Instant side dish

Uppu Puli Karaithal:

What can be this?

Surprising right!!! But simple, instant side dish we can make it in minutes. Aromatic side dish without any effort of energy.

In those days we had a limited choice of snacks in joint families, when any of them feel hungry they will have to go with idli, Dosa as readily available to manage, So they used to make this side dish to serve immediately to satisfy the hunger in minutes.


Salt-1/2 tsp

Tamarind-inch size

Cumin seeds-1/4 tsp crushed

Red chilli -2

Curry Leaves-1 twig cut into pieces

Shallots-3 crushed/Pound

Water -500ml


Take a deep vessel, Add in the above-mentioned ingredients and half a measure of water.

Crush or mash well with your hand such that the added ingredients(tamarind, onion, and curry leaves) incorporate to give the fresh taste. Add the balance water we have mix well and serve.

Diluted form of side dish which matches with Idli, Dosa.

Instant form of side no need to cook or fry/Boil. Aromatic and easy to prepare in no time.

Soya Nuggets Fry/Masala

Soya Chili Fry/Masala toss:

We are going to see two in one recipe here to make our family members double happy, simple efforts to feel the real happiness on serving this dish.

First, let us know the health benefits of Soya Nuggets little information on what we are in to…

Link given below to know more in detail

Soya chunks are known for its various health benefits:

  • It is known for high protein content- its exceeds than eggs, meat, milk.
  • It is known to reduce the risk of osteoporosis in menopausal women and also ease other symptoms as it’s a good source of isoflavones.
  • Since it’s a good source of omega- 3 fatty acids and fiber, it can benefit in lowering down cholesterol levels in a body.
  • It enhances bone health and digestibility.
  • It’s a good source of minerals namely- manganese, iron, calcium, and magnesium.
  • Due to good fiber content, it helps you keep a close check on your body weight and fight diabetes.
  • Its high content of magnesium has shown results in fighting insomnia.
  • It’s also a good source of vitamin b, vitamin-K, riboflavin, and folate.
  • However, we like to make a tasty recipe to satisfy our taste buds here is one such yummy recipe as a snack or condiment. Two recipes are shared here with a mild punch

Soya Nugget Fry to entertain your children:


Soya nuggets -1 cup (normal size or Mini here I have used both)

Chili powder-1 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Salt-1/4 tsp

Ginger garlic paste 1 heap tsp

Rice flour-1 tsp

Corn flour-1 tsp

Lemon juice-1 tsp

Oil- to fry 100 ml


Boil water 1/2 liter add to the soy nuggets and soak for 15 minutes.

Squeeze water completely from soya nuggets.

In a wide bowl add soaked Nuggets and other ingredients mentioned above, let it set for more 15 minutes


Heat oil and shallow fry the marinated nuggets batch by batch.

Fry some Curry leaves twigs and sprinkle to add more aroma to the prepared dish


Twist with mild Masala Toss:


Chili fried above prepared required measurement to try.

Chop Onion-1


Garam masala-1/4 tsp

Salt if required for masala ,we have already added in chili fry.

Oil-1 tsp

Heat pan with oil season it with fennal seeds saunf.

Add choped onion and fry golden yellow.

Add chopped Tomato saute for a while till it leaves skin.

Now, add garam masala powder, chili or pepper and sprinkle some water to get cooked.

Finally, add fried soya chunks and cook 3 minutes in medium flame mix well and serve.

Sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves.

Lemon Juice with Honey

Lemon Juice:

Lemon Juice, of course, everyone knows the method to prepare but here I want to give you the special ingredients to mix and drink which enhances the taste and immunity. Beat the heat with easily available ingredients at home a small change made here to enjoy the taste of honey and ginger few drops.

Ingredients: 2 cups to serve

Lemon-1 extract Juice

Honey-1 tbsp

Ginger/Mint leaves, finely grated or few drops of its extract is also fine

Salt a pinch

Add sugar if you prefer to add, but I have not added.

