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Pineapple Tonic for cough | The best home remedy for cough | Raw Pineapple and honey cures cough

Pineapple is a natural way to cure cough. It really works!! Fresh pineapple juice mixed with honey cuts off cough by kicking off mucus. Try this natural tonic at your next cough!!

My kid Nilaa had sleep-disturbing cough last month. Turmeric Pepper milk kept her cough at bay during the daytime. Honey and pepper made her sleep till midnight. But after that, cough ruled over. Sleepless night. I miss my Karpuravalli Kashayam/Oregano Tonic(Click here for link) that acted as best cough-killer in India. Then my friend(Mrs.Revathi Prabahar) here(in USA),  suggested Pineapple juice. Thanks a ton Rev ji! It worked well and she  we had a sound sleep with no sounds of cough ! I gave this juice for 3 continuous days and the cough was completely off.

Then I googled about the role of pineapple in curing cough. I read that enzyme “bromelain” present in Pine-apple is a natural anti-inflammatory that dissolves the mucus in lungs.

Instead of opting for Pine-apple flavored cough syrup, fresh pineapple juice seems to be the best way to cure cough.If your baby has any food allergy, it is always advisable to wait till 1 year to start with acidic fruits like orange, lemon and pineapple. Else, you shall introduce pineapple around 8-10 months of age.

My Pediatrician advised to avoid “Honey” till she turns 2 as it might cause “Botulism”. So, I have recommended this recipe for 2+years babies.

Eating Pineapple is safe during pregnancy unless it is not an overdose. 1 slice(the whole circle including the core) per day will keep your morning sickness at bay. This fresh pineapple tonic is safe during pregnancy. If you have spotting problems(before or during pregnancy), then consult your doctor before having pineapple.

Raw Pineapple Tonic Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Makes : 3/4 Cup | Suits: 2+ Years babies and whole family

Pineapple – 2 circles
Honey – 1 tsp
Water – 1/4 cup


1.Wash pineapple and cut out the top leafy part. Then, cut the outer skin. I usually wash it again 😉2.Cut into circles. Take 2 circles one over the other. Cut horizontally and vertically so that they are chopped into bite-sized pieces.3.Take the pieces in a mixie jar and puree them well without any lumps. Then add 1/4 cup of water.4.Again grind them for several pulses. Then, filter them using a sieve. Press with a spoon to extract all drops.5.Add a tsp of honey and mix well until it is fully dissolved.

Drink immediately. Get well soon !


  • Filtering the juice is optional. You can drink as such, if you prefer.
  • Add some pepper powder or finely crushed pepper on top for faster relief.
  • Mine was so sweet as pineapple was well ripened. You shall increase honey to 1 tbsp for more sweetness.
  • For additional sweetness, you can add panangalkandu(Palm candy) in 1/4 cup water, dissolve it and then filter it to add in pineapple juice instead of plain water while grinding. Palm candy is good for cold and sore throat.

Nutritional Benefits

Pineapple – Dietary Fiber, Iron , Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Protein, Vitamins A,B & C
Honey – Protein, Vitamins B&C, Folates, Iron, Zinc, Selenium and other minerals


Crab Masala semi-dry | Nandu Pirattal | Crab gravy recipe | Nandu Masala

Nandu Pirattal-2Weekend cold infections are usually treated with chicken soup or spicy crab recipes. Though Zinc in crab helps in healing the symptoms of common cold, pepper and coconut added in this recipe strengthen the fight for faster relief.

Calcium and Iron rich crab is good for Pregnant ladies and feeding moms. As shellfish pose a threat for water pollutants and mercury(though it is low), it is advisable to take in less quantity. Also, crab generates heat and increases body temperature and so is advised to consume in moderation during pregnancy. Opt for fresh crab, cleaned and fully cooked at home.

Calcium in crab is good for the growing bones and teeth of kids. Break the shell and feed the inner meat to children above 1 year of age(If the child has no food allergies).

Protein and Zinc rich crab is said to boost Male fertility. This is a traditional Dads-to-be diet.

