Mathanga Erissery (Green Pumpkin Curry)

Erissery (also called Elissery) is an essential part of any celebration in Kerala. It is difficult to imagine an Onam sadya without this very popular dish. It is not spicy, but has a distinct taste that is very pleasing to the palate. The most popular versions of this dish are with green pumpkin or a…

Olan (Ripe Pumpkin & Ash Gourd Curry)

I love olan. In the initial days after I had turned vegan, we used to have a monthly potluck consisting of only WFPB food. And there were prizes for the top 3 dishes, decided by popular vote. I was always tempted to make olan, but desisted. Mainly because olan has a very subtle taste. And…

Gobi Danthal

I had posted a write-up of this almost forgotten dish on Facebook a few days ago. It evoked a lot of interest and many requests for the recipe. But I must say that this dish requires patience as it involves collecting the stems of cauliflower over 2-3 weeks. I managed to get 4 medium sized…

Mirchi Ka Salan (Jalapeno Curry)

I had never heard of this dish till about a couple of decades ago. My first experience with it was on an Indian Airlines flight. Normally, airline food is quite boring. But I was fascinated with this dish – it tasted really wonderful. I tucked it away in a corner of my mind, saying to…

Gota Masala Bhara Baingana (Stuffed Brinjal)

The humble brinjal (baingan, kathrikai) is a really versatile vegetable. I used to hate it as a child. I now pick up various varieties of brinjals every week. Of late, I have been fortunate to find white brinjals (one of my favourites) at the weekly organic market at Sushant Arcade. I just love the white…

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…