How to make Idli & Dosai Batter: Step by Step

Idli/Dosai batter is something I learnt how to make very very late in my life. Not because I wasn't interested to learn, but mostly because someone else always took care of it in my household. Growing up, it was either my mother or grandmother who handled the wet grinder and stood before it (for what … Continue reading How to make Idli & Dosai Batter: Step by Step

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

Upma Pidi Kozhukattai / Kaara Kozhukattai (Steamed Savory Dumplings with Rice Flour)

'Upma Pidi Kozhukattai' or 'Kaara Pidi Kozhukattai' is one of the quickest, easiest, and healthiest breakfast/dinner/snack options in South Indian cuisine. Sometimes when you're in a tearing hurry in the morning (or evening, or anytime of the day) and looking for a quick but healthy dish to make, this qualifies. Although the traditional method involves soaking … Continue reading Upma Pidi Kozhukattai / Kaara Kozhukattai (Steamed Savory Dumplings with Rice Flour)

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 đŸ™‚ 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

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 đŸ˜€ 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

Easy Badam Kheer / Payasam

Wish you all a healthy and prosperous New Year 2018! Begin your year with Badam Kheer, a really delicious dessert made with almonds, milk and sugar, with a hint of saffron. This is a lovely dish where almonds are blanched and ground to make a smooth paste, and the paste is added to boiled milk … Continue reading Easy Badam Kheer / Payasam

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

Basic Vegetable Korma/Kurma (South Indian Style)- Recipe- Step by Step

Hello! Mixed Vegetable Kurma is something we make pretty often, especially for dinners alongside roti/chapati, puri, or even dosa at times- in which case the gravy is slightly more watery. We typically make two versions of this kurma- a red and a green type. The red one uses tomatoes/onions as base (with or without coconut, … Continue reading Basic Vegetable Korma/Kurma (South Indian Style)- Recipe- Step by Step