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Zucchini Boat
Main Course

Zucchini Boats

Zucchini boats, a combination of just a few basic recipes is a tasty entrée that hubby and I had in an upscale restaurant and which I managed to reverse-engineer. Just assemble roasted zucchini, mashed potato, curried barley and top it off with some beet sauce. Et Voilà – you have […]

BeetPurée
Chutneys, Dips & Sauces

Beet Purée

Beet purée is a silky smooth sauce made with beets, butter and a hint of onion and garlic. If you enjoy plating food, this purple color sauce should be on your list for your next food art and a finger-licking experience. This butter beaten, exquisitely flavorful beet sauce will compliment […]

Kosumalli
Salads

Kosumalli

Kosumalli / Kosambari / Vada Paruppu / Vada Pappu is a traditional salad in South India made with mung beans and vegetables that are in season in summer. In India, food and festivals go hand in glove. I’m still amazed at the impeccable food sense of our ancestors because foods […]

Neer Mor2
Beverages

Neer Mor

Neer Mor (Challa Charu / Spiced buttermilk / Masala chaas) is a refreshing yogurt drink that’s popular in India as a cooling beverage to beat the scorching summer heat. The name comes from the Tamil language, Neer = water and Mor = buttermilk. It is one of the offerings made […]

Panagam10
Beverages

Panagam

Panagam / Panakam / Panaka / Spiced Jaggery Lemonade is a sweet and citrusy refreshing drink infused with the exquisite flavors of ginger and cardamom. It is one of the offerings made for Lord Rama on his birthday, which is celebrated across India as the festival “Sri Rama Navami”. The […]

No Rava Dosa
Snacks

Gluten-Free Rava Dosa

Gluten-free rava dosas / No-rava dosas are savory gluten-free crepes that kill two birds with one stone – a) they are made with rice and sorghum (jowar) – both whole grains (unlike traditional rava dosas which rely on all-purpose flour), and b) there is zero compromise on taste – these […]

Coconut Cilantro Chutney
Chutneys, Dips & Sauces

Coconut Cilantro Chutney

Coconut cilantro chutney / Thengai kothamalli chutney (Tamil) is a staple side dish for various breakfast and snack-time menus. In a South Indian household, it is an easy go-to recipe since all ingredients are usually available in our pantries at all times. Making this with a little cilantro is our […]

Snacks

Karadaiyan Nombu Vella Adai

Karadaiyan Nombu or Karadayan Nombu (pronounced kaar-adai-yaan nom-bu) is a major festival for the Tamil Brahmin community that is celebrated in the month of March. It’s observed by married women who pray for a long-life for their husbands by fasting until an auspicious time on that day (side note – […]

Karadaiyan Nombu Uppu Adai
Snacks

Karadaiyan Nombu Uppu Adai

Karadaiyan Nombu or Karadayan Nombu (pronounced kaar-adai-yaan nom-bu) is a major festival for the Tamil Brahmin community that is celebrated in the month of March. It’s observed by married women who pray for a long-life for their husbands by fasting until an auspicious time on that day (side note – […]

Yazdi Muffins
Desserts

Yazdi Muffins

Yazdi muffins/cakes are traditional cakes from the Persian province of Yazd, renowned for its confectioneries. These delicious treats are exquisitely flavored with cardamom, rose essence and pistachios and are not very sweet, unlike traditional muffins. Whenever we’ve had friends over, we’ve found that the flavor of these muffins have appealed […]