Happy Onam: Green Mango Relish (Manga Curry)

 Happy Onam to Malayalis all over the world who celebrate this auspicious harvest festival. This year I thought I will share the legend behind Onam as told to me by my dad when we were kids. Maybe you can share … Continue reading

Okra Yoghurt Soup (Vendakka Pachadi)

In Kerala cuisine, Pachadi is a side dish which is made using yoghurt. I have posted recipe for ash gourd pachadi or kumabalanga pachadi and beetroot pachadi before.  Pachadi can be made using different vegetables and sometimes even fruits like … Continue reading

Tangy Bitter gourd curry (Paavakka Varutharachathu) and a round up of Onam Sadya recipes

Happy Onam to all those who celebrate this festival which celebrates food! Onam sadya (feast) includes an array of delectable, comforting vegetarian dishes made from the choicest and freshest vegetables which include a variety of gourds, pumpkins, green beans, carrots, … Continue reading

Ginger and Tamarind Chutney (Inji Pulli)

A Kerala sadya (feast) is not complete without the ‘Inji Pulli’ (also called Pulli Inji) which is a sweet,sour and hot chutney made using fresh grated ginger,tamarind,j aggery and chillies. Just the mention of the ingredients makes your mouth water, … Continue reading

Onam Sadya Special: Lentil coconut milk curry (Kerala Parippu curry)

 It’s Onam again! And I should say Onam week since Onam is perhaps the only Indian festival that lasts for 10 days! Of course only folks in Kerala still get a chance to celebrate it for 10 days. Less privileged ones like us … Continue reading

Winter melon / Ash gourd coconut curry (Kumbalanga curry)

Some days we crave for something very simple  yet something that is very comforting – I am sure you will agree!  For me one of those comfort foods is this curry – something that transports me back in time where … Continue reading

South Indian Lentil and vegetable curry || Kerala Sambhaar || South Indian Tangy Vegetable Stew

    Sambhaar is a spicy and tangy curry (soup) made of lentils and vegetables.  This is a curry that is typical ‘South Indian’ cuisine and each of the four southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala … Continue reading

Green plantains with channa (Kadala and kaaya thoran)

Thoran is a generic name (in Malayalam) for all vegetable dry dishes which have freshly grated coconut.  Kadala(black channa) and kaaya(green plantain) are both very ‘heavy’ ingredients and so this sabzi is really very filling (just like avail). However its … Continue reading