Parippu Vada

Ingredients 1.5 cups Toor dal 3/4 cup Onion (chopped) 1 sprig Curry leaves (chopped) 1 tbsp Ginger (finely chopped) 2 Green Chillies (finely chopped) 1/2 tbsp Dry red chilli flakes Salt to taste Recipe 1. Soak toor dal (split pigeon peas) for 3-4 hours 2. Drain and grind coarsely along with salt 3. Add chopped … More Parippu Vada

Sharkara upperi / sharkara varatti (Spiced Jaggery coated plantain chips)

Onam’s coming up, which means I need the customary chips for the sadhya. This time around I have run into a problem. I cannot find Sharkara varatti in any Indian store 😭. And being the stickler for certain things, it meant that I now need to make something I have always just bought in a … More Sharkara upperi / sharkara varatti (Spiced Jaggery coated plantain chips)

Kerala Vattayappam

Ingredients 1 cup Raw rice1 cup Cooked rice1 cup Grated coconut1/2 cup Coconut milk (thick)1/2 cup Sugar1 tbsp Water1 tsp Sugar1 tsp Yeast Recipe 1. Soak the uncooked rice for 6 hours2. Drain and set aside after soaking3. In a grinder or a blender, grind the soaked rice, cooked rice, coconut and sugar along with … More Kerala Vattayappam

Chukkum Kurumulaku vellam (Black pepper & dried ginger tonic)

Black pepper and Dried ginger have known to help in reducing cold and cough and help in sinus infections. Throughout India, there are variations of tonics made with these ingredients sometimes further supplemented with Tulsi (holy basil), Karpooravalli/panikurukka (Indian borage), Turmeric etc. This very basic recipe acquired from my mother has been my go to … More Chukkum Kurumulaku vellam (Black pepper & dried ginger tonic)

Egg fried rice

Ingredients 4 cups Cooked rice (add 1/2 tbsp sesame oil while cooking the rice) 3 tbsp Vegetable oil 3 Eggs 2 tbsp Soy sauce 1 tbsp Fish sauce 3/4 cup Onion (chopped small) 1/2 cup Green beans (sliced small) 3/4 cup Carrot (shredded/grated) 1 stick Celery (chopped with leaves) 4 Green onions (sliced small) 2 … More Egg fried rice

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)

Kerala Fish fry

Ingredients 1 lb Fish slices- cleaned and patted dry (I used Salmon here) 1 tbsp Turmeric powder 1 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder 1 tbsp Coriander powder 1/2 tbsp Jeera (cumin) powder 1 tbsp Salt Oil to fry Recipe 1. Mix all the masala powders in a bowl along with salt and set aside 2. Pour … More Kerala Fish fry