Proso Millet Upma

Upma is a typically South Indian dish, normally served at breakfast. But it can be had at lunch or dinner too. Or even as a quick snack. It is the go-to option when unexpected guests drop in. Upma is comfort food for many South Indians. The classic upma uses semolina (ravai, suji) as the main…

Sesame Soba Noodles

I have been out of stock of noodles for some months now. I was therefore really delighted to visit the shop a couple of weeks ago and pick up my stock. I wanted to try something different with the soba noodles, but the challenge was that many ingredients arHoe not readily available. I therefore decided…

Mixed Dal

I am a great fan of Indian dals. They taste fabulous and go well with both rice and Indian breads. While the South Indian wet dishes like sambar can also be had with rice, the combination with breads isn’t that great. Though many people do pair these with breads too. But I prefer the North…

Verum Arisi Dosai (Just Rice Dosa/Crepe)

There are several types of crepes in South India. Indeed, most states in India have at least one kind of dosa. But South India excels with it’s many varieties. This one that I am posting is very simple and delicious. It uses no lentils, only rice (hence, the name). Hari never makes this crepe, even…

Beetroot Vada (Medallions)

I have parupu vadai (dal vada) quite often with my cup of spice tea in the evenings. It is one of the first things I experimented with when I bought my air fryer. And was thrilled with the end result of converting a traditionally deep fried dish to one with zero oil – and no…

Ellu Aval (Beaten Rice And Sesame)

Poha (Beaten Rice, Aval) is a popular preparation all over India. Each region/state of the country has several different recipes. Unfortunately, a vast majority use the white poha which contains little or no fibre. I prefer to use the red rice poha which is loaded with fibre. Hari invariably makes a mixed vegetable poha with…

Capsicum & Potatoes

I must make a confession. I am a hoarder of cookbooks. I have books that I have bought, been presented to me – all over several decades. There are some very traditional recipes that are almost lost – my cousin has done me yeoman service by photocopying these recipes in books. So, I have several…

Stuffed Jalapenos

Jalapenos are quite popular in several states of the country, mainly as a fritter or pickle. But it is also used for chutneys and several other dishes. The relatively mild spice quotient makes it a ideal ingredient for these dishes. I often buy it either to pickle or make the fritters. Recently, my friend Shubha…

Pacha Manga Chammanthi (Raw Mango Chutney/Dip)

I love mangoes in any form – ripe, raw or pickled. And the supply is fairly constant throughout the year – ripe mangoes in summer and raw throughout the year except probably November and December. Raw mangoes are pretty versatile and can be cooked/prepared in several ways – all of them delicious. My favourite is…

Aloo Kurkure (Potato Snack)

Though I have lived in Haryana for over 15 years now, I do not know much about the local cuisine. I was bemoaning this fact recently and decided to correct this situation. However, my Haryanvi friends warned me that most local cuisine contained milk and/or ghee and that it will be difficult to ‘veganise’ these…