Lal Bhopla Bharit or Lal Bhopla Raita (Red Pumpkin in Yoghurt)

I love raitas and I love red pumpkin/gummidikaya/lal bhopla. So Lal Bhopla Bharit is a great favourite of mine. I first had it, some two decades ago, at the home of a Maharashtrian friend and ever since, I make it often. Lal Bhopla Bharit or Lal Bhopla Raita is a

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Menthi Podi Veysina Dondakaya Koora (Ivy Gourd with Fenugreek Powder)

Dondakaya (Ivy Gourd/Tondli) is a vegetable found in abundance in South and West India. We make it a variety of ways at home and this version is a particular favourite because it of its mild flavour. Menthi Podi Veysina Dondakaya Koora is a yummmm accompaniment to pappu annam or majjiga

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Nimmakaya Uragaya – 1 (Andhra Lemon Pickle with Oil)

Nimmakaya Urugaya (or simply Nimmakaya) can be fund in most South Indian homes and certainly in many South Indian weddings. The pleasure of having Nimmakaya with Perugu Annam (curd rice/thair sadam) is indescribable. This pickle is one of the few foods that you can “taste” when you are ill and

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Mukkala Pulusu, Teepi Pulusu or Bellam Pulusu

An eternal favourite in my home is Mukkala Pulusu. This sweet and tangy pulusu is also a very wholesome and healthy option because it combines a variety of vegetables and some lentils. Just eat this with rice and your daily quota of proteins, carbs, and several vitamins and minerals is

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Chimmili (Nuvvula Undalu, Sesame and Jaggery Balls, Til aur Gur ke Laddoo)

Now that Deepavali is over, it is time to think of Nagula Chavithi, which falls on the fourth day after Deepavali. This is a day when women in Andhra fast and pray to serpents/snakes. Legend has it that when Lord Shiva swallowed the poison from  the Sagara Manthanam, a few drops spilled over.

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Besan Laddoo

It is Dhana Trayodashi/Dhanteras today, the first of Diwali. Today, I made Besan Laddoo, a sweet that I love. I made it great abundance this year and will share it with family, friends and colleagues at work. 🙂 Makes: 12-15 Besan Laddus Ingredients Besan/Gram Flour/Senaga Pindi – 2 Cups Ghee/Clarified Butter/Neyyi

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