October 17, 2014

Aatu Kudal Kulambu / Goat Intestine Curry

Kudal Kulambu is a traditional recipe of Tamil Nadu. This is one of my mom’s best signature dish and this is prepared right in her kitchen. I really love it so much, but yet some people have a dislike over this yummy curry. If you ask me if its prepared in the correct way then it will not have any smell and that’s the main reason for dislike I guess . And If you taste the curry once sure you are going to love it like I do. This pairs fantastic with plain white rice / Idli / Dosa. And this goat intestine is a good remedy for mouth ulcer. Whenever I got those irritating sores then my mom used to make this Kudal Kulambu.  And after having this curry I really felt better. When I was small whenever my dad buy this goat intestine its a very huge work for my mom to clean those intestines. But now a days its not a big deal. We used to buy this goat intestine from our near by mutton stall. And it is thoroughly cleaned and chopped like usual meat. So we never have to bother about cleaning anymore. Then cleaning under normal water like any other meat is enough. Always make sure the goat intestine is cleaned properly before proceeding to cook. Lets see how to prepare this authentic Kudal Kulambu / Goat Intestine Curry….


September 18, 2014

கத்திரிக்காய் சாம்பார்/ Eggplant Sambar / Brinjal Sambar

Sambar is one of the staple food in every South Indian home. This can be  prepared using toor dal / lentils combined with any veggies of our choice. Sambar pairs nicely with idli / dosa or with plain white rice. Usually Idli sambar is prepared in a prressure cooker to make the dal and veggies mushy , I will share the recipe soon.  I love making sambar as it is so easy to prepare and also healthy. This is the method suggested by my gradma. She never uses any special sambar powder in her recipes and each of her sambar has the unique flavour of the veggies she added. I really adore her cooking and its always a hit at my home. So try this sambar  and give your views. Click on this link to have a look at Vendakkai Sambar / Ladies Finger Sambar.

You can prepare different types of sambar with different vegetables . Vendakkai / Ladies finger Sambar, Kathirikai / Brinjal Sambar, Murungakkai / Drumstick Sambar , Mullangi / Radish Sambar  are so common. You can also use other veggies like bottle gourd , ridge gourd , turnip , carrot, cabbage or even bitter gourd to make  sambar. Either you can use one of the above veggies or you can use your favourite combo of veggies to prepare sambar.You can also prepare sambar without any vegetables and we call it as Vengaya sambar (i.e) sambar made using onions , the recipe will be soon online. 

Now lets see how to make this delicious Kathirikkai / Brinjal Sambar…. 

Kathirikkai / Brinjal Sambar


July 08, 2014

Chicken Varuval Curry / Chicken Curry

This a very delicious aromatic South Indian chicken curry. This dish is so flavourful and pairs best with plain rice and rotis. This can also be a good accompaniment with briyanis. The house will be filled with flavours while you are making the masala, no wonder this is such an enjoyable treat to chicken lovers. Do make this yummy chicken curry and let me know your views. Now lets see the preparation.

Chicken Varuval Curry

July 02, 2014

Baby food – Dal Kichidi / Rice&Dal for Babies

A traditional meal that contains essential proteins and minerals for the babies growth. This is a healthy and energetic food for babies. And one of the staple food that I feed my son daily for his lunch. Everyday I will add some different vegetables to make him not feel bored of the same taste. This is the texture I started when my boy was 6 months old. I thought of posting this before long. It was in lying my draft. Now he is 10 months old ,so I am not using the blender anymore, just mashing the food with a spoon and feeding him. Lets see the recipe.

Dal & Rice Kichidi

June 17, 2014

Pottukadalai sambar / Roasted Gram Dal Sambar / Instant Tiffin Sambar

Are you bored of usual side for Idli/Dosa then this instant sambar will be a good alternative. Sambar without any dal , interesting right. Try this recipe and you will sure be amazed with the outcome. This is so easy to prepare and also tastes good. This Sambar pairs good with Venpongal / Ghee Pongal too.

The original recipe calls for some more extra tamarind, but I felt that will be more tangy for me so I reduced to my tastebuds. If  you like more tanginess then increase the addition of tamarind. Lets see the recipe….

Pottukadalai Sambar

May 12, 2014

பருப்பு சாதம் / Paruppu Sadam

This is a simple South Indian variety rice that can be made in less than half hour. This comes handy when I am not sure what to cook or there is no veggies stock in my fridge, So you can guess how simple it is. This pairs nicely with potato fry and also a great accompaniment with just papad and pickle.  And a best packed lunch recipe that your kids love to have for their lunch .Check below for step by step instructions and pictures to prepare this protein rich rice recipe.
Paruppu Sadam

April 12, 2014

Baby Food - Broccoli Carrot Puree For Babies

Broccoli is a good source of vitamin c and also contains beta carotene, folic acid, omega 3 and packed with many other wonderful nutrients. It can be combined  with other veggies like carrots or potatoes.

