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…

Khandvi (Gram flour rolls)

Happy new year folks!! I like to keep things easy and simple, in my life and in my kitchen. So today I made a very simple Gujarati appetizer, khandvi. Its made using besan (gram flour) and yogurt, 2 very simple ingredients and it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. If you are hosting a…

Spicy Baby Corn Manchurian

For Indo Chinese lovers, here is a quick and easy recipe for a spicy mouth-watering appetizer. And, this recipe does not require any deep frying so don’t worry about those extra calories. I made this dish with baby corn but you can also use other vegetables like cauliflower, bell peppers or carrots. Serving size: 2…