Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita:


Watermelon – deseeded and cut into slices
Lemon juice – 1 to 2 tbsp
Sweetener – honey/sugar (not required if watermelon is sweet enough)
Mint leaves – 8 to 10 leaves


In a blender, crush together all the above ingredients into a slush consistency ( use pulse option, don’t make into juice consistency). Freeze in a closed container for 3 hrs. Take it out and crumble using a fork. Again freeze till serving time. While serving, take it out and serve immediately.

Narthangai / Citron Fruit leaf Powder



Narthangai/ Citeron Fruit leaf – 1 cup ( centre nerve of the leaf removed)
Coriander seeds – 1/4 cup
Red chilly – as needed
Hing – little
Dry coconut – 1/2 cup
Tamarind – little

Remove the centre nerve from the leaf and cut into small pieces. Then can be dry roasted in shade or dry roasted in an iron kadai in medium flame.

Then dry roast all the other items individually and allow it to cool.

Then add all the items to a mixer add salt and grind it to a fine powder.

Cool it and store in a air tight container.

Author: Saranya

I’m HomeMaker and a mother of 1 year old baby girl. I have 6 yrs of IT experience with Accenture and IGATE and currently taken break to take care of my little one. I have an interest towards home made ancient recipes which is very healthy for kids and adults and hence started preparing all those at home and thought of sharing the same with all parents.

Ragi Milk shake

Ragi Milk shake


Ragi flour – 2 tbsp
Water – 1/3 cup
Cocoa powder – 1 tbsp
Milk – 2 cups
Jaggery powder – as required


Take ragi four and water in a pan and mix well.
Add cocoa powder and mix well to remove lumps.
Then Heat the mixture in medium flame, keep stirring until the mixture becomes thick.
Remove it from heat and let it cool.
In a blender add 1/2 cup milk and add the cooked ragi mixture and jaggery powder and blend till smooth.
Add the remaining milk and blend again until smooth. If needed filter it and serve chill.

Author: Saranya

I’m HomeMaker and a mother of 1 year old baby girl. I have 6 yrs of IT experience with Accenture and IGATE and currently taken break to take care of my little one. I have an interest towards home made ancient recipes which is very healthy for kids and adults and hence started preparing all those at home and thought of sharing the same with all parents.

Kambu Aval/Poha Bisibela bath

Kambu Aval/Poha Bisibela bath

Kambu aval – 1 cup
Moong dhal – 1/2 cup
Mixed veggies – carrot, beans sweet potato, drumstick can add more veggies of your choice
Onion – 1 big size
Tomato – 2
Tamarind – small gooseberry size
Sambar powder or Bisibella powder – 2 1/2 t spoon

Curry leaves

Soak tamarind with half cup of water and extract juice out of it
Wash and Soak Bajra/ Kambu Aval/Poha for 20 mins
Meanwhile add moong dhal to an earthen kadai and allow it to boil with little water
Once it starts boiling add all the mixed cut vegetables except onion
Add tamarind juice and boil well till raw smell goes and veggies get cooked, see to that the liquid level is jus little more than the quantity of dhal and veggies mixture as Aval does not need more water.

Heat another kadai and add mustard once it crackles add fenugreek, Hing and curry leaves. Now add finely chopped onions and fry well. After onion changes colour add the sambar powder and fry for a min. Add this to the dhal mixture and stir well.
Wait till it bubbles up and then add the soaked Bajra/ Kambu Poha after straining out the water
Garnish with coriander leaves

Delicious Kambu aval rice ready for lunch

This is a very good choice for add Bajra to our diet as it tastes jus like rice. Unless said no one can find that its Bajra/ Kambu dish. Can substitute any other Aval Poha variet instead of Kambu Aval.

Author: Sri Nandhini Hari

I’m Sri Nandhini Hari, a B.Com & M.B.A finance post graduate and have worked in American Express Bank as an Asst. Manager and later with CTS as Financial Analyst. I have a passion towards our own tradition and culture and this has triggered me to share the natural and homemade products to a bigger community for the benefit of all.

Understand Cold, Cough, Fever and work on Home remedies.

The state of wellbeing is very beautifully mentioned in Ayurveda as the equilibrium of dosha, agni, dhatu, mala along with an inner blissful state of soul,senses and mind .This closely relates to the modern definition mentioned by WHO.

