Poondu Kara Sevu – Spicy Fritters with a Garlic Twist

    Kara Sevu is a very popular spicy fritter, which is not only a festive snack but an all time crunch partner, specially to serve guests and while travel. The spice note delivered from red chilli powder and/or black pepper can be enhanced with the addition of garlic that makes kara sevu more flavorful….

Ulundhu Vadai – The Outstanding Snack For All Occasions

  A great topic of research Vadai is a deep fried snack, generally made with soaked and blended lentil. The most common of the Vadai Varieties are – 1. Ulundhu Vadai or Ulundha Vadai made with dehusked black gram and 2. Aamai Vadai or Paruppu Vadai made with bengal gram. These two in themselves have…

Paasi Paruppu Sundal/Stir fried Dehusked Green Gram Salad

  Here comes another Sundal/stir fried lentil to end the navaratri season. But sundals are not the sole speciality foods of Navaratri alone. They are very simple recipes yet highly potential protein foods providing essential nutrients to the body, both children and elders alike. As I had mentioned in earlier posts, sundals can be a…

Inippu/Vella-k-kozhukkattai/Jaggery Rice Dumplings – Steamed

Pillayar Chathurthi/Ganesh Chathurthi/Vinayaka Chathurthi falls on September 9 this year. It is Poorana Kozhukkattai – Stuffed rice dumplings or Modhakam the favourite of most of the households. (For Modhakam – see modhakam-pillayar-chaturthi-special.) There can be variations in the stuffing too – coconut-jaggery filling or sesame-jaggery. I hear some make kadalai paruppu/Channa Dhal – jaggery filling…

Pachai Payaru Sundal/Hari Moong Sundal/Green Gram Salad

This is another sundal for navaratri – pachai payaru sundal. Pachai Payaru is also called Paasi Payaru. It is the whole green gram. All whole lentils are healthier because of the husk in them. This pachai payaru or green gram is very versatile too. Apart from the simple seasoned dal to go with rice or chappatis, various other dishes can be made out of this payaru. Pachai payaru payasam…

Spongy Kuzhi Paniyarams

Now, what else can be made with the wonder batter called ‘idli/dosa batter’? Idli on the first day, dosa when it becomes more sour, uthappam of different varieties (recipes shortly) and this time it is Kuzhi Paniyaram. Although there is a separate combination and ratio for exclusive kuzhi paniyaram.. kuzhi paniyaram can be made from the…