Varutharacha Sambar – Made With Fresh Roasted Coconut Spice Mix

Varutharacha Sambar

If you know  your  South Indian food, they you  are definitely familiar with sambar. Loosely speaking, it is  a  spicy and tangy  curry made  with vegetables and  lentils .  This is one description  that is  not  gong  to   sit  well  with Sambar  aficionados, and  I wont  argue  with them.  So I am  not  going  to Read more

Turmeric Milk

Turmeric Milk

Turmeric  Latte is  all the  rage  now,  just like  quinoa   and  flax  seeds  were a  few  years  back. Turmeric has  a  lot of  medicinal properties  coupled  with its  ability to brighten  everything.  In Indian culture  turmeric has a place  everywhere  from  medicine  to  religion  to  cooking. If that is not  enough, the plant is  pretty Read 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

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

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

Aloo Paratha

Aloo Paratha

Just  like  the  Dosa and Idli of  the  south  stuffed  parathas  are  the  choice  of  breakfast for  many in the  north. Aloo paratha –  potato stuffed  whole  wheat   flat  bread is the  most  popular of  them all .  Fresh made  Aloo Paratha   served  with a  bowl of  curds (yogurt) and a  spicy pickle  makesRead more

Chapathi Kurma And A Few Fond Memories

This chapathy kurma   dinner  always  takes  me  back to the   road trips  and   the  roadside  dinners in   India.  Mix  vegetable kurma is  a  standard  fare in many South India restaurants .  Quite  rightly too ,  as these  go well with rice   dishes  like  Pulao, or Biryani  or  can  be  servedRead 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