Month: October 2017

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 […]