Sabja seeds-1/2 tsp, It will get soaked in not more than 5 minutes. (Seed we get from the plant Tulsi variety, which is very good to have during summer season normally this seed is added in Falooda)

Water- 2 glasses

Mix all stir well, filter and add soaked sabja seeds and serve. Wonderful to enjoy the aroma and flavour. It holds many health benefits on the ingredients we are adding into it Lemon, ginger, honey and Sabja seeds.

Enjoy this when you are thirsty or even after heavy meal keep away sprite and seven up

Cucumber Koottu/ Green Apple

Summer Special – Beat the Heat, as we know Cumber is the natural body coolant. We can feel the fact by consuming this on a regular basis and much more health benefits of cucumber can be explained in short form by the below image for a better understanding of the benefits of cucumber. This has a bland taste with plenty of water content. This is used to serve as salads in most of the menu list so that the benefits of cucumber will have no loss of its nutritional value. Very fewer recipes are made with this vegetable. Here we have one interesting recipe just to mix and eat but, not a salad in the form of Koottu. This koottu is very easy and delicious to serve with roti, Chappathi and Biriyani children may like to have this mixed with plain cooked rice.

1) Hydration. The electrolytes in cucumbers can help prevent dehydration. …

2) Bone health. Vitamin K helps with blood clotting, and it may support bone health. …

3) Cancer. …

4) Cardiovascular health. …

5) Diabetes. …

Inflammation. …


Method to Prepare: Serves two Person

To Grind Ingredients:

Green chili-2

Coconut grated-2 tbsp

Cumin-1/2 tso

Salt-1/2 tsp

In addition to add


(Shallots -2 chopped if you prefer I have not added here)

Yoghurt-1/2 cup or 1 tablespoon of Lemon juice

Seasoning: This step is optional

Oil-1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds

Curry leaves

Grind Mix and Serve:

Peel the skin and grate the cucumber. Cucumber has a lot of water content in it, clever use of this juice to grind the above-given ingredients, do not add water to grind.

Extract juice from cucumber by squeezing.

Grind the above mentioned, Green chilli, coconut and cumin to a smooth paste by adding this juice no water.

Now take a wide bowl, add grated cucumber, ground paste salt and yoghurt or lemon extra as you prefer to serve, Seasoning it with mustard and curry leaves.

Combination to serve:

Roti, Chapathi, or even with Vathal kulambu,Kara Kulambu and plain cooked rice.

Green Apple:Green Apple -1
Chopped onion -1
*To Grind:*
Coconut 2 tbsp
Green chilli -1
Cumin-1/2 tsp
Curs-2 tbsp
Grate Apple, squeeze the juice .
Grind the above mentioned “To Grind”
Ingredients by adding this squeezed juice to a smooth paste, add salt.

Now, heat pan with a teaspoon of ghee season it with mustard seeds, and asafoetida.
Add curry leaves and chopped onion saute for a while and switch off flame add this to the grated Apple mix along, grind paste and a table spoon of curd mix well and serve with Chapathi or variety rice

Instant Chutney

Ready to eat, Easy to make, few minutes of effort to make, Tasty to satisfy your hunger, no cooking or boiling and much more…… try the taste to feel the all said is true make this as your signature Chutney. This is an excellent combination with ghee roast, dosa, appam varieties and even kuzhipaniyaram.

Whenever we feel hungry or running with no time to think about elaborated cooking your first option can be this chutney which completely satisfies your taste buds. Within a few minutes of effort like 2-minute preparation, this can be done to match with the main meal. The time to make a single dosa is more to make this chutney. Just to wash and roughly chop the mentioned ingredients to grind that’s it.

Ingredients to Grind:

Dry red chilli- 5nos

Tomato-2nos (roughly chopped) a pinch of Tamarind if the tomatoes are bland

Onion -1( big Roughly chopped)

Garlic-3 to 5 pods

Salt-1/2 tsp

Coriander leaves a small bunch (2 tbsp) This Balances the raw smell of Onion Garlic

Curry leaves-3 twigs

Oil-3 tablespoon this on grinding Enhances the taste of Chutney

That is it, add all to grind and serve with desired main meal.

