Kalyana Sambhar / Wedding Feast Sambhar

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Kalyana Veetu Sambhar Indian Marriage: everyone knows just enough! Renting out the marriage hall for a day or two, distributing invitations personally to everyone you know (not necessarily…sometimes, your 3rd cousin’s – daughter’s – in-law’s – next door neighbors, are in the list), booking for video coverage, for still camera etc. In short, weddings are [...]

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Aviyal – Mixed Vegetables Side Dish

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Aviyal:(Kerala Style) Do you think that men cook better than women??? Hmmm, at some point and sometimes, I do feel that way. Although men are helpless (or at least in my family)!!! Cooking with my Dad is such a pain to me…slaving myself to lend him spatula, bowls, vessels, gosh…but the food turns out perfect [...]

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Marina Beach Special – Thenga Maanga Pattani Sundal

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Beach Sundal: I feel awful that I didnt fall in love:( Never got a chance to take that romanantic(eeeewh)beach walk…eating that dho’ rupiah sundal…talking sweet nothing(stupid)… master planning to elope away…are the kind of moments’ completely missing in my life:( So, whenever my friends talk about their pre-marriage love affairs, I will be ready to [...]

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Perumaal Koil Thayir Saadham – Temple Food / Iyengar Style

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Perumaal Kovil Thayir Saadham: Spiced Yogurts Rice. Spicy Curd Rice. Tamizhar Thayir Saadham. Aaaah you got me there…being an atheist raving about Perumaal Kovil Thayir Saadham!!! Thiruparkadal is a small village, about 100 km from Chennai. The place is famous for a Hindu temple. Sri Ranganathar…actually the beauty about the deity is ‘he is on [...]

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Fish in Mangoes, Tamarind based Curry

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Koravai Meen Kuzhambu: Fish Curry using Mangoes & Tamarind. Daddy’s Meen Kuzhambu!:) Serotonin: Another important neurotransmitter that is found in our brain cells. Serotonin is responsible for well- being, content, happiness, brings about feelings of calm, feel good, emotional well-being and satisfaction. When we have necessary amount of serotonin, it brings that ‘Satiated’ feelings. The [...]

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Mango Dal / Mango Pappu Chaaru

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Mango Dhall:I like the way punjabis serve their talli. In their dhall…I would always find raw chopped mangoes. Something tangy in dhall will be really special. So thought of making mango-dhall today. Ingredients: Kili Mooku Manga( Raw Mango 1 large) chopped along with its thick skin, deseed. Moong Dal 1 cup Salt Turmeric pinch Green [...]

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Kathirikai-Murungaikai-Mangai Sambar – Tamil Nadu Special

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Kathirikkai Murungakkai Mangai Sambar:Brinjal-Drumsticks-Mango Sambar.  The Botanical name of this tree is ‘Moringa oleifera’! Both Leaves and pods are edible here. I will post its leaves recipe later. Well…talking about its pod, we call it ‘murungai’ in Tamil. Which literally means ‘twisted’. Yeah…the pod is so slender and looks like twisted one. The common name [...]

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Mango Chutney

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Mango Chutney:Ingredients: Mango(semi ripe/raw)-1 medium sized Purple onion 1 small bulb Green chilies 3 Garlic 2 beads Salt For Tempering: Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon Asafoetida 1/4 spoon Urad dal 1/4 spoon Curry leaves few Oil few spoons. Method: Remove seed and peel the mango. Chop them down. Chop chilies and onion [...]

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Manga Sambar / Raw Mango Sambar

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Mango Sambar:Ingredients: Green Raw Mango 1 large(Kili Moonku Maanga) Thoor Dal 1 cup Green chilies 3-6 slitted Onion 1 large Tomato 1 large Salt Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon Chili powder 1 spoon Sambar Powder(home made) 1-2 spoons Tamarind paste 1 spoon Ghee or oil few spoons Cilantro leaves to garnish. For Tempering: Mustard seeds 1/2 [...]

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Thenga-Manga Pattani Sundal – Beach Sundal

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Thenga-Maanga Pattani Sundal:Beach Pattani Sundal. Pattani Sundal. Ingredients: Yellow-dry whole peas 1 cup Salt Raw mango 1 small(I could’nt find here) peeled, deseed & grated Fresh coconut half shell – grated Red peppers 3 Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon Asafoetida 1 pinch Ginger 2″ peeled, grated/minced Cilantro leaves few Sesame oil few spoons. Method: Soak Dry-yellow [...]

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