Sunday, March 31, 2013


This is one of the easiest kesari that can be made within no time. Generally speaking any kesari is easy to make but Rava Kesari needs little attention and experience to get the right texture without any lumps.However for Aval/Poha kesari there is no need to worry about lumps or texture.Even any beginner cook will be able to get it right. My mom often makes this as a quick dessert for me.

Aval Kesari

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


This is a thuvayal made with Smoked eggplants.The brinjal is roasted in direct flame and then ground to make thuvayal. This has a wonderful smoky flavor and can also be had as a side dish for idli/dosa
Sutta kathirikai Thuvayal

Monday, March 11, 2013


This is yet another variety of a traditional dish made using smoked vegetables.I learnt this recipe from my mother in law.I have already posted a recipe for Vazhakkai Podimas but this recipe falls under podi varieties that can be served with oil/ghee This smoked vazhakkai podi is at its best when served with hot rice and ghee accompanied by pachadi. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013


Ven Pongal and Gothsu are made for each other as Idli is to sambar. Whenever I make pongal I usually make coconut chutney or Brinjal Puli gothsu. This is a different variety of gothsu that uses smoked brinjal along with toor dhal.This is a famous dish from Chidambaram and there are several versions of the recipe.I followed the recipe from one of the old cook books that I had(Cook and see).

Chidambaram Kathirikai Gothsu

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


This is not the recipe for vada as the name suggests.This is actually a salad using raw moong dhal that is prepared on Rama Navami along with Panakam. This is a very cooling salad and often served chilled. The salad uses the vegetables that are available in the summer season (viz cucumber, raw mango etc).It is also called as Kosambari.
Vada Paruppu

Monday, March 4, 2013


In Tamil Nadu, salads are known as Kosumalli. There are different varieties of Kosumalli using raw vegetables with carrot kosumalli being the common one.It is served in South Indian weddings and on special occasions.
Carrot Kosumalli

Sunday, March 3, 2013


I never used to have any kind of soups when we go to restaurants.If at all I am forced to have soup , sweet corn soup would be my choice. But after having the soup my tummy gets full and never proceed with the main course.For this reason no body forces me to have soup. That said, I never prepared soup at home till date! When Srivalli announced the themes for Blogging Marathon, I immediately picked the theme 'Soups and Salads'.I adapted the basic recipe from Sailu's kitchen and it was a super hit. My husband and son loved it a lot but my daughter refused to give a try.May be she is like me :-)

Sweet Corn Soup Indian Style