Category Archives: Side Dishes

Kerala Style Roasted Coconut Chammanthi/Chutney

A chammanthi/chutney (not to be confused with chutneys served with dosa) that can add punch to the most mundane item like a rice gruel (kanji) meal. Mouth-watering, lip-smacking, flavorful, tangy; all these adjectives cannot do justice to this chutney. Make … Continue reading

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Raw Plantain Peel Thoran (Stir Fry)

When banana chips are made at home, I am more interested in a by-product than the chips – the banana peels. Raw plantain peels are extremely fibrous and nutritious. We always use them to make stir fry subzi (thoran). Simple … Continue reading

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Jackfruit Seed Erissery (Chakkakuru Erissery)

Erissery¬†is a dish that holds an esteemed place in the Kerala sadya. Classic erissery¬†is made with yam and raw banana cooked in a simple gravy of coconut, pepper, and jeera and tempered with roasted coconut. Erissery is a perfect example … Continue reading

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Thaal Avial – Colocasia Stem Avial

“Naattinpuram nanmakalaal samruddham” This line from a Malayalam poem loosely translates to “Goodness abounds in the village.” Life in the village is so much about sharing. Produces from your garden, special items made in the kitchen, sweets and savories that … Continue reading

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Chakkakuru Mezhukkupuratti – Jackfruit Seed Stir Fry

We Indians dont need lessons in frugality. Every tiny thing that can be used will be utilized and will not be wasted. When a ripe jackfruit is cut at home, the fruit is deseeded and eaten. The outer covering of … Continue reading

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Onion Tomato Subzi

When you have to make roti subzi for just one person, what subzi do you make? Here is a simple one with very few ingredients that you can prepare in 5-7 minutes. Ingredients: Onion (medium) – 1 Tomato (medium) – … Continue reading

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Stuffed Brinjal

Another stuffed vegetable that is very similar to the previous one. I have always been a brinjal fan. Isnt it one of the prettiest of vegetables? What a color! When I buy sarees for my mother, I always look for … Continue reading

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Stuffed Bhindi/Okra

This is definitely a rich one! Once you try this stuffing, you will give up your other mundane bhindi subzis. It is an excellent combination with roti. I had this dish first when my friend’s aunt packed this along with … Continue reading

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Radish Subzi

Now is the season to buy radish and red carrots (carrots available through other seasons are orange). I love anything made of white radish. Mooli (radish) paratha is one of my favorites. I try to make radish subzi at least … Continue reading

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Green Tomato Pickle

Green tomatoes, fenugreek, and chilly powder? They combine to create something that will leave you drooling and smacking your lips! My friend Anjana brought this green tomato pickle to office. Thus began the green tomato movement. Now I am a … Continue reading

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