Oats Upma

When I turned vegan some years ago, I was told to avoid processed oats like, for example, Quaker Oats. These very knowledgeable people told me to stick to whole oats. I did some research on whole oats and found several varieties. Steel cut, rolled oats… It all left me very confused. So, I decided to…

Wheat Dosa (Wheat Crepe)

This dosa is rarely made in my kitchen. Perhaps twice in a year – and that too, only when I ask Hari to prepare it. This is an instant dosa that needs no fermentation. Served with a chutney of your choice, this makes a wonderful breakfast or snack. It is so quick and easy to…

Puli Sevai (Rice Noodles In A Tamarind Base)

Sevai, in Tamil,  means rice noodles. I love my sevai. But since I adopted a WFPB lifestyle, I have been denied the pleasures of sevai since most commercially available ones use refined rice (white rice). And I was too lazy to make fresh noodles at home. I was delighted, therefore, to find brown rice noodles…

Vegetable Ishtew (Stew)

I love anything cooked in coconut milk. However, there is a downside. If one uses only the coconut milk and discards the meal, then it becomes a refined product. I normally use the coconut milk to make specific dishes. And retain the meal to garnish my vegetable curries. This ishtew has a very subtle taste…

Aapam (Rice Pancake)

Aapam is a popular breakfast dish from Kerala. In recent years, this simple dish has found admirers from all over the country. Many restaurants countrywide serve aapam. Typically, aapam is paired with a wet gravy called ishtew (possibly derived from stew). This is one of my favourite breakfast dishes. My mood perks up whenever I…

Little Millet Upma

Little millet is called Samai in Tamil and Kutki in Hindi. Millets are basically seeds of various types of grass. They are gluten-free and packed with nutrition. I tend to use a lot of millets in my food. Not just to provide variety to my grains, but because I really like millets. While on the…

Adai (Rice & Lentil Pancake)

Adai is a South Indian breakfast dish that is rarely found in restaurants. At restaurants, it is more common to find dosa and its variations, aapam, rava (semolina, suji) dosa and other such dishes. I cannot understand why this is so, since adai is really a lip-smacking dish that is healthy, packed with nutrition. It…

Idli (Rice & Lentil Dumplings)

Like the dosa, idli has also become a kind of a national dish in India. Though originating from South India, if has aficionados all over the country. It is normally had for breakfast in South India (though occasionally for dinner too). In the rest of the country, it is an anytime snack or a meal…

Dosa (Rice & Lentil Crepe)

Dosa has become almost a national dish in India. It is widely available all over the country, even with street vendors. Though the basic ingredients are the same, the preparation varies widely to suit individual tastes. Some like their dosa soft, others crisp. The homemade ones are about 6″ in diameter whereas the ones served…

Murungai Keerai Adai (Moringa Leaf Savoury Pancake)

The moringa (moringa oleifera) tree in my back garden is at its fertile best now. I have an abundance of pods, leaves and flowers – all of them edible. Not just edible, they are super-tasty! I have distributed dozens of pods to friends and neighbours. And I still have loads for my personal use. Moringa…