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Badam halwa, is a popular dessert in Southern Part of India. We can make halwa with carrot, beetroot, pumpkin and many other ingredients. But Badam Halwa is the superior variety of all halwa dishes. Badam halwa is a delicious desert made with puréed almonds, butter/ ghee (clarified butter) and sugar. Badam Halwa is high in nutrition and gives strength to the body, It is also good for pregnant ladies and newly delivered mom. Almond is one of the healthy nut which is very good for all of us. 

Kalikanji dosa is a famous dish in down south in Tamilnadu. It is a very delicious dosa variety and easy to make. We make kanji out of the rice batter and hence we call it as Kalikanji dosa. Also this dosa is in white color. For appam, we used to make very very thick kanji like a kali format. But for this kalikanj, the kanji should be little thick like a koozh with pouring consistency. This kanji will give a little sourness to the dosa as we are not going to keep the batter for fermentation process. We can't categorize this dosa as instant but this is one of the easiest breakfast dish which we can make quickly.

This is another method of making delicious Pickle using Mahali root. I have already given the nutrition benefit of Mahali root in my other method for which we can refer to Mahali Root curd pickle. This is the sour version of Mahali root where we are going to use lemon juice, lemon bits and green chillies. Lets see how to make this delicious Mahali Root (Sarasaparilla) Sour Pickle (Mahali Kizhangu Pulippu Oorgaai Recipe) now...

I have explained about the nutritional benefits of Saamai (Little Millet) in Little millet Kichadi Recipe. Such a nutritional rich millet should be included frequently in our diet. This time, I have used this Saamai to make a very tasty payasam. This payasam is same as our conventional Paal Payasam (Milk+Rice Kheer), but instead of rice, I have used Saamai. The payasam was exceptionally tasty and healthy too. So try this healthy and tasty Saamai Paal Payasam (Little Millet Kheer) and enjoy with your family!!!

Aloo Peas Masala Curry is a popular chaat dish in any restaurant or office pantries. We can also use this as gravy for any Indian Breads. My daughter's Hindi Tution teacher served this Aloo Peas Masala curry once when I went to her home. It was so delicious and immediately I asked her to share the recipe. I followed her procedure and made this yummy Aloo Peas Masala curry and it turned out awesome. It was so delicious and my family enjoyed this yummy evening chaat. We can also serve this curry with any Indian Breads!!!

We can make many wonderful dishes using healthy Little Millet (Saamai). One such yummy dish is Saamai Kichadi. Saamai can be easily substituted for white rice. In addition to little millet benefits, we are going to make it much more healthier by adding lots of vegetables.I have also added sprouted green gram which adds more nutrition to the dish. We can also add green peas instead of sprouted green gram. Mostly kids doesn't show interest to eat sprouted moong. So I make sure the nutrition in sprouted moong reach the kids by including the sprouted moong in other dishes instead of giving them raw. But this is totally optional. Rawa kichadi is a popular dish in Southern India especially in tamilnadu. Instead of usual rawa kichadi or rice kichadi, we can make this healthy little millet (Saamai) kichadi. Try this healthy and tasty Little Millet Kichadi and share your experience!!!

Mango Ginger (Curcuma amada Roxb.) is a unique spice having resemblance with ginger but imparts a raw mango flavour. The main use of mango ginger is in the manufacture of pickles and culinary preparations. Ayurveda and Unani medicinal systems have given much importance to mango ginger as an appetizer, many other uses to cure itching, skin diseases, bronchitis, asthma, hiccough and inflammation due to injuries. 

Such medicinal benefits mango ginger has. Now its Mango ginger season and hence I love to make mango ginger thokku and my family enjoys this pickle very much. This Mango Ginger Pickle (Maa Inji thokku) is very easy to make and very tasty too. We can eat more quantity of curd rice if served with Maa Inji Thokku. Try this yummy thokku and share your experience!

