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September 19, 2020

Onion Raita / Thayir Pachadi For Biryani–How To Make Raita For Biryani

Many of you may wonder by seeing a post for onion raita recipe (Vengaya thayir pachadi in Tamil). But yes, making perfect onion raita is also a bit tricky. Sometimes it looks very thick or too watery with onions separated from curd. Basically Onion raita / Vengaya thayir pachadi is an easy and quick side dish for biryani and pulao. I serve it for paratha and masala chapathi too. It is prepared by mixing sliced raw onions with fresh curd/ yogurt. I would say onion raita is not only easy to make but also the best side dish for biryani as it is healthy and helps to enhance digestion of biryani. Raw onion mixed with curd helps to prevent skin infection and hair fall.

Its advisable to consume onion raita during day time than night. Also it can be stored upto one day in refrigerator but I like to serve and eat it fresh rather than storing and consuming the leftovers because you may catch cold after storing in the fridge.

In some hotels, finely chopped green chilli and coriander leaves is added in onion raita. It looks colorful and gives a mild spicy taste too. My friends here add grated carrot, finely chopped cucumber and tomato in onion raita. Sometimes they give tadka with mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves. It tastes good for vegetable pulao.

Even though there are varieties of raita recipes like boondi raita, gooseberry raita, lady’s finger raita, banana stem raita, raita with greens like mint leaves, coriander leaves, this onion raita is the basic and the mostly preferred one. Ok, lets see how to make this easy and simple onion raita for biryani !

Onion Raita Recipe - Thayir Pachadi for biryani

Onion Raita Recipe - Thayir Pachadi for biryani

Onion raita recipe - Thayir pachadi recipe for biryani. Easy and simple side dish recipe !

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes
1 cup = 250ml
  • Fresh curd / Yogurt - 1 cup
  • Big onion - 1 (sliced thinly or finely chopped)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Green chilli - 1 (optional, finely chopped)
  1. Wash and peel the onion. Slice it thin lengthwise or chop finely.
  2. Take them in a bowl. Add required salt and mix well. Set aside.
  3. Take 1 cup of fresh curd and whisk it smooth without adding water.
  4. Add the curd to the onion. Mix well and add finely chopped coriander leaves.
  5. Mix well and serve with biryani or pulao !
  • Wash and peel the onion. Slice it thinly in lengthwise or chop it finely.

  • Take it in a bowl and add the required salt. Mix well and set aside. In the mean time, whisk the thick curd till smooth without adding water.

  • Add the whisked curd to the onion mixture. Add finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and serve immediately for best taste. (If you want to serve later, refrigerate the raita in a closed container up to one day).

  • For variations, you can temper some mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add to raita and mix well. Enjoy !


  • For variations and to make it more healthy, you can add grated carrot, finely chopped cucumber, finely chopped tomato.
  • Mixing onion and salt leaves water. So do not add water in the raita. If you feel the raita is too thick after mixing with onion, you can add a tsp of water.
  • If you add water, raita will become watery over the time.

Easy, yummy, simple onion raita is ready to serve with biryani, pulao and paratha !

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April 11, 2020

Lockdown Recipes - Indian Vegetarian Recipes For Lockdown

Lockdown recipes list Indian vegetarian with Pdf

In this post, I have shared a list of lockdown recipes for Indian vegetarian breakfast, dinner, lunch and snacks that uses minimal ingredients, vegetables, oil and ghee at home. I have also made a downloadable PDF for easy access. When I shared the collection of upma varieties, some of my readers asked me to post a collection of easy Indian breakfast'/ dinner and lunch recipes using non perishable foods, uses minimum or no vegetables and rice during this lockdown period / home quarantine period.

Not only that, many people working from home find it really difficult to manage kitchen, household works, kids and office work together without house maids.  For those people, I have shared some easy breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes which can be prepared instantly with less chopping works, minimum vegetables and dry ingredients.

Most of the recipes I shared here are with dry ingredients like pulses, legumes, flours like wheat flour, ragi flour, rice flour, Poha/ pressed rice, sago, rava which can be stored for long time. I have given recipes with basic vegetables like potato, tomato, onion for side dishes.

Lunch recipes given in this list are one pot rice recipes that can be prepared quickly under few minutes in a pressure cooker, few kuzhambu varieties without any vegetables or with a single vegetable like potato, cabbage, cauliflower etc. Most of these recipes can be stored in refrigerator and use it for few days. Infact, they taste more better day by day. Just reheat and serve.

 You can alter the recipes based on the ingredients in hand.i.e by using chilli powder instead of chillies, using frozen vegetables instead of fresh ones, by using tomato puree instead of chopped tomatoes, desicated coconut etc. Finally I have also shared few snacks and sweets recipes which needs less oil and ghee by getting ideas from my friend Shalini and my sister Radha.

During this pandemic situation, I am trying to include foods that are rich in Vitamin c, anti fungal, anti viral Indian spices to improve and boost immunity. So I am taking pepper, cumin, garlic, ginger, onion, turmeric in the form of rasam, thogayal, pachadi, podi varieties, chutney varieties, turmeric milk, garlic milk. I have added all these recipes in the list. I also consume fruits like mosambi, orange, gooseberry, muskmelon, apple and watermelon in my regular diet to keep up the immunity levels. I will add more recipes using gooseberry in my upcoming post and include them in this list.

