Carrot Poriyal

Carrots have always been in the wishlist for everyone at home. With many variations of this carrot curry around, I have my own version that my LO at home love to eat. With a tint of ginger added, it has a unique flavor and taste. Carrots are rich in beta carotenes and are one of …

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 …

Ulli Theeyal

Ulli Theeyal(உள்ளி தீயல்) is a coconut-based Kerala dish, that I make when I buy fresh coconut. I have tried this with dry coconut powder and found the difference when it is made with fresh coconut. “Theeyal” means burnt. The taste of this curry truly depends on the level of coconut is fried. Theeyal can be …

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 …

Cabbage Peas Poriyal

Firstly, apologies for the delayed posts. Been a while that I posted here. However, I did click some pictures and will be posting here regularly. Cabbage- Peas Poriyal (கோஸ் பட்டாணி பொரியல் )is a simple poriyal and rich in taste. We can see this poriyal commonly in marriages and functions. Cabbage curries bring out a good volume for …

Vazhaikkai Poriyal

Vazhaikkai poriyal is our family favorite. Every household has a different style of this versatile vegetable. My family too has different ways of dealing with this vegetable. Vazhaikkai can be used to make kootu, stir fry, deep fry, roast, etc. My H loves this poriyal and I usually make this for him. This version is …

Urulai Podi Roast

Potatoes are universal favorites. Every cuisine and every family have their own favorite recipes made of this loyal vegetable that is incredibly tasty. From mashed potatoes to bakes and fries, potatoes never let our hands down. They are so versatile that they can prove themselves towards whatever method it is being treated to. Of the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Surakai kootu / Bottle Gourd Kootu

Surakai kootu ( Lauki Kootu) is a simple kootu and best combo for Vathal kulambu. The sweetness of surakai/bottle gourd balances the spiciness of any south -Indian curry. Surakai /bottle gourd/lauki is rich in water content and often is used in Indian cooking. A wide range of dishes ranging from soups, main course to dessert …

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 …

Yellow Pumpkin Kootu

Yellow Pumpkin/ Parangikka is one of the sweet members of the pumpkin family. In the part of the world where I live, this pumpkin is found on anything and everything in the harvest month of October. From what we see, hear and taste, we have had pumpkin in desserts from cakes, pie, and to a …

Paruppu Podi

Apart from the curry, kulambu, poriyal – kootu varieties that occupy our palette every day, there are some days of the week when the taste buds just need some subtle powders and thokku. One such is the Dal powder a.k.a paruppu podi. Hailing from the southern state of Andhra (O.k. Telengana? – O.K. No comments. …

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 …

Brinjal Pirattal

There are some traditional vegetables that bring us their exotic flavors when cooked at the right consistency with mild spices. I always experience that cooking vegetables like okra or brinjal is a little challenging. Might sound a bit weird right? Yes, but too much or less of water added to this will definitely ruin their …

Porikadalai Thogayal

Porikadalai thogayal is a no- fancy recipe. I have been away from blogging for quiet a while and back now, looking for some comfort food. The seek for these simple foods comes after those elaborate feast at family weddings that we had over the last couple of months. One such comfort foods that we had for …

MILAGU KULAMBU

The Cold weather around brings in a lot of uninvited guests – cough, cold, strep throat. Also, we look on for hot, spicy stuff to treat our tastebuds. Milagu Kuzhambu is one such version of spicy, traditional remedy for the winter weather troubles.  The combination of fresh spice powder, combined with tamarind juice and garlic pods …

Rainbow Carrot Raitha

There are some tired days when we want a quick fix meal. Although one-pot meal comes in handy, we always want some accompaniment apart from the papadam/ appalam and pickle. One such is the raita. While I was doing my grocery shopping this week, these colorful organic rainbow carrot bags got my attention. I quickly …

Ashgourd / Poosanikkai Rasavangi

Making a two or three-course dish for the lunch is a part of our household. Though variety rice or one-pot meals come in between, people back at home prefer to have a quick fix meal that has a kulambu, kootu/poriyal, and complete off the lunch with curd and pickle. A wee little bit planning makes …

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 …

BENGALI BHAJAMUGER DAL

Dal is an integral part of any Indian meal. Whether you come from North, South, West, or Eastern part of Indian, every cuisine has dal included in some form. Bengali cuisine usually consists of rice and fish as their staple food. However, most of them observe at least two or three days of strict vegetarianism …

Vazhaikkai Kola Urundai

The other day when I went for my grocery shopping, some fresh green plantain caught my eyes. I love fresh vegetables. I grabbed two of them keeping in mind making vazhaikkai poriyal. Somehow, I just used one of them only as it was enough for my family. The other plantain was however sitting in the …

