Nei Payasam – Food For The Gods And Indulgance For The Mortals

Nei Payasam Sharkkara Payasam

  Wondering  what  is up with  that title,  well let  me  explain.   Nei Payasam is a cherished offering of Kerala temples. The gods love Nei Paysasam , so do the  devotees, the  non religious folks  and  even  the atheists.  Nei  in Malayalam means ghee or  clarified  butter, and  Nei payasam is  a sweet desert  made  withRead more

Curried Salmon With Spinach

Curried Salmon With Spinach

This  dish is  inspired  by my childhood.   No there  were no  Salmon in South India, but   fish was  plentiful, as were  Amaranth leaves.  Purple  amaranth was  our  favorite   Mom used  to  make “Cheera thoran” or  stir fried amaranth leaves with coconut .  Amaranth  leaves  are more  nutritious  than  spinach  and  a  mealRead more

Jowar Roti – Shorgum Flat Breads

Jowar Roti

Jowar or  Sorghum  rotis , flat breads, are  popular in many parts of  South India. In fact  we had our  first taste of taste of  Jowar Roti  at Hampi in Karnataka.  These  Jolada Roties, as  they were  called  locally, are  soft and  extremely delicious.  They have  more of  a  melt in the  mouth  quality comparedRead more

Flaxseed Chutney Powder

Flax seed chutney powder  is  an easy way to  increase the nutritional  value  of  any , well  almost any, dish. Chutney powders are  used as an  accompaniment  to a  variety of  meals in  the  South Indian  Cuisine.  Usually made  with a  blend  of  dals (beans/lentils), it  adds a  bit  of  crunch and  protein as  wellRead more

Palappam or Hoppers – Fermented Rice and Coconut Pancakes

If  you never had Palappam, you are in for for a treat.  Imagine  crepe like  bowls, crispy and  lacy  on the  sides  and  a  bit  spongy  towards  the  middle.  These  are  known as Palappam in Kerala  while  across  the   ocean in Sri Lanka a  similar recipe  is  used  to  make Hoppers.  Whereas  Hoppers are usuallyRead more