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Category: South Indian

Veg Kurma (South Indian style mixed vegetable gravy)

Veg Kurma (South Indian style mixed vegetable gravy)

Veg Kurma is a delicious South Indian style vegetable curry which can be had with Roti,Paratha,Dosa,Idli,Idiyappam,Appam,Poori or even plain boiled rice.It is a no Onion – no Garlic lip smacking and spicy gravy which is easy to make and easier to finish off.You can add […]

Vazakkai Vada (Raw Banana Vada)

Vazakkai Vada (Raw Banana Vada)

Raw Banana is called Vazakkai in Tamil and this recipe is an old and almost forgotten one which used to be made in the beautiful city of Ootacamund or Ooty.An octogenarian who ran a small tea and snack stall gave me this information while I […]

Jigarthanda/Jil Jil Jigarthanda – A Madurai Special Summer Cooler

Jigarthanda/Jil Jil Jigarthanda – A Madurai Special Summer Cooler

This is a summer special cooler prepared in the city of Madurai in the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu!The name is adapted from Hindi as Jigar means “heart” and Thanda means “cold”.So this is a cold relief to a much heated up heart??…no in […]

Sweet Mixed Fruit Pachadi (a South Indian delicious mixed fruit accompaniment)

Sweet Mixed Fruit Pachadi (a South Indian delicious mixed fruit accompaniment)

A “Pachadi” in South India means an accompaniment for the main course.There are numerous kinds of Pachadi,most of them Yogurt based,some of them Tamarind based and others like this which allow the ingredients to soak in their own juices.This is a rare Pachadi made with […]

Pulikachal (A delicious Ginger,Chilli and Tamarind Sauce)

Pulikachal (A delicious Ginger,Chilli and Tamarind Sauce)

This recipe is synonymous with almost all Palakkad Iyers and is used in diverse ways.“Puli” means Tamarind and “Kachal” means cooking by boiling method.So this essentially means a thick Tamarind sauce which has been seasoned and thickened by boiling into a thick sauce or chutney […]

Lemon Rasam (A Lemony South Indian Soup)

Lemon Rasam (A Lemony South Indian Soup)

I had posted the recipe for Rasam a few months back and it was met with a tremendous response.You can check the recipe here : Rasam (A South Indian versatile recipe) I am posting the Lemon flavoured version which is as delicious as it is […]

Pineapple Kesari/Pineapple Sheera (Semolina Pudding with Pineapple)

Pineapple Kesari/Pineapple Sheera (Semolina Pudding with Pineapple)

HAPPY DIWALI This uber delicious dessert is known as Kesari Baath in Bangalore,Pineapple Sheera in Maharashtra and Pineapple Kesari in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.This is a take on the very popular Suji Ka Halwa in North India!Its a wonderful option for the mandatory dessert in […]

Idichu Pizhinja Payasam (A traditional Kerala pudding with Coconut Milk)

Idichu Pizhinja Payasam (A traditional Kerala pudding with Coconut Milk)

The Indian God’s Own Country – Kerala is known for its great cuisine and greater culture resulting in the State being the most visited by tourists almost all times of the year!Kerala shares a border with Tamil Nadu – another State known for its spicy […]

Onion Coconut Chutney (Especially for Idli and Dosa)

Onion Coconut Chutney (Especially for Idli and Dosa)

This Chutney was concocted by my great grandma back in the 1930’s!Its lip smacking and perfect with Idli and Dosa!You can also have it with plain steamed rice or just off the spoon!Yummy! Preparation Time : 20 – 25 minutes Makes : 5 – 6 […]

Vengaya Sambar (Sambar with Onions)

Vengaya Sambar (Sambar with Onions)

This is an extremely delicious Sambar which is wonderful with plain rice,Idlis or Dosas.It is made with Mini Onions or Shallots or what we call Madras Onions.I did not get Madras Onions so made them with normal Onions sliced in quarters!The grated coconut and curry […]