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)

A Vegetarian’s Eating Guide to Italy: Where to eat in Rome / Roma

Rome is not exactly a great place for vegetarians, because the cuisine is extremely meat centric. However, times are changing now, and because of the greater influx of tourists who demand vegan and vegetarian food, and also locals who have adopted a vegetarian lifestyle, we now see a range of options for vegetarians in the … Continue reading A Vegetarian’s Eating Guide to Italy: Where to eat in Rome / Roma

Paneer Butter Masala (Cottage Cheese in Tomato Gravy, No Onion & No Garlic)

Paneer butter masala is one of the most popular curries in India. Its a pretty universally (where the universe consists of India) adored dish, and my entire family likes it. Even my MIL who does not like cottage cheese otherwise, loves this dish - so that's saying something! This is a savoury curry that can … Continue reading Paneer Butter Masala (Cottage Cheese in Tomato Gravy, No Onion & No Garlic)

Thengai Poornam Mothagam/Modak/Kozhukattai for Vinayaka Chaturthi (Steamed Rice Flour Dumplings with Coconut – Jaggery Filling)

  Modhagam / Modak / Kozhukattai is said to be the most favorite offering (naivedhyam in tamil) of the benevolent Elephant-God, Vinayaka, remover of all obstacles (according to Hindu mythology). His birth is celebrated as a popular festival, Vinayaka Chaturthi, all across India. Different states of India submit different offerings for this day, however, this … Continue reading Thengai Poornam Mothagam/Modak/Kozhukattai for Vinayaka Chaturthi (Steamed Rice Flour Dumplings with Coconut – Jaggery Filling)