I am proud to tell that I have completed 3yrs of blogging.

When the WordPress wish came I was immensely happy.

I take this opportunity to thank my fellow bloggers and my followers for their valuable comments. Then my family members ,my husband Guhan who is always very supportive.My daughter Sri Bala and son Girish who give me suggestions to improve.

Last year due to personal reasons I couldn’t blog regularly but I think this year I will be more active.

The response from many made me to continue my blogging also that was instrumental for me to write a book with101 household tips. That book too has a good response.

Above all my special thanks to WORDPRESS which plays an important role in my blogging journey.

Thank you one and all.

Cooking Recipes traditional cooking Uncategorized


Navaratri is close by so thought of posting a sundal recipe .This is slightly different from the regular method.This is very healthy evening time snack for children too.Very easy to prepare.


  • Peanut…….250 gms
  • Red chillies…2 or 3
  • Oil………2 TBS
  • Mustard seeds…..1/2 tsp
  • Urad dhal……..1 tsp
  • Coconut scrapings….2 TBS
  • Curry leaves few
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped 1 tsp
  • Salt as required
  • Sundal powder …1 tsp or 2 tsp
  • Onion chopped 1 tbs(optional)

For Powder

  • Coriander seeds….2 TBS
  • Channa dhal……..2 TBS
  • Red chillies………2 or 3
  • Dry roast all three and powder it.
  • Can keep in refrigerator for many days.
  • Method

1.Soak peanuts for few hours.

2.Pressure cook for 3 whistles.

3.In a kadai pour oil when heated add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal.

4.When it turns brown if you are adding onions add after putting red chillies then add curry leaves.

5. Add peanut to it then salt,two tsp of powder, coconut scrapings.

6. Finally add chopped coriander leaves.


Some will not use onion during Navaratri then u can skip that.

If u don’t want the powder u can increase the number of red chillies.

Some don’t likecoriander leaves if u don’t want can skip that too

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Potato fry is an all time favourite for many.This is an easy method and is prepared without boiling the potatoes. When it is crispy it tastes good.


  • Potatoes -1 Cup
  • Chilly powder_1/2 tsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Oil as needed
  • Mustard seeds_1/4 tsp
  • urad dhal_1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder_1/4 tsp
  • Chilly powder_1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves few
  • Coriander leaves chopped

Peel potatoes and keep in water for at least 15 Mts so that starch can be removed.And the fry will be crispy.


1.Cut potatoes into cubes and keep it in water.

2.Keep kadai and after heating add oil to it.

3.Add mustard seeds and when it splutters add urad dhal and when it turns brown add curry leaves.

4.Now add potatoes and turmeric powder fry for sometime.

5.After sometime add chilly powder and salt and fry.

6.Finally add chopped coriander leaves.

Can serve with rice.Goes best for rasam,damage and curd rice.



Kovaka also known as Tindora is a small green coloured vegetable.It is affordable,healthy and tasty one.It is a good source of fibre and other nutrients.This is a simple stir fry recipe.


  • Kovakai……..500 GM’s
  • Onion……1 or 2
  • Chilli powder……..1 to 2 TSP
  • Turmeric powder……..1/2 TSP
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt as required
  • Mustard seeds………1/4 TSP
  • Urad dhal………1/2 tsp


    1. Wash,drain and cut ivy guord into thin slices.
    2. Now add little salt and chilli powder and put in a sieve the vegetables and allow the water to come out.
    3. Heat little oil in a kadai.
    4. Add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal after few minutes add chopped onions.
    5. After few seconds add kovakkai and then required balance salt turmeric powder and chillipowder till it is done.

      If u don’t want to add onions u can leave it

      Watch “மொறுமொறு கோவைக்காய் வறுவல்/crispy ivy guord fry/ side dish for rice chapathi” on YouTube



      Life hacks

      1.When a drain is clogged with grease put a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda into the drain.Then poura kettle of boiling water.This will remove grease.

      2.Attached blouse pieces which come with sarees cannot be used.These blouse pieces can be used for stitching small pouches.

      3.With bathi’s asheswe can wipe brass handle it  will shine

      4. If children draw with wax crayons can blow with hair drier when it starts melting canrub it off easily.

      5.After using fevicol put few drops of water in it and store.

      6.If going to work that is paint or embroidery first wash and then draw the design and start working.

      7.For drawing kolams on tile floors we can use children’s crayons.


      Mixed vegetable fry

      An easy recipe with few vegetables.This stir fry can be done quickly.Basically a mixed vegetable thoran.It is nutritious and delicious can be done with a variety of vegetables here I have used cabbage,peas and carrot.


      • Mixed vegetables________3 cups
      • Shallots ___few or onion finely chopped.
      • Coconut_____grated 1/3 cup
      • Curry leaves ____a sprig
      • Green chillies_____2 chopped
      • Red chilly________1

      For tempering:

      • Oil______2 TBS
      • Mustard seeds 1/2 TSP
      • Urad dhal____1/2 TSp


      1. Boil vegetables and keep aside
      2. In a pan first put oil.
      3. Then add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal
      4. Add red chillies
      5. Now add chopped onion or shallots and green chillies to it and fry after adding curry leaves
      6. Add the boiled vegetables.
      7. Mix well and add salt and finally grated coconut to is ready.

      This is served as a side dish for lunch or dinner with rice and some curry.the vegetables can be chopped ,diced or grated.

      Another option is that can add vegetables without boiling and fry sprinkling water and dry  fry it with a generous àmout of coconut.



