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…

Kathirikkai Salna/Brinjal Salna

Let’s continue the Mutton Biriyani recipe of the previous post, with a balance of Salna – veggie gravy/stew and complete it in the next post with Aadu Vadhakkal – spicy mutton stir fry.   First SALNA.. ‘Salna’ – a unique delicacy that is served along with Biriyani, is a simple gravy to tackle any spicy…

Vella Seedai/Jaggery Rice Ball Crispies

    Vella seedai, as the name suggests is made of vellam or cane jaggery. The sweetness of the festive delicacy comes from the traditional jaggery and the right consistency of the dough results in a crunchy melting snack. As mentioned in the Uppu Seedai recipe in the previous post, the dough stands the risk…

Uppu Seedai/Salted Rice Ball Crispies

    Seedai or Cheedai is a delicate delicacy. It has a crunchy texture while you bite, but melts in the mouth with the flavor of deep fried crispy rice murukku. But beware while you make at home – It has a beasty feature behind its beauty – it explodes like a mini bomb in…

Power Packed Pancakes – Whole Grain Dosais!

  power packed grains and lentils top – brown rice, yellow corn and black chick peas bottom – black gram, green gram, finger miller and pearl millet.   Idlies and Dosais for Stress-free life/life style…   Why not start a series on different kinds of Dosais/pancakes? With less intake of White Rice recommended, the wide…