Mains

Mor Kuzhambu- Iyengar style

Mor Kuzhambu is a delicious yogurt based curry which is very popular in South India in the state of Tamil Nadu. The style shown here is the traditional Iyengar style. The vegetarian dishes made by the Brahmins are quite unique and very tasty. This Mor kozhambu is one of the popular dishes which fall under that category.In this recipe, I have used ladiesfinger (okra) vegetable. We can also use taro(seppankizhangu), pumpkin, chow chow instead of vendakkai (okra). It goes great with steamed rice.
Hope you enjoy the recipe!
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Ingredients: serves 3-4

1.Ladies finger or Okra- 250 gms 
2. For grinding :

1) Toor dal- 2 tbsp

2) Coriander seeds- 2 tsp

3) Raw Rice- 1 tsp

4) Green Chilli- 3

5) Grated coconut- 3-4 tbsp

6) Cumin seeds- 2 tsp

7) curry leaves- few

8) Ginger- a small piece 
3. Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

4. Coconut oil- 2 tbsp

5. Curry leaves- few

6. Yogurt – 3/4 cup mixed with water

7. Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Please watch video for the recipe

Mains

Chettinad Mutton curry

Chettinad Mutton curry is a very popular dish from one of my favourite cuisine, Chettinad cusine, from the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is packed with flavours from the freshly ground spices which gives its unique taste.This dish can also be replaced with lamb instead of mutton. This curry can be served with rice, dosa, idli, roti or any Indian bread.
Enjoy the recipe.

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INGREDIENTS (serves 3)
1. Mutton or Lamb- 500 gms

2. Onion- 2

3. Tomato- 1

4. Ginger garlic paste- 1 tbsp

5. Curry leaves- few

6. Oil as required 

7. Bay leaf- 1

8. Coriander leaves- to garnish 

9. Turmeric powder- 1/ 2 tsp
To grind to powder: 

1. Dry red chilli- 3

2. Coriander seeds- 2 tbsp

3. Cumin seeds- 1 tsp

4. Pepper corns- 1 tsp

5. Fennel seeds- 1 tsp

6. Cinnamon stick- 1 small 

7. Whole Cardamom- 2

8. Grated coconut- 3 tbsp
Please watch video for recipe.

Mains

Adai- South Indian breakfast 

Adai is a very popular South Indian breakfast dish made using a batter of rice and various dals. This is a wholesome nutritious dish and can be had for breakfast, tiffin or even dinner. It is protien packed and can add grated carrot or drumstick leaves to the batter before making the Adai to bring in variety.

Enjoy along with Avial or coconut chutney!

INGREDIENTS (makes ~13 adai)
1. Raw rice- 1 cup

2. Idly rice- 1 cup

3. Channa dal- 1/2 cup

4. Toor dal – 1/4 cup

5. Urid dal- 3 tbsp

6. Moong dal – 3 tbsp (optional)

7. Dry red chilli – 10 nos ( also can add chilli powder)

8. Asafoetida- 1/4 tsp

9. Onions 1-2

10. Curry leaves- few

11. Coriander leaves- few

12. Gingelly oil preferred – 2-3 tbsp for each adai

13. Salt as required
Please watch video for method.

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Mains

Avial- mixed vegetables in coconut chilli base

Avial is an assortment of vegetables cooked in a coconut base. It is very simple and easy to cook. This is a very popular dish originating from Kerala in India.Festivals like Onam and Vishu are generally celebrated with a sadhya or feast in which Avial takes a prominent part of the menu. 

Hope you enjoy making this recipe. It goes great with steamed rice. 

Ingredients:

1. Assorted vegetables: used carrot,beans,drumstick, pumpkin. Usually yam and snake gourd are also added. ~ 1/4 cup each

2. Coconut – 1/4 cup

3. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

4. Salt as needed

5. Green chilli – 3 or 4

6. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

7. Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

8. Curry leaves – few

9. Coconut oil (preferred) – 1 tbsp

10. Yogurt/curd- 1/4 cup
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Mains

Sura Puttu- Shark fish scrambled with spices

SuraPuttu is a very popular South Indian delicacy especially in the state of Tamil Nadu. This dish is made with steamed shark fish and cooked along with onions, garlic, coconut and green chillies. The taste of this dish will surely find a special place in your heart.This is also a highly recommended dish for lactating mothers as it aids in breastmilk production.
Whatever the reason, this is such a delicious dish that must not be missed.
INGREDIENTS (serves ~4)
1. Shark ( Sura fish) – 500gms

2. Onions- 3-4 medium 

3. Garlic- 8 cloves 

4. Turmeric and salt- little while fish is boiled 

5. Coconut- 1/3 cup

6. Green chilli- 5

7. Coriander powder- 1 tsp

8. Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp

9. Chilli powder- 1/4 tsp

10. Mustard seeds- 1 tsp

11. Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp

12. Curry leaves- 1 spring

12. Coriander leaves- little to garnish 

13. Oil- 4 tbsp
Please watch video for recipe.

Mains

Sepankizhangu ( Taro) Poriyal

Sepankizhanku (in Tamil) or Taro is known by different names in different places. It is rich in carbohydrates and dietary fibre including high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E and folate, as well as zinc, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, magnesium and iron.This recipe shows how to make dry roast of this root vegetable which goes amazingly well with rice and curry. Simple and easy. 
INGREDIENTS (serves ~3)

1. Taro root/ Seppankizhanghu/ Colacasia/ Arvi/Arbi- 500 gms

2. Chilli powder- 1 tsp

3. Turmeric powder- 1 tsp

4. Coriander powder- 2 tsp

5. Asafoetida- a pinch

6. Salt to taste

7. Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

8. Oil – 5 tsp( marinade) + 1 tbsp for tempering 

9. Urid dal- 2-3 tsp

10. Cumin powder- 1 tsp

Please watch video for the method:

Mains, Side dish

Spicy Chilli chicken- Indo Chinese style

Chilli Chicken is a very popular dish in all the Chinese restaurants in India. It’s one of the best accompaniment to fried rice or noodles. It is a hot favourite at our home. Enjoy this tasty and mouth watering recipe that can be easily cooked in restaurant style!

