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,…

Vegetable Aval Upma (Poha, Flattened Rice Upma)

In most parts of India, flattened rice is often prepared as a quick breakfast dish. It is exceptionally popular in states like Maharashtra. In South India, it is prepared in a variety of ways, including flavouring such as tamarind, lime, sesame, peanut… Or just plain with some vegetables added. You can use any vegetables of…

Akuri

I have received some requests for tofu akuri. Here goes. This is actually a Parsi dish made with eggs. But the tofu version tastes really good. Ingredients 1 packet firm tofu, drained and crumbled 1 onion, chopped fine 1-2 garlic cloves, chopped fine A small piece ginger, chopped fine 1-2 green chillies, chopped fine 4…

Oothappam (Rice Pancake)

I posted about various types of dosas yesterday. A variation of the dosa is oothappam, a thick rice pancake. In most South Indian households, there is always a stock of idli/dosa batter available. When this batter turns a little sour, it is time to make an oothappam. I, however, do not leave it to providence….

Pesarattu (Whole Green Gram Crepe)

Dosa, though originating from South India, has become a kind of a national dish now. In South India, there are myriad versions of the basic rice and split black gram dosa. I have already posted a few in my blog. Several more will follow. Last year, I did some research into the breakfast dishes from…

Pidi Kozhukattai (Steamed Rice Dumplings)

Pidi kozhukattai or upma kozhukattai is a very famous breakfast dish prepared in the Southern parts of India, especially Tamizh Nadu and Kerala. It is super tasty dish that is had at breakfast. It can also be served as  tea-time snack or for dinner. It is relatively easy to prepare. However, the trick is to…