Sweet And Savory Pongal

We begin everything new with a sweet note, it’s a lovely Indian tradition! So we make delicious sweets to welcome the very first day of the first month in our Tamil calendar. This festival is unique since its celebrated as Thanksgiving not as New Year. Sweet and savory pongal are the two signature dishes prepared…

Avial – Mixed Vegetable Stew

Every single dish that’s prepared in our kitchen has a very interesting story behind it, but we never bother to ask or find out, let me tell you how Avial originated. This vegan dish is a delicacy from the southern part of India, it is made with an array of colorful veggies simmered in a…

Beginners Guide To Indian Spices

Our Indian cusine is known for its flavorful spices. Many of you get overwhelmed by the amount of spices we use in our everyday cooking. If you get to know why we use them? and what they are used for? It will be of great use to you. These spices are not only used for…

Pongal – South Indian Thanksgiving Lunch Platter

Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated in south India, it is our thanksgiving. The word Pongal means abundance or overflow. The highlight of this festival is the delicious food we prepare to share with our family and friends. In this post I have shown how elaborate a southindian festive meal is. What do we have in common?…

Rice Noodles In Coconut Milk Curry – Idiyappam Sodhi

This dish is a delicacy in my country. It is served only on special occasions. The rich and flavorful nature of this curry makes it such a taste bud pleaser. In South India this dish is called Sodhi, it’s either served with steamed rice or rice noodles which is called Idiappam. It’s creamy, spicy and tangy…

Mini Idlis In Sambar

This is a special, authentic South Indian comfort food. We literally have this every morning as our breakfast. These soft cloud like idlis are made of rice and its soaked in a very tasty lentil sambar topped with some flavorful ghee. This mini version is my favorite since it looks so cute and appetizing.  …

Parrupu/Ginger Rasam – Lentil Soup 

Rasam is a very tasty, authentic South Indian soup, This particular Rasam is made with split yellow lentils and spiced with  lots of ginger, lime juice and lime zest which makes it so flavorful, hearty and delicious! Rasam is generally made with tangy tamarind broth spiced with coriander, cumin, red chili and pepper. Since this…

Dosa and Tomato Chutney

Dosa is a delicious authentic South Indian dish.It is a crispy delicate crepe made with rice and urad dhal batter.It is traditionally served with coconut chutney and sambar. I’m gonna introduce you to a very flavorful tangy tomato chutney which tastes so good with the dosa . If you have tasted this in an Indian…