Nutritious Package – Sprouts : salad and sundal

  The Sprouts Story Sprouts have become a regular part of our diet, for a few years now. These are the sprouts that I have been using presently. Many whole millets/grams can be sprouted and made into healthy alternatives to snacks and meals. sprouted green gram sprouted black chick pea sprouted fenugreek seeds Before we…

The Good Fat Black Ball

Whatever the title makes you comprehend, I am here to clarify.  Nowadays we hear people say – ’40 is the new 20′. Times are changing and we seem to ‘age’ slower with advanced medical facilities, anti-aging feel-good slogans and social media messages.  In contrast, children less than 15 are falling prey to life style diseases,…

Karumbu Chaaru/Sugarcane Juice in a Trendy Outlet in Chennai

   On a hot summer day, quenching the thirst with colas in different colours and flavours, or go for sugar filled so-called fruit juices may be the choice of sophistication. Whether that’s really a healthy option seems to be incomprehensible for most of us. The shops filled with bottles and television channels clogged with cool…

Kariveppilai Yennai/Traditional Hair Oil with Curry Leaves

  Kariveppilai is the Tamil name for Curry leaves. It roughly translates as neem leaf used in curries –  Kari+Veppilai – Veppilai is Neem Leaf. It looks almost like neem leaf, but doesn’t carry the bitterness of neem. The wonderful aroma of the curry leaf when fried, makes it a great agent for seasoning in…

Cool Summer Drink – Pudhina Paanagam : Lemon and Mint with Jaggery

   Pudhina Paanagam is a subtle variant to Paanagam – lemon jaggery juice and Pudhina Kulir chaaru – Mint Cooler. Paanagam is a combination of lemon and jaggery water and is an acidity regulator. Hence, it is a preferred drink during fasts. It soothes the stomach and cools the system. Pudhina Kulir Chaaru or Mint…

Say ‘NO’ to refined – white sugar! – Candied Walnuts with Jaggery

   Caramel seems to be omnipresent…. be it chocolates, ice creams, milk shakes, macchiatos, puddings, cappuccinos, cakes, frostings and the list is endless. If not a weight watcher, I am certainly a health watcher. When craving (especially to indulge in sweets) takes a huge leap, I try to substitute with my favourite unrefined forms of…

Learning Life’s Beautiful Lessons…

Firstly, my sincere regrets and apologies for having disappeared for quite a long time. When other priorities push your zeal to the backseat, the zeal to perform has to wait. I suppose that’s what happened with me. When life suddenly showered upon a new ‘Bucket List’ of various ‘Family Packages’, the writer in me had…

Pooti Aachi Vengaya Thuvayal – Great Grandmother’s Onion Chutney

     This post is a tribute to the almost nonagenarian, my 89 year old grandmother-aachi, whose kitchen I peeped into as a kid. It has been a beautiful journey of love, love and love alone – millions of life’s lessons learnt from thousands of chatting sessions. The soft yet strong hands have produced en-numerous…