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May 14, 2021

Drumstick Poriyal / Murungakkai poriyal recipe

murungakkai poriyal

Drumstick / Murungakkai is a super healthy vegetable packed with rich source of vitamins and minerals. It helps to boost immunity, develop strong bones and purifies the blood. Usually we make sambar, poricha kuzhambu and vathakuzhambu with drumstick. Long back I had tried and shared a drumstick masala recipe. After that, I never got a chance to try something different.

Today I tried my mom’s style drumstick poriyal / murungaikai poriyal for our lunch. It came out so well. We all loved it. You can make this poriyal directly in a pressure cooker. Friends, do try this easy, yummy drumstick poriyal for rice and enjoy.

Check out my drumstick masala recipe

drumstick poriyal

Drumstick poriyal / murungaikai poriyal recipe


Drumstick poriyal / murungaikai poriyal recipe

Drumstick poriyal / murungaikai poriyal recipe for rice


 
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes
 


INGREDIENTS

  • Drumstick / Murungakkai - 3
  • Big onion - 1
  • Tomato - 2
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
HOW TO MAKE MURUNGAKKAI PORIYAL
  1. Wash and chop drumstick into finger length pieces. Finely chop onion, tomato.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves.
  3. Saute onion till transparent. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute till raw smell goes off.
  4. Add tomato and saute till it turns mushy. Add drumstick pieces, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, sambar powder and salt.
  5. Mix well and add required water. Cover cook till drumstick is done.
  6. Once all the water is absorbed, add grated coconut and mix well.
  7. Serve with rice. Enjoy !
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and chop drumstick into pointer finger length pieces. Finely chop onion and tomato. Set aside.

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal and curry leaves. Saute onion till transparent.
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  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell vanishes. Add tomato and saute till mushy. Add required salt to cook quickly.

  • Now add the drumstick pieces. Saute for a minute. Add red chilli powder, sambar powder and turmeric powder. Mix well.
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  • Add required water and cover cook in low flame till drumstick is cooked soft inside. Take one, press the seed and pulp to see if its cooked properly. If cooked, boil the excess water and bring it to semi dry texture.
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  • Lastly add the grated coconut and mix gently without breaking the drumstick. Serve hot with rice. Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder and sambar powder as per your taste.
  • You can skip ginger garlic paste.


Try this easy, yummy Drumstick poriyal for lunch and enjoy !

drumstick poriyal recipe


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May 10, 2021

Cabbage Moong dal Poriyal / Muttaikose Pasi Paruppu Poriyal

 cabbage moong dal poriyal

This cabbage moong dal poriyal / muttaikose pasi paruppu poriyal is our most favorite cabbage recipes. I make this poriyal at least once in a week. I learnt this cabbage poriyal recipe from my MIL. Earlier we used to cook cabbage adding moong dal separately in a closed vessel, temper it with onion, green chilli and garnish with grated coconut.

Recently my MIL started to make this poriyal in pressure cooker directly and taught me the same. Its so easy and can be made quickly under 10 minutes. Friends, do try this easy cabbage poriyal with moong dal and enjoy with sambar rice.

Cabbage poriyal with moong dal

Cabbage moong dal poriyal recipe


Cabbage moong dal poriyal recipe

Cabbage moong dal curry recipe / Muttaikose pasi paruppu poriyal for rice


 
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes
 


INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 250ml
  • Cabbage - 2 cups (finely sliced)
  • Moong dal – 2 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1(finely chopped)
  • Green chilli - 2 (slit)
  • Ginger – 1/2 tsp (finely chopped)
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (to garnish, optional)
To temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
HOW TO MAKE CABBAGE MOONG DAL PORIYAL
  1. Wash and shred cabbage. Chop onion, green chilli, ginger.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  3. Add onion, green chilli, ginger and saute till transparent. Add cabbage, moong dal and salt. Mix well.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of water and mix well. Pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles.
  5. Open the cooker after the steam is released. Boil excess water if there.
  6. Lastly garnish with grated coconut and coriander leaves.
  7. Serve with sambar rice !
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and shred cabbage finely. Wash and chop onion, ginger, slit green chilli.

