Picture this. Makki ki Roti, fresh and hot served with warm sarson ka saag (mashed mustard greens) and lemony dal on a cold winter night! Doesn’t it sound divine? This famous Punjabi flatbread made with maize flour is traditionally flattened on the palm. One acquires this skill over time with practice while having a lot of […]
Course 3: Cooked Cereals
Modak! Ganesha’s favorite food! Modak, momo or dumplings, here’s how to prepare these amazingly juicy, delectable, bite-sized mouthfuls of utter joy! Modak is an Indian dumpling of coconut and lentil, folded in a rice jacket. Modaka in Karnataka and kozhukattai in Tamil Nadu, these dumplings are specially prepared all over India during Ganesh Chaturthi. People […]
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. […]
Moong dal kheer. As it fills your mouth, it oozes out a melty goodness with a just the right hint of chewiness to make you crave some more. The coolest part? This isn’t merely a Naturopathic dish. This is traditionally a feast-only dish that grandmothers have competed with each other for, for centuries. You wouldn’t […]
“I bought foxtail millet, how do I cook it?” you may ask. Once you learn how, this tasty and nutrition packed cereal will dominate your pulao and pongals. It is simple to cook and once you know how, you cannot go wrong. Sweets made with millets are my favourite and pulao are a close second. […]
Akki Roti is a melt-in-the mouth, soft Indian bread which is full of flavour. The smell of this absolutely divine dish has woken me up many a time.
Kadubu or Patholi is a Konkan delicacy. Rice dumplings stuffed with coconut jaggery mix and steamed in aromatic turmeric leaves. Ugadi at its best! Flavoured, fragrant dumplings! Yum!
It is no surprise that Chitranna (Lemon Rice) is among the most popular South Indian rice dishes. What may come as a surprise is that it requires no extracted oil. This mouthwatering lemony and tangy dish has been a part of many of my school lunches and my friend’s and I would polish it off […]
Kokum Pulihora is the first dish to be wiped clean, in our feasts. Spicy and tangy, nobody can make out that it doesn’t have any oil, tamarind or red chili powder! Kokum is a bright red, super tangy fruit that grows in the Western Ghats. It has many medicinal properties and can be used in […]
Puran Poli! Sweet memories of waiting with excitement as our grandmother rolled them out, one by one. I love them with coconut milk. And you?
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! 😀
Pongal is a much loved dish. Perhaps because of the flavours from warm aromatic spices and feeling of comfort with every mouthful.
Pongal means festivity or celebration. Maybe this is why a bite of chakkara pongal is like a celebration in your mouth!
Sukrunde! Baby showers? Planning to gift a box of sweets to someone you know who is pregnant? This green gram stuffed dumpling is the perfect sweet to prepare. Sukrunde or Sukkina Unde is a traditional dumpling recipe from Karnataka that is specially prepared when relatives invite pregnant women home for meal. Every region of Karnataka […]
Halbai or Ragi Halwa is an amazing millet jelly recipe from the villages of Karnataka, a delicacy prepared for lactating mothers. Great source of calcium! Born in Arabia, halwa was brought to India and morphed into Halbai or haalubaayi in Karnataka. In the villages of Puttur, Udupi, Coastal Karnataka and Goa, this version of ragi halwa is especially popular. My […]
Neer dosa with coconut chutney and kaai bella! Ooh, yum! No one can eat just one. I remember plates with huge stacks of dosa, laid one on top of the other, from my childhood. Siblings and cousins would have competitions. “I ate 8, how about you?” Those were the days! Neer dosa is one of the […]
Methi Payasa or Menthe paez is a payasam or kheer made specially for lactating mothers. Don’t let that make you think twice – it’s super yummy! Methi or Fenugreek is an amazing plant! Both the leaves and seeds are medicinal and highly nutritious. It has been found to be a galactogogue, which means it helps […]
Foxtail Millet Vegetable Pulao is a dish with a rich history. Born in ancient India, pulāka in sanskrit means a ‘ball of rice’. Pulao was mentioned in the Mahabharatha, and taken to Europe by Alexander the Great. Interestingly, the first recipe for pulao was written by Avicenna, an ancient Persian physician! Foxtail millet is deceptively simple to cook. […]