Samadosha samaagnishcha samadhathu malakriya Prasannatma indriya manaha swastha ityabhi

Any illness as for this case , the peenasa or common cold ,occurs as a result of the disturbance in this equilibrium. The symptoms of common cold, include runny nose, sore throat, cough, watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, headaches, fatigue, and sometimes a low-grade fever. It typically last from one week to 10 days, the recovery depending on the immunity of the person. Common cold takes almost the same time to get cured with and without treatment.

Importance of home remedies

Home remedies for minor ailments saves time money and visits to pharmacy. Many simple effective home remedies
mentioned in the ancient texts if discovered can reduce the burden of common people economically and save from
unwanted use of drugs

Precautions to be considered

Though there are excellent and effective home remedies for many ailments they are yet to be scientifically assessed and validated One of the common disadvantage while using home remedies is the proper dose or durtation of the medicine to be given is unknown and when to stop is not clearly understood. Long term or excess self medication is not advisable as the herbs have different action and properties for short term and long term use.The knowledge of right choice, right dose and right duration of the medicine or herbs is always very important. Some of the home remedies mentioned in various books have been compiled and listed below.

Ingredients used in home remedies for common close and cough

Most of the ingredients used for cold and cough are avaiable in our kitchen only some fresh herbs also if grown in pots at our home can be used. Commonly used fresh ingredients are

  • Tulasi leaves – cold, cough and fever
  • Betel leaves -cold , cough, fever
  • Ajwain leaves- cold , cough fever
  • Adathoda leaves- cough with phlegm
  • Fresh turmeric- cold, cough with phlegm
  • Pomegranate -dry and wet cough
  • Lemon -cold and cough
  • Ginger-cold cough and fever

The common kitchen spices to treat cold and cough are

  • Pepper
  • Dry ginger
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Sauf
  • Jeera
  • Ajwain
  • Tumeric
  • Coriander
  • Flaxeed
  • Fenugreek
  • Rock saltSome herbs that are not commonly used in cooking but often used for home remedies are
  • Muleti
  • Long pepper
  • Rasna
  • Vacha
  • Kali jeera
  • black salt
  • Palm jaggery or sugar candy

Popular methods followed

  1. FRESH JUICES – The juices are extracted by crushing from the fresh herbs .Some herbs have to be wilted in fire before crushing such as ajwain leaf, onion.They act as decongestant and given instant relief .Fresh juices
    are stronger so the dose have to carefully decided. Generally one to two teaspoon of the fresh juice are given with honey for 3 to 5 days twice or thrice day before food depending on the condition.In infants the
    juice are applied on the chest and back instead of giving internally.
  2. TEAS – Generally aromatic herbs and spices are boiled together in water for few minutes and this water is used for drinking .Such tulasi tea, ajwain leaf tea, ginger tea.
  3. DECOCTIONS –  Different combination of dry and fresh ingredients are boiled and reduced to half or one fourth and added with a sweetener such as jaggery or palm sugar or with honey.
  4. Choornam/Powder – such as trikatu ,yashtimadhu are given mixed with honey.
  5. Warm milk withtumeric, pepper
  6. Try instead of regular COUGH SYRUP using
    1. Ginger lemon infused honey,
    2. Dry ginger powder +honey
    3. Cinnamon +honey
    4. Yashtimadhu ,Freshginger juice, +honey
    5. Lemon +honey
    1. Fresh ginger piece with black salt
    2. Dry ginger and sugarcandy
  8. WARM SOUP -Warm veg soup with spices
  9. STEAM
  10. MASSAGES on chest and back with warm oils such as ococonut oil, sesame oil mustard oil infused with herbs.

