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…