Deep Fried Cabbage Balls

I never get tired of eating south India food prepared the traditional way. Infact, I’ve been trying to recreate some of my grand mom’s and my great grand mom’s traditional recipes. However, I’m also open to experimentation, but its important to make sure that the authentic flavors are not destroyed in the process. Today, I’m presenting my mom’s…

Flattened rice with Potato (Poha) – Quick and easy breakfast recipe

Poha, a Maharashtrian dish made with flattened rice is a quick and easy breakfast option. The original recipe is made with potato and onion but you can add other vegetables including carrots and peas. If you don’t want to spend too much time making breakfast then definite try this recipe  and you won’t be disappointed. Ingredients: Poha (flattened…

One of my favorites from my home town – “Kumbakonam Kadappa”

I hail from Kumbakonam, a small and beautiful town in Southern India home to the Mahamaham. It is an important pilgrim destination with more than ten Vaishnavaite and Shaivaite temples.The town, of course has its own unique contributions to south Indian cuisine. Its most famous for its filter coffee and beetle leaves. But thats not…

Time Saving Cooking Tip # 1

If you buy big batches of green chilli then the best way to prevent them from rotting too soon is to get rid of the stem. So this is what I do step 1. Rinse them in water step 2. Remove the stem step 3. Refrigerate them in plastic container or ziploc bags.

Beans Parupusili – a traditional Iyengar recipe

As soon as I hear the word “Parupusili” I immediately think of weddings and festivals. It’s a south Indian Brahmin dish that is prepared on special occasions. Its made with lentils and vegetables including green beans, carrots or cabbage. Very easy to make and a healthy wholesome dish. It involves 3 steps: 1. Boil vegetables;…

In sickness and in health “rasam” is my perfect companion :)

Rasam, also known as sathumadhu in Brahmin households, is a delicious dish that is made with tamarind, toor dhal and a range of spices. The one that I’m making today is called “Kottu rasam” and is one of the easiest. It is definitely hot and spicy and goes very well with rice.  Garlic is optional…

Arachuvitta sambar – Lentil gravy cooked with spices

  I always thought that making sambar (lentil gravy) from scratch was the most difficult thing on earth. Well my mom proved me wrong. She taught me how to make this super delicious “Arachuvitta sambar” and I had to share it with all of you. It is really easy and tastes so good. Ingredients:This serves…

Vegetable Kurma – One of my favorties!

Just like most of you I learnt my basic cooking techniques from my mother. She has been a huge source of inspiration. I’m trying to make the maximum out of her short visit to the US and trying to learn as many recipes as possible. So my mom and I decided to start with one…

Sweet Kozhukattai (Sweet dumpling)

Today is Vinayaka Chaturti!  Lord Ganesha’s birthday!. And this particular dish is believed to be his favorite.  So its an Indian tradition to cook this dish on this day and offer it to the deity. This is a simple dumpling with a sweet stuffing made of coconut and jaggery. Ingredients: Outer layer: Rice flour –…

Tomato Thokku

Ingredients: Tomato – 4-5 medium   (when diced it should give you 4 cups of tomato) Mustard seeds – 1 tbsp Turmeric powder-  1tsp Red chilli powder – 1 and a 1/2 tbsp Tamarind paste – 1 and a 1/2 tbsp Asafoetida – couple of pinches Salt to taste Curry leaves – 7-8 Jaggery –…