Idichakka Thoran (Kathal, Jackfruit With Coconut)

As I have mentioned before, there are several types of jackfruit. Most commonly, idi chakka (tender jackfruit) and kada chakka.(breadfruit). One of the most iconic dishes of Kerala is the dish prepared from tender jackfruit. It tastes divine. I make this quite often in season, since tender jackfruit is available all over the country. It…

Chena Mezhukuperatti (Jimmikhand, Elephant Yam Roast)

I tend to use elaphant yam, at least once a week, in my cooking. Either on its own or in combination with other vegetables. Especially raw bananas. There a number of recipes using this root vegetable, all of them incredibly tasty. But many people hesitate to buy it as, in its raw form, it can…

Masala Kalmi Saag (Masala Water Spinach)

Water spinach (kalmi saag in Hindi, vallal keerai in Tamil) belongs to the morning glory family. It grows abundantly in tropical and semi-tropical regions. I used to have a lot of this when I grew up in Singapore. It is called kangkong in Singapore and Malaysia. I was delighted to find this green in the…

Kathal Masala (Tender Jackfruit Curry)

There are several varieties of jackfruit in India. I know only two – idi chakka (tender jackfruit, kathal) and kada chakka (breadfruit). And there are several different patterns of consumption. For example, North Indians only have the tender jackfruit. In Kerala and Tamizhnadu (perhaps in some other states too), breadfurit, tender jackfruit and the ripe…

Kovakkai Poriyal (Ivy Gourd “Fry”)

Ivy Gourd (Tindora, Kundru, Kovakkai) has many other quaint names. Baby Watermelon, Little Gourd, Gentleman’s Toes or even Gherkin. It is an exotic vine. You can, with some surety, buy it in the open market as it is a hardy vine and chemicals and pesticides are not normally used in its cultivation. This hardy vine…

Urulaikizhangu Varuval (Potato ‘Fry’)

I can eat potatoes in any form. I find the vegetable incredibly tasty. And it is so versatile that there are hundreds of recipes using this humble tuber. Unfortunately, I was denied the pleasures of potato when I turned diabetic several years ago. So, it was sparingly made – perhaps once every two months. And…

Paruppu Keerai (Spinach And Lentils)

My post today is about another green, the humble spinach. There are several exciting recipes with this green. One of my favourites is the very simple spinach and lentils. This tastes so delightful whether combined with steamed rice or Indian breads. And it is very easy and quick to prepare.  I am not sure about…

Vine Spinach And Chickpea Curry

I am generally fond of greens. But one of the greens that I did not like was vine spinach (poi saag, pasalai keerai) as it always tasted raw. My cousin, Vanaja Raghuram, sent me a recipe to cook this green with chickpea. I tried out the recipe and it turned out really well. Since then,…

Payaru Mezhukuperati (Long Beans Stir Fry)

Several different types of vegetables can be used to make mezhukuprati. I have explained the meaning of this term in my post on raw banana and elephant yam mezhukuperati. These stir fry dishes are indeed tasty and pair well with rasam or morkootan (yogurt and coconut curry). This dish is very bland, unusual for Indian…

Punjabi Kadhi (Onion Fritters In A Yogurt Based Gravy)

I love the Punjabi kadhi. The gravy has a creamy texture. And the deep-fried fritters that are added to the gravy makes a delicacy when served with rice. I was very concerned when I adopted a WFPB diet some years ago – wondering how I was ever going to taste this kadhi again. I need…