Okra Masala – Taste of South India

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Vendaikai Masala: Other Names: Bhindi Masala – Tamil Nadu Style. Bhindi Subzi. Lady’s Finger Fry. Vendaikai Varuval. Bendakaya Kura. Ingredients: Okra/lady’s finger – 1 poundGreen chilies 3 slicedRed onion 1 large slicedGinger 1″ gratedGarlic 2 pods mincedTomato 1 small – crushedSaltTurmeric 1/4 spoonChili powder 1 spoonSesame oil few spoonsThalippu Vadagam – 1 spoonMustard seeds 1/4 [...]

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Bhagara Lauki – Tempt Your Senses!

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Soraikai Masala: Bhagara Lauki. Dudhikaya Kura. Bottle Gourd Spicy Curry.Sorakaya Kura. Did I ever mention that I am kind of square when it comes to cooking! I try to balance every meal that I cook…with one fiber, a portion of protein and little carbohydrate. I actually plan a week’s menu much ahead before even shopping [...]

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Bitter Gourd – Dry Coconut Stir-Fry

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Kobbari Kakarkaye: Other Names: Pavakai-Kopparai Varuval. Karela Chukka Nariyal ka Subzi. Kaakarkai Kura. When it comes to cooking, I never complicate (at least intentionally) the procedures! I cook once a day in the evening and pack the same for the next day’s lunch. So, I really take good care and try nothing goofy to ruin [...]

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Ande-Simla Mirchi Bhurji – Tastefully Simple:)

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Scrambled Eggs with Bell Peppers: Other Names: Scrambled Eggs with Capsicum. Kudaimilagai -Muttai Podimass. People often misjudge me, that I am an active girl! Many keep handing down their responsibilities to me at work front and at home!! Come on, man…I am super lazy at times!! Well, I am actually smart enough to trick people’ [...]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts – Cooking for Others:)

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Kilai Koss Varuval: Never been a big fan of Brussels Sprouts!! Have you heard this before? Sometimes we don’t live for ourselves, sometimes we have to do things that we don’t like and sometimes we have to mingle with people we hate. Well, I dislike Brussels Sprouts in all forms! I dunno, I was never [...]

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Stuffed n Broiled Eggplants Masala – For the Love of Food!

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Sutta Kathirikai Masala Varuval: Other Names: Stuffed and Grilled Aubergine Spicy Stir-Fry. Stuffed n Broiled Egg-plants in Indian Spicy. Gutti Vangaya Masala Kura. Delicious dishes are all made alike; Whereas, every ruined preparation is done in its own way! Does this make any sense?! I mean…I have used this famous first sentence of Tolstoy’s great [...]

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Baby Carrot Thoran – Ready in Minutes!

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Carrot Poriyal: Ingredients: Baby carrots – slicedGreen chilies 3 slittedSaltGrated fresh coconut 2-4 spoonsMustard seeds 1/4 spoonCoconut oil few spoons. Method: In a wide wok, heat oil. Add mustard and chilies wait till it pops and crackles. Then add carrots and salt, cover and cook briefly. Further add grated coconut and remove from heat. Serve [...]

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Beetroot Subzi – As Easy As A-B-C

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Beetroot – Keerai Poriyal: No matter how tired you come home, its worth straining another 10 minutes in the kitchen to have an instant gratification with food. If my fridge is packed with fresh produce, I usually plan ahead for a week’s menu, the inspiration comes from my mind whizzing ideas of playing with ingredients [...]

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Okra Pepper Stir-fry / Vendaikai Milagu Varuval

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Bhindi Subzi:Ingredients: Okra/lady’s finger 15-20 sliced lengthwise Salt Turmeric 1 pinch Urad dal 1 spoon Garlic 5 minced Pepper powder 1-2 teaspoons Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon Sesame oil few spoons Curry leaves few. Method: Take a very wide, heavy bottomed skillet. Yeah, bit unusually!…for a small portion of vegetables, an extra large wok! This will [...]

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Green Plantain Chettinad Fry – Caution: Burning Hot!!!

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Vazhaikai Milagu Varuval: Ingredients: Plantain 1 largeSaltTurmeric 1/4 spoonChili powder 1 spoonTamarind paste 1/4 spoonOil 1 tablespoonCurry leaves few. Spices To Be Toasted And Powdered: Cloves 2Cinnamon 1 small stickPeppercorns 2 spoonsCumin seeds 1 spoonFennel seeds 1 spoonPoppy seeds 1/2 spoonCoriander seeds 1-2 spoonsGrated dry coconut 1 spoon Method: In a vessel, boil 3/4 cup [...]

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