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Vegetarian Dishes

Vendakka Mappas (Okra cooked in Coconut Milk)

Vendakka Mappas is a traditional Kerala gravy mainly consumed with Rice. You could use any vegetable of your choice to prepare this dish. Another variation to this curry is the Maangaa Mappas, a favourite of mine.

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Paneer Bhurji (Scrambled Cottage Cheese)

Paneer bhurji is a dish that can be whipped up in a jiffy. This goes well with any Indian bread.

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Sambar- I

Sambar is a lentil dish commonly made in South Indian households. One can find a lot of variations in the preparation of this curry. Some like it watery, some like it thick, some prefer having lots of vegetables in it, while some prefer very less. The recipe I am sharing today is one of the few ways I prepare. Also, the Sambar I prepare is usually thick with less vegetables and not too sour, as per our liking. You may adjust the ingredients to suit your liking. If you like the sambar to be thin, you may use less lentil….

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Mushroom Pickle

I LOVE Mushroon in any form. It’s been a while since I started toying with the idea of making some pickle with it. As I was trying it for the first time, I made in a small batch. All of us loved it.

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Drumstick Leaves Thepla

Getting one’s kids to eat veggies seem to be a challenge for some mothers. I too happen to be in that category. I had bought drumstick leaves a couple of days back. The idea was to make Thoran…but then I realised that D may not have it. That’s when the idea of Thepla popped in my head. A great way

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Matar Mushroom- Chettinad Style

Here is a recipe for those who are looking for a variation from the usual Matar Mushroom. I got the recipe from acbistro

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Watermelon Rasam

A few days back, while going through Facebook, I came across an interesting post. What intrigued me was the title “Mountbatten Iyer’s Watermelon Rasam”. On reading further, I found out that this was a recipe developed by Mountbatten Iyer, a well known Chef in Chennai. Watermelon Rasam was something

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Shahi Mushroom

Wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year !! The last couple of weeks was hectic for me. Guests at home, trip to home town, functions, class reunion, get together….the list goes on…Despite having a hectic schedule, I have to admit, I enjoyed every single moment. Now that I am back in my nest

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Hummus

Hummus is a yet another popular dish from the Middle East, usually served with Pita Bread. D LOVES Hummus. So, when he requesed for it, I promised to make it the next day as the chick peas had to be soaked. Having made Tahini, there wasn’t much preparations to be done, except soaking the chick peas.

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Homemade Tahini

Tahini is a paste, made of sesame seeds and olive oil, popularly used in the Middle Eastern cuisine. This is used as a dip, a topping or as an ingredient in some preparations. Tahini is usually prepared using hulled white sesame seeds and olive oil.

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Neer Dosa

Neer Dosa is a crepe commonly made in Karnataka. The word Neer means water in Kannada. This crepe is usually served as a breakfast dish. Unlike Dosa, the batter doesn’t require fermentation. This goes well with any curry or chutney.

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Mathanga Erissery (Pumpkin and Cow peas with grated Coconut)

Erissery is an integral part of a Sadya, the typical vegetarian Kerala feast. Erissery can be made with vegetables like pumpkin, yam etc. The preparation remains the same, be it any vegetable.

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Garlic Pickle (With Jaggery)

Both J and D loves Garlic pickle whereas I was not a big fan of it till I tasted one at my cousin’s place. It was also a store bought one but a different brand. It had a mild sweetness to it, reminding me of Puliyinji. Ever since that I have been thinking of making garlic pickle at home. The taste I

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Samosa

I am sure most of you readers must be familiar with Samosa. For those who aren’t aware, it is a pastry with savoury filling, which is either fried or baked. The most popular filling is a mixture of potatoes. However you could even prepare a non vegetarian filling as well. You could use wheat flour i

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Koorkka- Thengakothittu Ularthiyathu (Stir fried Chinese Potatoes with Coconut Bits)

The first thought that comes in my mind on mentioning the word Koorkka, also known as Chinese Potatoes, is my childhood. This tuber was cultivated in the backyard of my Dad’s house. This tuber has a distinct fragrance and supposedly has medicinal values. Once the yield is taken, Koorkka was prepared

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Piri Piri Sauce/Peri Peri Sauce

Piri Piri sauce is a hot sauce of Portuguese origin and is made of chillies. Ideally bird’s eye chilli is used to prepare the sauce. As I didn’t have any fresh red chillies with me, I decided to use dried chillies. The recipe I followed is that of BBC Good Food. You may want to adjust the number of

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