Kothu Parotta (Minced Indian Flatbread)

This is a typically Thamizhnadu dish that is really tasty and healthy. Unlike the paranthas of North India which are hearty, South Indian parottas are crunchy and flaky. I love both types, but the South Indian ones do use a fair amount of all purpose flour (maida). I am therefore not able to touch these…

Kal Dosai (Another Crepe)

Kal dosai is s soft, spongy dosa. It is thicker compared to the ‘normal’ dosa. Kal dosai is one of the staple breakfast dishes in the south Indian state of Thamizhnadu. I am fond of all kinds of dosai, but had never tried kal dosai. I was a little apprehensive since the traditional method of…

Stuffed Tikki (Medallions)

Tikkis are typical Indian street food. They are available in every market, at least in Delhi and the surrounding cities. The most popular is the potato tikki – medallions that are shallow fried and served with sweet and spicy chutneys. They are a low cost snack that all sections of society indulge in. In spite…

Uttar Pradesh Kadhi (Fritters In A Chickpea And Yogurt Base)

The Punjabi kadhi is very well known and forms the benchmark for all North Indian kadhis. But say that to someone from Uttar Pradesh (UP) and they will hotly dispute it. For there is a delicious kadhi from this state too. My sister-in-law’s mother (may her soul rest in peace) used to make the best…

Snow Peas Salad

I really don’t know the difference between snow peas and sugar snap peas. In India, these are considered exotic vegetables that are rarely available. So, in this post, I am going to refer to the peas as snow peas. I did find these peas with a farmer who specialises in greens and heirloom vegetables. He…

Peanut Yogurt

I have had several requests, over the years, for this recipe. On Facebook, in groups, on Whatsapp, through phone calls…. I have taught anyone who asked for this recipe. But, I must admit, I learnt this recipe from Dr. Rupa Shah. While I did get the basic recipe right, it took me almost 8 years…

Chembu Mor Kootan (Taro Root Curry)

Kerala and Tamizhnadu have a large number of yogurt based dishes that can loosely be called ‘kadhi’ in North Indian terms. Each one is tastier than the other. When I first turned vegan, I rued the fact that I could no more enjoy these wonderful dishes. Thanks to Dr. Rupa Shah, I learnt how to…

Laknawi Dal

As part of my experimentation with different Indian foods, I was keen to prepare some stuff from the Avadh region (that includes modern day Lucknow). The food in this region, as preferred by the rulers of Avadh (or Oudh) is mainly non-vegetarian. I was therefore delighted to discover this dal and went ahead to prepare…

Ammini Kozhakattai (Rice Dumplings)

Ammini kozhakattai is a very tasty snack that is easy to prepare and quite filling. My mother used to make this ever so often – and I used to crib as I never really liked this as a kid. I did not appreciate that to make this for 8 hungry mouths was a laborious job….

Paruppu Kanji (Mung Bean Sweet Congee)

As promised, here is the recipe for the paruppu kanji that accompanies the sweet dosa. As this is normally fasting food, no rich ingredients such as cashews or cardamoms are added. As this dish (as well as the sweet dosa) contain no salt, they are ideal to break the fast on Vaikunta Ekadashi. This congee…