This is one of those perennial favorites and classics that is deceptively simple to make. Try as one might, it is difficult to get the right flavor and consistency that brings back childhood memories of eating masala dosa at a genuine Udipi restaurant – called them hotels in the day. I have added this recipe … Continue reading

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.  

Spicy Vegetable soup with penne

This dish should really be called vegetable rasam and it’s a perfect one pot dinner for a small family.  I am not sure why I made it last night. I think it was because I was craving some spicy rasam flavors but didnt feel like making rice and a vegetable separately. I also had a … Continue reading

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

Okra is one of my all time favorite vegetables.  No vegetable stall we frequented in India would be without this ubiquitous ancient mallow.  In curries, in sambar, and in other assorted sauces with fresh cocunut, okra was just delicious.  My mother would make the best dry okra curry with thin slices of okra sauteed 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

This entire blog and facebook page all got started because I mailed a jar of lemon pickles to my friend Barbara Segal. She’s a wonderful artist and she made me a bright and colorful thank you card that adorns my refrigerator to this day. I loved the bright rich colors and I persuaded her to … Continue reading

I have been keen on developing some potato recipes whcih do not call for fat and salt. It’s been quite easy to do that given the potatoe’s versatility.  Here is one that again takes but a few minutes to bring to the table. It’s economical, healthy, low cal and low fat and low sodium and … Continue reading