Mixed Vegetable Stuffed Paratha: Step by Step

Parathas are flatbreads traditionally made of wheat flour, shallow fried in ghee or oil, and noticeably thicker than the usual rotis or chapatis. In addition, parathas usually have some kind of stuffing in them - they range from savory (cauliflower, potatoes, peas, lentils, paneer/cottage cheese, radish, etc.) to sweet (jaggery and lentil mixture, grated coconut … Continue reading Mixed Vegetable Stuffed Paratha: Step by Step

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 🙂 Venn … Continue reading Venn Pongal (Savory Pongal/Kaara Pongal): Step by Step

Keerai Molagoottal / Arachuvitta Keerai Koottu (Spinach cooked with lentils and coconut-spice mixture)

Today's dish is Keerai Molagoottal, or Arachuvitta Keerai Kootu. This is just blanched and ground spinach mixed with a coconut-spice paste, with a lentil base. Such a simple, but flavourful and nutritious dish. This is basically a traditional South Indian dish, with minimal spices and can be made in under 30 minutes. This curry base … Continue reading Keerai Molagoottal / Arachuvitta Keerai Koottu (Spinach cooked with lentils and coconut-spice mixture)

Iyengar Sakkarai/Chakkarai Pongal (Temple Style): Step by Step Recipe

Chakkarai/Sakkarai Pongal is perhaps the sweet dish that is made most often at my home. If there were ever a 'default' dessert in my house, it is this 😀 And that speaks volumes about the universal love that everyone has for its deliciousness, because people in my house especially have super picky palates. Be it … Continue reading Iyengar Sakkarai/Chakkarai Pongal (Temple Style): Step by Step Recipe

Karnataka Style Ghee Rice- Coconut Milk Pulao- Recipe- Step by Step

Ghee rice (Ghee: Clarified Butter) is a special kind of Pulao (a rice dish), generally served at special occasions, most commonly at weddings. One of the very famous dishes of South India, Ghee Rice is said to have originated from the Mughlai Cuisine. Especially in Karnataka, this dish is extremely popular and served at restaurants at … Continue reading Karnataka Style Ghee Rice- Coconut Milk Pulao- Recipe- Step by Step

Paruppu Rasam / South Indian Style Spiced Tomato Broth with Lentils

Hello! 🙂 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

Boondhi Laddu / Laddoo: Step by Step

Like I said in my previous post, boondhis adapt well to both sweet as well as savoury flavours. This is a sweet dish - a laddoo made by immersing the fried boondhi in sugar syrup, and lightly spicing it with cardamom and cloves. For crunch, we add fried cashew nuts, sugar candy and raisins. A … Continue reading Boondhi Laddu / Laddoo: 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

Easy Kodo Millet & Mixed Vegetable Khichdi with Panchphoron: Step-by-step Recipe

Millets are steadily becoming the next big thing in the food world. These days, people are strongly conscious about what they eat. As people look to diversify away from white rice more and more, millets come in very handy as a healthy substitute. Millets are a very good source of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds that … Continue reading Easy Kodo Millet & Mixed Vegetable Khichdi with Panchphoron: Step-by-step Recipe