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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Peanut Butter doesn’t have butter!? exclaimed a friend as I savoured a dollop of the nut butter. No, I said, and no added sugar, oil, or preservative either. Rich, smooth and creamy peanut butter can be made with ease at home. What’s more, you can add your choicest natural flavours like cinnamon, raisins, jaggery, cocoa and […]
Spicy and tangy! Yum! What if you could take everything that’s wrong with pickle and remove it, yet enjoy feasting on mixed vegetable pickle?
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, […]
Amte kai chutney! Have you tasted ambarella? It looks like a small raw mango, and tastes amazing! The perfect sourness for a lip smacking chutney. 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, American and […]
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! 😀
Amte kai coconut chutney! Have you tasted ambarella? It looks like a small raw mango, and tastes amazing! The perfect sourness for a lip smacking chutney. 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, American […]
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!
Coconut chutney – can you imagine eating pongal without it? It is a must have for us! Yum!
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!
Guacamole, an Aztec delicacy with fresh avocado! Check out this authentic, quick, and yummy recipe from Mexican summers! You’d be surprised, it’s so simple!
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 […]
Yummy Peanut Dip / Shenga Chutney from North Karnataka that goes with kadubu, dosa, idli, rotis and salads! Hogayal, thuvayal or chutney is a nut-based ground preparation, served in homes across the Indian subcontinent since 500 BC. Most of them use coconut, peanut, sesame or other nuts as a base, flavoured with different herbs and […]
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 […]
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, […]
Mixture – originally invented to utilise all leftover fried food, mixture has become a dish that is specially prepared from scratch in many bakeries today. Here are links to the ingredients used in this recipe. Please click on the names to go to the recipe: Mullu Murukku Omapudi / Sev Barnyard Millet Ribbon Pakoda Sweet […]
Shine bright like a diamond! Maybe not so bright, if you’re made from jowar – but absolutely yummy! The problem with fried foods 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 a high temperature, destroying […]
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 […]
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.
Raw Mango tanginess in all its lip smacking glory! Thogayal, thuvayal or chutney is a nut-based ground preparation that has been served in homes across the Indian subcontinent since 500 BC. Most of them use coconut, peanut, til or some other nut as a base, flavoured with different herbs and spices. Some use raw vegetables […]
Any Kannadiga would split into a smile of recognition when he hears the phrase ‘Bevu Bella‘, or Ugadi Pacchadi in Telugu, or Maanga Pacchadi in Tamil. This is a dish to mark the advent of the New Year, in mid April – Ugadi or Puthandu. At the peak of the Spring season, there are some important trees […]
If you are an Indian, you cannot do without buttermilk! It is an inevitable part of a meal that goes towards making any meal wholesome. Only the few who do not like milk or curds would not want to have a cup of buttermilk during meals. Here is a beautiful alternative to this well-liked dairy […]