Vegan Mayonnaise

I have been extremely lazy to try out a WFPB mayonnaise. One of the reasons is that most WFPB recipes for mayonnaise contain cashews. Which results in me consuming more cashews in a day than is the permitted limit of 2 tbsp per day – the restriction that I follow. But one day, being in…

Thakkali Gothsu (Tomato Dip)

Gothsu is a South Indian chutney used to pair with breakfast dishes such as dosa or idli. It can also pair with rice as an accompaniment. Or even Indian flat breads. Needless to say, gothsus are extremely tasty. The most well-known is the kathrikkai gothsu (eggplant dip). However, several vegetables can be used to make…

Coconut Yogurt Chutney

There are innumerable varieties of coconut chutneys. The simplest being just ground coconut with a little tempering. I love coconut chutneys is any form. They are really versatile and pair well with most South Indian breakfast and snacks. I cannot imagine a Mysore Bonda without a coconut chutney. Similarly, a Medhu Vada. So, the coconut…

Carrot Chutney

I have a book with over a hundred chutney recipes. I therefore do not experiment with chutneys often. However, I recently had a lot of carrots lying around. I therefore asked Hari to prepare a carrot chutney for breakfast with my dosa. I never thought that it would be so tasty. It paired excellently with…

Chilli Garlic Chutney

I normally hesitate to post very spicy recipes, especially those that are chili hot. For two reasons. Firstly, many of my friends and followers are not very fond of chili hot dishes. Secondly, my own tolerance has gone down dramatically with age. But there are some kinds of cuisine that are required to be fiery….

Bombay Chutney

Chutneys are a very common feature in South Indian households. They are prepared at least three to four times a week, if not more. There are therefore hundreds of chutney varieties. While the taste varies somewhat, the concept is very similar. For example, if one is doing a vegetable chutney, then the method is to…

Curry Leaf Chutney/Dip

Curry leaves are probably one of the healthiest greens on the planet. They have numerous health benefits – too many to enumerate. References to this wonder green can be found in ancient Tamizh texts, as early as the 4th. century AD. It is widely used in Indian cooking, especially South India. However, this superfood is…

Chinna Vengayam Chutney (Shallot Chutney/Dip)

Shallots are not easily available in North India, where I reside. You have to visit select South Indian shops to buy this vegetable. Having lived in North India for over 35 years, I have almost forgotten that onion normally refers to shallots in South India – not the large onion available where I stay. The…

Kothamalli Urundai (Coriander Leaf Balls)

This is a very simple preparation using fresh coriander leaves. It is basically a taste enhancer. One of my favourite preparations. I make this often, when coriander leaves are abundantly available. It is so versatile that you can sprinkle it on virtually anything – and be transported to a new world of taste. I have…

Green Pumpkin Chutney

I have been subscribing to a vegetable basket directly from an organic farmer for several years now. The arrangement is that the farmer will deliver 10 kgs. of whatever vegetable grown on his farm. The arrangement works out well since I am assured of seasonal and local produce regularly. There is only one drawback –…