Anapakaya or Sorakaya Palu Posina Kura – Andhra Style Bottle Gourd Curry in Milk

Anapakaya, Sorakaya, Lauki, Dudhi or Bottle Gourd is great for weight-loss. As a result, I am eating a lot of this vegetable. I make it in different ways to alleviate boredom including: Anapakaya or Sorakaya Nuvvula Podi Kura (with Roasted Sesame or Til Powder, which has the added benefit of til which also aids weight-loss because of its heat generating properties and because it is iron-rich) Anapakaya Pesara Pappu Kura (with moong or green gram, which makes it protein-rich) Anapakaya Pachadi […]

Kolache Pohe – Poha with Coconut Milk, Tamarind, and Jaggery

Poha is a staple in my home and for some reason I love Poha and all that I can do with it. I also love Coconut Milk and so when I heard of Kolache Pohe, I was super excited and wanted to try it immediately. From my research shows, Kolache Pohe is a popular snack in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. When I read the recipe, I marveled at the tastes this dish incorporated: sour, sweet, and spicy complementing the cool Coconut […]

Cabbage Senaga Pappu Kura or Cabbage and Bengal Gram Thoran/Poriyal

  Continuing on my saga of recipes or vegetables that aid weight loss, today I am focusing on Cabbage. Again, we make cabbage often at home in the form of: Cabbage or Muttaikose Thoran or Poriyal Cabbage and Peas Kura Bandhkopir Tarkari Cabbage Ava Pettina Kura Today, I am making a variation of Cabbage or Muttaikose Thoran or Poriyal which uses Bengal Gram as an additional ingredient. I sometimes eat this Cabbage and Senaga Pappu Kura as a meal by itself. Cabbage Senaga […]

Red Bell Pepper Pachadi or Red Capsicum Chutney – Guest Post by Sushmita Buddhisagar

One of the best things about blogging is the like minded people you meet. Sushmita Buddhisagar is one such person I befriended on one of the food groups on Facebook. When Sushmita posted the pictures and recipes for a Red Capsicum or Red Bell Pepper Chutney on the group wall, I knew I HAD to try it immediately. It was red, it was spicy and oh-so-Andhra in the ingredients it used. I later learned from Sushmita that she learnt it from an […]

Goru Chikkudukaya Kandi Pappu Kura (Cluster Beans with Pigeon Pea, Gawar aur Tuvar Dal ki Bhaji)

Goru Chikkudukaya (called Gawar in Marathi and Gujarati; Guar in Hindi and Cluster Beans in English) are abundantly available in Mumbai and is a vegetable always found in my home. I cook Goru Chikkudukaya or Gawar in several ways with Nuvvula Podi/Til Powder, with Jaggery or Bellam, with Peanuts and Garlic, and with potatoes. I also use it as a part of the vegetable medley in Avial and Pindi Miriyam. One of my favourite ways to cook Goru Chikkudukaya or Gawar is in a paste of […]

Kollu Poriyal or Sundal, Muthira Upperi or Thoran – Weight Loss Recipe

Horse Gram (Ulava in Telugu, Kulith in Marathi, Kollu in Tamil, and Muthira in Malayalam) is a power-packed lentil about which I have already written about in my earlier post on Ulava Charu or Kollu Rasam. It is iron- and protein-rich; helps lower blood pressure, manage weight, and control diabetes. And this is just what I have discovered so far. When I made Ulava Charu, I had soaked a lot of horse gram and saved most of it to make this stir-fry. Variusly […]

Coconut Milk Biryani

Coconut Milk Biryani is a dish that combines two of my most favourite ingredients; rice and coconut milk. I also love it because it is oh-so-creamy in texture and oh-so-light on spices. The first time I actually used Coconut Milk to make Biryani was when I made Egg Biryani with Coconut Milk. When I tasted that dish I was in heaven and later adapted that recipe to make this Coconut Milk Biryani. The best part about this dish is that it takes just […]

Ulava Charu or Kollu Rasam – A Winter Warmer and Weight-Loss Recipe from Andhra Pradesh

Ulava Charu or Kollu Rasam (I have also heard it being described as Horse Gram Soup :)) is a winter specialty from Andhra Pradesh. It is made only in winter because Ulavalu or Horse Gram which is the main ingredient generates a lot of heat and so is avoidable when the weather is hot. As winter has made a gentle entry into Mumbai, I thought I will make it over the weekend. I had another ulterior motive for making Ulava Charu. […]

Balushahi or Badushah – A Diwali Recipe

Balushahi. This wonderful, flaky sweet was my Mother’s absolute favourite. Actually, it was the South Indian version called Badushah which was. The only difference that I have been able to spot between the Balushahi and Badushah was that the latter had a thick layer of crystallized sugar on the outside. Either way, Amma loved them. After making Sev Burfi or Singhar ji Burfi, Maa Laddu, Kodubale, and Mysore Pak, I thought I was done for this year. However, on Lakshmi Pooja […]

Chekkalu or Thattai – A Diwali Recipe by Aparna Sitaraman

Diwali is a time for friends and family. Many a time families come together to make the Diwali Faral (the array of sweets and snacks that are made for Diwali). This Diwali Aparna and me worked in tandem to make a whole lot of goodies. This way between us we had an array of Diwali Sweets and Savouries to enjoy. Our collection this year included Mysore Pak, Seven Cup Cake, Kodubale, Gud Papdi or Sukhdi, Maa Laddu, and Sev Burfi or Singhar ji […]