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Crab Masala Recipe – Ingredients

Cleaning Time : 10 mins | Preparation Time : 5 mins
Marination Time : 30 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins
Serves : 2-3 | Suits: 1+ Year babies and whole family

Crab/Nandu – 1/2 kg
Chilli powder – 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Water – 1.5 cups

To Grind:

Coconut – 7 thin pieces or 1/3 cup grated
Pepper/Milagu – 1 tsp
Cumin/Jeeragam – 1 tsp
Saunf/Sombu – 1 tsp
Garlic cloves – 5
Green Chilli – 1
Water – 1/2 cup

To Temper:

Oil – 2 tbsp
Mustard/Kadugu – 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves – Few


1.Buy medium-sized crab. In shop, they usually take out the waste parts if you ask them to cut in the centre to make 2 pieces each. Rinse the pieces once or twice. Take each piece and remove the pale green & pale yellow portions as shown below. Do not take out the yolk-like yellow portions as they are edible fats.2.At the backside, remove the plastic-like transparent skin as shown below. Again wash the pieces well and soak it in turmeric powder added water for 3 mins. Again rinse once and strain the water.3.Grind together pepper, jeera, saunf, garlic, green chilli and coconut. Add 1/2 cup of water and grind to a paste.4.In a bowl, add ground paste, turmeric powder, salt , chilli powder and 1.5 cups water.5.Keep it marinated for 30 mins. In hot oil, add mustard seeds. Once spluttered,  add few curry leaves.6.Add marinated crab along with masala. Cook covered in medium flame for 15 mins.7.Crab would have been cooked in 20 mins. Then you can open the lid and cook till your desired consistency. I have cooked till oil separates and the gravy becomes semi-dry.

Serve as a main dish or side-dish… Hone your teeth for a crunchy treat !!Nandu Pirattal-1


  • You shall increase chilli powder/pepper/green chilli to spice up.
  • Once it nicely bubbles up, you shall taste and add extra chilli powder or pepper powder if required.
  • You shall switch off before 5 mins if you want some more gravy.
  • Small crabs won’t have much flesh. Big crabs will be hard to bite. Opt for medium fleshy crabs.

Nutritional Benefits

Crab – Protein, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamins B & C
Coconut – Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamins B&C, Fiber & good fats


Orange Juice is good for cold | Pulpy Orange juice recipe using palm candy/panang kalkandu

Homemade pulpy Orange juice is indeed a Vitamin C tonic, but much Fresh and Natural ! We have seen ppl avoiding orange during cold. But, orange is actually good for cold, cough, constipation and diarrhea !!

Vitamin C rich in orange strengthens our immune system. It gears up our defense to fight against illness causing viruses and bacteria. That’s why we buy bags of oranges to meet sick persons. Oranges will make them “Get well soon” !!

Vitamin C plays an important role in the absorption of iron by our body. Whenever I give non-veg, I make sure I give tomato rasam or orange juice/ guava/ strawberries to my kid for proper iron-absorption.

Avoid sugar-dumped store-bought orange juices. Homemade pulpy orange juice is good for kids. Pulp is included to retain the fiber in it. Adults can have this when tired or sick. In normal days, try to eat fruits rather than drinking juices as juice shoots up your sugar level at once. Especially, in pregnancy when we need to eat variety of fruits, avoid juices and shakes to stay away from Gestational Diabetes.If your baby has any food allergy, it is always advisable to wait till 1 year to start with citrus fruits like orange and lemon. Else, you shall introduce orange around 8-10 months of age. This particular pulpy orange juice is a mix of pulp and liquid and it might be difficult for babies to consume this, so I have recommended for 2+ years kids. Otherwise, you shall give just bite sized orange pulp(with outer white layer removed) or orange carrot juice(pulsed well in mixie) to babies from 8th month onward.

Pulpy Orange Juice Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Makes : 1 Cup | Suits: 2+ Years babies and whole family

Orange – 1
Water – 1/2 cup
Palm Candy/Panang Kalkandu – 1 tsp


1.Wash orange and cut it through the center into two halves.2.Use juicer to extract the juice. Once it becomes soft, you shall squeeze out the juice just using hand. Discard seeds, long/thick fiber, if any.3.Pour the pulp into the juice. In 1/2 cup of water, add a tsp of powdered palm candy.4.Mix well with a spoon until palm candy fully dissolves in water. Filter this sweetened water into juice and mix well.          Sweet and Pulpy orange juice is ready.. Enjoy every sip …


  • Many people skip washing oranges with the intent that we are just going to eat the inner part. But if you don’t wash the outer skin, you might be transmitting the germs from outside to inside.
  • 1 big orange gave me 1/2 cup juice. I added 1/2 cup water to it. Always dilute orange juice with water.
  • I always powder palm candy in mixie and store it in refrigerator.
  • I used 1 tsp Panangalkandu powder. As my orange was sweet, this was sufficient for me. You can increase if needed more.
  • If you want to make orange juice for cold, then do not skip palm candy as panangalkandu too have cold-curing properties.

