Pumpkin a low calorie vegetable, is very good for those who like to shed calories.Its high

fiber content  gives you the feel of a full stomach,thus keeping your appetite at bay,and

you eat less.

Healthy benefits are that it lowers blood pressure,boosts vision (vitaminA,C &E),healthy

skin,benefit of a good sleep,and healthy heart.

Pumpkin in the form of soups ,cakes,pies,,halwas , salads or any savoury form is  good for

overall health too.Small peek at the health benefits,as i usually do,now i think i should get

into the recipe.



200 gms of boiled and mashed yellow pumpkin

1 tsp.chilli powder or paste

1/2-1 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp.coriander powder

a pinch of nutmeg

a pinch of thyme

2 tblsp.apple cider vinegar or lime.

5-6 garlic pips chopped fine.

4-5 stalks spring onions

2 tsp olive oil/butter

1 tblsp.cornflour(optional)

salt to taste.

Heat oil/butter in the soup pot,add garlic and brown .Next add the puree spices and cook

for a few minutes.Add required amount of water with cornflour and the rest of the

ingredients.Let it boil for 5-10 minutes .

Serve hot.Can be served with fried croutons.



Horse gram has the highest source of protein and energy.Horses and cattle are fed with

this miracle legume.In Tamil its called Kollu,and Kulthi in Hindi.

This gram has a property to attack fatty tissues ,thus helping to reduce cholesterol.

Good for obesity,diabetes,urinary problems,reducing phlegm,asthmatic and many more

health  benefits.

Horse gram generates lot of heat,and it is very good for a winter day .

I have only given you , an outline of this miracle lentil ,which  people know or use hardly

nowadays.So please do search more of its benefits,and avail the benefits nature has to

offer.It is a wonder lentil for those who love to burn fat.

Here i have given you an easy way of making this dish,saving the presoak process.


2 tblsp. horse gram

1 tsp.peppercorns

2 tsp.cummin seeds

5-6 pips garlic

1/2 tomato

a pinch of jaggery powder

1 lime (extract)

1/2 tsp.mustard

1/2 tsp.fenugreek seeds(optional)

1-2 dry red chillies

few curry leaves

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

a pinch of asafoetida powder

2-3 tblsp coconut milk

2 cups water

few coriander leaves

1 tblsp.oil

salt to taste


Dry roast the lentil for 5 minutes.

Grind coarsely with pepper,cummin seeds, garlic and set aside.

Heat oil , add asafoetida,curry leaves,mustard seeds,and chillies.

Add the ground mix,and the tomato with the turmeric and cook for a minute.

Add water.When it comes to a boil (do not overboil).Remove from fire.

In this heat, add the lime juice,coconut milk and jaggery.

Mix well.add coriander leaves.

Serve with rice,or you could drink like a soup too.




Beetroot and carrot soup

Beetroot is one good vegetable which contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre.It helps in the good blood flow in patients with dementia,and provides energy in anaemic patients.When you go into the benefits of beetroot it is really awesome
to know what nature has to offer.Even the leaves of this vegetable has got many nutrients,and it could be used in salads,or made into a dish with coconut.I love the leaves more than the root. Now for the recipe
1 big beetroot
1 carrot
1/4 capsicum (yellow)
1/2 tsp pepper powder
3-4 pips garlic
1/2 inch piece ginger
1/2 tsp cummin seed powder.
A pinch of chilli powder
1 stem celery chopped
Salt to taste.
1 tblsp.lime juice (optional) 
Wash the beetroot,and the carrot well.Boil the beetroots(skin on),carrots,with the rest of the ingredients except for cummin seed powder,chilli powder and lime juice.
Drain and set aside the water,and blend the vegetables well. Next add the boiled water and needed amount of water to make soup,and set on fire again for another 2 boils.Add cummin, chilli powder and chopped celery.Remove from fire aftr 5 minutes.Serve hot.


