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…

Vella Dosai (Sweet Crepe)

This is a sweet crepe that is made with jaggery. But this version has no refined ingredients. This dish is normally made on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadashi – a festival that falls towards end-December/early-January. People who observe a fast on this day and finally break the fast with no-salt food are believed to go…

Vazhaipoo Thogayal (Banana Blossom Chutney/Dip)

Thogayals are basically thick chutneys or dips. It is a concept unique to South India. These thogayals are served with rice and an accompanying wet dish. If the wet dish is bland (say Mulakootal), then a thogayal is a must. Of course, you can serve a thogayal with several breakfast dishes like dosa and idli…

Sabut Masoor Dal (Whole Pink Lentils)

Hari is an expert on dals, as he is on several other topics. So, one evening when we were deciding upon the dal for the next day, he suggested sabut masoor dal. I have had masoor dal (pink lentils) several times – it is one of my favourite dals. But the whole lentil (brown in…

Bottle Gourd Soup

I am not fond of bottle gourd (lauki, doodhi, ghia, sorakkai) at all. It is one vegetable that is available abundantly throughout the year. And it promptly arrives in my vegetable basket once a week! When I was home cooking for my dog, I used the bottle gourd up by putting it into his food….