Kavuni Arisi Adai (Black Rice Pancake)

For several years, I have been extolling the virtues of black rice (kavuni arisi in Thamizh). Known to be one of the healthiest grains on the planet, this rice has a nutty flavour and mouthfeel. It is ideal to make sweet or savoury dishes. I often make a kheer (payasam, sweet dessert) with this rice….

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

I have been inundated with requests for the recipe of the Shepherd’s Pie that I posted on Facebook yesterday. Through Facebook and WhatsApp. I only tried it out as an experiment as I was tired of the usual sambar, thoran, etc. So I thought that I’d try out something different, but keep the load light…

Wingko Babat (Indonesian Grated Coconut Pancake)

I had the good fortune of finding sticky (glutinous) rice at the local organic market a few weeks ago. Since then, I have been experimenting with several recipes using this absolutely wonderful ingredient. Having spent my early childhood in Singapore, I am familiar and fond of recipes using sticky rice. This recipe is very simple…

Mathan Puli Pachadi (Pumpkin Tamarind Curry)

This is a typical and very traditional Palakkad dish. It is normally made with one of two vegetables – pumpkin or okra. A very unique and tasty dish that pairs very well with mulakootal. Hari once made this dish at a vegan cooking class. It was a super-hit. The attendees all claimed that they had…

Red Rice Upuma

It’s been a long time since I last posted. Mainly because Hari was on holiday and I was only doing very basic food preparation. I had resolved to include a wide variety of rice in my cuisine this year. Accordingly, I had bought black and red rice. I was very keen to try a red…

Aloo Methi (Potatoes & Fenugreek Greens)

This is really one of the winter pleasures. I really love this dish – it pairs well with rice or Indian breads. And tastes divine. I look forward to the North Indian winters as many high quality vegetables are abundantly available. And fenugreek greens are a special pleasure. I make several dishes with this green…

Pulut Inti (Malaysian Sticky Rice & Coconut Cake)

I have always loved the Nyonya kueh (cakes). As a child, I used to have this delicacy occasionally in Singapore. After I moved to India, this item was always on my shopping list whenever I visited Singapore. So, I was delighted when I found sticky rice (glutinous rice) at the local organic market. And resolved…

Mithiya Kuzhambu (Fenugreek Seed Curry)

Happy New Year to everyone. My post today is a healthy curry, though spicy and definitely not for the faint-hearted. My body craves spicy food during the winters. And this is definitely one of my favourites. It is a traditional Palakkad dish where the spice content can be adjusted to suit your taste buds. The…

Kavathu Kootu (Greater Yam And Broad Beans Curry)

Though Thiruvadrai is long gone, I thought of completing my posts on this festival. Here is the last one – a delicious curry make of greater yam and broad beans. This is a typical Palakkad preprartion made on Thiruvadirai day. Though a very simple preparation, the taste will leave you spellbound. I often regret that…

Banana Cake

I do not have a sweet tooth. But once in a while, especially during Christmas, I enjoy a cake. A couple of years ago, I did extensive research on a WFPB banana cake. Hari baked it and it turned out perfectly. I had a small slice and reserved the rest for later consumption. A few…