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 –…

Plantain Kofta in a Tangy Tomato Gravy

Happy  Friday everyone!!! For most of us weekends are worse than weekdays. Inspite of a never ending to-do list for the weekend, I always look forward to Friday evenings. So to make this Friday very special I decided to cook my mom’s signature dish the “plantain kofta gravy”. I love the tangy tomatoes in the…

Pumpkin Erisseri (Pumpkin curry with fried coconut)

I was introduced to Kerala  cuisine during my undergrad days at Stella Maris College. I had roommates that hailed from the Mallu land and every time they came back from vacation, they would bring lots of delicious goodies including chakka (jack fruit) chips, fish pickle, nendram (plantain) chips and the list goes on! Sigh, how…

Aloo Tikki (Spicy Potato Patty)

Are you super hungry and tired? Want to cook something quick and easy? Here is an appetizer that is spicy yet simple to make and it tastes delicious. You don’t need a whole bunch of ingredients. If you have potatoes, peas and a few basic spices you can make this dish fast. Give it a…

Suzhiyan (Coconut Jaggery Balls).. Early Krishna Jayanthi Special!

Today being Krishna Jayanthi or Janmashtami, marks the birth of  Lord Krishna and is celebrated by Hindus all over the world. However, people from the Southern parts of India celebrate this festival in the month of Aavani (8th September, 2012). Like all other festivals food forms the central theme and there are specific dishes that…