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...

  Kerala’s very own sweet dishes… Here is a collection of Payasams that I’ve made over the years. Payasams are essentially sweetened milk cooked along with vermicelli, ripe fruits, dried fruits, nuts etc. Vermicelli or Semiya payasam is the most popular; a must have along with Kerala Sadya. I’ve also made payasams with dates, ripe mangoes,...

Kerala’s very own dessert: Semiya payasam or Vermicelli cooked in sweetened milk… Semiya or vermicelli payasam is the most popular dessert in Kerala and it’s a must have for Sadya. Though, there are a several variations of payasam evolved over the years, traditional semiya payasam still holds a special place in every Keralities heart. Back in the...

Beetroot leaves picked from my organic veggie garden and turned into a Kerala style Thoran- beetroot leaves stir fried with grated coconut… It’s a pure joy when I harvest veggies from my garden and cook with it. Today, I decided to pick some of the beetroot leaves and make a simple Kerala style Thoran with it. Beet leaves resemble to swiss chard. This...

Baby potatoes cooked in a rich tomato and yogurt gravy, finger licking delicious… I made this in the Instant Pot, firstly pressure cooked the baby potatoes for 5 minutes with QPR. Made the tomato-yogurt gravy and added the baby potatoes and cooked them in the gravy. To add richness, added almond paste. Tasted delish, can be served with chapati, poori, naan,...

South Indian Coconut chutney with a healthy twist by adding oats. Chutney is a sauce served along with Dosa, Appam, Rice etc. There are different kinds of chutney made with different ingredients and can be made sweet, tangy, spicy etc. One of the popular chutney in South India is Coconut chutney served along with dosa. How about adding instant oats to the coconut...

Hands down, the best tasting and authentic Hyderabadi chicken dum biryani recipe… Over the years I had tried different kinds of biryani. Though the preparation style is similar for most biryanis, the kind of spices added for making chicken masala makes a huge difference in the taste of the biryani. Fried chicken biryani, Thalassery biryani and chicken biryani...

Beef stuffed Poori- ground beef cooked in the Instant Pot and stuffed in wheat dough and fried till golden. I used ground beef, cooked along with mixed veggies and added some spices, cooked for 15 minutes at high pressure in IP and then cooked in saute mode till all the water has evaporated. If you don’t have IP, you can cook ground beef in a pressure cooker...

Pathiri, popular in Malabar cuisine-served for both breakfast and dinner… Pathiri is a traditional roti that’s popular in¬†Malabar cuisine. These days, it is found on the menu of most South Indian restaurants. The texture of the pathiri is light and thin that almost everyone finds it hard to resist, especially when served with spicy chicken/mutton/beef...

Potstickers with chicken filling, wrappers made from scratch… If you are looking for a non-fried appetizer this is a good one to make. You can either make the wrapper from scratch or use store bought wrappers. I would say making wrappers from scratch is not that hard, just follow the recipe and you will make some good tasting wrappers. Any kinds of filling...