January 24, 2018

Tender baby eggplants stuffed with a spicy lentil powder (koora podi). What can I say..... it's a favorite across generations in my family. In fact, my husband's grandfather's love for eggplants was legendary. He was lovingly called "vankaya muchika" because he would d...

January 23, 2018

Koora podi is a staple spice mix in my pantry. On days when you want a quick and easy vegetable dish, it comes in handy. You can steam or fry almost any vegetable and add koora podi in the last few minutes of cooking to give it great flavor and texture. Like with any r...

November 27, 2017

Chaaru or rasam is the ultimate comfort food for most south Indians. It is typically eaten with rice or had as is.There could possibly be a different recipe for each family and even within the family, it will taste different depending on the person making it. It is bas...

October 24, 2017

A simple recipe made with fresh grated coconut mixed with plain yogurt. Oil tempered with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, fenugreek seeds, dry red chillies, green chillies  curry leaves and asafetida is added on top. It is a great accompaniment to any south India...

October 5, 2017

Every region of India has it's own variation of this dish. Kadi as is it commonly known is a comforting dish made with sour yogurt and it is thickened with chickpea flour to prevent curdling when yogurt is cooked. It is a great way of using up yogurt that has gone sour...

April 24, 2017

Note: A rather long personal blog about me and my mom before the recipe.........

My parents are here visiting us and it's been a fun couple of weeks. I am an only child and I spent a lot of time with my mom. I would follow her around our home as she did her chores and i...

April 6, 2017

I have very sweet memories of making different kinds of laddus with my mom while growing up. She would make besan laddu, muri (puffed rice) laddu and sometimes rava laddu. She would get everything ready and I would help her form them into round laddus. I liked the tast...

March 9, 2017

I love the simplicity of this recipe. As the name suggests, it is eggplant flavored with ginger and green chillies. It is a super quick preparation requiring very few ingredients. It is perfect for days when you need to make a quick no fuss vegetable dish. The clean fl...

March 8, 2017

Here is another traditional Andhra style preparation of eggplant. Vankaya = eggplant, ulli= onion and kaaram= heat. These are pretty much the ingredients used in this preparation. The spice mix consists of lots of onions, dry red chillies and cumin seeds. It is unabash...

March 6, 2017

Pulihora translates to sour/tangy rice. It is typically made using tamarind or lime juice. It is also made with seasonally available ingredients like amla (gooseberry) and raw mango. I love all of them. These dishes are usually made during festive occasions and celebra...

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