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Moringa/Drumstick Fry

Moringa Oleifera,considered one of the world’s most useful trees,as almost every part of the Moringa tree can be used for food or has some other beneficial property.It is a good source of calcium and phosphorous.Did you know that Moringa is used as a tropical treatment for minor infections ,and it is a good source of antioxidants,anti-inflammatory,anti-aging compounds and many benefits related to cardiovascular,endocrine,including improved sleep,mental clarity,wound healing,digestion,and many more benefits..


To convey the goodness of Moringa in few words,its leaves in particular, ,see below

  • It has 7 times the vitamic C of Oranges
  • It has 4 times the Calcium of Milk
  • It has 4 times the vitamin A of Carrots
  • It has 3 times Potassium of Banana
  • It has 2 times Protein of Yogurt
  • It has .75 times Iron of Spinach

Wow,now that makes Moringa a “highly recommended” vegetable.


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We do consume Moringa as included in Sambar and like dishes.But here is an exclusively-Moringa dish.Very easy to make,great taste and bunch of nutrients in a small serving.(If you think that I am too assertive or over-enthusiastic about nutrients in each recipe,well,its mainly because we have lot of fried items and non-veg in our diet.So I consider it very essential to know “what am I eating today”,beyond the name alone,especially when I have a baby in my home and it is very necessary to include all vitamins and nutrients in her diet.Health is wealth.No money or luxury can replace it.Unless you have good health,not any person or any worldly stuff will come to use.By eating healthy,you are investing in yourself,for a better tomorrow,for yourself and for dear ones around you.Isn’t it so?


We’ll need


Moringa Pods,5-6

Grated coconut-1 cup

Small onions-4-5 nos

Ginger-very small piece

Garlic-1 small piece

Curry leaves-1 stalk

Green chilly-2-4 nos


Clean Moringa pods,and cook adding salt,a pinch of turmeric powder ,salt and a cup of water. Remove from heat when cooked half-way.Coarse grind all the rest of ingredients.Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds.Add the  coconut mixture,add half-cooked pods along with water remaining in it(this is done to allow the coconut-mixture flavour to enter into the pods).Now check for salt and cook until pods are tender and the dish becomes dry.Keep stirring carefully.Serve hot!!


  • You can add fennel seeds to the grounded mixture if you prefer.
  • You can avoid garlic,but remember, it helps in digestion.
  • Pods can be cooked by adding them directly into pan after spluttering mustatd seeds and adding coconut-mixture.Take care while adding water as not to break pods and end up in a messy dish.
  • The same recipe is used to cook Moringa leaves.Just cook leaves and mixutre together.No pre-cooking as in case of pods.

Pumpkin/Mathanga fry

Pumpkins are fruit, not vegetables. They are actually 90% water and are low in calories and high in fiber.The name pumpkin orginated from “pepon” the greek word for “large Melon.The largest pumkin ever grown weighed 1.140 pounds(517 kilogram)


This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.They also help remove tapeworm and roundworm from our intestines when we are infested.Pumpkin seeds are a very good source of the minerals phosphorus, magnesium and manganese. They are also a good source of other minerals including zinc, iron and copper. In addition, pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein and vitamin K.


To be honest,I don’t like pumpkin much.But for nutritional purpose of the whole family,I cook it once in two weeks.Here is a very very simple recipe for a healthy and quick dish.


We’ll need

Cleaned pumpkin-2 cups

Small onion-7-9 nos

Dried Red chilly-3-4 nos

Curry leaves-1 stalk


Crush small onion and dried red chilies together.Heat 1 tbspn oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds.Add crushed onion-chilly mixture.Saute until it turns brown.Add curry leaves alongside.Add pumpkin,salt, a pinch of turmeric powder and add a 1/2 cup of water.Cook on low flame.Serve hot!!A great dish filled with tons of nutrients.

Dip Dip Date Dip!