As a prevention
Pranayam can be taught to children like anulom, vilom, kapalbathi, ujjayi. Ayurvedic medicines rasayanas such as chyanvan prash should be given on regular basis.
Plants which can be grown at home

  • Tulasi
  • Adathoda
  • Mint
  • Coriander
  • Ajwain
  • Guduchi

Preparations commonly used


Generally fresh juices alone or in combination with two such as ginger lemon, tulasi betel, ginger amla. They can be given to children above 1 year from 1 to 2 tsp twice a day with honey

  • Ginger juice- Juice of ginger 5gms and one amla with one teaspoon honey Juice of ajwain leaf wilted on fire juice one teaspoon twice daily with honey
  • Lemon juice- Lemon juice with water and honey. a glass of hot water mixed with the juice of two lemons and honey to taste. It soothes sore throat, boosts vitamin C intake and releases excess cough
  • Juice of Tulasi leaves – 2 parts tulsi juice +1/2 part Ginger juice + ½ part Betel leaf juice Take two teaspoon of the juices together with 1 teaspoon of honey thrice a day
  • In a jar mix equal amounts of honey and onion juice. Consume around 3 to 4 teaspoons of this mixture once a day, till the flu lasts
  • 1 teaspoon tulasi juice and 2 teaspoon of honey 3 times a day
  • 1 tespoon of onion juice( small onion) and 2teaspoons of honey 3 times a day. Onion is very useful in bronchitis


Different combination of dry and fresh ingredients are boiled together for few minutes and used as a drink

  • Ginger tea- Drink ginger tea. Use 2 to 3 pieces of ginger to prepare this tea and consume it at regular intervals during the cough It acts as a decongestant, helps stimulate slow digestion and enhances the taste
  • Tulsi tea-½ tsp black pepper powder+1/2 tsp dry ginger powder-+10 Tulasi leaves boil in 1 cup water make tea and drink 2-3 times a day

The teas or hot infusions chosen should be balanced with hot and cold potency


  • Preapare a decoction with Fresh ginger -3 teaspoon cinnamon powder ½ easpoon, yashtimadhu 2 teaspoons . All the ingredients should be boiled with four glasses of water and reduced to ½ glass and this has to be taken twice daily .Honey can added as a sweetener if needed
  • Prepare a decoction by boiling a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in half liter of warm water. Continue boiling the seeds, till the water reduces to one third of its original quantity. Then, add a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice to this concoction, along with a few drops of honey, just to make it more palatable. Drink this mixture once a day.
  • Boil 3 teaspoons of Yashtimadhu choornam/licorice in two glasses of water and reduce to ¼ glass and add honey if needed.This is good remedy for dry cough and sore throat
  • Betel leaves,tulasi leaves, ajwain leaves , pepper are boiled together and reduced to half
  • Tulasi leaves a piece of ginger of an inch size few pepper corns are boiled and reduced to half


  • Trikatu ,-the mixture of dried ginger powder, pepper and long pepper taken in equal quantities of a quarter to half teaspoon twice a day with honey. Trikatu has anti -pyretic qualities and are effective in fever accompanied with bronchitis.
  • Ayurvedic medicines like sitopaladi choornam , Thaleesadi choornam , Karpooradi choornam can be taken with doctors advise


Tumeric Milk -Mix a half teaspoon or turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk twice is good during the symptoms of
flu cough with phlegm


Thin vegatable Soups,chicken soup spiced with pods of garlic, cloves, cinnamon, Drumstick leaves soup prepared with little salt, pepper and lime juice is very beneficial during common cold


Take steam with water added with three to four drops of eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil. Mint leaf,Tulsi leaf, Cumin seed,Ajwain, Black jeera, are the some of the other ingredients used for steam which can
be used for children.

For infants below 6 month

For infants herbal medicines for cold and cough are mostly applied externally.Infused oils or crushed herbal leaf juices and rubbed on chest and back of the baby.The other preferred method is to treat the mother with medicines. Sometimes very little amount of medicines is applied on the breast before feeding the baby.

Oils used

  • Mustard oil cooked with garlic
  • Karpooradi thailam,Mustard oil, ajwain leaf extract, -They are rubbed on the chest and back
  • For nose block- Ajwain garlic pottali

For infants above 6 month

Same methods mentioned as above are to be followed but with a stronger dose.

  • Apply turmeric paste on chest and back.
  • Mustard oil with garlic, ajwain
  • Fresh juices such as ajwain leaf juice ,betel leaf juice,

For children above 1 year

Some of the Teas decoctions, fresh juices mentioned above are to be given. The dose depends on age. Generally decoctions are given 1-2teaspoon before food thrice daily, teas 3-4 times a day, fresh juices 1 to 2 tsp twice a day with honey

Home remedies for common problems


  • To stop a running nose, you can apply the paste made of nutmeg (jaiphal) and cow’s milk along with a little opium on the nose and forehead. to be taken as a snuff.
  • Lemon juice can also be used for running nose
  • Smoke from burnt turmeric stops the running nose.


