|Outer cups R->L: Carrot Halwa, Avarakai Sambar, Lemon Rasam, Curd|
Inside Plate R->L: Pudhina Ajwain Roti, Thumbai Chutney, Kovai Kootu, Vendaika Sukku poriyal, Arisi Murukku, VaathaNarayananKeerai poriyal, VaazhaiPooKootu
|Okra with dried ginger, chilli powder, turmeric|
|VaathaNarayanan Keerai, stir fried with turmeric and shredded coconut|
|Vaazhaipoo with coconut paste and buttermilk with cumin seeds fried in coconut oil|
The joy of a simple meal at home with mom, can not be overstated. During morning walk, mom plucked thumbai, kovai and vatha narayanan leaves. Even vaazhai poo was from the backyard.
It was a tiny vaazhai poo, just sufficient for two. I kept on asking, why mom cut it so young. She said, it would not have grown bigger. I ate the world's smallest bananas from our backyard. With curd, coconut paste, vaazhai poo more kootu was too good.
Carrot halwa didn't have kova, instead, i added cashew paste. Fried cashew, raisins and sauted carrot in ghee and boiled it in milk with sugar and added cashew paste. Flavoured with 2 crushed cardamoms, i simply loved carrot halwa and could not stop myself tasting a little every now and then.
Fulfilling it was, from carrot halwa, nei paruppu to fresh creamy curd. Guess, would not want to go to a star hotel for south Indian meals. Be it Bon South, Radha Hometel, Royal Orchid, east or west, home food is the best. Without mom, of course, i would rather survive on jain tiffin the whole sunday, and feel too lazy to make anything other than maggi noodles.