• Palada Payasam

    I have a sweet tooth and love all types of payasam/kheer. But my most favorite one is palada payasam / palada pradhaman. Palada payasam from Vinayaka, Cochin would be the best one I ever had. An easy and delicious palada payasam made in Instant Pot. In this recipe, Rice ada is roasted and cooked in […]

  • Indian Style Paneer Puff Pastry

    Paneer/Indian cottage cheese cooked in spicy masala gravy, and wrapped in flaky puff pastry. This Indian Paneer Puff Pastry is easy to make if you have store-bought Puff Pastry Sheets in hand. It’s always a big hit in the parties! You will definitely love this one. Here are other delicious paneer starters: Paneer Masala Fry […]

  • God’s Own Feast-ival!

      By Ramya Menon Illustrations by Sajeev Kumarapuram he pitter patter of a shyly receding monsoon, greeted me as I stepped out from the airport. Loud hoardings screamed the divinity of the state of Kerala, my homeland. Everywhere I looked people were scrambling about in distracted joy, for it was party time in the toddy […]

  • Kerala Style Red Cowpea and Pumpkin Curry with Coconut (Mathanga Erissery)

    Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice. Check out more on Onam/God’s own festival. Here are other Onam/Vishu […]

  • Kerala Style Beans Stir Fry (Beans Mezhukkupuratti)

    Kerala style beans stir fry with spices, ginger, and garlic. This Beans Mezhukkupuratti or Beans Olathiyathu is a quick and healthy side dish that goes well with rice. Mezhukkupuratti is made with different vegetables and is very common at a Kerala home. And it’s one of the side dishes for Kerala Onam Sadya. For more […]

  • Kerala Style Cabbage Stir Fry with Coconut (Cabbage Thoran)

    Kerala style cabbage stir fry with coconut, ginger-garlic and green chilly. Cabbage thoran is one of the side dishes for Kerala Onam Sadya and very common at a Kerala home. A simple and healthy side dish that goes well with rice.  It’s also called as “cabbage upperi” in the central part of Kerala. If you […]

  • Mixed Vegetable Soup for Babies

    An easy and healthy mixed vegetable soup for babies, both infants, and toddlers. I introduced this cream of vegetable soup to my daughter Eva, when she said goodbye to regular baby vegetable purees and started craving for more flavored food. You can start feeding this soup from 8 months onwards. From 6 months, when we […]

  • Bitter Gourd Fry (Paavakka / Kakarakaya / Karela Fry)

    Bitter gourd stir-fried with onion, thin coconut pieces, and spices. In Kerala, this dish is popular as Pavakka Mezhukkupuratti. This Bitter Gourd Fry / Karela Fry is a quick and healthy side dish that goes along with rice. This recipe is adapted from my mother-in-law. I never liked bitter gourd until I tried out this […]

  • Paneer Masala Fry (Indian Cottage cheese fry)

    Spicy cheese cubes! Indian cottage cheese / Paneer shallow fried with ginger-garlic, spices, and curry leaves. This paneer fry is an easy and yummy appetizer to make at home on weekdays, and for parties or any occasion.

  • Soya Chunks Masala Fry

    Soya chunks deep fried with the ginger-garlic, spices and curry leaves. This soya chunks masala fry is a quick, tasty and healthy appetizer that can be made easily at home. Here are other soya chunks recipes: Soya Chunks Dry/Stir Fry Soya Chunks Curry

  • Mushroom Masala Curry with Coconut (Indian Style) Recipe

    Mushroom cooked in spicy coconut gravy. An improvised version of Kerala theeyal preparation with mushrooms. This quick, delicious Mushroom masala curry /Mushroom Theeyal goes well with rice, chapathi, and any Indian breads. Check out Mushroom masala stir fry, for mushroom stir fry preparation. Shallot/Ulli theeyal is a traditional Kerala dish. I’m neither a mushroom nor a […]

  • Kerala Style Ladies Finger / Okra / Bhindi Curry with Spiced Yogurt and Coconut (Vendakka Kichadi) Recipe

    Lady’s finger fried and cooked in spicy coconut and yogurt based gravy. It’s an easy to prepare and a yummy side dish which goes well with rice. Lady’s Finger / Vendakka kichadi is one of the must side dishes for Kerala Sadhya which is popular during festivals Onam and Vishu.

  • Mushroom masala stir fry (Indian Style)

     Mushrooms cooked and sauteed in ginger garlic, pepper, and spices. A healthy and tasty side-dish. Goes well with rice, roti, and any Indian breads.

  • Pineapple in Spiced Yogurt Sauce (Pineapple Pachadi Kerala Style)

    Pineapple cooked in coconut and yogurt based gravy. It’s a yummy sweet and sour side dish with rice. One of the must side dishes for Kerala Onam Sadya.

  • Kerala Style Beans stir fry with coconut (Beans Thoran)

    Kerala style beans stir fry with coconut, garlic and green chilly. A simple and healthy dish that can be served with rice. One of the side dishes for Kerala Onam Sadya 🙂

  • Kerala Style Long Beans Stir Fry (Achinga Payar Mezhukkupuratti)

    Kerala style long beans stir fry with spices, ginger and garlic. A quick and healthy dish that can be served with rice. One of the side dishes for Kerala Onam Sadya 🙂

  • Cauliflower / Gobi masala

    Cauliflower fried and sauted in spicy masala gravy!! It goes well with Roti or any other Indian bread or Pulao.

  • Soya Chunks Masala Dry

    Soya chunks cooked in chilly and spices. It is a healthy and tasty side-dish. It goes well with rice and Indian breads. It makes a good replacement for meat.