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October 23, 2014

Iyengar Milagu Kuzhambu Recipe-Pepper kuzhambu-No onion No Garlic Recipes

After having all the Diwali stuffs,all we needed is a simple vatha kuzhambu & sutta appalam for our lunch today.As i have shared enough variants of vatha kuzhambu in my blog,i wanted to try & post this Iyengar style milagu kuzhambu/Pepper gravy recipe as it was requested by a reader long time back in my facebook page.I usually make milagu kuzhambu in this way adding onions & garlic.But when the reader asked me to share this no onion no garlic version,i immediately asked my school friend Sumi for her recipe.Based on the ingredients she told,i browsed few websites and prepared this gravy.As Sendhil is very much fond of pepper recipes,he loved this gravy a lot.Though it is a no onion no garlic recipe,it was very flavourful and yummy.Its very easy to make in busy morning hours as there is no chopping works at all.Even bachelors can give this a try.I found sutta appalam & Daangar pachadi are the best combinations for this gravy.When i read this,i got tempted to try Daangar pachadi .I must try & taste that combo soonTongue.Ok,lets see how to make this yummy Iyengar, brahmin style milagu kuzhambuHappy.
Do check out my Brahmin style easy manathakkali vatral kuzhambu recipe here.

Iyengar milagu kuzhambu

Iyengar milagu kuzhambu Iyengar style,flavourful pepper gravy/Milagu kuzhambu for rice!
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Gravies
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Tamarind - a big gooseberry size
  • Salt & Water - as needed
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
To roast & grind
  • Cooking oil - 1 tsp
  • Pepper corns - 1.5 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Red chillies - 1 no ( use 2 for more spicy)
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 5-7 nos
To temper
  • Gingely oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustards seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing/Asafetida - a big pinch

  • Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes and take the extract.Set aside.In the mean time,lets do the roasting part.
  • In a small kadai,roast all the ingredients given under “ to roast & grind” till pepper corns start to splutter and urad dal turns golden brown.After its cooled down,grind it to a smooth paste adding required water.
Milagu kuzhambu step2
  • In a kadai,heat gingely oil and temper all the ingredients given under”to temper”. Add the tamarind extract,salt,turmeric powder and few pinched curry leaves.Let it boil till its raw smell goes off.Add a small piece of jaggery while the gravy boils.Then add the ground pepper paste and boil well till the gravy thickens a bit.
Milagu kuzhambu step1
  • Remove the gravy. Serve hot with plain rice adding few drops of ghee.Enjoy with sutta appalam & kootu.
Milagu kuzhambu step3

Enjoy !


  • Some people also add 1 tsp of toor dal while roasting.If u want to use toor dal,reduce urad dal to 1 tsp.
  • Add more red chillies or pepper corns while roasting to make a spicy gravy.
  • If u want to add onions & garlic,chop it finely & saute it after u temper.

Enjoy this milagu kuzhambu mixing with plain rice topped with few drops of ghee & sutta appalam as side dish.It tastes yum!
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October 21, 2014


Last year i shared my mom’s Tirunelveli style ginger legiyam recipe/Inji legiyam as easy diwali marundhu recipe.But i wanted to try the actual Diwali marundhu recipe at home for long time.Recently i bought deepavali legiyam from Salem “Home foods” as suggested by Sendhil’s friend.As we liked its taste very much,this time i made this legiyam on my own referring my cook book and Chitra amma’s kitchen recipe.I made it using the ingredients which i had in my pantry.Also i din’t want to go for soaking version as i had less time in hand.So i dry roasted everything,ground & prepared diwali marundhu powder and then i made legiyam with that powder.It came out very well.I won’t say this is the authentic version because i have not used some important ingredients like kandanthipili,arisi thipili etc.But i am sure this will help for digestion of oily & ghee rich sweets and snacks we relish for Diwali.Do try this Diwali marundhu recipe.Its not that much difficult to make as i thought.Anybody can make it easilyHappy .Just have a tsp of it in empty stomach for 3 days.It keeps u free from indigestion issues Happy.
I wish all my friends & readers a very happy Diwali.Thanks a lot for trying my Diwali recipes and sharing pictures with me.I am really touched Smile.Do shower your encouragement and support always !


