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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 their own bowl and vice versa. … [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...]

Sambar, Rasam and Potato Curry Recipes

Sambar | Rasam | Potato Curry

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 … [Read more...]

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 several … [Read more...]

Spinach Kootu | Keerai Kootu

Spinach Kootu, vegan

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 … [Read more...]

Dosa: Lentil-and-Rice Crepes


When my sister-in-law, Padmavathy, or Paddu, who lives in Madras, spent a few days with us recently, I was thrilled to bits, partly for a selfish reason. Paddu is one of the best cooks in our family, and I was eager to learn as much as I could from her in the kitchen.This dosa recipe was one I … [Read more...]