Aloo Gobi Matar

Aloo Gobi Matar (आलू  गोबी  मट्टर ), is an easy fix side dish, made with potatoes, cauliflower and green peas and is suitable for rotis/phulkas or rice. My family loves any version of boiled potatoes rather than the deeply roasted versions. So, I prefer to make this low cal version. With cauliflower available throughout the year …

Tomato Chutney

Tomato Chutney (தக்காளி சட்னி) is a weekly routine for a day in my house to take a break from the regular coconut chutney. My mom makes wonderful tomato chutney and I still remember the days we eat an additional dosa or idli, just for the sake of this chutney. This is my brother’s favorite and he likes …

Green moong Dal Curry

Green Moong dal Curry( मूंग  सब्ज़ी )is a hands-on sidedish when I run out of the vegetables. It so happens I mostly make this for rotis/phulkas on a Friday night or on Saturday mornings before I could rush to the grocery stores. Though I was not a huge fan of this back at mom’s place when …

Pumpkin Chutney

Pumpkin Chutney ( பரங்கிக்காய் சட்னி)After all that Navratri celebration, with yummy foods and fun, let us treat our busily engaged stomach to a simple, colorful and tasty chutney. With the pumpkin season in its peak and we see pumpkin flavor everywhere from the pumpkin latte to the pumpkin spiced hand washes, let us try this …

Mixed Vegetable Salna

Salna (சால்னா)!!!! Yes, you heard it right. It sounds like a non-vegetarian curry, nope I tried to do a vegetarian version of it. Salna is a very famous curry, relished along with parotta, and is popular in the roadside hotels of TamilNadu. Parotta and Salna are made for each other. Though I have not tested …

Upma Kozhukattai

Firstly, a week-long gap in my posts is due to the turmoil of the Chennai floods. Though this post was scheduled to be posted in the mid of last week, I didn’t have an interest in doing that after watching videos and talking to people about the disaster to my wonderful city. How ever, Chennai …

Sauteed Green Beans

This is no fancy recipe. Green beans boiled and sauteed with mild flavors is a commonly found lunch sides in many of the restaurants here. I buy green beans whenever I see them in the market. Usually, beans poriyal or  Paruppu usili is what I make. My Husband was insisting me to try this at …

Kuthi Vangaya Kurra

Kuthi Vangaya Kurra is a brinjal curry popular in the region of Andhra. This gravy is rich in flavor and taste with its smooth paste blending together the south Indian spices and cooked alongside Indian eggplants a.k.a violet brinjals. The same recipe can be followed with green Mirchi replacing brinjal. Though I have tried the …

Quinoa Dosa

Quinoa Dosa

Idli and dosas are the staple food for every south- Indian. These are so noble that they can be served from little children to the age-old. While rice + lentil are the key ingredients of them, it is also to be taken into account the carbos from rice. Over a year, I have been experimenting …

Paneer Tikka Masala

Tikka Masala is a most wanted food for many westerners. Go to any restaurant in the US, you are sure to find Chicken Tikka Masala.. Wait!! Wait!! I am not here to share the chicken Tikka masala recipe here. I am a strict vegetarian and have no ideas about how the chicken looks like… Gweekk, except …

Rava Idly

Rava Idly

Rava Idly – Yup! You heard it right. Are you getting bored of having routine idly and dosas? Are you looking on for some quick-fix dinner recipes? This one is for you. The marriage of semolina (a.k.a Rava / Sooji) with sour curd without fermentation is a delight to the tastebuds. People who hate sooji …

Jeera Rice

Variety rice / One pot meal is always very easy to prepare on busy weekdays for lunch. Ranging from our South- Indian lemon rice, coconut rice to the North- Indian pulao varieties, these one-pot meals can be prepared in a jiffy.  One such very simple one-pot meal is the Jeera rice. This jeera rice is …

Garlic Chutney

Idli and Dosa are always a favorite for south Indians like me. However, having an appropriate side dish for it makes you gobble more or less. While coconut chutney is a classic combo always, sometimes, the taste buds ask for a spicy accompaniment. One such spicy and heart-healthy accompaniment is the Garlic Chutney.  I bought …

