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MURUNGA KEERAI VARUMARISI ADAI (RICE PANCAKES WITH MORINGA LEAVES)

MURUNGA KEERAI VARUMARISI ADAI (RICE PANCAKES WITH MORINGA LEAVES)

Varumarisi Adai literally translates to pancakes made of just rice. Rice is soaked and ground into a smooth batter with a little water and salt. Murunga keerai or Moringa leaves is added and mixed well. The thick batter is then ladled onto a hot griddle and turned into delicious and nutritious Adai or pancakes.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Today marks a new chapter in my life. I’m starting a one-year program on Functional Medicine at the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA) Functional Medicine (FM) is a relatively new field of study, one that is unconventional and holistic in it’s approach to medicine. It is 

MURUNGAI ILAI MOLAGOOTAL|DRUMSTICK LEAVES/MORINGA LEAVES STEW

MURUNGAI ILAI MOLAGOOTAL|DRUMSTICK LEAVES/MORINGA LEAVES STEW

Murungai Ilai/Drumstick leaves/Moringa leaves Molagootal is what healthy and wholesome dreams are made up of. The leaves are separated from the stem and cooked in a little water, turmeric, and salt, a handful of cooked toor-dal is added followed by a mixture of coconut ground along with a little roasted urad dal and red chillies and the deal is sealed with a flourish of mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves tempered in coconut oil.

RED COCONUT CHUTNEY

RED COCONUT CHUTNEY

Chutney is a popular Indian condiment that comes in countless flavors, forms, and textures. the dish is simply a matter of crushing and bringing together a bunch of ingredients and flavors. In it’s present form, coconut and red chillies are ground and seasoned to make this bright and delicious chutney

ARISI UPMA KOZHAKATTAI|PIDI KOZHAKATTAI

ARISI UPMA KOZHAKATTAI|PIDI KOZHAKATTAI

Arisi Upma Kozhakkatai or Pidi Kozhakkatai is a lesser-known gem in the traditional South-Indian breakfast item arena. Pidi means to grasp or hold and so these are twice-cooked savory dumplings that are made up of rice, lentils and seasoning and hand-moulded into their oblong persona.

ELAVAN MOLAGOOTAL (ASH GOURD STEW)

ELAVAN MOLAGOOTAL (ASH GOURD STEW)

Molagootal is a healthy, wholesome and honest dish that is made up of vegetables, lentils and coconut. In today’s version, the star vegetable is White pumpkin/Ash gourd/Elavan.

PANDEMIC HAIKU

PANDEMIC HAIKU

Love is in the airA lone heart on my plateBridge over troubled water

MATHAN KOOTU/ RED PUMPKIN CURRY

MATHAN KOOTU/ RED PUMPKIN CURRY

Thickly cubed pumpkin is stewed in salt, water, jaggery and turmeric powder, thickened with a fine puree of coconut and red chillies and finished off with a tempering of mustard seeds, curry leaves and a lone red chilli.

COCONUT CHUTNEY

COCONUT CHUTNEY

A delicious breakfast side, grated coconut is ground along with green chillies salt and hing and finished off with a seasoning of mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves and red chili.

Ashoka Halwa /Moong Dal Halwa

Ashoka Halwa /Moong Dal Halwa

A luscious and soul-satisfying South-Indian dessert made up of yellow moong dal/lentils, sugar and ghee and finished off with a garnish of toasted cashews and raisins