Kalyana Gothsu (Mixed Vegetable Dip)

Kalyanam means marriage. This chutney is often served at marriages. But nothing prevents one from making this frequently at home, as I did. The most well known of gothsus is the eggplant one. The ones made with tomatoes are also very popular. These use a single vegetable. In kalyana gothsu, the vegetables used are normally…

Greek Salad

Salads are an everyday preparation in my home. I am therefore constantly on the lookout for interesting salad recipes. I normally stick to the Indian icon, Tarla Dalal, for inspiration. That’s because her recipes use ingredients that are easily available in the country. But I do like to try salads from different countries too. When…

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…

Vazhakkai Poricha Kuzhambu (Raw Banana Curry)

Poricha Kuzhambu is a traditional dish from Thamizhnadu and Palakkad. This is a very common every day preparation in many households. Not only is it easy to prepare, it also tastes delicious. One can use any vegetables like eggplant, chayote squash, pumpkin, bitter gourd, drumstick, broad beans… Or any combination of these vegetables. I have…

Tomato, Basil and Tofu Salad

I have been enjoying concocting salad recipes. In the process, I have lost count on the number of salads that I have prepared. It suffices to say that each one is more interesting (and tasty) than the next. This salad called for feta cheese. I could have substituted the dairy with vegan cheese. However, my…

Katharikka Vatha Kuzhambu (Eggplant In A Tamarind Gravy)

This is my third post in a row on kuzhambu. This one, using eggplant, is a classic. As I have had occasion to mention before, vatha kuzhambu are iconic in the cuisines of Thamizhnadu and Palakkad. I suspect that most homes make these preparations at least once a week. Both the regions, and indeed all…

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…

Banana Blossom In Tamarind Gravy

Every part of the banana tree is consumed in India. The steam and blossoms are used to make various lip-smacking dishes. The leaves are used to serve food – eco-friendly. The used leaves are then fed to cows or goats. Raw banana is also used to make different kinds of dishes. Ripe bananas are, of…

Uppu Cheedai (Crunchy Savory Balls)

India has numerous deep-fried snacks. Being WFPB, many of us are denied the pleasure of such snacks. I have missed my murukku, ribbon pakoda, thattai… – since I sacrificed oil a decade ago. But the experiments to bake such snacks continued. Several attempts during the last decade, but not 100% successful. The mouth-feel was always…

Oriental Salad

I have experimented with so many salads recently that I am in a delightful dilemma these days. I am flooded with choice on which salads to prepare – each one tastes better than the next. What a good place to be in! Once again, my experiments led me to the famous Tarla Dalal. It is…