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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...

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...

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...

Include bitter gourd in your diet to benefit from it, it’s packed with all amazing nutrients… Bitter gourd or bitter melon is the most bitter vegetable, a lot of dishes is made out of it and is a popular vegetable in India. Bitter gourd stir fry, bitter gourd fry and bitter gourd in yogurt/coconut are some of the popular South Indian dishes. Despite being...

Kaipola is a popular Malabar snack, this is an easy version of Kaipola… Ghee roasted plantains, eggs are combined together along with nuts, raisins and steam cooked to make this healthy and delicious snack. I made Kaipola in the Instant Pot in steam mode and it turned out perfect. Whenever I see plantains in the grocery store, I grab them and I either ghee...

Beef curry made in the Instant Pot. Hands down, the most flavorful and delicious beef curry ever… Every time I try new dishes in the Instant Pot, my admiration for this amazing appliance increases thousand folds. I had made the same recipe in the regular pressure cooker, while comparing the taste and flavor with the Instant pot beef curry, I have to tell you...

  Pot in Pot cooking in the Instant Pot- Shrimp curry and Basmati rice with mixed veggies cooked together and ready to be served at the same time; this is what I call effortless cooking! This is my first ever Pot in Pot cooking attempt in the Instant Pot and I’m truly blown away by this method and I’m madly deeply in love with the Instant Pot. What is...