Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Neem Flower / Vepampoo Rasam

Neem Tree is a miracle tree and every part of it offers in numerous health benefits. Neem Flowers are used in alternative medicine to treat various ailments in India. It can be used both in fresh and dried form. The flowers can be dried when they are available in plenty during the season and can be used to treat digestive disorders. It also proven that it improves eye sight and helps in treating intestinal worms in kids. Neem flower oil makes your hair healthy, detoxifies the blood, improves liver health and balances the blood sugar level in the body.Here's an amazing Rasam recipe with this miraculous flowers that is loaded with medicinal values.

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Aarudhra Darshan - Tiruvaadirai Kali and Thaalagam / 7 Kari Kootu

Aarudhra Darshan is a festival celebrating the ecstatic Cosmic Dance of Lord Shiva (Anandha Thaandavam) in Natarajar Form. It is observed every year during the Tamil month of Margazhi on Thiruvaadirai Nakshatram. Aarudhra signifies the Shiva's dance inside the golden red flame.

This Cosmic Dance of Shiva is a symbolic representation of the continuous cycle of life on this universe ie., Creation to Destruction. Its believed that this dance takes place in each and every particle of the universe which is also a scientifically proven part that Universe is made of particulate matter which in turn is the source of energy (Einstein's Particulate Theory). The scientists have also shown that the movement of an atom is in the form of this Cosmic Dance performed by Lord Shiva. Hence Thirumoolar has also mentioned
"Avanandri Oru Anuvum Asayadhu"

Lord Shiva's Dance Pose is a complete symbolization of the cycle of life...

The Hour Glass Drum in his upper right hand is the symbol of creation which represents the Male and Female Vital Principles..Two Triangles infused..
The Flames of Fire on the left upper hand symbolizes the Destruction as per Hindu Mythology the Universe will be engulfed at the end by Fire.
Hence the two hands are kept at a balance...always there is a balance between creation and destruction..
The Second right hand showing Abhaya Muthra which means protection..
The crossed left leg and the and lower left hand indicates release from the cycle of birth and death..
The hand points the uplifted foot symbolizes Lord Ganesha who is the remover of obstacles..
Dwarf on which the Shiva Dances signifies creation is possible only when weight of the darkness of the universe is overcome and suppressed.
The ring of fire indicates the field of universe in which the dance takes place..
The Lotus Pedestal at the base indicates the universe in consciousness of each person...

On this day, we offer a sweet made of Roasted Rice Flour and Jaggery, Thirvaadirai Kali..which is a part of Hindu tradition. Along with this, a gravy is made with 7 vegetables also called as 7 Kai / 7 Kari Kootu or Thalagam.
My mom makes a very delicious texture of Kali and from her I learnt this recipe...There's a saying about this in Tamil ""Thiruvaadiraiku Oru Vaai Kali" 

Here's the Recipe for both...

This Year Aarudhra Darshan falls on 26th December.. Happy Aarudhra Darshan :)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Kadigara Rasam

In my Rasam Series, this is yet another interesting recipe from my grandma and the name itself shows that..Isn't it ? As a child, I always loved to hear her cooking stories that she tells every day to make me sleep..She tells a lot of Rasam Varieties and this name when she says every time, I laugh like anything..and hence this remains evergreen in my mind... I never had that curiosity to ask her the reason behind this name...
Yes...Its Kadigara Rasam my Grandma calls it...

Not only it has unique name but it has unique taste too..Its nothing but the rice washed water that we call Kazhuneer which imparts a unique color and taste to this Rasam..

Try this one and you will definitely have a special liking for it :)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Red Rice Flakes / Red Poha Delight

An easy recipe which needs no cooking and can be made in a few minutes which is a wholesome food anytime..be it a breakfast or evening snacks for children or a filling dinner..Red Poha being rich in fibre and Iron makes it a nutritious food..

Instead Red Rice Flakes, you can also use White Rice Flakes (the regular ones). If you use thick type of flakes..soak with water for few minutes and then mix all ingredients..

Friday, December 11, 2015

Wonder Wrap Series II - Quick Reference Cards

And here's two more interesting spicy variations of the wraps that you can try and they tasted yumm and got good appreciation from my master :)

Tangy Pineapple Lemon Rasam

Pineapple is my all time favorite  and I just love the flavor. This Rasam is one which is usually served in marriages and the richness is unbeatable. Normally it is done with tomatoes but I tried here with Lemon which imparts a unique taste to it. You can opt for this recipe when you are cooking for your guests or at any special occasions...

You can also add a teaspoon of Rasam Powder if you want it to be more spicy..

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Red Rice FlakesPaniyaram / Sivapu Aval Paniyaram

Red Poha or Red Rice Flakes are the flattened red rice which is more nutritive when compared to White Poha. Rich in Iron and Easy to Digest. I have it in stock all time so that I can make some quick and healthy break fast and dinner. This is something I tried out and it tasted yummy and filling too.

All you need is this Poha and little left over idly batter. Hope you like this recipe which wont take you more than 10 minutes to make. When you have to make something in a jiffy when some guests are there or as evening snacks for kids, you can go ahead and make these golden delights which are absolutely healthy.

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