Sulaimani Tea (Kattan Chaya/ Black Lemon Tea)

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A Sulaimani tea is more like a melody drink, it is most loved when your mind is more relaxed and in a mood for melody. For me this is typically on a cold or rainy day. These days I prefer this as my morning drink, after an hour of exercise and while listening to the melodious malayalam songs that most TV channels play these days around 7:00 AM. I do not have certain information about how this tea got its name, but this was known purely as “Kattan Chai” (Black Tea) in the early days. These days it is popularly known as the Sulaimani Tea.

The tea is easy to prepare and infact is a good option if you are planning at some tight cost cutting in your house. If cost is not an issue, then you take this tea to real exotic levels and make it a drink to cherish. A simple version of the tea that you can easily prepare at home is listed below. The preparation is for 2 people and you can scale this proportionally depending on the number of people.

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Idly Podimas

Idly, undoubtedly is the most common breakfast item in the South Indian homes or even the hotels. Hailing from South, I myself grew up eating up Idly or dosa almost every other day.  Many times  you will find that you have plenty of  left over idly. Some of you might have it as idly itself or some others might make a upma out of it. Thanks to the techniques of our earlier generations with each left over item , a new item can be prepared.  Ok, now let me start my idly upma variation, I call it the Idly podimas, simply because I made a podimas of the Idly :)

Check out the recipe below

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Home Remedy with Omam Kashayam (Ajwain Drink)

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When I was a child, I remember visiting doctor very rarely. Gone are the days, where the visit to a doctor is made only after the home remedy fails. I wonder if today people are even aware of the methods. One of the useful such remedy is the Omam Kashayam or Ajwain Drink. Omam is called as Ajwain in Hindi and Carom in English. .Oma kashayam is something that is prepared at my home every now and then. Reason? Well, it can give instant relief to stomach problems related to acidity, indigestion etc. Whenever someone complains of stomach ailment, at home we first try curing it with this kashayam, which is pretty simple and easy to make.  Check out the recipe below.

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Sheikdom Invites!

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It is now exactly a year since we made this trip and finally I get to put down the experiences with Dubai. The trip was made in November 2010 along with the trip to Egypt. The journey to Egypt has already been covered in the following parts.

We spent 2 days in Dubai on a transit visa. The plan was to visit as much places as possible and the desert safari was a must have on the list. We were able to cover most of the places thanks to the support from my wife’s uncle and aunt.

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Coconut Ladoo

A simple recipe for making coconut ladoos from our guest writer, Sandhya from Coimbatore.

Coconut Ladoo

A delight for people who love coconut! This is a simple dessert that can be prepared easily at home and with ingredients that are easily available. Though the recipe is simple, one can easily improvise it and include other items as per the taste and liking. A note of caution though – The dessert is made primarily from coconut and hence its life span is very limited. Thus one needs to ensure that you make the right quantities to avoid wastage.

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Soya Paneer masala

Well, I must admit that I have a particular liking for the soya paneer. Though I started using this as a substitute for the regular paneer, It has become an integral part of my cooking. The below recipe is a curry that goes well with rotis. Check it out!

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Have a Date with Fig

Date with Fig? Yes, this is a smoothie with dates and fig. A simple recipe, but with great nutritional value. Start your day with a complete package of nutrients, you would feel fresh the whole day. The smoothie is packed with all nutrients like Iron, fibre content,calcium, proteins and vitamins.

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Tossed Salad

The salad series continues and here is the next item, the Tossed Salad. A simple preparation that has vegetables and sprouts as the ingredients. Check the recipe below.

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Banana Stem curry

It has been a long time since I prepared something with Banana stem. Last week when I went for shopping I made sure that I purchase banana stem. Banana stem is highly rich in fibres and a healthy food to cook. The first thought that comes with banana stem is to make a steamed stem salad. However at the last minute I decided to make a curry with the stem that would also go well with rice. The end result was something that really took me by surprise. The combination was fantastic and something to die for. Now to the recipe.

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PuliInji/Inji Puli(Ginger in Tamarind)

It is that time of the year when the taste buds of Malayalees are out in full strength. Onam is a festival of celebrations and one of the main part of this celebration is the food. The food is grand and there are various elements of such a feast. Puli Inji or Inji puli, however you call it is an important item in this feast. It adds the sour-sweet taste to the dish and is also considered a very good digestion aiding agent. Though very simple to make, the taste varies greatly between two different persons.

Check out my recipe below for our version of puli inji!

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