Kothamalli Thokku

Kothamalli / Fresh Coriander leaves thokku is a pickle like chutney that will stay good for a week or two when refrigerated. The thokku goes well with all tiffin items like Idli, dosai, paniyaram,etc. It requires a handful of ingredients that are regularly available in the kitchen. This is our family favorite and Amma makes…

Ragi Pakoda

Ragi Pakoda is one of my favorite tea time snacks. Tastes good and comparatively easy to make when compared to bajji/bonda. Doesn’t need a side dish and perfect for rainy evenings with cup of cardamom/ginger tea! What you need Ragi flour – 1.5 cups Onions  – 1 thinly sliced Dry chilies – 2 Curry leaves…

Pottukadalai Urundai

Pottukadalai Urundai is one of the easiest sweets that you can make within no time. This is very commonly known in our family as Minuku Urundai which translates as glittering balls. The sugar adds a glitter to the balls and hence the name. The recipe uses simple ingredients and very less or no cooking time….

Vendakai / Okra Sukka

In the famous Tamil movie Roja, there is a scene where the hero Arvindsamy goes to see the elder sister for marriage and says he likes her younger sister ! Not to forget that “Enaku intha ponna pidichiruku!” dialogue. Same is the story for my last post, where Parupu Thogayal is the elder sister and…

Parupu Thogayal

Parupu Thogayal is one of the easiest thing to make for lunch. It’s an ideal option when you have an almost empty fridge and very basic pantry. With very few ingredients it tastes well with hot rice and nallennai/gingely oil. You can also add ghee instead. Fry a papad or make an omelette, lunch is…

Murungakeerai Ragi Roti

Murungakeerai and Ragi (Moringa Leaves and Finger Millet) is a great combination. We get Murungakeerai almost all through the year in Kuwait. It is locally grown I hear. So whenever I see a fresh bunch in the store, I pick one. I make soup or add it to Adai or Ragi dosai. This can be…

Easy Snack Ideas for Cold Winter Evenings

It is that time of the year when the sun goes home early and the evenings are longer, darker and colder. We spend to get more time indoors and go for an additional round of coffee, tea or any hot beverage demanded by the weather. Biting into something nice along with a cuppa would not harm…

Dining Solo at Udupi

Past – There was once a girl who would starve than having to eat in the office cafeteria alone! Then slowly she realized there is no point in starving and have a bad headache. Soon she was found having food alone at the cafeteria, belting HP1 thaali at Mast Kalandar, Adyar, Chinna Vengaya Othappam at Murugan Idly Besant…

Kothu Chapathi

Easy way to use the leftover chapathi or rotis. Best for lunchbox.