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…

Varagu Dosai (Kodo Millet Crepe)

I often have millets as part of my diet. My personal favourite is kodo millet, but I love all the other millets too. One of the things that I really miss, after adopting a WFPB diet, is rava (semolina) dosa (crepe). I have tried several substitutes for rava, but it is not quite the same…

Kanchivaram Idli (Steamed Rice Dumplings)

As the name suggests, Kanchivaram (or Kanchipuram) idlis are from the temple city of Kanchipuram in Thamizh Nadu. These idlis are a prasadam (offering, prasad) to Lord Varadaraja Perumal (Vishnu) in the temple located in the city. They are delicious and taste different from the regular idli. The infusion of spices in the rather bland…

Pasi Parupu Dosai (Chila, Split Mung Bean Crepe)

This is not a dish that was often made in my childhood home, as far as my memory goes. After I turned diabetic, my cousin introduced this delicious crepe to me. Later, I discovered that this is a very popular breakfast dish in the Northern parts of the country, called chila. I now make this…

Mughlai Parantha

Winter is a time when I normally have parantha (Indian flat bread) for breakfast. One of my favourite ones is the methi parantha (fenugreek greens flat bread). But Hari makes several others too – radish, cauliflower, potato… I love all of them. Hari makes them really soft, without a drop of oil. He makes these…

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….