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Milagai Podi
Spice Blends

Milagai Podi

A South Indian pantry is incomplete without Milagai Podi. This condiment’s name literally translates to chili (milagai) powder (podi) and the spicy taste has also led to its nickname – Gunpowder. However, it is not just plain chili powder but a roasted blend of pulses, sesame seeds, and dry red […]

Ghee
Basics

Ghee

Ghee is the heart and soul of any Indian recipe – Indian cuisine without ghee is like French food without butter. Seasoning with or simply adding a dollop of ghee to your meal enhances the flavor of foods manifold. Ghee, a form of clarified butter, also has many health benefits […]

Coco Choco Nut
Desserts

Coco Choco Nut

Coco-Choco-Nut is a ridiculously simple and incredibly delicious treat for your next party! As the name suggests, it has coconuts, chocolate, and nuts. If you are looking for a quick nutty, sweet dessert with almost no cooking involved, then this is one is for you. You can make 30 treats […]

Tortilla Soup
Soups

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup is a traditional Mexican soup made with fried corn tortilla chips / strips dunked in a creamy tomato broth served with fresh avocados and sour cream. Although it is popularly known as Tortilla soup, the highlight of this soup is the sour cream. It enhances the flavor of […]

Avial
Side Dishes

Avial

Avial is a mixed vegetable side dish made with a variety of seasonal vegetables, coconut and yogurt. It is a simple recipe that is typically part of a Sadhya (feast) during the harvest festival “Onam” in Kerala, India. Like sambar represents Tamil Nadu cuisine, Avial is the star of every […]

Vella Seedai
Snacks

Vella Seedai

Vella Seedai is a crunchy yet soft (yes, some things in life can be both crunchy and soft at the same time) sweet treat made with rice flour and butter. It is one of the various snacks prepared for Krishna Jayanthi festivities, a celebration of Lord Krishna’s birthday across India. […]

Uppu Seedai
Snacks

Uppu Seedai

Uppu seedai is a crunchy, savory treat made with rice flour and butter. It is one of our all-time favorite snacks and vanishes in no time when a packet of these is opened. The previous generation was fortunate to grow up eating these tasty bites (and their sweet cousin – […]

Kozhakattai
Desserts

Kozhakattai

Kozhakattai (Tamil) is a very unique sweet dumpling prepared with cooked rice flour dough and coconut and jaggery filling. Kozhakattai is also known as Modak (Hindi/Marathi), Modhaka or Kadubu (Kannada) and Kudumu (Telugu). This is a special offering made for Lord Ganesha (the Elephant God) on His birthday, celebrated as […]

Vella Aval
Desserts

Vella Aval – Sweet Rice Flakes

Vella aval means jaggery sweetened flattened rice flakes and that’s it…there’s not many more ingredients other than those mentioned – that’s how simple this recipe is. Aval (rice flakes in Tamil) was a humble breakfast cereal before we got flooded with today’s sugar-loaded monstrosities. It is also referred to as […]

Tomato Rasam
Main Course

Tomato Rasam

Tomato Rasam (Thakkaali Rasam in Tamil, Chaaru in Telugu, Saaru in Kannada) is the tomato soup of south India – and is so popular that many people consider it the ‘unofficial national soup of India’. It has even spawned recipes such as Mulligatawny that are known in the Western world. […]