Common salt +2 black peppercorn chew every four hours


  • Powder made of equal parts of cinnamon, black pepper, cardamoms and the seeds of Nigella sativa (krishna jeeraka) is used for smelling.
  • Crushed garlic pods can be used for smelling for relief of blocked nose. Chewing garlic will also give relief of blocked nose.


For dry chronic cough ingredients such as cumin, clove, cardamom, dry grapes, coriander seeds, fennel, sugar candy, are more in the combination of the medicines and often mixed with sweet base such as palm jaggery or honey


  • Trikatu churna- An effective home remedy for bronchitis is They also tone up the metabolism of the patient. It can help by keeping the mucous in the lungs wet and fluid-like, and decreasing inflammation of the respiratory tract. You can take half a teaspoonful of trikatu powder mixed with honey.
  • Onion has expectorant properties. It liquefies phlegm and prevents its further formation. Half to one teaspoon of raw onion juice is given
  • 3.. Drumstick leaves soup prepared with little salt, pepper and lime juice is very beneficial especially in case of bronchitis.


  • 20 to 40 grams of black basil (Krishna Tulsi) leaves juice thrice daily
  • Decoction prepared with 30 to 80 grams roots and leaves of holy black basil (krishna tulsi) plant can help in all types of fever
  • Application of warmed mustard oil will help people affected with dengue fever and suffering from joint pains the legs and hands.
  • Water boiled with cumin seeds can be used for drinking during fever
  • Dry ginger and coriander seeds are pounded well and boiled in water. This water brings down the fever


  • Drink a cup of warm water added with lemon juice and honey two to three times a day.
  • Decoction made with 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds boiled in 1 ½ glass of water boiled and reduced to ½ glass. To this add 1 tsp of ginger juice and few drops of honey. This is taken two to three times a day
  • 3 to 4 tsp of the onion juice and honey mixture once or twice a day daily till the flu lasts.
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder in a glass of warm nati milk. Reduces the fever and loosens the phlegm
  • Ginger tea has an excellent remedy for flu

Home Remedies for Cold in Infants

  1. Lots of rest
  2. Drink lot of fluids -keep body hydrated
  3. Saline nasal drops to clear out the mucus in the nasal passages, and thus relieve congestion.
  4. Resting with head elevated
  5. Salt water gargling
  6. Use of humidifier/vaporizer/head bath

When to visit the doctor

If you are suffering from symptoms of cold more than 3 weeks, such as itchy eyes, nasal congestion, cough, excessive fatigue, sore throat swollen lymph nodes, rapid heart beat you may have to seek the help of doctor. It may be that you get into secondary infections if not treated. In general if you find the following symptoms it’s better to visit the doctor

  • High (above 103 degrees) fever or a fever that lasts for more than 3 days. In infants below 3 month if fever is
    above 100F
  • Symptoms that last for more than 10 days
  • Trouble breathing, fast breathing or wheezing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Earache or drainage from the ear
  • Changes in mental state (such as not waking up, irritability or seizures)
  • Flu like symptoms that improve, but return with a fever and a worse cough

Home-Made Balasiddha Oil – 500ml

My dear parents and well wishers, sorry for keeping you awaited for long time. My six months angel kept me occupied. So here is my Balasiddha oil, total nourishing herbal oil for babies and adults as well for overall health benefits.

Ayurveda defines health as a threshold structure of Mind, Body & Soul. The brilliance of ayurveda lies in treating the root cause of disease instead of its symptoms. The ayurveda is knowledge of life and this honored remedial method assists in providing the consciousness about life and health in every individual.  Let’s look at the ingredients of Balasiddha oil.


Bala ,Vacha, Neem/Tulsi, Aswagandha, Hadjod, Turmeric, Black Urad Dal, Devadaru, Manjistha, Sariba.

Devadaru(Cedrus Deodara)
It is derived from sanskrit word Devadaru meaning the ‘The Wood Of Gods’. In mythology, this is called a holy tree. This serves as an excellent detoxifier standing unique with extensive healing benefits from Acne to Ulcers. Its divine cure of numerous health benefits from Dandruff, Insomnia, Bronchitis, Cold, Caugh and Cancerous Tumors. It is also a stress buster. This herb has several neurological benefits due its calming and elevating anti depressant qualities.

