Vattayappm - the soft and spongy sweet Rice Cake From Kerala

Vattayappam – Soft And Spongy Yeasted Steam Cakes

Vattayappam is a soft and spongy rice cake popular in Kerala and neighboring regions. It is made with fermented rice batter. Coconut, sugar and cardamom are the other ingredients that add to its appeal. This cake takes very little hands on time to make.

A Kerala meal with Pineapple Pachadi

Pineapple Pachadi | Pineapple , Yogurt and Coconut | Sadya Recipes

Pachadi from South India is a type of curry where the fruits/vegetables are cooked in a paste of ground coconut. Sour curd (yogurt) is added towards the end of cooking and the dish is flavored with seasoned oil and spices. Pineapple Pachadi, from Kerala has a unique combination of sweet and sour flavors.

Pickled Beets – Right In Your Fridge

Pickled beets are a good addition to the pantry. These are easy to make and pickled in a lightly sweet and sour vinaigrette. The flavors of these pickled beets perfectly complements many dishes – like salads , sandwiches and can even be served as a side of roasts.

A delicious pressed sandwich with grilled vegetables and a crusty loaf

Roasted Vegetables Picnic Loaf

Picnic loaves are an easy and delicious way to enjoy a day out. It is a make ahead sandwich that is perfect for lunch boxes as well. The sandwich is is assembled ahead of time ans the flavors are allowed to meld and mature.

Sweet Cinnamon pull apart buns - or Monkey Bread

Cook With Kids – Monkey Bread    

Bundt pan , brown sugar and sweet dough, Monkey bread is fun to make . Soft pieces of bread coated in sticky caramel is perfect dinner dessert. If you are looking for a recipe to make with kids, this is a must read!

Rustic Mediterranean Olive Bread Made With Kalamatta Olives

The Simply Irresistible Mediterranean Olive Bread

This Mediterranean Olive Loaf is a rustic free form loaf dotted with olives. A few simple but high quality ingredients are all you need here. The olives are the star and add an extra depth of flavor to this bread. It is prefect to much on as is or as a side for soups and salads.

Chakka Pradhaman or kheer made with Jackfruit

Jackfruit Kheer – Chakka Pradhaman

Jackfruit Kheer or Chakka Pradhaman is a dessert made with ripe jackfruit, jaggery and coconut milk. It is typically garnished with a liberal heap of
cashew nuts, raisins and coconut slices. These quintessential South Indian flavors present a perfect ending to a feast.

Koottu Curry - Vegetable and Chick Pea Dish For Sadya

Kootu Curry – Vegetable and Bean Curry

Koottu Curry is an important part of the Kerala Sadya Menu. It Vegetables and black chickpeas and cooked and mixed together with coconut and spices. A spiced roasted coconut seasoning adds the final touch.

Vishu Kanji With Jaggery - Breakfast for the new year

Vishu Kanji With Jaggery – A Sweet Start To The New Year

Kanji is a porridge made with rice and served with a one or more sides. Vishu Kanji is a special version made for Vishu – the Malayali New year. This is the sweet version of the dish in which cooked beans and rice are flavored with coconut milk and spices and sweetened with a little jaggery.

Roasted Carrots With Garlic and Parsley

Roasted Carrots With Garlic And Parsley

Fresh carrots are sweet and tastes delicious when roasted. The beautiful bunch of multicolored carrots are roasted in a hot oven and tossed with garlic and parsley oil. This is a wonderful appetizer or side dish that takes very little time to make.

Home made hummus served with fresh veggies and crackers for snacking

Home Made Easy Hummus Recipe

The traditional Hummus is a healthy spread made with chickpeas and a dash of spices. It is healthy and satisfying and a perfect snack dip to reach for. Not only is it easy to make but tastes much better as when made fresh !

Koova Kurukkiyathu - Arrowroot Halva

Koova Kurukkiyathu – Arrowroot Halva

Koova kurukku is a simple and easy sweet to make. It takes only 3 main ingredients – arrowroot powder, jaggery and water. In about 15 minutes you have a sweet with jelly like consistency. A little grated coconut is added for some texture.

Jackfruit Biryani Recipe

Jackfruit Biryani in Pressure Cooker | Vegan

Biryanis are the popular rice casserole of Indian sub continent. Here is a vegan version made with jackfruit. The meaty texture of the unripe jackfruit is perfect for this recipe and the and chances are you are not going to miss the meat ..

Thiruvathira Puzhukku

Thiruvathira Puzhukku – Root Vegetable Medley

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) and a spiced chutney.  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  who forgo rice  based meals as part of  the  Thiruvathira  rituals.

