Mildly Spiced – Ghee Rice

Ghee Rice

A few  spices  make the simple rice   the  center of  the meal,  inviting you to to  reach for the fork.. that is  ghee rice  for  me! Nei Choru or  Ghee  Rice  used  to be  the  staple  of  our  mini household  celebrations.  Mom used  to  serve  these   with  hearty  sides  like  roasted coconut vegetablesRead more

Sweet Kalathappam – A Traditional Snack Cake From Malabar

Kalathappam

Kalathappam is a traditional  sweet snack from the Malabar  region.   This traditional recipe seems  ridiculously simple, and  tastes delicious.  It is  also  known  as  “Cooker Cake”  as pressure cookers are the  utensil of choice to bake  this cake in.   Rice and  jaggery   makes  up the  body of  this  cake    with  onions,Read more

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

Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice

Bright  yellow lemon rice is a perfect  for a  picnic or in  the  lunch box.  A  bit  tangy and  spicy , and  absolutely delicious. Plain rice becomes a  delicious  treat  just by the addition of a few ingredients. Lemon rice  pairs  well with  many side dishes – spicy fried seafood, chickpea curry, papads, coconut chutney orRead 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