Showing posts with label yoghurt. Show all posts
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Sunday, 13 April 2014


As per the Calendar which is given by our Guruji (Vadyar), the Tamil New Year begins on 14th March 2014.  As per the Malayalam Calendar, Vishu is on 15th April 2014.  We celebrate both hence both the days are important to us.  Since we do not have holiday on 15th, we will be celbrating it on 14th itself being a holiday.

MAY ALL WE BE BLESSED with health, wealth and peace.

Since a sumptuous meal will be prepared and all the family members will be together on this day to celebrate, here are some recipes for you.


konnapoo, kanikonna


kanji and venni


Paal payasam
Paruppu pradhaman
jackfruit payasam
Idichu pizhinja paysam, chadhachadayam


neem flower rasam, vepampoo rasam
tomato rasam


vendakka kichadi, bhindi raita
tomato kichadi
neem flower pachadi, vepampoo pachadi
mabazha pachadi
avarakka poriyal or thoran
idichakka thoran, tender jackfruit thoran
kootu curry


pui inji
mango thoku
nellikka achar, nellikka upplilitathu
vadukapuli narthanga uppilitathu
instant mango pickle
kaduku manga, tender mango pickle, vadu mangai


Parippu vada
banana chips,kaya varuthathu
sarkaravaratti upperi

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


This year Vishu is on 14th April 2014. New Year day of Keralites and Tamilians.

Kanji and venni is made during the New Year Day by Keralites and Tamilians.  It is a  traditional simple food relished on the day of Vishu.

In the month of Chitirai, (April) mango and neem trees will be full of flowers and fruits (In the spring season).  On the day of Vishu i.e New Year day, we make a curry with sweet, bitter, sour, salty and spicy.  It symbolizes the fact of our is a mixture of sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust etc which we have to digest and come out of all these problems accepting the fact of life and still live happily through  our life.

In Kerala, we celebrate "Vishu"  On the day of Vishu, "Kani Kannal" is a tradition.  On the previous night, in front of the God, in a thambalam or plate or big banana leaf, we keep broken coconut filled with coins and gold, a mirror with a golden chain in it, a vellarikka (madras kakadi), flowers, fruits, all the vegetables, jackfruit, lime, rice, dhal, mangoes jaggery, banana, vettilai, paku etc to seek the blessings of God and pray that through out the year, we should get all these things abundantly.  In this Kani, a special flower called "Konnapoo" or Amaltas or Indian Laburnum is must.  On the day of Vishu, elderly women wake up all the members of the family one by one to see the Vishu Kani and Kai Neetam ( giving money by the elderly person in the family to all the younger ones) is given.  Then celebrate the whole day and nice feast is also made and enjoyed. by all the family memebrs together.  It is really fun and I really enjoy at Kerala only and not in Metro.

Kanji and Venni
Kani Konna poo,  Indian laburnum
Kanji and Venni Youtube

Monday, 17 March 2014


Since children are going out of their own home and settle down for jobs in another parts of the world, they find it difficult to get the food they want.  If they have the willingness to cook on their own, it is always good.

Hence I thought of pen down whatever comes in my mind called BACHELORS TIP of course, it is useful for the working women and housewives  too.

I shall be updating it on a day to day basis or on weekly basis as and when I get time since I am also a working woman.  Hence you are requested to go through this link and update yourself.

You are always welcome to post your queries if you have and wants to know anything please do e mail me at or post your comments  in the comment column of the blog.  Though I am not a Catering qualified Chef to give you the exact reasons and comments and tips, to some extent these tips are useful as the experience taught me to follow and the guidance from my parents and my mother in law.  Of course, friends and neighbours are also part of it.


while boiling milk, first add little water  in the vessel and then pour the milk.  this will prevent the milk sticking to the bottom of the vessel..

17.03.2014.  Today is Holi an auspicious day and am starting the TIPS for everyone.

Happy Holi, may GOD bless all of us to have a healthy, wealthy, peaceful  life in the years ahead.



1) Always keep some tomato paste, tomato puree in the freezer.  when you want to use it, take out from the freezer and keep it out to bring to the room temperature. It is always handy.

2)  Wash, pat dry and cut the vegetables and put in ziplock bag and store in fridge. this will ease your preparation of food.

3)  Always soak the dals in water for 15-30 minutes for easy cooking.

4)  Keep boiled potatoes in fridge if you intend to make the stuff within 2-3 days.  take out from fridge and put in hot water for 10 minutes and then peel off the skin.

5)  look for cut vegetables, cleaned methi / palak/ chowli / lal math leaves  if you can get in the near by store.  Beans will not stay for more than two days.  always bring fresh these kind of veggies.

6)  Keep eggs in fridge.  Keep lime, curry leaves, coriander leaves.

