Dry Side Dishes

Tandoori chicken is placed in a platter with a lot of greens and other vegetables

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken hold a special place in my heart. It is linked to one of my favourite uncles and the food memories that cling on to us though life moves on. ⁠ When we lived in Mumbai, this uncle visited and stayed with us now and then. He enjoyed my […]

 
The vegetable is dispalyed in a pretty bowl with a napkin on one side

Karela Mazedaar

Karela or bitter gourd used to be a dish I ran from when I was a kid. Who am I kidding? Even for half my adult life! (Some also call them Bitter Melons. It’s called paagakaai in Tamil.) And then I mastered the vegetable! I can now confidently serve varieties […]

 
The green thuvayal in a pretty blue bowl

Thuvayal/Ridge Gourd Peel Chutney

Thuvayal is a scrumptious addition to any south Indian meal. And this one is made all the more special because the main ingredient is ridge gourd (English)/ turai (Hindi)/ peerkangai (Tamil) peels! ⁠⁠Indian food is made up of many different styles of cooking. What also makes it special is the […]

 

Mutton Cutlets

Mutton cutlets are the luscious, golden brown discs that can bring in cheer to any meal. Honestly, this claim is true! We eat mutton cutlets with rice and daal/sambhar. It goes with rasam, curd and of course it can be eaten with gravies and stews. It is yum with bread […]

 
Two pieces of friend fish on a white tray, with a salad

Fish Fry

Fish fry is the one of the most popular ways of eating fish in the Southern part of India. The fresher the fish, the better the taste will be. It can be done in just minutes, and makes for a very striking dish on the table. People living near the […]

 
Cauliflower with eggs is served on the table and it is alos being eaten from a plate

Cauliflower with Egg

Cauliflower with eggs is a very quick recipe, ready in literally 20 minutes. I complete it with a generous sprinkling of spring onions and/or coriander leaves. Just five ingredients and a few spices make this a power-packed side to adorn your table! Steps to the Cauliflower with Eggs Buy white, […]

 
The prepared Bhindi Masala is placed in a oval dish

Spicy Bhindi Masala

Spicy Bhindi Masala is ladyfinger/okra in a dry form. It is a vegetarian side, slightly different from the usual bhindi preparations. It will remind you of pakoras. But without the oily feel. It is similar to the stuffed bhindi version. But without the hassle of it. Ready in 20 minutes! […]

 
potatoes being fried as they are stirred genty

Spicy Baby Potatoes

There is something alluring about this spicy side dish with baby potatoes that makes it a hit every time. There are recipes galore for potatoes, but this is the one that stands out in the menu of the day. You’ll need parboiled baby potatoes, oil/ghee and a lovely spice mixture […]

 
Crisp, freshly fried florets of caulflower are being eaten up with a fork

Golden Fried Cauliflower

Golden fried cauliflower is easy, quick and packs in great taste. Whenever we get hold of a fresh cauliflower, my family hopes I am going to turn it into the Golden Fried variety. Though we enjoy this versatile vegetable in many other forms, this one with its golden brown crunch […]