Karjikai or Gujiya is a super traditional, deep fried, half moon temptation, made with maida today. Here’s a baked, zero oil, sorghum millet version that is irresistible in its own right! This crescent shaped pastry has a sweet filling made out of lentils, nuts and jaggery, and every region in India has its own version. […]
Course 2: Cooked Veg
Sundal! Usli! Yum! Be it Ganesh Chaturthi or Navratri, our grandmother would prepare a different variety of sundal every day of the festivals. Why Sundal? This is the time of year when many different varieties of legumes are harvested, to be made into pulses and stored for the rest of the year. While they are available […]
“Potato Cheese? What on earth is that?” gagged my friend, as she looked at a picture of what looked like a creamy dip with pepper and sundried tomatoes. “That looks like cheese” she added, clearly confused about why I was posting pictures of cheese after I had turned vegan. Six months before I upgraded my […]
“Aloo Baigan masala without oil? Ha, impossible! It won’t taste good” challenged my constantly skeptical colleague. Well then, challenge accepted. Here is how you can make aloo baigan masala (a potato brinjal curry) without a single drop of oil, and consequently watch plates get licked clean. As a child, while I loved aloo, I intensely disliked […]
Imagine some delicious, creamy and warm pumpkin soup at the end of a long day. Soups are perhaps the best way of consuming a lot of vegetables and the yummiest way too. Children and adults alike take to well-made soups easily. If you are anything like me, you’ll know that there’s nothing like too much soup. […]
Chole Masala, tangy, juicy, yummy! Perfect blend of spices, hot and sweet, chole masala is the perfect side dish for a North Indian style jowar roti! This recipe is a super yum chole masala without oil, ghee, butter or red chili. While the first three are processed or animal foods and cause diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, […]
Obbattu or Holige saaru is a rasam (soupy lentil dish) with a twist! It is made using the remaining stock after cooking the bengal gram stuffing for Holige. The stock and a bit of the obbatu stuffing is recycled with fresh pulpy tomatoes to create a new, wholesome, and soupy rasam or curry. Obbattu saaru […]
Simple dish with a combination of French beans and Lentil or grams! Usli without a drop of oil, yet light and fluffy. Check out how we did it! Beans Paruppu Usli / Beans Lentil Curry Print Recipe CourseCourse 2: Cooked Veg, Meal 1: Noon, Meal 2: Evening, Side Dishes CuisineAndhra Pradesh, Indian, Karnataka, Tamil Servings […]
Tendli Sukka is a lip smacking Konkani ivy gourd delicacy. Topped with fresh coconut & cashews, this masala filled dish is an unforgettable experience! This authentic recipe uses either chickpeas or black channa and soaked cashews as well, along with ivy gourd. Tendli Sukka is a must have in any coastal Karnataka feast! Gourds are rich […]
Amte kai huli! I’m sure you have tasted tomato saaru, even majjige huli. Have you tasted ambarella sour curry? It looks like a raw mango and tastes amazing! Known by many names like Amte kai in Kannada, Ambade in Tulu, Ambado in Konkani, Ambarella or Hog Plum in English, this fruit is very popular in Asian, […]
Drumstick sambar – I love it when my mother cooks this! Don’t we all love sucking on the drumsticks and squeezing out all the juice? Yum! 😀
Cabbage! When amma cooks it, we can smell it all over the house! Yum! Take care not to let it rot, though – you can smell it in the next house, too! Yikes!
Avial! Mixed vegetable stew in rich coconut milk, a rare non-spicy dish that totally satisfies the South Indian palate. I love avial! Happy Pongal!
Vegetable stew with coconut milk, a Christmas speciality from the villages of Kerala. Get ready to indulge in Nutty Goodness! My friend, Merlin Shaiju shared this recipe of simple stew with lots of vegetables. A few handpicked spices bring out the characteristic aroma and flavour of this vegetable stew. Coconut milk is always used after cooking the […]
Ajwain curry, delicious, heavily spiced, rich gravy for new mothers, using a trademark concoction of spices and kokum from the Western Ghats in coconut milk. Easily digestible with soothing spices, ajwain curry has been on the menu for lactating mothers for centuries in Karnataka. Ajwain is mildly bitter and can be quite overpowering, hence the […]
Vale Bajji Ambat is a delicious Konkan curry made with Malabar spinach or basale soppu, served with unpolished rice, jolada roti or ragi mudde. Vale bajji is the Konkan name for Malabar spinach, and ambat means curry. Malabar spinach is a highly nutritious green leafy vegetable, a perennial vine. It is also used as a home remedy for skin […]
Thai curry is probably one of the most famous traditional dishes of Thailand. This absolutely mouth-watering dish, warm and full of flavour, is traditionally served with aromatic steamed jasmine rice. Popularly, this dish combines fresh coconut milk, curry paste made from local herbs and leaves like kaffir lime leaves and galangal (ginger), which give it […]
Massoppu saaru is a south Karnataka delicacy, from Bengaluru, Mandya and Mysore. It is a hot favourite with Ragi balls / Mudde. This dish is filled with goodness that comes from greens and lentils. Massoppu (Masidha soppu) translates to ‘mashed greens’. Cooked greens are mashed to make this dish. My mother, Padmavathi Kharvi learnt this recipe […]
Sambar without tamarind – use tomatoes to make it taste awesome and help ladies finger stay firm! Fresh coconut instead of tadka helps reverse heart disease.
We all know that yam needs to be fried to be tasty, right? Well, that can easily be proved otherwise. Here is a lovely, yummy yam recipe you cannot ignore. Yummy Yam Sabzi Print Recipe CourseCourse 2: Cooked Veg, Meal 1: Noon, Meal 2: Evening CuisineIndian Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook Time […]
One of the favourite dishes for all of us is a serving of yummy Bhindi Masala. Here is a version that uses no oil, and yet has the same experience of eating one with lots of oil for frying. Bhindi Masala Without Oil Print Recipe CourseCourse 2: Cooked Veg, Meal 1: Noon, Meal 2: Evening […]
This dish is a super success in all our workshops! Ceylon Kootu Print Recipe CourseCourse 2: Cooked Veg, Meal 1: Noon, Meal 2: Evening CuisineIndian, Tamil Servings Prep Time 4 People 20 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Servings Prep Time 4 People 20 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Ceylon Kootu Print Recipe CourseCourse 2: Cooked […]
A must have everyday, it can be done to such perfection using just the traditional recipe. But simply avoid oil. Keerai Masiyal Print Recipe CourseCourse 2: Cooked Veg, Meal 1: Noon, Meal 2: Evening CuisineIndian, Tamil Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook […]
A simple and delectable dish, made using yellow pumpkin. Yellow Pumpkin Sabzi Print Recipe A simple and delectable dish, made using yellow pumpkin. CourseCourse 2: Cooked Veg, Meal 1: Noon, Meal 2: Evening CuisineIndian, Satwik, Tamil Servings Prep Time 4 people 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Servings Prep Time 4 people 15 minutes Cook […]
Ridge gourd sabzi, cooked with minimal spices.