Category: South Indian gravy

Nellikai Arachukalakki

Arachukalakki is a distinctive dish of Palakkad Iyers. This is a best side dish for molagushyam, mulagootal. You can also have this as a main course.  It is an easy recipe consisting of two steps – grinding and mixing. Hence the name arachukalakki(Arachu-grind,kalakki – mix). Coconut and curd are the two main ingredients. You can also make this by adding...

Aviyal

Aviyal is a dish that has a unique place in Kerala as well as Tamil Cuisine. It is a mixture of vegetables, curd, coconut, seasoned with coconut oil and curry leaves. It is one of the main dishes in Kerala’s vegetarian feast (Sadhya). It is mixed with rice and served with papadam as side dish. It can also be used...

Kannamma perima’s Saadham masaal

Saadham masaal is one of the tastiest recipes I have eaten so far. This cannot be considered either as a sambar or as a North Indian gravy.  I got to know this recipe from my kannama perima. This is her MIL’s recipe. When perima came to my place she made this recipe and I loved it. Then I couldn’t resist...

Thengai varuthu kottina porichuzhambu

Thengai varuthu kottina porichozhambu is one of my favourite South Indian gravies. This is one of the Kerala recipes. You can make this recipe with plantain, potato, yam, cowpeas, chick peas. The combination is Plantain-cowpeas, Plantain – Chick peas, Yam- chick peas, Plantain-potato-cowpeas. This recipe is not made in a regular basis but once this is made, there is no...

Masaal – Side dish for Chappathi and Puri

Masaal is a very good side dish for and Chappathi and puri. It is a famous South-Indian gravy. The restaurants in Tamilnadu will add tomatoes in the masaal and it gives a different taste to it. But my amma and Paati makes it without tomatoes and it is a hit in our family. My brother and I love it a...

Chinna Vengaya Sambar

Chinna Vengaya Sambar or Shallots Sambar is an easy and delicious sambar made with shallots or pearl onions.  Out of all the sambar, shallots sambar has an unique aroma and flavour. In my home, usually we make this sambar on Sundays with Potato currry. After wedding when I made this sambar, my husband fell in love with it from that...

Thakkali kootaan/ gothsu

Whenever the price of tomatoes fall (Rs 10 for 2 Kgs) amma(mom) and paatti(grany) makes variety of recipes with tomato. This one is my mom’s recipe. She learnt this from one of her friends during her college days. It is colourful, easy and instant recipe. This recipe can be made very easily and even bachelors.   INGREDIENTS Tomato – 6...

Orange skin kuzhambu

Almost everyone of us like to eat oranges because of its sweetness and the appealing colour. But we tend to throw away the skin and enjoy the inner stuff. Actually there are many nutrients in the skin. They are rich in vitamin C, fiber and the pigment helps in vision. So here is one recipe made out of orange skin...

Molagashiyam

Molagashiyam is an authentic Kerala Brahmin’s recipe. It is made usually using one type of vegetable raw banana, yam, pumpkin, ash gourd, potato or snake gourd though nowadays beans, cabbage, carrots, etc are used; this list of vegetables is not exhaustive and occasionally a combination of two vegetables like potato and White pumpkin, Snake gourd and white pumpkin. This is the...

Erissery

Erissery is a special dish prepared in Kerala for Sadhi. My paati prepare this dish at home. It can be prepared using yam, plantain, pumpkin, raw jackfruit or the combination of two vegetables. It is served with rice, pickle or pachadi. I have used plantain. Instead of that we can use any other mentioned vegetable. Plantain – 1 Cut into...

Ishtu (Vegetable stew)

Ishtu is a stew made out of different colourful vegetables. I used potatoes, carrot, beans and green peas to make this stew. It is a recipe from Kerala. It goes best with Aapam and idiyappam. I came to know about this recipe through one of our family friends.  It can also be served along with roti. INGREDIENTS Coconut milk – 2...

Kathirikkai rasavangi

   Rasavangi is very similar to arachuvitta sambar. They differ in the ingredients used for roasting and grinding. Whenever we buy the eggplant(brinjal) at home, my thatha(grandpa) will ask to make rasavangi. It is through him I came to know about this recipe.  But this is the first time I made this at home. It differs in taste from arachuvitta...

Karuvepppillai kuzhambu

Karuveppillai kuzhambu is a spicy and tasty gravy. Karuvepillai=Karu+ Vepillai…. this leaves act as a vepillai to uterus and helps to get rid of irregular periods. It is rich in iron. So it is advised to include a lot of curry leaves in our diet. It is also a super good remedy for hair fall and helps in maintaining black hair....

Arachuvitta Sambar

Arachuvitta sambar is the one that is made at home on a regular basis. This is everyone’s favourite at home. You can add any vegetables (Carrot, radish, potato, tomato, onion, avaraikkai).  I like it more when onion or tomato is added to it. They give the sambar a unique flavour. It can be mixed with hot rice and goes well...

Kerala Kadala curry

    Kadala curry is one of the famous recipes in Kerala. It is served with puttu or Aapam. It also goes well with rotis or chappathis. Usually we make ishtu or Coconut chutney as an accompaniment for Aapam. And my chithappa suggested me that Aapam also tastes best with kadala curry. So this time I opted for this and...

Gotsu

Gotsu is a side dish that goes well with Venpongal, and molagootal rice. Usually Amma  and Paati makes puli inji or some thogayal as an accompaniment for molagootal rice. I learnt this recipe from my perima(Mom’s sister). She made this as a side dish for Gujarat kichadi. It tasted good and I tried this at my home. INGREDIENTS Tamarind –...

Murungai keerai molagootal

Molagootal is a distinctive Palakkad Iyers’ recipe. It is a combination of vegetables and lentils with coconut. In tamilnadu they make a slightly modified version and call it as a Porichakootu(Which I have not tasted so for).  Molagootal can be prepared with any vegetables and Keerai molagootal can be prepared using any of the greens like ara keerai, mola keerai,...

Ennai kathirikkai kozhambu

Brinjal/ eggplant is my all time favourite vegetable. I like to eat it in any form be it a  upperi, ennai kathirikkai, baingan bhartha or eggplant rice. But there is one person at my home who hates eggplant like anything – MY DAD.  He does’t even taste if the brinjal is added to the recipe. So I made this ennai...

Puli inji

        Puliinji or Injipuli is a dark brown Keralite curry made of ginger, green chillies and jaggery. It is also a part of tamilnadu cuisine. It is also known as Puli inji in some parts of Kerala, South India. It is served as part of the sadhya. INGREDIENTS Ginger -1/4 cup heaped (finely chopped) Green chilli – 4-5 finely chopped Turmeric powder...

Paavakkai pitlai

Bittergourd as the name indicates, it is a bitter vegetable. So most of us have an aversion towards this vegetable. But it is an excellent source of Vitamins, magnesium, zinc, folic acid and manganese. It is very popular throughout South Asia. In Northern India, it is often prepared with potatoes and served with yoghurt on the side to offset the bitterness,...

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