Pudina thengai pottukadalai chutney

Mint coconut fried gram dhal chutney for dosa

Take half a kernel coconut and  cut into pieces called badhai in Tamil .  I do not grate.  I grate coconut only for burfi



Add fried gram dhal .  We can increase or decrease the quantity depending upon whether we want  the coconut flavour to me  more or gram dhal flavour more

Two green chillies again the quantity depends upon how hot you want the dish to be

A handful of washed mint leaves


Four small cloves of garlic

Instead of tamarind ,  I squeeze half a lemon

Since the coconut is not grated ,  dry grind  first so that the pieces are converted into fine pieces

Instead of water ,  I add coconut water

Now wet grind the mixture

Saute with mustard , urad dhal and washed, dried curry leaves

Chutney is ready for dosa , idli as a side dish 

Rava ladoo step by step picture

How to make rava laddu step by step images 

We prepare this Rava laddu for Rama Navami .  It belongs to the Thanjavur Marathi recipe category.  It is prepared without milk 

  • For one measure rava or semolina
  • take 1/4 measure maida ,
  •  3/4 powdered sugar ( confectioner's sugar ) or burra sakkarai , 
  • dessicated  coconut  one table  spoon , 
  •  cashew nuts  caradamom powder
  • Add ghee to a  shallow vessel, fry the rava till  it becomes golden brown.
  • Roast maida with a little ghee . Keep both ( rava and maida ) aside .
  • Mix powdered sugar in generous quantity of ghee and mix thoroughly till the mixture becomes like cream.
  • When  rava ,  maida are cooled completely add them to this mixture
  • Add cashew nuts fried in ghee and cardamom powder , 
  •  Mix all the ingredients well till they are  thoroughly mixed.
  • Then form the laddus by pressing to get spherical shapes.
  • Rava laddu is ready to be served 
  • It is a good evening snack  also.
  • It is also one of the offerings to Lord Rama 

Rava laddu step by step for Rama Navami neivedyam










Laddu recipes with almost no cooking

This recipe does not need the use of gas stove.  Only roasting of some ingredients is done.  So it may be considered as a recipe with no cooking.  So we can make it  quickly and easily.  We can make it as a quick and easy sweet for Diwali.  These days for all women,  working and homemakers ,  time  is a premium .  Still making Deepavali bakshanam at home gives us a lot of satisfaction.  With nuclear families being the order of the day,  we do not have the benefits of joint families when all the ladies in the house used to involve in making sweets and savories for various festivals.  

10 to 2 dots kolam 10 to 2 dots rangoli

10 pulli kolam for Tamil New Year 

Decorate with a kaavi border for festivals and Fridays.  The box like pattern using dots is the traditional design.  The outer free hand designs have been added by me.  


The dot pattern is 10 dots 2 rows ,  then 8 to 2 dots

Draw a pair of horizontal lines outside 2 rows of 10 dots

Similarly vertical lines outside the 2 columns of 10 dots


The boxes have been formed

Connect the centres of each side of the squares as shown in the picture below


Extend straight lines on all four sides of the squares  to divide into two and four parts


This is simple geometry in kolam


These type of designs are called the kalyana medai

Decorations outside the basic pattern with spirals and flowers is according to our imagination



A border with a line around the designs on all four sides


We can use this as a daily rangoli also if we are looking for some medium sized rangoli for Tuesday or Friday.