I hope this list of lockdown recipes would be helpful to you to decide on what to cook during this home quarantine period. I know I am late in sharing list but its better late than never 😊.  Ok friends, lets check out the list of Indian recipes that can be prepared during this lockdown period with the available ingredients in our pantry/ kitchen. Lets hope and pray God to overcome this pandemic situation and fight Corona !!


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I have shared some easy idli, dosa batter recipes which requires no or less idli rice. Some people may have a stock of ration shop rice. So I have included ration rice idli dosa batter and raw rice idli batter too. I have also given instant dosa varieties, one pot upma varieties, sandwich, paratha, pasta & noodles recipes that can be prepared instantly. Check it out below. 


Instant Idli recipes
Idli dosa batter recipes 
Check out my 15+ idli varieties collection for more ideas !

Instant dosa varieties
Please check this link for 10 poori varieties for more poori ideas.

Upma varieties

I have made a separate post for 40 upma varieties which includes rava, semiya, bread, millets, rice, pasta etc. Please check this link or click the image above.


SIDE DISH RECIPES – Chutney, Sambar, Kurma, Gravies

In this section, I have shared side dish recipes for idli, dosa, chapathi, poori and other tiffin varieties. I have shared all the coconut , tomato, onion , garlic and ginger based side dishes assuming you might be getting any or all these vegetables in your place. Please choose the dishes according to the ingredients in your hand and try them.

Chutney varieties
Check out my 65 chutney recipes collection for more options.

Idli Sambar varieties
Check out my 30 Idli sambar varieties for more ideas !

Kurma Varieties / Gravies for roti
Check out my kurma varieties collection for more ideas !


Check out my 75 Kuzhambu recipes for more ideas !

Check out my 15+ thogayal varieties for more interesting and healthy ideas !

Check out this link for MURUKKU RECIPES.

Check out this link for VADA RECIPES

Check out this link for BAJJI BONDA RECIPES.

Check out this link to see all my snacks recipes collection !

If you are looking for more sweets recipes, please check this link !!


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Friends, do check out the above list. Choose the recipes based on the ingredients in your hands and try them. If you find this list useful, do share with your friends and family members. Do leave a comment in the comment box below. It will make me happy😊 Stay safe and take care !!

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April 6, 2020

Turmeric Milk Recipe – Manjal Paal For Cold, Cough

Turmeric milk
 In my house, we used to drink milk with turmeric powder and pepper powder at night during initial stages of cold and cough to get a good relief. Apart from this, we also inhale steam twice in a day, do salt gargle, drink hot water, consume everything hot throughout the day to curb cold and cough in the initial stages itself.

As per my ayurvedic doctor’s advice, every night before going to sleep, I give turmeric milk adding a pinch of pepper powder for Raksha as she is prone to get cold and cough very often. Addition of pepper powder helps to absorb curcumin from turmeric powder. My mom and MIL has also insisted me to give manjal milagu paal (also known as Golden latte) at night and some tulsi leaves in morning when she was a kid to build her immunity, get rid of cold, cough, allergies and to improve overall health.

Now when I heard about this Corona virus ( Covid-19 ), we all started to consume this manjal paal everyday at night. So I thought of making this post for beginners to know about our traditional turmeric milk and its health benefits. Drinking a cup of milk adding a pinch of turmeric powder + pepper powder everyday has so many amazing health benefits.
  • It is loaded With Antioxidants
  • Helps to boost immunity
  • Induces good sleep
  • Helps to Reduce Inflammation and Joint Pain
  • Improve Memory and Brain Function.
  • Curcumin in Turmeric helps to Improve Mood
  • Protect Against Heart Disease.
  • Lowers Blood Sugar Levels.
  • Reduce Risk of Cancer.
  • Has Antibacterial, Antiviral and Antifungal Properties.
  • Some articles have mentioned that turmeric milk helps in weight loss too. 
As far as I know turmeric milk doesn’t have any side effects in general. But over consumption or over dosage for some people may experience nausea, stomach upset problems. If you want to give turmeric milk for babies or kids below 3 years, please consult your doctor.

Every year my MIL used to give me a pack of homemade turmeric powder using the raw turmeric we buy during Pongal festival. I add a pinch of turmeric powder in milk, boil for few minutes and then consume it. You can also use good quality store bought turmeric powder. Ok, lets see how to make turmeric milk at home with step by step pictures and video.

manjal paal

Turmeric milk / Manjal paal recipe

Turmeric milk / Manjal paal recipe Turmeric milk / Manjal paal recipe for cold and cough

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Drinks
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 2 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 12 Minutes

1 cup = 240ml
  • Milk - 500ml (1/2 litre)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar or palm candy or organic jaggery - as needed

  • In a pan, boil milk. Reduce the flame to low. Add turmeric powder, pepper powder and sugar or palm candy. Turmeric milk
  • Boil for few minutes and switch off the flame. Strain the milk through a cloth strainer or mesh. Transfer to the glass.. Drink hot ! Turmeric milk  Turmeric milk
  • For variations, you can also add a pinch of dry ginger powder, a pinch of cinnamon powder too. If you are using jaggery, add powdered jaggery or jaggery syrup after switching off the flame. This helps to avoid curdling of milk.
  • Enjoy !


  • Usually I add 4 tsp of sugar for 500ml milk. Add 2 tbsp of palm sugar candy if using.
  • Do not add more turmeric powder and pepper powder than the mentioned quantity. Over dosage may result in stomach upset problem for some people.
  • Drink the milk hot when you have cold and cough. It helps to give a good relief from cold and cough during initial stages.

Try this healthy turmeric milk at home and enjoy !

Turmeric milk for cold cough

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