Z for Zucchini Bajji – Deep Fried Battered Zucchini

I am at the end of the mega marathon and the last week was a challenge with me being not so ready with the dishes. It is a great pleasure to do these month long marathons with friends as we

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X for Xtra Flavorful Rasam Powder – Homemade Rasam Podi for Xtra Flavorful Rasam

Right from the beginning, I knew that X was going to be the alphabet that I will definitely be using an adjective. Even after deciding that, it took me forever to decide on one single recipe that I would be

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V for Vazhaipoo Vadai – Banana Flower Masala Vadai – Lentil Fritters with Banana Flower

Making vazhaipoo vadai has been my long time wish and finally this mega marathon gave me a chance to make it. Living in US, we don’t get many opportunities as in India to cook with this vegetable. Whenever I get

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Thaen Mittai | Then Mittai | Potti Kadai Special Thaen Mittai

Thaen Mittai | Then Mittai is a childhood favorite of many who grew up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. A sweet sugar ball that melt instantly in your mouth. Make several as you cannot stop with one.  If you grew up

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S for Semiya Pakoda | Vermicelli Pakora | Semiya Pakoda with Leftover Semiya Upma | Vermicelli Fritters

Alphabet ‘S’ sounds so simple, but I was stuck deciding what to make with this alphabet. Semiya was the only ingredient that kept coming to my mind, but I have pretty much made all the Tamil Nadu dishes that we

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Q for Quinoa Dosai – Savory Quinoa Crepes

Quinoa is the new found super food and it has been used a lot lately.  I myself substitute it instead of rice to eat along with sambhar or rasam, though that is not one of my preferred methods to consume

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P for Pattinam Pakoda – Patnam Pakoda – Patnam Pakodi

Pattinam Pakoda is a famous street food from Chennai, which was also lovingly called the ‘Pattinam’ in olden days. This flavorful deep fried fritters would be a great evening snack with a cup of hot coffee! Choosing pattinam pakoda for the

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Oothappam | Onion Oothappam | Onion Uthappam

      My husband always orders oothappam/Uthappam when eating out at an Indian restaurant. I am more of a rava dosai person and that is what I end up ordering most of the time. Oothappam can be made with

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Nokkal – Cashew Nut Nokkal – Mundhiri Paruppu Nokkal

This month’s marathon has helped me learn the names of the traditional Tamil Nadu dishes that I have eaten in the past but never knew what they were called. This particular one, for example, is something I have seen a

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M for Manapparai Murukku

Manapparai is a small town in Tamil Nadu near Tiruchirapalli. This town is very famous for this murukku and dairy. This Manapparai Murukku business was started by Mani Iyer, who sold these Manapparai Murukku in the railway canteen. It became

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