Banana Fritters/Vazhakkappam

This is one of the popular evening snacks in our hometown. It can be found everywhere from small to big restaurants, canteens, tea shops and so forth. We used to eat a lot when we were growing up. Here in Minnesota, I make it occasionally at home and my daughters also like it. Ingredients RipeContinue reading “Banana Fritters/Vazhakkappam”

Mudakathan Keerai Rasam

Mudakathan Keerai (leaves) has wide range of health benefits. This plant is also called as balloon vine plant. Mudakathan keerai has strong anti-inflammatory properties and it is a well known medicine for arthritis. It is easily available in our hometown, Thengapattanam in India. Usually the leaves and tender stems of the plant are used toContinue reading “Mudakathan Keerai Rasam”

Ajwain/Karpooravalli Leaves Chutney

This is an Indian herb and it has a lot of medicinal properties. It is called as karpooravalli in Tamil and panikoorka in Malayalam. Ajwain is also called as carom or bishop’s weed. In our hometown, we locally call it as navara pachilai. In most of the houses, people grow this plant and use theContinue reading “Ajwain/Karpooravalli Leaves Chutney”

Banana Flower/Vazhaipoo Vadai

This is one of the tasty fritters from south Indian cuisine, usually an evening snack. Having this with a cup of tea, makes a perfect combination. Here is the recipe. Ingredients Banana flower ————- 1 (finely chopped) Channa dal ——————- 1 1/2 cup Dry red chilies ————– 4 Ginger ————————— 2″ size (grated) Red onionContinue reading “Banana Flower/Vazhaipoo Vadai”