Kasthuri Ammal’s monsoon delights at Vaksana Farms are thoughtfully prepared to align with the season’s unique needs and flavours. Here’s an elaboration on why these dishes are particularly suited for the monsoon:

  1. Kuzhi Paniyaram
  • Reason for Preparation: The monsoon season brings cooler weather, and the fermented batter used in kuzhi paniyaram aids digestion, which can sometimes be sluggish during this time. The warming spices and the crispy texture make it a comforting snack to enjoy while it rains.
  1. Murungai Keerai Adai
  • Reason for Preparation: Drumstick leaves (murungai keerai) are rich in vitamins and minerals, which help boost the immune system. This is particularly beneficial during the monsoon when the body is more susceptible to infections. The dosa-like adai is filling and provides the necessary nutrients to keep one energized.
  1. Rasam
  • Reason for Preparation: Rasam is a tangy, spicy soup that is excellent for digestion and helps in clearing sinuses, which can often get blocked due to the damp and humid weather. The use of tamarind, black pepper, and other spices helps in maintaining body warmth and combating colds and coughs.
  1. Paruppu Vadai
  • Reason for Preparation: Deep-fried lentil fritters like paruppu vadai are a favourite during the monsoon. The crispy exterior and the warm, soft interior are perfect for enjoying the rainy ambience. Additionally, the protein-rich lentils provide energy and satiation, making it a hearty snack.
  1. Sundal
  • Reason for Preparation: Sundal, made with boiled legumes, is light yet nutritious. The high protein content is great for maintaining energy levels during the cooler, often lethargic monsoon days. The tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves adds warmth and flavour, making it a delightful snack.
  1. Milagu Kuzhambu
  • Reason for Preparation: This pepper-based curry is specifically prepared to warm the body. Black pepper is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and helps in boosting immunity, which is crucial during the monsoon when viral infections are common. The tangy tamarind and spices also aid digestion.
  1. Thengai Paal Payasam
  • Reason for Preparation: A rich, creamy dessert like thengai paal payasam made with coconut milk and jaggery is perfect for the monsoon. It provides comfort and a sense of indulgence. The natural sweetness from jaggery is healthier compared to refined sugar and adds to the overall warming effect of the dessert.

Overall Benefits:

  • Immunity Boosting: Many of these dishes incorporate ingredients like drumstick leaves, black pepper, and lentils, which are known to enhance immunity.
  • Warming Effect: Spices and methods of preparation focus on generating warmth in the body, which is necessary to counter the cool and damp monsoon weather.
  • Digestive Health: Fermented foods and spices help in maintaining good digestive health, which can often be compromised due to the increased humidity.
  • Comfort Food: The textures and flavours of these dishes provide a sense of comfort and satisfaction, which is especially appreciated during the rainy season.

Kasthuri Ammal’s monsoon delights are not just about taste but are deeply rooted in the traditional wisdom of using food to maintain health and well-being according to the seasons.


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