Kootu is a simple 2-in-one non-sour dish that can substitute for both dal and subzi. Being a cooker dish, it is also very quick and easy. You just bung everything in the cooker and hey presto! A tasty dish is ready in a few minutes. It has any number of variations that can be served […]
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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 […]
Indian summers can get uncomfortably hot. In fact, they can become fatal if exposed to the direct sun when the temperatures hover around 450 C or more. Extreme heat can cause heat strokes, stomach upsets, stoppage of urine, boils and rashes and many other problems. Heat strokes kill hundreds of people around the country every […]
In India, New Year comes many times during the year – depending upon the region one lives in. And just as the number of celebrations, the customs and food are varied and exciting too. The unique thing about naivedya made during festivals is that they have health benefits and are suited for that particular season. […]
The term pongal, means the savoury version of the dish, and is also called Ven Pongal. (The sweet version, which I have already posted is the Chakkara pongal). It can be called the south Indian version of the khichadi as it has rice and moong dal to qualify for the title. However, unlike khichadi, it […]
Pongal is the Tamil festival that celebrates the beginning of the northward journey of Surya. It is also a harvest festival that is a thanksgiving to God and Nature for blessing us with a plentiful harvest. Cattle – both cows and oxen are worshipped too, for their contribution to the abundance. It is the beginning […]
Festivals mean special naivedyam for the deities we celebrate on those days. And what can be lighter than puffed rice (kheel) laddoos, pray? For that is the main naivedyam to Lord Subrahmanya on Karthigai, along with some sweet appam, puffed poha laddoos and a mixture of foxtail millet (called tinai in Tamil) flour and honey. […]
The recipe of a spicy peel chutney that is a family-favourite!
Diwalis of my childhood were simple and yet full of joy and celebration. Mother would begin making huge Britannia biscuit tins full of namkeens like murukku, mixture, burfis, laddoos and more. We really needed huge quantities, what with all of us at home and the neighbours and friends to share it all with. Friends would […]
Navaratri is the time of fasting and also feasting. While North Indians fast all day and prepare special fasting foods before breaking their fast at night, in the south, they make a feast, offer to the Goddess after elaborate puja and then gorge on it. The fasting is for the rest of the day! Navaratri […]