listed on several brands of shampoos in India. So, it must be good […]

Boondi Urundai/Boondi Paniyarakka

Boondi Urundai/Boondi Paniyarakka

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say Karthigai? Pori Urundai, right? But that’s very common… I thought of making something a different this year. This is a traditional recipe too. Let’s see how to make this easy thing. I have […]

Manogaram

Manogaram

There is just two more weeks for the festival of Karthigai.  I think it’s time we start the preparations! Nel Pori Urundai, Aval Pori Urundai and Manogaram are traditional sweets that are made without fail for Karthigai.  Manogaram is a sweet murukku dish made by […]

Simple Mulaikeerai Kootu

Simple Mulaikeerai Kootu

The next  recipe I am going to share here is a Simple Mulaikeerai or Amaranth Kootu with Lentils.  This recipe is suitable for both growing kids and elderly people, as it is not spicy.  All kinds of spinach can be cooked in this way. Let […]

Homemade Tamarind Paste

Homemade Tamarind Paste

Tamarind Paste is a time saving ingredient.  Instead of buying it from the Departmental stores, preparing it at home is healthier and affordable to everyone. Read in Tamil   Ingredients: ½ kg – Tamarind Water as required Method: Remove the seeds and hard fibers from […]

Fusion Pickle

Fusion Pickle

Every part of a lemon has got tremendous nutritional benefits. We normally squeeze the lemon and throw away the peels. But, studies say that lemon peels can prevent and even cure cancer, when taken regularly. I found an interesting way to use lemon peels – […]

Homemade Tomato Puree

Homemade Tomato Puree

Tomato Puree is a handy ingredient which is very useful for young mothers, working women and Bachelors.  Though it is available readily in all the Departmental stores, we can prepare it without any Preservatives, at home.  This hardly takes time to prepare. Read in Tamil […]

Dosa Pizza

Dosa Pizza

Want to make Pizza? Only have Dosa Batter on hand? Quick, scroll down!!! Skip to read in Tamil   Ingredients: 2 cups – Dosa Batter 2 cups – Chopped Vegetables 4 tbsp + 2 tbsp – Tomato Sauce + Chilli Sauce Pizza Cheese – as […]

Leftover rice Pakoda

Leftover rice Pakoda

It’s true when they say that worry is the misuse of imagination. It is a part and parcel of everyone’s life.  Some worry to earn money, some others worry to safeguard it. Some worry to earn their bread while others, to enjoy it. Every woman, […]

Bitter Gourd & White Ginger Pickle using Less oil

Bitter Gourd & White Ginger Pickle using Less oil

‘There is a connection between Courage and Bitter Gourd’. Sounds Funny, doesn’t it? Skip to read in Tamil Our elders believed that bitter taste promotes courage.  As a result, for generations young children and even soldiers in combat, were given bitter gourd as part of their […]

Sundakkai Puli kuzhambu

Sundakkai Puli kuzhambu

This is a traditional Kuzhambu prepared on New moon days (Amavasya day).  I have used Raw Turkey Berries in this Kuzhambu.  It is rich in Vitamin C.  If given to children regularly, they will have resistance against cold.  It strengthens the bones and is also […]

Kuzhambu/Sambar Podi

Kuzhambu/Sambar Podi

Earlier when I used to write on Penmai, I had compiled an extensive list of all the Podi varieties we use in our day to day life. Some of them were my own family recipes and others were from various magazine and books, tried and […]

Deepavali Marundhu Podi/Deepavali Lehyam

Deepavali Marundhu Podi/Deepavali Lehyam

It’s our tradition in Tamil Nadu to prepare Deepavali Lehyam, better known as, Deepavali Marundhu. It’s considered to bring a good balance to our diet amidst all the sweets and snacks we devour during the festive season. Skip to read in Tamil To prepare Deepavali […]

Jalebi

Jalebi

Hope you had a great time making Jangiri at home from my previous post! For those who are not comfortable with grinding the Urad dal to prepare Jangiri at home, here is a sweet similar in taste and looks but can be made in fewer, […]

Kaju Kathli

Kaju Kathli

What’s a Deepavali without a rich and royal sweet to spark up the festive season! Today, I’m going to show you how to make the King of all decadent sweets – the Kaju Katli. This is a simple recipe that yields about 50 authentic and […]

Spicy Gavvalu

Spicy Gavvalu

Gavvalu (telugu) translates to Cowries in English, Sozhi in Tamil.  I used to see this snack in almost all sweet shops in Andhra, when I lived there, but I never knew what it was. One day, my friend explained to me that it was a […]

Jangiri

Jangiri

Making Jangiri is a terrorising thought to many.  Though this looks complicated, it is not so.  Jangiri needs only few, that too, easily available ingredients Urad dal, sugar, any flavoring agent (like cardamom or rose essence) and a food color to attract your eyes.  But […]