Nutritional Benefits

Orange – Dietary fiber, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Protein, Vitamins A,B,C
Palm Candy – Calcium, Iron, Phosphorous, Vitamins A, B and C


Ginger Lemon Tea Recipe | Inji Elumichai Chaaru | Homemade Ginger Lemon Tonic for cold

Ginger Lemon Tea with honey sweetener is a homemade tonic to relieve from cold, cough and flu symptoms. Ginger tea is traditionally given to feeding moms to improve lactation. Pregnant ladies prefer this to cope up with the symptoms of morning sickness.

It also lowers heartburn and indigestion. It soothes pain and is recommended for ladies during their menstrual cycles. It relaxes the body and boosts the immune system. This tea is best suited for travel. Take a cup before travel to avoid motion sickness and take a cup after travel to get rid of body pain.

It is always a debate if pregnant ladies can eat ginger or not ?! Experts advice that minimal consumption of fresh ginger is safe during pregnancy and indeed relieves from vomiting and nausea. If you are pregnant, use only half of the ginger used in this recipe to make tea. Drink once in morning whenever morning sickness demands. Remember that ginger lowers blood sugar levels. If you are having GDM(Gestational Diabetes) and if you are taking any medicines or injections to control blood sugar, pls avoid ginger. If you have GDM and are just controlling with food limitations, then you shall opt for this tea with your doctor’s advice.

It was snowing on and off till last week here in USA. I desperately wanted to click something in snow background. It was much freezing outside with -16 degrees. Though I could not try more angles in that biting cold weather, I somehow managed to click 😉

Ginger Lemon Tea Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 5 mins | Waiting Time : 5 mins
Serves : 1 | Suits: 3+ Years Kids and whole family

Ginger – 1/2 inch
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Honey – 1 tsp
Palm Jaggery(Panang kalkandu) – 1 tsp
Water – 1 cup


1.Peel the skin of ginger and cut into small pieces. In a pan, add 1 cup of water and cut ginger pieces.2.Add a teaspoon of palm jaggery and let it boil for 5 mins.3.Switch off the stove and do not disturb it for 5 more mins. After 5 mins, filter to remove ginger pieces and palm jaggery impurities.4.Add just a tbsp of lemon juice. Add a teaspoon of honey and mix well.           Every sip heals your ailments ! Feel Relaxed…


  • Palm jaggery is optional, but do include it if you take this tea for cold. It adds additional sweetness too which is required for this tea.
  • If you are taking this drink for dry cough or morning sickness , do add few leaves of Mint/Pudhina when boiling ginger.
  • Increase honey if you want it to be more sweeter.
  • Do not add more lemon juice as it might be bitter.

Nutritional Benefits

Lemon – Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Dietary fiber & Vitamin C
Ginger – Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin C and anti-oxidants
Honey – Protein, Vitamins B&C, Folates, Iron, Zinc, Selenium and other minerals


Thuthuvalai Rasam | Thoothuvalai Recipes for cold | Medicinal food for cold

thudhuvalai-rasam-cold-recipe-1Thudhuvalai/Solanum Trilobatum is not only a medicine for cold, cough, asthma and other respiratory disorders but also to stay young and to extend our lifespan, is what Sidhars say!!

This herb is specially recommended for dads-to-be, moms-to-be, pregnant ladies and lactating moms.

Grow these herbs at home and add medicinal values to your food. My MIL makes this rasam whenever someone has cold at home. You can even buy Thuthuvalai powder from herbal shops and make this rasam.

