Keerai thandu pachadi – No waste recipe

Keerai Thandu pachadi – is a yoghurt based side dish made from left over spinach stems. Keerai means greens and Thandu means stems in Tamil. so this is Spinach stem curry and is a no waste recipe, if you are looking to use the thick stems of your keerai to make a delicious pachadi out…

Kadai Paneer | How to make kadai paneer

Kadai Paneer is a spicy and aromatic curry made with fresh onion and tomato base gravy and soft indian cottage cheese.  Kadai Paneer is one of my favorite ways to eat paneer. The memories goes back to eating out in indian restaurants with friends or family, kadai paneer would always make it to our table. …

Palak Paneer | How to make palak Paneer

Palak Paneer is a rich and creamy spinach curry with Indian cottage cheese with indian spices. Palak Paneer is one of the most popular curries from north India next to paneer butter masala or Butter Chicken. which are also our family favourite and I make it often to serve with Coconut Milk rice or Jeera…

Keerai Masiyal with Paruppu | கீரை மசியல்

Keerai masiyal (with Paruppu) is a simple and quick to make spinach curry from south India. I learnt this recipe from my family chef in my native Salem (Tamilnadu). She has been cooking for generations now and her keerai masiyal is always a hit.  I think we all have already read a lot about the…

Tiffin Sambar

How to make Hotel Style sambar – Tiffin Sambar Hotel Style arachu vitta sambar,with freshly ground sambar masala. Side dish for South indian Tiffin items like idli, medu vadai, pongal and dosa. I recently served this meal for my family for breakfast, because were craving a restauranty breakfast. I realized the tip section on my…

Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala – Creamy Tangy Tomato and cream in cottage cheese gravy. Paneer is cottage cheese, it is similar to tofu from the yeast, but is more firm in texture. Check out how to make the Rajma masala and home made naan recipe to make this meal. Some Tips that make your paneer butter…

Rajma Masala

Rajma Masala – How to make Rajma curry Recipe Rajma is red kidney beans and we use it often in India as a side dish to rice. It is an excellent plant protein source for vegetarians. And this curry is one of my favorites and the combination of this curry with hot and fluffy basmati…

Mor Keerai – Keerai Morkuzhambu

Mor Keerai – Keerai Morkuzhambu Mor Keerai (Keerai MorKuzhambu) is a traditional south Indian style yoghurt curry. This curry is made out of buttermilk which is the ‘mor’ part of it. Morkuzhambu is usually spiced (with a hint of cumin, ginger and green chillies in it ) buttermilk curry and topped with fried or cooked…

Matar Mushroom Curry

Matar Mushroom Curry Matar mushroom curry is a simple tomato based curry made with green peas and mushrooms. I have used button mushroom variety is used in this recipe, but any mushroom variety would work. This curry goes well with most Indian breads. I like to serve it along with hot poori. If you want…

Pavakkai varuval (Sweet and spicy Bitter gourd fry)

Sweet and spicy Bitter gourd fry (Pavakkai varuval) Sweet and spicy Bitter gourd fry, Pavakkai Varuval is Bitter gourd stir fry recipe of South India. Pavakkai or bitter gourd is one of the healthiest vegetable and it is also not everyones favorite because of its taste. This is one of my favorite recipes to make…

Medu vada Recipe

How to make South Indian Medu Vada Medu vada is a popular Indian breakfast, made with fresher ground husked black gram. Getting the fluffy texture and oil free crust is the first two things about it. Ofcourse, if you have tried making it before the third tricky thing about menu vada is getting the shape…

Paruppu Keerai recipe

Paruppu Keerai (Pappu Kooraku) This is one of my favorite Indian spinach recipes. ‘Paruppu’ or ‘pappu’ means lentils and ‘Keerai’ means spinach in India. We can use any lentil in this recipe, I prefer to use a mix of toor dal (pigeon peas) and masoor dal ( red lentil) in this recipe as it gives…

Spicy Eggplant fry

Eggplant fry Easy and delicious egg plant fry, perfect combination for yoghurt rice and bland curries. Tips before you begin 🙂 If you find a lot of burned masala residue in the pan, clean it with a paper towel and then fry the next batch of eggplants. This is a spicy recipe, so adjust spice…

Spicy mushroom fry recipe (sukka)

Mushroom Pepper fry / Mushroom Pepper Sukka  Mushroom pepper roast or Sukka as we call it in south India… sukka means any dish that’s cooked to a dry consistency or sometimes it is called roast … This is an imitation recipe of the famous chicken pepper roast or sukka. I wanted to re-create the same…