7)  Keep 3G paste i.e. ginger, garlic, green chilli paste.  It is always handy.  this can be made and stored when you are having weekly off or you get store bought ones.  But preparing at home is always best.

8)  for peeling garlic, put them in water and peel.

9) While making dosa, it might stick to the pan.  what you do is apply little oil on the tava, preferably sesame seed oil and rub it with a cut potato or onion.  the cut portion should touch the tava.  and always make a small uttappa  first then start making the normal dosa.

10)  Keep the spatula in water.  whenever you try to remove the dosa from the tava, it will be easy.

11)  while preparing sticky vegetables viz. bhindi, arbi etc. add one teaspoon of rava, semolina, suji in the subji (dry vegetables).  it will not stick to each other.

12)  after cutting the brinjal/kathrikka/vazhuthalanga put them in salt/turmeric water to avoid discoloration.

13)  banana flower, banana stem also can be put in butter milk/salt/turmeric water.

14)  to clean the cauliflower, put them in water with one teaspoon vinegar.  it will help in clearing the dirt if any in the florets and the worms in it. or you can put them in lukewarm water with salt.

15)  during summer season, always keep lime in fridge. can make lime juice which will help in rebuilding the energy.

16)  butter milk is another source to quench your thirst.

16)  a tender coconut once in two days is always good to avoid de hydration.

17) make curd at home

18)  keep bread at home, sandwiches are easy to make provided you have cucumber, tomato, carrots, sandwich masala etc. at home.  if you do not have sandwich masala, just put little black salt and black pepper powder.

Friday, 6 September 2013


Barley soup is made with barley, moong dal or oats and some vegetables.  It is quite healthy as well as having medicinal values.

Barely has medicinal value. Barley is used for lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol, and for promoting  weight loss. It is also used for digestive complaints including diarrheastomach pain, and inflammatory bowel conditions.

Some people use barley for increasing strength and endurance. Other uses include cancer prevention and treatment of a lung problem called bronchitis.

Barley is applied to the skin for treating boils.

In foods, barley is used as a source of vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, and fatty oils.

 If we are having fever and have problem in passing urine, my mother always used to give us barely water to drink.  Recently when I was making barley water, my husband came and told me to make some soups for him. A healthy soup is prepared for him which i am sharing with you all.

Saturday, 24 August 2013


Banana flower thoran is made of banana flowers finely chopped, cooked and garnished with grated coconut or crushed coconut with green chilli and cumin seeds.  It is a nice side dish for sambar rice, rasam rice, dal rice, chapti etc.

banana flower subzi thoran


Banana flower sambar is made like the normal sambar you make.  either you can use the ground masala or sambar powder instead.  

Banana flower sambar

Banana flower  preparation  is liked by me very much be it a thoran, sambar, pachadi, raita, vada or usli.  It is quite healthy, tasty and easy to make any thing out of it.   Here i am presenting the Banana flower sambar.  Normally I make the sambar without tamarind.  Yes, you must be wondering how to make sambar without tamarind..  Instead of tamarind, we can add amchur powder, tomato, kokum etc.  but i do not use anything of this frankly speaking but still it is tasty. 
banana flower sambar      banana flower sambar

Monday, 17 June 2013


Om Pannagaya namah:

The information is taken from NET

Health benefits of Amla (Indian gooseberry)

Amla (Emblic Myrobalans) Therapy Botanically called Phyllanthus emblica, syn. Emblica officinalis , (Indian gooseberry) it is a rich source of vitamin C, amino acid, tannin, polyphenolic compounds, fixed oil, lipids and other essential oils. It may be compared with ‘Amrita’ (nectar) of the heavens owing to the medicinal qualities of this divine fruit. Its regular consumption is an anti-dote for many ailments/disorders like acidity, septic fever, biliary colic, vomiting, insomnia, defective vision etc.
Amla tree is found in all parts of India. It is generally 20-30 ft. high. Its bark is rough and brownish in colour. It has regular branches, bluish yellow flowers, small leaves like that of the Imli (tamarind) tree. Its fruit is round and greenish yellow in colour with six segments and a hard seed inside. Among all the varieties that are available, the best is Kalami for its fruit has lot of pulp, very small seed and is comparatively less sour and bitter in taste than others. It is especially good for making jams, pickles, chutneys etc. Chyavanprash is also made from Amla only.

