Black chickpeas or kala chana sundal

Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ and is marked with Hindu women praying to Goddess Durga. They observe fast during these entire nine days. Various types of snacks are prepared and distributed among women and children after prayers. Black chickpeas or kala chana sundal is a snack prepared especially during Navaratri festival as prasadam to Goddess Durga. Black chickpeas sundal is also called as kondakadalai sundal in Tamil Nadu. Black chickpeas sundal is a simple South Indian style snack recipe made with black chickpeas, red chillies, curry leaves, spices and grated coconut. It can also be had as an evening snack as black chickpeas are rich in proteins and delicious too.

Soyabeans curry

Soyabeans curry is a thick gravy side dish which goes well with rotis or chapatis. It is a high protein dish which is made with soyabeans in a onion-tomato gravy and then mixed with Indian spices. Soyabeans are considered to be a source of complete proteins. This curry can be included in our daily diet to get the maximum health benefits.

Chana dal sundal recipe

Chana dal is a healthy snack which is prepared during Navaratri. It is called as kadalai paruppu sundal in Tamil Nadu. Different types of sundals are prepared during Navaratri. Navaratri is a festival which is celebrated for nine days. Navaratri means nine nights in Sanskrit and during these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped. Varieties types of sundals are prepared and served as an offering to God. Chana dal sundal is a healthy snack which can be prepared quickly. It is made with chana dal or bengal gram which is boiled and seasoned with spices.

Spiced mini or button idlis

Spiced mini or button idlis is a very popular South Indian snack. Mini idlis are prepared in mini idli stand (an idli tray with several small dents) which is easily available in the markets. They are prepared and then tempered with onions, tomatoes, red chilli powder and tomato ketchup. It is a very tasty and healthy option as it is steamed.

Small onions sambar recipe

Small onions sambar is a very traditional sambar made in South India. In Tamilnadu it is called as chinna vengaya sambar. Small onions are also called as shallots and are relatively smaller and tastes sweeter than onions. Sambar made with small onions makes up for an excellent side dish for rice, idlis&dosas and ven pongal. Here I have used the fresh sambar masala which is prepared and used immediately for making sambar which further enhances the taste of sambar.

Capsicum paneer masala recipe – how to make capsicum paneer masala recipe

Capsicum and paneer is a very delicious combination for a gravy dish. Capsicum paneer masala is a spicy side dish and a good accompaniment for rotis, naans or parathas. It is a restaurant style vegetarian side dish which is very tasty and simple to make.

Capsicum pulao

Capsicum pulao is a simple and tasty one pot meal made with green capsicum, onions and tomatoes. It can be prepared in a jiffy with less effort. Capsicum pulao is best served with raita or papads and makes a complete meal by itself.

Beetroot paratha

Beetroot paratha is a very healthy and brightly coloured delicious paratha made with grated beetroot, wheat flour and mixed with spices. It is very easy to make and very tasty too. Beetroot has got lot of health benefits as it helps in reducing blood pressure, treats conditions like fatigue and aneamia. It is an excellent source of iron and manganese and other nutrients as well.

Whole green moong curry

Whole green moong curry is a very healthy and delicious curry which goes well with rotis as well as rice. It is very easy and quick to make and very nutritious too. Whole green moong also known as green gram has a high fiber and nutrient content. It is also a good source of proteins and iron. This curry is made onions and tomatoes and mild spices.

Sweet corn and paneer sabzi recipe

Sweet corn is high in carbohydrates and has moderate amount of dietary fibre and important minerals. Sweet corn paneer subzi is made with boiled sweet corn, cottage cheese, onions, tomatoes and spices. It goes well with rotis, naans, chapatis and even rice dishes like pulao or jeera rice.