Koova Kurukkiyathu – Arrowroot Halva

Koova Kurukkiyathu - Arrowroot Halva

Arrow  root  halva  or  Koova  Kurukkiyathu   is  an easy  sweet  dish to prepare.  The  texture  is  very similar  to Jelly, solid  but  not hard. Usually coconut  bits   are  added to it  for  the much needed  textural  contrast. It  was   customary  to  serve  this for  Thiruvathira  along  with puzhukku.  Koova  Kurukkkiyathu  (or Varattiyathu  or  Verakiyathu)   being Read more

Jackfruit Biryani in Pressure Cooker | Vegan

Jackfruit Biryani Recipe

Did you know  that  jackfruit, the largest fruit from a  tree,   belongs in the  same  family as  figs ?  Well I did not.   Figs have thin  edible skin and fits in the palm  of  your  hand  while  jackfruit  is usually as  heavy as  toddler and  has spiky   thick  skin.  Both  have  large  fan  following, and Read more

Thiruvathira Puzhukku – Root Vegetable Medley

Thiruvathira Puzhukku

Puzhukku is a  dish made   of  boiled/steamed  root vegetables mixed  with  seasoned  coconut paste. These are  served   either by itself  or  with  Kanji (rice).  Thiruvathira  Puzhukku is made with a mix of  seasonal root  vegetables and beans.  The tubers  are nutritious  and  filling  while the beans are a source of protein making  it  ideal for ladies  whoRead more

Home Made Grape Wine – A Treat For X’mas And Other Times

Home Made Grape Wine

A  sip of  home made   wine   and a  slice of  X’mas  fruit  cake  is  something  we look forward  to  every year.   The  fruit cake is   rich full of  spices and  studded  with  dried  fruits  while  the  home  made  wine  is  full bodied  with  just a  hint  of  spices.  This grape  wine  locally known as MunthiriRead more

Ari Pathiri – A Gluten Free Flatbread Made With Rice

Ari Pathiri

This is  Ari Pathiri – the  soft  as  feather rice flatbread.  This  gluten free  bread  goes by a  few other names  as well  – nice pathiri ,  neriya  pathiri and  malabar pathiri , to name a  few.  As the last  name on the  list  suggests  it is  very popular in the Malabar  region of India. Read more

Roasted Bell Pepper Chutney – With Zesty South Indian Flavors

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Chutney

Chutneys are an essential  part of  south Indian  cuisine.  They pair  well with all the popular meals like dosa, idli , flavored  rices and are a perfect dip for a variety of  snacks.  South Indian  chutneys  are  easy to make, low in calories  and  usually  packs  a lot of  nutrition in a  small serving.  BellRead more

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

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