the simple rasam

As the title implies, this is a quick shortcut to making that ubiquitous South Indian comfort food, rasam.  The name itself means, nectar, essence or ambrosia.  In the hands of the right cook, it is quite clearly the latter.  I have included several rasam recipes, but there is always one more. There are as many … Continue reading

It’s mid-July again and gardeners know what happens. There comes a day when the tomatoes all begin to ripen together. After what seems like months of waiting and peeking at them eagerly every day, they all decide it’s time to change color. Reds, orange, yellow and rust brown, the plants are covered with ripening fruit.  Neighbours … Continue reading

Sautéed Spinach with Green Tomato

A delicious blend of flavors that will have your family enjoying spinach.  A couple of tablespoons of this packs a powerful punch of nutrition with a meal. It’s a snap to make and stores well in the refrigerator for several days.  

Sundal; the word itself brings back memories of childhood and navarathiri festivals, visits to the beach in Chennai. “Thengai mangai pattani sundal” the young man would shout as he walked up and down Elliotts Beach with his basket and lamp.  For a few pennies he would hand you a warm pack of sundal wrapped in … Continue reading

Uppuma

The lowly uppuma frequently gets a bad rap. Despite it having been a winning recipe on a TV chef competition, many of us harbor a little bit of disdain for this dish.  This is reflected in phrases like  “just uppuma”. My daughter and I love uppuma. It is nutritous and capable of infinite variety and can … Continue reading

I have been discovering kale this year and learning to cook with it. Fresh Kale, I found out, is yummy and full of vitamins and antioxidants. There are a great many varieties of kale.  My local grocer carries an organic variety with purple leaves they call russian kale that is quite delicious. Saute it with … Continue reading

Cabbage Curry

My mother would make cabbage curry quite often. Thankfully we never lose those childhood memories . She would often add carrots and, as a special treat, with fresh peas. The cabbage would be cut as fine as grated coconut. And yes, she would add freshly grated coconut. As an accompaniment to rasam and rice one could … Continue reading

Splutter mustard, cumin a few black peppercorns, and urad dal in 1/2 canola and 1/2 sesame oil. Sauté onions, green chillies, chopped ginger. Add turmeric and sambar powder. Curry leaves, a few baby carrots cut into sticks and some potatoes cut into stick (small 1/4 inch by 1 inch) 🙂 . Chopped cilantro and a … Continue reading