Carrot Chutney (Dip)

It’s been a long time since I last posted. The corona virus and the subsequent lockdown meant adjusting to a new routine. This has taken some time. And cooking is dependent largely upon whatever vegetables are delivered – hence, there is limited opportunity to experiment with new dishes. But this is also the ideal time…

Pacha Manga Chammanthi (Raw Mango Chutney/Dip)

I love mangoes in any form – ripe, raw or pickled. And the supply is fairly constant throughout the year – ripe mangoes in summer and raw throughout the year except probably November and December. Raw mangoes are pretty versatile and can be cooked/prepared in several ways – all of them delicious. My favourite is…

Mullangi Chutney (Radish Dip)

Chutneys are a regular feature in my home. We make a chutney about 3-4 times a week. That’s because I like a cooked breakfast rather than one from a packet. Therefore, it is invariably a dosa, idli, utthapam, pesarattu… These pair well with chutneys. The classic in chutneys is the popular coconut chutney. But I…

Chettinad Kara Chutney (Spicy ‘Dip’ From Chettinad)

Chettinad cuisine is often spicy with any or all of chilli, onion, garlic and black pepper added generously. Though the cuisine is known for non-vegetarian dishes, there are several wonderful vegetarian dishes too. As winter approaches North India, my body craves spicier food that what I normally have. This chutney is spicy (you can adjust…

Thengai Thogayal (Coconut, Nariyal Chutney)

It suddenly seems to be raining thogayals in my cuisine. Having just made the ponnangani keerai thogayal, it was the turn of the very classic coconut thogayal next. When made with the right consistency (thick and very slightly moist), this dish tastes divine. I often forget how much I love it until I taste it…

Ponnangani Keerai Thogayal (Dwarf Copperleaf, Garundi Chutney)

I had recently made a Sri Lankan dish using dwarf copperleaf. The result was outstanding. I still had a bunch of the greens left. Rather than making the usual South Indian dishes using greens, such as poriyal (stir fry), masiyal (mash) or kootu (wet dish), I decided to try something different. I had recently made…

Manathakkali Keerai Thogayal (Black Nightshade Chutney/Dip)

In South India, there is a tradition of consuming black nightshade – both the greens as well as the berries. The berries are often sun-dried and used to temper a wonderful lentil based dish called Vathal Kuzhambu. Or deep-fried and consumed as a snack or an accompaniment in a meal. I, of course, air-fry them…

Coconut Chutney (Dip)

My post today is the very easy, but wonderfully tasty, coconut chutney. This is a classic. There are several variations to this chutney. The recipe presented here is the most basic one. This is made regularly in South Indian homes to accompany dosa, idly, pongal or, indeed, most breakfast dishes. Variations can include adding roasted…

Paruppa Thogayal (Lentil Dip, Dal Chutney)

Thogayal (also called thuvayal) is a concept rather unique to South India. These are thick chutneys that are served as accompaniments to rice and ‘dal’ (meaning a wet curry to be mixed with rice). Thogayals are normally quite spicy – therefore, they are normally made to accompany bland dishes like mulakootal. There are several types…

Sambar Powder

I have had several requests for the sambar powder recipe. As I have mentioned before, the taste of a good sambar depends almost completely upon the powder used. Of course, these powders are available at retail outlets all over the country. These, however, a characterless and highly avoidable as you will land up with an…