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Puttum Kadalayum – A True Malayali Breakfast -Tradition! Tradition! Tradition!


It all started this way. Year after year, as a child, it was a familiar sight to see dearest Amma look up the Mathrubhumi (Malayalam) calendar. She marked the family’s birthdays as per the star/nakshathra in which we were born, since the nazhikas of each naalu – the number of times it appears each month … Continue reading

Erissery – Pumpkin and Red Beans Curry – Once Again,………… It’s Onam, Ponnonam


It’s that time of the year again……… ……….when a dreary, wet month of incessant rain ends in a bountiful harvest. ……….when the roads are full of busy shoppers weaving their way through the never – ending  traffic. ……….when vibrant hues of the flowers are matched only by the exuberance of the happy, excited children who … Continue reading

Sharkara Payasam – A Wedding, a Festival and a Birthday


 Native to Kerala and deeply embedded in the Malayali psyche is the brown jaggery payasam – the Sharkara Payasam. Jaggery is unrefined cane sugar. It is rich in minerals, particularly iron. In short, Jaggery is a healthy sweetener with an earthy taste. At any family celebration – a marriage function, the naming ceremony of a new-born … Continue reading