Saravana Bhavan Style Kuruma

Saravana Bhavan Style Kurma If you are from the South India, you would have definitely tasted the flavorful and ever so popular vegetable kurma served in a popular vegetarian chain of restaurant called saravana bhavan. Some flavors and tastes sets a bench mark in our minds and this is one such kurma. Kurma in India…

Vathal Kuzhambu

Vathal Kuzhambu Vathal Kuzhambu is a spicy tangy curry made with dried berries in India. There is definitely many versions of Vathal Kuzhambu, some use onions and tomatoes, you can also make vathal kuzhambu without them. As someone who is a big fan of this wonderful combination of sweet, tangy and spicy recipes, I like…

Gutti Vankaya Curry / Gutti Vankaya Kura

Gutti Vankaya is one  recipe which was on my bucket list for two reasons, one is because it is  my sarasu Avva’s recipe, (my moms mom who is in her late 80s,) and secondly brinjal is my favorite vegetable. If there is a soulmate in vegetable it must be brinjal, I could eat it in…

Samosa / How to make samosa

Aloo samosa is a an emotion was my title of my recent instagram post . It is so true because there is no party or evening tea without samosa in India. I have been so excited to post this recipe for one reason because this recipe turned out so delicious and perfect so I had to…

Hemp Pancakes / hemp recipes

We love eating pancakes on lazy weekends. And my son sometimes wants them in his lunch box! So I keep experimenting with different flavors to make it more nutritious and healthy for him to eat. I have tried many pancakes with vegetables sneaked in such as pumpkin and beets just like those this was totally…

Mushroom Dum Biriyani

I Ama  big fan of biriyani and you would probably know that by now because I have posted so man versions of my biriyani in the last few months. I have been wanting to write down all my biriyani recipes for my readers as I love each one of them. This is a very simple…

Thayir Vadai / Dahi Vada

Thayir Vadai or dahi vada is a popular indian snack. Perfect for hot summers. This recipe is a south indian version of it. Check out medu vada recipe here

Sathumavu ladoo | Multigrain Ladoo

Sathumavu ladoo Sathumavu Ladoo is a recipe is a version of indian bliss ball. made from a multi grain mixture. I have used a ready made sathumavu mix, which is commonly found around indian super markets called manna health mix. I usually make peanut ladoos or green gram ladoos for my son’s snack time. One…

Garlic Naan (without yeast)

Garlic Naan – Indian Flat Bread Made without yeast. I made these naans for the first time for my Japanese friends. I was looking for a recipe that doesn’t need too much time to fluff up and hence researched and after many trials and errors. This is the recipe which works for me.  This is…

Coconut chutney / Raw coconut dip

Fresh and nutty tasting side dish for dosa , idli made with fresh coconut and roasted channa dal (a variety of chickpeas), mildly spiced with green chillies.

Onion Tomato chutney / 15 minutes onion tomato chutney

Chutney is basically like a dip in south India. Its used as a side dish for many main dish like dosa and idli. This is one of my favorite chutneys its so easy to make and truly finger licking good. It is Spicy, tangy side dish made with tomatoes, onions which is always a part…

Vella Poosanikai Kootu / white pumpkin kootu

Kootu is a very fragrant Lentils and pumpkin stew made with yellow moong beans and coconut and cumin seeds. Ash gourd or white pumpkin is called Poosanikai in southern part of India and is a delicious vegetable and is loved and added during the summer months. Its water content is high thus making it a…

Homemade pizza sauce – with hidden Veggies

Homemade pizza sauce – with hidden Veggies Often, we find that kids love pizza not any different from adults ourselves. I think the combination of tomatoes and the melted cheese and the bread is magical and will make you want to eat more. My son loves pizza and he wants to eat it at least…

South Indian Sambar Recipe

There is no south indian breakfast without sambar. Sambar is a tasty delicious vegetables and lentil stew, thats cooked with tamarind and freshly ground sambar powder.  Sambar is served with most breakfast items like dosa, idli, pongal, vada and even for Rice. One thing i like about sambar is so healthy as its rich in…

Chana masala (Chickpea curry)

Chana masala / Chickpea curry Chole / chana / chickpeas is one of the best vegetarian protein source available to us. There are many popular recipes from India, from kadala curry from the south to popular chole in the northern part. As a food lover and as I love to explore different cuisines, I keep trying…