Category Archives: Curries/Sambars
Sambar is a lentil, tamarind and vegetable based curry or stew and very popular in South India. The story is that it got originated in the kitchen of Thanjavur. Maratha ruler, Shahuji during the 17th century from the southern Indian state of Tamilnadu tried to make a dish called amti (Maharashtrian curry) and experimented with toor dal or
Gujarati dal – a simple, delicious and sweet n sour dal recipe prepared with toor dal, jaggery, peanuts, ginger and mild spices is a very comforting dal which goes very well with rice. Tomatoes added to it gives a tangy and sour taste and jaggery gives the sweet taste. Instead of tomatoes you can also use kokam.
Bhindi kadhi is a delicacy of Gujarat and is made from ladies finger, curd and spices. Ladies finger or okra is cooked and then simmered in curd and besan gravy. Bhindi kadhi goes well with rotis as well as plain rice or jeera rice. South Indians generally make kadhi or mor kuzhambu with little coconut
Soya chunks or nuggets are full of proteins and rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients proven to help lower cholesterol and loss of bone mass. Soya is strongly recommended for diabetics, growing children, weight-watchers and the aged. It is a 100 per cent vegetarian high quality protein source and great for growing children, as it provides
Beetroot is low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants. It is rich in fibre, which assist in preventing constipation and help to lower cholesterol levels too. While buying beetroot, just take care to buy beetroot which is firm, smooth, and a vibrant red-purple and not soft, wrinkled or dull in colour.
Oats avial is a variation of the popular South Indian avial which is a delicious preparation made with a thick mixture of vegetables and coconut and seasoned with coconut oil, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Aviyal is a considered as an essential part of the Keralite vegetarian feast. The vegetables commonly used are yam, plantain, pumpkin,
Yellow moong dal is a simple and delicious North Indian dal made with split yellow moong dal and mixed with spices. This is a tasty combination and goes great with any rotis, parathas or plain steamed rice. It is a flavorful dal which is quick and easy to make. Moong dal fry is also healthy because
Raw banana thoran or curry is a simple and easy to make South Indian curry recipe made with raw bananas and is best enjoyed with rice or rotis. It is called as thoran in Kerala and a very popular dish in their cuisine. The raw bananas are boiled and then stir fried with coconut masala and
Badanekai (brinjal) gojju or brinjal curry is a very popular curry prepared in Karnataka. It is spicy, sweet and sour curry and goes well with rice as well as chapatis. This brinjal curry is a Karnataka speciality and prepared with brinjal, tamarind and a mix of Indian spices. It can also be made from ladiesfinger
Brinjal sambar is a quick, easy and delicious South Indian sambar recipe made with brinjals, tamarind, sambar powder, toor dal and mild seasonings added to it. It goes well with steamed rice. You can use small brinjals for this recipe. Here I have used ready sambar powder which is easily available in the market. Brinjal sambar is also called as kathirikai sambar in Tamil Nadu and this is a quick recipe for making sambar.