Neem flower rasam / Vepamboo rasam is a tangy and slightly bitter rasam and is prepared during festive occasions like Ugadhi and Tamil New year. Neem flowers are well known for its health benefits. In South Indian cuisine, neem flowers in fresh or dried form are used in the preparation of herbal tea, rasam , chutney or health powders. Consuming neem flowers atleast once a month helps in cleansing our digestive system. This detoxifying rasam is prepared by infusing the roasted neem flowers in already simmered tamarind extract along with red chillies, and few other spices. It is served along with steamed rice and a dash of ghee.
Tomato and mint chutney is a very delicious, spicy and tangy chutney /dip. It is prepared by cooking and grinding tomatoes, mint, onion, garlic and chillies. The addition of aromatic mint leaves adds a strong flavour and nutritional value to the regular tomato chutney. This chutney pairs well with idli, dosa and many other tiffin varieties. It can also be served as a dip for appetizers.
Ragi dosa / Finger millet dosa is a whole grain crepe and is a healthy variation to the regular dosa. Ragi, also called as kezhvaragu in tamil belongs to the millet family and has earthy flavour. In ancient times, this reddish black wholegrain like its other millet counterparts were an integral part of India diet. Because of its unappealing texture and appearance, earthy & bland taste, it has become less popular in Indian cuisine. This long forgotten wholegrain is gluten free and is currently gaining popularity owing to the array of nutritional benefits. This instant ragi dosa is made easily by mixing the ragi flour, rice flour and rava/sooji along with yoghurt and green chillies. Ragi dosa is usually served with chutney or sambar.
Drumstick leaves aka Moringa leaves are the power house of nutrition and are becoming more popular and trendy in the food market in the form of dry powders, energy bars and smoothies. There are many ways to incorporate this nutrient dense fresh moringa leaves in the diet. One of the easiest way is to prepare a simple yet delicious and healthy drumstick leaves soup. Soups are hearty and comforting, a preferred appetizer during cold winter months. This power packed nutrient dense soup is prepared by simmering the drumstick leaves along with shallots, ginger, garlic and few other spices. Power up your immune system every now and then by consuming this healthy soup.
This is a delicious and spicy masala rice made from green bell peppers. It is very different from the pulav rice and demands a different set of roasting and grinding fresh spices. This simple yet scrumptious one pot meal is prepared by cooking the rice along with diced bell peppers and flavoured with freshly ground spice powders. The addition of roasted cashews and peanuts give a rich, crunchy & nutty flavour to the dish. It can be served with raita or pappadams.
Vegetable stew is a quintessential Kerala dish that pairs well with Appam / Idiyappam. It is a creamy, delicately spiced coconut based gravy. It is a simple dish and tastes very different from the traditional South/North Indian Korma. It is prepared by simmering some assorted vegetables along with few spices in coconut milk. The addition of coconut milk gives a light creamy texture perfect to soothe and satiate your palates.