Ven Pongal with Kathrikai Gothsu (Khara Pongal with Eggplant Curry)

Happy Pongal/ Sankranthi! Pongal is a holiday celebrated in Tamil Nadu on the 14th of January. It is a harvest festival; celebrated all over the country and in Karnataka and other parts it is called Sankranthi. In Karnataka, a snack made of roasted gram, dried coconut pieces (kopra), peanuts, jaggery pieces mixed together. You just…

The Humble Rasam, Elevated

Seasoned Rice Balls served in a Tangy Tamarind Rasam Broth with a Smattering of Stir Fried Carrots and Beans I love Ottolenghi’s recipes and I recently bought two of his books, Plenty and Flavors. His books are wonderful, filled with vegetarian dishes and uses a variety of vegetables and spices which elevate simple ingredients to…

South Indian Beetroot STIR FRY (Thoran/Poriyal/Palya)

Somedays you crave for something simple. A bowl of steaming hot rice with a dollop of ghee and some beetroot stir fry; a papad or crisps with that would be great; some rasam or curds/yogurt even better. With all good intentions I had bought some beetroots to make dal. They were languishing at the back…

Sandya’s Sunday Lunch

JEERA RASAM, PARAPU USILI AND MOR KOOTAN Sandya, my niece sent me some more recipes. this would be sunday lunch at her home. Serve with steamed rice and some papadum. I make a different version of jeera rasam; I tried this after she sent me the recipe.The only change was that I added 4-5 cloves…

Breakfast and dinner- Recipes by danya

Maharashtrian Poha (Beaten Rice) and Punjabi Dal When I started asking recipes from family, Danya was one of the excited nieces who sent me recipes. I remember visiting her in Mysore and showing her how to bake banana bread years ago. I heard she makes a really good banana bread. Her husband raves about her…

Bhagya’s Horsegram Bassaru

Bhagya is a person who loves food, maybe as much as I do and maybe that is why we are good friends. When I think of her, I remember the first time I really interacted with her. We were colleagues working as teachers in the same school but really did not interact with each other…

Brinda’s Homestyle cooking

These recipes are from my sister-in-law, Brinda. Brinda is a horticulturist who of course loves to garden. She is a researcher and worked in some of the best botanical gardens in Tamil Nadu. She has now retired and has an amazing terrace garden. She is also a good cook and makes the best Mysore masala…

Coriander Chutney

Definition of Chutney (Merriam Webster) : a thick sauce of Indian origin that contains fruits, vinegar, sugar, and spices and is used as a condiment In India we make many different chutneys; from many different vegetables, fruits and herbs. Everyone has their variations. I have made cilantro/ coriander chutney with adding cilantro to ingredients of coconut…

My Mom’s Tomato Thokku/ Chutney

My mom is a wonderful, gutsy, amazing woman. Some of my first memories of her was playing volleyball with her students, her saree tucked up. She was the first person in her village to go to college. She is a sportswoman who was a sports teacher at a college in Bangalore. She treated her students…