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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Pudhina Chutney – Mint Chutney

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Also known as: Pudhina Chutney, Podhina chutney, Pudina chutney. Ingredients Coconut grated 1/4 cup Mint leaves alone 1-2 cups Cilantro 1/2 bunch Curry leaves few Salt Tamarind 1/4 spoon Ginger 1″ grated Garlic 2 cloves minced Urad dal 2 spoons Green chilies 3 Sesame oil few spoons. For Tempering: Sesame oil Mustard seeds Cumin seeds [...]

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Red Chili Chutney

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Milagai Saandhu: Sigappu Milaga Chutney. Milaga Chutney / Thokku. Can you believe it, red chilies have more Vitamin-A than an orange. So, load up red chilies next time when you shop. At the same time, I need to alert you…too much of spicy food will lead to gastric-ulcer, watch out. Seriously, I can’t bear the [...]

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Idly Milagai Podi

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Idly Milagai Podi: Chutney Podi. Idly Podi. Idly with Ellu Podi. Madras, Murughan Idly Milagai Podi is quite famous! Although I couldnt perfect the recipe…I tried my level best! Ingredients: Urad dhal 1 cupDry red chilies 10-15 (bright red ones)Brown sesame seeds 2 spoonsCurry leaves 4 twigsSaltAsafoetida 1 pinch Method: Dry roast each item, seperately [...]

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Poondu Chutney / Poondu Thuvaiyal

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Poondu Thuvaiyal:Ingredients:Garlic 1 headRed chilies 7Onion 1 bulbSaltTemepering spicesOil. Method: In a wide wok, heat oil and fry garlic and chilies together till fragrant. Then wet-grind the same. In a separate pan, heat oil and add the tempering spices and run this seasoning over the chutney made.

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Eggplant Chutney

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Brinjal Chutney: Eggplant Dip, Baingan Chutney. I like North Indian style ‘Baingan ka Bhurta’ so much, except the part of…skinning the eggplants!! I feel that violet colored skin is more appetizing than the pulp itself!! Moreover all the essential vitamins and minerals lie close to the skin or on the skin. Skin is the natural [...]

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Don’t Mess with Sufian

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Lebanese Breakfast: Friday Morning Breakfast – Middle East! Bachelor’s Elaborate Breakfast, Can you believe this??? Hope you guys remember about the club that I attend to ‘The Cook! Eat! Share!’ for the Internationals. We are about 40 members from different countries. Its a nice platform to know about one’s culture through food! One of our [...]

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Thengai Chutney

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Coconut Chutney: I could not find any decent coconuts here at Oxford. If I tell in advance my farmer’s market friend Liz used to bring them rarely. But the flavour and aroma never was so appealing. So when I went to India…..used lavish amount of coconut in my cooking. And believe me this is the [...]

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Ramzaan Pachadi

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Thakkali Inippu Pachadi: Toamto Jam. Kaasi Pachadi. Tomato Halwa This is also called ‘Kaasi Pachadi’….don’t know how it got it! Mommy’s friend Mrs. Babulal used to make this as a side dish! She used to slice the toamtoes and simply immerse them in strong sugar syrup! She treats it as dessert sometimes! Anyways….if you preparing [...]

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Cucumber – Tomato Salsa

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Cucumber-Tomato Salsa: Ingredients: Tomatoes 4 large diced(if needed cored – seeds removed)Green Chilies 3 (if you dont like it hot – cored – seeds removed)Capsicum 1 small fienly choppedCucumber 1(peeled, cored and finely chopped)Banana chilies(beach/bajji milagai) finely choppedLime 1 – juice (lime is raw lemon – green in color)Cilandro/ Coriander leaves few choppedGarlic 2 cloves [...]

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