Pavakai Pachadi (Bittergourd Salad, Karela Raita)

Bittergourd may not be everyone’s favourite vegetable. It, however, comes packed with numerous health benefits. It is its sharp, bitter taste that most people dislike. Several recipes try various techniques to lighten or remove the bitter taste. But many of the recipes that I prepare does not taste bitter at all – with no extra…

Sprout Salad

Sprouts (moth, mulai) is often used to make a salad in India. Theses sprouts are easily available in the market in Delhi/NCR. I used to buy them regularly. In recent times, however, I make my own sprouts at home. For two reasons – because I am not sure of the quality of the store bought…

Vendakkai Pachadi (Okra And Yogurt, Bhendi Raita)

I relish any yogurt based dish – be it morkootan/morkuzhambu/kadhi, pachadi/raita or just plain curd and rice. One of my greatest hesitations of going vegan was that I will not be able to relish my favourite curd rice, a staple with lunch/dinner. When I first tried the vegan yogurt, it tasted different but not bad….

Rainbow Salad

Rainbow salad is a name that I coined for this salad as it has so many colours. I tried it for the first time when I had some very dear friends over for lunch. They enjoyed the salad so much that I was indeed surprised. I do not normally see Indians enjoying salads unless it…

Raw Papaya Salad

A few years ago, organic raw papaya was not available in the market. In many parts of the country, this vegetable is used to make several kinds of dishes. I too love dishes containing raw papaya. But I was always a little nervous to use raw papaya in a salad. Mainly of account of the…

Cucumber Tomato Raita

Salads, in the conventional sense, hardly feature on the table in India. Some regions, like Maharashtra, are exceptions. But on occasions when a salad is made, it is invariably a few pieces of sliced cucumber, tomato and onion. With a whole green chilli thrown in. But this is changing slowly with the adoption of the…

Tomato & Capsicum Salad

The concept of a salad in India is quite different from the western context. In the west, a salad will, most often, have some raw vegetables/greens and a dressing. In India, this is not the case. Salads are mostly in a yogurt base (pachadi, raita) with raw or cooked vegetables added. In some states, just…