Crispy Ragi Dosa / Finger Millet Crepe

This weekend has been miserable to say the least, we are snowed -in since Friday and are stuck indoors, in what seems like a longest winter of all. Keeping myself creative is the only way I could think of to chase the winter blues away.  A small portion of the idli batter I had made…

Palak Phulka / Spinach Flat bread

Our temps are flirting in single digit numbers this morning on GroundHog Day. It’s too cold to even dream of Spring…….. …………wanting to see green so badly and aching for the color green,I decided to start the day with Spinach/Palak in Phulka’s (Indian Flat bread). The easiest way to incorporate greens in a kid’s diet…

Akki Roti

The southern state of Karnataka in India, is filled with diverse food, ranging from coastal sea food to central land to the spicy hilly zone, each one exhibiting the richness in the culinary heritage of the land. The varied cuisines of this land are: Northern Karnataka Cuisine Southern Karnataka Cuisine Udupi Cuisine Malendu Cuisine Kodagu…

Spicy Kozhukattai/Modaks

Sunday morning started with a draft of blustery winds followed by gentle snow flakes which almost looked like rain drops to begin with soon turning into sleet on the roads.It has been awfully cold this past week. The comfort of staying indoors has it’s own joys…… the need to make some comfort food to beat…

Carrot Paniyaram with Tomato Onion Chutney

It’s been a downpour this weekend, all day rains, dull & gloomy weather. It’s  that time  of the year for the home fire’s to be burning creating all that spicy “beat the cold” kinda yummy food, be it breakfast, evening snacks or the in-between, each one is a well thought of innovation and a labor…

Tomato Upma

A staple quick fix breakfast in every South Indian home, called by different names depending on the region in South India where it comes from , it is called Upma (short for Uppumavu), Uppitu, Uppindi, Kharabath etc. There are many variations in preparation of this simple breakfast dish, healthy and filling, it is made from…

‘Nei’/Ghee Idli’s

It  has been a cold and rainy day, dull and gloomy. Roads were slippery with the sleet, a cold bitter wind blew…… Times that make you want to stay home and enjoy the peace and quiet of cozy warmth…… There are foods that comfort you, memories wrapped in their aroma, recreate magic however far you…

Sakkarai Pongal /Sweet Pongal

“Pongal” is the name of the festival and also the name of the dish cooked on this day. “Ponga” means to overflow with abundance, so the wishes for this day & here on, is may all the good things in your life overflow in abundance, to signify this truth, Rice, the staple food of South…

Venn Pongal

For those of us who like a touch of spice in our food, here is another version of Pongal, the spicy kind, goes so well on a cold winter day or a tropical rainy day. This paired with fresh coconut chutney and piping hot sambar ( healthy lentil curry with a good dose of veggies…

World Idli Day

    If you have ever watched the Oprah show, you know that Oprah when she interviews her guests, one of her favorite questions she always asks her guest is “What do you know for sure ? “Well, if she has asked me that question,my absolute answer would have always been, “I KNOW that one…

Idli Upma

The mere mention of Idli’s gets a South Indian all misty eyed even on a cold wintery afternoon in the Midwest………….. to me,it happens  every time, I hear the word “Idli” (South Indian  for steamed Rice dumplings), so yesterday when a Danish friend who is married to an Indian, asked me about the  recipe/steps involved…