Tag: Home-made

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 – […]

Tips to make Traditional Indian Sweets

If this is your first time preparing traditional sweets on your own, you have come to the right place!  I have compiled all the tips and learnings from my experience, starting from the preparation process, possible areas for mistakes along with solution to rectifying the […]

Idli Podi: Some Variations

Idli Podi: Some Variations

Every household has got their own method of  preparing Idli milagaai podi, using both Bengal and Black grams or using only Black gram(skinned or deskinned), with or without sesame seeds (Ellu). You can try this in all permutations and combinations to get new flavor each […]

Jamun Kofta with Jain style Tomato Gravy

Jamun Kofta with Jain style Tomato Gravy

Hope you remember the procedure to make Jamun koftas using Instant Gulab Jamun mix.  Below is a quick recap… Skip to read in Tamil   Ingredients: 200 g – Instant Gulab Jamun Mix (any brand) 2 – Medium sized Boiled Potatoes or 1 Large potato […]

Instant Gravy Powder for Bachelors and Working Women

Instant Gravy Powder for Bachelors and Working Women

I came across this wonderful recipe in a Youtube channel. The presenter showed how this powder can be prepared and used in side dishes. I think, this is the need of the day. Our mornings are loaded with routine works, and we have no time […]

Hot N’ Sweet Ginger Pickle

Hot N’ Sweet Ginger Pickle

Do you ever have those days when you’re just sick of the same routine menu week-in and week-out? Well, everytime I find myself feeling that way, this is always what I do to pick up my mood and add a flair to the menu. This […]

Seeraga Paruppu Podi

Seeraga Paruppu Podi

Yet another simple recipe liked by many. This comes in very handy for working women and elders as it is quick to prepare and at the same time, requires very less ingredients and time to prepare. Skip to read in Tamil Ingredients: 1 cup – […]