Puli Kathrikka (Tamarind eggplant curry)

The need to do something different with eggplant/brinjal led to this recipe. Coincidentally, there is a dish named Puli Kathrikka in the Tamil cuisine. This recipe has no linkage to that though. Ingredients 3 cups Eggplant/Brinjal cut into cubes 1 tbsp Vegetable oil 1 tsp Black mustard seeds 1/2 tbsp Turmeric powder 1/2 tbsp Kashmiri … More Puli Kathrikka (Tamarind eggplant curry)

Inji puli

One could call Inji Puli (ginger tamarind) an appetizer or a condiment. It is had in very small quantities, much like an Indian pickle. It combines many flavors in a tiny dollop- sweet, sour, spicy, tangy all at the same time. Almost always a rich dark brown to black in color, it is one of … More Inji puli

Cut Mango pickle

Cut mango pickle/ achar in Kerala is it’s own version among South Indian pickles. A must in every sadhya and for many folks, a must with every meal, it is very simple to make and stores in fridge for quite long. Ingredients 5 tbsp Gingelly oil 1 tsp Black Mustard seeds 4-6 tbsp Kashmiri chilli … More Cut Mango pickle

Beetroot upperi

Ingredients 1 tbsp Coconut oil 1 tsp Black Mustard seeds 10 Curry leaves 4 Dry red chillies 1 tsp Turmeric powder 1 tsp Chilli powder 8-10 Shallots /sambhar onion (sliced thin) 6-8 Garlic cloves (sliced thin) 1/2 cup Grated coconut 600 gm Beetroot (chopped) Salt to taste Recipe 1. In a pan, heat oil, add … More Beetroot upperi

Vanpayaru upperi

Vanpayaru is small red bean (Red cowpeas) that resembles kidney beans, but is much smaller. I find it hard to get the same variety where I am at, so I settle for small red beans which is similar (see picture) Ingredients 1 tbsp Coconut oil 1 tsp Black Mustard seeds 10 Curry leaves 1 tbsp … More Vanpayaru upperi

Aviyal / Avial

Another staple of the Onam sadhya, this mixed vegetables dish is colorful and flavorful. The word Avial or Aviyal has literally come to mean medley due to this dish. Ingredients For sauteing 2 tbsp Coconut oil 1 tbsp Black Mustard seeds 10 Curry leaves 1 tsp Turmeric powder 2 Green chillies (slit lengthwise) Vegetables 2 … More Aviyal / Avial

Sambhar

A South Indian staple that goes with rice, idli, dosa, uthappam etc. It is one of the main gravies that you would have with rice when sitting down to a sadhya (a banana leaf feast). Quite simple to make, it’s a medley of vegetables with lentils packing a ton of flavor and nutrition. Ingredients 3 … More Sambhar