Bala(Country Mallow)
This is used to increase the strength of the body, bones, muscles and joints nourishing the overall body. This herb is associated with ancient Hindu goddess of beauty and grace ‘Parvaty’. Bala is to traditionally maintain vitality. This is highly beneficial in Muscular Dystrophy and muscle weakness due to Diabetic. Epics say that Bala makes the body as strong as vajra. In Mahabharata, the Mythological story of war says that Duryodhana forgets to apply Bala oil on his upper thigh and so lost his war.

Hadjod(Cissus Quadrangularis)
This herb represents the shape of bones and joins. It is also called Vajravalli as makes the body as strong as diamond. It heals the infected wounds. Treats obesity and also a body building supplement. It is a green leafy vegetarian dish also used for making pickles.

Aswagandha(Withamia Somnifera)
It is also known as Indian Ginseng. The name Aswagandha comes from Sanskrit, The combination of Aswa – The Horses, Gandha – That means Smell. This gives strength and vitality of horse power. It is the best herb that is used to recover from prolonged illness, Calms down the mind elevating the mood. It is vatha pacifying that helps in retaining natural glow, suppleness of skin. The anti oxidant combats the growth of radicals causing ageing wrinkles, dark spots, dullness etc. Massaging with this oil cures impotency in Men. It is better used as an adaptogen to cope up stress, rejuvenates nervous system. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it’s beneficial for treating osteoporosis, pain in rheumatoid arthritis. It can normalize the immune suppressing effects of chemotherapy forming new blood vessels due to its antigenic properties. It increases the estrogen levels in body maintaining skin youthful by balancing natural skin oils. It also controls hair fall, Prematured growing of hair, prevents hair breakage and is a good skin tone.

Vacha (Bach/Acoruscalamus or Vasambu In Tamil)
Whatever you call it, its one of the herb considered very highly in Ayurveda and in Home Remedies. It is also called child herb as it is used in several health ailments in children. Its oil used to enhance memory, Intellectual power of a person. Musicians and Meditators use this herb or oil for concentration and also preferred in aroma therapy. Interestingly Vacha is a herb of saints and sages. It is highly beneficial in epilepsy and insanity. It enhances cognitive abilities. Vacha mixed with other herbs like Neem as in Balasiddha oil is excellent in treating Visceral diseases. It is best in addressing Piles. It possesses carmative properties.

Sariba (Anantha Mula, Sarasapilla, Sugandhipala)
Once can experience the healing power by yourself of this amazing herb. It is coolant and is blood purifier. This is mostly beneficial in Auto-Immune Disorders, Chronic Skin Disorders, Ecoderama, Dysyentry, Jaundice etc. Gives lusturous hair growth with shine.

Manjishta (Radixrubiaceae)
The main function of it works in circulatory system and on skin. Its red roots point to its affinity for the blood. Manjishta acts primarily as blood cleanser and purifier. The presence of quinone rubiadin demonstrates anti oxidant activity that protects against damage in free radicles. Manjistha displays ability of reducing heat and congestion with in blood flow impacting wide range of chronic inflammation disorders. It also breaks down the accumalation obstructing the blood flow ssuch as Tumours and Lumps. This oil is excellent during menstrual imbalances and cramps. Its coolant and as balancing effect on both phsical and emotional level indicating in case of Epislepsy, Autism , ADHD and other Neurological Disordders.

Neem and Tulasi
Neem and Tulasi are significantly important in India since ancient times. Vedas mention their outstanding roles in maintaining helath and curing various body disoorders. These are found in various traditional medicines. Tulsi is also known as Queen Of Herbs and one cannot summarize its efficacy in short. It is Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal and Anti-Inflammatory in preventing and curing various health problems. It is high in alkaloids. Neem is indigineous tree in India. It is considered Tree of 21 Century refering it to divine Tree and panacia of all diseases. It is the life giving and leading eliments in Ayurveda. Due to its high Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal and Anti-Histamice, it is the herb that treats all diseases from roots . The best remedy for any insect bites, immune builder against chicken pox and additionally it cures Hepatitis B virus as per recent study.