Mock Adhirasam

Mock Adhirasam

No time to prepare Adhirasams?  No worries, we can do it instantly using very few ingredients. Going purely by the looks, it’s just like Adhirasam. But taste-wise, it is like chewy Shakarpare…or sweet maida biscuits 🙂 Skip to read in Tamil     Ingredients: ½ […]

Seeni Adhirasam/Kobbari Ariselu

Seeni Adhirasam/Kobbari Ariselu

For people who can’t get their hands on Jaggery where they live or for those who do not like the flavor of Jaggery, you can simply use Sugar. The method is same as for the normal Adhirasam, only the sugar quantity differs.  I have added […]

Adhirasam/Ariselu:

Adhirasam/Ariselu:

Adhirasam is a traditional South Indian sweet made of Rice flour and Jaggery.  It is a flat disc like vadai, fried in oil and can stay on shelf for long. ‘Adhirasam’ in Tamil, is called, ‘Ariselu’ in Telugu and ‘Kajjaya’ in Kannada.  Some of the […]

Butter Murukku

Butter Murukku

Sometime last year, I came across many recipes using Idiyappam Flour to make Murukku but never tried it. And then I thought, since preparing Murukku flour at home, right from scratch is extremely tedious, why not give this method a shot! The first time I […]

Madurai Paal Bun (South Indian Donut)

Madurai Paal Bun (South Indian Donut)

This is a popular delicacy of Madurai and the regions around it.  I heard about this simple sweet through my friend Karthiga initially, who shared her recipe in a famous forum, a few years back.  But I never tried or tasted it. I also learnt […]

Mixed Lentil Sambar

Mixed Lentil Sambar

I found this recipe by the tamil TV personality, Revathi Shankaran, in a magazine a few months ago. It seems to suggest exactly what we would normally do to make a sambar. However, she had used three different types of lentils in the same dish! […]

Orange Peel Pachadi

Orange Peel Pachadi

“Oh no! the same pachadi again?“ It is easy to tire of the same recipes again and again. Here is a fun twist on the humble Pachadi.  It has everything you want – a little bit of tanginess, a little dash of sweetness and the […]

Mixed Vegetable Pickle

Mixed Vegetable Pickle

‘Pickles are good for Health’ – Did you know? Yes, you read it right! Pickles are actually good for our health. We all know very well how pickles tickle our tastebuds (Hahaha). Turns out, this is what makes them healthy. They help us secrete more […]

Kadalapparuppu Tuvaiyal

Kadalapparuppu Tuvaiyal

Tuvaiyal is a traditional condiment for rice, that is easy to make and healthy.  Essentially, you can imagine it as a wet chutney like form of Paruppu podi. Paruppu Tuvaiyal generally refer to Tuvaiyal made of Toor Dal or Pigeon peas.  This is another variety […]

Sundal Pulav

Sundal Pulav

During Navarathri, preparing a variety of sundals everyday is a norm. It is possible that you would be having lot of leftovers and wouldn’t know what you could do with such huge quantities! Worry not! The leftovers can be transformed into a Pulav, which your […]

Sundal Papad Rice

Sundal Papad Rice

You: Quick! Tell me I have leftover sundal. What do I do? Me: *shouts immediately* Make Sundal Papad Rice! This makes a great Lunch Box idea that you can put together quickly. Try this once and you won’t be waiting for leftover sundal to do […]

Sundal Chaat

Sundal Chaat

This is once again a very simple recipe that you put together in a matter of minutes. This works very well for the Navrathri season, because sometimes you don’t know how many guests you will be entertaining that evening. All you need to have on […]

Sundal Fruit Salad

Sundal Fruit Salad

I had promised you guys simple and easy dishes to make using leftover sundal, so here it is! This is the perfect party appetizer if you’re entertaining a lot of guests. It takes under 10 minutes to prep this and you can easily make large portions. […]

Groundnut (Verkkadalai) Sundal

Groundnut (Verkkadalai) Sundal

You might have heard of roasted groundnuts or even boiled groundnuts. But did you know you can make sundal with groundnuts? It might not be as popular as Channa sundal or Pattani sundal but it’s a healthy choice and a unique take on sundals during […]

Puttu

Puttu

Hello lovely readers! It’s the Friday of Navrathri tomorrow and that means we need to have fluffy puttu ready at our homes. Well, here I am! Let’s get to making… Skip to read in Tamil   Ingredients: 1 cup – Rice Flour 1 cup – […]

Kadalaiparuppu Sundal

Kadalaiparuppu Sundal

A simple Sundal to prepare.  This comes handy when we forget to soak the grains needed for sundal, the previous night. Skip to read in Tamil Wash and soak a cup of Bengal Gram (Kadalaiparuppu or Split Chana Dal) in boiling water.  Keep this near […]

Tips on Sundal preparation

Tips on Sundal preparation

Lo and behold! It’s Sundal Season again. So, a very happy Navrathri to you, lovely reader! Skip to read in Tamil I’m sure the first thing that comes to our minds at the mention of Navrathri must be sundal. Some regard it with excitement and […]