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds and curry leaves. 

  • Saute onion, green chilli, ginger and curry leaves. Add cabbage, moong dal, salt and mix well.
  • cabbage poriyal with moong dal
  • Add 1/2 cup of water and pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles. Open the cooker after the steam is released. 
  • cabbage poriyal with moong dal
  • Boil if there is any excess water. Garnish with grated coconut and coriander leaves.
  • cabbage poriyal with moong dal
  • Mix well and serve with sambar rice. Enjoy !

Note

  • For variations, you can use chana dal instead of moong dal but soak chana dal for 2 hours in hot water for quick cooking.
  • You can also use sambar powder instead of green chilli but taste, color and flavor will vary.


Try this easy and yummy cabbage poriyal recipe with moong dal. You will love it !

muttaikose pasi paruppu poriyal


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May 4, 2021

Veg Kizhi Parotta recipe–Kerala Kizhi Parotta In Banana leaf (Vegetarian)

Veg Kizhi Parotta recipe

I am a big big fan of Parotta based recipes. Recently I came across this Kerala special Kizhi parotta recipe in my Instagram feed. It was chicken kizhi parotta recipe from a Kerala hotel. I got tempted to try and looking for a vegetarian version. Then I found this veg kizhi parotta recipe in a YouTube channel where the host showed the making of vegetarian kizhi parotta with mushroom and paneer from a small hotel in Chennai.

I was so happy to see that video and tried it immediately with some store bought parotta. To layer this kizhi parotta, I made my hotel style plain salna, a dry curry with mushroom and paneer, some grated paneer and coriander leaves to garnish. I layered everything over the roasted banana leaf and cooked in a dosa tawa. You can also steam it for few minutes just like podhi soru.

The flavor of banana leaf over the cooked parotta was awesome. Moreover the parotta was so soft to eat. So you don’t have to tear it and soak in salna to eat. This kizhi parotta is already soaked and cooked in salna. So it was so soft and yummy. We all loved it.

Friends, if you are a parotta lover like me, you must try this kizhi parotta. You will love it for sure. You can also use mixed vegetables or cauliflower in salna for variations. Non-vegetarians, you can make it with chicken salna and chicken curry or prawns masala just like the one I saw in the video.

Ok, lets see how to make veg kizhi parotta recipe with step by step pictures and video !

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Chilli parotta 

Veg kizhi parotta

Veg Kizhi Parotta Recipe


Veg Kizhi Parotta Recipe

Veg Kizhi Parotta Recipe - Kerala style kizhi parotta in vegetarian version using mushroom and paneer.


 
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes
 


INGREDIENTS
For layering kizhi parotta
  • Parotta - 4 ( Homemade or readymade)
  • Plain salna / Empty salna or Veg salna - 3 cups
  • Mushroom, paneer dry curry
  • Grated paneer - 1/2 cup
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Banana leaf - 3
  • Cooking oil - to drizzle
For dry curry
  • Mushroom - 10 (Slice thinly)
  • Paneer - 20 small cubes
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
HOW TO MAKE VEG KIZHI PAROTTA RECIPE
  1. Wash and slice mushroom. Chop paneer, soak in hot water and set aside.
  2. Make Salna and keep it ready.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai. Add mushroom and paneer pieces. Saute for a minute.
  4. Lower the flame. Add salt, chilli powder, turmeric and garam masala powder.
  5. Mix well and cook till mushroom becomes soft. Switch off the flame. Keep in a bowl.
  6. Now take the parotta and cook both sides in dosa tawa drizzling oil. Remove and press it to form layers. Cook 4 parotta and set aside.
  7. Now take the cooked parotta, salna, mushroom masala, grated paneer and coriander leaves.
  8. Heat a banana leaf in low flame for few seconds.
  9. Add a tsp of ghee. Place one parotta, pour salna to cover it.
  10. Spread the mushroom masala. Now layer it another parotta, pour salna.
  11. Spread the grated paneer and garnish with coriander leaves.
  12. Fold the banana leaf all the sides and tie it with the thread.
  13. Heat dosa tawa and drizzle oil. Place the folded banana leaf.
  14. Cook in low flame for a minute. Flip and cook the other side too.
  15. Remove and serve with onion raita and salna. Enjoy !
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and slice mushroom. Chop paneer into small pieces. Soak in hot water till use. Wash and chop onion, tomato for making salna. Grind coconut + poppy seeds for salna.

