June 21, 2023

Karpooravalli (Omavalli) neer mor / Indian Borage Buttermilk (Doddapathre neer majjige)

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 Karpooravalli / Omavalli / Ajwain patha /Indian Borage - are you hearing these names for the first time ? 

Well, this is a very traditional and medicinal herb used in Indian Cooking especially in the South.  This herb belongs to the mint family, but has a pungent and strong flavor resembling that off Thyme /Ajwain/ Omam.

A perennial plant and can be grown easily at home without any effort . The leaves are used in herbal drinks to treat indigestion, cold ,cough and also to boost overall immunity. 

Due to the pungent taste and the anti microbial properties possessed by Karpooravalli it is very effective to treat sore throat and sinusitis .

Also a mild diuretic , it helps in flushing out the toxins from the body and maintains good kidney health ,there by managing the body metabolism. 

As a kid ,I remember my mom would make me chew a small leaf especially in monsoon to keep me away from seasonal flu and stomach issues due to weather change . It is always good to incorporate such healthy and natural food in our day to diet to keep us safe and healthy.

When I found some fresh karpooravalli, I was intrigued to try Preethi's recipe of making karpooravalli Buttermilk/Neer Mor using this magical herb.

Preethi has used dried powder form of karpooravalli while I have used fresh leaves since I had an access to these . My friend's mom has it growing on her home garden and aunty was kind enough to get me some fresh and tender leaves .

Summer ,winter or monsoon buttermilk is a part of daily diet in our home and I keep experimenting with different flavors . If you also like buttermilk in various taste then you must try some of it 

Pudina Chaas 

Neer Mor  - Ramanavmi Special 

Vazhaithandu Mor (banana stem) 

Masala Chaas 

Preparation Time - 5 mins
Cooking Time  - Nil
Complexity - Nil
Serves - 2 to 3


2 to 3 fresh karpooravalli leaves
200ml thick yogurt
400ml water 
1/4 tsp finely chopped ginger
Salt to taste 
Pinch of kala namak (black salt)
Pinch of roasted jeera powder 


  • In a small blender ,blend the ginger ,karpooravalli leaves with little salt into a coarse paste.
  • Whisk the curd using an electric beater or manual whisk till it appears creamy.  
  • Add the ground paste, salt , black salt ,jeera powder and chilled water and whisk it again until it appears nice and frothy. Adjust salt based on your need.
  • Pour into glasses and enjoy with your meal or keep it refrigerated until your lunch time.

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June 16, 2023

Rose Gulkand Shrikhand | Gulkand Shrikand | Gulab Shrikhand

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 Rose Shrikand or Gulab shrikand is made using Gulkand and mild rose essence or rose syrup .

Gulkand is a delicious jam made from rose petals and sugar . Gulkand is an important ingredient while preparing masala paan (flavored betel leaf) or beeda as it is called in the South .

Shrikand is often served alongside the main course meal as an accompaniment to puris and hot parathas. Rose Shrikand is my next favorite after the classic flavors of Badam Elaichi Shrikand and Kesar Pista Shrikand .

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This gooey and sweet Gulkand along with mild rose essence is blend into the silky smooth hung curd to make the lipsmacking Gulkand Shrikand . Serve it along with some hot puris or parathas and you will relish the taste forever . 

The trick to making a silky smooth yogurt is getting hold of a perfect hung curd. To know how to make the best and perfect hung curd ,check my recipe below which has all the details.

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If you love this flavor of rose / gulkand ,then you must definitely check these recipes out 

Gulkand Milkshake

Rose Kulfi

Rose Thandai

Rose Milk

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Pre Preparation time - 2 to 5 hrs 
Cooking Time - Nil 
Actual Preparation - 5 mins 
Serves - 2 to 3


400ml thick yogurt or dahi or curd

2 tsp rose syrup 

2 to 3 tablespoons gulkand 

2 to 3 tsp  powdered  sugar (optional)

Preparation of Hung curd

Take a wide mixing bowl and place a strainer over it lined with a muslin cloth/ cotton cloth and pour the curd into the cloth . I have used shop bought thick curd for an even consistency. 

Bring the ends of the cloth together, squeeze it once and tie it very tightly . Place a heavy object over the tied cloth and leave the colander over the mixing bowl so that all the whey water will get collected in it . Keep squeezing the cloth occasionally to drain the excess water . Keep this set up inside the refrigerator so that the hung curd doesn't turn sour especially in summer .

