Akkaravadisal – Just the way Andal described it!

  There are references to this delicious dessert in Andal’s nachiyar thirumozhi and Thirupavai. During my childhood days in Oppiliyappan kovil, my grandmother used to make this in a venkala paanai (bronze pot) on a traditional veragu (wood) adupu (stove). Similar to chakra pongal its made with rice and moong dhal, but unlike sweet Pongal the…

Carrot Coconut Soup to Beat the Cold Weather Blues

    Another new year and endless possibilities! Wishing all of you a fabulous new year filled with hope and love ❤ Its been extremely cold the last couple of days and I’ve been craving some kind of comfort food.  Of course, comfort food has to contain loads of carbs and it has to be creamy…

Spicy Vada Curry for Breakfast!

In South India, we take “Eat Breakfast like a King” very seriously 🙂 Deep fried vadai for breakfast? Why not? If you love vadai as much as I do, then you will absolutely go crazy over this curry. A south Indian breakfast recipe prepared by soaking deep fried masala vadai in a simple tomato gravy…

Lavender Whipped Body Butter

  Nourishing your skin with natural oils and butters is an essential part of everyday skin care. I recently got introduced to homemade body butter, thanks to my cousin who gifted a jar of homemade Lavender and sage body soufflé. Since then I’ve been wanting to make it myself, because its easy to make, organic and leaves your skin…

Delicious Shakshuka

Shakshuka, a dish originated in Tunisia is an extremely popular breakfast food in North Africa and the middle east. Eggs poached in a tangy tomato sauce with onion, peppers and cumin, is my kind of prefect breakfast. Oh! Don’t forget the dollop of yogurt that helps in balancing the spices. Ingredients: Onion – 1 cup (diced)…

Pal Payasam and Parupusili – Marriage made in heaven!

  If you grew up in South India in a Tamil Brahmin household then you would definitely know that meal planning for any special event always involves this star combination.     I’ve had my fair share of awesome and not so awesome versions of pal payasams and I must confess that I’m a Pal Payasam…

Creamy Pumpkin Kurma

There are so many different versions of vegetable kurma but this recipe is one of my favorites. I tasted this white colored creamy kurma with fluffy soft parotas in a tiny thattu kadai in Karaikudi several years ago. It was so delicious that I nagged the chef to share his recipe. So here is my…

Spicy Spinach Dhal

  Nothing is more comforting than a bowl of dhal. Throw in some baby spinach, add basic spices and it makes it even more delicious. This dish can also be prepared with masoor dhal but I prefer moong dhal. Ingredients: Moong dal (yellow lentils) – 1/2 cup Baby spinach – 2 cups Garlic cloves –…

Spicy Plantain Curry

Plantain is one of my favorite vegetables but cooking it can be a little tricky. If you have never cooked plantain here is one thing you should remember. Once you peel the skin and chop plantain, soak it in a bowl with water and turmeric. This will prevent discoloration. Normally, I cook plantain in some…

Naadan Style Channa Curry (Naadan Kadala Kootan)

I’ve always made channa/chickpea masala by adding whole spices and store bought channa masala powder, which is a blend of a whole bunch of spices including cinnamon, cloves, amchur, star anise etc., But my friend from Kerala makes a very different version of chickpea curry. The reason I love this version is because it uses…

“Parupu Podi” to kick start my new year

I love organizing, be it at work or home.It saves so much time if you have an organized home or pantry. Also, if  you make some basic stocks, pickles, lentil powders it makes life so much easier, if and when you decide to cook. So to kick start my new year, I decided to stock…

Organizing recipes

Over the last few years I’ve been collecting a lot of recipes. So finally decided to organize them into pretty folders. Took me an entire day but absolutely worth it. Yay!