August 22, 2017

Thenkuzhal | Thengozhal | Thengol - Video recipe

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ThenKuzhal literally translates to Honey Pipes ("Then" meaning Honey & "Kuzhal" meaning Pipe) .. though the names sounds like a sweet dish it is actually a Savoury Snack made using rice flour and Udad dhall flour . A very crunchy and melt in mouth snack which is why its called Honey Pipe. you can eat it seamlessly and effortlessly when you take bite.

Mucchore | Manam Kombu | Mullu Murukku - Video Recipe

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Mucchore (Kannada) ,Manam Kombu (Tamil) ,Mullu Murukku (Tamil) are all different names for a deep fried snack made using Moong Dhall flour and Rice flour.
In Kannada ,"Mucchore" means deep fried dough. Since we use butter to knead the dough for crispness,it is also called as "Benne Mucchore" ."Benne" meaning Butter
In Tamil "Mullu" means "Thorn" and Murukku is "Twist / Winding/Entangle" . Since ,we use a star shaped plate to press out this chakli,the shape of the chakli feels a little serrated and the shape is random as we just move the press in random order. Hence called as Mullu Murrukku since it resembles a "Bunch of Entangled Thorns".
"Manam" in Tamil is "Aroma" and "Kombu" is "Small Sticks" . This snack has a very nice aroma due to the moong dhall flour and with every bite we can feel the taste explicitly,hence aptly calle as "Manam Kombu" or " Aromatic Savoury Sticks"

Enjoy the video and make this crispy snack for evening Tea Time

Vaazhai Thandu Mor / Banana Stem Buttermilk

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Vaazhai Thandu in Tamil literally translates to Banana Stem 
("Vaazhai" meaning "Banana" & "Thandu" meaning "Stem")This part of the banana plant has a lot of natural fibre and helps in digestion and flushing out toxins from the body. wide usage of banana stem is to cure kidney stone as a home remedy. It is believed that drinking this juice dissolves the kidney stone and flushes it out. Banana stem can also be used for weight management

August 06, 2017

Avani Avittam / Upakarma

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Avani Avittam /Upakarma is the day when the men of the house change their Poonal/ Sacred thread .

This festival is celebrated on a Full Moon Day / Pournami in the holy month of Shravan by most of the Tamil /Kerala Brahmins who follow the Yajur Veda tradtion. Hence also known as Yajur Upakarma.

Some Brahmins who belong to the Rig Veda / Sama Veda tradition have a different day to perform the Upakarma.

The ladies of the house prepare a grand feast for the family.

The menu in most homes is a typical saatvik south indian lunch where in Onions and Garlic are avoided.
The elaborate lunch menu is mentioned below.

August 03, 2017

Aadi Perukku / Pathinettam perukku / Aadi 18am perukku

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Aadi perukku wishes to one and all.
"Perukku" in Tamil means "Manifold increase".  The rivers are upto the brim and flowing in full swing.

Aadi perukku is a Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of Tamil Month Aadi/Aashada. On this day we pay our gratitude and offer prayers to the Rivers whose water level start increasing during the monsoon season. It is believed that the water level starts rising from this month of Aashada with the onset of monsoon. People prepare a lot of variety rice like lemon rice,tamarind rice,coconut rice,sakkarai pongal,kalkandu saadham,curd rice etc. They picnic at the banks of the river with family after offering the prayers and enjoy the lunch with family and friends.

The prasadam generally is offered in odd number of preparation where in a sweet and curd rice is mandatory i.e items prepared are 3,5 ,7 or 9 in number
E.g. 1 sweet , 3 other variety rice (lemon rice , coconut rice , puliyogre) and curd rice
Or 1 sweet (kalkandu saadham/ sakkara Pongal / akkaravadisal) , 1 Savory mixed rice and the curd rice .

Recipe collection :
Click each link below for the detailed recipe.