Kale Poriyal – Put-on Your Health Caps:)

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Kale Poriyal:(Reposting) I always relate this Kale with that of my Native Murungai Keerai(Drumstick Leaves). Most of the alkaloids present in these greens are very similar. All these days, I was careless to share my daily recipes because…I generally treat them in a same fashion, either Subzi or Dhall! However my friend asked me to [...]

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Vazhaikai Karamathu / Vazhaikai Podimass – Tamil Nadu Style

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Also known as: Green Plantain Stir-Fry. Kacha Kela Subzi. Aratikaya Kura. Vazhaikai Poriyal. Ingredients: Green plantain 2 Ginger 2″ gated Chilies 2 finely chopped Turmeric 1/4 spoon Salt Chana dal 2 spoons Urad dal 2 spoons Mustard Asafoetida 1 pinch Curry leaves Grated Coconut few spoons to garnish Oil few spoons. Method: Steam cook the [...]

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Kadappa/ Urulaikizhangu Kurma Kuzhambu – A Lost Family Recipe

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Korma + Dhall = Kadappa:(Tamil Nadu Style) Moong Dal Korma. Mung Dal Kurma. Kadappa Chutney Kadapa/Cadappa Kuruma Kuzhambu. Kadappa Kuzhambu. Kadappa Curry. Tanjore Kadappa. Mayavaram Kadappa. Dedicating this recipe to my Late. AuntieThis is one of the long lost recipe in my family. My Dad used to rave about his childhood food ‘Urulai Kizhangu Kuruma [...]

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Pazhani Panchamirthan – Temple Food – Ambrosia!

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Pazhani Panchamirtham:(Temple Food) Authentic Temple Food. Tamil Nadu Temple Prasad. South Indian Temple Food/Prasad. Palani Panchamirtham. Banana Jam. Dates and Honey Jam. Food plays an integral part of religion too! Feeding the poor/devotee is taken as a good deed, throughout world! Among many faiths, they agree ‘edible gift’ as a sign of universal brotherhood. One [...]

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Badhusha

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Badusha: Nothing says ‘Happy Holidays’ like a home made sweets, right. Just like you all, I have lots of sweet memories. I vaguely remember grandma making them during summer vacation. It used to be melt-in mouth kind. I do not really remember that much about my grandma, so I am not going to get senti’or [...]

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Drumstick Greens Usili

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Murungai Keerai Usili: Moringa Keerai Poriyal. Murungai Keerai Masala Poriyal. Moringa ilai thoran(Tamil Nadu Style) Moringha oleifera is the Botanical name of this tree. We call this as ‘Murungai Keerai’ in Tamil. The leaves are rich in iron and potassium. Rich source of dietary fibre. It is an aphrodisiac plus stimulant. It has good content [...]

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Ambur – Vaniyambadi style Mutton Biriyani

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Vaniyambadi Mutton Biriyani: India’s finest cuisine developed after Mughal rule(14-16th Century), they took basic Indian cooking to art level! Since Mughal empire was widely spread, one could see biriyani recipe where they had strong foothold. Even now…several 100s of years after…local and outside influences fused together to create a unique style. To name a few [...]

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Green Plantain Fry.

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Raw Plantain Fry: Fried Green Plantain. Green Plantain Fry. Vazhaikkai Varuval. Attikaye Koora. Kacha Kela ka Subzi. Radhai Aunty’s vazhaikai varuval’…I usually name the dish, after a person…who introduced it to me!:) Makes it lot easier to remember! More than the taste…its always the associated memories for me! When I was at chennai last year(vacation). [...]

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Neeraagaram

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Neeragaram: Neer + Aagaram = Water based Food. This is the simple man’s food, now forgotten by this convenient driven world. In a Tropical country like India and especially South India…to beat the heat, people often practice all sorts of things. And food habits becomes a culture after considerable period! The availability of sources and [...]

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Thalippu Vadagam – Tempering Spices of Tamilians

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Thalippu Vadagam: Other Names:Karuvadam, Vadavam, Vadagam, Vadaam, Vadiyalu, Koppu Vadiyalu, Thalikkira Vadagam, Vadawam, Thovaiyal Vadavam, Thuvaiyal Vadavam. Tamizh Nadu Thalippu Vadagam. Tamizhar Vadagham. Mudhaliar Thalippu Vadam/ Vadagam. Vadavam, Venghaya Vadavam, Kopu Vadiyalu. Tempering Spices. Sambar, Kuzhambu, Varuval – Sesonnings. I don’t know how to introduce/categorize this item!!! Although we (Tamilians)do our regular seasonings like anybody [...]

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