Banaras Ka Tori Chana (Banaras Style Sponge Gourd And Black Chickpeas)

Banarasi cuisine is supposed to be very famous. Unfortunately, I am not very familiar with this cuisine since I have visited Banaras only once. Even on that trip, my food was very restricted since I was on a pilgrimage and did not have any opportunity to savour the local cuisine. Where I stay (Delhi/NCR), the…

Curry Beans

I find French beans a little boring, unless it is added in small quantities in dishes like upma or Chinese style cooking. A lone dish of French beans is really not my top favourite. So, I rarely make dishes such as beans thoran or usili. I dislike cluster beans completely. So, I was relieved when,…

Lobia Masala (Black-eyed Bean Curry)

There are several types of beans used in Indian cuisine. I am not very familiar with the American terminologies such as refried beans. But I am quite sure that this is called black-eyed beans even in America. There are several dishes that can be made with this versatile beans. I normally stick to the tried…

Bihari Parwal Masala (Pointed Gourd Stir Fry)

Parwal (pointed gourd) was not one of my favourite vegetables when I first moved to Delhi in 1984. As usual, I bought it stoically once every 3 months – just to assuage my guilt that I am not eating seasonal and local. It was only when Hari came into my employ in 1997 that I…

Dondakaya Ulli Kura Karam (Ivy Gourd Stir Fry)

I have posted a couple of ivy gourd recipes before. This one is a little different, from the states of Andhra Pradesh/Telengana in the south of India. I seem to have an affinity for Andhra recipes. I do enjoy the bold taste of their dishes. And ivy gourd in a vegetable that is cooked at…

Vankaya Vepudu (Eggplant Stir Fry)

The humble eggplant is one of the most versatile vegetables that I know. There are literally hundreds of recipes in each of the different states of India. And there are several varieties of eggplants – long, small-round, large-round, green, white, striped… I reserve specific varieties for different dishes. For example, the Palakkad preparation of eggplant…

Amritsari Dal

I was not a great fan of the North Indian dals – mainly because I have been used to the taste of tamarind (or something sour) with my rice. Therefore, the South Indian preparations were more suited to my taste buds. Some years ago, I decided not to have rice for dinner, but opted for…

Arachuvitta Sambar (Fresh Masala Sambar)

Loosely, the podi pota sambar (sambar using pre-ground masala) is prepared in Thamizhnadu. In Palakkad and the rest of Kerala, the arachuvitta sambar (sambar with freshly ground masala) is more popular. There are die-hard aficionados for each of these. If fact, reams have been written on the relative merits and demerits of each. I enjoy…

Vazhakkai Poricha Kuzhambu (Raw Banana Curry)

Poricha Kuzhambu is a traditional dish from Thamizhnadu and Palakkad. This is a very common every day preparation in many households. Not only is it easy to prepare, it also tastes delicious. One can use any vegetables like eggplant, chayote squash, pumpkin, bitter gourd, drumstick, broad beans… Or any combination of these vegetables. I have…

Katharikka Vatha Kuzhambu (Eggplant In A Tamarind Gravy)

This is my third post in a row on kuzhambu. This one, using eggplant, is a classic. As I have had occasion to mention before, vatha kuzhambu are iconic in the cuisines of Thamizhnadu and Palakkad. I suspect that most homes make these preparations at least once a week. Both the regions, and indeed all…