Idly Podi/Idli Milagai Podi/Gun Powder


No matter how many ever side dishes like chutney sambar exist for idlies, there arises a question at my house everytime we have idli or dosa – ‘where is the podi?’. This podi, also called Idly Podi/Idli Milagai Podi/Gun Powder in other Indian cuisines is a dry lentil powdered which is mixed with oil and … [Read more…]

Fire Roasted Eggplant Chutney/Sutta Kathirikkai Thuvaiyal


There are so many eggplant recipes on my blog and you probably have figured out already that it is one of my favorite vegetables. One of the most delicious ways of eating eggplant is to roast it over fire and use the pulp to make a dish. This method has been favored by cooks all … [Read more…]

Home made Low fat Vegetarian Refried beans with Baked Tortilla Chips

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I love Mexican Food…I love how the usage of spices, beans and rice in the Mexican cuisine is very similar to Indian cuisine. If you are a vegetarian like me, you would love the fact that Mexican food has so many vegetarian options. I especially love the refried beans they serve in Mexican restaurants. I … [Read more…]

Oats Coconut Chutney

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I served my 16 bean adai with oats coconut chutney. It was a super easy recipe, made using  the microwave and the blender and added a nutritious twist to the ubiquitous coconut chutney that is paired with a lot of South Indian dishes such as idly, dosa, adai etc. I have used old fashioned oats … [Read more…]

Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

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I cannot believe that the last time I posted a chicken recipe was over a year ago. Although I don’t eat meat, I do cook non-veg dishes quite often as my husband likes it. My brother is an avid meat-eater and quite the opposite of me. Since, he is visiting me, I have been making … [Read more…]

Homemade Strawberry Jam(no pectin)

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Jam….the word reminds me of days as a kid, where the only jam we had in India was ‘Kissan Mixed Fruit Jam’. Having it for breakfast with Amul butter was one of the childhood food memories I cherish. It was the ‘meal’ I made for my little brother when my parents where out and I … [Read more…]