Among the Medicinal plants, few possess a white spectrum of qualities as Turmeric. The latin name for Turmeric is ‘Circumalonga’ which comes from arabic name for the plant ‘Kirkum’. It comes from Ginger family and in sanskrit its called ‘Haridra’ and ‘Kanchani’ (The Golden Goddess). Theactive properties curcumin in turmeric are best called productive properties as it is rich in Anti-Oxidants, Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Fungal. It plays an affluent roll on the body and skin that fights with anti bodies. The curcumin regulates certain growth factors signalling molecules in the tumour that ultimately arrests the growth of tumour cells. It treats well all skin disorders, body aches, virals and flues an is anti-allergitic. Lactating mothers who experience pain in breasts due to mastitis can apply this oil followed by hot fumentation gives great relief .It is best in cosmetic industry for curing acne and pimples. Removal of facial hair and skin lightening, stretch marks etc. It is good source Vitamin B6 and Vitamin – C

Black urad / Vigna mungo
Its rich in vitamin B ,protein and iron majorly. Its exfolicator useful in skin rejuvenating & nourishing properties. In ancient india urad dal was used as cosmetic purpose. It removes skin tan and improves complexion . Eliminates dead skin. Blackgram when mixed with sesame oil highly beneficial in rheumatic inflammation, knee pain if applied and massaged externally . Its considered effective in combating prostrate and pancreatic cancer . It’s a rich remedy for diseases like facial or partial body paralysys . As long lustrous hair is womens beauty , a hair pack of urad dal nourishes turning it into silky and shine. It strengthens the body energy levels increasing life span .It increases milk secretion in lactating mothers. Best pulse as crowned by ayurveda in treating erectile dysfunction and due to its aphrodisiac properties it increases sperm count and motility in men .


Choosing the quality of herbs comes with expertise to serve the healing purpose of the oil. Weigh each herb 70 to 80 gms and hand pound them. Later sieve it into fine powder to ensure it doesn’t prick the body. Take 2 lts of cold pressed gingelly / cocunut oil add herbal powder into a kadai along with oil and start boiling until the whole ingredients turn black. Keep it aside. Let the whole concotion settle down and store in hygenic container. show it to sun for continuous 3 days to absorb the suns rays to enhance its healing energy. This oil goes for a family of four members for regular oil bath.


One can either apply ubtan on skin and for a bath and later apply this oil all over the body so as to make skin supple .this is best to address dry skin either in adults and babies .

Alternatively mix ubtan with this oil and use it as a scrub to polish the skin. please avoid any soaps for shiny glossy and smooth skin

The third method of using for babies and adults if time permitts on daily basis or weekends massage with this oil leaving for 20 minutes for better absorption standing under morning sun rays wld be effective cleansing the 7 layers of skin and scrub with ubtan if oily skin


At request of many parents, while I make for my children, I also make extra to share it the requested parents. Each pocket is of 500 ml, and it costs Rs.1390 + Shipping.

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Pregnant ladies can avoid this oil till third trisemister .Best to use post delivery to cleaning and purifiying the whole system ..a perfect detoxification strengthening the body and its muscles shaping up the abdomin .

Author: Lakshmi Bharadwaj

Lakshmi Bharadwaj, known as OJAS in whatsapp group, is a home-maker and mother of three lovely kids. She comes with a rich tradition that follows home-remedies, which makes her a passionate towards ancient knowledge in Ayurveda naturopathy and herbs. She is one of the sincere and senior member of swarnaprashana watsapp parenting community. She has been constantly guiding new parents and with her continuous selfless efforts on various social and educative platforms. She is a small startup entrepreneur made it a step ahead in collaborating O&S HERBALS with BALAMRIT and MILKMASLA which stood to her expectations with her efforts. In 2015, She was the Parent of the month for her exceptional guidance in home-remedies to many parents in our whatsapp community.

Butter/Ghee fried Poongar idli


Are you thinking what to do different with the left over idlis… here is the healthy option. This a famous street food in Hyderabad. Tastes richer with fresh and small idlies.