Perhaps owing to its medicinal qualities the Hindus treat it as a very sacred tree and worship on ‘Akshaya Navami’. In the Kartik month (mid Oct. to mid Nov.) if one takes its dose regularly it provides complete protection against all the disorders due to cold. Amla is unique as it doesn’t leave its chemical ingredient even if it is heated. It is a tree whose no part is useless. It also has the atmosphere purifying qualities. Chemically, besides being the best source to get Vitamin C from, it also has gallic acid, tannic acid, sugar, albumen, calcium, protein, phosphorus, carbohydrates, irons etc.
Amla as general tonic
Amla - Indian GooseberryTaking Amla and Black Til (black seseme seeds) in equal quantity with honey or ghee cures mental and physical weaknesses.
To revitalise brain take a cupful of sugarless milk with the murabba of Amla.
Taking even one raw Amla every morning even with water makes one’s body enough resistance to fight with various ailments.
Taking milk in the morning after licking one teaspoon of ground Amla powder mixed with honey imparts freshness and strength to the body. Intellect get sharpened if one takes the pulp of fresh Amla or Amla juice with honey or ghee every morning and evening.
As an eye tonic and cure of eye ailments
Washing eyes with cool water having Amla powder soaked and strained is good for the eyes and it also improves eye-sight.
Washing the eyes with ground Amla and til powder water (soak Amla and Til powder in water overnight and strain it) in the morning cures burning sensation in the eyes.
Applying pulp of Amla on the head and washing the hair after massage helps in curing burning sensation in the eyes and heaviness of the head. (See also : Remedies for premature greying of hair)
Have Amla powder washed down with milk to improve your eyesight.
Eating 10 gms. of Triphala (the powder made by mixing even quantity of Hirda, Bahera (Behda) , Amla powders) with 1 tsp of honey keeps eyes very healthy strong and sparkling.
Having Triphala powder with honey not only keeps eyes bright and shining but it is also very good for the digestive system.
For curing head and heart ailments
Taking Amla Murabba every day in the morning cures physical and mental debility. Taking Amla juice is ideal for keeping your head and eyes strong.
Massaging the scalp with Amla oil before going to bed removes mental weakness.
Taking Amla powder with cow’s milk or Misri (even amount) with water gives relief in heart ailments.
Applying paste made up of dried Amla powder with Kumkum, Neelkamal and rose-water cures headache. Applying paste of Juice of 2 to 3 Amla or its pulp mixed with little rose water and 3 to 4 pieces of kesar (saffron) in it-on the affected part for 15 mts. relieves the pain of migraine.
Curing involuntary nocturnal emission
Taking 10 gms of fresh Amla juice with 1 gm. of powdered haldi (turmeric) and honey every morning and evening cuers this problem. ( See also : health benefits of turmeric )
Taking Amla water (soak dried Amla powder in 1:3 proportion in water for 12 hours, strain the water and mix 1 gm. haldi powder) regularly helps in curing night discharge problem. (See also : Remedies for Sexual Impotence)

