Archive for the ‘south indian recipes’ Category

Dry fruits ‘holige’, sweet dish

This is a very different holige ( a sweet dish very prevalent and loved in India) sent in by Neeta Hegde. She sent it to me long back, and I’ve been keeping it under cover unwittingly :). Here it is, Neeta! It has a dry fruit filling, instead of the regulation cocnut+jaggery or lentils+jaggery fillings. […]

Pongal with a Twist

Hubby dearest is a great fan of Pongal and whenever we travel on the other side of the state, specifically Tamil Nadu..he never fails to order his favorite fact he can have it for all meals of the days. For one who has lost weight the hard way, eating rice pongal in mornings is […]

Bengal-porridge/ chane-dal-kichdi

One day I happened to go home late from work and decided to take takeaway instead of cooking and apparently my FIL thought of helping me out and he had cut vegetables for stir fryand also kept rice and dal in the cooker. That was really sweet of him but since I had got take […]

Snack in a box, black chickpeas

This should actually be called lunch in a box, but the ‘siab’ phrase is growing on me :). I’d pack just rice and a salad, or just rotis and a salad all these days for Sid’s lunch..without ever thinking a wee bit out of the box (!). But ever since the 3-compart’mentor’ entered the kitchen […]

Chundal – The All Time Snack

Rajesh shares an age old chundal (sundal) recipe that’s straight from the heartland of south Indian food. Amma prepares this on Navarathri days. I used to hog it like crazy, cause I wouldn’t get it after the festival. Then when I started cooking on my own (I was away for home for some time), I rediscovered […]

Kadumbuttu (Steamed Rice Balls)

Appachu and I made Kadumbuttu this Sunday. Kadumbuttu is a traditional Coorgi dish, and means steamed rice balls. It is fairly easy to make, but I have not come across the key ingredient (Thari / broken rice) in Bangalore. I get anyone visiting Coorg to carry back Thari for me, since I don’t go to […]

Ragi rotti

The akki rotti (rice rotti) is the quintessential south Indian breakfast. It’s got the staple rice flour and you can make any number of variations you can think of. I wouldn’t call ragi rotti a variation, it’s more of a sister breakfast. Make this with ragi (millet) flour instead of rice. Ragi is very healthy […]

‘Neer’ dosa

This is a single ingredient (if you don’t count water!) easy dosa recipe which is popular throughout Karnataka. I’m sure there are variations across the southern states, so if you know of some, write in! Neeta Hegde shares this with us :). “Neeru” is water in Kannada. Prep time: Soak rice: Overnight Batter: 10 minutes […]


Morkozhambhu is an all-time favorite over at our house. The husband loves it so much that he could eat it every single day and not complain. It can be a huge hit with the kiddies as well, since it is tangy and has a distinctive color to it.

Instant Rasam

On a cloudy day, this is heaven. But even on a regular day, this hits the spot! South Indian rasam without the bother of cooking dal. It even works as a very light soup! We made it at home today and is it perfect, or what :)? What you need: 4 medium sized tomatoes 2-3 […]