Badusha For Diwali

It was always the sound of fireworks that woke me up each Diwali morning, well before the sun was up. Powerful Lakshmi bombs that could rip off an eardrum, rockets whistling out of empty glass soda bottles to explode in a shower of lights, zameen chakkars swirling in a moment of frenzied glory before dying…

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Brown Rice Puliyodarai With Homemade Potato Chips

Tamil cuisine is rich in delicious prepared rice varieties, including tomato rice, lemon rice, brinjal (or eggplant) rice, sesame seed rice and coconut rice, to name just a few. But one of my hands-down favorites is tamarind rice, or puliyodarai. My mom-in-law, who’s passed on, used to make the best tamarind rice I ever ate….

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Kathirikka Kai and Vendakka Kuzhambu…

…or, in a little more English, Eggplant Subzi and Okra Sambar. A typical homecooked meal almost anywhere in India is made up of a gravied dish, a starch such as rice or flatbreads (chapatis, rotis, naans…) made of wheat or other grains, and a vegetable side-dish. In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where Desi…

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Green Tomato Masial and Okra Subzi

Feeding time at our home is a bit of a frenzy, and with three dogs and two cats, each of a different size and with different needs, you can guess why. Just as the grass is always greener on the other side for us humans, cat food is more desirable to dogs than what’s in…

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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…

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Adai, a South Indian Dosa

Coriander Adai

Come on, we all do it.In the privacy of our cubicles or in our bedrooms, at a desktop or cocooned with a laptop, we pull up Google, type in the name of an old crush to see what they’re up to or a new one to find out who they really are. We peek voraciously…

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South Indian Parottas With Mushroom And Peas Korma

My husband Desi and I, it seems, have always been polar opposites when it comes to our food choices. He grew up in Madras, in a pure vegetarian home where his mother would have probably thrown a fit if any animal body part happened to come anywhere within a two-mile radius. He didn’t eat meat…

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Pongal

Sakkarai Pongal | Aviyal

As a kid, I loved festivals and celebrations because they meant great food. Now, I love festivals and celebrations because…well, because they mean great food. Let’s admit it: most of the fun in any event really lies in the food, doesn’t it? Celebrations around the world center around food, and we Indians are no different….

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Tomatillo Masial: A Weeknight Favorite

When I have even a little time on my hands, I enjoy experimenting with ingredients to come up with new recipes. But most days are a blind rush to get home from work, get any errands out of the way, dash into the kitchen, and get dinner on the table. On days like these, faced…

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Paws Off The Plate! Coconut Rice

A common misconception about animals in shelters is that they are, somehow, damaged goods. Nothing makes me angrier than when I encounter people who buy puppies from breeders because, they explain righteously, they want to be sure that the dog they are getting is going to be a “well-behaved” one. For those who want puppies,…

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Sambar | Rasam | Potato Curry

Sambar, Rasam and Potato Curry Recipes

There are days when I crave some healthful comfort food. And nothing hits the spot like a plate of rice with sizzling sambar, hot rasam and crunchy, stir-fried potatoes. I wanted to share with you this very simple yet very delicious meal I made tonight. Contrary to what some might think, and as many of…

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Tomato Bhath

Tomato Bhath

This is a pretty fabulous go-to recipe for those evenings when you don’t want to spend any more time in the kitchen than you absolutely have to. Tomato rice is such a classic comfort dish in Tamil kitchens, it’s hard to believe it is as easy as it is. It certainly tastes quite complex, with…

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Paruppu Usili with Green Beans

Green Beans Paruppu Usili

Another classic Tamil dish, Paruppu Usili, is my post for today. I love paruppu usili because it makes eating veggies even more fun. In fact, it’s like eating bhujias (which share many of the same flavors) without the guilt of eating deep-fried food. What’s more, you can make it with a variety of veggies. I…

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Spinach Kootu, vegan

Spinach Kootu | Keerai Kootu

We have long known, thanks to our wonderful moms, the value of eating spinach. A nutrient powerhouse, spinach is rich in vitamins A and C, folate, iron, calcium and fiber. Like all greens, it is super-low in calories so it’s very waist-friendly as well.But the real reason I grew to love Spinach was its fabulous…

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