Navarathri Special Sundal: Channa Dal / Kadalai Paruppu Sundal (Soaking Optional)

Day 2 of Navarathri festival – a really easy, healthy and nutritious Channa Dal Sundal ! This is one of the easiest and tastiest sundals to make, as this legume requires considerably less soak time compared to the others. You can even make this directly without any soaking, by pressure cooking it for a little longer. Channa Dal is a type of lentil, basically baby chickpeas … Continue reading Navarathri Special Sundal: Channa Dal / Kadalai Paruppu Sundal (Soaking Optional)

Navarathri Special Sundal Recipe: Brown Channa (Chickpeas)/Karuppu Kondakadalai Sundal

Happy Navarathri !! A while ago, I had blogged about Navarathri festivities at our home here along with a basic sundal recipe. This year, we’re not setting up the dolls or having any festive celebrations; however, I will blog the recipe for one type of Sundal each of the 9 days 🙂 A ‘sundal’ in Tamil stands for a kind of cooked salad. I know it … Continue reading Navarathri Special Sundal Recipe: Brown Channa (Chickpeas)/Karuppu Kondakadalai Sundal

Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Whole Almonds

Dates are one of the best naturally sweet foods that you can eat. Eating 1-2 dates each day can help give you instant energy and make a good addition to a balanced diet. Dates offer a plethora of nutritional benefits: they act as laxative and help in relieving constipation and regulating intestinal function. The significant amount of minerals contained in dates help strengthen your bones … Continue reading Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Whole Almonds

Manathakkali Vatha Kuzhambu with Shallots/Small Onions/Chinna Vengayam (With Garlic Recipe) – Step by Step

Vatha Kuzhambu (“vathal” meaning fried, and “kuzhambu” meaning curry) is one of the star dishes of TamBrahm (Tamil Brahmin) households. It is a curry made solely with tamarind broth, without lentils, and it typically may or may not contain vegetables. It usually consists of a type of “vathal“, like the sundakkai vathal, or manathakkali vathal (as in today’s recipe) or can be made with shallots alone. ‘Vathal’ is … Continue reading Manathakkali Vatha Kuzhambu with Shallots/Small Onions/Chinna Vengayam (With Garlic Recipe) – Step by Step

Fresh Pomegranate Salsa With An Indian Twist & A Brand New Header !

In India, we have year-round availability of juicy, fresh, ruby red pomegranates 😀 We grow pomegranates for most of the world, and export it to several countries. I grew up in Bangalore, where we got the choicest and most delicious varieties of this fruit all through the year. Ripe pomegranate, when peeled will reveal either pale pink or deep red arils that taste sweet/tart, depending on … Continue reading Fresh Pomegranate Salsa With An Indian Twist & A Brand New Header !

Easy Kodo Millet & Mixed Vegetable Khichdi with Panchphoron: Step-by-step Recipe

Millets are steadily becoming the next big thing in the food world. These days, people are strongly conscious about what they eat. As people look to diversify away from white rice more and more, millets come in very handy as a healthy substitute. Millets are a very good source of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds that can significantly boost human health in various ways. Millets also … Continue reading Easy Kodo Millet & Mixed Vegetable Khichdi with Panchphoron: Step-by-step Recipe

Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu/Kozhambu ( Eggplant/Brinjal cooked in a Spiced Tomato-Tamarind-Coconut gravy) -No Onion No Garlic recipe- Step by Step

Ennai Kathrikkai Kuzhambu (South Indian style eggplant gravy) is the “bestseller” of our kitchen. This is actually a Tamil name, where ‘ennai‘ means oil, ‘kathirikai‘ is brinjal/eggplant, and ‘kuzhambu‘  means gravy. This is that one dish in our household that probably everyone, from elders to kids enjoy. Anybody, and I really mean anybody that visits us, has either repeatedly visited us just to relish this … Continue reading Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu/Kozhambu ( Eggplant/Brinjal cooked in a Spiced Tomato-Tamarind-Coconut gravy) -No Onion No Garlic recipe- Step by Step