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Puli Kuzhmabu

Puli Kuzhambu

Puli Kuzhambu is a rustic, tangy tamarind-based South Indian curry served with hot steamed rice. South Indian cuisine’s contribution to the world is a bountiful variety of tamarind-based curry/broth/gravy among other thing. Some with lentils, and without, each unique and yummy. Each South Indian state has its own offering of […]

Ellu Podi

Ellu Podi

Ellu podi (spiced sesame seeds powder) is delicious and aromatic dry chutney powder. I completely forgot its existence until my father spoke of it recently. The ellu podi holds a lot of special memories for me. It was a Saturday staple at home. For those who are not familiar with […]

Minty Chatpata Peanuts

A snack that is ready in less than 10 minutes? Yes, please! Inspired by the interesting, new finds in the grocery store is this Minty Chatpata Peanuts. I enjoy trips to the Indian grocery stores here in Sydney. While picking up my usual pantry refills, I look out for new […]

Picture of Coconut Coriander Chutney for Idly Dosai

Kothamalli Chutney (Coriander Coconut Chutney)

South Indian tiffin is incomplete without the accompaniment of chutney(s). Chutneys with or without coconut is a usual feature in South Indian tiffins and breakfast dishes. It is amazing how a combination of simple ingredients elevate your meal to a whole new level. Coconut chutney especially for tiffin is a […]

Onion Coconut Chutney

This chutney is inspired by the super delicious chutney served in Guest Hotel, Chennai. This small, old restaurant has been a family favourite for years. It’s one of our go-to eateries for breakfast. If I am being completely honest with you, they serve three delicious chutneys, which is the real […]

Mushroom Pepper Curry

If you have been to the states of South India and had the pleasure of savouring food in the restaurants there, you would have then most certainly come across a menu item that involves pepper and mushroom in some combination. In most restaurants Mushroom Pepper Varuval/ Mushroom Pepper Fry is […]

Vegan Green Smoothie

I am the traditional toast-for-brekkie or Indian food kinda girl. Have been for several years. You wouldn’t have caught me having a smoothie for breakfast; anyone who’d try to sell me the concept of smoothies for breakfast would have a mocking remark about what a joke of a meal that […]

Mango-berry Rice Paper Rolls

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I can’t help but think of the love affair I have with food. Gone are the days when I treated food like an answer to all my problems in the world. I have developed a healthy and special relationship with food. I have […]

Broccoli Salad with Mango-Sriracha Dressing

Sweet? Check. Savoury? Check. Tart? Check. Spicy? Hell, yes! This is the salad that has a bit of everything and sure packs a punch. Where do I begin with my love for Sriracha sauce? I drizzle this sauce on most things I eat. I was thinking of ways to incorporating […]