Olan – Spice it Up , Just A Little

Olan is  another essential part of  sadya  dishes. It is  quite  simple   to make   and  very mild in taste.  It  might  surprise  many to learn  that very many of  the  south Indian  dishes  are nothing  like what  the  rest  of  the  world  knows  as “Indian Food”. Olan  is  served as a  side dish for  the  carb ofRead more

Parippu For Sadya- Mung Dal Kerala Style

Parippu For Sadya

Parippu  in Malayalam literally  translates  to  split beans or dal.  Mildly flavored Mung  dal  curry, simply  referred to as Parippu,  is  the  first  course  in a traditional Kerala  Sadya (feast).   There are  many other  versions of Parippu –  the ones  to go  with  ghee  rice , or  rotis or  with vegetables.  But  the  Parippu  for  SadyaRead more

Palada – Not the Humble Rice Pudding


  Some  things  in  life  are beautiful in their  simplicity.  Palada does  this  for  deserts. Just a few  ingredients – rice , sugar, milk,  a little ghee  and  a  pinch of  cardamom – that is all it  takes  to  make  this  popular Kerala sweet treat.  Bakeries along  the  streets of Ernakulam usually displays “Palada”  signs. The  number of signsRead more

Home Made Ada For Payasam

Palada  and  Ada Pradhaman are  the  most loved  deserts to  end  a Kerala  feast with  .   The  main ingredient  of  bath are wafers  made  of  rice  flour ,  known as  Ada.   Traditionally  these  were  made and used  on the  same  day.   The  process of  making  Ada  was  a bit involved  , hence  usually reserved  onlyRead more

Puli Inji – A Tongue Tickling Ginger Relish


  Puli Inji is  the sweet  and  tangy   ginger relish   from Kerala .  No vegetarian  feast, sadya , is  complete   without it .  According  to one  story  serving  this is equivalent  to  serving 108  different  dishes .   Well , I am   a  fan  and  the  one  dish  that  I canRead more

Estonian Kringle – A Twist on the Cinnamon Rolls

  Oh the  aroma of  cinnamon  rolls  baking  in the  oven  !!!  It  sure  draws  the  kids  to the   kitchen. Such a  fun  way to wake them up in the  mornings .  Take  it up a notch and make  Estonian  Kringle. This delicious  loaf  ,  filled   with  buttery cinnamon sugar  looking  absolutely gorgeous .Read more