Palak Paneer with Dal / Spinach and Paneer Curry with Lentils

Palak Paneer with Dal / Spinach and Paneer Curry with Lentils If you are wondering what dal is doing in Palak Paneer – do read on. My little boy might not have much of a memory of the few months with his nanny, but I sure am thankful for the many Punjabi dishes I learnt … Continue reading

Pattani Sundal / Dried peas salad with green mango and coconut

Thenga Maanga Pattani Sundal / Dried peas salad with green mango and coconut Another Navratri special and a snack that just might bring back beach memories for those from Chennai ūüôā My favorite part of this beach¬†sundal, given I’ve never had it in a beach setting,¬†is the tanginess that hits you every time a bit … Continue reading

Squash Erissery / Easy Butternut Squash Curry with Lentils and Coconut

Squash Erissery / Easy Butternut Squash Curry with Lentils and Coconut We’ve been buying more frozen veggies these days, seeing that there does not seem to be much of a different nutrition-wise when using frozen produce if you cannot get fresh-from-the-farm produce or use fresh groceries within a few days of buying them, as they … Continue reading

Pasiparuppu Vella Payasam / Indian Pudding with Lentils and Jaggery

Pasiparuppu Vella Payasam / Indian Pudding with Lentils and Jaggery Navaratri season is here… well, even if you are not going to be observing fasts or doing poojas every one of the 10 days of this festival, it sure does set the mood for the holiday season. Festive season is in full swing in most … Continue reading

Mixed vegetable uthappam / Veggie topped fermented rice batter pancakes

Mixed vegetable uthappam / Veggie topped fermented rice batter pancakes A simple twist to the regular dosas and a much healthier way to eat up that batter – you are adding so much bulk and¬†nutrition¬†to an otherwise grain dominated meal. There are so many ways to making uthappams and you can get as creative as … Continue reading

Green chutney with mint and coriander leaves / Dhaniya Pudhina thuvaiyal

Green chutney with mint and coriander leaves / Dhaniya Pudhina chutney This chutney stores really well, for over a week when¬†refrigerated¬†without introducing moisture, and goes so well with any tiffin or chat/ snack items. Mom used to make it often when we were kids and I just remember calling it “green chutney” from then on. … Continue reading

Stuffed Okra / Baked Bharwan Bhindi

Stuffed Okra / Baked Bharwan Bhindi ~ Okras stuffed with a simple spice mix and pan cooked or baked to yummy goodness. This was my first attempt at making stuffed okra, and it was such a refreshing changeover the usual kadai bhindi or any other bhindi curry/ sabji recipe.The moment I suggested this dish, D’s … Continue reading

Dal Tadka / Easy Lentils Curry Punjabi Style

Dal Tadka / Easy Lentils Curry Punjabi Style Feeling lazy? Or feeling like something simple and home-made? I bet dal chawal is what hits your mind first. It’s the quintessential¬†comfort food for most of us from the¬†subcontinent¬†and though I am sure you hardly look-up a dal tadka recipe on the internet, you might want to … Continue reading

Dal Palak / Spinach Dal / Lentils and Spinach Curry

Dal Palak / Spinach Dal

Dal Palak / Spinach Dal / Spinach Lentils Curry I have such a poor memory when it comes to remembering ‘lists’ – well, that greatly affects my ability to remembering recipes and recreating the same recipe in exactly the same manner more than once. Not fun. Especially when you make something that is just perfect … Continue reading

Mushroom Biryani | Mushrooms and spices cooked with rice

Mushroom Biryani | Rice & Mushrooms cooked with coconut and spices I don’t even know where to begin to tell you just how flavorful this biryani can be! If you are strictly¬†vegetarian, and okay with mushrooms, then please do try this: your friends that rave about the flavors from chicken or other meat-flavored biryanis can … Continue reading

