This is a simpler version of the very traditional moru kuzhambu, quite commonly made in many south Indian homes and at wedding feasts.  My friend Revathi Subramaniam shared her recipe with me. Being lazy, I have made it quite a bit simpler and easier to serve as a hearty soup, though one could argue it is really … Continue reading

This is a completely vegan recipe where the cream/cheese sauce is made with ground cashew nuts soaked in water ahead of time. It takes just a few minutes to prepare and impresses your friends, if you have any of them over and share.    

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

 Assemble ingredients. I like my green tomatoes coarse chopped, and my  cilantro. The chile peppers are deribbed and deseeded to provide flavor without burn, and diced. The spring onions are simply chopped. The mini-cucmbers – quartered lengthwise and diced. The avocadoes are halved and pitted.  I like my avocadoes on the ripe side. You may … Continue reading