Mavinakayi Uppinakayi: No-oil, Water-based Mango Pickle

I was introduced to the Uppinakayi range of pickles by Aparna Sitaraman and this summer I tried my hand at making this delectable Mavinakayi Uppinakayi, the no-oil water-based Mango Pickle from Karnataka. I make so many varieties of mango pickles every year that I now resort to making very small batches of each variety. Why you ask? Because I am find them simply irresistible and cannot bring myself to give up on any; a situation made worse every year by the new pickles I try. While this year, I am on a go-slow with new types of mango pickles, I...

CKP Style Valache Birde (Birdhe) | Sprouted Field Beans Curry

This is the recipe for the traditional CKP style Valache Birde or Field Beans Curry that is legendary in Maharashtra. The Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu (CKP) community in Maharashtra is very famous for its delicious food. Sadly for me, a lot of CKP food features is non-vegetarian, featuring seafood or meat. Among its famous vegetarian dishes is Valache Birdhe. My friend and colleague Deepali used to carry it for lunch and so I could enjoy it without having to make it. Sadly, now that we are all in the WFH-mode, if I crave this delicious dish, I have to make it,...