Friday, November 25, 2016

Tapioca Sweet and Savory Pancakes / Maravalli Kizhangu Inipu Adai, Kara Adai

This is my Mom's Signature recipe and my family's ever favorite which I had mentioned in my earlier post on my version of this delicacy here Golden Delights - Tapioca Sweet Paniyaram. This time I am sharing the original recipe from my Mom, both the Sweet and Savory Versions. This recipe is a must to have on Karthigai Deepam neivedhyam at my Mom's Place and I do follow that every year. A must to try recipe during Tapioca Season.

Here you go for the recipe directly, as I have mentioned about the nutritive aspects of Tapioca/Maravalli Kizhangu/ Kuchi Kizhangu / Kappa in my earlier post.

Happy Cooking :) 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Methi Leaves Lemon Rasam / Vendhaya Keerai Elumichai Rasam

For this week's Organic Kitchen, am going to share an excellent recipe with home grown Methi Leaves and Lemon. Its a very simple Rasam recipe but has huge health benefits. Methi Leaves are easy to grow in even your kitchen in a small container. It is good to include Methi leaves into our diet regularly to keep our system hale and healthy.

Methi / Fenugreek leaves are  used in treating Gastro Intestinal issues, as well as allergies or congestion of the upper respiratory zone.It also has great effect on the blood lipid levels and reduces the risk of atherosclerosis. Also it is well proven that Fenugreek lowers blood sugar levels of Type II diabetics by a huge percentage.It is rich in fibre and also nutrients that promote hair growth.

Here you go for the recipe:

Step By Step 

Happy Cooking :) 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Angaya Podi / Angaya Rice Mix - A Must Have Medicinal Recipe

This week for Organic Kitchen, am sharing a very healthy, medicinal and must to have recipe in every household. If we have this on a regular basis, we can get rid off many of the health issues, be it digestion related or any bodily infections. Even it is good for Cold and Fever. I always stock this powder, and a spoon of this with a dollop of home made ghee or gingelly oil mixed to hot rice before we take our lunch, greatly improves digestion. This is one of the long forgotten recipes of Tamil Cuisine and it is an integral part of Pathiya Saapadu for women post delivery. It has all the herbally nutritive ingredients that helps to heal us internally and flush out toxins off our system. There are various versions of this recipe available with Manithakkali Vathal, Kandanthippili etc., I have given here a very basic recipe with ingredients that are easily available.

Here is the recipe:


 Step By Step 

Happy Cooking :) 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mooligai Kashayam / Herbal Concoction

Its Thursday again and it calls for some organic recipes. Being very weak and dull due to bad Cold and Flu which I contracted two days before, I thought its best time to share the Herbal Concoction which we normally consume during such illness. Not only my Grandma, my Mother in law as well recommends this rather allopathy medicines. So its more a family recipe and here I have enhanced it with Lemon Grass which is not a part of the original recipe of my grandma. I have carefully selected all the ingredients and almost 80% of them being home grown, including Pepper. This concoction is very effective in treating Cold and Cough and gives a great relief from nasal irritation, body pain and high temperature which are the symptoms of flu. The weather that prevails is not so conducive and we are prone to flu and cold. Hope this recipe comes handy and on time.

To list out few among the enormous benefits of the ingredients I have used in this recipe ;

Karpooravalli is very effective in treating common cold that too in children. Consuming fresh leaves will also gives a great relief. Also it helps in treating constipation.As per Ayurveda, Tulsi has lots of potent germicidal, fungicidal, anti-bacterial and anti-biotic properties that aids in treating all kinds of fever, be it caused due to common infections to those caused due to malaria as well.Again it has anti fertility properties, hence recommended in moderate doses in women.

Karunthulasi is an excellent herb that improves the immune system and helps in developing resistance against common cold and fever. It strengthens the Lungs and protects it from dehydration due to cold. It treats Sinusitis as well.

Black pepper is as an effective natural remedy to prevent cough and cold. It is loaded with lots of essential nutrients like vitamin C, flavonoids, antioxidants and it has antibacterial properties.It loosens up the phlegm and helps us to breath easily.

Neem flower is known for its anti-bacterial property which helps in curing allergic cold.It also helps in blood detoxification and purifies the body internally, for any infections.It improves blood circulation and improves immunity.

Lemongrass is a miraculous herb which has many beneficial medicinal properties.Lemongrass has antibacterial and anti fungal properties that helps our body fight against coughs, fever and other cold and flu symptoms. It has lots of vitamin C that boosts our immune system to fight the infection.Lemongrass oil to relieve pain in muscles and joints, as well as headaches resulting from a cold or the flu.
It is very effective in breaking down mucus and phlegm buildup, which can alleviate problems with breathing.No wonder it is referred to as Fever Grass.

