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.
This black bean chili is an easy delicious weeknight meal. Instant pot makes this dish easy to make from scratch, with just 15 minute of hands on time. This vegan chili is low on calories but high on nutrition and flavor.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 ..
A bright and sunny loaf that is perfect to serve with a spicy curry/ soup or just as an appetizer ! This pull apart bread is fun to make and delicious to devour . Turmeric gives this loaf its signature color while the herbs and enhance the flavors .
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 Whole Cauliflower is an easy dish to make . It is flavorful and is a treat to the eyes. The cauliflower is flavored with tandoori inspired spices and the cilantro chutney adds fresh 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
This chapathy kurma dinner always takes me back to the road trips and the roadside dinners in India. Mix vegetable kurma is a standard
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.
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.
These cute owls were made for a Halloween party. I must confess , this is not entirely my idea . The inspiration ,of course, came from
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.
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 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 !
“A good green sauce is a thing of beauty !” – said I . Of course my kids disagreed , hard to find kids in their right minds
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!
Flat breads or rotis are found everywhere in the Indian subcontinent. Usually made to order and eaten warm with accompaniments . These are made with
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.