Carrots with Fenugreek Leaves

This is a recipe from a cookbook I use almost like a bible, Pure and Simple by Vidhu Mittal. I simply love this book! Definitely add this to your cookbook collection. She has interesting and simple vegetarian dishes even for the novice cook. All the steps are clearly listed and complicated steps are explained in…

Vegetable Biryani

So we learned how to make great chicken biryani in my previous post. Now we turn to vegetable biryani. I love this recipe. Being vegetarian, I’m glad that people like the chicken biryani, but really, I’d rather make up my own mind by tasting. And that’s why I love the vegetarian version – and it’s…

Chicken Biryani

Biryani is rice cooked with spices and either chicken or mutton or vegetables. For a long time I’ve been trying to find a perfect biryani recipe. Naturally, home cooked biryanis don’t taste as good as the ones in restaurants, but this one comes pretty darn close! Chicken Biryani 1 1/2 cups Basmati Rice 2 lbs…

Gram Flour Curry

This is a shortcut, quick curry made with gram flour and yogurt. Its delicious with rice and tastes a lot like a more (buttermilk) kozhambu. Gram Flour (Besan) Pachadi 1 tbsp Gram Flour 1 cup Yogurt 1 tsp Mustard Seeds 1 tsp Urad Dal/ split Black Gram 2 Green Chillies 4-5 Curry Leaves a pinch…

Vathal Kozhambu

Vathal kozhambu is a south Indian curry of vegetables simmered in a tamarind based broth with a variety of spices. It is usually served with cooked rice. Spicy and tangy and delicious! Here, I’ve made the basic curry without vegetables, but feel free to add your choice of cooked vegetables. The common vegetables used are…

Spinach Kozhambu

Kuzhambu is a spicy curry, originating from south India, made with a combination of vegetables or fish/ chicken. Usually they do not have lentils, but this one does and is milder than most other kozhambus. When the kozhambu is made with yogurt, its called More (Buttermilk) Kozhambu and is a wonderful addition to rice on…

Aloo Kadhi

Kadhi is a spicy yogurt-based curry that is very popular all over northern India. It is commonly eaten with rice or roti. It is light and full of flavor. Aloo Kadhi 4 Potatoes, boiled and coarsely mashed 3 cups Yogurt, beaten 1/2 tsp ground Coriander 1/2 tsp Turmeric 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder 1 Green Chilli…

Simple Rasam

When I wanted a quick rasam and didn’t have time to grind my own spice powders and stew over the tamarind, I would use this easy recipe. The rasam still tastes great, but you spent half the time making it! Easy Rasam 1/2 cup Moong Dal, cooked with turmeric and salt 1 tsp Rasam Powder…

Peas Dosa

Dosas are very popular breakfast/ lunch/ anytime foods in southern India. Over the years, just as with any other popular food, the dosa has been changed to use several other ingredients including vegetables and different types of grains such as oats or ragi. Here, I’ve made a peas dosa. This is really easy since it…

Bell Pepper Curry

This is another in a series of recipes from my mother in law. As I said earlier she is an amazing cook, and can whip up dishes in a matter of minutes. I’m sure, though, that if I asked her to reproduce this exact recipe, she won’t be able to, because she really doesn’t cook…