Below is the one from my kitchen garden@Kovai. The green fruits will ripen to red. If you just squeeze some red fruits in a pot, you can own one..thudhuvalai-from-my-kichen-garden

Thuthuvalai Rasam Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins
Serves : 3 | Suits: 2+ Years babies and whole family

Thuthuvalai leaves – 10
Tamarind – 1 gooseberry-sized(Nellikkaai alavu)
Salt & water – as required

To grind

Cinnamon(Pattai) – 1/2 inch piece
Cloves(Kraambu) – 2
Peppercorns(milagu) – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds(jeeragam) – 1/2 tsp
Small onions – 12
Garlic cloves- 6
Curry leaves – Few
Coriander leaves – Few
Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
Coriander powder(Malli thool) – 1 tsp

To Temper

Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard(Kadugu) – 1/4 tsp
Urad dal(Ulundhu) – 1/4 tsp
Dry Red chilli – 1
Curry leaves – Few


1.Cut out 10 leaves and wash well. Soak tamarind in warm water and keep aside.thoodhuvalai-selavu-rasam-recipe-12.Grind cinnamon(pattai), cloves(kraambu), peppercorns(milagu), cumin seeds(jeeragam), small onions, garlic cloves, curry leaves, coriander leaves, turmeric powder and coriander powder. Add lil water and grind well.thoodhuvalai-selavu-rasam-recipe-23.In a mixing bowl, add ground paste. Rinse mixie jar with water and add that water too. Mash the soaked tamarind with fingers and drain that water to this mix.thoodhuvalai-selavu-rasam-recipe-34.In a pan add oil and once hot, add mustard. Once spluttered, add urad dal. Then add dry red chilli and curry leaves. In few seconds, add the rasam.thoodhuvalai-selavu-rasam-recipe-45.Add required salt and let it boil for 10 minutes. Do not cover with lid while boiling. thoodhuvalai-selavu-rasam-recipe-5      That’s it.. Flavorful medicinal rasam is ready.. Have it with rice as rasam or just sip as soup !!


  • Virgin coconut oil is recommended for this recipe. Click here to see how to make virgin coconut oil at home ?
  • Coconut oil can be replaced by gingelly oil(Nallennai)
  • Thoodhuvalai plant will be full of thorns. Handle carefully while cutting the leaves.
  • The green fruit can be added when rasam boils. Do not grind it as it will be so bitter.
  • 4 MusuMusukkai leaves can be added along with thoodhuvalai leaves for good relief from cold.
  • If you don’t like the strong flavor of herbs, you shall fry the leaves in few drops of coconut oil to get rid of raw smell and then grind along with other ingredients.

Nutritional Benefits

Thuthuvalai – Protein , Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Fiber, Vitamins B&C


Coconut Milk tonic | Coconut Milk Kashayam | Thengai Paal Sukku Kashaayam

Thengaaipaal chukku kashaayam for cold-2Ancestral practice of natural homemade medicines are becoming popular now as they don’t have any side-effects and do not react with doctor prescribed medicines.

This coconut tonic is one such medicine for cold and associated chest congestion. After recovering from common cold, sometimes we might encounter continuous cough followed by spitting out sputum. In such scenarios, our grannies suggest to take this kashaayam for 3 nights after food and before going to sleep. No food or water after drinking this. My MIL makes this for Nilaa if her cold and cough persist longer. She believes this will melt out the phlegm accumulated in the chest(Nenju Chali).

Pregnant ladies too can have this tonic. Dry ginger generates heat and so it is advised to avoid it in the first trimester. Taking very small amounts of it to cope up with nausea is still a normal practice. Dry ginger and sesame seeds are not enemies of pregnancy. It is actually a medicine, when had in moderation. Consuming often or/and overdose would cause side-effects.

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Coconut Milk Tonic Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins
Serves : 2 | Suits: 2+ Years kids and whole family

Coconut – half
Palm Jaggery(Panang Karupatti) – 1/4 cup
Cloves(Krambu) – 2
Dry ginger(Sukku thool) – 1/4 tsp
Cardamom powder(Aelakkai thool) – 1/8 tsp


1.Grate karupati and keep ready. Slice out coconut pieces from its shell.Homemade cold remedy with coconut milk step-12.Grind coconut pieces in a mixie. Add water and grind again.Homemade cold remedy with coconut milk step-23.Take a wide mouthed container and tie a thin cotton cloth around its mouth. Pour the ground coconut over the cloth. Untie the cloth and hold all the corners in one hand and squeeze out the coconut milk(Thick or First milk) using the other hand.Homemade cold remedy with coconut milk step-34.After squeezing out the milk, separately gather the coconut mass held up inside the cloth. Repeat this process until all done. Pour some hot water into the gathered mass and let it soak for 5-10 mins. Again squeeze out the milk(Thin or Second milk) from it.Homemade cold remedy with coconut milk step-45.To a pan, add grated palm jaggery, 2 cloves and dry ginger(Sukku) powderHomemade cold remedy with coconut milk step-56.Add cardamom powder and water. Allow it to boil.Homemade cold remedy with coconut milk step-67.Once nicely bubbles up, switch off and filter to the extracted coconut milk.Homemade cold remedy with coconut milk step-78.Heat the coconut milk in medium flame. Heat until it nicely bubbles up as shown below.Homemade cold remedy with coconut milk step-8            Serve warm !!Thengaaipaal chukku kashaayam for cold-4


  • If you are using sukku karupati, then reduce the addition of sukku.
  • Do not boil coconut milk too long as it will start expelling coconut oil.
  • This sweetness is correct for me. You shall increase more karupatti, if desired.
  • Once prepared, consume as soon as possible.