Ragi mudde could well be one of the oldest staple dishes in south Karnataka, in cities like Bengaluru, Mandya and Mysore. Ragi or finger millet is one of the most nutritious, protein and calcium rich millets, very popular among farmers’ communities. Getting ragi mudde perfect needs some practice. There are various methods one can follow […]
This festive dish traces its origins to the Havyaka community. My friend Shilpa Bhat from Puttur, Karnataka, shared this recipe with me, adding that it is her grandpa’s favourite! Havyaks have an intrinsically healthy food system and use minimal oil in most of their dishes. Traditionally, this lip-smacking dish brings together pumpkin, coconut, salt and […]
Shepi is a fragrant, yummy kadubu from the Konkan region of coastal Karnataka. My mother shared a story with me the other day. She told me that fishermen would often be at sea for up to 15 days. On their return, their wives would welcome them with a feast, which included this sweet idli. Dill leaves […]
Jhunka vade is a mouth watering steamed vada from North Karnataka and Maharashtrian cuisine, made with gram / besan flour. It is generally served with Jowar roti or bhakri. There are two versions of jhunka – one is a gravy, called jhunka in Karnataka and Pithla in Maharashtra. The other is this recipe, Jhunka vade, […]
Being born and brought up in a Konkani family in coastal Karnataka , we mostly ate rice with coconut based curries and side dishes. I fell in love with a man from North Karnataka and married him. I shifted from cooking soft rice to hard Jolada roti and sajje roti (Bajra roti). I wasn’t happy […]
Omapudi or Sev has become ubiquitous in street food today. Sev is a one-size-fits-all topping for all chaats and many other dishes! The problem with fried food is, well, they are fried. First, we extract oil from a nut or seed, losing out on most of the nut’s nutrition. Then, we heat the oil to […]
Who doesn’t love a good murkku? Or a dozen? How about when it’s baked? And oil-free? AND made from whole ingredients? 😀 The problem with fried food is, well, they are fried. First, we extract oil from a nut or seed, losing out on most of the nut’s nutrition. Then, we heat the oil to […]
Who doesn’t love a good ribbon pakoda? Or a dozen? How about when it’s baked? And oil-free? And made from Barnyard Millet? 😀 The problem with fried food is, well, they are fried. First, we extract oil from a nut or seed, losing out on most of the nut’s nutrition. Then, we heat the oil […]
Joladha Kadubu / Sorghum Dumplings in Lentil Soup is a North Karnataka Jowar Millet recipe. Traditionally reserved for pregnant women and children, it is a juicy, delectable one-pot dish!
Pidi Kozhukattai. Amma makes it best! Fragrant, steamed, and light, these dumplings are super easy to prepare. Here’s how! The traditional recipe uses coconut mixed with the kozhukattai batter and steamed. Here we just ensure we don’t heat the coconut in the dish. Equally yummy and tasty as well! Best served with Karuvepilai Thuvaiyal (Curry […]
Inji Thuvaiyal (Ginger Chutney) is a very refreshing chutney. The smell of ginger kicks your senses awake – and improves your digestion too. This is one recipe that dulls down the usually strong taste of ginger into a very pleasurable, palatable experience. Best eaten with cereals. Inji Thuvaiyal (Ginger Chutney) Print Recipe CourseChutneys, Course 3: […]
A favourite dish which always brings people back for extra servings! Coconut Milk Payasam Print Recipe CourseCourse 3: Cooked Cereals, Meal 1: Noon, Meal 2: Evening, Sweets CuisineIndian, Tamil Servings Prep Time 4 People 10 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Servings Prep Time 4 People 10 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Coconut Milk Payasam Print Recipe […]
A sumptuous sweet using foxtail millet Innippu Pongal (Sweet Pongal) Print Recipe CourseCourse 3: Cooked Cereals, Meal 1: Noon, Meal 2: Evening, Sweets CuisineIndian, Tamil Servings Prep Time 4 cups 10 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Servings Prep Time 4 cups 10 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Innippu Pongal (Sweet Pongal) Print Recipe CourseCourse 3: […]