Vengaya Sambar (Shallot & Lentil Curry)

Sambar is an iconic curry that is supposed to have originated from Thanjavur, Thamizhnadu. There are two main types of sambar (and a host of other, much less known varieties). The first one is called Podi Pota Sambar, largely prepared in Thamizhnadu. This uses a pre-prepared masala powder (I will post how to prepare this…

Chenai Vazhakkai Mezhukuperrati (Elephant Yam And Raw Banana Stir Fry)

Mezhukuperrati is an iconic dish for most people from Palakkad. And many people from this region of India consider a bowl of curd rice, with a mezhukuperrati as an accompaniment, as a gourmet meal. Mezhuku means fat (in this case, oil) and Perrati means stir fry. Practically any vegetable can be used to make a…

Pudina (Mint) Chutney

Chutneys are an integral part of any Indian home. There are several types of chutneys that are prepared, but perhaps the most popular is the mint chutney. This very popular chutney is paired with several snacks or sandwiches. The strong mint flavour is offset with the addition of other delicious herbs and spices, making it…

Rainbow Salad

Rainbow salad is a name that I coined for this salad as it has so many colours. I tried it for the first time when I had some very dear friends over for lunch. They enjoyed the salad so much that I was indeed surprised. I do not normally see Indians enjoying salads unless it…