Monday, 27 March 2017

NELLIKKAAI SWEET THOKKU- SWEETENED AMLA THOKKU - Learn how to make Nellikkai Sweet Thokku

Sharing one more of my MIL's recipe creations here. Call it an accompaniment, instant pickle or chutney, this is one recipe that frequents our cyclic menu. MIL makes it a point to include Amla/ Indian Gooseberry regularly. We do this as  a part of auspiciously breaking the Ekaadasi fast on Dwadasi days. So, Amla in our meal is a compulsory component. That said, it forms a part of our meal every quarter. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

PALEO GLUTEN-FREE PROTEIN BROWNIES - Guest post by Benjamin Smith of The Online Grill

Another cooking enthusiast is sharing my space today. Again, ours was an e mail interaction and he volunteered to do a guest post for me. After few mail exchanges he sent me this awesome recipe that is more of a revolutionary bake replacing all that butter and sugar overload. I was bowled over by this one, seriously.
Healthy cooking and baking is becoming a global norm and this thought has led to sea changes in the approach to replacing common ingredients in food. One such is the Paleo concept, which excludes most of the carbs.. precisely all the carbs. It could be a short time goal or a permanent lifestyle change for someone. So, if you have a dairy restriction or looking for a gluten free indulgence, then this is the go-to recipe. I am so thankful to my guest Benjamin Smith... fondly known as Ben for sharing this recipe.
Who is Ben?
Ben is an eater, a drinker, and a cyclist. Between thinking about his next meals, he writes at The Online Grill about... well, eating. Hop on to his space to know more about his passion. Read on now...

Dessert is a tricky issue in any diet. Sure, you don’t want to go cold turkey and completely deprive yourself of any sort of sweet snack, but with even the most self-professed ‘healthy’ treats you’re often eating blind, not knowing exactly what you’re putting in your body.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

KARUPPU KAVUNI ARISI PAAYASAM - Secret recipe from the Kitchens of Chettinaadu

Cook Healthy, Eat Healthy. With this thought, I am back with another recipe from the kitchens of Chettinaad. Chettinaad cuisine is marvelled for its unique cooking styles and methods. Right from using vintage utensils  (almost forgotten now) the Chettinaad community (Nagarathaar @ Chettiaars) take pride in being uncompromising in replacing their traditional methods with modern methods in cooking. Besides this, some raw materials like Rice and pulses are exclusively cultivated in their own Karaikkudi region. Though they are applauded for their Non-Vegetarian cuisine, they have a great deal to offer us from their Vegetarian repertoire. 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

TOFU BANH MI SANDWICHES - Guest post by Emma of Cook Novel!

Hello folks. I have a guest today who is sharing an interesting recipe with all of you.  She is Emma who blogs Cook Novel.   She had mailed me couple of weeks back expressing her interest to guest post on my space and needless to say, I was elated. A lovable wife and a mother of 3 lovely kids, this pretty lady has an awesome space and primarily focuses on healthy cooking. Surf around her space for amazing vegan, vegetarian and other meat based recipes, health and kitchen tips. Welcome aboard Emma. I am so glad to host you on my space.

I’m Emma, founder of Cook Novel and I’m absolutely in love with food blog. I’d like to share the interesting recipes, food tips and top lists of kitchen gadgets. I’m a foodie at heart but being the mother of 3 kids, it’s not always easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so I rely on the support of other blogging moms like me to help along the way.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

VEGETABLE FRIED RICE - Learn how to make Chinese/ Indo Chinese style Vegetable Fried RiceI My styleI My comfort food

Of those who like Chinese food, I am one of them. This is one of the cuisines that I have been attempting even as a teen. So, I can confidently say that I can cook pretty decent Chinese. And so because I have attempted a few recipes umpteen times, I do not go wrong with the recipe. 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

THENGAAI ARISI PAAYASAM - Coconut and Rice Kheer - Vegan version included

Paayasam / Payesh/ Kheer is traditionally made of rice, jaggery and milk and is basically a festive drink prepared across India. The Indian calendar is always filled with auspicious occasions and these are incomplete without the Traditional Paayasam. Be it a festival or or be it serving guests, we Indians grab these moments to celebrate with food and sweetmeats. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017


A South Indian's ultimate comfort food is undoubtedly the Saattru-amudhu @ Rasam, colloquially Saathamudhu. "Saaru aka Sattru" means juice and "Amudhu" - means Nectar = Saattru Amudhu thus pronounced. And, of course this is the second best of elixirs next to Buttermilk. This Lentil soup is almost an everyday delight in South Indian homes. With a little one around, I always make sure to prepare Sattramudhu and this has become a daily ritual for the past one year. 

The tomato rasam is the most common and the one below. This apart, there are different varities in tomato rasams and several other close cousins with/without tomatoes and using other veggies/fruits.