Nutritional Benefits

Coconut – Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamins B&C, Fiber & good fats
Palm Jaggery/Karupatti – Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, anti-oxidants, Vitamins B&C


Arai Keerai Kadanjadhu | Arai Keerai Masiyal | Spleen Amaranth Mash

Arai Keerai Masiyal for kids-2In childhood, we go crazy for keerai urundai(greens balls) that amma drops in the centre of the palm and we carefully drop into the mouth without breaking the ball and happily chew mouthful 🙂 The taste of araikeerai with sesame oil is divine ! Nilaa eats this as green laddoos.. Happy to pass on the healthy habit !!

It is specially recommended for pregnant ladies as it increases RBC count in the blood and prevents Anemia. Arai keerai is given as a postpartum medicinal food from the third day of delivery. It increases milk secretion. This is one of the best foods recommended by Sidha(rs) to dads-to-be.

Amaranthus Dubius/Spleen Amaranth/Arai Keerai increases immunity and strengthens nervous system. It also cures cold, fever, constipation and gastric troubles.

Just buy a seed packet(Rs.10) from any Agro food shop, sow in 2 to 3 pots with a gap of one week each. Keep harvesting for 3 months!!

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Arai Keerai Masiyal Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 5 mins
Makes : 1 Cup | Suits: 1+ Year babies and whole family

Arai keerai – 10 stalks or half bunch
Pearl onions – 10
Garlic – 2
Tomato – 1
Dry red chilli – 1
Cumin Seeds/Jeeragam – 1/4 tsp
Rock salt – 1/4 tsp
Water – 1/4 cup


1.Buy arai keerai from organic shop or cut out each stem(leaving the root to grow again) from homegrown greens.How to make arai keerai kadanja masiyal step-12.Discard/Throw away the below shown bud-like flowers and worms-crept leaves. Separate good leaves from the stems.How to make arai keerai kadanja masiyal step-23.Wash leaves well. If bought from shop, click here to see how to wash? Drain the water and keep other ingredients ready.How to make arai keerai kadanja masiyal step-34.In a pressure cooker, add small onions, garlic cloves, dry red chilli, chopped tomato, cumin seeds(jeera) and lil water.How to make arai keerai kadanja masiyal step-45.Pressure cook in medium high flame for 1 whistle. Cool down in a plate.How to make arai keerai kadanja masiyal step-56.Add to mixie jar and grind along with required salt.How to make arai keerai kadanja masiyal step-6     Mix with hot rice and sesame oil(or ghee) .. Yummmm….
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  • You shall avoid pressure cooker and cook in stove-top in a closed vessel.
  • You shall avoid mixie and just mash well using mathu. In such case, add salt in the last minutes of cooking.
  • You shall increase or decrease red chilli according to the required spice level.
  • Add only little water just required for cooking. Do not drain excess water, if any.
  • Do not skip or replace pearl onions as they enhance the taste.

Nutritional Benefits

Amaranthus Dubius/Arakeerai – Protein, Dietary Fiber, Folates, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins A,B&C


Sundaikkaai Kuzhambu | Turkey Berry Gravy

Sundakai puli kulambu recipe-3Sundaikkaai/Turkey Berries are naturally manufactured green capsules prescribed for many health conditions including Cold, Asthma, Anemia, Diabetics, Deworming and Digestion problems. It is used as a supplement to strengthen nerves and bones.

It is also said to increase lactation. In pregnancy, this can be consumed once in a month to increase red blood count. Dads to be excuse as this is considered as a food contraceptive for males. Encourage kids to eat this to kick out worms. My kid eats these berries when sneaked inside curd rice.

We have a Turkey Berry plant just in front of our house @Coimbatore. Just one plant produces enormous bunches of berries to supply for a big family for the whole year. Plant one for your family and say bye to diabetes! This is also available in farmer’s market(Uzhavar sandhai).

