Dips & Dressings

Thenga Podi

Thenga Podi

Thenga podi is a dry chutney powder and an absolute favourite in our home. This pantry staple is a life-saver on days when I can’t be bothered to make a proper meal or just when the family craves a simple dinner comprising podi, rice and some appalam. Thenga podi is […]

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 […]

Makhani Sauce (Keto Friendly)

What’s a good curry without a good base to give it that depth and intense flavour? There are so many different bases or sauces to make a killer curry! You will find that in most curries tomatoes, spices and chilli are regular additions. Tomatoes when cooked with the right spices […]

Tamarind-date Chutney

The sweet, tangy and spicy condiment is a common feature in Indian chaats. This chutney perfectly complements the delectable chaats and many Indian savoury snacks. The chutney can be prepared in many ways; for sweetness, some prefer using just jaggery instead of dates; some like it extra hot or tangy. […]

Idly/Dosai Milagai Podi

Growing up in a home where people loved a spicy hit in their food, it was not very hard to train my tastebuds to like milagai podi. This lentil and spice blend was a common feature in my home. It was so loved that the podi was preferred over chutneys […]

Herb Vinaigrette

Finally, spring has sprung upon us after an extended winter in Sydney. Spring in this amazing city is nothing short of glorious; clear blue skies, flowers in full bloom and the pleasantly sunny days are a few of my favourite things about the season. My husband and I decided to […]

Low Fat Curried Yoghurt Dip

The versatile yoghurt comes to the rescue when you want something delish, nutritious creamy and not very fattening. This time the humble yoghurt comes in the form of a spicy, curried, low-fat dip. This dip is simple to put together, requires very few ingredients, tastes fabulous and keeps well in […]

Low Fat Creamy Yoghurt Dip/ Dressing

Salads, chips and crackers with creamy dressing/ dip is always a winner but the fat and calorie content are not. Here’s a dip/ dressing that is easy on the calories without compromising on the creaminess and taste of the full-fat versions. Tips: If you can’t get chives, use any other […]

Roasted Capsicum Spread

A low-calorie, low-carb spread made with roasted capsicum, onion and garlic is sure to make your wraps and sandwiches tastier. Tips: It tastes lovely when spread on sandwiches and wraps. Load the sandwich/ wrap with your favourite veggies. If you want to make this spread into a dip/ salad dressing, […]

Chilli Lemon Dressing

This is a simple and tasty dressing for your favourite salad – fruit or vegetable. Ingredients: Lemon – 1 Red chillies – 2- 3, finely chopped Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) – 1 Tblspn. Method: In a small bowl, squeeze out juice from 1 lemon. Toss in the chillies and […]

Tzatziki

The first time I heard about it was on this TV show Chuck’s Day Off on TLC. From the very mention of it, tzatziki caught my fancy – I can’t really say if it the fascinating name, the simplicity of its preparation or its amazing taste. But it truly did […]