Yet another yummy Variety rice menu for this week. Very frequently we are doing traditional or conventional sambar or kuzhambu varieties and sometimes we get bored of it. Variety rices relish our tongue whenever we are bored of conventional menu. The first dish that comes to our mind when we think of variety rice is lemon rice or tamarind rice. But instead of conventional rice varieties, Vaangi bath is a wonderful rice variety. The best accompaniment for vaangibath is papad or chips. I have got Onion Vadam (Vengaya Vadagam) from my MIL, It was perfect for vaangibath. Along with vaangi bath, I have made coconut rice with aviyal. This is another combo which is so delicious. Coconut rice would be dry and hence aviyal or other vegetable stew would be a best accompaniment. Finally favourite curd rice with Mor Milagai. Mor Milagai is a wonderful combination for curd rice. This is one of the perfect lunch menu your family would surely love! Try this menu and share your experience!

Kara Chutney, a popular dish in Chettinad cuisine. kara chutney is a great combination for many SouthIndian Breakfast dishes like Idli, Dosa and many more dishes. But it is perfect accompaniment for Kanchipuram Idli. It is generally served like piping hot with Kanchipuram Idli. In Pantry, its being served like piping hot and my husband loves the combination of Kanchipuram Idli and Kara Chutney. Try this combination and you would surely love it!

Yet another variety of Idly but very delicious and easy to prepare. A slight variation from the usual idly. The cumin seeds, Ginger powder and pepper gives a distinct flavour to this idly. Try this out and I hope you will start making this regularly as this will be liked by all the family members. The best accompaniment for Kanchipuram Idli is Kara Chutney. My son love this combination and hence I often do this dish in my kitchen. Try this Kanchipuram Idli and Kara Chutney Combo and share your experience!

This week, another healthy and simple menu. Curry leaves kuzhambu with kambu rasam and snakegourd kootu. This is menu has lots of medicinal benefits along with their wonderful taste. Each dish has its own nutritional benefits. Curry leaves is a very healthy green. We all know it is a great remedy for treating premature hair greyness. Many kids and even the adults have a practice to discard these curry leaves from the dishes. So I would advice you all to make curry leaves kuzhambu atleast once a week, so that we can ensure it is being consumed by our family without being discarded.

Aval Pori and Nel Pori are the two traditional neivedhyam dishes prepared on the auspicious occasion of Thirukarthigai/Karthigaideepam. Puffed rice mixed with jaggery syrup along with cardamom and coconut pieces, is a wonderful sweet dish. Apart from Vella seedai, vellai appam, milagu adai, pori urundai is an important neivedhyam for Karthigai Deepam festival.

Maavilakku Mavu (Maa Vilakku Mavu) is an auspicious rice flour lamp made with rice flour and jaggery during Tamil Month Thai, Aadi and also during Karthigai Deepam festival. It is a family custom for many of you to offer Maavilakku during these auspicious occasions. My mother and MIL doesn't have this tradition, but my sister's in-laws has this tradition and she started following. I heard from her that even for Karthigai Deepam, they used to make Maavilakku Mavu deepam along with other diyas. So I learnt from her how to make this auspicious rice flour lamp.
Maavilaku Mavu Recipe | Maa Vilakku Mavu Recipe | Karthigai Deepam Recipes
Maavilaku Mavu Recipe | Maa Vilakku Mavu Recipe | Karthigai Deepam Recipes

Also Many people have a tradition of making Foxtail Millet with honey lamp and offer that to Lord Muruga. You can look here how to make Foxtail millet with honey (I have made balls out of foxtail millet and honey, we can make a big ball and make a dent in the middle and pour ghee and lit the lamp.

Milagai Bajji ( Chilli / Mirchi Bajji) is one of the popular tea time snack in many parts of Southern India especially in Tamilnadu. Most of the office pantries, road side shops, tea stalls, and almost all restaurants serve this crispy and spicy Milagai Bajji. It is a perfect tea time chaat / snack. 


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