Simple Paruppu – South Indian Style Mashed Lentils 

Paruppu is known for its simplicity, yet it’s power packed with nutrients. This humble mashed lentils is a delicious, hearty dish which has a very special place in our South Indian lunch platter.  Paruppu – Simple Dhal This recipe serves 4  Ingredients  Toor dhal ( split yellow lentils) – 1/2 cup  Turmeric powder – 1/2…

Mouthwatering Mango Pickle

Pickling is a culinary art, it’s there in every culture and cuisine around the world. It’s a wonderful way to preserve seasonal produce and enjoy them throughout the year. This instant mango pickle is a very popular Indian condiment. It is made with a special type of raw green, pickling mangoes which are available only…

Spicy Sautéed Okra – Vendakkai Poriyal 

Okra is also called vendakkai or bhindi in India. It is considered a delicacy in southern cuisine too. But this is a slimy vegetable, that’s why people are hesitant to buy and make anything with it. I make this dish in a special way so that they are slime free and taste absolutely delicious.  Eating…

Semiya Upma – Vermicelli noodles 

Upma is such a healthy and delicious South Indian dish. We love to eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is very easy to prepare. This particular dish is made with roasted semolina noodles and it’s spiced with ginger, onions and veggies and garnished with coconut and peanuts. It is truly a vegan delight! …

Cabbage Poriyal – Steamed Cabbage Salad

This is a simple yet a very healthy South Indian side dish. Usually, raw cabbage is used in salads and coleslaw. But this steamed salad studded with colorful veggies, lightly seasoned and garnished with a sprinkling of coconut is such a vegan delight.  Cabbage has a very distinctive smell, it’s colorless and bland these are…

Kothu Parotta – Flatbread Hash 

This is an ingenious dish we’ve invented to make use of the stale bread or flatbreads. This recipe is so simple and easy to make, it’s tangy with crisp veggies and it tastes so good. This could be a quick snack or a side or it could be a lunch or a dinner depending on…

Tasty Tapioca Dish

Many of us know tapioca is used mainly as a thickener and used in most of the gluten free products. In south India we make really tasty dishes out of it.  This is my grandmother’s recipe and it’s extremely flavorful.  Tapioca is normally found in groceries near the root vegetable section. Here it’s called Yuca…

Cauliflower Kadai {stir fry}

Sometimes you need a little inspiration to cook something new. This recipe is inspired by my visit to the local farmers market. Their freshly harvested produce is extremely good and they taste amazing. I found these beautiful, colorful sweet peppers, couldn’t wait to cook with it. Baby Bell Peppers I cook cauliflower in many ways…

Potato Fry 

Everybody likes potatoes, Anything you make with it is never going to go wrong. Whatever you do, bake, fry or mash it tastes good. This is a quick and easy recipe for all the beginners who are learning to cook.  This golden fried potatoes are truly mouthwatering. It is a delicacy in South India. We…

Broccoli Stir Fry

Green vegetables have a very distinctive taste that is the main reason kids dislike it. Steaming and seasoning it with salt and pepper is just not going to be enough. Broccoli does not have much flavor so you  have to spice it up. My grandma always says, “the key to make any vegetable tasty is…