Mango Thokku (Grated Raw Mango Pickle)

Summer means mangoes. I like mangoes of all kinds, all colours and all shapes from all states 😀 Although a ripe orange-yellow mango is the most sought after, the humble raw mango is no less in terms of taste and its contribution to the repertoire of finger-licking dishes. The beaches in Chennai are filled with…

Red Bell Pepper (Capsicum) Chutney

This is a slightly unusual, but extremely tasty chutney. It breaks the monotony of having the usual coconut/tomato/onion chutneys with South indian breakfast mains like idly, dosa, upma etc. This chutney is delicious and versatile in that it has a variety of uses. Add some cream, oregano, pepper and use it as a pasta sauce,…

Beetroot Curry (dry) with Coconut

Here’s wishing everyone a healthy, peaceful and very Happy New Year 2014!! Beetroots have a lovely, deep red colour almost bordering on purple. They are super healthy foods that offer detox, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Regular consumption of beetroot is also good for getting iron into your system 🙂 We generally have  a variety of…

Tomato & Green Peas Masala Rice

Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes   Ingredients Cooked and cooled Rice – 1 cup (ordinary or Basmati) Fresh Tomato – 1 big, chopped finely Onion – 1 medium, chopped finely Fresh Green peas – ½ cup Ginger and garlic paste – ½ tsp Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli powder…

Carrot Kosumari / Fresh Carrot Salad

This is a delightful, light, and flavorful salad that is an absolute breeze to make. An easy way to add raw carrots to your regular diet, this salad is really healthy and nutritious. I started eating this only after I got married. My MIL makes this version of the salad, which is great with anything…

Vendakkai Poriyal / Okra dry curry (with tomato)

Ladies finger or Okra is an oft-used vegetable in South Indian homes. It is called ‘Vendakkai’ in Tamil. We tend to normally use this vegetable in Sambar, Morkuzhambu and Poriyal. I was told by my mom that eating Vendakkai makes you a Maths whiz although I haven’t really seen any specific, scientific evidence to prove…

Tomato Chutney (chunky style)

This humble tomato chutney is hands down my favorite chutney. When I was little, I used to hate the coconut chutney that was made at home, because I found it runny and bland. I would pester my mom to make tomato chutney for me and refuse to touch my food until she did 😀 ….

Coconut Coriander Chutney

Coconut based chutneys are the loyal friends of a variety of quintessential South Indian breakfast dishes like Dosa, Idli, Vada, Upma, Uthappam (and sometimes even Poori and Chapathi if we can’t be bothered to make anything else 😀 ).  Every South Indian household will have mixers whirring in the morning whipping up one of these…

Navarathri Special – Sundal

I’ve been busy lately with the Navarathri or Dusshera festival. This is a 9-day festival dedicated to the Hindu Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. The tenth day is called ‘Vijayadashami’ – ‘Vijaya’ meaning victory in Sanskrit and ‘Dashami’ denoting tenth day. The festival connotes different legends in different parts of India, but what is common…

Bisi Bele Bhath (Rice with Lentils and Vegetables)

This is an authentic Karnataka dish – the name translating roughly into Hot Lentils Rice. It is a staple breakfast/lunch/sunday brunch item in all Kannada households. Being from Bangalore myself, I love this dish in no small measure and we frequently prepared this at home on sunday afternoons 🙂 The tamil version of this is…

Palak Keerai Kootu (Spinach in fresh coconut gravy)

A simple and nutritious dish that is quick to prepare and delicious to eat, Keerai kootu is an oft-repeated staple during the summertime, when greens are available in abundance. Needless to say, greens are loaded with essential nutrients that are good for health; this is an easy and tasty way to serve them up. The…