These days,my head is expelling lot of fumes.WHY?Because I’ve been spending lot of time ‘thinking’ names for my dishes.’Old wine in new bottle’;-)


Basically,I belive that one cannot ‘invent’ or ‘discover’ a recipe.Its all about making variations to others ideas that makes a ‘our own’ dish.When we get familiar with a new idea,we give it our own twists and turns and make a new dish.Nothing more,nothing less.


Its dates time again.As mentioned in an earlier post,there is lot of dates moving around in my little home,and i’ve to find various methods for processing them into a more appealing form.This is just  a simple snack;a variation of ‘pazham pori’.


We’ll need


Maida(all-purpose flour) -1 cup

Rice flour-1/4 cup

Water-1 cup

Cardamom-4 pods (seeds grounded)



Sugar-1 tspn


Mix all ingredients to form a smooth and thick batter.Add or reduce water to adjust thick consistency.Dip dates and deep fry until both sides turn brown.Serve hot!!




  • You may exclude egg
  • You can add a pinch of baking soda for more crunchiness

Tomato Fry in 10 minutes!

Though I vey well know that tomato fry is the simplest of recipes any person can prepare,I still wish to have a post on it,simply because I love it so much..Itz so easy and tastes good with any dish,may it be rice or chappathi.Moreover,Tomatoes are highly nutririous.They are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of molybdenum, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, chromium, and vitamin B1. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin B6, folate, copper, niacin, vitamin B2, magnesium, iron, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, vitamin E and protein.Needless to say,tomatoes are frequently included in my menu.


We’ll need,


Onion-1 big

Tomatoes-2 big

Green chillies-3

Ginger(sliced into small pieces)-1/2 tsp

Garlic(sliced into small pieces)-1/2 tsp

Curry leaves-1 stalk

Turmeric powder-1/2 tspn

Kashmiri Chilly Powder-1 tspn

Salt-to taste

Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds.Add chopped onion,ginger,garlic,green chillies,and curry leaves..When onion turns golden brown,add diced tomatoes.When tomatoes soften,lower heat and add turmeric and chilly powder.Keep stirring and when oil seperates,add water(1/4 cup ) and cook for 5 mnts.Serve hot!!


NeiPathiri (Fried Pathiri) with Chicken Curry

Did the name sound complicated?No worries!!Name it whatever way you like.As far as I am concerned,ny basic law in cooking is “There is no law in cooking,I’ll do as I feel like doing”.It feels good when you see mustard seeds running here n there in your chicken curry, in your fish curry..People ask me,”Why are you so stupid?Adding mustard seeds in chicken curr?,HA Ha”.I find it strange.I dn’t reply to such dumbos who think that I am dumb enough to add ingredients that will ruin my dish.Sometimes I add a particular ingredient to dish,sometimes I dn’t..When I am asked”Why”,I answer,”WHY NOT???”


This is basically  a Malabar dish..Tasty,yet an easy one to prepare..More importantly,this tastes best when fried in coconut oil…mmmmm…..yummy!!!

We’ll need,

Roasted Rice flour-2 cup

Water-1 1/2 -1 3/4cup

Grated Coconut-1/2 cup

Small onion(kunjulli)-3-4 nos

Cumin seeds-1/4 tspn

Black Sesame seeds-1/2 -3/4 tspn

Salt-1/4 tspn

Oil-2 tspn


Coarse grind coconut,small onions and cumin seeds.Place water in a pan over heat and when it comes to boiling heat,add salt,oil,and grounded mixture.When it boils again,add rice flour and stir well with a spatula.Add sesmae seeds .Remove from heat and keep covered.After 5 mnts,when the dough is cool enough to be kneaded(Take care that the dough is still warm,else the dish will not turn up good).Knead well for 10 mnts until soft.


Make big lemon sized balls.Roll the dough into medium thickness and size of puris.Deep fry them,until golden brown,or until the pathiri puffs out( as you’ld do for puri).Serve hot!!