Pudavalangai Usili (Snakegourd Crumble)

I had previously posted a cabbage usili recipe and mentioned that several vegetables can be used to make usili. Usilis are from Thamizhnadu. It basically means that a vegetable is mixed with a lentil crumble. These dishes are very tasty and nutritious. Today, my post is on snakegourd usili. Ingredients5 cups finely chopped snakegourd (chichinda,…

Kanchivaram Idli (Steamed Rice Dumplings)

As the name suggests, Kanchivaram (or Kanchipuram) idlis are from the temple city of Kanchipuram in Thamizh Nadu. These idlis are a prasadam (offering, prasad) to Lord Varadaraja Perumal (Vishnu) in the temple located in the city. They are delicious and taste different from the regular idli. The infusion of spices in the rather bland…

Kavuni Arisi Adai (Black Rice Pancake)

For several years, I have been extolling the virtues of black rice (kavuni arisi in Thamizh). Known to be one of the healthiest grains on the planet, this rice has a nutty flavour and mouthfeel. It is ideal to make sweet or savoury dishes. I often make a kheer (payasam, sweet dessert) with this rice….

Ezhukari Kootu (7 Vegetable Curry)

Along with Thiruvadirai kali, this wet dish containing seven different vegetables is also prepared and served along with the sweet kali. It is a different experience pairing a sweet dish with a salty accompaniment. This combination is only made for the Thiruvadirai festival. One of the ‘must have’ vegetables for this dish is greater yam,…

Parangikai Ellu Curry (Pumpkin Curry With Sesame Seeds)

Pumpkin is available throughout the year in Delhi/NCR, though most of the time, it is the green pumpkin. The red variety is rarely available in the organic market, but plentifully available in non-organic wet markets. When I started to subscribe to an organic vegetable basket from a farmer friend, I was overloaded with pumpkins. It…

Kadugu Keerai (Mustard Greens With Coconut)

Mustard greens (kadugu keerai, sarson ka sag) is plentifully available in the North Indian winter months. The most popular dish using this green is sarson ka sag (a wet preparation) served with makki roti (Indian corn bread). I often make this green, though not the corn bread. However, there are several other preparations using mustard…

Pagarkkai Thengai Paruppu Curry (Bitter Gourd Coconut Lentil Curry)

I know that many people are not fans of bitter gourd (bitter melon). However, if prepared well, it does not taste bitter at all. In fact, it is a very tasty and versatile vegetable. It is a staple in my home during season. I love experimenting different dishes with this vegetable, though my all-time favourite…

Podi Pota Urulaikizhangu (Potato With Spice Powder)

There are several dishes that I am very familiar with, but do not often prepare. Mainly because these dishes, delightful as they are, are not top-of-mind. This potato in a spice powder is one such dish. It tastes heavenly, but I tend to rarely make it. A mistake that I must correct. I love potatoes…

Muttaigose Kootu (Cabbage, Bandh Gobi Curry)

This is a popular dish in Thamizhnadu where it is often paired with rasam. It is an extremely tasty curry that is quite easy to prepare. Some years ago, I had an Iyengar friend staying with me. Hari had made a rasam and this cabbage kootu. He went into raptures and I was quite surprised….

Arai Keerai Kootu (Amaranth, Chowlai Curry)

Amaranth is one of the tastiest greens. I like both forms, the green and the red. I use this regularly in my cooking. Since it is widely used all over India, I find organic amaranth easily available. This green was a little bit of luxury when I was growing up in Singapore in the 60’s….