Problems connected with uro generative system
Taking 1 gm Amla powder, kala jeera and 2 gms. ground misri with cold water cures the problem of bed wetting.
Taking milk after eating fresh Amla juice or dried Amla powder with gur (jaggery) cures stranguary.
Applying paste of Amla near the naval portion helps in curing urinary problem. Boil 20 gm. pulp of dried Amla in 160 gms. water till 40 gms. is left. Then mix 20 gms. of Gur (Jaggary) in it. Drinking this potion helps in urinary problem.
Taking crushed Amla pulp (after straining it) mixed with misri cures blood in urine.
Taking 20 gms fresh Amla Juice with 10 gms. of honey and water twice a day cures problem connected with urination.
Acidity and digestive problems
Licking one tea spoon of dried Amla powder with honey or ghee after dinner checks acidity. (See also : Remedies for acid peptic ulcers)
Female ailments
Taking 3 gms. powdered Amla with 6 gms. honey every day for one mouth cures the problem of leucorrhoea.
Leucorrhoea is also cured by taking powder of Amla seed with honey or mjsri regularly. Taking 20 gms. fresh Amla juice mixed with honey regularly for a month cures weakness of the generative system.
Blood impurities
Taking Amla juice or powder with honey purifies blood.
Taking 5 gms. of powder (made from 20 gms triphala, 20 gms. black pepper, 10 gms. pure sulphur, 5 gms. of neem leaves and mehandi leaves-ground in fine powder form) with a glass of water twice a day cures all impurities of blood.
Taking fresh Amla juice with honey checks diabetes.
Soak 15 gms. Amla and 15 gms. of mehandi (myrtle) leaves overnight in 400 gms. water strain the liquid in the morning. Drinking this water checks piles. Taking 5 gms. of triphala churna with a glass of whey helps in curing piles. Also, taking fresh Amla juice with half tsp of ghee and 1 tsp. of honey and 100 gms. of milk-after lunch-cures even chronic piles problem.
Taking Amla powder with radish helps in checking stone in bladder by breaking the stones and throwing it out with urine. The best time to have them is morning or evening.
Have 1 tsp dried Amla powder with milk or water before retiring for the day. It helps in imparting movements to the bowels and keeping the system clean. Also taking strained water of mashed fresh Amlas soaked overnight in lukewarm water helps in evacuating the bowels. Taking 4 tsp fresh Amla juice and 3 tsp honey mixed in a glass of water relieves constipation. If constipation is caused by worms, take about 20 gms. fresh juice of Amla every day to kill the worms.
Cold and cough
Taking two tsp of fresh Amla juice with honey twice a day helps in taking out the phlegm and controls cold. Also, taking milk in which a little Amla powder and ghee boiled in the evening helps in dry cough. Licking Amla powder with honey regularly twice or thrice a day also cures chronic dry cough.
Skin troubles
If there is the problem of extreme dryness of the skin, taking tea boiled with pieces of Amla in it mixed with sugar and milk helps greatly. Itching problem is cured by applying Amla churna in chameli oil (dry Amlas in shade, powder them and mix them in chameli-Jasmine oil. The bottle should be kept in shade) on the part of the body where itching is gives reting. (See also : Remedies for Acne)
Baldness and other allied problems
Washing the head with Amla-juice mixed with water after rubbing the scalp for 10-15 mts. with fresh Amla juice helps in restoring the vitality of hair. Soak dried Amla, Harar, Bahera and Shikakai in an iron utensil overnight and mesh them nicely, washing your hair regularly with this strengthens the hair and checks hair loss.
Applying the paste of Amla powder mixed in lemon juice on the hair 10 to 15 mts. before washing them with Amla water keeps the hair strong and shining.
Dying the hair with the following herbal paste makes them turn automatically black and strong. Make the paste of Amla and Mehandi leaves and apply it on the hair. Keep it applied for about 15 to 20 mts. Then wash it off with lukewarm water. This will make your hair black and shining.
Washing the hair with dicoction of Amla removes dryness of the scalp, checks dandruff and stops excessive fall and the greying of hair.
Massaging the head with Amla oil imparts natural glow to hair, relieves mental tension and induces sleep.
Soak 4 Munnakkas (big raisins) in juice of 4 fresh Amla. After one hour grind the soaked munakkas and mix it with Amlajuice. Taking this potion twice a day gives relief in Jaundice.
Mix a churna in the following way. Grind each of Amla, dry ginger (Read more on health benefits of ginger), black pepper, 3 gms. of iron bhasm and little turmeric. Lick this churna mixed with a teaspoonful honey helps cure Jaundice.
Taking fresh Amlajuice with old ghee-heated a little-regularly for a few says relieves stiffness of joints and helps in curing gout.
Removing the spots left by measels, chicken pox, small-pox etc.
Take bath with the water having Amla juice mixed in it. Also, apply the paste made of Amla and til in equal quantity ground in cold milk added with 3 or 4 drops of rose water on spots and let it stay for sometime and then wash it off with Amla soaked water.
Boils in mouth
Doing gargles with water having fresh Amla juice twice or thrice a day gives great relief and helps curing the boils. After gargles apply fresh Amla juice on the boils and let saliva ooze out.
Lices in hair
Applying the paste of ground seeds of Amla mixed with lemon- especially on the roots of the hair and washing after half an hour will clear the lices from the hair. Even when washing it off use the water having little of Amla juice.
Amla as the beautifying agent
Application of the Amla paste mixed with turmeric and-oil on- body makes the skin clear, soft and improves the complexion.
Drinking Amla juice mixed with honey in the morning makes the complexion glowing and blemishless.
Application of the Amla paste on the face and washing it off after 10 to 15 mts class pimples and heals up the spots so created.
Checking menstrual disorder
Take boiled pulp of Amla with honey two times a day relieves the pain in the bleeding.
Taking Amla juice mixed with ripe banana 3 to 4 times a day during periods-checks profuse bleeding.
Applying the paste made of Triphala powder mixed with cow’s urine-on the affected part-relieves the poisonous effects of insects. Drinking Amla juice will also help in such cases.
General maintenance of health
Munching raw Amla or one piece of Amla Murabba washed down with milk is an ideal breakfast for staying healthy and living till ripe old age.
Also, taking Chyavanprash (having enough of Amla) in the morning is also very good tonic for maintaining good health.
Taking sharbat of Amla in summers keeps the body cool even in the height of summers.

Sunday, 26 May 2013


Om santhana lakshmy namah:

muringa elai (moringa oleifera

The drumstick plant is also known by its scientific name moringa oleifera or by its name the horseradish tree, or, has been known to have many health benefits. The Health benefits of drumstick flowers and leaves and other parts of the tree are use in traditional medicine, various culinary applications, use for cleaning dirty water and its extraordinary nutritional value. There are many benefits that come from this tree and these are obtained from its flowers, leaves, juice and seeds.


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