  • Make salna following THIS RECIPE. You can make it plain or add vegetables like cauliflower, carrot, beans, peas and potato. Keep the salna ready.

  • Now lets make the mushroom masala. Heat oil in a kadai. Add sliced mushroom, paneer cubes. Mix in low flame for few minutes till mushroom turns soft. Add red chilli powder, salt, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Mix gently to coat the mushroom and paneer pieces. Switch off the flame and remove in a bowl.

  • I used readymade frozen parotta. You can use homemade or store bought parotta too. Cook the parotta drizzling oil in both the sides. Remove in a plate and separate the layers by patting the parotta between your hands. Cook 4 parotta and keep it ready in a plate.
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  • Grate paneer and finely chop coriander leaves. Keep it ready. Take banana leaf and roast in low flame in both the sides. Roasting the leaf makes it soft and easily foldable.
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  • Place a full banana leaf over the table. Place a small leaf in the middle. Drop a tsp of ghee. Keep one parotta in the center of leaf. Pour salna to cover the parotta.
  • Spread the mushroom, paneer masala. Cover it with another parotta and pour salna again. Spread the grated paneer and garnish with coriander leaves. Fold the banana leaf in both the sides. Tie with a thread or with the fiber part of banana leaf. 
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  • Heat a dosa tawa. Pour 2 tsp of oil. Place the banana leaf and cook in low flame for few minutes. Flip the other side and cook it. Remove and enjoy the super soft and flavorful Veg kizhi parotta with onion raita, salna ! Enjoy !Veg kizhi parotta recipe

Note

  • You can make plain salna or vegetable salna as per your choice.
  • I made dry mushroom masala. You can saute onion, tomato, ginger garlic paste and make it like a thick curry too.
  • Procedure seems to be lengthy. But it took just 15 minutes to prepare the salna and mushroom masala. If you have readymade parotta, you can make it easily.
  • Instead of mushroom and paneer, you can use cauliflower.


Easy and yummy, hotel style Veg kizhi parotta is ready to enjoy with onion raita and salna !

Kerala Kizhi parotta

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April 27, 2021

Soya Chunks Biryani Recipe–Meal maker biryani recipe

Soya chunks biryani

Soya chunks biryani recipe / Meal maker biryani is an easy and yummy vegetarian biryani recipe. I have already prepared so many biryani recipes with soya chunks when I was doing my Sunday biryani series. But this meal maker biryani recipe is a completely different one. Here we are making this biryani by marinating the soya chunks in curd and masala mixture. So the taste of this biryani was so good.

Actually I tried this biryani after watching an YouTube channel. As the chef mentioned, the taste of this biryani was similar to non veg biryani. The flavor was so good. Friends, If you are a vegetarian like me and want to try a veg biryani in non veg taste, you must give this a try. Hope you will love it.

Lets see how to make soya chunks biryani / meal maker biryani recipe with step by step pictures.