MoongDal Dosa

Proteins are the building blocks of life. Agreed!!! While there are so many advertisements on protein powders and shakes, why not we try including proteins our way – The Indian way!! This moong dal dosa is inspired by the pesarattu. I follow the same procedure as I do for it. They can be prepared for a …

Cabbage Chutney

I have been growing up watching my mom doing chutneys with different kinds of vegetables and even their skins. Those were the days when we would eat coconut chutney, once in a week, while our cuisine is very much popular with the coconut chutney. Trust me she is an awesome cook and loves to explore. …

Bittergourd Chips

Vegetables are the heart and soul for every human being, especially the vegetarians. Every vegetable has its own goodness. I agree with this fact and try to incorporate most of the vegetables to our diet. However, there are some vegetables that are in my least likely one’s list. Bittergourd is at the top level in …

Methi Matar Malai

Yes!!! I reached another milestone – Glad to inform you that this is my 50th post !!! While I wasn’t aware that I am reaching my 50th post, I quickly realized after looking at my post numbers. I wanted to celebrate this gesture with our family’s favorite and a vegetable of my little one’s choice. While …

Ragi Dosa

I am back again with another millet recipe. This is no fancy recipe. Those who know to cook with millets and have been doing the same would definitely be aware of this. As far as I know, ragi is one of the very common millets that people have been using, due to its availability as …

Almond-Walnut Chutney

Dry nuts are extensive storehouses of vitamins and minerals necessary for body functioning. There are some dry nuts like walnut and almonds that help in maintaining the good cholesterol in the blood. From beautiful skin and nails to a healthy heart, dry nuts offer numerous goodness. While eating them raw is good, sometimes the H …

Ridge Gourd Kosthu

Idlis and Dosas are staples for many of us. Finding a right accompaniment for them is a challenge. Coconut chutney or sambar is a classic combo for hot Idlis. However, there are various other options for those. One such kosthu/ sambar varieties that I often prepare with Idlis is the Ridge Gourd Kosthu from the market. This …

Black Urad dal Dosa

I am back again with another healthy dosa option. Whole black Urad dal is used in Indian cuisine in many ways. One of the popular dishes that are famous throughout the world is Dal Makhani, where the black urad dal is the chief ingredient. In Tamil Nadu, we use this dal for dosas too. It …

Mint Chutney

I have been away a while from blogging. It was a much-needed break for me, with so many things running around. I am back again and will be prompt with new and easy recipes as usual. Idli and dosas are the staples of every South- Indian. Choosing side dishes for these elevate these staples. I …

Wheat Rava Dosa

Wheat Rava Dosa

Wheat Rava is one least accepted ingredient in my family. Both the H and LO are not fans of it. There is always a big NO for this healthy ingredient and I rarely stock them up in my pantry. I somehow managed to finish up most of the packet that I bought a long time …

Vegetable Kofta Curry

The birthplace of Koftas is in central Asia and Africa, especially in Egypt. Basically, koftas are made with vegetables, meats or beans and formed into a dumpling. In the northern part of India, particularly in regions of Kashmir, koftas are often made with meats. These are further cooked in spicy, rich gravy and served along …

Oats Uthappam

Oats has become a common food these days. It’s usual to have porridge either with milk and sugar or with buttermilk and salt. I have been taking trials with oats in adapting this fiber-rich grain with an Indian touch. A bit of desi spices along with the goodness of vegetables makes this Oats Uthappam – a …

Kuzhi Paniyaram

This that time of the year again!! Yup BACK TO SCHOOL!! After that month of vacation, kids are looking forward to the next school year. While they are busy looking for a school, teachers, and friends, the moms are hitting their heads for healthy, quick lunch ideas. If your kid is a first-timer like mine, …

