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Kerala Parippu Recipe – Moong Dal Curry – Simple Yet Nourishing


As far back as I can remember, my Father has been subscribing to Reader’s Digest. From cover to cover, highly engaging articles supplement our vocabulary, entertain us, increase awareness of health, finance, environment and practically everything that is worth knowing and motivate us with real-life dramas. Now we have zillions of magazines to choose from. … Continue reading

Urulan Kizhanga Mezhukkuperatti – Stir-fried potatoes – A Superb Actress And A Star


Each actor lends her own flavour and Sridevi with her natural talent has raised the bar for many a follower. I was fortunate indeed to see many of her earlier movies – Moondru Mudichu, 16  Vayathinile, Varumayin Niram Sigappu, Sigappu Rojakkal, Moondram Pirai –  great story telling accentuated  by excellent performance. It is a treat … Continue reading

Roasted coconut and spices powder- Chammanthipodi – Down Memory Lane


One misty December morning, when I was about eight years old, Achan told us – my younger sister and I – that we were to go with him for the annual pilgrimage to Sabarimala. With the exuberance of children , we excitedly  watched the preparations for the journey with the thrill of anticipation. Fascinating for … Continue reading

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

Kerala Parippu Vada, Masala Vada – A Shower from the Heavens


Heavy clouds gather, darken the horizon and as light fades in the airy rooms, the lamps are switched on. A cool breeze comes in slowly, gathers strength and the curtains dance in billowing waves. Housewives rush out to gather their clothes from the clothesline outside. Rolls of thunder come nearer us. Stabs of lightning flash … Continue reading

Paal Payasam / Ari Payasam – Of Dreams and Desserts


Not a day passes in our house when we do not use an Amul product, the brainchild of Dr. Verghese Kurien, ‘ Father of the White Revolution’ in  India. Recently I was lucky to chance upon his autobiography “I Too Had A Dream“,  and was filled with wonder at his energy, foresight and commitment. He … Continue reading

Tomato Rasam – The Master Of The Mind Game


Rasam – The Master of The Mind Game Whenever Vishwanathan Anand wins a match, the old chess board comes out in our house, chess games are played with fervour, strategic moves and traps are discussed and chess books are referred to for the finer touches. From the background, I watch amused, knowing that soon their interest … Continue reading

Mango Coconut Chutney – Kerala Mango Chutney – A Journey Most Familiar


During our school and college years, we used to motor from Kollam to Ernakulam to visit our grandparents.The smell,sound and sight of every milestone is so strongly etched in my memory slate that even now as we go down the road, we await those familiar landmarks in anticipation. Here is Neendakara Palam below which the … Continue reading