Ajwain/Karpooravalli Leaves Chutney

This is an Indian herb and it has a lot of medicinal properties. It is called as karpooravalli in Tamil and panikoorka in Malayalam. Ajwain is also called as carom or bishop’s weed. In our hometown, we locally call it as navara pachilai. In most of the houses, people grow this plant and use theContinue reading “Ajwain/Karpooravalli Leaves Chutney”

Banana Flower/Vazhaipoo Vadai

This is one of the tasty fritters from south Indian cuisine, usually an evening snack. Having this with a cup of tea, makes a perfect combination. Here is the recipe. Ingredients Banana flower ————- 1 (finely chopped) Channa dal ——————- 1 1/2 cup Dry red chilies ————– 4 Ginger ————————— 2″ size (grated) Red onionContinue reading “Banana Flower/Vazhaipoo Vadai”

Broccoli And Moong Dal Stir-Fry

Broccoli is a great vegetable to prepare side dishes with dals. So, when I cook broccoli, I try with different kinds of dals to explore the different tastes. I often make this broccoli and moong dal stir-fry as side dish for rice. It is very simple to make and tasty too. Ingredients Broccoli —————————— 1Continue reading “Broccoli And Moong Dal Stir-Fry”

Instant Amla Pickle

Amla is known as one of the healthiest fruits. It is also called as Indian gooseberry. It has a lot of health benefits, consuming it regularly in any form is good for you. Amla has been widely used in ayurvedic medicines as well. It is freshly available in India, but here in US, we mostlyContinue reading “Instant Amla Pickle”

Moringa/Drumstick Leaves Stir-Fry

This is a healthy and tasty side dish for rice, prepared from fresh moringa leaves. Moringa has been used for many centuries for it’s medicinal values and health benefits. It is packed with multiple vitamins and minerals. It also has antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Moringa is a commonly seen tree in our hometown. YouContinue reading “Moringa/Drumstick Leaves Stir-Fry”


This is a very popular sweet snack in Kerala. Amma used to make it often at home, usually she makes it using freshly ground rice flour, but this recipe is using whole wheat flour. They taste differently, but both are really good. I will share the rice flour recipe another time. Ingredients Whole wheat flourContinue reading “Unniyappam”

Cauliflower and Carrot Kootu

This is a very colorful and tasty side dish for rice. Also very simple to make. Ingredients Chopped cauliflower ——– about a cup Chopped carrot —————- about a cup Split moong dal —————- 1/2 cup Indian chili powder ———- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder ————– 1/4 tsp Salt to taste To make a coconut paste GratedContinue reading “Cauliflower and Carrot Kootu”

Tapioca With Coconut Seasoning

This is a simply satisfying dish and it is flavored with spices and garnished with grated coconut. One of my all time favorite to eat, most of the time I will have the frozen tapioca in our freezer, so whenever I want to eat, I can cook it fast and eat this way. Ingredients CookedContinue reading “Tapioca With Coconut Seasoning”