Convalscence cooking
Baayamma Upma
Broccoli salad - A Summer Delight!
Chaas, Mor, Salty buttermilk
Cream of mushroom (Great for pregnant mothers - improves lactation)
Dal Khichdi (Excellent for dysentry or indigestion)
Green Gram Salad
Kaanda pohe (Beaten/flattened rice flakes with onions)
Kulith ki kadhi/Horsegram in yogurt gravy
Palak Shorba ~ Spinach Soup - II
Pongal (Savoury)
Porulvalanga Urundai (Not for the sick, but an excellent everyday health food)
Ragi Dosa / Millet Dosa
Spicy Ginger Lemon Soopa
Spinach soup
Thair chaadam or curd rice
Thakkali or Tomato rasam
Tri fruit punch
Upma (omit tomatoes and cashews)

Carry this on a long journey
Almond cookies
Banana bread and banana cake (Lasts a day)
Dry black chickpeas / aloo-chana sukha
Gaajar ka halwa - I
Gaajar ka halwa - II
Gutte ki subzi
Herb sticks
Indian Spiced Bread OR Dill and onion bread
Kothimbir Vadi/Coriander Gramflour squares
Lal Mirch ka achaar / Spicy stuffed red chilly pickle
Mathris - Indian savoury cookies
Missi Roti - Wheat and chickpea flour flatbread
Oatmeal bread
Pudina/Mint chutney
Phulka (Soft Indian flatbread)
Tengai podi / Coconut powder
Thair chaadam or curd rice
Tomato Pickle or 'Thakkali Thokku'
Various - Vegan Bundt Cakes
Vegan Carrot Cake
Vella pori (Puffed rice balls)

Festival cooking
Almond cookies (Christmas/Easter)
Almond Rolled sweets or Badam Katli (Diwali)
Atte ka sheera / Whole Wheat Halwa (A common prasadam)
Aviyal (Onam, Feasts)
Brownies (Easter, Christmas)
Chocolate Crinkles (Christmas)
Chocolate Pudding (Christmas)
Dry black chickpeas / aloo-chana sukha (Kanchak)
Chundal (Navaratri)
Gujiya / Stuffed Indian pastry (Holi speciality)
Light Fruit and Nut Vegan Cake (Christmas, Thanksgiving, NewYear)
Maaladu (Diwali)
Mathris - Indian savoury cookies (Holi and Diwali)
Pal payasam - Kheer (A common prasadam)
Pongal (Sweet and Savoury) (Pongal festival)
Vella pori (Puffed rice balls)
Ullundu or Medu Vadai and Chutney (Any Hindu festival)
Vanilla Hearts (Cookies for Christmas/Easter)
Vella Cheedai / Hard Jaggery Balls (Janmashtami)

Long break ideas
Akbari Chhole / Chickpea in Yellow Gravy
Aloo Bhindi (Dry potato and lady fingers curry)
Aloo Gobi Rasedar OR Cauliflower Potato Curry (liquid)
Aloo Methi (Potatoes and Fenugreek dry curry)
Aloo paratha / Stuffed potato flatbread
Beans mezhukkupuratti / Sauteed String Beans
Bhindi Fry (lady fingers fry)
Bhindi ki subzi (lady fingers fry 2)
Beet Pulao
Chaas, Mor, Salty buttermilk (I always give this during the hot Summers)
Corn rice / Makai chaawal - I
Dhingri badaami / Mushrooms in Almond Gravy
Dry black chickpeas / aloo-chana sukha (Dry)
Gobi ke parathe (Cauliflower stuffed flatbread)
Gutte ki subzi (Liquid)
Indian Spiced Bread OR Dill and onion bread
Jhunka or Zunka (Dry chickpea flour curry)
Kadala Paruppu Kootu / Lentils with vegetables
Koki (Spiced Indian flatbread)
Lime/Lemon rice OR Elmichampazham chaadam
Mah ki dal / Dal Maharani / Kali Dal (Made lowfat - lentils in a dark sauce)
Matki or Moth Makhan (Moth bean in dark sauce)
Mint Rice
Mixed Sprout subzi/salad (Dry)
Mooli ke parathe (Radish filled Indian flatbread)
Orange Saffron Rice
Paneer Bhurji - Scrambled Cottage Cheese (Dry)
Paneer Makhani (Cottage cheese in gravy)
Phulka (Soft Indian flatbread)
Pindi Chhole (Dry Chickpeas traditional style) with phulka/puri
Pongal (savoury)
Rajma (kidney beans in gravy)
Rajma - Kidney beans in tomato sauce - II
Soya Matar Pasanda (Soy chunks with peas)
Tarragon rice with kidney beans and baked potatoes
Thair chaadam or curd rice
Tomato rice
Ullakazhangu Podimas ~ Potatoes rolled in coconut (Dry)
Ullukazhaiga Roast / Potato Roast (Dry)
Vegetable Pulav

Short break ideas for children
Adai or Rice and lentils pancake
Almond cookies
Aloo chaat (Potato salad)
Atte ka sheera / Whole Wheat Halwa
Baayamma Upma (Leftover rice made tasty)
Baked potatoes
Banana bread and banana cake
Banana Nut Loaf
Besan ka chilla (Chickpea flour pancake)
Broccoli salad - A Summer Delight!
Cheese bread - II
Cherry Tartlets
Chickpea salad in Italian dressing
Chocolate Crinkles
Chocolate Pudding
Chundal (Roasted lentils)
Ciabatta bread toasts
Corn and Alfalfa Sprouts Salad
Corn And Vegetable Croquettes
Dip canape topping - 1
Dosa with Chinese filling
Fig Kuchen or Fig Crumble Cake (Vegan)
Focaccia bread
Gaajar ka halwa (Carrot pudding - low-fat option)
Gojavalakki (Beaten rice)
Hara Paneer Tikka (Cottage cheese skewers)
Herbed Cheese Braided Bread
Herb sticks
Indian Spiced Bread OR Dill and onion bread
Kaanda pohe (Beaten/flattened rice flakes with onions)
Khatti Arbi / Colocassia
Kothimbir Vadi/Coriander Gramflour squares
Instant Sevai or Dhidheer Sevai
Maaladu (Roasted gram balls)
Mathris - Indian savoury cookies
Mixed Sprout subzi/salad
Monkey bread
Oatmeal bread
Oats Upma/Savoury Oats South Indian Style
Pesarattu (Lentil pancake)
My own Potato filled bread
Porulvalanga Urundai (High on health lentil balls)
Puff pastry - Savory, Sweet and Plain versions
Rich moist almost vegan chocolate cake
Rosetta rolls
Rustic Coconut Cake
Strawberrry Bundt Cake
Summer Fruit Tartlets
Swedish Tea Ring - Vegan
Tandoori Gobi - I - Cauliflower skewers
Thai Mango Sticky Rice Pudding OR Khao Niaow Ma Muang
Thalipeeth (Mixed lentil pancake)
Tofu Croquettes with Hummus
Tofu Cutlets (Tastes best while hot)
Upma (Rawa)
Vanilla Hearts
Various - Vegan Bundt Cakes
Vegan Carrot Cake
Vegan Cheesecake Brownies
Vegan Cutlets
Vella pori (Puffed rice balls)
Zeppoles, zapplas or simply fried donuts!

Kitchen Basics
Aloo chaat
Dal Tadka
Homemade ghee or Clarified butter
Home made paneer
Chaas, Mor, Salty buttermilk
Mix fruit
Paruppu thogayal / Lentil chutney
Pudina/Mint chutney
Thair chaadam or curd rice



Suggestions for a 12 course menu

Daily meal suggestions

Different menus for different diets


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