Saturday, 17 June 2017

Raw Banana Fry Recipe | Vazhakkai Varuval | Plantain Stir fry


Raw Banana Fry or Vazhakkai Fry is a traditional poriyal or side dish from South India.   Raw banana is one of those vegetables (apart from potato, of course) which tastes awesome when stir fried. Unlike other stir fries, plantain stir fry cooks real fast.  This vazhakkai curry tastes awesome with sambar or rasam and goes well most of the rice varieties too.


Raw Banana Fry, Aratikaya Vepudu

If you are looking for more stir fry recipes,  check these out:

Okra Stir Fry

Bengali style Brinjal Fry

Potato Fry

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Semiya Payasam | Vermicelli Kheer


Vermicelli kheer or Semiya payasam (pudding) is a classic Indian dessert prepared with roasted vermicelli, milk and nuts and flavored with cardamom.  It is normally prepared on festive occasions or birthdays or when there are guests at home.

Vermicelli kheer can be made with both fresh and condensed milk.  This creamy and delicious dessert is very easy to prepare and does not take much time.


Semiya Payasam, Vermicelli Kheer



Monday, 7 November 2016

Cholar Dal | Bengali Style Cholar Dal | Lentils with Coconut and Spices

Cholar dal is a traditional bengali dish that is generally served on special occasions like a birthday or annaprashan or a festival like durga puja or a wedding.  It is usually paired with luchi (pooris made with maida instead of wheat flour).

Unlike other dals, cholar dal is a bit sweet and flavored with aromatic spices and garnished with raisins and coconut.  It is very easy to prepare and tastes heavenly.


Cholar Dal, Bengali Cholar Dal



Saturday, 5 November 2016

Chikkudukaya Vepudu | Broad Beans Stir Fry

Chikkudukaya / Indian broad beans is a seasonal vegetable that is rich in protein, fibre, vitamins and iron.  It is generally cooked as a stir fry or added to sambar/lentil soups or mixed vegetable curries.

Chikkudukaya Vepudu is a very simple and delicious stir fry that goes very well with rice and roti.


Chikkudukaya Vepudu, Broad Beans Stir Fry



Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Tomato-Onion-Coriander Chutney | Tomato Kothimeera Pachadi


Tomato-Kothimeera Pachadi/ Thakkali Kothamalli Chutney - A simple yet flavorful chutney that tastes awesome with any breakfast dish, especially idli, dosa, pesarattu.  It is tangy and wee bit sweet and tastes best when eaten fresh or the same day.

If you are looking for more chutney recipes, then do check peanut chutney, tomato chutney, mint and coconut chutney, onion chutney, garlic chutney and coconut chutney.


Tomato onion coriander chutney, Tomato Kothimeera pachadi


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sakkarai Pongal | Sweet Pongal | Chakkarai Pongal


Sakkarai Pongal/ Sweet Pongal/Sarkarai Pongal - An authentic South Indian sweet prepared during the harvest festival of Pongal/Sankranthi.  It is also prepared in temples as naivedyam or prasadam.  Pongal is made with rice, lentils and jaggery and flavored with cardamom and ghee.. absolutely delicious!!

The color of the pongal depends on the jaggery used.  I have used normal jaggery.  If you need a darker shade, then use Paagu vellam.


Sweet Pongal, Sakkarai Pongal


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Pesarattu | Green Gram Dosa | Andhra Pesarattu Dosa


Pesarattu - a popular breakfast dish from Andhra.  It is a more healthier version of dosa as it is prepared with whole green gram.  Pesarattu with upma is a popular combo and is taken both at breakfast and as a snack.  It is typically served with ginger, coconut or onion chutney.

Now start your mornings with these protein-packed pesarattu dosas.


Pesarattu, Green Gram Dosa


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