Sweet Corn Masala

I love sweet corn. Be it a simple cup of corn or grilled ones. There are days, when I and my mom used to go shopping, just to end up eating this cup corn from those pop-up stalls outside the supermarkets.  After moving to my part of the world, what tempts me most is the …

Vegetable Pulao

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas 2016!! We had a good vacation too. This post is a long pending one. I had clicked them when I prepared Carrot Raitha. I usually have a packet of frozen mix veggies in my freezer. There are times when I run out of vegetables and just rely on …

Little Millet (Samai) Idly

Incorporating millets have become a practice in my household these days. I try different recipes with them and one such hit recipe is this Samai Idli / Little Millet Idli. I get requests from readers and friends on the availability of millets in the USA. Please try to get them from online( amazon), Trader Joe’s has …

Podi Uthappam

Uthappam is a weekly visitor in my household. I grind Idli/dosa batter every weekend. After making fluffy soft Idlis, I use the rest of the batter for making dosa and Uthappam. I also pack this for my little one’s lunch box. For tiffin boxes, uthappam is the best choice over the dosa. It remains soft …

Coriander Chutney

Whether it is Idli or dosa as breakfast, we always need chutney or sambar as accompaniment. Though there is always a stock of Idli podi at home, I prefer making chutneys for the morning meal. Coconut is a vital visitor at our household, but I love exploring different chutneys making use of vegetables too. We …

Sweet and Lemon Sevai

Sweet and Lemon Sevai

Sevai is a very tasty South – Indian tiffin recipe. When you have a packet of ready-made sevai, your option to make a tasty meal is endless. From Sweet to Savory, Sevai is so versatile that it can be tasty food. Though a ready-made sevai is easy to prepare, we need to know the exact …

Capsicum Chutney

Being a South- Indian, we love our Idlis and Dosas accompanied by various chutney and sambars. We love our coconut, Onion and tomato chutneys, but do not want to get bored with eating the same. Hence I try my hands on various vegetables and even their skin for chutneys. Not only they taste great, but …

Coconut – Sesame Chutney

If you are a South- Indian, Idlis must be your staple food. The taste of any well made Idli raises when it is paired with a delicious Chutney or Sambar. If the tasty chutney turns out to be healthy too, its a bonus. Coconut chutney is an easy one and can be made with a …

Bengali Chirer Polao

If you like the Kanda Poha or Lemon Aval, this is similar to them with a Bengali twist to it. This very famous Bengali Chirer Polao makes use of winter vegetables along with a generous addition of raisins/kishmish, peanuts, and cashews flavored with mild spices. The addition of sugar and raisins along with vegetables gives …

Spinach Dosa

Dosa is a daily fare in many Indian households. Apart from the regular Idli-Dosa made with rice alone, it is a bonus if we could incorporate some healthy greens too. One such healthy and evergreen hit dosa is this spinach dosa which the kids love. In addition to the rice, I have also added quinoa …

Masala Puri

If you have been to Chennai Marina beach, you might not have definitely missed tasting this. Masala Puri is very famous at Marina beach in the evening hours. The piping hot masala puri combined with the cool sea breeze is definitely to live for. I have recreated this Masala Puri at home with dried green …

Kharabhath

Kharabhat is a very famous dish in Karnataka region. Khara means the spicy version that uses Green chili and also the addition of spicy masala powder. It is almost a near cousin of Upma or Uppitu that is famous in South- India. Though both Upma and KharaBhath use similar ingredients, there are also some additional …

Sweet and Sour Papaya Curry

Green Papaya is a fruit that is loaded with nutrients. It is less in carbohydrates and high in folate – a much-needed one for women and young girls. There are some fruits like green papaya that are rich in enzymes before it becomes very ripe.   Green papaya itself has a very mild sweetness to it …

Bhaingan Bhartha

Every meal with a Roti or phulka needs a perfect side dish to go along. If this side dish is going to be healthy with less greasy stuff, it is an added benefit. Baingan Bartha is one of those healthy side dishes that are tasty with less fat in it. Traditionally, Baingan Bhartha is made …

