Mullu Murukku / Manamkombu

South Indians usually make this Mullu Murukku on special occasions.

Mullu Murukku Recipe - Iyengar Manangombu / Manamkombu | Chakli recipe | South Indian Murukku - step by step pictures - Foodomania.com

I never cease to marvel at the number of unexplored traditional recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation in every cuisine. While I do appreciate modern cuisine, I find myself going back to my roots more often these days. How did my ancestors live? Were they fit? How did they get their source of protein? And most importantly – what did they eat?

To get my questions answered, I often pick my father’s brains. He grew up in a tiny village in South India with a family of around 20 people. Money was scarce and children were many. Cooking for that many people was no easy task. But his grandma did it anyway, graciously. As I’m uncovering stories from his past, I’m discovering many traditional south Indian recipes (Iyengar recipes, to be specific) that he has grown up eating.

This deep-fried snack is one such classic delicacy. A quick search on Google will reveal a few different variations of the same and even different names for the same snack. The snack derives its name from a ‘thorn’. Mullu is a Tamil word which literally translates to thorn. And because it has a thorny texture, it is called a Mullu Murukku.

To make these, you will need a Murukku Achchu or a murukku maker. It is a tool used to make the murukku. However, if you don’t make these kinds of dishes often and don’t want to buy one, I’ve also mentioned an easy alternative you can use to try this recipe. If you are a south Indian, you probably already know how delicious this snack is. And if you aren’t familiar with this – think of it like a spicy rice based crispy pakoda with an interesting texture.     (more…)

Milk Popsicles

Beat the summer heat with these quick and easy creamy milk popsicles. Made with everyday ingredients, you’ll love them unconditionally!

Milk Popsicles Recipe with Step by Step Pictures | South Indian Paal Ice or Kuchchi Ice Recipe - Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Are you one of those who absolutely loathe milk but also know the benefits of drinking milk so forcibly gulp down a glass everyday anyway?

Or are you, like me, an ardent lover of milk?

Either ways, you can’t not like these delicious, creamy milk popsicles. Made with exactly 5 ingredients, these fudgy milk delights are quick and delightful – especially for a hot summer day. They don’t take more than 15 minutes of your time and can be customized infinitely! Think chocolate / strawberry / apple / banana / butterscotch etc.

But for starters, let’s just see how to make a basic version of the milk popsicles – that you can flavor with your favorite spices / extracts.
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Curry Leaves Powder

With numerous health benefits, this curry leaves powder is an essential addition to your pantry. Made with roasted lentils and curry leaves, this South Indian chutney powder can be eaten with rice, roti, bread or mixed with literally any side dish!

Curry Leaves Powder Recipe | South Indian Karuveppilai Podi - Curry Leaf Chutney Powder step by step recipe written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Today I have for you a chutney powder that has a great rep for being multifaceted.

Besides being a spicy and delicious thing to have with your meals, it is also known to carry a lot of medicinal values.

Originating from the southern regions of India, curry leaves powder with lentils and peppercorn is a healthy recipe with phenomenal benefits like – it helps in stabilizing your blood sugar levels, aids in digestion, prevents skin infections, keeps anemia at bay and best of all – accelerates hair growth! If you dream of a head full of thick and glossy hair, you know what to eat! 😉   (more…)

Low Fat Mirchi Bhajiya

Cut the fat from the traditional mirchi bhajiya (milagai bajji) and make a healthier, (still) delicious version of the ever popular Indian delicacy!

Low Fat Mirchi Bhajiya Recipe | Indian Jalapeño Fritters written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

My dear Desi friends,

You are going to adore this recipe. I only stress on the desi friends bit because I’m not sure those of you with a lower threshold for spice will want to make + eat this goodie. Mirchi Bhajiya is an Indian favorite – something that is considered to be a perfect snack with tea on a cold, rainy day. Fiery hot, stuffed with a potato filling and deep fried to crispy perfection is how a traditional Mirchi Bhajiya is supposed to be.

You may want to check out my original post where I did the whole deep frying bit. That was wayyyyyy back in 2012. I was young. And thin. And had a metabolism of a horse. 😛 But now that I’m being a bit more conscious about the kind of foods I eat, I ensure to keep it as healthy as possible. If there is a healthier alternative, I definitely prefer that over deep frying. Which is why when my friends at Tupperware sent me their new Steam it, I couldn’t wait to try something innovative as opposed to just steaming veggies. Just you wait. You’re going to want to scroll down to see how brilliant this steamer is and how you can use it in so may ways!

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