Paruppu Thogaiyal: Step by Step

'Thogaiyal' is the Tamil word for a condiment that is generally thicker in consistency than a chutney, and made with lentils and coconut as base ingredients. Several other spices are mixed and matched to create varieties of this dish. This is made with fresh greens, coriander, mint leaves, endless varieties of vegetables, even peels of … Continue reading Paruppu Thogaiyal: Step by Step

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

Vazhaithandu Thayir Pachadi/South Indian Style Banana Stem Raita/Yoghurt Based Dip

The Banana tree (Vaazhai maram in tamil) is sacred to Indian culture. In South India especially, the tree grows abundantly and is an important part of both culture as well as cuisine. Even blessings in tamil contain the name of the tree, thats how important this is! 🙂 The tree is such that no part … Continue reading Vazhaithandu Thayir Pachadi/South Indian Style Banana Stem Raita/Yoghurt Based Dip

Pomegranate Raita

Raita is an Indian yoghurt-based condiment commonly used as a side-dish to pair up with spicy rice dishes like biriyani and pulao. It is also served as a side to round off a meal of roti / chapati with a vegetable curry (like I did). Yoghurt is very versatile and can be paired with a … Continue reading Pomegranate Raita