Dindigul Thalapakatti Biryani – A Vegetarian Version

I am a sucker for dishes with exotic names. 🙂 So the moment I heard the name Dindigul Thalapakatti Biryani I had to—absolutely HAD to—try it.

And I am glad I did.

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Baba Ghanoush, Muttabal, Moutabal

As I continue to explore the vegetarian African/Middle-Eastern cuisine this holy month of Ramzan, one thing I am keeping an eye on is looking for recipes that don’t need a great deal of preparation or then can be made in advance. Today, I am falling back on the traditional and

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Milagu Kuzhambu – Hot Pepper Gravy from Tamil Nadu – Guest Post by Aparna Sitaraman

Milagu Kuzhambu – Hot Pepper Gravy from Tamil Nadu

This tangy, spicy gravy is very versatile. You can eat it with hot rice or then as an accompaniment to Dosa or Idli.

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Masala Vada | Parippu Vadai | Senaga Pappu Garelu | Chana Dal Vada

On Friday, Mumbai had its first “stay-at-home-because-of-rains” day. While I rarely make fried things, this was one of those gloomy days that called for a hot fried snack to boost up the spirits.

Masala Vada (also known as Paruppu Vada in Tamil Nadu or Senaga Pappu Garelu in Andhra Pradesh) are just the kind of crunchy munchy that can chase away the bluest of blues.

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Kale Chane ke Kebab

Kale Chane ke Kebab

As I was planning a series of posts for Iftar and Sehri/Suhoor during Ramzan, I found that I was thinking a lot about sweet dishes. For some reason, I could not think beyond biryanis and pulaos in savoury dishes. It so happened that I was chatting with my friend Aparna (she

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Methamba - A Raw Mango and Fenugreek Relish from Maharashtra

Methamba: Sweet, Spicy, Tangy Mango Fenugreek Chutney from Maharashtra

Methamba is a tangy, spicy, sweet chutney with just a hint of bitterness made with raw mangoes. A well-made Methamba can be quite a palate tickler with a medley of tastes doing a tap dance in your mouth.

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