      A bachelor’s receive from me.An easy breakfast or evening snack.Also lunch box special.


      • Bread slices______6 to 8 
      • Oil________________3tbs
      • Onion_____________2
      • Green chillies _____2
      • Capsicum__________1 or 2
      • Tomato____________2
      • Red chilly powder___1/2 TSP
      • Mustard seeds_______1/4 TSP
      • Urad dhal____________1/2 TSP
      • Turmeric powder____1/4tsp
      • Lemon juice_________1/2 TSP
      • Sambarpowder/garam masala powder1/2 to 3/4 TSP(optional)
      • Coriander leaves finely chopped
      • Ginger garlic paste___1/2 TSp

      Slice onions,cut tomatoes and capsicum.

      If you are adding other vegetables cut it if adding potato par boil and add it.


      1.First toast bread slices on a tawa and cut into pieces.

      2.In a kadai put oil in it.

      3.Add mustard seeds after  it spluters add urad dhal.

      4.First add sliced onions saute a little then add tomatoes when tomatoes are half done add capsicum.If you are adding other veggies add now.

      5.Now add red chilly powder,ginger garlic paste,turmeric powder,garam masala powder and required salt and fry then add lemon juice.

      6.When it is done finally add bread slices.

      7Mix well add chopped coriander leaves.


      • Can add ghee and csahews while giving for kids.
      • Can add sambar powder instead of garam masala powder.
      • Can skip both powders and do as regular upma.

      Lunch box special, kids friendly, breakfast receive, evening snack receive,bachelor’s recipe.Indian cooking

      Cooking Recipes indian Uncategorized

      Jackfruit seed stir fry/Palakottai Porial

      Pala kottai poriyal is another traditional recipe .Simple and easy recipe with easily available ingredient.After eating the fruit the seeds can be used for cooking.we can use the seeds in sambar,cook it with other vegetable while preparing avial,roast it and can also be cooked with raw fruit

      For preparation:

      First remove seed from the fruit.Then from the seedremove the outer white skin from the seed.We can apply oil in our hands.Then cut the seeds I two..we can cook it separately or else can cook while cooking riceIf it is tender 2 or 3 whistles is enough or else few more whistles.


      Palakottai…,25 nos

      Mustard seeds…….3/4 tsp

      Urad dhal…….1/2 TSP

      Onion ………2

      Curry leaves……..few

      Chilly powder……1 to 2 TSP

      Salt as required


      Coconut scrapings……1 to 2 TBS.


      1. Heat oil in a kadai.
      2. Add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal fry till it turns brown
      3. Add chopped onions and fry then add curry leaves.
      4. Now add chilli powder salt as needed.
      5. Fry a little add palakottai which are boiled
      6. When everything mixes well add coconut scrapings

      Side dish for to cook palakottai,jackfruit seed stir fry.

      Cooking Recipes indian Uncategorized


      Another lunch box recipe from me.This is South Indian style,simple and easy recipe.Mint is a good source of vitamins and iron.I have used coriander leaves too.


      For grinding:

      • Mint leaves……. 1/2 to 3/4 cup
      • Coriander leaves…….1/2 cup
      • Green cillies……..2 or 3
      • Red chillies…….2
      • Garlic pods………4 or 5pods
      • Onions.,… 2 or 3 or shallots few
      • Ginger…….a small piece
      • Coconut scrapings 1 TBS.(optional)

      Cooked rice 1 cup

      For frying:

      • Ghee or oil…….1 to 2 TBS.
      • Bay leaf……..1
      • Cashews ……..a few
      • Bengal gram dhal…….1 TBS.
      • Mustard seeds …….1/2 TSP
      • Urad dhal………1 tsp

      Juice of half lemon.


      1. In a kadai pour oil for frying.
      2. Now add red chillies,green chillies,garlic and onion fry for rew seconds. If you are adding coconut add now. Then add mint and coriander leaves and fry.
      3. When cool grind it into a fine paste.Keep aside.
      4. Now in a kadai add ghee if for small children or oil.
      5. Put bay leaf and mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal then Bengal gram dhal and then cashews .
      6. Add sliced onions (optional).
      7. Now add the ground paste and fry till the raw smell goes.
      8. Add salt and finally cooked rice.
      9. Mix well.

      Serve with onion raitha.

      Can add any vegetables like carrots or peas to enhance the nuritive value.


      Onion tomato kootu.


      Among kootu varieties this is one.This is simple and easy recipe common in SouthIndia.It is very nutritious too.Best for rice.

      Onion _____2
      Coconut scrapings____3 tbs
      Yellow moong dhal____1/3rd cup
      Turmeric_____ 1/4 TSP
      Mustard seeds___1/4 TSP
      Urad dhal________1 TSP
      Green chillies_____4
      Cumin seeds_____1/2 TSP
      Garlic___3to4 pods anf
      Salt as needed

      1.Pressure cook the dhal  with turmeric powder and keep aside.
      2.Heat oil in a kadai add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal when it turns brown add onions.Fry a little add tomato and fry for sometime add little water and cook for sometime.Add required amount of salt.
      3.When it is cooked add cooked  dhal to it.
      4.Grind coconut,cumin seeds,green chillies and garlic pods into fine paste.Cook till raw smell  goes.

      Optional can use green tomato (unripe tomatoes) without onions.
      Increase or decrease the quantity of tomatoes and onion according to individual taste.
      Serve this with rice.