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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. […]

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 […]