Vegetable Nilgiri Kurma

There are plenty of kurma recipes in the blogosphere. One of the classic Kurma recipes is the Nilgiri Kurma. Nilgiri is one of the regions in the Western Ghats and luscious in nature. As the name goes by, this Kurma is very luscious and tasty. This Nilgiri Kurma is very famous and uses fresh ingredients …

Paneer Lababdar

Paneer Lababdar is a very rich and creamy Paneer side dish. The word “Lababdar” means a strong desire for something and surrendering to it. As the name means, the taste of this Paneer gravy makes your taste buds to surrender it. Paneer is used in two ways in this recipe. One is to add cubes …

Vengaya Chutney | Onion Chutney

When it comes to South- Indian breakfasts, the accompaniments that are served along with Idlis and Dosas are eye-catching to everyone. From the simple coconut chutney to many varieties of vegetable chutney, the chutney always enhances the flavor of the breakfast mains and makes everyone want more of them. While coconut chutney is everyone’s favorite, …

Set Dosa || BreakFast Series Recipe # 9

Set Dosa is a very famous South- Indian ( Karnataka) breakfast recipe, that is usually paired up with kurma or vada curry. It is very famous in the state of Karnataka, where it is usually served with coconut chutney and vegetable saagu. Set Dosai is generally served as a set of two and hence it …

Kolhrabhi Korma (OPOS method)

One-Pot One Shot (OPOS )Cooking is a trending scientific method of cooking using the pressure cooker. OPOS cooking is a clean, hygienic method that helps in retaining nutrients in food. This is also a time-saving process and does not need babysitting. Hence, your time in the kitchen is minimized. the main equipment needed for this …

Thengai Podi | Coconut Gun Powder

If you are a South- Indian, then Idli and Dosa are your major staple Breakfasts. The restaurants all around the globe serve Idli and Dosa with coconut chutney, tomato chutney, and Sambar. Some of the local restaurants might as well serve some spicy Idli podi a.k.a the gun powder. Every household has a different recipe …

Kerala Pathiri || Rice Flour Rotis

Pathiri is a speciality in the Kerala Cuisine. It is a flatbread made with roasted rice flour, and water. This Pathiri is very popular in the Malabar regions of Kerala. It is said that the Pathiri has its origin from the Arabs influence in Kerala. It is very famous among the Kerala Muslims who serve …

Aapam (Without Yeast/ Baking Soda)

After all that busy holiday feasts, followed by the busy shopping, the Indian taste buds always demand us for those homemade, traditional, comfort foods. While I know how busy this long weekend would go, I planned this guilt-free, soft pillow-like aapam ahead and left them in my oven to ferment overnight ( Grr.. Mine almost …

RUMALI ROTI / Roomali roti

Rumali Roti or Roomali Roti is a very famous flatbread that is super thin and extremely soft. It is such soft that it stays the same even after hours of making it. Roomali/Rumal means “Handkerchief “. Rumali Roti is usually served with tandoor dishes and rich meat dishes that people can use this roti to …

CELERY STALK CHUTNEY

Celery is a water- rich vegetable that is commonly eaten raw alone or as salads. Celery has zero calories and hence it is a part of many people’s diet and in  weight loss. Celery stalks are also added in soups and smoothies. While it is good for health, the flavor of celery is very strong. …

Mushroom Pepper Masala

Mushrooms are a great source of vitamins. Mushroom Pepper Masala is a very common recipe/dish that is available in many Indian restaurants. It is prepared with Mushrooms on a gravy and topped off with freshly grounded pepper corns. Mushrooms are a large source of proteins if you are a vegetarian. I was not a big …

Carrot-Apple- Ginger Soup

There are days when the tummy demands some light and easy dinner. On those days, soups and salads are big saviors. Also, they are highly nutritious as there is less cooking and hence there is minimal loss of nutrients. While we love tomato soup the best, our new found fa is this CARROT APPLE GINGER …

