Kali Dal

Though I prefer a simple yellow dal seasoned with a blend of spices, once in a while, I love to indulge in this rich dal made of black lentils, and finished off with dollops of cream! This is a perfect accompaniment to naans. Kali Dal Ingredients A: 250 g Whole Black Urad Dal (Black Lentils)…

Puli Kuzhambu

This is a very common south Indian curry, made with a base of tangy tamarind and a vegetable and/or onions. Its very popular and most often served with rice. Vendakkai Puli Kuzhmabu(Okra in a tamarind-based curry) 1 tbsp Red Chilli Powder2 tbsp Coriander Powder1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder1/4 tsp Fenugreek Seeds6 cloves Garlic, chopped6 shallots, cut…

Field Beans/ Mochai

This is another wonderful mochai (field beans) recipe. Mochai is one of my all-time favorite legumes. If you can’t find field beans in your neck of the woods, substitute fava beans and it’ll taste as good. Spiced Mochai/ Fava Beans/ Field Beans 2 Onions, chopped fine3 cloves Garlic, chopped fine1 tsp Mustard Seeds1 tsp Chilli…

Yams

This recipe is a huge favorite of mine. I found it in a wonderful cookbook, Flavours of the Spice Coast by Mrs. K M Mathew. If you are the kind of cookbook fiend that I am, then go out and buy this book! Kerala Yam(adapted from here) 2 cups Yam, diced4 cups Water2 tsp Shallots3…

More Koozh

This is a creamy delicious breakfast that maybe takes a while to grow on you. We’ve always loved it in my parents’ house growing up. Its simple and quick (takes about 10 minutes from start to eat!). More (buttermilk) is combined with rice flour or semolina/ cream of wheat, cooked until creamy and seasoned with…

Mustard Curry

The abundance of mustard in this dishes gives it a spicy flavor that’s just wonderful. Especially when combined with rasam and rice. This curry can be made with either mochai (fava beans), peas or green beans. They all taste equally good. Mustard Curry (Kadugu Kootu)2 cups Peas OR Fava Beans (mochai) OR Green Beans, cooked1/2…