01 August, 2013

Brinjal Curry/Kathirikai Curry

South indian style Brinjal curry, which will go well with  all types of rice and Tiffins like chapthi/Idli/Dosa. Use small brinjal for this type of Gravies.Recipe from Vahchef, i  changed  some to my taste.


  1. Brinjal/Kathirikai- 8 to 10 small sized
  2. Onion-1/2 medium sized chopped
  3. Tomato-2 nos chopped
  4. Garlic- 2nos
  5. Red Chilly - 4 nos
  6. Coriander seeds - 3 teaspoon 
  7. Kas kas- 1teaspoon
  8. Dry Coconut- 1/4 th cup
  9. Tamarind juice-1/4 cup
  10.  Salt- To taste
  11. Hing
  12. Turmeric powder
  13. Curry leaves-few
  14. Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  15. Oil

  1. Wash and wipe the brinjal. Then make a slits in bottom and pan fry it for 2 mins and keep aside.
  2. Add some oil in same pan,put red chilly ,peppercorns, coriander seeds,kas kas and garlic ,fry in medium flame till nice aroma.
  3. Now add Onion saute it for 2 to 3 mins.
  4. Then goes tomato ,saute it for 2 mins in low flame.Take out the mixture in a bowl , allow to cool down completely.
  5. Roast the coconut for few mins or till it gets nice golden brown color.Grind the coconut with onion tomato mixture.Add some water while grinding.
  6. Now heat a kadai with oil, add mustard and curry leaves.Splutter it.
  7. Pinch some hing.Add the ground paste,mix well.
  8. Pour tamarind juice , add salt and turmeric powder.Add some water at this stage, cover with lid and cook for 5 mins in low flame.Check periodically it may stick at the bottom.
  9. After 5 to 10 mins of low flame cooking you can find some oil's losing out from the curry.That means the curry's ready.Serve hot with white rice/Roti/Dosai etc., 
  • If you use little more oil to the curry it'll taste delicious.
  • You can skip adding tomato's, add some more tamarind juice to the curry.
Recipe's off the Vegan Thursday started by Priya.


28 June, 2013

Paruppu Thovaiyal/Paruppu Thogayal

Quick and simple side dish for white rice and variety rice.Just need few ingredients to make this Thovaiyal. We like it a lot, with a variety rice.Try this combo and drop your comments!!Happy Weekend guys :) 


  1. Kadali Paruppu/Chana dal-5 tablespoon
  2. Urad dal-2 tablespoon
  3. Garlic pods- 2 small nos.
  4. Red Chilly- 4 nos
  5. Pepper corns- 1/4 teaspoon 
  6. Hing- little
  7. Shredded coconut- 1/2 cup 
  8. Oil- 1 teaspoon
  9. Salt- As required
  10. Water- Very little

  1. Heat oil in the pan,once its enough heat add in red chilies, pepper corn,garlic and hing.Saute it in flow flame for 30 to 40 sec.
  2. Now add the kadali parrupu and urad dal to it.Saute it till gets golden color and nice aroma.Fry it about 1 to 2 mins in low flame
  3. Then add the coconut,saute it for 1 more min.
      4.Switch of the stove, transfer the mixture in to plate.Allow to cool down completely before grinding.
      5.Add salt to the mixture.Grind with out water first,then add a little water to it.Don't pour the water., just
       drop a little by little.Grind the thovaiyal in a stiff consistency.
      6. That's it Paruppu Thovaiyal's ready.Serve it with any variety rice or plain rice.

    27 June, 2013

    Vengaya Poondu Kuzhambu/Onion Garlic Curry

    1. Small onion/Shallots-10 nos
    2. Garlic-10 nos
    3. Tamarind - a Small size
    4. Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon
    To Temper :
    1. Gingelly oil- 2 table spoon
    2. Mustard- 1 teaspoon
    3. Hing- Pinch
    4. Curry leaves - few
    Dry roast and grind:
    1. Jeera-2 teaspoon
    2. Coriander seeds- 2teaspoon
    3. Pepper corns-4 nos
    4. Methi seeds- 1/2 teaspoon 
    5. Red Chilly -3 nos
    Dry roast above items till get nice aroma and changes in color slightly. Transfer in to a plate .Add half teaspoon of oil in a same pan, then add below items, roast and grind with above ingredients.Add little water to get smooth grinding. Roast till coconut gets brown color.
    1. Shredded Coconut- 4 tablespoon
    2. Onion/Shallots-4 nos

    1. Heat oil in the pan.Splutter mustard ,curry leaves and hing.
    2. Then goes onion and garlic together,stir well it both changes in color.It takes about 1-2 mins in medium flame.
    3. Now add the coconut~spice ground mixture.Add water ,stir it well.Boil for 3 mins.Add salt and turmeric powder.
    4. Take out juice from tamarind. Add the tamarind extract,boil it for another 4-5 min in low flame.
    5. Heat teaspoon of oil and add on the top of Kuzhambu for more appetite.This step is optional. 
    6. That's it now Onion garlic Kuzhambu 's ready.Serve it hot with steamed rice.

    • Can make this Kuzhambu with regular onions/big onions.
    • Add few chunks of tomato after the onion ,reduce the tamarind amount.

    This Recipe of to Vegan Thursday,

    Announcing Vegan Thursdays

    We a group of food bloggers started a new event and named it as Vegan Thursdays, this event starts from today. The main motto of this event is to share vegan dishes from any cuisine. Most of our Indian foods are vegan, obviously most of our daily routine foods we make or eat are vegan without our knowledge. 


    Veganism means abstaining from the use of animal products  Vegan peoples don't use dairy products,eggs,and any other animal derived substances like honey in their cooking.So we a bunch of food bloggers will be showcasing our vegan foods during Thursdays  this event will held twice a month. We will be posting the first week's thursday and last week's thursday of every month. This Vegan Thursday don't have any theme and the choice of the recipes prepared by each blogger being part of this event depend upon their choice.

    Anyone interested in joining us, please leave your email id in the comment section and we will contact you.

    Vegan Thursdays members are:
    1) Sangee  of  Spicy Treats
    2) Manjula of Desi Fiesta
    3) Nalini of Nalini's Kitchen
    4) Vardhini  of Cooksjoy
    5) Viji  of Virunthu Unna Vanga
    6) Divya of Divya's Culinary Journey
    7) Priya  of Priya's Versatile Recipes
    8)Nayana of Nayana's Kitchen Kreations
    9)Suji of EasyCooking
    10) Krithi Karthi of Krithi's Kitchen
    11)Laxmi of Samayal Diary
    12)Menaga of Sashiga
    13)Namitha Tiwari of Ambrosia
    14)Avika Nair of A day through my life
    15)Sowjany Alok of Sowjhomekitchen
    16)Sandhya Ramakrishnan of My Cooking Journey
    17)Archana of Tangyminds.
    18)The Yogi Vegetarian of the yogi vegetarian
    19)Priya R of Cook Like Priya
    20)Shama of  Shama's Easy 2 Cook Recipes
    21)Priya Satheesh of Food Lovers
    22)Sowmya of Nivedhanam
    23)Ramya Krishnamurthy of LemonKurry.
    24)Saranya of Sarani's Kitchen
    25)Nupur of UK,Rasoi and Me
    26) Babitha Costa of Babi's Recipes
    27)Mina Joseph of My Cook World.
    28)Prethika of Aromatic Recipes.
    29)Prabha Mani of Prabha's Cooking.