Vegetable Tikka

I recently saw a post on vegetable tikka in a food blog that I follow, though not WFPB. And had an irresistible urge to have it. So, I asked Hari if he could prepare a WFPB version of it. He told me that he did not have the proper skewers to prepare it – but…

Curry Leaf Chutney/Dip

Curry leaves are probably one of the healthiest greens on the planet. They have numerous health benefits – too many to enumerate. References to this wonder green can be found in ancient Tamizh texts, as early as the 4th. century AD. It is widely used in Indian cooking, especially South India. However, this superfood is…

Chinna Vengayam Chutney (Shallot Chutney/Dip)

Shallots are not easily available in North India, where I reside. You have to visit select South Indian shops to buy this vegetable. Having lived in North India for over 35 years, I have almost forgotten that onion normally refers to shallots in South India – not the large onion available where I stay. The…

Kothamalli Urundai (Coriander Leaf Balls)

This is a very simple preparation using fresh coriander leaves. It is basically a taste enhancer. One of my favourite preparations. I make this often, when coriander leaves are abundantly available. It is so versatile that you can sprinkle it on virtually anything – and be transported to a new world of taste. I have…

Rice Noodle Soup

When I was working in Malaysia, aeons ago, I jokingly told a Chinese colleague that all Chinese food was bland. He invited me to breakfast the next morning – and offered me Hokkien mee soup. I must confess that I was literally in tears, my nose was running and I was sweating profusely. But I…

Vegetable Tawa ‘Fry’

This dish is normally served at weddings and other celebratory functions in several parts of the country, especially North India. It is the most popular food counter at such functions. It is a live food counter where vegetables and the ‘masala’ are pre-prepared and kept on the tawa (girdle) separately. There are a variety of…

Karamani Kara Kuzhambu (Cow Peas Tangy Curry)

Kara kuzhambus are thick, tangy and often spicy gravy dishes, made in South India. Kuzhambu also has a broader meaning – signifying a gravy dish that can be mixed with rice. But kara kuzhambus are necessarily spicy and tangy. Most southern states have at least a couple of kara kuzhambus to their credit – like…

Green Pumpkin Chutney

I have been subscribing to a vegetable basket directly from an organic farmer for several years now. The arrangement is that the farmer will deliver 10 kgs. of whatever vegetable grown on his farm. The arrangement works out well since I am assured of seasonal and local produce regularly. There is only one drawback –…

Whole Wheat Burger Buns

My journey for burger buns started with Hari’s outstanding potato burger. He often makes this whenever he bakes a normal whole wheat loaf. It was then that I thought that it would be great to have the burger with a proper bun. My search for a WFPB burger bun on the internet yielded no great…

Lotus Root Curry

I first bought lotus root in the late 80’s. To try a dish from a cookbook. Needless to say, it was unmitigated disaster. Thereafter, I stopped buying lotus root completely, It is only very recently that Hari told me to buy some. I told him that it was conditional to him making me a great…