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

Vellarikka pachadi

A simple spiced yoghurt based curry Ingredients 1 tbsp Coconut oil 1 tsp Black Mustard seeds 3-4 Dry red chillies 10 Curry leaves 1 tbsp Ginger (chopped) 1 cup Madras cucumber/ Vellarikka (chopped) 1 cup Water 3 cups Indian Yoghurt Salt to taste Recipe 1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the mustard … More Vellarikka pachadi

Kerala style Stew

Appam and stew is one of the most beloved breakfast items in Kerala. Made with a medley of mixed vegetables, with meat added to it sometime, this is the perfect dish to go with appam. Ingredients 1 tbsp Coconut oil 3 Green chillies (slit) 1 tbsp Ginger (chopped) 4 Green Cardomom (crushed) 4 Cloves 1 … More Kerala style Stew

Beetroot pachadi

A simple spiced yoghurt based curry Ingredients 1 tbsp Coconut oil 1 tsp Black Mustard seeds 3-4 Dry red chillies 10 Curry leaves 1 tbsp Ginger (chopped) 1 cup Beetroot (chopped) 2 tbsp Water 3 cups Indian Yoghurt Salt to taste Recipe 1. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds to crackle … More Beetroot pachadi

Cabbage thoran

Shredded cabbage stir fried with coconut might be one of the most common sides in a vegetarian meal in Kerala. That doesn’t make it any less flavorful. Spiced with ginger and green chillies it goes well with most South Indian gravies. Ingredients 1 tbsp Coconut oil 1 tsp Black Mustard seeds 10 Curry leaves 4 … More Cabbage thoran

Semiya payasam

Semiya Payasam or kheer is one of the most underrated desserts. Many prefer other payasams over this with the rationale being it’s not as rich or decadent as others. However, it has always been my favorite and I take my time to cook it slow which gives it it’s richness. Ingredients For frying 1 tbsp … More Semiya payasam

Koottu curry

A protein packed vegetarian dish from Kerala Ingredients For soaking 1/2 cup Brown small garbanzo beans (chana/ kadala) 4 cups Water For grinding 1 tbsp Coconut oil 1/2 tsp Cumin (jeera) seeds 1.5 cup Grated coconut 1/2 cup Water For cooking 1 tbsp Coconut oil 1 tsp Black Mustard seeds 10-15 Curry leaves 3 Dry … More Koottu curry

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