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

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

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

Here is a simple variation on the traditional aloo mutter paneer that is the staple of most tandoori restaurants the world over. With fresh vegetables and tomatoes it bursts with flavors. The tofu adds protein and removes some fat.  It can be a fairly low fat dish and versatile enough to be served with bread, roti … Continue reading

Every cook needs a few quick dishes they can produce in a jiffy to feed unexpected visitors or a hungry family on the prowl for the evening meal.  Every Indian family has a few such dishes that the children know and anticipate with pleasure. Every wayside food stall and “hotel” have their own set of … 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