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”


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”

Potato Stew

This is a tasty potato stew. Amma often make this when we were little and it was one of my favorites at that time. Amma adds a lot of fresh coconut milk to this and it was absolutely delicious. In this recipe, I used frozen coconut milk cubes for convenience, but you can use freshContinue reading “Potato Stew”

Banana Flower (Vazhaipoo) Poriyal/Stir-fry

Banana flower poriyal is a well known South Indian side dish for rice. In our hometown, banana trees grow so abundantly, so we can find banana flowers everywhere! When we moved to Chennai, we actually had to buy the flower; it was so odd to see the flowers being sold in the market, while inContinue reading “Banana Flower (Vazhaipoo) Poriyal/Stir-fry”

Broccoli with Chickpea Stir- Fry

It is a easy recipe and very healthy one, lets see the recipe to make it. Ingredients Broccoli 2 Cooked chickpea 1 cup Grated coconut 1/4 cup Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp Split urad dal 1 tsp Cumin seeds 1 tsp Chili powder 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp Vegetable oil 1/2 tbsp Salt to tasteContinue reading “Broccoli with Chickpea Stir- Fry”