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

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

Navarathiri is always a time for interesting snack. For most South Indians it is a time to make different kinds of sundal which is a sort of high protein salad with made with a variety of lentils and beans and with spicy, flavorful garnishes.  Here is my all-time favorite; a variation on the coconut, raw … 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

My grandmother would always be experimenting in the kitchen with leftovers;  trying to come up with variation to make unassuming leftovers seem more appetizing . She would suddenly emerge from the kitchen with her latest creation in her hands and pop it into the mouth of the nearest grandchild.  Some of this must have rubbed … 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

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