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Milagu Podi Rice

Milagu Podi Rice: Milagu Podi Origin Chettinad- Authentic taste of Chettinad. South Indian traditional meal starts with Ghee/Seasame oil and dal or with any rice mix to proceed with sambar, rasam, payasam and many more condiments to have as Rajabogham feast. Grand or simple this rice mix gives yummy start…mix with Ghee or sesame oil gives fantastic taste to go with…

Milagu podi is easy to prepare at home click the link for the preparation method:

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Method to prepare Milagu Podi Rice:

Rice-1 cup Cooked

Milagu podi 3 tbsp

Salt-1/4 tsp

To season:

Ghee-2 tsp

Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp

Urad dal-1/2 tsp

Ground nut -2 tsp

Curry leaves-1 twig


Heat pan with ghee or oil, season it with mustard seeds and nuts add curry leaves. Milagu Podi and switch off the flame.

Add cooked rice and mix well that’s it simple to start with yummy milagu podi fried rice. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and serve with Potato Masal or mixed vegetable.

Tomato spiced rice balls

Spiced rice balls: Cooking is an interesting art to fill with our own healthy innovations to bring up the scrumptious presentation Yes, recipe made out of rice as the main ingredient gives the feeling of satisfaction of the full meal.

Spiced rice balls: Cooking is an interesting art to fill with our own healthy innovations to bring up the scrumptious presentation Yes, recipe made out of rice as the main ingredient gives the feeling of satisfactionWhat can be made to have a special touch to treat our taste buds?

Here rice mini-balls spiced with tomato flavour to have as one pot meal no need of any side dish or dip to serve with, this will be an interesting dish among children to enjoy. Actually, a similar variety of Non-vegetarian dish (Rice balls cooked in Chicken Gravy) shared by my friend is here derived to a simple vegetarian breakfast or pack meal to office or school. I made a sweet version filled with coconut and jaggery (Poorna Kozhukkattai) and this as a mildly spiced Tomato flavour version to balance the meal with both categories. According to our preferences vegetables and heavy ground, masala with coconut also can be added. I have done with a very mild touch of masala.


Rice flour(Idiyappam flour)

Salt-1/2 tsp

Oil -1 tsp

Chili powder-1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Asafoetida-2 pinches

Water-2 cups boiled

To Season with Masala:

Ghee-1 tbsp

Mustard -1/2 tsp

Urag-1/2 tsp

Onion fine chopped-1

Tomato chopped-1

Curry leaves-1 twig

Salt-1/4 tsp

Chili powder-1 tsp

Garam masala-1/2 tsp

Sugar-1/4 tsp

According to our preferences vegetables and heavy fresh grind masala with coconut also can be added.


Step-1: Take a wide bowl add the rice flour, chilli powder, turmeric powder and asafoetida. Boil water with oil and salt, with the help of ladle mix flour with this boiled water to a consistency of the thick dough to make mini balls. Note: Adding a teaspoon of oil and salt in the water helps to make the dough soft and to dissolve salt to mix evenly.

Step-2 : Apply oil to your hands mix the dough to smooth and make mini patties as shown in the picture. Steam cook mini balls for 20 minutes.

Step -3: Heat pan add ghee or oil and season it with mustard and urad, add Chopped onion, tomatoes and curry leaves saute well to a smooth gravy add chilli powder, garam masala powder, sugar and 1/2 cup of water let cook to a gravy.

Step-4: Finally, add boiled mini balls and cook for 3 more minutes the balls absorbs the gravy to give the succulent taste.

Sprinkle some coriander leaves and serve.

