Kashayam – Herbal Concoction

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If flu season is around, people get sick more often and head to the drug stores and stock up the medicines. But a perfect remedy would be just lying in our kitchen shelves! We are all aware of some sort of home remedies for common illness. And most of the time, it works too! When [...]

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Yam Leaves Curry – Grandma’s Recipe For Success!!!

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Oxford News A severe tornado passed by my little town (Oxford, Mississippi). Since yesterday night…the weather has been pretty wild. Storm with 80 km speed, lightning, thunder and rain! Today, as I heard the siren warning in the noon, I rushed to the basement (hurricane shelter) in my house. I stayed there trapped for more [...]

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Kothamalli Thokku / Cilantro Pickle – Grandma’s Style

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Kothamalli Thokku:(Tamizhar Style) Cilanthro Pickle. Coriander Pickle. Malli Thokku. Dhaniya Patta – Achaar. Kothamir Pachadi. Kothamalli Oorughai. Kothamir Achar. Ingredients: Fresh Coriander bunch (roots removed, washed and chopped along with strong stems)- 250 grams Thick Tamarind paste 1 teaspoon Sea Salt/Rock Salt Turmeric powder 1/4 spoons Chili powder 1 spoon To be Dry Roasted and [...]

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Pudhina Thuvaiyal / Mint Thuvaiyal – Grandma’s Recipe

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Pudhina Thuvaiyal:(Tamil Nadu Style) Ingredients: Coconut grated 1/4 cup Mint leaves 1-2 cups Cilantro 1/2 bunch Curry leaves from few twigs Salt Tamarind 1/4 spoon Ginger 2″ grated Garlic 4 cloves minced Urad dal 1 table spoon Coriander seeds 1 table spoon Dry red chilies chilies 5 Sesame oil few spoons. For Tempering: Sesame oil [...]

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Sandesh – Sometimes, Nothing is Everything!

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Sandesh:(Bengali Style) When I was a kid, my grandma kept making sandesh quite often for me, almost every day:) She just split milk intentionally, added some sugar to it and dished out as decadent sweet! No practical errors! Of course its not cooking at all! But that’s what so good about it:)I never understood that, [...]

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Grandma’s Mango – Ginger Pickle

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Maa inji Pickle:(Mango-Ginger Pickle) Botanical name of Mango-ginger is ‘Curcuma amada’. Belongs to rhizome family,(similar to turmeric and ginger). This ginger has a striking mango flavour and thats why the name. Grandma’s Method: Ingredients:(Version 1)Mango-Ginger skinned/peeled – 250 gramsThick Tamarind paste/milk freshly 1 bowl fullSea Salt/Rock SaltTurmeric powder 2 spoonsChili powder 2-3 spoons To be [...]

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Nei Appam

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Unniappam: Appam. Paniyaram. Unniappam. Nei Appam. During summer vacation, We (myself and cousins) used put our Derra’(camp) at Madras, Periamet…Grandma’s house. All day long is mostly fun filled activities…learning to drive bicycle in the narrow streets, playing cricket using rubber ball, passing comments on all the baldies from 4th floor, persuading Uncle to take us [...]

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Madras Vadagari – Delightful Dinner From The Past

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Set Dosai and Vadakari:(Madras Style) Madras Set Dosai and Vadagari. Vada Curry. *Whoo Whhooo*, *Tastee* *Fulfilling* Do you love mess food? Do you love mess food, as much as I do? Well then this is the post for you, settle down and then prepare to get the batter ready, later!!!I love the old traditional meals, [...]

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Madras Filter Coffee

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Madras Filter Coffee: Grandma’s Filter Coffee. Mommy’s Filter Coffee. Madras Filter Coffee. Iyengar Filter Coffee. Agraharam style Filter Coffee. My Mommy is a big time coffee lover in the family. She used to prepare it, in a much authentic way…probably the way she adopted from my Grandma. Buy coffee beans, roast it to perfection(that is [...]

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Birinji Rice – Infused with Lemon Stalk

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Coconut Birinji:(Version 2) Coconut Biriyani, Thengai Biriyani. Thenga Biriyani. Coconut Birinji Rice with Lemon stalk. Coconut Pulav. Thengai Saadham. Lemon Stalk infused Rice dish. My friend Mercy, who is from Philippines runs an International market…here at Oxford! She used to complain about, how locals never buy vegetables from her and that she will have to [...]

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