Kerala Avial – A Vegetarin’s Delight

Avial

How do I describe Avial? A mix of vegetables in a  tangy coconut sauce ?  This  could  describe a  number of  things.  This is a  dish popular in  Kerala and neighboring  regions.   Different variations  of this  recipe  exist in other parts of  south India  – those  I would  refer  to as “vegetables with inRead more

Puliseeri – Yogurt Curry With Coconut

Pulisseri

Pulisseri or Pulissery  is  yogurt based  curry that  is  flavored  with  ground  coconut  and  a few  spices.  This  traditional Kerala dish is  made very often in  Kerala homes it  takes  very little  cooking  time and  umpteen  variations  are  possible. Unlike  many  other  curries, you don’t  need  to  rely on a  spice paste or  elaborate  cookingRead more

Parippu Pradhaman – Mung Dal Payasam For OnaSadya

Happy Onam !!!  So today is  the first  day of  Onam – Onnam Onam  or  Utradam  –  the  start  day of  4  days of  festivities.  Clean up  and  get  ready  for  the  main festivities the next  day  – the  Thiruvonam.  No major  sadya  today,  just a   couple  traditional dishes  and  of  course  the  desertRead more

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

Red Coconut Chutney – From Kerala

Red Coconut Chutney

  This is a  typical  Coconut  Chutney prepared  in Kerala homes.  This creamy,  red  coconut chutney  has  smokey undertones and  a  tinge of tang. I have  had it umpteen times – mom,  granny,   countless aunt’s  and  a  few  friends are   all  experts   when it  comes  to  making  Coconut  Chutney.   The  taste isRead more