Idichakka Thoran (Kathal, Jackfruit With Coconut)

As I have mentioned before, there are several types of jackfruit. Most commonly, idi chakka (tender jackfruit) and kada chakka.(breadfruit). One of the most iconic dishes of Kerala is the dish prepared from tender jackfruit. It tastes divine. I make this quite often in season, since tender jackfruit is available all over the country. It…

Chena Mezhukuperatti (Jimmikhand, Elephant Yam Roast)

I tend to use elaphant yam, at least once a week, in my cooking. Either on its own or in combination with other vegetables. Especially raw bananas. There a number of recipes using this root vegetable, all of them incredibly tasty. But many people hesitate to buy it as, in its raw form, it can…

Karuvepillai Chutney (Kadi Patta, Curry Leaf Chutney)

Curry leaves are often used in Indian cooking, especially South Indian cuisine. There is almost no dish where this herb is not used. This humble herb is grown in the back gardens of many Indian homes, especially in South India. It comes packed with numerous health benefits. So much so that it has been considered…

Dhania Chutney (Coriander, Kothamalli Chutney)

Many Indian snacks need a green chutney as an accompaniment, especially in West and North India. The preferred accompaniment is South India is coconut chutney. However, this coriander chutney is popular all over the country. Given that coriander is abundantly available in India, it is made quite often. A wonderful tasting chutney, it is also…

Masala Kalmi Saag (Masala Water Spinach)

Water spinach (kalmi saag in Hindi, vallal keerai in Tamil) belongs to the morning glory family. It grows abundantly in tropical and semi-tropical regions. I used to have a lot of this when I grew up in Singapore. It is called kangkong in Singapore and Malaysia. I was delighted to find this green in the…

Kathal Masala (Tender Jackfruit Curry)

There are several varieties of jackfruit in India. I know only two – idi chakka (tender jackfruit, kathal) and kada chakka (breadfruit). And there are several different patterns of consumption. For example, North Indians only have the tender jackfruit. In Kerala and Tamizhnadu (perhaps in some other states too), breadfurit, tender jackfruit and the ripe…

Kovakkai Poriyal (Ivy Gourd “Fry”)

Ivy Gourd (Tindora, Kundru, Kovakkai) has many other quaint names. Baby Watermelon, Little Gourd, Gentleman’s Toes or even Gherkin. It is an exotic vine. You can, with some surety, buy it in the open market as it is a hardy vine and chemicals and pesticides are not normally used in its cultivation. This hardy vine…

Morappam

Morappam is a very popular evening snack in Kerala. A close cousin of morappam is kuzhi paniyaram from Tamizhnadu. Both are very similar. In my young days, this was made quite often in my home. However, it does require a special vessel (appa karol) to prepare this. Traditionally, this is a deep fried snack. In…

Maddur Vada (Rice And Whole Wheat Medallions)

This is a Kannada recipe. I understand that this vada derives it’s name from the town of Maddur, the place of its origin. Whatever the case may be, this is a delicious vada. Traditionally, it is deep-fried, but it does not have to be done so. With an air-fryer or oven, it is possible to…

Urulaikizhangu Varuval (Potato ‘Fry’)

I can eat potatoes in any form. I find the vegetable incredibly tasty. And it is so versatile that there are hundreds of recipes using this humble tuber. Unfortunately, I was denied the pleasures of potato when I turned diabetic several years ago. So, it was sparingly made – perhaps once every two months. And…