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...

September 18, 2017

I have been on this spree of experimenting with savory versions of oats. While I like the idea of eating oats for breakfast because of all of its health benefits, but a few days of oatmeal with the usual suspects like cinnamon or vanilla, with nuts, fruits etc. and I j...

May 30, 2017

Chilly and rainy weather makes me crave hot and spicy snacks. It's almost summer but we have had some cold and rainy days the past few weeks. It is the kind of weather that makes you want to eat  spicy crispy fried food. It was one of those days when I had a clean kitc...

April 25, 2017

A family favorite! When fresh sweet mangoes are available in abundance in the bulk grocery store and you have had your fill and want to use up the rest before they get stale!

Ingredients:

*Ripe sweet mango - 2 diced small ( I used ataulfo mangoes, they are small, if you...

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...

February 10, 2017

I love using up leftover idli or dosa batter for ponganalu, they make for a great snack or breakfast. There are very few things we can't find on Amazon. I was pleasantly surprised when I found a ponganala penam on Amazon, apparently the Danes use the same pan for pastr...

February 9, 2017

This recipe is perfect for days when you need to multi task. It slowly bakes in the oven while you  go about doing anything else, laundry, cleaning the fridge, cleaning the kitchen, writing a post, watching tv .....anything just as long as you have time. It takes aroun...

January 25, 2017

Eggplant is a beloved vegetable in our family. There are so many different preparations that are absolutely delicious. We get Indian baby eggplants only once a week at the Indian store. Most of the time they are fresh, and every once in a while they are fresh and small...

January 19, 2017

Vepudu or fry refers to the category of vegetable preparations where vegetables are shallow fried until they are crisp on the outside and soft and cooked on the inside. They typically are flavored very simply with salt, chilli powder, asafetida and sometimes cumin and...

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