Pav Bhaji / Toasted Buns and Mixed Vegetable Curry

Pav Bhaji Masala

Pav Bhaji / Toasted Buns & Mixed Vegetable Curry ~ A popular Mumbai street-food adapted for¬†the home. What’s not to like about Pav Bhaji? Such a simple yet hearty mix of mashed vegetables served with hot buns toasted with a generous spread of butter. Have it for lunch, dinner or anytime in-between. You don’t need … Continue reading

Kerala Kadala Curry / Chickpeas in a coconut flavored curry

Kadala masala curry

Kerala¬†Kadala Curry or Kadala Masala Curry ~ Chickpeas cooked with coconut-tomato-onion and spices. The perfect accompaniment¬†for breakfast specials like Puttu / Idiyappam / Appam / Dosa. D’s parents are from Palakkad, and needless to say that’s my source for Kerala food and recipes. Kadala curry or Kadala masala curry as it is otherwise called, is … Continue reading

Sweet Kozhukattai / Vella Kozhukattai Recipe / Ganesh Chaturti Special

Sweet Kozhukattai / Vella Kozhukattai ~ Sweet dumplings of rice-flour filled with coconut, jaggery and other goodies. Lord Ganesha sure knew a thing or two about good food. His favorite dish is this sweet dumpling made with steamed rice, called Kozhukattai – also known by these other names: Kozhakkattai, Vella (jaggery) Kozhukattai, Modak, Kadubu, Kudumu, … Continue reading

Tamarind Rice / Temple Style Puliyodarai

Tamarind Rice / Temple Style Puliyodarai ~¬†Rice mixed with tamarind sauce and an aromatic South-Indian spice mix If you grew up in Southern India, I bet this brings back memories of the yummy puliyodarai / puliyogare / kovil pulisadham served as prasadam in temples on special occasions. There was always something different about the ones … Continue reading

Pasta Shells and Vegetables In Tangy Tomato Sauce

Pasta Shells and Vegetables In Tangy Tomato Sauce I had never gotten to making pasta before as it seemed like I’d need “a lot of new Italian¬†cuisine¬†stuff” and D wasn’t going to let me stock up on a dozen herbs and spices and cheeses and whatever else it was that every good-looking pasta recipe called … Continue reading

Mattar Paneer / Paneer and Peas in a creamy sauce

Mattar Paneer ~ Paneer and Peas cooked in a creamy Punjabi – Indian sauce A very popular main course dish and one of D’s¬†favorite, which makes it a frequent choice for dinners at home. Here’s a recipe I’ve tried and perfected over time after having cooked my way through a number of pro-chef versions of … Continue reading

Lemon Rasam / South Indian Lentil Soup Flavored with Lemon

Lemon Rasam / South Indian Lentil Soup Flavored with Lemon If every chef has a signature dish, this one has to be mine. This dish has a mind of its own – and I mean it. I have never got it tasting the same twice, ever. Just adjusting the amount of dal-tomatoes-lemon-pepper-cumin-water, simply put – … Continue reading

Pink Lassi / Indian Yogurt Drink

PINK LASSI / INDIAN YOGURT DRINK RECIPE ~ Sweetened yogurt drink flavored¬†with some concentrated fruit syrup Yes, it’s pink. And yum. I have always made lassi – both sweet and the salty version. But after seeing this version from one of my¬†favorite¬†chefs on the internet, sweet lassi has never been the same again ūüôā With … Continue reading

Lemony Coconut Chutney / Indian Dipping Sauce

Coconut chutney – hardly needs introduction and every household has their own unique flavor of this comfort dish. So does mine.. and you will soon realize that I have a love affair with lemon ūüôā With just a simple twist, you can have yourself a tangy-tasty version¬†of the good-ol’ coconut chutney – a perfect side … Continue reading

Vazhaipoo Vada / Plantain Flower & Lentil Fritters

VAZHA-POO VADAI ~ Plantain flower patties Often side-steeped as “too much work”, the plaintain flower hasn’t been on the fav list for a lot of us. It was so, until I decided to pick up one at the Indian grocers and give it a try. Source: Mom’s kitchen Makes: 20 – 25 vadais depending on … Continue reading