Khubani Halwa (Patami Kesari, Apricot Dessert)

I had occasion to visit an organic fair organised by the Ministry of Women & Child Welfare, on November 3, 2018. A very well organised fair with over a 100 stalls. I was delighted find several products that I would not normally find in any local market. Some examples are a sweet version of bitter…

Vazhakkai Vadai (Raw Banana Medallions, Kacha Khela Vada)

In the part of the country where I live, raw banana is hardly used. Folks in this region consume only the ripe ones. And even with the ripe ones, there is only one variety available. All that is fast changing, at least among vegans where the demand for raw bananas is slowly increasing. Raw bananas…

Katharikkai Rasavangi

Rasavangi is a traditional dish from Thamizhnadu, though it is also prepared in the Palakkad region of Kerala. It is normally made with eggplant (baingan), a vegetable that I really love for its versatility. In Iyer households, this dish holds a cult status. Paired with steamed rice, many consider it heaven on earth. Ingredients 250…

Dahi Kebab

I have experimented with several dishes for the tea-time snack. However, this is one of my favourties. I think this recipe originates from Rajasthan. It is not difficult to make and is always a pleasure to serve. I am surprised that this is not available in cocktail circuits where the kebabs are invariably non-vegetarian. The…

Chatti Masiyal (Taro Root, Arbi Curry)

Chatti Masiyal is a dish from Tamizhnadu, I suspect; though I am not 100% sure. It was not a dish that was prepared in my home when I was a kid. I was therefore unfamiliar with the taste of this curry. I had, however, heard the term in my early days and it seemed to…

Karamani Sundal (Cowpeas, Lobia Snack)

On going through my sundal recipes, I found that I have not posted several recipes. As I mentioned earlier, these are normally prepared for Navarathiri. But these can also be made as a delightful evening snack to be had with a cup of herbal tea. I therefore intend to continue posting sundal recipes. The recipe…

Kachumber Salad (Cucumber, Vellarikka Salad)

After all the binge eating during Diwali, it is time again for some healthy recipes. And what better than a good salad? Especially as winter has set in early and the market will soon be filled with fresh and wonderful vegetables. The salad today is normally served with Parsi dhansak (please refer section on main…

Cacao Kaju Katli (Munthiriparupu, Cashew Cake)

The practice of preparing sweets and savouries, at home, for festivals like Diwali is waning – or, should I say, almost non-existent? The practice is still alive in the Southern parts of the country. In the Northern parts, however, people look at you strangely if you happen to mention that you are preparing these at…

Athipazha Barfi (Anjeer Barfi, Fig Cakes)

Diwali is almost upon us (tomorrow for South Indians, the day after for the rest of the country). It is a time for celebration, joy, giving, sharing. It is especially a time for compassion – to Nature and all its creatures. As I have stated several times before, I do not have a sweet tooth….

Dhansak (Vegetable And Lentil Curry)

Dhansak is a typical Parsi preparation. It is served with browned rice (as opposed to brown rice) and a tomato/cucumber salad. Dhansak is normally made with mutton, but  does not always have to be so. I was first introduced to Parsi dishes (though did not taste them) by a friend in the early 80’s. But…