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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

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

Fried Yam Cubes – A Taste Of Freedom

As we go through the fluid motions of life – conforming to norms, rules and regulations, and expectations – we must remember to take pleasure in the little things that make life enjoyable. When my sister and I were young, my parents gave us cycles of our own; we were encouraged to ride them (within … Continue reading

Avial – Kerala Mixed Vegetable Dish – A Lesson Learned Well

When we moved to Bangalore in the late seventies, we rented a small, cozy house on the West Of Chord Road where the houses were few and far in between. Windy and cold in the evenings, I used to spend  them listening to songs on my trusted transistor, trying to turn out a passable dinner. … Continue reading

Ulli (Small Onion) Sambar – Understanding Life And Living

Just a few months back, a sprightly  girl invited us to take part in a workshop conducted by the youth wing of  an organisation.The session, interspersed with narrations, was interactive, thought-provoking and brilliantly executed. The dynamism, sincerity and dedication of the youth, motivated us and injected fresh insights and energy into our lives in more … Continue reading

Semia Payasam – Once Upon a Time… A Birthday!

In these days of mass-manufactured birthday parties conducted by professionals, my mind often drifts back to the time when I was a child. On my piranaalu (birthday), my parents made me feel like a princess……. We would go to the temple early in the morning ; and after that, pay our respects to the elders … Continue reading

Olan- Ashgourd and Cowpeas in coconut milk-The Music Box

“When I was young I’d listen to the radio Waitin’ for my favorite songs When they played I’d sing along It made me smile.” – The Carpenters How truly these words of Karen Carpenter describe my passion for music?? Before cable, internet & TV remade and  revolutionised the entertainment scene, when all was quiet, calm and peaceful on the home … Continue reading

Kalan – Kerala Kalan Recipe – The King Of Sadya

When cooking Kerala food, I turn for guidance to Chechi, my son-in-law’s mother ,a wonderful human being and a cook par excellence. Everything she cooks is exquisite and brings forth the quintessential flavors of Kerala. Whenever we go to their home,unfailingly we are treated to a sumptuous ‘sadya’ and every dish – olan, avial, kalan, sambar, … Continue reading

Ulli Theeyal – My Hometown,On The Shores Of The Arabian Sea

I grew up in a sleepy little town, famed for cashews, on the shores of the Arabian Sea… fringed by swaying coconut trees where the expanse of sky, sea and earth bring us close to heaven in God’s Own Country… the beach was our playground… Unique to this region is this brown rich curry – Theeyal. Here the … Continue reading

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