Paruppu Kanji (Mung Bean Sweet Congee)

As promised, here is the recipe for the paruppu kanji that accompanies the sweet dosa. As this is normally fasting food, no rich ingredients such as cashews or cardamoms are added. As this dish (as well as the sweet dosa) contain no salt, they are ideal to break the fast on Vaikunta Ekadashi. This congee…

Vella Dosai (Sweet Crepe)

This is a sweet crepe that is made with jaggery. But this version has no refined ingredients. This dish is normally made on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadashi – a festival that falls towards end-December/early-January. People who observe a fast on this day and finally break the fast with no-salt food are believed to go…

Vazhaipoo Thogayal (Banana Blossom Chutney/Dip)

Thogayals are basically thick chutneys or dips. It is a concept unique to South India. These thogayals are served with rice and an accompanying wet dish. If the wet dish is bland (say Mulakootal), then a thogayal is a must. Of course, you can serve a thogayal with several breakfast dishes like dosa and idli…

Sabut Masoor Dal (Whole Pink Lentils)

Hari is an expert on dals, as he is on several other topics. So, one evening when we were deciding upon the dal for the next day, he suggested sabut masoor dal. I have had masoor dal (pink lentils) several times – it is one of my favourite dals. But the whole lentil (brown in…

Bottle Gourd Soup

I am not fond of bottle gourd (lauki, doodhi, ghia, sorakkai) at all. It is one vegetable that is available abundantly throughout the year. And it promptly arrives in my vegetable basket once a week! When I was home cooking for my dog, I used the bottle gourd up by putting it into his food….

Vegetables And Cowpea Soup

I had experimented with several soups last winter. Unfortunately, I forgot the recipes once I made them. I am therefore spending a lot of time re-creating the recipes. This vegetables and cowpea soup is one of them. Like all soups, it is quite easy to prepare. It is a clear soup loaded with vegetables. My…

Chickpea And Tofu Salad

My experiments with salads have been largely inspired by the iconic Tarla Dalal, may her soul rest in peace. I have never found even one of her recipes not up to the mark. If one follows her instructions to the T, the dishes turn out to be really delicious and satisfying. So it is with…

Sarson Ka Saag (Mustard Greens Curry)

Sarson ka saag is a very famous dish from the North Indian state of Punjab. It is often paired with a flat bread made of corn. However, any other flat bread also goes well with this iconic dish. This dish is normally made in winter when mustard greens are plentifully available. Of course, like most…

Ven Pongal (Rice Based Breakfast)

Pongal has several associations amongst the families of Thamizhnadu and Palakkad. Firstly, it is the celebration of the Pongal festival that falls on January 14/15 every year. It is a 4 day long festival that offers thanks to the Sun God for agricultural abundance. This festival corresponds to similar festivals all across the different states…