Chena Payasam

The holiday season is here! Time to sweeten our mouths with some delicious desserts. Starting with a wonderful Kerala dessert, chena payasam, a.k.a yam payasam. Enjoy the lovely flavor of yam, jaggery, and coconut milk in this exquisite payasam. It’s hard to stop with one bowl 🙂 Time:  Prep time – 30 minutes Cook time –…

Carrot and Beans Thoran

In South India, we love our thoran dishes. Thoran dishes essentially have grated coconut in them. You will find it in a lot of sadhya menus. One of my favorites is carrot and beans thoran! It’s perfect with rice, yogurt, fried fish, and some pickle. Writing this is making my mouth water! Try this simple, flavorful dish…

Classic Rajma Curry

After the intense studying, I’m back in my kitchen to send you all some love starting with my classic rajma curry. I’ve been having a whole lot of food outside and let me tell you; it comes nowhere close to a good homecooked meal. Rajma is a favorite in my home and here’s the easiest…

Beetroot and Potato Stir Fry

Beetroot and potato make an amazing pair! Beetroots are slowly gaining attention as a super food and is known to improve athletic performance, lower blood pressure, and increase blood flow. I used to take this to work almost every other day and eat it with chappatis and mango pickle on the side. Not only does the…

Pumpkin Erissery

Pumpkin erissery, a favorite in Onam Sadya brings together the sweetness of pumpkin and coconut to make a delicious dish. It also goes by the name elisseri in some parts of Kerala. This dish is usually made for special occasions like Onam but my family loves it so much that we enjoy it every other week. Hope…

Palak Chicken Curry

I’m a big spinach eater and always thinking of ways to add more in my diet. Chicken and spinach make a incredible pair! You get your protein fix as well as all the spinach goodness. That’s the kind of meal I’m looking for. Here’s a yummilicious chicken spinach curry which goes great with naan or…

Green Gram Thoran

Green gram thoran (payar thoran) is the perfect side dish to kanji (Rice Porridge) and it is a Malayali’s comfort food. Most mallus have grown up eating this and we love to add some spicy pickle and pappadam when we combine everything. It’s highly nutritious and keeps you feeling full for long. In this recipe,…

Dry Chilli Chicken

Indo-Chinese Chilli Chicken has been on my list for a long time and it is finally here! I absolutely love this dish and it is a favorite in India too. There are many types of chilli chicken recipes out there but this recipe from my aunt is much loved in the family and its the one…

Kappa Puzhukku

Kappa and meen curry a.k.a tapioca with fish curry is a specialty in Kerala that has been enjoyed for generations. I love the smooth, creamy texture of kappa, and with the right ingredients, it transforms in flavor! Kappa is best enjoyed with some Kerala red fish curry. I have posted fish curry recipes before so you can…

Dal and Drumstick Leaf

Here’s something for all my vegetarian buddies. If you are bored with the same old veggies, drumstick leaves are a must try. It comes with the added bonus of being protein heavy. Drumsticks leaves are well known to be nutritional powerhouses and considered a superfood. This along with dals make an amazing dish that you can’t…