KOOTU POWDER ( FOR INSTANT KOOTU )

Kootu ( A gravy of mildly spiced vegetables and lentils ) is an essential part of the South Indian  cooking. It is quite common for people in South India to make a dry curry dish called poriyal ,  as well as a kootu which is a mixture of boiled lentils with one or more varieties… 

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Bittergourd Thokku/Pavakkai thokku/Pickle

This has been one of my favourite  pickle/thokku recipes. Some days back I tasted a leading brand of Pavkkai /Bittermelon Thokku and I nearly emptied the bottle in 2 days, by having it with just about everything. It was that delicious, being a pavakkai fan I simply flipped for it and had to try it immediately at home. My mom had always served bitter gourds… 

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CURRY LEAVES KOZHAMBU | KARUVEPPILAI KOZHAMBU

curry leaf kuzhambu , karuveppilai kuzhambu

One of the most favorite dishes cooked in our kitchen is the healthy power packed Curry leaves kuzhambu | Karuveppilai kuzhambu. The humble curry leaf is packed with incredible nutrients to combat so many ailments and diseases that it’s no wonder our moms and grandmas included it in as many dishes as  possible mainly as… 

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Vatha Kozhambu Paste | Podi

vatha kozhambu paste , vatha kozhambu powder , vatha kozhambu recipe

A very popular recipe from South India particularly Tamil nadu cuisine is the Vattal Kuzhambu, /Vattazh Kuzhambu , a deeply reduced aromatic tamrind sauce spiced with the Indian spices like cumin, fenugreek, red chillies, and the star of the dish is the Sundakkai or the Manathalai , used to roast and simmer in the broth…. 

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Jeeraga Rasam | Paruppu Thogayal ( Cumin rasam and dal chutney )

jeeraga rasam , paruppu thogayal

A typical home cure for most ailments , tired bodies, appetite booster, this quintessential combination of jeera rasam with paruppu thogayal is what most grandmas taught in kitchens and passed down generations. A never fail recipe for many health disorders, soothing to body and mind, a must try at least once in a fortnight esp… 

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