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LambTrotters (Paya)Curry

This is a mughlai dish. The gelletinous meat and the marrow helps to build up the calcium level in aging people,builds strength in sick and pregnant, and also curbs pains in joints.
It’s a good match with Hoppers,stringhoppers, iddli,dosai,and pulaos.Trotters can be used for making soup too.To cook this you need a pressure cooker.I will not recommend the use of normal pans,because the meat around must be tender,and the marrow should be almost out of the bone.(adding to the flavour).Now for the Recipe
2 sets of cleaned trotters/paya
1 onion chopped
1 tblsp.   ginger-garlic paste
2 green chillies
1 tsp.chilli powder
1 tsp.Coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3/4 tsp.cummin powder
3 cloves
3 cardamons
1 piece cinnamon
2 star anise
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp saunf
6-7 peppercorns
Sea moss -small piece(optional)
Few curry leaves
1/4 cup grated coconut
1 tblsp.rice flour
2-3 tblsp.lime juice
2 tblsp.oil
Salt to taste.
Before you start cooking,wash the trotters 2 times and immerse in water with a pinch of turmeric for 20 minutes.
Grind the cardamons,coconut,rice flour and set aside.
Using the non sharp side of the knife,scrape away the black part lightly from the bones.(not the meat please).
Heat a pressure cooker, Add the oil, and when it is hot add the mustard seeds,the spices, next onions and saute till onion is translucent. Add green chillies, ginger-garlic paste and now the trotters.Cook for further 1-2 minutes. Add water above the level of the trotters,and cook for 20 whistles. (do not add salt and spice powders now).
After 20 whistles, allow the steam to release on its own.
Open the lid,add the rest of the ingredients except lime juice and cook for a further 5 more whistles.
Remove from fire. After the steam is off remove,and add lime juice.
Note:You could adjust the gravy to your need,by adding water or coconut milk. .


Note:For paya or trotters soup
It’s just the omission of chilli powder and coconut paste.


This broth contains loads of rich nutrients than any other foods.This called the liquid gold is the best to give anyone to gain the nutrients needed for the body.Its highly advisable for people with bone disorders like athritis too.If i start writing the nutrients of this dish a page will not be enough,so i go to my recipe now which i made with a twist..

400 gm trotters(2 sets)

10 small onions/2 big onions

1  tblsp.ginger- garlic paste

2–3 green chillies

2 tomatoes

1-2 tsp chilli powder

1-2 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp.garam masala powder

1-2 bay leaf


whole spices a few(cloves,cardamon,cinammon,star anise,saunf)

curry leaves

For grinding

1/4 coconut  ground

2 cloves

2 cardamons

1/2 tsp.pepper

1 tsp.cummin seeds

Wash the trotters well.Soak in turmeric water for 5 minutes and wash again.Pour enough water in a pressure cooker and add the trotters and ginger garlic paste,and cook till 20 whistles.or for 20 mins.

In another pan heat oil,add whole spices and saunf.Then add the cut onions and curry leaves and saute till the onion changes color.Next add the tomatoes and salt and cook till tomatoes are soft.Then add the chilli powder,coriander powder,garam masala powder and cook further for a minute.

Add the coconut mixture and saute well ,then add the trotters and the stock.When the stock starts to boil add the dumplings,and cook till the dumplings are cooked on a medium flame.

garnish with curry leaves

For the dumplings

1 cup flour

1 tsp oil

1 egg

a little salt

greens from the spring onions/chives cut fine

Bind all this to a dough.roll and shape into dumplings.

Note:If you like to serve as soup you could reduce the chilli powder,and serve.

brocolli and chicken wonton soup

For the filling:              images




1 egg(optional)

salt to taste

For the wonton wraps


1 cup white flour.

For the soup

water /or chicken stock/or any stock you like-4-5 cups

2-3 green chillies chopped

small piece ginger chopped.

coriander leaves

1 tbsp soya sauce or oyster sauce

onions-1 large chopped.

For the filling:Boil the brocolli and chicken for 5 mins.blend coarsely.combine all the ingredients together in a pan and cook on a low heat till dry and scrambled.(keep stirring)

For the wraps:Bind to a smooth dough .set aside for few mins .roll out thinly.stuff with filling .and make the dumplings.

For the soup:Put in all the ingredients for soup in a pan,when it starts to boil add wontons one by one till the dumplings cook.

garnish with coriander leaves.

This soup is a mild and healthy soup,with no oil .

variations for filling:mutton mince,egg and fine cabbage.prawn,crab,fish…and many more

vegetarian variation:paneer crumbled with spinach,cabbage and carrot ,spinach n carrot,leeks and grated pumpkin,and many more.