Tag: Spicy

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Jamun Kofta with Restaurant Style Kaju Gravy

Jamun Kofta with Restaurant Style Kaju Gravy

Remember my post from earlier in the year on how to make a Cake using Gulab Jamun Mix? I had promised to share more recipes using Gulab Jamun mix and here it is! Skip to read in Tamil As I mentioned before, Gulab Jamun Mix […]

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 […]