Puttu – Savory steamed rice cake

 “Puttu” is a breakfast dish and is very popular in the southern states of India especially Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is basically steamed rice cake with grated coconut .The thing about puttu is you either love it or don’t like it at all . Luckily, everyone in my family loves it .It  goes well…

Phiki Dal (Mild Lentil Soup)

  Today ‘s recipe is one of the easiest recipes that I learnt after marriage and one of the most tastiest! It’s funny how I never tried making dal (lentil soup) which is a very basic dish in every Indian household until I got married .The only dishes  I ever made before marriage was okra…

Aviyal (Mixed vegetables in coconut yogurt gravy)

Aviyal is a dish very popular in my hometown and is made with mixed vegetables in coconut and yogurt gravy. The vegetables that are usually added to the dish are drumstick, raw bananas, yam, white melon, pumpkin, carrot and beans.This dish is also served as part of the sadya (banquet) during festivals and occasions.It has a…

Spicy Shrimp with Coconut slices

This is a very delicious recipe of Shrimp with coconut slices that I experimented with and turned out yum! .It’s a no fail recipe when your tastebuds are craving for spicy seafood! The taste is enhanced by the marinated shrimp, coconut bits , curry leaves and  shallots .I used the frozen coconut slices that is easily available in…

Bhindi Alu (Okra with Potatoes)

  This is a delicious recipe that I learnt  a long time ago and among one of the first few recipes that I learnt when I was still in school . Bhindi (okra or lady’s finger) is one of my favorite vegetables as well . This recipe uses dry mango powder along with the other…

Beetroot kichadi ( Grated beets with yogurt )

This colorful and yummy dish made with beets and yogurt is yet another  part of the delicious sadya .This dish is also very healthy and a smart way to get picky  kids to eat beets, which is a rich and nutritious vegetable. It needs very few ingredients and is very easy to make.

Chana Masala (Chickpeas in tomato and onion gravy)

Chana Masala (ChickPeas or Garbanzo beans in onion  tomato gravy) is a healthy,  nutritious, power packed protein rich dish which is also very delicious  .It is also known by other names like ‘Chole Masala’  or ‘Punjabi Chole masala’.    

Thai Green Curry Chicken

Thai curries and dishes that use coconut milk are  so similar to some of the dishes from my home town in India as we also use a lot of coconut milk and coconut in our dishes! One who has had Thai food, is definitely familiar with the yellow, red and green curries .Today I am sharing the recipe…

InchiPuli – Ginger and Tamarind relish

Today’s recipe is Pulinchi or InchiPuli (‘Puli’ means Tamarind and ‘Inchi’ means Ginger in my native language) .This is an awesome relish/chutney/curry that is part of the traditional sadya , prepared during festivals(my last post has details on the sadya). It has so many varieties of spices and flavors in it that a little drop is…

Mango Curry Recipe and about Vishu Festival

We had a great spring break last week and it was even more special as we got to celebrate ‘Vishu’ , a traditional festival, on 14th April which marks the beginning of our new year !! In Kerala, Vishu is celebrated by  bursting firecrackers and enjoying yummy traditional food. The previous night, the deity and…

Simple Cabbage Coconut stir-fry

      The simple cabbage coconut stir-fry also called ‘cabbage thoran’ in Kerala just needs a handful of ingredients – onions, green chillies ,ginger and shredded coconut for preparation and it is a very quick and easy dish to make. This is a dish that is normally prepared in almost every household in India with probably…

Palak Paneer (Cheese in Spinach gravy)

Palak Paneer (Cheese in Spinach gravy) is a favorite dish at my home and it is such a hearty and healthy dish . It was never made at home when I was growing up although we made other dishes using spinach . I started making this dish  a few years back after I got the recipe from an acquaintance…