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Honey Gooseberry

Honey Gooseberry/Thean Nellikkai in Tamil, Amla in Hindi- It has innumerable medicinal values but tastes sour and bitter to consume more so we used to dip in salt to have a pleasant taste. We can make many recipes with Gooseberries as Jam, Pickle, juice, in sambar and Rasam too and as dried varieties, even though we can consume these taste very little only, this Honey Amla will be tasty and healthy to consume more as much as we like to enjoy.

It is a great source of Vitamin C and is absorbed easily by the body, unlike Vitamin C supplements. Prepare dried amla using honey to make it even more savoury. … Regular intake of amla not only leads to healthy and glowing skin but also improves eyesight, boosts the immune system, and regulates blood sugar and lipids.his humble fruit, also known as the Indian gooseberry, is one of the most important foods in Ayurvedic medicine and is a storehouse of good health. It has almost twice the antioxidant power of acai berry and about 17 times that of the pomegranate. Use this inexpensive wonder fruit to stay well this winter.

Cures sore throat and cold: Amla is a great source of Vitamin C. Mix 2 teaspoons of amla powder with 2 teaspoons of honey. Have it three to four times a day for immediate and effective results.

Amla reduces constipation: Being rich in fibre, amla manages constipation trouble

Amla helps heal painful mouth ulcers: If taken in liquid form, amla can also cure mouth ulcers. Dilute amla juice in half a cup of water, gargle and you’re set.

Amla has anti-inflammatory properties: Amla helps in reducing arthritis-related pain. Snack on dried amla or have it fresh and raw. Both work.Amla candy is good for eyesight and for the brain. Picture courtesy:

Helps in weight loss: Are you working out hard to reduce your weight? Including amla in your diet will achieve amazing benefits as it improves metabolism and aids in faster digestion.

Here are some ways to use Amla or Amlaki (nectar of life in Sanskrit) in your daily life:  

Dried amla for snacking: The luscious, tangy-sweet flavour of this fruit makes it a perfect winter-time snack. It is a great source of Vitamin C and is absorbed easily by the body, unlike Vitamin C supplements. Prepare dried amla using honey to make it even more savoury.

Amla powder for your hair: Amla is one of the most nourishing herbs for the hair. It acts as a natural conditioner for healthy, shiny hair. It also slows down the greying process. Amla helps strengthen hair follicles, and increases blood circulation in the scalp, thus stimulating hair growth. Use amla oil or mix amla powder in henna and apply on your hair.

Amla for glowing skin: This wonder berry is known to be the best anti-ageing fruit according to traditional Indian medicine. Regular intake of amla not only leads to a healthy and glowing skin but also improves eye sight, boosts the immune system, and regulates blood sugar and lipids. Eat as murabba, pickles or candies; but consume it daily.

The easiest way to have amla is either raw or if you have a taste for it, you could even keep some dried amla candy with you to munch on whenever hungry. This will tackle the junk factor in your life without compromising on taste! Even Honey Amla…

Honey Amla

Amla reduces constipation: Being rich in fibre, amla manages constipation troubles.

Amla helps heal painful mouth ulcers, Amla has anti-inflammatory properties.


Goosebery-200 gms

Jaggery-2 tbsp



  1. Wash and wipe gooseberries/Amla with a soft cloth. (Add a pinch of limestone powder to avoid shrinks on gooseberry on the final process).

2. Steam cook gooseberries for 3 minutes, Make sure not to cook for a long time this process is just to deseed. No need to cook soft.

3. Deseed, leave it to dry for 3 hours. Indoor is fine no need to dry under the direct sun.

Take a glass jar and add grated jaggery first then the deseeded Gooseberries.

Leave it for a day it will ooze out juice when it is incorporated with powdered Jaggery.

Now, Remove the liquid separately this can be used as a juice or otherwise bring it to boil the juice for one string consistency and add it to the gooseberries for more sweetness or optionally to have reduced honey to it.

If you do not need more sweetness you can soak in only Honey after the deseeding process. Honey acts as a preservative here

For Amla Candy:

Remove from syrup if excess and dry under hot sun for two days.

Store it in a jar for daily usage.