Vadai – Crispy Golden Lentil Fritters 

Vadai is such an awesome snack, which is very easy to make and tastes so crunchy and satisfying. This deep fried snack has a special place in our South Indian breakfast, festive lunch and snack time.  Vadai is exclusively made with this particular white lentils called ulundu/ urad dal/ black gram, A heart healthy lentil…

Rasam – Mulligatawny Soup 

Rasam is an unbelievably tasty, soul soothing soup. We South Indians are known for this authentic, broth like soup which is made with tomatoes, pepper, garlic and flavorful spices like cumin and coriander. A soup which is sure to warm you up in an instant on cold rainy days.  Many of you must be familiar…

Simple Paruppu – Yummy 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.  South Indian Style Paruppu – Simple Dhal This recipe serves 4  Ingredients  Toor dhal ( split yellow lentils) – 1/2 cup  Turmeric…

Homemade Ghee – Clarified Butter

Ghee is a quintessential ingredient used in Indian cuisine. It’s known for the beautiful amber color and its exquisite aroma. Since this divine condiment is so rich, we use this in moderation. Its usually added at the end of the cooking process as a finishing touch to enhance the taste of a sweet or a…

Zesty Tomato Onion Curry 

Our everyday lunch platter consists of four tasty dishes. Curry is a gravy based side dish which is always served with steamed rice, mashed lentils and a side of vegetable. This delicious curry is flavored with ginger, garlic and an array of spices. It’s an authentic recipe from my home town and I’m happy to…

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 mango pickle is a very popular Indian condiment. It is made with a special type of raw green, pickling mangoes which are available only during…

Rose Flavored Aval Kesari – Pudding  

Kesari is a delicious and popular South Indian dessert. It’s a sweet pudding made with Aval (flattened rice). It’s so easy to prepare with simple ingredients and it’s tastes so creamy and decadent. We make this very often for festivals and celebrations. There are thousand different ways to make Kesari. And you can also flavor…

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…

Tropical Fruit Pie

Pie is one of my favorite desserts. It tastes mighty delicious and it’s a cinch to bake. No wonder they say “easy as pie”. I made this ooey gooey summertime pie with tasty tropical fruits, it has a buttery crust and its topped with crunchy almond granola. Sounds delicious, right? My family love desserts, they…

Raspberry Oatmeal Cake

Whenever there is a special occasion I bake a special cake. This raspberry oatmeal cake has a very unique taste. It’s tart, sweet and decadent! It not only looks so fancy it tastes delicious too! Raspberries are my favorite.They are so delicate and I love the color, texture and the flavor of these berries. I…

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! …

Classic Vanilla and Chocolate Creamsicles

Summer has officially started, so I’ve slowly started to stock up the freezer with all the summer treats. The first thing I made was  Creamsicles. This is such a satisfying treat after a hot day in the sun. Unlike popsicles they are very creamy, it literally tastes like ice cream on a stick. Yum!  When…