Roasted Bell Pepper Chutney

Roasted Bell Pepper Chutney – With Zesty South Indian Flavors

Roasted bell pepper (capsicum) chutney is a delicious side dish for many south Indian meals. The roasted red peppers have a slightly sweet smoky flavor , when paired with tamarind and chili powder it is a mouth watering combination that can perk up even the plain flat bread or rice.

The Onam Special Sambar - Varutahracha Sambar with roasted fresh spices

Varutharacha Sambar – Made With Fresh Roasted Coconut Spice Mix

Sambar is a spicy and tangy South Indian dish made with lentils and vegetables. This version of sambar is popular in Kerala and is usually made for special occasion meals like sadya. The mix of lentils and vegetables make it very nutritious and when paired with rice it becomes a complete meal.

The healing turmeric milk

Turmeric Milk

Turmeric is known for its healing properties. This milk is infused with turmeric and the added spices aid digestion and add more flavor to it making it an irresistible drink.

Kerala Avial - A delicately spiced mix vegetable side dish

Kerala Avial – A Vegetarin’s Delight

Avial must be one of the most popular vegetarian dishes from Kerala. It is a vegetarian feast in itself and is an important part of the traditional festive meals – sadya. Avial is made with a dozen or more local vegetables and delicately flavored with coconut , turmeric and cumin.

Ghee Rice - Delicately flavored aromatic rice

Mildly Spiced – Ghee Rice

Ghee rice is a mildly flavored fragrant rice usually made with Basmati or similar varieties. It is delicious on its own. It is a versatile dish that can be served with plain dal or with a spicy kurma. Aromatic spices are sauted in ghee and the rice is stir fried and cooked. Each grain in turn absorbs the flavors ..

Aloo Paratha or Potato Stuffed Whole Wheat Flat Bread

Aloo Paratha

Aloo Parathas are a popular breakfast flat bread in the northern parts of India. It is a whole wheat flat bread stuffed with a spiced mix of potatoes. When served with a bowl of fresh curd it has all the elements that you need in a breakfast – protein, carbs , vitamins and of course taste.

Plain Kulcha Topped with nigella seeds

Plain Kulcha – An easy Flat Bread

Kulcha is a leavened flat bread that can easily be made on stove top . Baking soda and yogurt are usually used to leaven and make this bread soft and moist. Serve these with a spicy curry or use it to wrap a kabob.

Seven Cups Burfi - Indian fudge made with chickpea flour

Seven Cups Burfi – Simple No Fail Diwali Sweet

This fudge like dessert gets its name from the ingredients used – 7 cups in all. It is made with very common ingredients in the Indian pantry and requires no high level cooking skills. The burfi of fudge made is delicious and has a unique texture to it.

Lachha Paratha Or Kerala Parotta

Whole Wheat Lachha Parathas

Lachha paratha is a layered flat bread from the Indian Sub Continent. In the south It is also known as Parotta, Malabaar paratha or Kerala parotta . This is a delicious unleavened bread that you will be tempted to eat all by itself . The over lapping layers are crunchy on the top hiding tender layers inside.

Pumpkin and beans in a mild coconut curry

Erisseri – Savory Pumpkin Stew Kerala Style

Erisseri is a dish made with a vegetable usually pumpkin and beans. Cooked beans and and pumpkin is mixed together and flavored with ground coconut and spices. This dish is finished with seasoned oil, spices and toasted coconut.

Palada - Rice Noodle Kheer

Palada – Not the Humble Rice Pudding

Palada is a milk based kheer made with fresh rice noodles or ada . This is a gluten free dessert that is in a semi liquid form. The noodles are prepackaged or sometimes freshly made. The sweetened thick with bits of soft melt in the mouth ada is the perfect end to a traditional Kerala feast. Drink up the liquid and savor the ada by itself or mix it all up and enjoy by the spoonfuls !

Vada Pav - Delicious spiced potato burger

Delectable Street Foods – Vada Pav

Vada pav is a popular Indian street food. Call it the vegan Indain burger – or carb on carbs , but you can not deny its appeal. When you break it down it is spiced potato fritters and white bread. A generous amount chutneys and spice powders add to the visual appeal and makes it something more than the sum of its parts. Bite on the fried chili if yo dare!

Snow Ball Cookies With Almonds

Almond Snow Balls

These are melt in the mouth cookies rolled in confectioner’s sugar the resemble snow balls . These are known by different names , but always have crushed nuts in the cookie and rolled in sugar.