Sambar powder

Sambar powder is a must for any  South Indian household. This powder can be used for preparing sambar and rasam also. Homemade sambar powder is easy to prepare and always gives better flavor and taste. Each household has got their own version of this powder. This recipe is prepared exactly how my mom prepares in…

Beetroot  Rasam

Tasty beetroot  rasam is prepared by beetroot puree and lemon juice. Cumin powder, pepper powder and coriander powder are added for additional flavor and taste.Coriander seeds and cumin seeds are believed  to reduce cholesterol levels in blood. Reduce the amount of green chilli, pepper and other spices to serve even to small kids. It goes…

Carrot Rasam

Very healthy, appetizing  and tasty carrot rasam is prepared by carrot pulp and lemon juice. Spices like cumin powder, pepper powder and coriander powder are added for additional flavor and taste. Reduce the amount of green chilli and pepper to serve even to small kids. It goes well with steamed rice or can be served…

Instant Uthappam

Instant uthappam is for all those who want to prepare uthappam, but do not have time to prepare dosa batter.  Onion Uthappam is a popular breakfast dish of South India. It is like a pancake prepared with Dosa batter and vegetables like onion, green chillies and tomato. Utthappam is served along with coconut chutney and…

Uthappam

Onion Uthappam or onion oothappam is a popular breakfast dish of south India. It is a pancake prepared with Dosa batter and topped with vegetables like onion, green chillies and tomato. Traditionally Uthappam is served along with coconut chutney (or any chutney) and sambar. As we have added green chillies and chopped vegetables, uthappam  can be…

Palakura Pappu (Spinach Dal)

Palakura Pappu or Palak dal is a  traditional south Indian dal prepared with lentils, spinach and green chillies. It is a healthy one pot curry prepared with 1 teaspoon of oil and in less than 20 minutes. Palak dal goes well with any Indian bread ,steamed rice or jeera rice. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15…

Medu  Vada

Medu Vada or Minapa Garelu  is a South Indian crispy deep-fried breakfast snack prepared with urad dal / split black gram batter, ginger and green chillies. It is usually served along with coconut chutney or Sambar. These fried vada can be soaked in yogurt to prepare Dahi  Vada. Preparation time: 15 minutes  Soaking time: 2…

Tomato Rice

Tomato rice or tomato bath is a South Indian rice prepared with lot of tomatoes, Basmati rice and red chillies. Kashmiri red chillies are best for this rice because of their color and mild flavor. To maintain tomato taste and flavor there is no need to use ginger garlic paste,turmeric,coriander powder or garam masala to…

Stuffed Bitter gourd (Gutti Kakarakaya)

Bitter gourd has got many nutritional benefits. It controls insulin levels of  diabetic patients. Stuffed bitter gourd or Gutti kakarakaya  is a dry curry. Each state has got their own version of this curry.South Indian style stuffed Bitter gourd is prepared with ground nuts, sesame seeds, dry coconut. Small piece of jaggery and tamarind paste are…

Kakarakaya Vepudu (Bitter Gourd Fry)

Kakarakaya Vepudu or Bitter Gourd fry prepared in  traditional Andhra Pradesh style is a very tasty dry curry. Many people do not like bitter gourd because of it bitter taste. To balance its bitter taste, tamarind, jaggery or sugar can be added and prepare tasty curry. I have added jaggery, roasted chana dal, dry coconut…

Mirchi Bajji (Green chilli Fritter)

Mirchi bajji or Mirapakaya bajji is a Indian deep fried,crispy and spicy Green chilli Pakoda or Fritter. Large sized  green chillies are used for this pakoda as they are less spicy. In South India Cumin seeds, Sesame seeds powder,chopped onions  and salt are stuffed inside the chillies to further reduce the spice of green chilli….

Mango Rice

Mango rice is a traditional South Indian rice prepared with grated raw mango, steamed rice and spices. Mango rice served along with Papad or with Mirchi Bajji is a very good combination. Raw mangoes are used to make pickles,chutneys and rice in season.There are many varieties of raw mangoes available specially used for making pickles…