Pacha Mathan Pachadi (Green Pumpkin Curry)

I get loads of green pumpkin right through the year. In fact, it is a little difficult to find the yellow variety easily in North India (though freely available in non-organic outlets). Many of the dishes that I love uses the yellow variety – namely sambar, olan. I normally use the green variety to make…

Tomato Aapam (Rice & Tomato Pancake)

I belong to a Facebook group called Recipes of Palakkad (ROP). Members post images of the food that is cooked everyday in their homes. Most of the time, they are tried and tested recipes from the Palakkad region. However, there are several unusual and interesting recipes from various parts of the country and the world….

Pazham Pori (Banana Fritters)

Pazham Pori is a very popular snack from Kerala. Much like the Pisang Goreng from the countries of South-East Asia, this is a superbly tasty snack. It is made using ethakka (the giant sized bananas available widely in Kerala. I, however, used the small, sweet bananas (grown in my brother’s garden in Kochi) and it…

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…

Mullangi And Carrot Mulakootal (Radish And Carrot Dal)

Mulakootal is a traditional ‘dal’ native to Palakkad. The dal is in quotes since South Indians do not have a concept of dal – it is normally a kootan, a wet dish to be mixed with rice. Mulakootal is a bland kootan. It normally is made with vegetables such as ash gourd, spinach, Chinese potato…

Avarakkai Thoran (Broad Beans, Semphali Stir Fry)

Broad beans is a wonderful vegetable. Whenever I find it in the market, I invariably pick up about half a kilo. It can be prepared in several ways, but one of my favourites is the Kerala style thoran. You can use several other vegetables to prepare thoran too (cabbage, long beans, snake gourd, French beans…_)….

Chakka Pradhaman (Ripe Jackfruit Pudding)

The sweet, pudding-like dish has several names across India, depending upon the region you hail from – payasam, payesh, kheer and many more. These are traditional preparations, often using refined sugar or jaggery. The South Indian ones tend to be watery and is often drunk from a glass. The North Indian ones are thicker and…

Mathanga Erissery (Green Pumpkin Curry)

Erissery (also called Elissery) is an essential part of any celebration in Kerala. It is difficult to imagine an Onam sadya without this very popular dish. It is not spicy, but has a distinct taste that is very pleasing to the palate. The most popular versions of this dish are with green pumpkin or a…

Olan (Ripe Pumpkin & Ash Gourd Curry)

I love olan. In the initial days after I had turned vegan, we used to have a monthly potluck consisting of only WFPB food. And there were prizes for the top 3 dishes, decided by popular vote. I was always tempted to make olan, but desisted. Mainly because olan has a very subtle taste. And…

Mathan Puli Pachadi (Pumpkin Tamarind Curry)

This is a typical and very traditional Palakkad dish. It is normally made with one of two vegetables – pumpkin or okra. A very unique and tasty dish that pairs very well with mulakootal. Hari once made this dish at a vegan cooking class. It was a super-hit. The attendees all claimed that they had…