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…

Mor Kuzhambu (South Indian Buttermilk Curry)

Mor (buttermilk) kuzhambu (curry)  is an authentic south Indian dish made with buttermilk, coconut and seasoned with mild spices. Every family has a different take on this dish and in a lot of Tamil families its prepared on festival days. Even within my family, my grand mom, my mom and my aunt add their own…

Beetroot cooked in a spicy coconut gravy (Beetroot coconut kootu)

My previous post was a simple “kootu”, a south Indian dish that combines vegetables and dhal, along with a number of flavorful spices. There are so many different ways of making kootu using different vegetables, with an interesting combination of spices. In this dish, beetroot is cooked in a delicious coconut paste along with green…

Cabbage and Peas Kootu

For most vegetarians, one of the most important sources of protein in their diet is dhal/lentils. A lot of South Indians love the mildly spiced, yet flavorful ‘Kootu’, a combination of moong dhal and vegetables. You can use any vegetable including cabbage, carrots, potato, beans and chayote.  It’s a delicious dish that combines vegetables and…

Thenga Manga Kadala Sundal (Coconut Mango and chickpea Sundal)

To all beach “sundal” lovers ! Last Sunday, I had an interesting conversation with a friend about beaches in Chennai and gradually, the conversation drifted towards masala kadalai, sundal and mangai badhai (raw mango wedges). During my undergraduate days, Besant nagar  beach used to a popular hang out spot for my friends and me and…

Spicy Mysore Rasam (Lentil soup)

Here is another classic south Indian comfort food. Rasam is made with lentils and lots of different spices. No traditional South Indian meal is  complete without rasam. Its spicy, tangy and most kids love it! Here is my mom’s version of mysore rasam. Enjoy!  Step 1: Tamarind paste – 2 ½ tbsp Tomato – 1…

South Indian Sunday Samayal (cooking)

Happy Sunday everyone! My favorite part about Sunday is amma’s super delicious lunch menu. It includes authentic south Indian dishes which are flavorful yet simple. Usually a combination of dry vegetables, a chutney, a keerai (spinach) dish and the gravy usually includes a kozhambu (tamarind gravy) and rasam. Out of all the different combinations my…

Quick cilantro chutney!

Rainy and gloomy! Thats exactly how the weather in Houston has been for the last 12 hours. So to cheer myself up I decided to make one of my favorite breakfast dishes for dinner. IDLI! So how many of you still eat Idli with sugar?? I’m definitely one of them :). But today for a…