Rasam Powder

Rasam, a lovely blend of spices, tamarind and lentils is a favorite in southern India. Usually mixed with rice, rasam also makes a great soup. I’ve posted the recipe for my favorite rasam earlier, and a simple rasam as well. This is the basic spice mix used to make rasam. Rasam Powder 1 cup Coriander…

Pongal

Pongal is a popular south Indian breakfast. It consists of lentils and rice cooked together and then seasoned with spices. Its usually eaten with a spicy curry of some sort, but tastes great with a sprinkling of sugar as well. This is quite a meal on its own, and though its popular for breakfast, we…

Vangibath (Rice with Eggplant)

I’m not a huge fan of eggplant, and so have been putting off making this for a long time. I got this recipe from an aunt who swore that it comes out perfect every time. I kept thinking, yeah, but eggplant flavored rice? Hmm, I’ll wait! Well, I happened to get some great eggplant in…

Chilli Cheese Toast

You know that craving you get when you come home from work, and just want to eat something before you start making dinner? This is just a wonderful tea-time snack. Very popular in India, chilli cheese toast has become somewhat of a tradition. In this picture, I’ve used brown bread. I made a few with…

Spicy Sago

Have you cooked with sago? It’s a little difficult to use, since it becomes thick and soggy really fast. So you’ve got to soak it for just the right amount of time. It took me a long while before I figured out what that was. But once you do get it right, sago is absolutely…

Green Rice

This is my first favorite recipe. My mum visited me while I was working in the US and made this for my friends when I had them over for dinner. I loved it because the aroma of the rice completely envelopes the house and its just so wonderful. Green Rice 4 cups Basmati Rice 4…

Pumpkin Curry

I seem to make a lot of pumpkin curries at home. Just thinking out loud. There’s pumpkin pachadi, sour pumpkin curry, olan and parsi dhansak. And that’s just on my blog. I do a lot of other pumpkin dishes at home, too. Hmm… Guess I like pumpkin. Do you? Mathanalserry (Pumpkin Curry, from Kerala) 1/4…

Bean Sprouts

I absolutely love cooked bean sprouts. I love cooked sprouts – of any kind! They’re so delicious. And this recipe, inspired from one of my favorite cookbooks, is an absolute favorite of mine. Spicy Bean Sprouts 1 cup Bean Sprouts 1/2 Green Bell Pepper, cut into strips 1/2 Tomato, blanched, peeled and cut into strips…

Roasted Eggplants

This very popular Indian dish is very simple to make at home. The important part of this recipe is roasting the eggplants in a pan over low-medium heat until the skin is charred and the pulp gets the smoky delicious flavor. I’m not an eggplant person, but this is a pretty good way to enjoy…

Spiced Mashed Potatoes

A huge favorite in my house, these potatoes are light, flavorful and delicious. Potato Podimas (Spiced Mashed Potatoes) 1 pound Potatoes 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder a pinch of Asafoetida 6 Green Chillies 1 tsp Ginger, minced 1/2 tsp Urad Dal (split Black Gram) 1 tsp Channa Dal (Red Gram Dal) 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds 4…