Left over idli – 4
Onion : 1 big (finely chopped)
Butter / Ghee : as reqd

Coconut masala powder:
This is also called as Thengai podi/ Coconut powder.
This can be mixed with seasame oil and had with idli/ dosa.
And this can be added to hot rice with ghee to have Thengai podi rice. You jus need a papad to accompany this easy readymade powder. This can be stored for more than a moth in a air tight container

Items needed
Channa dhall : 1tblsp
Urud dhall : 1tblsp
Red chilly : 4 to 5
Grated coconut : 1 cup
seasame seeds : 1tsp
curry leaves : 5 to 6 leaves
Hing – a pinch


Heat a kadai, add very little oil and fry all the items together except coconut and salt.
After taking the spices from the pan, fry the coconut till it changes its colour to light brown. TAke the coconut and switch off the flame, now add salt and jus give a stir and add to the mixture.
Once it cools grind it course and store in air tight container.

To make butter idli. Heat a iron dosa pan and add butter. once it starts melting add the coconut masala powder mix well and add finely chopped onion. After a min add the idli’s and jus give a gentle press. turn the idli and press again. Allow it to fry well, taking care not to burn.

Crispy Butterry idlies ready. This would be a treat for kids.


  • Always see to that the tawa is on medium to low flame to avoid burning.
    Reduce the spice level in the powder when using for children⁠⁠⁠⁠
  • This can be done with any traditional / multi millet idlies or normal idlies too.

Author: Sri Nandhini Hari

I’m Sri Nandhini Hari, a B.Com & M.B.A finance post graduate and have worked in American Express Bank as an Asst. Manager and later with CTS as Financial Analyst. I have a passion towards our own tradition and culture and this has triggered me to share the natural and homemade products to a bigger community for the benefit of all.

Mappilai samba rice dosa


Mappilai samba rice – 1 cup
Urad dal – 1/2 cup
Idly rice – 1 cup
Feenugreek seeds – 1 tablespoon
Channa dal – 2 tablespoon.


Wash and soak idly rice, channa dal And mappilai samba rice together.
Wash urad dal and soak it separately.
Wash feenugreek seeds and soak it.

All these should be soaked overnight.

grind feenugreek seeds first. Then add urad dal and grind it well till.
Once its grinded completely take it to a big vessel.

Then add idly rice and mappilai samba rice and grind well.

Now add this rice batter to urad dal batter and mix well.
Add rock salt and mix well.

Then allow it to ferment for 6 hrs and then prepare dosas with the batter.

Author: Saranya

I’m HomeMaker and a mother of 1 year old baby girl. I have 6 yrs of IT experience with Accenture and IGATE and currently taken break to take care of my little one. I have an interest towards home made ancient recipes which is very healthy for kids and adults and hence started preparing all those at home and thought of sharing the same with all parents.

Black rice/karuppu kavani rice kozhukattai



Black rice flour : 1 cup
Jaggery : 1/4 cup
Salt a pinch
Gingelly oil 1 tsp


Boil the jaggery with water n filter the impurities.
Take the flour in a mixing bowl.add a pinch of salt.
Mix the jaggery water with flour.knead it to chapathi dough consistency.
Add a tsp of oil and knead it well.
Steam it for 4 to 5 mins .
Serve hot.
Note : you can adjust the sweetness of jaggery per your taste

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Homemade Popcorn

Corn kernels (refer pic) – 1cup (indian dried corn not the American sweet corn)
Coconut oil – 2 tblsp
Salt and chilly powder to taste




Pour 2 tblsp of coconut oil in a heavy bottom vessel … Preferably small cooker . put it on heat. Once its hot jus drop 3 corn kernels alone and close lid… Once these 3 are popped. Take out these 3 and drop the reqd amount of corn. Spread throughout the surface of the cooker and close the lid upside down. Jus hold the handle and shake a bit for even cooking. Leave a lil gap between the lid and cooker base for the smoke to go out.
Once the popping sound stops,switch off the flame and transfer to a bowl. Add needed amount of salt and chilly powder (optional) and mix well.
Perfect instant snack to accompany a movie or a match at home

Author: Sri Nandhini Hari

I’m Sri Nandhini Hari, a B.Com & M.B.A finance post graduate and have worked in American Express Bank as an Asst. Manager and later with CTS as Financial Analyst. I have a passion towards our own tradition and culture and this has triggered me to share the natural and homemade products to a bigger community for the benefit of all.