Rama Navami

Rama navami is considered as the birthday of Lord Rama. It falls  on the ninth day from Ugathi. Usually in Hindu culture ashtami( the eighth day from full moon day or no moon day) and Navami(ninth day from full moon day or no moon day) is considered as inauspicious days. People wont celebrate any function on these days. So Lord...

Mambazha Pachadi / Sweet mango relish

Mambazha pachadi ia a seasonal and traditional recipe prepared during tamil varusha porappu /Chithirai kani and Vishu kani. This pachadi can be made with or without tamarind. I learnt this recipe from my paati. In my home, we mix it with hot rice and have it with papad. It tastes yum and is a popular one in my home. This...

Sago Fritters/ Javvarisi Vadam/ Sabudhana Papad

Sago vadam is the easiest and simplest fryums that can be made in a jiffy.  I have seen my mannima(mom’s mom) making this vadam. It was there in my grandmom’s place and I ate this for the first time when I was too young. Later my amma and paati(dad’s mom) started making this at home. This time my mom made...

Idichakkai upperi / Raw Jackfruit curry

  Idichakkai upperi is one of the famous dish in Kerala cuisine. Jackfruit is a seasonal fruit from March to may. Initially it will be very small and when it ripens it will become large in size. You can make a lot of recipes with jackfruit like iddichakkai thoran, Chakka Chips, Elai adai ,Chakka Pradaman,  Chakka varatti. Idichakkai upperi is made out of...

Chadha chadhayam / Idichu pizhinja payasam.

Chadha chadhayam or Idichu pizhinja payasam is the most favoured payasam among Keralites. In Malayalam, idichu means pounding and pizhinju means squeezing. In olden days, the scraped coconut was pounded in mortar since there was no blenders or mixers. Hence the payasam was named like that. The main ingredient in this is coconut milk and the extraction of this milk...

Vangibath/Brinjal Rice/Kathirikkai Saadham

Vangibath is a South Indian delicacy made with brinjals and spice powder. It has a unique taste and originates from Karnataka. I had this rice in a restaurant nearby and it is so yummy that I wished to learn this recipe. It was then I started hunting for the recipe. Twice I didnt get the exact taste but then I...

Paruppu rasam

Paruppu means dhal and  rasam can be called as South Indian soup. Its literal meaning is the essence of tamarind blended with dhal and other aromatic ingredients. It can be served with hot rice. It is watery. The cumin seeds, peppercorn in the rasam has medicinal value and it is always good to eat rasam on a daily basis. I...

Aloo paratha

Potato is everyone’s favourite. Aloo paratha is a filling and tasty food that goes best with curd and pickle. My mom makes the stuffing in a different way using red chilli powder instead of coriander, curry leaves and green chillies. Both the versions are my favourite. From my school days I have craving for this food.  This version has become...

Vadu mangai/Maavadu/Kadugu mangai/Tender mango pickle

Vadu mangai is a simple traditional South Indian mango pickle which doesnt call for cutting the mangoes and cooking it. It is very easy to make. It is made with ground mustard paste and red chilli powder. For the kids we can just serve the salted mangoes which is called as kanni mangai. This pickle evokes the nostalgia of long...

Vaazhakkai podimas

Plantain/vazhakkai is one of the common vegetable that is used in almost all Kerala recipes – Mulagootal, moorukoottaan,mezhukkuperatti,aviyal, etc., Vaazhakkai Podimas is a simple South Indian style stir fry with Raw bananas. It should be made with unripened bananas else its taste will be spoiled. It is slighlt different from the vazhakkai varuval/mezhukkuperatti and everyone likes it. INGREDIENTS (Plantain)Vaazhakkai – 1 Turmeric...

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