Food for Friendship: Rasavangi (And A Scaredy-Cat Dog)

Uma, that uber-sweet and talented blogger from Teluguruchi, sent me a secret ingredient for the Arusuvai friendship chain ages ago. But swamped as I was with my trip to India and a crazy workload after I returned, I didn't have a chance to make and post a recipe worthy of it until now.By now most of … [Read more...]

Sambar Powder

No Tamil pantry is complete without a jar of homemade Sambar Powder. This spice mix is as integral to the cuisine of south India as garam masala is to the cuisine of the north.When my mother-in-law was alive, we would return from trips to Chennai with armloads of this wonderful burnt-orange powder. … [Read more...]


Adai recipe

Adai was one of the first foods I tasted in my Tamil mom-in-law's kitchen. It became an instant favorite. Unlike its simpler but yummy counterpart, the plain old dosa, an Adai is a star, hiding complex flavors beneath its lovely, golden skin.It is also, in my opinion, a little more fun to cook … [Read more...]