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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. […]

Homemade Yogurt
Basics

Homemade Yogurt

Listen to your gut… isn’t that what we do for every important decision that we have to make? And when it comes to food for a healthy gut, probiotics are the best answer. Yogurt is one of the most common probiotic foods that we can to add to our diet. […]

Nei Appam
Snacks

Nei Appam

Nei appam (also neyyappam) is a spongy, sweet, ghee-fried snack from Kerala, India. A variant with ripe bananas, called unni appam, is equally popular and so too is its savory sibling, the paniyaram. These appams are made in a special moulded pan known as the appakaaral (appam pan / appe […]

Vendakkai Puli Pachadi
Side Dishes

Vendakkai Puli Pachadi

Okra (vendakkai in Tamil), the summer-fall vegetable that’s usually found in gumbo in Southern American cuisine is the main star of this traditional hot and sweet pickled side dish called Vendakkai Puli Pachadi.  It’s a must-try gem from South India (especially Palakkad, Kerala) where it’s usually a part of the […]

Poricha Kootu
Main Course

Poricha Kootu with Pudalangai

Poricha kootu is a classic South Indian vegetable stew that’s served with rice, ghee and appalam / pappadam. Once you have learnt this recipe, there are a number of vegetables that can be cooked in this style in one pot to make your weekday meals a breeze. Let’s dive in… […]

Cooked Black Beans
Basics

Black Beans

Legumes are the only food group that can provide a strong fiber-protein combination. The black turtle bean is a small, shiny variety of the common legume which is popular in Mexican cuisine. It is native to both North and South America. It is commonly referred to as black bean (English) […]

Chia Chapati
Breads

Chia Chapati

Chia chapati is an Indian flatbread made with 100% whole wheat flour and chia seeds. This is a fantastic option to include whole grains and superfoods into our daily menu. Chia seeds add a nice little crunch. While these chapatis will not be as soft and fluffy as phulkas, their […]

Roasted Sweet Potato
Side Dishes

Roasted Sweet Potato

Roasted sweet potato is a versatile and tasty dry curry with just a couple of ingredients. It can be served on the side with any dish – rice, roti, salad or sandwiches. The dish adds rich flavor and color to the plate with a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. […]

Sweet Potato Wrap
Lunch Box/Picnic

Sweet Potato Wrap

Sweet potato wrap is a healthy and wholesome go-to meal for any occasion. You will notice that this recipe is quite simple and anyone can assemble them with store bought tortillas and canned foods. You will only need to prepare roasted sweet potatoes and you will see that it is […]