Cumin is rich in Vitamin C and has anti-fungal properties. These help to cure cold and other respiratory problems.

Coriander seeds contain nearly 30% of the everyday recommended measure of vitamin C for our body, which helps in curing cold and flu.

Betel leaf is very helpful in treating respiratory problems. It helps to treat cough and cold. It gives much relief from chest and lung congestion and asthma. It even helps to cure breathing problems. It is loaded with antibiotics that ease phlegm and also reduce the inflammation caused due to constant coughing.

Dry Ginger is well known for its  curative properties and is effective against Common Cold and Sinusitis.

Palm Jaggery is a cleansing agent for our body and effectively cleans the respiratory tracts.It is used since ancient times to treat problems like dry cough, common cold and asthma.

Turmeric powder is an effective home remedy for chronic cough, cold and throat irritations. It is very effective in treating asthma.

Here is the recipe :

Have a Healthy Week :) 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Baby Jackfruit Masala / Palakaai Masala

Palakaai Masala / Baby Jackfruit Masala is a Chettinaad special which I learnt from my mother. Even she does a flavourful Kuzhambu with this. Baby Jackfruit resembles Mutton Pieces in texture and it is called as the Vegetarian's Meat by my Mom :) Happy to share another recipe of her in my space.

Here is the recipe:

Happy Cooking :) 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Karupu Ulundhu Vendhaya Kali

Am going to share my ever favorite, healthy and long forgotten recipe from my Grandma's Recipes. This one being a regular food atleast once in a week, especially on the days when we take Oil bath. Also it is given to girl children when they attain puberty to strengthen their hip bones and it is considered to be a high protein food. Yes it is, Karupu Ulundhu Vendhaya Kali.This recipe has the unique blend of Blackgram, Fenugreek, Palm Jaggery and Sesame oil which makes it a nutritious, wholesome food.

Black gram has protein, fat, and carbohydrates which is required by our body. It is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B. It is also good for women as it has iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium which makes it a healthy pulse. It is rich in fibre which makes it easy to digest and benefits the health as it is good for the heart. Consumption of Black gram helps to reduce cholesterol and improves cardiovascular health.

Fenugreek contains wide variety of beneficial nutrients, including iron, magnesium, manganese, and copper, as well as vitamin B6, protein, and dietary fiber. Fenugreek also contains a number of powerful phytonutrients. It is known to control Diabetes and reduces the risk of Cardiovascular diseases.It is good for lactating mothers and also those who are in menopause phase. It also reduces the risk of colon cancer. It has high amount of dietary fibre (98%) and Protein (46%).

Sesame seed oil is a potent antioxidant and one of the healthiest alternatives to normal vegetable oil options.It is rich in zinc, which is one of the most important minerals in the body for your skin.It contains a wide range of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including sesamol and sesamin and thereby keep the cardiovascular system balanced and cholesterol levels low. Hence it reduces the risk of atherosclerosis.It has abundance of copper, zinc, and calcium, and these three minerals are integral to bone growth in the body. It prevents the incidence of Osteoporisis on ageing.Helps in better Skin and Hair health and prevents Colo Rectal Cancer.

Palm jaggery is rich in essential minerals. According to some studies, it has 60 times more minerals than white sugar. It is also the storehouse of many vitamins.Regular consumption increases hemoglobin level and treats anemia. It is rich in Magnesium, which regulates the nervous system. High antioxidant content of this natural sweetener helps to protect body cells from damages caused by free radicals. It is equally rich in calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.

We can keep listing out the humongous benefits of this recipe...It is also recommended for Kids from 5 years of age.

Here you go for the recipe

Step By Step Illustration

Happy Cooking :) 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Arcot Special - Makkan Peda

I still couldn't believe that my tiny little space has got 99 recipes in it and am too excited to post my 100th recipe here today. When I was thinking on what to post special for this milestone, this is one special sweet that came to my mind, as it has been a family favorite and my hubby loves this. He, being the key person behind this blog space and a great lover of sweets, I ended up making this delicacy as my 100th post..Yes it is Makkan Peda, a specialty of Arcot. I got introduced to this sweet by my beloved brother and friend, Billy who is from Ranipet. He often gets me this and another specialty of theirs, Malai Kaja. Am overwhelmed that I could recreate the recipe at home today. I take this opportunity to thank you all who encourage me and support me, without which I may not have reached this.

Here is the recipe :)

Happy Cooking :) Would love to hear the feed backs :)