Watermelon Rind Curry

I never knew that watermelon rind could be used to prepare curries – though it seems pretty obvious that the rind should be edible. I first heard of this in a FB group on cooking that I belong to. I was fascinated and began researching the topic. There were several recipes, almost from all the…

Pudavalangai Usili (Snakegourd Crumble)

I had previously posted a cabbage usili recipe and mentioned that several vegetables can be used to make usili. Usilis are from Thamizhnadu. It basically means that a vegetable is mixed with a lentil crumble. These dishes are very tasty and nutritious. Today, my post is on snakegourd usili. Ingredients5 cups finely chopped snakegourd (chichinda,…

Capsicum & Potatoes

I must make a confession. I am a hoarder of cookbooks. I have books that I have bought, been presented to me – all over several decades. There are some very traditional recipes that are almost lost – my cousin has done me yeoman service by photocopying these recipes in books. So, I have several…

Stuffed Jalapenos

Jalapenos are quite popular in several states of the country, mainly as a fritter or pickle. But it is also used for chutneys and several other dishes. The relatively mild spice quotient makes it a ideal ingredient for these dishes. I often buy it either to pickle or make the fritters. Recently, my friend Shubha…

Pachmela Dal

I do not often make dals. Mainly because they are bland and do not pair well with rice. But, they go extremely well with Indian flat-breads. Since I have rice in the afternoon and a palaharam (dosa, idli, roti…) for dinner, the wet dish to accompany both meals is always a problem. The ones that…

Elavan Kootu (Ash Gourd Curry)

Kootu (a wet curry) is almost a staple in most South Indian homes. It is invariably bland and there are several types of kootu. Often paired with a sambar (or any other spicy curry that is mixed with rice), kootu is the perfect counterbalance to a spicy curry. There are several ways of preparing kootu…

Lo Mein Noodles

With my stock of noodles, planning meals has become easier. In an earlier avatar, I used to visit a Chinese restaurant whenever the mood for noodles was upon me (which was often). Having become more conscious of ingredients after I turned vegan, this became a difficult exercise. Because it was difficult, if not impossible, to…

Manga Inji Kuzhambu (Mango Ginger Curry)

Crucuma amada is a rhizome related to the ginger and turmeric families. It has a distinct raw mango flavour. Called manga inji in South India and amba (or ambad) haldi in other parts of the country, it is a delicious root and has several medicinal properties. Having said that, it is also very tasty. It…

Mukunuwenna Mallam (Ponnangani Keerai, Dwarf Copperleaf Stir Fry)

I have heard a lot about Ponnangani Keerai, but don’t recall ever having consumed it. Probably because it was not available in Singapore when I lived there. Therefore, I was not even aware of what this green looked like. I visited a roadside vegetable vendor last week and saw this green tucked away in a…

Spicy Urad Dal (Split Black Lentil)

Dals (as opposed to the South Indian kootans) are rarely made in my home. The reason is simple enough. Lunch is the main meal and it invariably consists of whole rice, a kootan, a vegetable and a salad. Since dinner is a simple affair, the kootan gets carried over to this meal. Depending upon the…