Pachi Mirapakaya Kharam or Pachadi – Andhra Style Green Chilli Chutney

Mention “Roti Pachadi” to any Andhra and you will see them smile from ear to ear. “Roti Pachadi” literally means chutneys made using a mortar and pestle. Using the traditional traditional grinding stone, gives chutneys a unique taste and texture that a mixer-grinder cannot replicate. I have been meaning to document the rich collection of “Roti Pachallu” and here is a great start. Yesterday, I made Pachi Mirapakaya Kharam Pachadi (Andhra Style Green Chilli Chutney) using this traditional way after ages and the […]

Pulihora Pulusu – A Recipe from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Pulihora Pulusu, as the name suggests, is a gravy that is made from the tamarind paste used to make Chintapandu Pulihora or Tamarind Rice. Pulihora Pulusu is quite popular in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as a tangy accompaniment to rice. The taste is the same as that of Pulihora but far more tangy.  The advantage that you have is that you can adjust the amount of pulusu you add to rice. Another great way to eat Pulihora Pulusu is as an accompaniment to […]


    Thalipeeth is a traditional Maharashtrian pancake made with flour of multiple grains. There are very many variations of the Thalipeeth Bhajani  or Thalipeeth Flour. But essentially, it is a mix of rice flour with other flours such as jowar, bajra, udad dal, wheat, ragi, etc. Here is a Thalipeeth Bhajani that I have used and like very much You get ready-made bhajani very easily everywhere in Mumbai. Some popular brands include Bedekar or my personal favourite Bhagirathi Products. The thing about Thalipeeth is […]

Ragi Sangati, Ragi Mudde or Ragi Kali

Ragi is a miracle food. It is loaded with calcium, fibre, iron, and Vitamin D. As a result, it helps in weight-loss, treating anemia, strengthening the bones, reducing cholestrol, and much much more. It also helps cool the body. In fact, it is very easy to incorporate Ragi into any meal that you wish. You could make Ragi Dosa or Ragi Malt/Ambali for breakfast, or then Ragi Roti, which can be used as an alternative to rotis or chapatis. If you are a rice eater, try […]

Hyderabadi Qubooli or Qabooli – Chana Dal Biryani or Pulao

Yesterday was the 169th Thyagaraja Aradhana and my music school celebrates it traditionally with the rendering of Pancharatnas. They have been doing this for over 80 years without a break. For the past five years or so, I have had the privilege of organizing this festival with a couple of fellow students or their parents. It is quite a bit of work, but greatly satisfying. So this past month, blogging has taken a back seat. This week, I was looking for a one-dish meal and came […]