Rasakalan (Mixed Vegetable Curry)

Rasakalan is a typically Palakkad dish. It is not rasam, kalan or mor kootan. For those not aware of these names, these are various wet dishes that are mixed with rice. Rasakalan seems to be related to mor kootan (yogurt based wet dish) but is also quite different and distinct. Broadly, it falls into the…

Sarkaravallikizhangu Podimas (Sweet Potato Curry)

I am not very fond of sweet potatoes. Especially the sweet taste. But I do stoically consume the tuber once in a while as I know that it is really good for health. Every night, when I plan the menu for the next day, I try to avoid sweet potato – until Hari tells me…

Pudalankai Varuval (Snake Gourd Crisps)

I am very fond of snake gourd. Though it is a bland vegetable, it tastes wonderful whichever way it is cooked. You will find several snake gourd recipes in this blog – kootu, usili, thoran… It can be used to make a mulakootal too. However, I wanted to try something different and make crisps with…

Burmese Salad

It’s been quite a while since I last posted. That’s because of the unbearable heat wave that North India has been experiencing. The temperature has been constantly above 45oC and the heat saps your energy. Combined with the coal crisis in the country, electricity has become a luxury. My energy is at more normal levels…

Cream Of Celery Soup

Till recently, I did not know much about celery. Of course, I’ve heard the name and had a vague idea of what it looked like. But it is not one of the vegetables that was available either in India or the Far East when I was growing up. And, therefore, I did not have any…

Savoury Cake

Breakfast is probably my favourite meal. That’s because there is a huge variety in the dishes that you can prepare for breakfast. I will not be wrong to say that you may not have to repeat a dish for about 3 months! I am always delighted to add a new recipe for the morning meal….

Eggplant In Yogurt

I love eggplant in any form. It is one of the most versatile vegetables and there are literally hundreds of dishes using eggplant. There are also a number of varieties of eggplants, each one better than the next. For this dish, I used the small, purple, round ones. They are the perfect size once you…

Gajar Ka Kofta (Carrot Fritters In Gravy)

Koftas are fritters, served immersed in a wet curry. They are absolutely delicious. Normally, koftas are deep-fried, but this oil-free recipe is as delicious as the fried ones. The most common kofta is made with lauki (bottle gourd). Once, several years ago, Hari said that he would make a kofta with carrots – and he…

Vadu Mangai (Tender Mango Pickle)

I cannot imagine a South Indian household that does not stock this tender mango pickle. It is made using a specific variety of tiny, green mangoes. This variety of mango is called vadu mangai or maavadu. It is only available in South India, mainly Thamizhnadu. Since I live a couple of thousand kilometers away in…

Sambaram (Thin Buttermilk)

Today is Ram Navami, a major festival in India. It celebrates the birth of Lord Ram (supposed to be the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Ram is often described as the ideal man. The huge and impressive volume written by Valmiki on the life of Ram is a very holy book for Hindus and one…