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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Raw Cauliflower Rice! Did you know you can eat Cauliflower without cooking? Raw gobi is super crunchy and tastes super fresh. When I first heard that we can eat cauliflower without cooking, I made raw cauliflower rice right away. It was so easy that I had to put it up right away! Cauliflower’s Superpowers Cauliflower is a […]
“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 […]
“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. […]
“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 […]
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.
Summer is here and it’s time to indulge in Mango Parfait! Gorge on this delicious, frozen raw vegan dessert to beat the heat! Are you that person who can’t help but take a second helping of dessert? Well, this dish is your dream come true and more! Parfait is a frozen dessert made from a […]
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. […]
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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
Kosambari is a nutritious, protein rich and tasty salad made with the right mix of vegetables and lentils, and a dash of tangy lemon! This crunchy, tangy and juicy salad is a given dish at feasts and weddings. I have, unabashedly, asked for a second, third and even a fourth helping of kosambari at weddings. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?
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?
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 […]
Bhindi tastes amazing raw! Have you ever tried it? Participants in our Healing With Food workshop can’t believe the bhindi we serve is raw. It’s so yummy! What most people don’t like about Ladies finger or Okra is the slime that oozes out from it. Although it is amazingly medicinal, most people fry vendakkai in […]
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! 😀
Thai curry is probably the most popular traditional dish of Thailand. This is the Raw Thai Curry version. It tastes much better than we thought it would! 🙂 Popularly, thai curry combines fresh coconut milk, curry paste made from local herbs and leaves like kaffir lime leaves and galangal (ginger), which give it its unique […]
Sambar powder – every mother and mother in law has her own yummy, trademark recipe! We know whose is best. Ours! Am I right? 😀
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!
Pongal is a much loved dish. Perhaps because of the flavours from warm aromatic spices and feeling of comfort with every mouthful.
Coconut chutney – can you imagine eating pongal without it? It is a must have for us! Yum!
Til Gur on Makar Sankranti evokes beautiful childhood memories! Our hands smelled heavenly after hours and hours of making this sweet. So, how many friends did you make ellu bella for? 🙂
Pongal means festivity or celebration. Maybe this is why a bite of chakkara pongal is like a celebration in your mouth!
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!
Til Laddoo! Come Makar Sankranti, and you’ll find these yummy sesame balls in every sweet shop. Did you know they also give you amazing teeth? 😀
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!
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 […]
Cheesecake from ancient Greece, filled with the goodness of whole plant foods, packed with coconut and blueberry! Can it get healthier than this? 🙂 Cheesecakes today are made with a base or crust with layers of cheese, eggs, gelatin or fruits, many flavours and filled with sugar. Why use sugar and dairy when we can […]
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 […]
Ginger, pepper and ajwain. Any Indian mother will know what I’m talking about. After delivery, these three spices are used for pretty much every dish for many months! Along with other spices like fenugreek, they have an amazing healing effect on the body. Grandmothers would keep the new mother’s stock hidden, or they would be […]
Watermelon juice! Reminds you of summer, doesn’t it? Watermelon is best eaten in large pieces with great company, with juice dripping to your elbows. If you have decided to forgo this sensuous experience, then this would be the next best way to eat it! Simply juice and strain to remove seeds, and you’re good to […]
Cassava Cake or Kuih Binka Ubi is a delicious, sweet dessert from Malaysia. Easy to prepare, cassava cake is yummy and a sure hit at family feasts! In Malaysia and other South East Asian countries, Kuih means bite-sized snack or dessert foods. Tapioca or Cassava cake is usually prepared during Hari Raya, Chinese New year festivals and weddings. […]
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 […]
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 […]