Diwali marundhu recipe

Diwali marundhu recipe Diwali marundhu recipe using easily available ingredients in pantry !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Health food
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

For marundhu powder
  • Dhania/Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Ajwain/Omam - 3/4 tbsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tbsp
  • Khuskhus/Poppy seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cardamom - 1 no
  • Cloves - 1 no
  • Cinnamon - 1 no ( small)
  • Jathikai – a small piece ( optional)
  • Dry ginger powder - 1 tsp ( use 1 inch piece if u use dry ginger)
For syrup
  • Grated jaggery - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 3 tbsp
  • Ghee - 2 tsp
  • Sesame oil/Gingely oil - 1 tsp

  • Take all the ingredients mentioned under”for marundhu powder”.Dry roast in a kadai in low flame for 2-3 minutes till u get a nice medicine smell.Make sure u don’t burn them.
  • Grind all the ingredients to a fine powder.Sieve if u wish.I dint do it.Take the ground powder in a bowl & add water to make it a thick paste.Set aside. In a kadai,take the grated jaggery and add water to cover it. When the jaggery is melted completely,strain the syrup and again boil the jaggery till it becomes frothy.
  • Simmer the flame at this stage and add the ground paste.Mix well till it starts to thicken in medium flame.
  • When it starts to thicken ,add gingely oil.Mix well.When it gets absorbed,add 1/2 tsp of ghee at regular intervals.When the marundhu starts to leave the sides of pan,add the remaining ghee and remove the kadai from the pan.When the marundhu becomes warm,touch it with your hands.If it is non-sticky and if u can roll as soft glossy ball,tats the right consistency.Store in a clean bottle and use whenever needed.
Stays good for months when refrigerated ! Have a tsp of this after a heavy meal or in empty stomach for 3 days.It aids digestion & keep u free from indigestion issues !


  • As suggested in my book, u can add 2-3 small stick of kandanthipili,arisi thipili and 1/4 tsp of saunf/soambu while dry roasting to make the authentic recipe.
  • If u don’t want follow roast and grind method,u can soak all the ingredients in water for an hour and proceed as given above.
  • As soon as the mixture starts to leave the pan and becomes together,remove it from the flame else it will become hard and u have to eat it as a chocolateWinking smile.But it tastes fine & its health benefits retain in all the ways.So no worries.
  • U can grind this powder in bulk quantity.Store and use whenever u need.

Have a tsp of this diwali marundhu in empty stomach for 3 days.It will help you for better digestion.


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October 18, 2014


Diwali breakfast recipes
Diwali 2014 has arrived and its just 3 days to go ! I am so much excited,happyHappy at the same time feeling bad as we are not able to go to Salem this year and celebrate with my in-laws because of Sendhil’s tight office schedule.After marriage,in these 9 years,this is the first time we are celebrating in Bangalore.But fine,wherever we are “Its Diwaliiiiii !! “,Full of fun,new dress,Mehandi( i put mehandi every year only during Diwali),sweets,Crackers and Special TV programmesParty.This is what comes to my mind when i think about Diwali.As i am celebrating here for the first time,i asked Diwali pooja/celebration procedures from my MIL and shared the same here along with collection of Indian especially south Indian diwali sweets & savouries recipes from my blog.
Coming to Diwali celebration procedures : On the eve of Diwali,we burn crackers till 8.30 night and then we start to prepare suzhiyan,adhirasam & stack it in a box.We wash & decorate the diyas and other pooja items,put rangolis in house entrance and in pooja room & keep everything ready.In a big plate,we arrange all the new dress by keeping turmeric & kumkum in a corner of the dress.On Diwali day,we ladies wake up early in the morning around 4 AM,wash the face,light the lamp and keep a small bowl of oil & shikai powder in pooja room.The elder( my FIL) in our home apply little oil and keep a pinch of shikai on our head for sastram.Then we take bath and wear some old clothes.We ladies enter the kitchen and start to make vada, bajji,idli & sambar.In the mean time,my FIL keep flowers for all the idols and keep the pooja room ready.After making all neivedyam recipes,we place 2 banana leaves (one for veetu theivam and another one for magamaayi).We serve all the sweets along with vada,suzhiyan,adhirasam and Idli.No need to keep sambar.We also keep some fruits & thamboolam.Then eldest person(my FIL) in the family do the pooja and give dresses to everyone.We wear the new dress and start to burn crackersHappy .After burning crackers for an hour,we have breakfast along with diwali sweets & savouries in banana leaf.In the above picture,i have shared our last year’s Diwali breakfast menu.After breakfast,we watch all the special programmes in TV & enjoy the whole day without cooking.Every body will have the sweets,snacks,vadai suzhiyan & adhirasam as food for the whole day Winking smile.This is how we celebrate our Diwali.
Coming to Diwali recipes list,here i have shared the links of all the sweets,savouries & diwali neivedyam recipes like idli,vada,bajji with chutney and sambar recipes & Inji legiyam/Ginger lehiyam in one page for easy refernce.I am yet to post some sweets & snacks .I will include them here as soon as i post it.Most of these sweets need cooking time of 15 to 45 minutes.

Indian Diwali sweets recipes

Indian Diwali sweets recipes Collection of Indian Diwali sweets & savouries recipes
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet,Snacks
Serves: -
Prep time: 10-30 Minutes
Cook time: 10-30 Minutes
Total time: 1Hour

Main ingredients for sweets
Main ingredients for Snacks










Last but not the least,Inji legiyam recipe for easy digestion of diwali snacks & sweets :)

Wish you all a very happy & safe Diwali celebration .Hope you try these recipes & mail me your feedback Smile

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