Entries by Zephyr

Coconut Rice

There are dozens of mixed rice varieties that liven up a meal. They can be a meal by themselves, accompanied by some chips or papad, or be part of a larger meal – especially at weddings and festivals – comprising of many dishes. Lemon rice, coconut rice and curd rice are just a few of […]

7-cup Cake – a quick and easy sweet

Don’t get misled by the name. It is not a cake as in a baked cake, but a burfi. How it ended up with that name can be just a conjecture. In the south, burfis are generally called cakes. Don’t ask me why! Anyway, this is one of the easiest sweets to make. You will […]

Jhatpat Pepper Poha/Milagu Aval

Poha dishes are the desi versions of 2-minute noodles. The pre-cooked cereal comes in handy when we need to whip up something for a quick bite or when we have unexpected guests who are too hungry to wait till you cook a proper meal. Kanda-poha/aloo poha are the staple breakfast in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, […]

Tavala Dosai/Kadhai dosa

In India, we have so many types of cuisine and yet we have many dishes that are almost identical, with regional variations of course. This is one of them – a variety of dosa. But before telling you more about it, let me tell you a story – actually a family lore. I was about […]

Puliyodarai/spicy tamarind rice

If you have eaten south Indian food, you’d be familiar with the mixed rice varieties that we make – gazillions of them! You have heard of the popular ones – lemon rice, tamarind rice and curd rice among others, but we can make a quick meal with just some steamed rice, a dollop of ghee […]

Kairi-kanda chutney/Raw Mango-Onion relish

There are so many recipes that use raw mangoes that one can make a whole mango series for the summer! I particularly like this relish which is quick, easy and finger-licking tasty. The mix of tastes is just out of this world. First the sweetness, then the saltiness and sourness and finally the heat of […]