Ginger root is a very very tricky spice for me. It is a warm spice, that adds a lot of warmth to many dishes, but one that cannot stand up by itself as its way too over powering. Another such spice is the nutmeg. I love love adding ginger to hot tea, or in piping ginger rasam.… Continue reading InjiPuli (Tamarind Chutney spiced with ginger and spices)
The complimenting Neivedhyam for Thiruvadharai Kali would be the Upperi or rather a version of select steamed vegetables, spiced generously with ground coconut and green chillies. The Upperi as I remember is a combination of various tubers and roots that are combined and cooked to get the most delicious preparation. I remember as a child,… Continue reading Thiruvadharai Upperi – Vegetables steamed and spiced with coconut chilli paste.
Every year, the month of “Marghazi” is of very special significance as it heralds new beginnings, the new year, the music season in Tamil Nadu made redolent with the myraid performances of senior music stalwarts in the various halls, Vaikunta Ekadasi, and of course Thiruvadharai. When I actually embarked on the significance of this day… Continue reading Thiruvadharai – Significance & Learnings – Naivethyams.
Coconut is an integral part of my cooking but I have particularly brought down the levels of coconut on account of health concerns. My gradmother on the other had is of the opinion that anything had in small quantities can never be too much. Its only when you consume too much of anything, does it… Continue reading Easy & Wholesome Coconut Sevai using Instant Rice Noodles.
Vazhakkai as in Raw Bananas already mentioned are a favourite in my family. They are readily available and when properly preserved in the refrigerator, almost stays fresh for a week or more. I never make raw bananas the day I buy them, unless I am tempted to slice them to topple in hot oil to… Continue reading Vazhakkai Podimas (Raw Banana half cooked,grated, and spiced with powders)
Many days the staple diet at home, when I was growing up, used to be Pumpkin Molagootal. I guess it was cooked so often as it was pretty easy to make, uses less ingredients, and since the main vegetble is Pumpkin, its a very healthy preparation. On a day when you would want to eat… Continue reading Pumpkin & Cucumber Molagootal. (Ash Gourd & Cucumber cooked with coconut and spices)
I had already posted Tamarind Sevai or Puli Sevai in my previous post using rice sticks. But having actually made the fresh Sevai, I decided to go all the way and flavour it with tamarind just like I normally do. There are days, when you really go through the pantry, wondering what to cook, and… Continue reading Tamarind Sevai (Real Rice Sevai flavoured with tamarind and spices)