Tomato Sambar made in the Instant Pot… Sambar is a popular South Indian vegetarian gravy based dish that’s served along with dosa, idli, rice etc. The authentic sambar is made with mixed veggies and toor or tuvar dal. There are literally n number of variations for making sambar. Grated coconut is roasted along with whole spices and made into a paste and...

Chettinad style sambar, yet another South Indian vegetarian delicacy… Chettinad cuisine is popular in Tamil Nadu, they are known for using a variety of fresh and roasted spices along with coconut. Their dishes are aromatic, flavorful and finger licking delicious. I’ve tried a few Chettinad style dishes and I loved them so much. During my India visit...

Green tomatoes, lentil, eggplant and roasted ground coconut masala cooked together to make this finger licking sambar… Harvest season has come to an end and I had to pick all the unripe green tomatoes form my veggie garden. I got a lot of green tomatoes sitting on my counter top, thought of letting them ripen in my kitchen. However, it seems there a lot of...

Sambar, a true South Indian delicacy… Onam is around the corner and it is the biggest festival of Kerala. While thinking about Onam too many good memories rushes into my mind. You have to be in Kerala to celebrate and enjoy Onam to the fullest. Though I couldn’t be in Kerala for Onam for the past few years, every year I make sure to celebrate it with Sadya...

Beat the heat with this amazingly healthy drink… Buttermilk drink is very popular in India. As summer gets in its peak, people in rural areas depend solely on buttermilk to quench their thirst. Drinking buttermilk will help to lower the body temperature and keeps the body cool and revitalized. Originally, buttermilk was the liquid left behind after churning...

A South Indian breakfast dish that’s healthy and can be made effortlessly… Traditional Uthappam is made with the batter used for making dosa or idli (rice-urad dal batter). It’s more like a thick dosa topped with onions, carrots, green chilies etc. In this recipe, instant oats and semolina are combined along with mixed veggies and yogurt and made...

Chettinad style shrimp curry- made with roasted coconut and whole spices, aromatic and flavorful… This is a Chettinad style curry as grated coconut along with other whole spices are roasted and made into a paste and added to the cooked lentil and mixed veggies; shrimp is cooked in this gravy. I’ve posted the recipe for making shrimp in roasted coconut...

Idlis made in a paniyaram pan, known as Paddus… I didn’t know the correct name of this dish, so I kept calling them mini Idlis. Basically, these are made with Idli batter after adding a few ingredients to the batter. Unlike the authentic idlis made by steaming, these paddus are made in a paniyaram pan or the pan used for making Kerala unniyappam. I’m...

Rava or Semolina Upma is a popular breakfast in South India, and can be made in just a matter of minutes… If you love rava or semolina or sooji and want to whip up something real quick out of it, you gotta try this recipe. This is a savoury upma with the addition of very few ingredients, the tempering added (mustard seeds/chana dal/urad dal and curry leaves)...

Cluster beans or Guar combined with coconut and made into a stir fry, healthy and nutritious vegetarian side dish… Cluster beans are legumes widely grown in India, they are made into thorans or stir fries, added to many vegetarian dishes like Sambar, Avial, Sindhi Kadhi etc etc. In South India, while shopping for Sambar veggies, the vegetable vendor will throw...