Thenkuzhal

Thenkuzhal murukku –  a classic South Indian deep-fried snack usually prepared around festivals.

Iyengar Tamilian Thenkuzhal Murukku Recipe with Step by Step pictures by foodomania.com

I have fond memories of eating the thenkuzhal dough year after year during Diwali. Yeah, I’m a dough-eater. Don’t judge, okay? Sometimes, dough tastes amazing! And so does the end dish of the dough.

We make this snack about once or twice a year during festivals (most commonly during Diwali). We would make it more often, but the lengthy process often stops us from making the extra effort more frequently. Once in a while though – I urge you to try this snack – for this is a great one to have in your culinary repertoire.  (more…)

Jeera Rasam

South Indian Jeera Rasam – Have it as a soup or with rice

Jeera Rasam Recipe | Pepper Cumin Seeds Rasam (Spicy South Indian Soup) - Foodomania.comJeera Rasam particularly makes me feel good when I have a cold. It is a spicy tamarind based soup flavored with cumin, and hence the name Jeera Rasam (Cumin Seeds Soup). You’ll be surprised to discover just how easy and quick it is to make this soup. It also takes only a handful of ingredients to make. Rasam Powder blend is readily available in the market or you can make your own at home.

You can drink this as a hot and clear soup. Or you can add some hot rice to it and serve with some stir-fried veggies like eggplant or okra or potatoes.     (more…)

Paruppu Podi – Spicy Lentil Chutney Powder

Paruppu Podi with Hot Rice and a hint of Ghee is a wholesome meal.

Paruppu Podi Recipe | South Indian Spicy Lentil Chutney Powder Recipe | Foodomania.com

Paruppu podi is a spicy lentil-based chutney powder eaten with hot rice and a hint of ghee. Paruppu literally translates to lentil and Podi is powder. Blends like this, Curry Leaves Powder and Milagai Podi come in handy when you are pressed for time or are in no mood to cook. All you have to do is cook some rice / reheat leftover rice, add a dash of Ghee (optional) and as much or as little of this chutney powder, mix and eat!

You can adjust the blend to suit your taste-buds. This is my Ma’s recipe.    (more…)

South Indian Brinjal Stir Fry

Simple brinjal stir fry cooked with onions to have as a side to South Indian rice dishes.

Brinjal Stir Fry with Onions Recipe | South Indian Side Dishes | Foodomania.com

Many people I know despise brinjal (or eggplant). I don’t really get it. I particularly love this version of a brinjal stir fry because it pairs up really well with rice and sambar / rasam / curd. Of course, if you’re a fan of mildly spiced vegetables with a south Indian spin on flavors, then you could eat this with pretty much anything else (bread / roti / rice etc.)

Prepping the brinjal / eggplant is easy. Make sure you use fresh produce, as that is the best possible way to avoid bitter eggplants. There is really no other universal way of knowing if your eggplants are bitter or not. The older an eggplant gets, meaning the more time that’s passed since harvesting, the more bitter it becomes. Another trick I’ve found works is to soak the sliced pieces in warm salted water for 10-15 minutes.    (more…)