URAD DAL CHUTNEY

Chutney and Sambar are vital in a South-Indian breakfast. While Idli and Dosa are great breakfast options, the chutneys that pairs up with them, make them more interesting. I make chutney with onion, tomato and vegetables, I also love making them with dals. Refer to Chutneys in the website.One such is this tasty Urad Dal …

ALOO METHI

Aloo / Potatoes are universal favorites. Every cuisine has a different and delicious way to make potatoes. Of all the vegetables, Potato is used widely in all regions of Indian cuisine. Each of these dishes is made either with simple ingredients or many regional ingredients to make a delicious potato dish. Of all the potato …

BOTTLE GOURD/ LAUKI DOSA

Suraikkai / Bottle gourd is a variety of the squash family and rich in water content. Lauki is very commonly used in Indian cooking to make sambar, stews, kootu, kofta, and stir fry. This vegetable is also aids in weight loss due to the water content in it. It has immense health benefits, relieving stress, …

Rail Chutney

Chutneys are the best accompaniment for any tiffin. If you are a South Indian, you will agree to this. A flavorful and tasty chutney can make a wonderful breakfast. A train journey brings a lot of memories. Also, if you have purchased any food packets during travel, you would have tasted this spicy rail chutney. …

Thengai Dosai / Coconut Dosa

Coconut is one freshly available food that is loaded with all richness. Coconut is generally considered a healthy form of fat. Being South-Indian, any Poriyal or thoran is not complete without Coconut in it. While I had plenty of grated fresh Coconut, I decided to make this super soft and flavorful coconut dosa instead of …

Drumstick Leaves Thogayal

We need to include healthy foods into our daily diet. Healthy foods need not be always salads and soups. We can make our regular meals incorporating these healthy ingredients to it. One of the plants that have most of its part that is edible is Drumstick/Moringa tree. The leaves, flowers, vegetables can be safely consumed …

Srilankan Manipittu || Mani Puttu

Mani Pittu/ Mani Puttu is a Srilankan recipe that is a combination of Idiyappam, puttu and kozhukattai. This is an heirloom recipe that had undergone many changes. Though it originated in Srilanka, it was widely made in many parts of South India. Recently many had forgotten this super tasty recipe. The process of making this …

Tirunelveli Idli Molagai Podi

South-Indian breakfasts are very satisfying and tasty. The main staple breakfast items are Idlis and Dosas with an array of accompaniments including chutneys, sambar and podis. Though I make different types of chutney, my family always wants their Idli molagapodi with their Idlis and Dosas. There are many ways to make the Idli podi. Some …

BUN DOSAI || AVAL DOSAI

Dosai is an emotion if you are a proper south-indian.  There are many varieties of dosa that is available like the paper roast, ghee roast, masala dosa, millets dosai and many more. OF all these, some dosa varieties are famous in certain places like this BUN DOSAI . This dosai is very very soft like …

Hotel Vegetable Dum Biryani

While Kulambu , poriyal and kootu are everyday affairs, the essence of the weekend is achieved only with Biryani. For many, Biryani is more than an emotion and a weekend or holiday, or celebration is made special only with Biryani. Biryani has its origin in Persia and slowly entered India. It is differently made in …

Orange Rasam

Every South-Indian meal has atleast two course. Usually it begins with sambar and followed by rasam. Rasam is an integral part of any south-Indian full meals. It is made of spices that can soothe the tummy after any heavy meal. While there are many traditional rasam varieties, I have used oranges to make this rasam. …

Spicy Pori Upma

Pori/ Puffed Rice is usually used in making snacks. During ayudha Poojai, Pori is served along with jaggery and roasted gram. After this, most of the households leave them as such. I tried making a spicy version of this Pori upma with the leftover puffed rice/ pori. The secret ingredient in this recipe is the …

Methi Dal Tadka

Methi leaves is very healthy and rich in minerals. Methi leaves are great source for regulating the blood glucose levels, hence it is a good one for diabetics. When it is combined with dal, it makes an excellent source of protein. Methi Dal can be made in under 20 min for a wholesome lunch/dinner. This …