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…

SPICY CHAPATI CRUMBLE

Spicy Chapati Crumble Sunday is a day to rest, says the scriptures,so when my child asked, “What’s for breakfast, Amma?” my mind was racing…what’s the easiest way to fix breakfast,yet get the much needed rest, that’s when this dish came to mind.Necessity is the mother of invention they say,last night’s chapati’s stared at me palely,I…

APPAM(LACE HOPPERS) WITH FISH CURRY

Appam/Lace Hoppers & Fish curry Winter can trigger memories deep,most of them are around food luckily smile emoticon It’s when you are stuck in traffic jams in biting cold,the hunger pangs come knocking loudly, you helplessly turn & smile at the person in the neighboring car, who has another story written all over his face,…

CUCUMBER PANCAKES/ THEKKARE DOSA

Cucumber Pancakes / Thekkare Dosa The heat index is in the 80’s today, a few weeks ago we would never have thought we would complain about the ‘sweltering heat’ but here we are, gently feeling the heat wave….one thing is certain,Mother Nature is off her meds again 🙂 last night was hailstorm, today a heat…

THAI SPRING ROLLS

THAI SPRING ROLLS “I love Spring anywhere, but if I could choose, I would always greet it in a garden”~ Ruth Stout. Spring is FINALLY here after the long cold winter, what better way to greet it at our doorstep than with fresh produce which seems abundant in this season.Gone are the days of slaving…

ROASTED RAVA/ SOOJI IDIYAPPAM

Roasted Rava/ Sooji Idiyappam There are some traditional breakfast food items specific to South India, and “Idiyappam” or rice flour pressed into noodle form and then steamed, is one of them.In some of the southern states they have it for breakfast with some spicy curry,in some others they have it as a whole- some dessert…