Friday, October 4, 2013

Lunch Index

#Lunch : A typical #vegetarianTamilLunch menu will have the following items :

  • Rice is the staple food of Tamil Nadu, India
  • Paruppu [ salted Lentil ]
  • Sambar [ Lentil with vegetables and tamarind ]
  • Rasam [ Spiced lentil water with tamarind ]
  • Koottu [ Lentil with vegetables and coconut masala ]
  • Curry [either Stir fry or spicy dry curry ]
  • Sweet Pachadi [ mango, tomato or mixed fruit ]
  • Thayir Pachadi [ Salad with vegetables and curd ]
  • Appalam
  • Curd
  • Pickle
These are the items in a normal daily lunch menu.

On special occasions, festival days and marriage feast there will be sambar, kara kuzhambu or vatha kuzhambu, more kuzhambu, rasam, one vegetable stir fry, one or two spicy curry, two types of vegetable koottu, a sweet, payasam [ dessert ], vadai, banana, along with other regular ones.

There is a specific way and order in which food has to be taken.

To begin with white rice has to be mixed with salted lentil adding ghee. It has to be relished with thayir pachadi [ curd salad ] and vegetables of sambar.

Next take some more white rice and add sambar liberally adding little ghee or gingelly oil [ till/sesame oil ]. Have along with curry and koottu. You can also enjoy with pappad and vathal.

Now comes rasam. Take hot white rice and pour rasam over it.
Mix well and enjoy with curry, koottu and pappad/vathal.

If payasam [ dessert ] is in the menu, then have at this point.

Finally mix white rice with curd or buttermilk and have with pickle.

Please find links below for posts related to the recipes of lunch. I keep adding links whenever a new post is published in this blog.


Cooking dhal

Cooking rice


Coconut masala

  • Links to various lunch menus are tabulated here.
  • Click once over the picture to go the index menu

Mix With Rice Rice Varieties
Keerai Masiyal
Sigappu Keerai Masiyal
Sigappu Keerai Paruppu Masiyal
Manathakkali Keerai Paal Saaru - Kazhani Saaru
Murungai Keerai Paal Saaru - Kazhani Saaru
rice varieties

Sambar & Kuzhambu Koottu & Gravy
sambar & kuzhambu index Koottu/Gravy index

Vegetable Stir fry Dry/Masala Curry
vegetable stir fry - poriyal/thuvatal index dry/masala curry index

Dessert Pickle & vathal
payasam & sweet index pickle, vathal, jam & other index

Rasam Varieties Salad - Pachadi
rasam index salad - pachadi index

Gravy with Coconut Milk
Manathakkali Keerai Paal Saru Murungai Keerai Paal Saru

  • Use the pictures grid given below to go to posts of Legume stir fry [ Sundal ].
  • Hover cursor over the picture to know the name of the recipe.
  • Click on the picture to take you to the recipe.

Legume Stir Fry - Sundal
Kollu Sundal [ Horse Gram Stir Fry ] Siru Payaru Carrot Poriyal [ Moth Beans Carrot Stir Fry ] Pattani Sundal [ Green Peas Stir Fry ]
Mulaikattiya Payaru Sundal [ Sprouted Green Gram Stir Fry ] Rajma Sundal [ Red Kidney Beans Stir Fry ]

For other recipes go to

Recipe Index

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