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 […]
“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 […]
Panaka is a refreshing, cool, thirst quenching lemon juice which flows freely during the festival of Ramanavami. This cool, thirst quenching drink is made with mainly fresh juicy lemons and jaggery. Someone taking a sip of Panaka for the first time will find flavours bursting in their mouth! It’s not just a regular lemon juice they […]
On the occasion of Ramanavami festival which is celebrated as birth of Lord Rama in India, a special traditional drink called Panaka is prepared. Temples and community groups get ready with huge vessels to prepare Panaka, Neer majjige(Buttermilk) or Kosambari (Cucumber lentil salad) on the festival day to offer as Naivedya or Prasad(offering) to Lord Rama. […]
Bevu Bella is powder made of neem flower and jaggery. It is prepared as a special offering to God on the first day of the new year or Ugadi or Gudi Padwa. Bevu Bella is made differently in different parts of India. One of the ways is to just mix neem leaves and jaggery, another […]
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!
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 […]
Crumbly and tasty chickpea peanut cookies, zero gluten, zero oil, zero dairy, zero sugar, zero butter! Can it get more awesome than this? 😀
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 […]
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 […]
Pongal means festivity or celebration. Maybe this is why a bite of chakkara pongal is like a celebration in your mouth!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A delicious, sweet laddoo without using ghee, sugar or milk! What more could one ask for. 🙂 Check out more Diwali Feast Recipes by clicking below: Happy Diwali! Here are some amazing recipes for you – Sweets and Savories! Paithama Laddoo / Lentil Laddoo (Deepavali / Diwali Special) Print Recipe CourseSweets CuisineIndian, Tamil Servings Prep […]
Okkarai is one of the oldest Deepavali special sweets of Tamil Nadu. The secret to this dish lies in the quality of its ingredients. Use unrefined black jaggery and fresh coconut to make melt-in-the-mouth okkorai and surprise your family this Diwali!
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 […]
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: […]
“Chukkillaatha Kashaayamillai”, there is no kashaya without Ginger. The original ‘Kaapi’ that most of Tamil Nadu and Kerala drank before ‘By-Two Kaapi’ became popular, Chukku Kaapi is an amazing drink that is an amazing start to the day. It clears your senses when you’re groggy in the morning or tired in the evening and totally […]