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….

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…