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Thaen Mezhugu

Thaen Mezhugu

This is a very simple recipe. I learnt it from my mil. Goes well with adai and pidi kozhukattai. You will love this.


Grated syrup jaggery ( Paagu Vellam ) – 2 cups

Water – enough to cover the jaggery

Dry ginger powder – 2 pinches


Heat a pan. Add the grated jaggery and enough water to cover the jaggery. Boil till the jaggery dissolves. Strain the jaggery syrup into a pan. Boil on sim flame till the jaggery syrup thickens.  The consistency of the syrup has to be thick like the dosa batter. Transfer to a stainless steel container. Chill it. Leave it in the fridge. Stays good for a week.

Chef ‘s  Tips

  1.  Use good coloured jaggery .
  2. The use of ginger powder will take care of the throat. You will not have  kich kich in the throat.


Thakaali ( tomato ) Urugai


Thakaali Urugai, is a very good accompaniment to Upma, Idli, Dosa, Roti and plain rice. Choose nice bright red tomatoes. We make it often at home. Can store in the fridge for 2 days.


Chopped tomatoes – 2 cups

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon ( I used Kashmiri chilli powder)

Asafoetida powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar- 1 teaspoon

Water –  1/2 cup

To Season

Oil – 2tablespoons

Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds( jeera ) – 1/2 teaspoon

To Garnish

Finely chopped curry and green coriander leaves – little


Heat a pan. Season . Add the tomatoes. Keep the stove on medium flame. Add salt, sugar, and all the spice powders.Mix well. Add 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Mash little. Cook till little thick. Switch off the stove. Garnish and serve hot.

Chef’s Tips

1) Use nice red tomatoes to give a bright red colour.

2) If you want little extra sweetness add little extra sugar.