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…

Motaikose Poduthuval (Cabbage Stir Fry)

A poduthuval is basically a stir fry garnished with grated coconut. Therefore, one can use any of several vegetables – cabbage, snake gourd, beetroot, French beans…. The method of preparation remains the same, only the vegetable varies. These dishes are very mildly spiced, but very tasty. I therefore prefer to pair them with a spicy…

Kollu Dosai (Horsegram Crepes)

Horse gram is often classified as a superfood. It has several health benefits. It is anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-hyperglycemic, amongst several other benefits. It contains 3x more calories than chicken, 2x more protein than eggs, 10x more calcium than dairy milk and 1x more phosporous than soy. Sadly, it is not widely used even…

Arachuvitta Sambar (Fresh Masala Sambar)

Loosely, the podi pota sambar (sambar using pre-ground masala) is prepared in Thamizhnadu. In Palakkad and the rest of Kerala, the arachuvitta sambar (sambar with freshly ground masala) is more popular. There are die-hard aficionados for each of these. If fact, reams have been written on the relative merits and demerits of each. I enjoy…

Muthira Varutharacha Curry (Horsegram Dal)

Horsegram is widely used in Kerala. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that even in Uttarakhand, it is a popular dal. I have tried some recipes from Uttarakhand using horsegram – and they turned out delicious. This recipe, however, is a traditional dish from Kerala. It is difficult, if not impossible, to find horsegram with…

Pulikuthi Upperi (Vegetables In A Tamarind Sauce)

Palakkad district of the Southern state of Kerala has a distinctive cuisine. These recipes are easy to prepare and are very tasty. Many of my friends from across India request me to prepare either TamBram (Tamizhnadu) or Palakkad food for them, whenever they visit me for a meal. I am always delighted to oblige as…

Ulli Theeyal (Shallots In A Tamarind Base)

Kuzhambu is very popular in the South Indian states, especially Thamizhnadu. While the term ‘kuzhambu’ is generic to many dishes that are mixed with rice, the term also means curries in a tamarind base. Kuzhambs are often spicy and thick. It is used sparingly with rice to make a thick mixture. In days of yore,…

Poricha Kuzhambu

Poricha Kuzhambu is a typical Palakkad dish. I wonder why I don’t make it more frequently? But it’s not only me – seems it is not top-of-mind for a lot of people. And yet, when you remind them of this dish, they all exclaim that it is an excellent dish and super tasty. I suppose…

Nellikkai Arachu Kalakki (Indian Gooseberry Curry)

My post today is a very traditional dish from Palakkad district of Kerala, a Southern Indian state. This dish is so simple that many of you would wonder why I even bothered to post it. For me, this dish transports me to seventh heaven. It’s simplicity is deceptive. An ideal summer dish, packed with all…

Jackfruit Curry

I am quite a fan of jackfruit. But I have only had it cooked as a dry dish. Most often, as a thoran. Sometimes, a North Indian preparation. There are several types of jackfruits. For thoran, the best results are with elongated, tender jackfruits called idi chakka. This variety is not available in North India…