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
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
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
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
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
Pradhaman is a sweet dish prepared with jaggery and coconut milk. It is sweet , like a custard and tastes absolutely earthy and divine. This is the vegan version of Palada, if you substitute the little amount of ghee with coconut or any flavorless oil .
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
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