Rajasthani Panchmel Dal

Panchmel Dal

My weekends are usually brimming over with chores big and small, but this weekend-- or at least this Saturday-- I have swept my calendar clean for the event of a lifetime: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. DC is a pretty exciting city year-round, overrun with … [Read more...]

Brown Rice Dosas

Brown Rice Dosa

Most South Indian cooks have a pot full of dosa batter sitting in their refrigerators which they can pull out at any time to make a quick and nutritious breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. Dosas cook pretty quickly on the skillet so in no time at all one can have a pile of hot, steaming crepes ready … [Read more...]

Zucchini Kootu

The recipe I am sharing today came from a reader and now a friend, Champa. Champa has a talent for making beautiful cakes, but she doesn't have the time to blog herself. She is always sharing great ideas and tips with me, though. Last week I was telling her how my vegetable garden is producing … [Read more...]

Adai

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...]

Garlic Rasam (Poondu Rasam)

Garlic Rasam

Rasam and sambar are two of the most basic dishes cooked in every Tamilian kitchen. They are usually made at the same meal, in fact at almost every meal, and are a wonderful example of the resourceful creativity of the Indian housewife: when cooked, the thick lentils sit at the bottom of the pan … [Read more...]