Achinga Payar Mezhukupiratti

Mezhukupiratti is a Kerala dish that often finds its place in the Onam sadhya. This simple side uses very minimal spices, yet gives a strong flavor and taste to the dish. Mezhukupiratti is often made with vegetables like green bananas(Vazha mezhukupiratti), Yam ( Chenai Mezhukupiratti), Ivy gourd ( Kovaikkai Mezhukupiratti) Long beans (Achanga Payir Mezhukupiratti). …

Snake Gourd Kootu

Snake Gourd kootu / Pudalangai Kootu

Gourds are groups of vegetables that include, but not limited to pumpkin, squash, and cucumbers. The gourds may be hard or soft-shelled with seeds in most of them. The gourds are commonly found in South and South-East Asian countries and have an important place in Indian cooking. They are so versatile that it gives immense …

Gongura Pachadi

Gongura / Sorrel leaves are an important ingredient in Indian cuisine especially in the regions of Andhra and Telangana. If you visit any Andhra restaurant or mess, the complimentary spice caddy will be filled up with goodies like gongura pachadi, Andhra parupppu podi, and Avakkai. There are also various dishes from Pappu to Gongura mamsam …

Vellai Kari

Vellaikari is a very tangy kulambu/ curry recipe that is famous in the Tirunelveli region. Sambar, Puli kulambu, and Rasam are very common in many households. When we get bored of these kulambu varieties, we make this vellaikari. Vellaikari is made with fresh ground spices without the addition of any Dal Varieties. It is very …

Kerala Pariuppu Curry || Onam Recipes

The Onam festival is celebrated for ten days in Kerala with pomp and show. On the final day – the Thiruvonam, a sumptuous and elaborate Onam Sadhya is cooked and served on a traditional banana leaf. The Sadhya consists of Upperi, Thoran, Kalan, Olan, Eriserry, Pachadi, Kichadi, Avial, Sambar, and many more. In this Onam …

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 …

Keerai Molagootal || Spinach Molagootal

Molagootal is one delicacy in Kerala cuisine. It is also popular among the Palakkad Tamils and hence they are famous in Tamil speaking households too. Molagootal can be made with mixed vegetables too. However, molagootal made with fresh greens/ Keerai tastes great. Keerai Molagootal is made with spinach greens, amaranth greens, or purslane greens. The …

Vankaya Bhajji

Vankaya Bhajji is an Andhra delicacy that is very simple to make. Pulusu, Bhajji is usually served in the lunch menu in many Telugu households. I tasted this Vankaya bhajji at a restaurant a few years back in Chicago. Though there was a lot of menu in the buffet, this one tasted very yummy. I …

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 …

Instant Garlic Pickle

Garlic is one of the very healthy vegetables that are heart-healthy. It is a key seasoning ingredient that is used widely around the world.  A south-Indian meal is not complete without a bowl of creamy curd rice.  A spicy pickle elevates the taste of the curd rice. However, a store-bought pickle is loaded with preservatives …

ARACHUVITTA PULI KULAMBU

Every Tamil Nadu meal consists of a many varieties of kulambu, Poriyal, Kootu and pachadi. Of all this, kulambu variety is prepared every day in different households. Kulambu is prepared with tamarind, butter milk or addition of dal. Though Sambar is a famous kulambu variety prepared with dal and vegetable on a tamarind broth, other …

ORANGE SKIN/ PEEL PACHADI

Orange is an immunity boosting fruit rich in Vitamin C. Orange peel is also beneficial with the presence of immense nutrients in them. The skin of Oranges have fibre and polyphenols that are great against many diseases. The limonene present in orange skin has ant-cancerous properties. Indian food as such make good use of the …

PLUMS THOKKU

Plum is one of the stone fruit that is available for a certain season of the year. We love eating them as such, however, when we got a box of plums, we could not finish them. The three of the plums were ripe and I wanted to put them to good use. I decided to …

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 …

APPALA KOOTU || APPALAM KOOTU

Every South-Indian meal has a kulambu, rasam and curd. These are paired up with portal , varuval or Kootu. Though it is not possible to make all these varieties on a single day, there is at least one of them in the lunch menu. We love Kootu as they it makes a complete meal by …

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 …

KERALA ADA PRADHAMAN

Ada Pradhaman is a Kerala delicacy. It is made with flattened rice strips that are cooked with jaggery syrup and finished off with thick coconut milk. Ada Pradhaman is. apart of marriages or as a part of the Onam Sadhya meal. There are a lot of ways to make this Kerala Ada Pradhaman. Some people …

Alleppy Vegetable Curry

The richness of any regional cuisine is mainly focussed on what abundantly is available in the place or what is suitable for its climatic conditions. This vegetable curry is from “God’s Own Country”, with the star of their food- Mr. Coconut!!! Yes, You heard it right. Most of the dishes from Kerala is incomplete sans …

