Spicy Coconut Milk Congee

Congee is rice cooked in a lot of water until it has a mushy porridge type consistency, and then topped with different spices, herbs, vegetables or meat. There are several variations of congee and its found all over Asia, especially east and south Asia. It has thousands of years of history in China, and was…

Green Gram and Fenugreek Dosa

Dosas are a staple of south Indian cuisine. As much as paneer butter masala and chicken tikka are synonymous with Indian food for the western world, India has as many types of cuinines as we have states. India is a sort of Europe, if you will. We are made of several states, each with their…

Wild Rice Salad

I love the flavor of wild rice. It’s nutty and soft and delicious. In India we use rice mostly as an accompaniment to curries and vegetables. But for a rice that’s as flavorsome as wild rice, it needs to shine on its own. Here’s a simple recipe for a wild rice salad, the inspiration taken…

Spinach Rice

I recently went to a modern Andhra restaurant, Maya, in Chennai. Andhra Pradesh is a small state in southern India, whose cuisine is typically very spicy and loaded with masala, tamarind and ground spices. This restaurant surprised me though. The food was mild, full of subtle flavors and delicious. The one dish that really stood…

Idli

Idlis are a huge south Indian favorite! Steamed flour and lentil dumplings are a lovely comfort food for breakfast, lunch, a snack or even dinner. Usually the idlis are eaten with a spicy chutney, milagai podi (a spicy blend of roasted spices) or sambar. Its difficult to find perfectly soft idlis, even in the heart…

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…

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…

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…

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…