Venn Pongal (Savory Pongal/Kaara Pongal): Step by Step

Have you ever eaten Venn Pongal as prasadam 'chuda chuda' (meaning 'hot hot') on a Sunday (or any day) after perumal dharisanam at the friendly neighbourhood kovil? BLISS ! Although nobody can replicate that taste in its entirety, it remains my gold standard for pongal, and this recipe comes quite close, I daresay πŸ™‚ Venn … Continue reading Venn Pongal (Savory Pongal/Kaara Pongal): Step by Step

South Indian Style Pineapple Rasam : Step by Step Recipe

Our love for rasam is already documented on this blog, here. Being a South Indian Tamil Brahmin, rasam is a well-loved, time-tested, and central part of our everyday traditional cooking repertoire. Rasam is generally had as a soup after the meal, or eaten with rice as a main dish. Although this is a very simple … Continue reading South Indian Style Pineapple Rasam : Step by Step Recipe

Khara Biscuit (Iyengar bakery style): Step by Step

Khara biscuit (khara translates to spicy/hot in Kannada) is an extremely well-known savoury style bakery item enjoyed by people of all ages. They're flavoured with a delicious paste of of fresh coriander, green chillies and ginger - giving them their characteristic pastel green colour. I remember those times as a child when we enjoyed the … Continue reading Khara Biscuit (Iyengar bakery style): Step by Step

Paruppu Rasam / South Indian Style Spiced Tomato Broth with Lentils

Hello! πŸ™‚ If anybody asked me what my most favourite dish in the world is, I would say Rasam! For me, this comes on top of everything (yes, even curd rice ;)) and this version of Rasam, i.e., Paruppu Rasam is the best version of Rasam there ever is. This consists of a broth made … Continue reading Paruppu Rasam / South Indian Style Spiced Tomato Broth with Lentils

Gobi Mutter Masala – Gravy style (without tomato)

Cauliflower belongs to the cruciferous vegetables family. It has really significant detox, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which are of great value to your health. I hated Cauliflower when I was young. I was completely disgusted by the critters and worms that would pop out of the vegetable while cleaning it. I would refuse to touch … Continue reading Gobi Mutter Masala – Gravy style (without tomato)

Baby Potatoes and Green Peas Curry – Gravy style

Most of the curry gravies I make are tomato-based. That I love all things tomato is no secret. DH, on the other hand, does not really love it like I do. The only tomato dish he will happily eat is the tomato chutney. Anything else has β€˜too much tomato’ for him. Humph. As if there … Continue reading Baby Potatoes and Green Peas Curry – Gravy style

Kadai Paneer (Cottage Cheese Curry with Bell Peppers)

It is surprising how quick this dish is to put together; yet the end result does not at all look like it has come together in a matter of minutes. Kadai Paneer is an aromatic, colorful and delicious curry. IMHO, although the main ingredient is cottage cheese, the hero of this dish is (surprisingly again) … Continue reading Kadai Paneer (Cottage Cheese Curry with Bell Peppers)

Bisi Bele Bhath (Rice with Lentils and Vegetables)

This is an authentic Karnataka dish - the name translating roughly into Hot Lentils Rice. It is a staple breakfast/lunch/sunday brunch item in all Kannada households. Being from Bangalore myself, I love this dish in no small measure and we frequently prepared this at home on sunday afternoons πŸ™‚ The tamil version of this is … Continue reading Bisi Bele Bhath (Rice with Lentils and Vegetables)

Aloo Mutter Samosa (Samosa with Potato and Peas)

It's the time of Ganesha Chaturthi celebrations in Mumbai, and yesterday it was raining torrents in the evening . DH was stuck in traffic and he was going to take sometime to reach home. I remembered that the store near our house sells really hot and fresh samosas; we generally pick it up from the … Continue reading Aloo Mutter Samosa (Samosa with Potato and Peas)

Palak Keerai Kootu (Spinach in fresh coconut gravy)

A simple and nutritious dish that is quick to prepare and delicious to eat, Keerai kootu is an oft-repeated staple during the summertime, when greens are available in abundance. Needless to say, greens are loaded with essential nutrients that are good for health; this is an easy and tasty way to serve them up. The … Continue reading Palak Keerai Kootu (Spinach in fresh coconut gravy)