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

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