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…

Sarkaravallikizhangu Podimas (Sweet Potato Curry)

I am not very fond of sweet potatoes. Especially the sweet taste. But I do stoically consume the tuber once in a while as I know that it is really good for health. Every night, when I plan the menu for the next day, I try to avoid sweet potato – until Hari tells me…

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…

Savoury Cake

Breakfast is probably my favourite meal. That’s because there is a huge variety in the dishes that you can prepare for breakfast. I will not be wrong to say that you may not have to repeat a dish for about 3 months! I am always delighted to add a new recipe for the morning meal….

Vadu Mangai (Tender Mango Pickle)

I cannot imagine a South Indian household that does not stock this tender mango pickle. It is made using a specific variety of tiny, green mangoes. This variety of mango is called vadu mangai or maavadu. It is only available in South India, mainly Thamizhnadu. Since I live a couple of thousand kilometers away in…

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…

Vazhaithandu Mulakootal (Banana Stem Dal)

Mulakootal is a typical and traditional dish from Palakkad, a district of the Southern state of Kerala. You can use any one of several vegetables to prepare mulakootal – spinach, ash gourd, snake gourd, elephant yam, pumpkin, Chinese potatoes, any greens, raw banana, cabbage… The one I am presenting here today is prepared using vazhaithandu…

Paruppu (Dal)

When I was a kid, both the main meals in my home were invariably rice, with accompanying kootan (dish to be mixed with rice) and a vegetable side. That’s because South Indians were primarily rice eaters. It was only on rare occasions that an Indian flat bread was made, always for dinner. None of the…

Bajra Dosa (Pearl Millet Crepe)

There are several varieties of dosa, though the rice and black lentil one is the gold standard and is most often made in most households. My home is no exception. But I do like to experiment with the other types too. The fermented dosas are the healthiest, but requires advance preparation. I had the urge…

Elavan Mor Kootan (Ash Gourd In A Yogurt Based Curry)

I love yogurt based dishes in any form. Of course, I have been having the Palakkad mor kootan (curry in a yogurt base) since childhood. But it is only after moving to Delhi about 38 years ago that I discovered that almost all states in India have some form of a dish with a yogurt…