Kerala Thengai Chammanthi

If you are a coconut lover like me, then Kerala dishes will be top of your list. The freshness of Coconut when added to any dish elevates the taste of the dish many folds. From kootu curry to thorans and avial, their taste gets elevated with the addition of fresh coconut. One of the very …

Methi Mushroom Masala

Mushrooms are a naturally available source of Vitamin D. In addition, they are high in water content, making them a low-calorie food. The mineral Selenium found in mushrooms is great for bone health making them one of the superfoods. Mushrooms when combined with methi leaves elevate the nutritional level of the food. I tried this …

GUJARATI DAL

Dal is an integral part of food in many regions of India. being rich in protein and the comfort it gives, dals are cooked and served in different ways. One such is the Gujarati Dal. Gujarati Dal is made with toor dal/ split pigeon peas along with boiled peanuts. The dal itself has a sweet, …

Inji Kulambu || Ginger Curry

In our household, any medicinal Kulambu is done after the day of heavy feasting to balance the digestive health. One such is this Inji Kulambu / Ginger Kuzhambu. This Kuzhambu is made with fresh ginger pieces grounded with spices and cooked on a tamarind broth. It is finished off with some gingelly oil and jaggery …

Chettinadu Keerai Masiyal

Green Leafy Vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals. Chettinadu Keerai Masiyal is a very tasty and healthy recipe that can be eaten with rice or served as an accompaniment. They are creamy in texture and mildly spiced making them kids-friendly. This masiyal can be made with any variety of green. The addition of dal …

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 …

Sun-Dried Cluster Beans/ Kothavarangai Vathal

Vathals and Vadagams are very commonly made in India during the summer months. Vathals are usually made with different forms of vegetables like brinjal, ladysfinger, and bittergourd. These vegetables are parboiled in water and sun-dried for -5 days depending on the heat. After completely dried, they are stored in an air-tight container and fried when …

Hotel Style Kara Kuzhambu

For a South-Indian, lunch means it has rice, kulambu and a side of poriyal/stirfry and Kootu. While Sambhar and rasam are almost liked by many, KaraKulambu is one that tastes great with a tangy and spicy side . I love the Karakulambu served in hotels as they are flavorful and spicy. The hotel style Karakulambu …

Ennai Vazhakkai Pirattal

The one plant that is edible in any form is the Banana tree. Of this, I love raw bananas very much. Vazhaikkai/ raw banana is used widely in South-Indian cooking from curries, kulambu, avial , poriyal , podimas , kootu and varuval. It is very versatile and blends well with any form of food. I …

Cabbage Thoran

Every South-Indian meal comprises the main course as rice with any kulambu with a side of poriyal, kootu, varuval and thoran. Of all, I love the thorans. Thoran can be made with vegetables like cabbage, carrot, beans, broad beans, and most green vegetables. The Cabbage thoran that I made the other day is our family’s …

Vazhaikkai Puttu / Raw Banana Puttu

There’s one plant /tree that every part is used in cooking and edible is the banana tree. Every part of the banana tree, from the stem, flower, vegetable, and fruit is edible. Raw Banana/ Green Banana is a versatile vegetable that can be made shallow fried, deep-fried, in curries, and roasted.  Of all these, a …

OMAM KULAMBU || Postpartum Recipes

Indian spices are rich in medicinal values. Every spice has medical benefits to cure cough, cold, indigestion, and congestion easily available in the Indian Pantry. Of these the one spice that aids in indigestion disorder is the carom seeds/ Omam/ ajwain seeds. Omam is very versatile, that it can be even given to little babies …

PAVAKKAI PITLAI KULAMBU

Every South-Indian meal usually has two or three course. Starting off with Paruppu or thogayal or Podi , followed with Kulambu. While Sambar, Kara kuzhambu and Rasam are commonly made, there are some kulambu varieties that are traditionally prepared with freshly grounded masala. One such very flavorful Kulambu is Pitlai. Pitlai is made with bittergourd, …

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. …

Karuvepillai kulambu

Karuvepillai is an important ingredient in any southIndian food. Though its presence is very prominent, most of the people throw them away. However, Curry Leaves is a very nutritious and healthy ingredient. It is very rich in Iron and anti-oxidants. After a heavy Deepavali meal, I decided to make a simple, and healthy meal. I …

Masal Vadai

Masal Vadai is made with dal and spices. It is very crispy and crunchy outside and soft inside. The Masal vadai is so flavorful with a burst of spices in every single bite. Though it is a very simple recipe, a lot of techniques need to be followed. It is important to get the texture …

Cranberry Garlic Pickle

Cranberry is a super fruit that is very commonly used during holiday seasons. It is made as a chutney or relish for Thanks giving Dinner. The fresh cranberry fruit is available very commonly in grocery stores. It is rich in nutrients and anti oxidants making it a super fruit. During off-season, it is available in …