Curry Leaf Chutney/Dip

Curry leaves are probably one of the healthiest greens on the planet. They have numerous health benefits – too many to enumerate. References to this wonder green can be found in ancient Tamizh texts, as early as the 4th. century AD. It is widely used in Indian cooking, especially South India. However, this superfood is…

Kothamalli Urundai (Coriander Leaf Balls)

This is a very simple preparation using fresh coriander leaves. It is basically a taste enhancer. One of my favourite preparations. I make this often, when coriander leaves are abundantly available. It is so versatile that you can sprinkle it on virtually anything – and be transported to a new world of taste. I have…

Green Pumpkin Chutney

I have been subscribing to a vegetable basket directly from an organic farmer for several years now. The arrangement is that the farmer will deliver 10 kgs. of whatever vegetable grown on his farm. The arrangement works out well since I am assured of seasonal and local produce regularly. There is only one drawback –…

Instant Mango Pickle

Festival food in Kerala (and also Thamizh Nadu, I suspect) is incomplete without this pickle. It is so easy to prepare that many households make this even on non-festive days. It tastes delicious, especially with the iconic South Indian curd (unflavoured yogurt) rice. Many people swear that there is no greater elixir – and I…

‘Vella’ Aval (Sweet Beaten Rice)

Janmashtami was on August 11th. this year. This is a major festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, one of the major Indian Gods. It is believed that Sudama, a childhood friend of Krishna, lived in abject poverty. His wife urged him to seek financial help from Krishna, who was then king of Dwaraka. But…

Senaikizhangu Roast (Elephant Yam Curry)

Elephant yam is plentifully available throughout India. But I suspect that it is not a very popular vegetable in most parts of the country – at least to serve guests. Probably because it may cause itching (in raw form, not when cooked) for some people. I have lived in North India for almost 37 years…

Instant Kodo Millet Dosa

Dosas are staple food in most South Indian households. They are made at least once a week, either for breakfast or dinner. The traditional dosa requires fermentation – and therefore to be planned ahead. So, dosa batter (and idli batter) are always stored in the refrigerator to be used whenever one feels in the mood…

Tangy Tomato Chutney

Chutneys are an integral part of every Indian household. Every state in the country has its own chutney. While nobody has actually counted, there must be countless chutneys prepared across the length and breadth of India. In addition, each household has it’s own variation of each chutney. These ‘dips’ or accompaniments are very easy to…

Curd Rice

Yesterday was the festival of Aadi Perukku, a festival celebrating water. Devotees normally prepare a variety of rice dishes on this day. You will find many of these in this blog (look under “Rice”). While there are many rice recipes, I realised that I have not posted a curd rice recipe – perhaps because it…

Proso Millet Upma

Upma is a typically South Indian dish, normally served at breakfast. But it can be had at lunch or dinner too. Or even as a quick snack. It is the go-to option when unexpected guests drop in. Upma is comfort food for many South Indians. The classic upma uses semolina (ravai, suji) as the main…