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….

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…

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…

Ezhukari Kootu (7 Vegetable Curry)

Along with Thiruvadirai kali, this wet dish containing seven different vegetables is also prepared and served along with the sweet kali. It is a different experience pairing a sweet dish with a salty accompaniment. This combination is only made for the Thiruvadirai festival. One of the ‘must have’ vegetables for this dish is greater yam,…

Thiruvadirai Kali (A Sweet Breakfast Dish)

Thiruvadirai is a festival that is celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva. It is a regional festival celebrated mainly in Tamizhnadu and Kerala. Legend has it that it is the birthday of Lord Shiva. Whatever the case may be, the festival comes with a delectable breakfast that is prepared in all homes from these two…

Puttu (Steamed Rice & Coconut Savoury Cakes)

Puttu is a hugely popular breakfast dish (it is also served at lunch or dinner) from Kerala. From homes to roadside stalls to restaurants, puttu is available all over Kerala. Very healthy (it is steamed) and tasty, it is often served with kadala curry (black garbanzo beans, kala chana). There are several variations to the…

Idiaapam (String-hoppers)

I keep mentioning that something or other is my favourite dish! That’s because I have several such dishes. Here is yet another one – string-hoppers. Paired with ishtew (please see the section under breakfast in this blog for the recipe). All in my family love this particular breakfast. When  we were kids in Singapore, my…

Masala Dosa (Rice Crepe With Potato Fillling)

Masala dosa is my all time favourite breakfast. But I rarely get to eat it since, for some reason that I am not aware of, Hari rarely prepares this wonderful dish. It is my go-to dish on most occasions when I have to eat out. Mainly because there are very few vegan restaurants in Delhi/NCR….

Neer Dosai (“Water” Crepe)

Neer dosai is a very well known breakfast dish from the Udipi/Mangalore regions of Karnataka. It is very easy to make and is indeed delicious. As it does not contain split black gram, it becomes a really quick and light breakfast. The ingredients used are easily available in most homes around the globe. I first…

Oats Dosa (Oats Crepe)

There are always changing fashions in food too. Advertising tends to fuel these fashions. For example, Indian cuisine never had a cereal called oats. It was invariably rice, wheat and millets. Then came along brands such as Quaker Oats. They promoted themselves as ‘healthy’ cereals. And changed perceptions of what should be served for breakfast,…