Hash Browns

Hash browns is not something that I would ordinarily make. My friend, Shuba Hariharan, had posted a very unusual lunch menu with hash browns included. So I decided to replicate her menu. It turned out very well, especially the hash browns. I am immensely gratified that several people asked me for the recipe. It is…

Instant Kodo Millet Dosa

Dosas are staple food in most South Indian households. They are made at least once a week, either for breakfast or dinner. The traditional dosa requires fermentation – and therefore to be planned ahead. So, dosa batter (and idli batter) are always stored in the refrigerator to be used whenever one feels in the mood…

Proso Millet Upma

Upma is a typically South Indian dish, normally served at breakfast. But it can be had at lunch or dinner too. Or even as a quick snack. It is the go-to option when unexpected guests drop in. Upma is comfort food for many South Indians. The classic upma uses semolina (ravai, suji) as the main…

Macaroni Upma

It is fairly difficult, if not impossible, to find whole wheat macaroni where I live. The commonly available brands use refined flour. Imagine my delight, therefore, when I found a store offering this very rare product – whole wheat macaroni. As a child, I have had a lot of macaroni prepared in a South Indian…

Lemon Sevai (Noodles)

Sevai is a very typically South Indian dish that is prepared in several different ways – tamarind, lemon, coconut, sesame….. or just plain. It is often served at breakfast, but can be had for lunch or dinner too. In South India, you will often find sevai being served for dinner. South Indian weddings are normally…

Verum Arisi Dosai (Just Rice Dosa/Crepe)

There are several types of crepes in South India. Indeed, most states in India have at least one kind of dosa. But South India excels with it’s many varieties. This one that I am posting is very simple and delicious. It uses no lentils, only rice (hence, the name). Hari never makes this crepe, even…

Tomato Aapam (Rice & Tomato Pancake)

I belong to a Facebook group called Recipes of Palakkad (ROP). Members post images of the food that is cooked everyday in their homes. Most of the time, they are tried and tested recipes from the Palakkad region. However, there are several unusual and interesting recipes from various parts of the country and the world….

Ellu Aval (Beaten Rice And Sesame)

Poha (Beaten Rice, Aval) is a popular preparation all over India. Each region/state of the country has several different recipes. Unfortunately, a vast majority use the white poha which contains little or no fibre. I prefer to use the red rice poha which is loaded with fibre. Hari invariably makes a mixed vegetable poha with…

Baked Aval (Flattened Rice, Poha)

Flattened rice preparations are very popular across the country, especially for breakfast. There are some fascinating recipes using this ingredient. The state of Maharashtra has developed several of these dishes into a fine art. Flattened rice is a very healthy and light ingredient. I tend to use the red rice which makes it even healthier….

Varagu Idli (Kodo Millet Dumplings)

Idlis are really healthy. I read somewhere that doctors are recommending this dish for heart patients. I normally make idli using brown rice. The milllet version is even healthier. Given that it is fermented, it is easy on the digestive system and good for the gut. I was a little worried that the idlis may…