Potato Varuval | Aloo Stir-Fry

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Potato Varuval | Aloo Stir-Fry ~ Quick and easy side of potatoes cooked the South-Indian way This recipe is the incentive that my family needs on most days for an otherwise ‘ordinary‘¬†meal (yeah sometimes that really all it takes :P). Who has ever had a problem with potatoes, right? The universally loved vegetable that turns … Continue reading

Milagai (Mirchi) Bajji | Vegetable Fritters

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Milagai (Mirchi) Bajji | Vegetable Fritters If you’ve ever been anywhere down South in India, there is a good chance you’ve walked past street vendors frying up bajji’s of all kinds in large iron pans… up North, these go by pakoras, a close cousin to the bhaji, and are equally popular too. Geographies aside, what’s … Continue reading

South Indian Fish Fry

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South Indian Fish Fry This is my sister’s recipe for fried fish, and an absolute favorite with my 3 (almost 4 now!) year old. The freshly ground marinade that includes a little bit of the shallots/onions, along with a few other fragrant¬†whole spices, gives the fish pieces such a delish crust and you could easily … Continue reading

Keerai Kootu | Spinach and Lentils Curry with Coconut

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Keerai Kootu | Spinach and Lentils Curry with Coconut It’s January (at least for another 3 days). The one month of the year when you really really want to give healthy-eating a chance. Cause you never know when those resolutions, schmesolutions are going to give way to a more practical reality. Plus, it’s the month … Continue reading

Hotel Style Coconut Chutney

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Hotel Style Coconut Chutney I first tasted this version of coconut chutney at a party last year – SK made this right around Diwali last year, and it was exactly like the kind you find at the typical South Indian hotel/mess.. sooo good! It comes as no surprise, as it turned out her mom actually … Continue reading

Semiya (Vermicelli) Upma

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Semiya (Vermicelli) Upma This recipe has become a life saver for hurried weeknights and hearty breakfasts alike! Growing up, the semiya upma I knew was pretty straight-forward and nothing I’d go gaga about. But things sure changed after I adopted the method of pre-cooking the semiya like you would pasta, instead of cooking it with … Continue reading

Kola Urundai Kuzhambu / South Indian Meatball Curry

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Kari Kola Urundai Kuzhambu / Indian Meatballs Curry with Kheema (Minced Goat or Lamb Meat) A chettinad¬†specialty, and the Indian version of meatballs in a spicy tangy tamarind-based curry. The minced goat meat (kheema) is mixed with a special spice powder made with roasted gram flour, cinnamon, ginger-garlic, chilies, onions, etc. and made into meat … Continue reading

Shrimp Varuval / Prawns In South Indian Masala

SHRIMP VARUVAL / PRAWNS STIR FRIED IN COCONUT AND SPICES ~ Shrimp (prawns) cooked in spicy South Indian masala Shrimps – hmm, they scare me. They are just too complicated for me to comprehend with all those “moving” parts – sorry if I offended anyone. But my husband (who I’ll simply call ‘D’ going forward), … Continue reading