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Dindigul thalapakkatti biryani

Soya chunks biryani

Soya chunks biryani / Meal maker biryani recipe


Soya chunks biryani / Meal maker biryani recipe

Soya chunks biryani recipe - Easy and healthy biryani recipe adding meal maker


 
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes
 


INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 250ml
  • Steamed rice or basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Meal maker / Soya chunks - 1 cup
  • Big onion - 1 (Sliced)
  • Tomato - 1
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Biryani masala powder or garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Mint & coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind & marinate
  • Green chilli -1 or 2
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Garlic - 5 cloves
  • Mint leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Water - to grind
  • Curd - 1/4 cup (to marinate)
  • Salt - little
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder or biryani masala powder - 1 /4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Star anise - 1
  • Black stone flower / Kalpasi - 1
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
HOW TO MAKE SOYA CHUNKS BIRYANI
  1. Wash and soak soya chunks /meal maker in hot water for 10 minutes.
  2. Wash and soak the rice in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes.
  3. Grind green chilli, ginger, garlic, coriander and mint leaves to smooth paste.
  4. Mix half of this paste with curd, chilli powder, biryani masala powder, salt.
  5. Squeeze soya chunks and add to curd mixture. Mix well and marinate for 15 minutes.
  6. Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker base. Add the whole garam masala spices.
  7. Add fennel seeds. Saute onion. Add the remaining green paste. Saute for a minute.
  8. Add tomato and saute till mushy. Add the marinated soya chunks. Mix well.
  9. Add the soaked rice along with water, mix well. Add lemon juice and mint+coriander leaves in the water.
  10. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. Open the cooker after the steam is released.
  11. Fluff gently and serve with onion raita !
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and soak soya chunks in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash and soak the rice in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes.
  • soya chunks biryani
  • Grind green chilli, ginger, garlic, coriander leaves and mint leaves to smooth paste.
  • soya chunks biryani
  • Take half of this paste and mix with curd, chilli powder, biryani masala powder and little salt. Squeeze soya chunks and add to curd mixture. Let it marinate for 15 minutes.
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  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bay leaf and black stone flower. Add fennel seeds.
  • soya chunks biryanisoya chunks biryani
  • Saute onion till transparent. Add the remaining green paste and saute till its raw smell goes off. Add tomato and saute till mushy. 
  • soya chunks biryani
  • Add the marinated soya chunks and mix well. Add the soaked rice along with water, lemon juice, coriander and mint leaves. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. Switch off the flame.
  • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Fluff gently and serve hot with onion raita.
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    Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder as per your need.
  • You can use basmati rice or jeera rice. I used normal Sona masoori rice.
  • If you are using basmati rice or jeera rice, wash and soak it for minimum 30 minutes and use 1.5 cups of water for 1 cup of rice.


Try this easy and healthy Soya chunks biryani. Enjoy with onion raita !

Meal maker biryani

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April 18, 2021

Avarakkai Kootu | Broad Beans Kootu Recipe

avarakkai kootu recipe

Avarakkai kootu / Broad beans kootu is an easy and yummy Tamil nadu style (South Indian) side dish for rice. This kootu recipe tastes the best with sambar and vatha kuzhambu rice. Most of us make poriyal with broad beans. But this kootu is a healthy and interesting recipe with the addition of moong dal and coconut. We call this kootu as avarakkai poricha kuzhambu. You can mix this kootu with plain rice adding few drops of ghee.

As usual I made this poricha kootu in a pressure cooker directly. So my job was done under 10 minutes. It tastes more like hotel kootu recipe. Friends, do try this easy and healthy broad beans kootu recipe. You will love it.

Check out my other KOOTU RECIPES too.

Broad beans kootu

Broad beans kootu recipe / Avarakkai kootu


Broad beans kootu recipe / Avarakkai kootu

Broad beans kootu recipe / Avarakkai kootu - Side dish for rice


 
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes
 


INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 250ml
  • Broad beans / Avarakkai - 250gms
  • Moong dal - 1 tbsp
  • Tomato – 1
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar – 1/4 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Asafetida / hing - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp
  • Water - as needed
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
HOW TO MAKE AVARAKKAI KOOTU
  1. Wash and chop broad beans, tomato into small pieces. Grind coconut, rice flour to smooth paste.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, curry leaves.
  3. Add chopped broad beans, tomato. Saute for a minute. 
  4. Add sambar powder, turmeric powder, sugar and salt. Mix well.
  5. Add moong dal and mix well. Lastly add the required water, ground coconut paste and mix well.
  6. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. Switch off the flame.
  7. Open the cooker after the steam is released naturally.
  8. Mix well and serve hot with rice.
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and remove the fiber part of broad beans by slicing the top and bottom. Chop into small pieces. Chop tomato finely. Set aside.

