Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

I have been inundated with requests for the recipe of the Shepherd’s Pie that I posted on Facebook yesterday. Through Facebook and WhatsApp. I only tried it out as an experiment as I was tired of the usual sambar, thoran, etc. So I thought that I’d try out something different, but keep the load light…

Mathan Puli Pachadi (Pumpkin Tamarind Curry)

This is a typical and very traditional Palakkad dish. It is normally made with one of two vegetables – pumpkin or okra. A very unique and tasty dish that pairs very well with mulakootal. Hari once made this dish at a vegan cooking class. It was a super-hit. The attendees all claimed that they had…

Aloo Methi (Potatoes & Fenugreek Greens)

This is really one of the winter pleasures. I really love this dish – it pairs well with rice or Indian breads. And tastes divine. I look forward to the North Indian winters as many high quality vegetables are abundantly available. And fenugreek greens are a special pleasure. I make several dishes with this green…

Mithiya Kuzhambu (Fenugreek Seed Curry)

Happy New Year to everyone. My post today is a healthy curry, though spicy and definitely not for the faint-hearted. My body craves spicy food during the winters. And this is definitely one of my favourites. It is a traditional Palakkad dish where the spice content can be adjusted to suit your taste buds. The…

Chakravellikizhangu Upperi (Sweet Potato, Shakarkhandi Dry Curry)

Sweet potatoes (shakarkhandi, chakravellikizhangu) are plentifully available during the winter season in the Northern parts of the country. This is a very versatile vegetable and can be prepared in several ways, each one unique in it’s own way. I have been fascinated by the use of sweet potatoes in baking cakes and intend to try…

Parangikai Ellu Curry (Pumpkin Curry With Sesame Seeds)

Pumpkin is available throughout the year in Delhi/NCR, though most of the time, it is the green pumpkin. The red variety is rarely available in the organic market, but plentifully available in non-organic wet markets. When I started to subscribe to an organic vegetable basket from a farmer friend, I was overloaded with pumpkins. It…

Kadugu Keerai (Mustard Greens With Coconut)

Mustard greens (kadugu keerai, sarson ka sag) is plentifully available in the North Indian winter months. The most popular dish using this green is sarson ka sag (a wet preparation) served with makki roti (Indian corn bread). I often make this green, though not the corn bread. However, there are several other preparations using mustard…

Gadheri Methi (Taro Root, Cheppankizhangu Curry)

This is my favourite dish from Uttarakhand. It is combination of fenugreek greens and taro root. The subtle spicing adds to the overall exquisiteness of the dish. I came across this dish quite by accident. I had once decided to do a series of recipes form each state of India. This is when I came…

Garhwal Ka Fannah (Horsegram Dal)

People are really passionate about their home state. Be it politics, people, tourist attractions, cuisine…I have known this about Tamizhnadu and Kerala – the two states that I have a close association with. I also know that Bengalis have great pride in anything related to their state. Recently, I have had occasion to discover this…

Karthigai Adai (Savoury Pepper Pancake)

The festival of Karthigai is celebrated in South India. This festival is celebrated for three days beginning the full moon day of the month of Karthigai (November-December). It is the equivalent of the Raksha Bandhan of North India. Sisters light lamps, much like Diwali,  and pray for the well-being of their brothers and their families….