Month: May 2020

MUSHROOM CREAMY SAUCE

MUSHROOM CREAMY SAUCE

Some of us have our reservations about mushroom. But, I think we can all agree that it is a very interesting vegetable. It is a delightful addition in pasta, rice, noodles and so on. Personally, I love pasta tossed in white sauce with sautéed mushrooms 

TEMPLE STYLE KANCHIPURAM IDLY

TEMPLE STYLE KANCHIPURAM IDLY

Food in all forms is divine. When it comes in the form of prasadham, from a temple, it is literally divine. Some prasadhams are associated with specific temples and to that particular place. Thirupathi ladoo, Pazhani Panchamrutham, Kanchipuram Idly are few such prasadhams that have 

JEERA RICE

JEERA RICE

Jeera rice is a simple but elegant rice dish. As straightforward as the name, it is literally rice flavoured with jeera (cumin). It is very aromatic and delicious. You can serve this rice with any North Indian side dish, and for a more simpler meal, 

ARISI UPMA (RICE UPMA)

ARISI UPMA (RICE UPMA)

Upma is a very famousbreakfast dish in South India. However, when we think of upma, we generally think of rava upma (which is more commonly available in restaurants). To make this is Arisi (Rice) Upma, I have used broken down rice, and it is a 

MANGALORE BUNS

MANGALORE BUNS

I first had mangalore buns at Eating Circles in Chennai. Initially, I was very skeptical on how these would taste as I had never had them before. I was not sure if it is a sweet dish or a savoury ones. But lo, and behold 

BELLAM PULUSU

BELLAM PULUSU

With the quarantine going on, I am unable to go to the market and pick out vegetables on my own. Still, we have a great home farm nearby that delivers vegetables to us weekly. So, this was the end of the week, and I was 

MURUNGAI KEERAI ROTI (DRUMSTICK LEAVES ROTI)

MURUNGAI KEERAI ROTI (DRUMSTICK LEAVES ROTI)

Each and every part of a drumstick tree has some nutritional value. More often than not, we consume just the drumsticks. However, the leaves (Murunga Keerai) are just as healthy if not more, and should be included in our diet. But blame it on our 

BREAD PAKODA

BREAD PAKODA

I remember when I had bread pakoda for the first time. It was in the Vaishnao Devi Temple, right after a really long climb. The hot pakoda against the cold wind and a tiring journey was so blissful. Hence, bread pakodas have always held a 

IDLY WITH COCONUT CHUTNEY

IDLY WITH COCONUT CHUTNEY

Idly is a South Indian breakfast staple. Light, fluffy cakes that are served with steaming hot sambhar or chutney. What’s not to love ? Making an idly starts with making the batter, which (if you wanna make the urad dal idly) is a little time 

VEGETABLE CUTLET

VEGETABLE CUTLET

Cutlets are a snack staple in India. While the thought of a cutlet generally conjures up a nice oily dish from tea stalls with a hot cup of chai, this homemade cutlet is much much healthier than that. I have made these cutlets on a 

GARLIC RASAM (POONDU RASAM)

GARLIC RASAM (POONDU RASAM)

I don’t need to talk much about rasam to begin with. Rasam is a comfort food for us South Indians. A meal of rasam and rice, paired with appalam or a vegetable fry remains unmatched. Garlic on the other hand, is very healthy. However, a 

EGGLESS COFFEE CAKE (NEW YORK STYLE CRUMB CAKE)

EGGLESS COFFEE CAKE (NEW YORK STYLE CRUMB CAKE)

The smell of fresh coffee wafting through is a great thing. But, you know what makes drinking coffee just so much better ? A cake to go with the coffee! This coffee cake is named so, not because it is coffee flavoured (it is not), 

KADAMBA RICE

KADAMBA RICE

Kadambam means mixing, so this Kadamba rice literally translates to ‘mixed rice’. I was on the search for making something that had a little bit of everything, all at once. I was looking for something like ‘one-pot rice’, when I found this rice here (Click 

MASALA DOSA

MASALA DOSA

Dosa is now a world famous South Indian vegetarian recipe, made with a fermented batter of rice and urad dal. Dosa has a lot of variations, mainly in the filling or the topping. One such variation is the masala dosa. Now, I call it the 

ALOO PALAK (Potato Spinach gravy)

ALOO PALAK (Potato Spinach gravy)

I love spinach, I think its very under appreciated as I have already mentioned here with my Palak Paneer recipe (click here to check that). In this dish, I have combined spinach with potato. Kids, and fussy eaters likewise, will enjoy this dish without scrunching 

MURUNGAKAI GRAVY (DRUMSTICK GRAVY)

MURUNGAKAI GRAVY (DRUMSTICK GRAVY)

Generally, we use drumsticks to prepare sambhar or Kuzhambu. But this is a very different recipe without onions, but using coconut. This Murungakai Gravy recipe balances both tastes very well such that they compliment each other. It is great with rice, appam or dosa. We 

POTATO FRY (URULAI ROAST)

POTATO FRY (URULAI ROAST)

Potatoes are very versatile, they can be the main course, the side dish or simply a binding agent. This potato fry is the ultimate comfort food for a lot of us. It is simple and quick to make. Moreover, it requires very little effort, and 

Musk Melon Ice Cream

Musk Melon Ice Cream

Musk Melons (or Cantaloupe) are available in abundance during summers. It is very watery, and hence a great way to cool down in this heat. Generally, making ice creams at home might come off as a daunting task, but this recipe is very simple. Moreover, 

STUFFED BRINJAL

STUFFED BRINJAL

Generally, we only think of preparing fried brinjal or brinjal kozhambu. But kids lately scrunch up their noses for all of these containing brinjal. This Stuffed Brinjal dish however, is a very welcoming change for brinjal. It is very tasty, but at the same time 

PANEER MASALA DOSA

PANEER MASALA DOSA

All of us at home are extremely fond of dosa. But with the recent crisis, having plain dosa a lot has become a boring affair, no matter what the side dish is. I was wondering how I could make the dosa more interesting, and I