Urulaikizhangu Podimas (Mildly Spiced Mashed Potato)

Potatoes are one of my favourite vegetables. When I turned diabetic several years ago, doctors advised me to consume this tuber only sparingly. For me, that meant about one a month. What a disaster!After I adopted a WFPB diet, I was told that I need not be so careful in including potatoes in my diet,…

Chow Chow Kootu (Chayote Squash Curry)

Chayote squash is freely available across the country. It is a fairly bland vegetable and not a particular favourite of many people. I tend to use this vegetable quite a lot – especially to make kootus (a wet gravy dish of South India). The dish is fairly bland – but tastes fantastic when paired with…

Manathakkali Keerai Thogayal (Black Nightshade Chutney/Dip)

In South India, there is a tradition of consuming black nightshade – both the greens as well as the berries. The berries are often sun-dried and used to temper a wonderful lentil based dish called Vathal Kuzhambu. Or deep-fried and consumed as a snack or an accompaniment in a meal. I, of course, air-fry them…

Vadu Manga (Tender Mango Pickle)

Vadu manga is a traditional South Indian pickle. It is easy to prepare and so, so tasty that I could live with it and vegan curd rice for ever. Traditional vadu manga pickle requires no oil whatsoever. However, I find the packaged product available on shop shelves always contain oil. I have been making this…

Coconut Chutney (Dip)

My post today is the very easy, but wonderfully tasty, coconut chutney. This is a classic. There are several variations to this chutney. The recipe presented here is the most basic one. This is made regularly in South Indian homes to accompany dosa, idly, pongal or, indeed, most breakfast dishes. Variations can include adding roasted…

Red Rice Upuma

It’s been a long time since I last posted. Mainly because Hari was on holiday and I was only doing very basic food preparation. I had resolved to include a wide variety of rice in my cuisine this year. Accordingly, I had bought black and red rice. I was very keen to try a red…

Aloo Methi (Potatoes & Fenugreek Greens)

This is really one of the winter pleasures. I really love this dish – it pairs well with rice or Indian breads. And tastes divine. I look forward to the North Indian winters as many high quality vegetables are abundantly available. And fenugreek greens are a special pleasure. I make several dishes with this green…

Thiruvadirai Kali (A Sweet Breakfast Dish)

Thiruvadirai is a festival that is celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva. It is a regional festival celebrated mainly in Tamizhnadu and Kerala. Legend has it that it is the birthday of Lord Shiva. Whatever the case may be, the festival comes with a delectable breakfast that is prepared in all homes from these two…

Chakravellikizhangu Upperi (Sweet Potato, Shakarkhandi Dry Curry)

Sweet potatoes (shakarkhandi, chakravellikizhangu) are plentifully available during the winter season in the Northern parts of the country. This is a very versatile vegetable and can be prepared in several ways, each one unique in it’s own way. I have been fascinated by the use of sweet potatoes in baking cakes and intend to try…

Karthigai Adai (Savoury Pepper Pancake)

The festival of Karthigai is celebrated in South India. This festival is celebrated for three days beginning the full moon day of the month of Karthigai (November-December). It is the equivalent of the Raksha Bandhan of North India. Sisters light lamps, much like Diwali,  and pray for the well-being of their brothers and their families….