Iyengar Style Thakkali Thayir Pachadi (Tomato Raita): Step by Step

South Indian cooking is generally seasonal, simple, and devoid of too many spices. Made with minimal ingredients, the food tends to be healthy as well as tasty. Of course South Indian cuisine also has spicy, complex dishes as well - but most everyday dishes from this cuisine are really simple to make, yet so delicious … Continue reading Iyengar Style Thakkali Thayir Pachadi (Tomato Raita): Step by Step

Navarathri Special: Green Peas & Sweetcorn Sundal, No Soaking Required, Step by Step

Day 6 of Navarathri - straying off the beaten path with a fresh green peas and sweetcorn sundal !  This sundal is not traditional in the strict sense of the term. I forgot to soak peanuts for making sundal today (second time this week, what does that say about me?), so I was looking to … Continue reading Navarathri Special: Green Peas & Sweetcorn Sundal, No Soaking Required, Step by Step

Navarathri Special: Moong Dal Halwa / Mung Dal Ka Halwa, Step by Step

Navarathri Special Day 5: An utterly delectable, crumbly and melt-in-the-mouth Moong Dal Halwa! A 'halwa' is a traditional sweet pudding, made with ghee (clarified butter), and garnished with a mixture of fried nuts. It may not may not require additional flavouring, in the form of essence, extract and juices. Halwas can be made from a variety … Continue reading Navarathri Special: Moong Dal Halwa / Mung Dal Ka Halwa, Step by Step

Navarathri Special: Semiya (Vermicelli) Kesari, Step-by-Step

For Day 4 of Navarathri, a very traditional dessert dish - Semiya Kesari ! A pudding style sweet dish, traditionally made in our house for festive occasions. Very quick to make (takes all of 10 mins) and tastes delicious! Hello all! 😀 It is day four of Navarathri today, and I see a lot of people … Continue reading Navarathri Special: Semiya (Vermicelli) Kesari, Step-by-Step

Navarathri Special Sundal: Pattani (Dried White Peas) Sundal

Day 3 of Navarathri festival – Vella Pattani (Dried White Peas) Sundal ! Dried peas are produced by harvesting the pea pods when they are fully mature and then drying them. They are available throughout the year in India. Dried peas are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering dietary fiber and essential nutrients like manganese, copper, … Continue reading Navarathri Special Sundal: Pattani (Dried White Peas) Sundal

Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu/Kozhambu ( Eggplant/Brinjal cooked in a Spiced Tomato-Tamarind-Coconut gravy) -No Onion No Garlic recipe- Step by Step

Ennai Kathrikkai Kuzhambu (South Indian style eggplant gravy) is the "bestseller" of our kitchen. This is actually a Tamil name, where 'ennai' means oil, 'kathirikai' is brinjal/eggplant, and 'kuzhambu'  means gravy. This is that one dish in our household that probably everyone, from elders to kids enjoy. Anybody, and I really mean anybody that visits … Continue reading Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu/Kozhambu ( Eggplant/Brinjal cooked in a Spiced Tomato-Tamarind-Coconut gravy) -No Onion No Garlic recipe- Step by Step