Ingredients (serves ~2)

1. Chicken cut (boneless preferred)- 250 gms
For marinade:
a. Chilli powder- 1 tsp
b. Kashmiri chilli powder- 1 tsp
c. Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
d. Corn flour- 1 tbsp
e. Ginger garlic paste- 1 tbsp
f. Egg- 1/2

For gravy base:

a. Onion – 1
b. Green chilli- 3
c. Soy sauce-2 tbsp
d. Chilli sauce- 1 tbsp
e. Ginger- 1 tbsp
f. Corn flour- 1 tbsp
g. Kashmiri chilli powder- 1-2 tsp
h. Spring onions- to garnish
i. Capsicum- 1/4
j. Oil as required for frying and gravy

Method:

  1. Cut the chicken into small pieces.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the marinade to the chicken.
  3. Marinate for minimum 30 mins.
  4. Deep fry the chicken and set it aside.
  5. For the base gravy, first take some oil in pan.
  6. Add the onions,green chilli, ginger and stir well.
  7. Also add the soy sauce, chilli sauce, corn flour mixed in little water.
  8. Combine well. Add little Kashmiri chilli powder to enhance colour and 1/2 glass of water. Check for salt and add if required. Bring it to a thick gravy consistency.
  9. Add the fried chicken, green capsicum and spring onions.
  10. Stir well and yummy Chilli Chicken is ready.
  11. Enjoy with fried rice or noodles.

Video recipe can be found in the link below:

Mains

Easy Homemade Granola

A great tasting and healthy breakfast idea. The best part of making homemade granola is that you can control and choose what needs to be added in the granola. And it is also so simple and easy to put together when you have the ingredients. The measure of the dried fruits and seeds need not be accurate and is only an approximation.

The cooled granola can also be stored in an airtight container for 2 weeks.
Hope you enjoy the recipe!
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Ingredients (Serves 3-4)

1. Rolled Oats( not instant) – 2 cups
2. Mixed dry fruits like dates, apricots ~1/4 cup
3. Mixed seeds of choice- sunflower seeds etc – 1/4 cup
4. Mixed nuts of choice- almonds, walnuts etc – 1/4 cup
5. Honey( used manuka)- 1 tbsp
6. Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp
7. Salt- a pinch
8. Coconut oil( used organic virgin coconut oil) – 2 tbsp

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 150° C.
  2. Mix all the ingredients listed in a bowl.
  3. Spread the mixture on to a baking tray lined with baking sheet.
  4. Place in the oven for 10 mins.
  5. Remove and allow to cool.
  6. Tasty and delicious granola is ready.
  7. Serve it with yogurt and fruits of your choice.

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Please find below the video recipe:

Mains

Vendakkai Sambar- lentils curry with ladies finger (okra)

Vendakkai (Okra) Sambar- Sambar is a household name and a very popular dish of South India. It is a lentil based curry and goes well with steamed rice, dosa, idli etc. It is super healthy and can be varied by adding different vegetables to bring different taste each time. In this recipe, Okra is the vegetable added, Vendakkai in Tamil. Enjoy the recipe!
Ingredients (Serves 4-5)
1. Okra(vendakkai) – 500 GMs

2. Toor dal – 1/2 cup

3. Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp

4. Turmeric powder while cooking dal( 1/2 tsp), for sambar – 1 tsp

5. Onion 1/2 or shallots- 7 nos 

6. Tomato- 1 medium 

7. Red chilli- 1

8. Garlic- 6 

9. Curry leaves- few

10. Tamarind- small lemon size( soak in 1 cup warm water for 10 mins)

11. Chilli powder- 1 tsp

12. Coriander powder- 1 tbsp 

13. Sambar powder- 1 tbsp, Asafoetida- 1/2 tsp 

14. Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

15. Oil and salt as required 

16. Coriander leaves- to garnish 

Please watch video for method 

Mains, Side dish

Chicken Kurma- tasty restaurant style

Chicken kurma is a very flavourful chicken curry which has a base made out of onions, tomato and fresh coconut. The freshly ground spices along with the coconut gives it a deep and rich flavour. This curry goes well with rice, naan, roti, chapati, dosa, idli etc.

Ingredients (Serves 3-4)

1. Chicken cut ~750 gms
2. Onions- 2 medium
3. Tomato- 1 medium
4. To grind to paste : Ginger – small piece, Garlic- 5 pods , Green chilli- 1or 2
5. Cinnamon stick – 1
6. Cloves- 2
7. Cardamom pods- 2
8. Curry leaves – few
9. To grind to paste: 1/2 cup coconut, 1 tsp fennel seeds,
1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp peppercorns
10. Spice powders: Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp, Coriander powder- 1.5 tbsp,
Chilli powder- 1 tsp
11. Coriander leaves- little
12. Sunflower oil- 3 tbsp

Please watch video for the method.
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