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Pongal Sambar


  • Pumpkin (Parangi), Ash gourd (Poosani), Sweet Potato (sarkarai vallikkilangu), Potato, Beans, Brinjal, Raw banana (valaikkai), Broad/Fresh beans (avaraikkai/mochaikkai), Carrot, Colocasia (Seppankilangu), Green peas (pattani) –  each 50 g for four servimgs
  • Small onions – 100 g
  • Tomato 50 g
  • Green chillies – 4 no
  • Coriander leaves -finely chopped – half cup
  • Curry leaves – half cup
  • Toor gram dhal (Tuar dhal-thuvaram paruppu) – 100 g
  • Asafoedita Powder (Hing – Perungayam) – half tsp
  • Red chillies powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder one & half tsp
  • Turmeric powder – half tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Broken black gram (Urad dhal) – 1 tsp
  • Oil & ghee – each 2  tsp
  1. Clean and cut all vegetables (1″ square wherever possible)
  2. Wash and slit green chillies
  3. Wash and drain toor gram dhal and soak in water for 10m
  4. Pour 6 cups of water in a pressure cooker and bring to boil
  5. Add toor dhal and turmeric powder and boil for 10 m in the open
  6. Add red chillies powder, coriander powder, , half tsp asafoedita, salt, close the lid
  7. Cover the cooker and pressure cook for 3 whistles and reduce heat to  sim mode for 3 m
  8. Remove from heat, release the pressure and open the cooker
  9. Heat 3 tsp oil in a kadai, add urad dhal, mustard seeds, curry leaves and half tsp asafoedita. When mustard seeds splutter, add the  sambar and continue to boil for 3 m. If needed add water for required consistency
  10. Add 2 tsp ghee and chopped coriander leaves

Vegetable Poriyal


  • One of the following vegetables – 500 grams (1 lb)
    • Cabbage
    • Cluster Beans (Avarakkai)
    • Green Beans
    • Black Eyed Beans (Karamani)
  • Onions – 2 tsp, finely chopped
  • Green Chilies – 1, finely chopped
  • Red chilies – 1, cut in two
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves
  • Coconut – 2 tsp, grated
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp


  1. Cook the vegetable with salt and a pinch of turmeric and keep aside
  2. In a pan add 2 tsp of oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, and fry them
  3. Add the green chilies, red chilies, onions and fry till they start to brown
  4. Add the cooked vegetables and fry for two minutes
  5. Add the grated coconut, stir and turn off the stove.


  • If cooking cabbage then add 2 tsp finely chopped ginger stir just before turning off the stove
  • Add a handful of  Moong Dhal (Pasi Paruppu)  to the vegetables & cook

Chennai Mutton/Chicken/Vegetable Biriyani


  • big onion 250g – cut into small square pieces
  • tomato 250g – cut into tiny square pieces
  • Mutton 500g
  • Basmati rice 500g
  • ginger 2″
  • garlic gloves 20
  • cinnamon 1″
  • cloves  4
  • cardamom 4
  • brinji leaves 2
  • green chilly 5 -split lengthwise
  • pudina leaves -50 g  cleaned
  • coriander leaves -50 g cleaned
  • chilli powder 2 tsp
  • turmeric powder 0.5 tsp
  • oil & ghee 150 ml
  • salt to taste


o Soak cleaned mutton pieces in 1 cup of thick curd and half tsp turmeric powder for at least 30 minutes.

o  Clean  rice with water and drain the water

o  Grind ginger and  garlic into fine paste


  1. Pour 50 ml of oil in cooker and, when the oil is hot, saute cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, brinji leaves for 1 minute
  2. Put the onion pieces and fry till golden brown
  3. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 1 minute
  4. Add tomato pieces and fry well till it mashes and loses its wet flavor
  5. Add mutton-curd mix and fry for 5 minutes in cooker
  6. Add chili, coriander, turmeric powder, half of pudina and coriander leaves and saute for 2 minutes
  7. Add 1.5 vol of water for 1 vol of rice to the cooker and while boiling add rice, stir the contents, cover the cooker and put wait when steam steadily comes out
  8. After one whistle, reduce heat and sim for 10 minutes
  9. After the cooker cools, open the cooker and if water remains, turn the contents till the rice dries up and separates into individual pieces
  10. Garnish with fried-golden brown onion pieces, pudhina and coriander leaves.

Note: 1.The same procedure may be followed for making chicken/vegetable briyani with the following modifications: Marinate,  for at least 30m, 500g of cleaned chicken pieces with ginger-garlic paste, 1 tsp chili powder, quarter tsp garam masala powder, quarter tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp salt. Fry the chicken pieces in oil till gloden brown in low heat.

For Vegetable Briyani cut into small pieces potato, beans, carrot, cauliflower & other suitable vegetables such as greenpeas.

Sunday Mutton\Chicken\Vegetables Kurma


  • Mutton\Chicken\Mixed vegetables (beans, carrot, potato, green peas, cauliflower, knoolkol, etc)  -250g
  • Grated Coconut – 50 g
  • Green Chillies – 6
  • Sombu (aniseed) – 1 tbsp
  • Cuscus – 1 tbsp
  • onions 2- thinly sliced
  • tomato 2 -sliced
  • ginger 2″ – pounded
  • garlic paste 1 tsp
  • cinnamon 1″
  • cardamom 4 pieces
  • cloves 4 pieces
  • brinji leaves 4 pieces
  • chilli powder  half tsp
  • coriander powder half tsp
  • turmeric powder half tsp
  • salt to taste


o Clean Mutton\Chicken\Mixed vegetables, cut into small pieces and boil with turmeric powder.

o Soak cuscus in warm water for 15m


*Fry green chillies in 2 tsp oil. Add coconut, sombu and cuscus to chillies and grind into fine paste.

*Heat 4 tbsp oil in a pan and fry in low heat cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, brinji leaves. When they splutter add ginger-garlic paste and fry for 30s.

*Add onions and fry till golden brown. Add tomato pieces and fry till it gets mashed.

* Mix chilli, coriander and turmeric powder and salt.
*Add boiled mutton/chicken/mixed vegetables and fry for 1 minute.
*Add coconut paste and sufficient water, curry leaves and boil for 5 minutes.

Note: This gravy goes well with Puri, Idiappam, Aappam, Idli and dosai.

Plantain Curry (Fry model)


  • Plantain 1
  • Fennel ½ tsp powdered
  • Red chili powder 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt


  1. Slice the plantain into think chips and soak in water
  2. Drain the water and mix in the fennel powder, chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, curry leaves, and salt
  3. Hear 4 tsp oil in a pan and fry mustard seeds
  4. Add the mix from step 2
  5. Cover the pan with a lid and cook in slow fire till the mix gets dry
  6. Add 2 tsp oil and continue frying by turning  the plantain pieces till they get golden brown