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Sundaikkai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves : 4 | Suits: 2+ Years babies and whole family

Base Ingredients

Turkey Berry/Sundaikkai – 1 Cup
Small Onions – 1 Cup
Garlic – 1/4 Cup
Tomato – 1
Tamarind – big gooseberry(nellikkai)-sized

Other Ingredients

Coconut – 5 pieces
Curry Leaves – Few
Coriander Leaves – Few
Turmeric powder – a generous pinch
Sambar/Gravy Powder – 1.5 tbsp
Asafoetida – a generous pinch
Rock Salt – 1 tsp(Or as required)

To Temper

Gingelly Oil/Nallennai – 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Bengal gram(Kadalai paruppu) – 1/2 tsp
Urad dal(Ulutham paruppu) – 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek/Vendhayam/Methi seeds – 1/4 tsp


1.Peel onions, garlic and keep the other ingredients ready. Wash Turkey berries and drop a handful into mortar.How to make Sundakkai puli kuzhambu Step 12.Slightly crush with pestle and transfer to a bowl. Repeat this in batches for all berries.How to make Sundakkai puli kuzhambu Step 23.Put it in a bowl of water to wash away the seeds(partially). Take out the berries and keep ready. Drop a gooseberry(nellikkai)-sized tamarind ball into warm water. How to make Sundakkai puli kuzhambu Step 34.After 10-15 mins of soaking, rinse it well with fingers until it disperses well. Strain the tamarind extract through your fingers and throw away the pulp and seeds.How to make Sundakkai puli kuzhambu Step 45.In hot gingelly oil, add mustard seeds. Once spluttered, add Bengal gram, urad dal and methi seeds. Once slightly browned, add curry leaves, onions and garlic pods.How to make Sundakkai puli kuzhambu Step 56.Once onion and garlic are fried well, add chopped tomato and coriander leaves. Saute till oil separates.How to make Sundakkai puli kuzhambu Step 67.Add crushed and cleaned Turkey berries and fry for 2 mins. Add a pinch of turmeric powder.How to make Sundakkai puli kuzhambu Step 78.Add sambar/gravy powder and a pinch of asafoetida. Fry for few seconds.How to make Sundakkai puli kuzhambu Step 89.Add water and cook covered for 10 mins in medium high flame.How to make Sundakkai puli kuzhambu Step 910.Add tamarind extract and cook covered for 5 mins. Take coconut pieces and add to mixie jar.How to make Sundakkai puli kuzhambu Step 1011.Grind coconut with lil water to make a smooth paste. Add coconut paste and salt to the boiling gravy.How to make Sundakkai puli kuzhambu Step 1112.Cook covered for 10 mins until gravy thickens and oil separates. Healthy and tasty Turkey Berry gravy is ready.How to make Sundakkai puli kuzhambu Step 12


  • You shall replace sambar powder with your gravy powder. Or just add 3/4tbsp dhaniya powder + 3/4tbsp plain chilli powder+ 1 pinch turmeric powder + 1 pinch Jeera powder +1 pinch pepper powder.
  • Select tender berries as they won’t taste too bitter.
  • If not using Mortar and Pestle, just slightly cut each berry and drop in water to wash away some seeds to reduce the bitterness.
  • Do not wash away all the seeds as seeds are the real medicine.
  • For diabetics, decrease the amount of coconut and oil.
  • While making specially for feeding moms, you shall decrease tamarind as more tamarind is not recommended for the yet-recovering uterus. You shall still increase methi seeds and garlic to boost lactation.

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Nutritional Benefits

Turkey Berries – Vitamins A&C, Iron, Calcium, Fiber


Kollu & Ellu Idli Podi – Horse gram & Sesame Dosa podi

Ellu Kollu Dosai Idli podi-3Before getting into the post, I would like to notify my readers that I have flown to US with my kid to support my hubby’s onsite. Assuring you no compromise in my future posts. I have drafted 100+ Indian-special recipes and have brought my camera here to click more. Stay tuned to witness more varieties 🙂

Idli podi topped my packing list as I was alarmed of expensive curry leaves overseas 😉 Adding kollu and ellu to idli podi makes it more nutritious.

Horse gram(Kollu) has more protein than egg and more calcium than milk. Horse gram helps in healthy weight reduction too. Feeding moms prefer this to accelerate milk production, to control heavy bleeding and to bring back shape! Dads-to-be prefer this to boost the count.

