Unni Appam – Guest contribution from Nimisha

Unni appam/Unniyappam: Unni Appam is a traditional Kerala snack prepared mainly from rice flour. Different variations do exist while some prefer to add banana, some don’t. There also exist different names – in northern side of Kerala, its called as kaaryappam. Nimisha’s mom prepares this snack on important occasions like Vishu and Onam. Her mom does lot of social work and sometimes she prepares this … Continue reading Unni Appam – Guest contribution from Nimisha

Cauliflower fry – Starter!

Cauliflower Fry: The main part in any cauliflower preparation, is in cleaning the florets. There might be tiny worms& insects inbetween the densely packed florets. I generally use hot water with salt and turmeric for cleaning them in all of my preparation. I’m scared of worms and I dont dare to even touch the vegetable, when I see a worm in it. Today, I was cutting … Continue reading Cauliflower fry – Starter!

Bitter Gourd Chilli Fry – So Crispy!

Bitter Gourd Chilli Fry: I got these nice fresh and large bitter gourds from the local market. 1 large bitter gourd is enough to serve more than two members. This time I’ve added more ingredients than my usual make. For more crispiness, I’ve added rice flour and deep fried them. This dish serves as an excellent side for korma as well as sambar. Ingredients: 1 … Continue reading Bitter Gourd Chilli Fry – So Crispy!

Yellow Pumpkin Side Dish – A quick make!

Yellow Pumpkin Poriyal: This is my sis’ favourite veggie and my mom used to get it every other week for her. Recently, my kid also became a great fan of this veggie side dish. Yellow pumpkins have mild sweet taste and they cook really faster. It has got enough water content within that it doesn’t really require water to cook. For this side dish, I … Continue reading Yellow Pumpkin Side Dish – A quick make!

Venpongal – On a Special Day!

Venpongal: Traditionally, this dish used to be prepared on special days & occasions in South India. And it tastes extremely good. I don’t remember my mom making it very often. I generally prefer making it on alternate Saturdays or once a month. So my Saturdays are made special with venpongal, coconut chutney(click here for recipe) & medhu vadai(click here for recipe) for breakfast. Sounds quite … Continue reading Venpongal – On a Special Day!

Potato Stir Fry – lunch box recipe!

Potato Stir Fry: For lemon rice, tamarind rice or curd rice, the best accompaniment all time is the potato side dish. I pack these easy to make potato stir fry for my husband’s lunch. When there’s not much time to parboil, I dice the potatos just like an onion. I get small cube sized pieces in no time. I’ve given the pictures below to refer … Continue reading Potato Stir Fry – lunch box recipe!

Vegetable Stew – A side for Idiyappam & Poori !

Vegetable Stew: I believe these words – necessity is the mother of inventions – are very much true. Somehow my purchase got delayed and I had very few veggies left in my fridge. I was giving a bit of thinking on what to prepare. Drawing inspiration from poori masala that my mom used to make and the avial recipe that one of my friend shared … Continue reading Vegetable Stew – A side for Idiyappam & Poori !

Diwali Sweet – Coconut Barfi

Coconut Barfi: As I walked through the streets of Navi Mumbai, I saw heaps&heaps of orange, yellow and white flowers, lamps and rangoli color powders sold in every nook and corner. I felt the air filled with festive mood all around. For a second, in my mind, my kid playing with color powders and her happy face flipped through. Needless to say, this got into … Continue reading Diwali Sweet – Coconut Barfi