Cooking is the process of preparing food with heat. Cooks select and combine ingredients using a wide range of tools and methods. In the process, the flavor, texture, appearance of the ingredients can change. Cooking techniques and ingredients vary widely across the world. In this blog you can see my style of cooking with my aachi's touch. You can see more tirunelveli style cooking and recipes. Enjoy!! Bon appetit!!

Oct 29, 2014

Tirunelveli Halwa

Cuisine : Indian

Preparation Time : 10 hours

Cooking time : 2 hours

Course : Dessert

Main Ingredient : Wheat

Ingredients :

Wheat - 2 Cups

Sugar - 3 Cups

Ghee - 2  Cup

Cashew - 1/2 cup

Preparation :

  • Soak the wheat over night at-least for 8 hours.

  • Grind the wheat by adding little water.

  • Strain the batter. And then leave it aside for a while.

  • You may get excess water pour it down.
  • Now in a large kadai, add 1 cup of sugar and stir it till the sugar changes color to light brown, now add water till sugar sinks to it, The sugar will become hard dont worry it will be dissolved.

  • The water will be nice and brown, this will give the color for the halwa.
  •  Now add the remaining sugar and mix well.
  • Then leave to a boil and then add the wheat batter to it.

  • Keep stirring when the wheat seems to be cooked, add ghee little by little.
  • All the ghee will be absorbed, keep doing this process until ghee is not absorbed.
  • Now halwa is ready, in another pan add ghee and roast cashew and add it to the halwa.

  • Keep stirring, till it rolls well.
  • Pour Halwa to a greased pan.
  • Serve it hot or cold.
Serving per Recipe : 15

Calorie per Serving : 400

Oct 9, 2014

Vegetable Stew


Cuisine : South Indian

Preparation time : 20 mins

Cooking time : 10 mins

Course : Side dish

Main Ingredient : Coconut Milk

Ingredient :

Coconut Milk - 2 cups

Carrot - peeled , chopped 1 cup

Cauliflower - 1 cup 

Peas half Cooked - 1 cup

Potato - Peeled, chopped 1 cup

Chilli - 5

Turmeric - 1 tsp

Curry leaves

Salt to taste

Preparation :

  • To make Coconut milk, you have to grate coconut and by adding water you have to squeeze out the milk. Take 2 cups of milk that way. Or you can get readymade can.
  • In a pan, add oil and seasoning, curry leaves.
  • Then add vegetables, chilli and saute well.
  • Add water and cook for awhile with the lid closed. Add Turmeric.
  • When the cooking is done,  add coconut milk to the pan. Then add salt.
  • Don't boil it.
Serve with Chapathi or Rice

Serving per recipe : 4

Calories per serving : 400 

Ragi Dosai


It is very good for health. And very easy to make.

Cuisine : South Indian

Preparation time : 10 mins

Cooking time 5 mins

Course : Main

Main Ingredient : Ragi Floor

Ingredients :

Ragi flour - 2 cups

Maida  - 1 cup

Cashew - 5

Small onion - chopped 1/2 cup

Green chilli - chopped 2 tbsp

Seasoning - Mustard and urud dal - 1 tbsp

Kayam powder a pinch

Curry leaves - few

Salt to taste

Oil - 2 tbsp

Preparation :

  • Heat a pan add oil and then seasoning and curry leaves. Then add onion and green chilli. Just let it cook for 1 min. Take of the heat. Then the cashews.
  • In another bowl, you can add all dry ingredients. Then to it the onions , green chilli and seasoning with oil.
  • Add salt.
  • Heat a tava, Spray with oil, then make ragi dosa.
  • Imp - Batter should be thin, It is not like making usual dosa, it should be poured in the tava from outside to the centre. Dont spread it with your ladle. Only then u get a good texture. Enjoy

Serve it hot with Chutney

Serving per recipe : 5

Calories per recipe : 300

Red Chilli Chutney


Cuisine : South Indian

Preparation time : 5 mins

Cooking time : 5 mins

Course : condiment

Main Ingredient : Vathal

Ingredients :

Roasted Vathal - 1 Hand ful

Tamarind paste - 1 Tbps

Urud Dal - Toasted 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Mustard and urud dal for seasoning - 1 tbsp

Curry leaves few

Kayam a pinch

Preparation :

  • Add Red chilli/Vathal,Tamarind paste, urud dal in a mixer and grind well, into a paste.
  • Transfer into a bowl, add salt to it.
  • Heat a small pan and add oil, let it heat up.
  • Add seasoning , kayam and curry leaves.
  • Just like dressing add to the chutney.
Serve it with Gothumai or Ragi dosa.

Serving per recipe : 4

Calories for serving : 150