Calcium-rich sesame seeds(Ellu) play an equivalent role in lactation. It also aids in alleviating stress and promotes sound sleep.

Pregnant ladies pls excuse as both kollu and ellu generates more heat..(Note: Sesame seeds can be consumed in less quantity during pregnancy)Ellu Kollu Dosai Idli podi Ingredients

Kollu & Ellu Idli podi Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Waiting Time : 60 mins
Makes : 3 Cups | Suits: 3+ Years babies and whole family

Chana dal/Kadalai paruppu – 1/2 cup
Urad dal/Ulundhu – 1/2 cup
Horsegram/Kollu – 1/4 cup
Sesame seeds/Ellu – 1/8 cup
Dry red chillies – 25 long variety
Curry Leaves – 3 handful
Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp
Salt – as required


1.Remove curry leaves from its stalk. How to make ellu kollu idli milagai podi step-12.Wash it well , drain water and dry it in sun for 10 mins or under fan for half an hour. Spread it in a white cotton cloth for faster drying.How to make ellu kollu idli milagai podi step-23.Remove stalks from red chillies. Dry roast chana dal, urad dal until slightly browned and nice aroma wafts around.How to make ellu kollu idli milagai podi step-34.Dry roast horse gram until slightly browned and sesame seeds until it pops up well. Take care not to burn it.How to make ellu kollu idli milagai podi step-45.Add rock salt and red chillies. Dry roast in low flame until all chillies turn hot to touch. Add asafoetida, mix well and remove from heat.How to make ellu kollu idli milagai podi step-56.Add curry leaves and fry just till moisture disappears and leaves shrink. Let all fried stuffs cool down completely. Then grind in mixie.How to make ellu kollu idli milagai podi step-67.I prefer lil coarse powder. Grind coarse or fine as per your wish. Mix well with ladle and let it cool down completely.How to make ellu kollu idli milagai podi step-7   Store in air-tight container. Mix with gingelly oil and enjoy with idli/dosa/oothappam…Ellu Kollu Dosai Idli podi-1


  • Choose tender curry leaves with red-stem(Sengaambu thalai). Quantity of curry leaves is your choice.
  • You shall wash and dry horsegram and sesame seeds before frying. I used to wash and sun-dry urad dal and chana dal too.
  • Shelf life is 4 months.Ellu Kollu Dosai Idli podi-6

Nutritional Benefits

Horse gram(Kollu) – Protein, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron and Amino acids
Sesame seeds(Ellu/Til) – Protein, Folates, Omega 3&6 fatty acids, Vitamins A,B&E, Phosphorous, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Selenium & other minerals


Jeera Water

Cumin Seeds Water-4Wanna be healthy as well as beautiful ? Jeera water is the simplest solution ! Jeera adds minerals and vitamins to your water. Iron-rich jeera takes care of your immune system, digestive system, respiratory system, skin, hair & more.

In Kerala, people take cumin seeds water in place of normal water in their daily life. I have observed that keralites are more health conscious and they do complement their health via their food dailies. They eat natural nutrition-packed food like brown rice, more varieties of fish, Nendhran banana, fresh coconut, peanuts, this cumin water & the list expands !

Cumin seeds are trusted for milk production in feeding moms. This drink aids digestion and helps relieve bloating and gas. This drink is combined with Fenugreek drink for pregnant ladies and lactating moms. I had both Jeera and Fenugreek water from my 8th month of pregnancy till Nilaa turned 2 years. Moms-to-be too can opt for this to meet their iron demands.Cumin Seeds Water-2

Jeera Water Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 2 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Waiting Time : 8 hrs
Makes : 2 litres | Suits: 1+ Years kids & Whole family

Water – 2 litres
Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp


1.In the night, bring water to a rolling boil. Switch off the stove and add cumin seeds. Keep it closed overnight. Next day morning, filter the water and discard the seeds. Consume this water in place of normal water.How to make jeera water


  • If you don’t like the strong flavour of jeera, you could reduce to 1/2 tbsp
  • If you forgot to prepare it in the night, just toss some cumin seeds in your water bottle and in just half an hour, instant cumin water is ready. You shall sip it now and then, and finally rinse out the seeds settled in the bottom !

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Nutritional Benefits

Cumin seeds – Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, Folate, Vitamin B1 & B6