Thursday, 7 May 2015


Dear Friend's,

I started this blog 3 years ago , when my second child was 1 yr old. Then as she grew up, did not find time for blogging. Till now I have blogged only cooking recepies. But this time its different. Its about one of  our Ancient Indian practice which  is using Shikakai for washing our hair.


I have gone to my native for vacation. Generally during summer my Mom and my Grand Mother prepares the items which can be dried and used for the whole year. Two items from that are SHIKAKAI Powder and PAYATHA MAAVU (Green Moong Powder used for washing face) .I hope we all are aware of Shikkakai Powder which includes many ingredients for the growth and health of hair. From my birth i have been using this Shikakai powder which is homemade. This time I have planned to learn the recipe from my grand mother and do it myself. Incase any of you need Homemade Shikakai Powder just let me know, I'll do it in bulk.

Please note that I am not doing it as a Business. I am also a Mom of two kids. I generally try to restrict my self from buying these kind of items outside. But nowadays we do not have time to do all these things because it is a long process and time consuming. So I thought I would help mommies like me to do this process. As this is not a business , I will collect orders and make as per the requirement. This is a product which can be prepared only during hot summer , so i may not have extra stock. In case you need it later , you can always let me know as I can do this process during October month (Purattasi month in tamil) when the sun is at peak.

For now I will take orders for Shikakai Powder and Payatha maavu (Mainly used for babies)
You can find below , the ingrediants and uses of the items I am using for making Shikakai and Payaytha Maavu. I buy all the items from reputed shops like Dabba Chetty Kadai, Mylapore , which is well known to Chennai people. It is a Nattu Marundhu shop which is there for more than 4 to 5 generations.

  Please contact me at regarding price and order details

Shikakai Powder
Hair growth, Treating Dandruff, Scalp related disease,Keeps the hair healthy and lusturous
Treats dandruff and Helps in regrowth of hair,Reverses baldness, prevents premature greying, Body coolent
Green gram
Reduce hair breakage,Removes dandruff,Gives dark colour n shine to hair
Lemon skin
Improves dull hair,Hair smells fresh n clean
Nellimulli / Kanjanellikai
Conditions hair leaving it Soft n luscious,Prevents greying
Helps to detanle n manage hair, improves hair elasticity,strenghtens hair roots
Sembaruthi flower
Improves texture,Stimulates bool circutaion in scalp,Strenghthens root n hair
Sembaruthi leaves
Boondhi Kottai/ Soapnut
To get Soapy nature,cleans scalp,adds shine,anti fungal agent
Veppilai / Powder(Optional)
Prevents hairloss,enhances growth,kills head lice,anti bacterial
Curry leaves
Repairs damaged roots,Reduces hair fall,stops hair thinning,treats premature greying,strenthens hair  follicules
Dried Rose petal
Tightens scalp,Gives a good smell in hair
Dried Maruthani leaves
Treats dry brittle hair, colours n conditions hair
Vettiver / Powder
Very fragrant n cooling,treats lice n relieves stress

*Please note that store bought Shikakai powder has only 3 to 4 items such as Shikakai, Boondhi Kottai,Kanja nellikai or vendhiyam or rose petal. But here it is done with lots of benefitting items with care


Payatha Maavu (For Girl Baby Skin*)
Green moong (Full for Babies)
Does not strip natural oil,softens skin,Removes the baby hair(Poonai mudi) in the skin
Kadalai Paruppu
Helps to improves complexion, lightens n maintains fairness
Kasthuri Manjal
Anti onxidant,anti inflamatory,anti septic n anti bacterial,removes unwantd hair,keeps the baby skin blemish free
Good for skin, imparts fragrance, prevents infection n heals damaged skin
Vasanai podi

*If you need for boys pl let me know as you have to lessen the amount of Kasthuri Manjal and Poolankazhangu

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Thursday, 23 August 2012


Bonda is a easy and authentic recipe , it doesnt need lots of ingredients. Sometimes when i want to make vada in auspicious days, it will not comes out well , during that time Ill jus add some pepper and curry leaves and make is it as bonda.

Ull Need :

1. Urud dhall - 2 cups
2. Greenchilly - 1
3. Pepper - 10 - 12
4. Curry leaves
5. Salt
6. Oil for frying

Method :

1. Soak Urud dhall in Hot water for 20 min.
2. Drain all the water and transfer it to a mixie jar.
3. Add salt and green chilly and grind well to a smooth paste.
4. Add water only if necessary. When u take a small portion it must drop like a ball,
5. Put this mixture in a bowl and mix it with pepper and chopped curry leaves.
6. Heat oil in a kadai.
7. Take a small portion from the mixture and drop it in the kadai.
8. You can take the mixture from the bowl with your hand or a spoon.
9. Turn both sides and fry till golden brown.
10. It will taste very good when served with Coconut chutney.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Birds Nest

This is another recipe which my son likes very much mainly due to its appearance and name. When you tell birds nest it will open your ears jus to know what this dish is all about, but its actually a easy and tasty dish .
It will be crunchy out side due to the semiya and soft inside due to the potatoes. The peas which is in the middle will look like eggs in the nest. This is a very attractive starter for a party and you can also have it as a snack.
Let do this interesting recipe.

Ull Need :

1. Potatoes - 3
2. Peas - 1 cup
3. Coriander - 1/2 cup
4. Pudina - 1/2 cup
5. Dhania powder - 1 tsp
6. Garam masala - 1tsp
7. Jeera powder -1 tsp
8. Finely chopped green chilly
9. Roasted Semiya - 1 cup
10. Maida Flour - 1 tbsp
11. Salt
12. Oil for frying

Method :

1. Boil peas seperately and drain the water.
2. Boil Potatoes in cooker and mash well.
3. Add Chopped Pudina and coriander, Dhania Jeera , Garam masala and mix well
4. Then add green chilly and salt mix evenly
5. Pinch out 2 small ball from the potato and make a hole in the center of 1 ball as shown in pic
6. Drop few peas and close it with the other ball.

7. Make three or four and keep it aside
8. Spread semiya in a plate 
9. Mix maida in water. 
10. Drop the ball in maida mixture and roll it over the semiya.
11. See to that the semiya ia covered fully on the ball.
12. Heat oil in a pan and fry these balls
13. Cut these balls in the middle.
14. It will be as if there are green eggs in a nest.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Bajra / Kambu Dosa

Bajra or Kambu is a millet gown in India which has a high nutritional value. Bajra is rich in iron,vit B, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin. It has same quantity of protein as wheat. Sometimes we used to have less dosa flour for making dosa. During that time I used to add some bhajra flour and little rice flour to the dosa flour and increase the quantity of dosa flour. All healthy items will be wasted by our kids so you can add the bajra flour to this to make it healthy and nutritious. You get ready made bajra flour in all departmental stores.

Ull Need : 

1. Bajra / Kambu Flour - 1cup
2. Rice flour - 1/4 cup
3. Left over Dosa flour
4. Salt
5. Oil
6. Onion

Method :

1. Mix Dosa flour, Bajra Flour and little rice flour for crispness.
2. Add little salt and onion if needed
3. Add water little by little and mix well without any lumps
4. The batter should not be very watery
5. You can add curry leaves also
6. Heat dosa pan and pour one laddle and spread like dosa.
7. Turn and cook the other side
8. Serve hot with Idli powder or Chutney.