After about 2 to 3 hrs , you can see all the whey collected in the bowl below and when you open the cloth all that is left is thick creamy mass which is hung curd . Squeeze it once again before removing it from the cloth to ensure there is no water content left.  When you touch the hung curd , it should appear thick and creamy without any excess water.  If you find it watery, leave it for somemore time in  the cloth with the weight on . 

Donot waste the collected whey, you can use it while kneading the dough for rotis or even to prepare buttermilk or Chaas

Preparation of Shrikhand

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  • Transfer the hung curd to a wide mixing bowl .Add in the gulkand , rose syrup. Powdered sugar may be added though it isn't necessary.    Gulkand as well as rose syrup will have sugar already added in them which is enough to give sweetness to the Shrikhand.
  • Mix well with a spoon until all the ingredients blend well . Keep it in the refrigerator for it to set well . 
  • Take it off the refrigerator just before serving and garnish with some chopped pistachios and some tutti fruity. 

June 06, 2023

Tomato Rice | Thakaali Saadham - Quick one pot vegan recipe

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 Thakali Saadham / Tomato Rice is a simple and delicious recipe from South India . It makes for a Quick fix lunch or dinner option and also apt to pack for lunch boxes . 

It is not a traditional recipe, hence each household may have different recipes to dish out this yummy Thakali saadham .

The main ingredient for this recipe are juicy and slightly tangy tomatoes for the extra punch. I use just basic spices and not much whole masalas/ garam masala . I like the rice to soak in the taste and flavor of tomatoes and chillies . 

If you like you may add some fried cashews or boiled peas while preparing the tomato rice . I add them depending on my family's request . 

My hubby loves to have his tomato rice with either Pattani (Peas) Masala or Potato Curry and some chilled raita/pachadi . Papads or fryums are an excellent addition as well . 

If packing for lunch , make sure you cool the rice completely and then pack it . If you pack it very hot ,there is a chance the rice may go bad especially in summer.  

I often make thakali saadham for dinner as it is a quick fix and I wont see fussy faces at home . As always, I realised that this delicious tomato rice wasn't on my blog and as a matter of coincidence our gourmet food group theme for this month was "cook what you like " .. Viola !! I got an opportunity to publish this recipe.  My partner Rafeeda has dished out a baked Pasta recipe and if you are a pasta lover, you must try it for sure .

Preparation Time- 10 mins
Cooking Time - 20 mins
Complexity - simple
Serves  - 2 to 3


2 cups rice (Basmati / Sona Masuri / any short grained rice ) 
3 to 4 medium sized tomatoes 
1 onion chopped (optional) [skip for jain and no onions no garlic recipe ] 
3 green chillies slit 
Few curry leaves 
Fresh corriander 
1 tsp mustard seeds 
1 tsp channa dal 
1 tsp udad dhal 
2 tsp corriander powder 
1/2 tsp jeera powder 
1/2 tsp chilli powder 
Pinch of turmeric powder 
Salt as  needed
2 tbsp cooking oil 
Pinch of sugar 


  • Wash the rice well and soak it for 10mins and then drain the water through a colander. 
  • Chop the tomatoes into medium sized chunks and finely chop the green chillies .
  • Heat the oil in a pressure cooker or pressure pan and crackle the mustard seeds followed by channa dal and udad dal until they turn crisp and golden brown . Saute onions if using until pick and translucent. 
  • Fry the green chillies,  curry leaves . Keep the flame on low and add the chopped tomatoes and  spice powders (haldi, red chilli powder, jeera powder and corriander powder ).
  • Saute the tomatoes well and sprinkle some water ..cook covered until the tomatoes turn mushy and soft . Continue cooking until the oil begins to separate.Add salt at this  stage along with some chopped corriander. 
  • Add water and bring to a boil . If using basmati rice use 1.5 cups water for 1 cup rice and if using sona masuri rice use 2 cups water for 1 cup rice.
  • Once the water begins to boil,add the drained rice,  Pinch of sugar and adjust salt if needed .
  • Close the pressure cooker and cook on medium flame for 2 whistles.  Let the pressure release naturally. 
  • Fluff it with a fork and add some ghee if not vegan and serve hot with raita ,papads and some gravy or curry .