  • Grind coconut and rice flour to smooth paste adding little water. Keep it aside.

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  • avarakkai kootu recipe
  • Add chopped broad beans and tomato. Mix well for a minute. Add turmeric powder, sugar, salt and sambar powder. Mix well.

  • Add moong dal. Add the ground coconut paste and mix well. Add required water and mix well.
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  • Close the lid and keep the flame high. When the steam starts to come out, lower the flame completely and put the weight valve. Cook in low flame for one whistle in low flame. Switch off the flame and let the steam release naturally.
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  • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mix well and check the consistency. Boil for few minutes if the kootu is watery. If its too thick, add little water and adjust the consistency. Serve hot with vatha kuzhambu , sambar and curd rice. Enjoy !
  • avarakkai kootu recipe

Note

  • Do not skip moong dal and tomato. It helps to give hotel taste.
  • While grinding coconut you can add 2 small onion, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds. It gives a different flavor to kootu.
  • For variations, you can add chana dal instead of moong dal but soak the chana dal for 30 minutes before cooking.

    Try this easy and yummy broad beans kootu recipe for rice. You will love it !

 Avarakkai kootu

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April 10, 2021

18 Raw Mango Recipes–South Indian Raw Mango Recipes

Raw mango recipes
Raw mango recipes – Collection of 18 South Indian raw mango recipes that goes with rice, idli, dosa. Raw mango based recipes must be the favorite for many. In my family, everyone loves mango recipes be it raw mango or ripe mango. Every year, we wait for raw mango season to try out some yummy and interesting recipes with it. Most of them I shared in this collection are Tamil nadu style family recipes which I learnt from my mom and MIL. Some of them are Andhra, Kerala and Karnataka style recipes. 

This collection has some raw mango kuzhambu varieties, pickle varieties, Andhra raw mango dal and Ugadi pachadi, Karnataka Mavinakayi chitranna, Mango thokku, Kerala raw mango pickle, North Indian special raw mango drink Aam panna. I am yet to try more North Indian based raw mango recipes. Soon I will try to make some and update this post. Friends, do check out this 18 raw mango recipes and give a try. I am sure you will love them.

Raw mango sambar

raw mango sambar

Raw mango Vatha kuzhambu

mango vatha kuzhambu

Raw mango Drumstick sambar – Tirunelveli style

mango drumstick sambar

Raw mango Drumstick poricha kuzhambu

mango drumstick poricha kuzhambu

Kazhani kuzhambu

Kazhani kuzhambu

 

Raw mango sweet pachadi

Mango pachadi

Raw mango sweet pachadi with sugar

Mango pachadi with sugar

Raw mango chutney for idli dosa

Raw mango chutney

Instant Raw mango pickle

Instant raw mango pickle

 

Instant mango pickle – version 2

mango pickle

 

Andhra, Kerala and Tamilnadu raw mango pickle recipes

mango pickle varieties

Neer mangai / Watery mango pickle

mango pickle

 

Maavadu pickle / baby mango pickle

Maavadu pickle

Mango Thokku

Mango thokku

Andhra raw mango dal / Mamdikaya Pappu

Andhra raw mango dal

Ugadi Pachadi

Ugadi pachadi


Tamilnadu style raw mango rice / Maangai sadam

Mango rice

 

Karnataka Maavinakayi chitranna / Raw mango rice

Maavinakayi chitranna

 

North Indian Aam panna recipe / Raw mango drink

Aam ka panna

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