Thengai Sadam (Coconut Rice)

This is a very popular dish in South Indian homes. If you have cooked rice and grated coconut on hand, this can be prepared in no time at all. It is often made on festive days. Or when one is feeling lazy to cook an elaborate meal. This rice is full of flavour imparted by…

Ribbon Rice

I come to the much awaited ribbon rice. Though the dish looks very exotic, it is quite easy to prepare. And, coincidentally, it turns out beautifully in India colours. The Indian flag has saffron representing strength and courage, the white representing purity, honesty and peace and the green representing faith, fertility and prosperity. This rice…

Elumichampazha Sadam (Lemon Rice)

Of all the flavoured rice recipes made in South India, lemon rice is the most popular. It is very easy to prepare and can be done in a jiffy. This is the go-to recipe when unexpected visitors drop in. Or when one is too lazy to cook a more elaborate meal. This extremely tasty rice…

Ellu Sadam (Sesame Rice, Til Rice)

Sesame is one of the richest sources of calcium in the world. Many people believe that dairy milk and it by-products give them calcium. But experts have told me that dairy milk actually draws calcium from the bones! Till about 2 generations ago, there was always a stock of sesame ladoos (balls of sesame seeds…

Puliyodharai (Tamarind Rice, Imli Chawal)

Among all South Indian flavoured rice, lemon rice and tamarind rice compete for the top slot. Both are made often. Lemon rice is made when unannounced guests drop in. There is no need for an occasion to make tamarind rice. Most Devi temples (Goddess Uma in her myriad manifestations) also serve tamarind rice. The combination…

Thakkali Sadam (Tomato Rice)

As I mentioned before, a number of flavoured rice are made for the festival of Aadi Perukku. This festival falls on the 18th. day of the month of the Tamizh month Aadi (July-August). This festival is supposed to revere water for its properties of sustaining life on earth. But many of these flavoured rice are…

Vangi Baath (Eggplant Rice)

Aadi Perukku is a festival celebrated in Thamizhnadu to pay tribute to the life-sustaining properties of water. I have been posting about this festival for some years now, including the recipes made as offerings to the Gods. This year, the festival falls on August3. So, I haven’t really started preparing the recipes (different flavoured rice…