This rasam (soup) is made of sun dried turmeric leaves. The turmeric leaf is an antibiotic. It resolves any minor irregularities in the digestive system and is a good medication for cold and cough.

  • Sun dried Turmeric leaves - 1 or 2
  • Black Pepper - 1 tbsp
  • Jeera - 1 tbsp
  • Tamarind - lemon size
  • Green chilli - 1
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Asafoetida powder - a pinch
  • Curry leaves
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • salt

For Seasoning:

  • Mustard seeds
  • Red chilli - 1
  • Oil
  • Few corriander leaves

How to make it:

Soak the turmeric leaf in water for about 10 minutes to make it soft. Wash it thoroughly in running water. Grind black peppers to a powder separately. Next, grind jeera and few curry leaves with 3/4 cup water. Take the pulp out of tamarind and boil in a vessel with 3 cups of water along with cut green chilli. After 2 minutes, add turmeric leaf, crushed black pepper, turmeric powder and asafoetida powder. Add coconut oil and cook covered for 5 minutes or until the aroma of turmeric leaf comes out. Now add the jeera water to it and let it boil for 2 more minutes. Do the seasoning with mustard seeds and red chilli and garnish with few corriander leaves. Serve with rice or as a soup.

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This is an authentic and famous recipe in chettinad-Tamilnadu. It is served with rice and papad. Here is the recipe for 2-3 servings.

  • Small brinjals - 6 or 8

  • Onion -1 medium size

  • Tamarind - lemon size

  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp

  • Sambar powder - 1/2 tsp

  • Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp

  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

  • Salt as required

  • Corriander leaves

  • Curry leaves

  • Oil - 1/2 cup

For stuffing:

  • Corriander seeds - 1 tbsp

  • Red chillies - 4

  • Urad dhal - 1 tsp

  • Channa dhal - 1 tsp

  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp

Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and fry all the above ingredients until golden brown and grind into a fine paste with a pinch of salt and less water.

How to make it:

Finely chop onions, corriander leaves and curry leaves. Wash and cut the stem of brinjals. Cut the brinjals across so that it can hold the paste inside. Stuff the ground paste inside the brinjals carefully. Keep it aside. Soak tamarind in warm water and take out the pulp. To this pulp add turmeric powder, sambar powder, chilli powder, asafoetida powder and salt and mix well. Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds, finely chopped onions , chopped corriander leaves and curry leaves. Fry until onions become golden brown. Now add the stuffed brinjals and cook covered until the brinjals are half cooked. In between turn brinjals to other side so it gets evenly cooked. Add the tamarind water mixture to this and cook until the oil separates. Garnish with more corriander leaves and curry leaves and serve hot with rice and papad.

This garland is made out of paper flowers. The flowers are made with those tissue sheets used for stuffing tote bags and gift boxes. Make your decorations colourful with this garland during the festive seasons.

Things u need:
  • Tissue sheets - (I have chosen 3 colours- red, yellow and white for my flowers and dark green for my leaves. I made 8 flowers out of one sheet (20" * 26"). Choose the colours as per your choice.)
  • Thick thread
  • Scissors
  • Needle

How to make the Flowers:

Cut the tissue sheet into strips of length at least 2.5". Mine was 2.5" * 26" (shown in picture).

Fold it into two and cut top side of the paper like the end of the flower petals.

On the other side, crush the paper and roll it in such a way that the starting point becomes center of the flower as shown in picture.

Tie it with a thick piece of thread and cut the extra thread.

Similarly make as many colourful flowers as you like.

How to make the Leaves:

Cut green tissue sheets of size 2.5" * 13".

Fold it like a fan and cut the shape of the leaf on both the sides as shown in picture. Twist the paper with center point in the place and make it as a round shape as shown in picture.

How to make the Garland:

Take a thick thread and insert one end into a needle. Do not cut the other end of the thread from the bundle until you complete the garland.

First insert a leaf into the needle then a flower and again a leaf.

Be careful with your order of colours. Make sure u have inserted leaves between flowers. After completing you can add small bells, beads or any other decorative piece at the bottom of the garland.

Make your celebrations grand and colourful with these easy to make paper flower garland!

Hope you liked it!

An apron is used to protect clothes while cooking in the kitchen and also for hygienic reasons. My apron comes with a convenient hand towel holder so never you need to search for tissues and towels to wipe your hand while cooking.

Things u need:

  • A cotton cloth of measurement 20*28 inches.
  • Matching cotton lace
  • Measuring tape
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Washable Markers
  • Sewing machine

How to take measurements:


Height = 28 inches

Width = 20 inches


Neck lace = 22 inches (marked as N1-N2)

Back lace = 16 inches * 2 pieces (marked as B1 and B2)

NOTE: N1-N2 is single piece and B1 and B2 are separate pieces.

As shown in the picture, mark the measurements with a washable marker. That 10+2 inches on top means 10 inches is the measurement and +1 inch on each side is to fold and stitch. similarly, 11 inches along height is the measurement and 11-1=10 inches is the point to cut, fold and stitch. Cut along the dotted lines as shown in picture.The piece marked "A" is for making hand towel
holder that is to be attached in the body of the apron (marked as "A" in the picture). cut it like
a rectangle, fold it into three (length wise) and stitch on all the ends.

How to stitch:

I don't have a sewing machine, but one of my close friend has got one. The sewing machine is weightless and electrically powered so, the concept of stitching is so easy that anybody could do it. It took me only few minutes to complete my apron. After marking all measurements, carefully cut along the dotted lines, fold and stitch all the sides with a sewing machine. Attach the neck lace N1 (one end) on one side and N2 (other end) on other side. Attach back lace B1 on one side and other lace B2 on other side as shown in picture. Attach the piece "A" in the place marked in the apron or the place where you will feel comfortable of having a hand towel. I have even kept a small tag at the side suitable for hanging the apron in my kitchen.

NOTE: Single stitch is not enough and will come out easily so make it with double stitches. Alter measurements as per your fit.

U can customize your apron with your name painted, or embroidered. Its a great gift idea with the person's name imprinted on it. Give this as a gift and show how much u care for them.

These small samosa makes a perfect tea time snack. I remember having them during my college days with a cup of tea. They make a good refreshment for the rest of the day.

What u need:

  • Pastry sheets

  • Big yellow or red onions -2

  • Dhania-Jeera powder -1/2 tsp

  • Garam masala -1 tsp

  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

  • Chilli powder -1/2 tsp or as required

  • Salt to taste

  • Curry leaves

  • Oil for frying

How to make it:

  • Cut onions length wise.

  • Heat oil in a pan, add onions and fry for 2 minutes.

  • Add garam masala, chilli powder, dhania-jeera powder, salt and turmeric powder.

  • Add curry leaves.Fry until onions are soft and raw smell of garam masala is gone.

  • Take the pastry sheet , cut squares as required and make a cone. Stuff some onions inside the cone, fold the end and stick it using water.

  • Heat oil in a kadai and deep fry samosas until golden brown.

  • Serve hot with a combination of mint and tamarind chutney or tomato sauce.

The smell and taste is so good that nobody could hesitate having it.

I had pastry sheet of size 200mm*200mm, out of which i could make four of them.U can try making it like a roll,semi-circle or any other shape as u like. The taste is always perfect.

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