Entries by Zephyr

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 […]

Panagam – the cooling summer drink

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 […]

Mango-Neem flower pachadi – a bittersweet summer chutney

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. […]