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

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

At the holiday time my fridge always has a few seosonal fruits and vegetables and the temptation to use them in a recipe on the spur of the moment results in some successes and a few abysmal failures. Here is one that turned out well.  While making lemon rice for a potluck party I used … Continue reading

Masala dosa.  This seeming simple dish conjures up childhood memories of those rare occasions when we would go out to eat. The two family favorites were Dasaprakash an Woodlands which were both Udipi style restaurants in the Chennai of my childhood days.  Big crispy dosa would be brought out with a flourish and served with … Continue reading

This common and easy to make fare is often scoffed at by expert cooks.  Perhaps it acquired this reputation from Kuchela (aka Sudama). This poor peasant goes to visit his childhood friend Krishna with nothing more than a handful of aval as a gift. Krishna, by then the king of Dwarka, receives his friend with … Continue reading

Many people look down upon the lowly uppuma. I myself am very fond of this dish perhaps because of the wonderful flavors and textures of the uppuma my grandmother or my aunt would make. My grandmother made the best lemon/ ginger rawa uppuma. My aunt Vijaya’s rice uppuma with its roasted browned crust is still … Continue reading

Time for an easy rice dish. More complex ones will show up from time to time. My daughter loves lemon rice. And this was very common picnic and travel food in my family when we were growing up in India. It is easy to make and doesn’t require refrigeration. Pack with a banana leaf and … Continue reading