Rasakalan (Mixed Vegetable Curry)

Rasakalan is a typically Palakkad dish. It is not rasam, kalan or mor kootan. For those not aware of these names, these are various wet dishes that are mixed with rice. Rasakalan seems to be related to mor kootan (yogurt based wet dish) but is also quite different and distinct. Broadly, it falls into the…

Pudalankai Varuval (Snake Gourd Crisps)

I am very fond of snake gourd. Though it is a bland vegetable, it tastes wonderful whichever way it is cooked. You will find several snake gourd recipes in this blog – kootu, usili, thoran… It can be used to make a mulakootal too. However, I wanted to try something different and make crisps with…

Burmese Salad

It’s been quite a while since I last posted. That’s because of the unbearable heat wave that North India has been experiencing. The temperature has been constantly above 45oC and the heat saps your energy. Combined with the coal crisis in the country, electricity has become a luxury. My energy is at more normal levels…

Cream Of Celery Soup

Till recently, I did not know much about celery. Of course, I’ve heard the name and had a vague idea of what it looked like. But it is not one of the vegetables that was available either in India or the Far East when I was growing up. And, therefore, I did not have any…

Eggplant In Yogurt

I love eggplant in any form. It is one of the most versatile vegetables and there are literally hundreds of dishes using eggplant. There are also a number of varieties of eggplants, each one better than the next. For this dish, I used the small, purple, round ones. They are the perfect size once you…

Gajar Ka Kofta (Carrot Fritters In Gravy)

Koftas are fritters, served immersed in a wet curry. They are absolutely delicious. Normally, koftas are deep-fried, but this oil-free recipe is as delicious as the fried ones. The most common kofta is made with lauki (bottle gourd). Once, several years ago, Hari said that he would make a kofta with carrots – and he…

Sambaram (Thin Buttermilk)

Today is Ram Navami, a major festival in India. It celebrates the birth of Lord Ram (supposed to be the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Ram is often described as the ideal man. The huge and impressive volume written by Valmiki on the life of Ram is a very holy book for Hindus and one…

Beetroot Raita (Dip)

Indian summers are harsh, with temperatures soaring above 40o C across most parts of the country. One does not crave heavy foods in such weather. A raita (yogurt based dip), also called pachadi in the Southern parts of the country, is an ideal accompaniment to a meal. These are Indian salads, so to speak. Raitas…

Baked Cauliflower

In the mid and late 80’s, my weekends were always spent with two good friends and their families. We would rotate the venue amongst our homes – and whoever was the host had to prepare lunch and dinner for the group. It was always such great fun. On one such occasion. my friend’s wife (she…

Drumstick Soup

Let me, at the outset, clarify that by drumstick I mean the vegetable. It’s the pod from the moringa tree. Called Sajjan Ki Phali in Hindi and Murungakkai in Thamizh. While eating this excellent vegetable, the pod is cooked with the skin on. It is only when served that the pod is chewed upon and…