When you are introducing something new to your baby, always give in a smaller portion and then gradually increase the amount. Lets see the recipe…

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April 06, 2014

Palak Keerai Poriyal / Spinach Stir Fry

This is a simple poriyal that pairs nicely with all rice items. Spinach is one of the greens that is available all time in my place. I will make either keerai sambar or keerai kootu or keerai poriyal  with this healthy green. Every single dish is a good hit at home. Moreover this green is loaded with lots of nutrients and are rich in vitamins and minerals. I consumed this green a lot when I was pregnant. Here comes the recipe..
Spinach Stir Fry

March 24, 2014

Baby Food / Sweet Potato Puree For Babies

Sweet potatoes have lots of nutrients that makes it a wonderful choice of food for your baby. They are a good source of beta carotene as well as potassium and has a good amount of Vitamin E, calcium and folate and are high in Vitamin A . You can view the health benefits of sweet potato here.

In this puree I used only sweet potato. And you all know this itself is sweet in nature. Sometimes I used to add few banana pieces / half steamed apple or steamed carrot to make it more yummy. You can try the above combinations for your babies to make them enjoy different tastes. Now lets go to the recipe.

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March 17, 2014

உடைத்தமுட்டை கறி / Egg Drop Curry

This Drop In Egg Curry is my hubby’s favourite .  One can know the special feature of this curry with its name . Yes , it is dropping the eggs in the curry and cooking it . This tastes really very yummy and the cool thing is you don’t need an extra side for this curry. We enjoyed this meal and its so comforting and a filling lunch. Have it a try and let me know your views…
Egg Curry

March 14, 2014

Baby Food - Carrot Apple Porridge - Introducing Solid Food

When's the right time to introduce solid food to your baby? The official guidelines say you should wait until your baby is six months. But normally many of us starts to feed them at their 5th month. Some of my readers requested to share baby food recipes and I thought this is the correct time to share those as I started weaning my boy . Here is what I am feeding my baby and I believe this will help other new moms.

I started feeding solid food to Srivathsan at the mid of his 5th month. Each baby is different and unique. My elder one is completely different from my younger one. No one knows their baby better than their mother, so feed him/her if you feel they get ready to take solid food. If you are not sure then better consult your doctor about starting solid food for your baby. But never start weaning before they complete 18 weeks.

Initially I started with store bought organic baby rice and moved to Banana porridge & Apricot porridge . He liked the different tastes. Then at the mid of his sixth month  I started making home made purees. Slowly he started having them. Now I am giving Apple Banana porridge / Carrot Apple Porridge / Carrot Banana Porridge. My boy showed much interest in mixed up purees so I started mixing apples & carrots and other fruits and pureed them. As I said each baby is different, so if you wish you can also also puree the apples / carrots / banana  separately . And  I am thinking to introduce some other different  tastes to my little one and will sure share with you all soon.

I never add any extra sweetener or salt to my baby food as per my mid wife suggestion. And this can be followed till they are 1 year old , but I understand this can’t be possible as we switch to rice&dal,idlis etc.. so try to follow at least for few months initially. Now lets see how to make the porridge .

Carrot Apple Porridge

February 28, 2014

Pavakkai Masala Varuval / Bittergourd Masala Fry

This is a super healthy and delicious side for those who loves bitter gourd. First time when I heard the name of this recipe  from my mom , it sounded different as I never used coconut masala in bittergourd fry. But really this pairs wonderfully with rice items like sambar/rasam/curd rice. As you all know this veggie is loaded with vitamins , minerals and anti oxidants and is so good for diabetes . We enjoyed this dish thoroughly . Try this Masala Bittergourd Fry and let me know how it turned out for you.

Pavakkai Varuval

February 18, 2014

கொத்து பரோட்டா / Kothu Parotta

Hi Friends and Readers , hope you are all doing good. Now-a-days I’m busy with my little one , so finding very little time to update my blog. But I can’t leave my passion so hope to post more lovely dishes in the future. Thanks for your support.
And coming to the recipe Kothu Parotta is a very famous South Indian street food . It is widely available in small road side food shops . The Parotta Salna is a wonderful combination. I just loved the taste of the kothu parotta which my dad gets from nearby road side shops . And this recipe also tastes close and I’m sure if you try once , this will turn to be  your favourite dish too. It is made from eggs, spices & chicken salna and finally pounded with a metal skillet. I skipped the pounding part as I tore the parotta to tiny pieces and I am happy with the outcome. I used Chicken Kulambu / Curry here in this recipe. But I have a recipe for chicken salna too, If you want to try the typical salna check this link . Both the curries tastes awesome. Lets go to the recipe.

January 24, 2014

Traditional Poori Masala / Poori Masal / Poori Kizhangu

Restaurant menu  for breakfast starts with Idli ,Dosa ,Puri ,Vada , Pongal etc…. it goes like this…  If there is Poori then there should be Poori masala , this combination is fantastic. I do love my pooris with Kurmas as well as Coconut chutney . But hubby dear and  kid likes traditional side so I mostly go with this masal . You can also use this masala for making masala dosa or a stuffing for sandwich. Lets learn how to make traditional poori masala


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