Kadugu Yerra from Pondicherry

The union territory of Puducherry consists of four small unconnected districts: Pondicherry, Karaikal and Yanam on the Bay of Bengal and Mahé on the Arabian Sea. Pondicherry and Karaikal have the largest areas and population, both as part of Tamil Nadu. Yanam and Mahé are enclaves of Andhra and Kerala respectively. The union territory of […]

Jaggery Mustard Instant Green Apple Pickle

It has been almost 2 years since I participate in Indian Cooking Challenge. When I saw this month’s challenge, it reminded me of my summer holidays and the pickling day(s) at my paternal grandmother’s place. My grandmother was not a good cook, in fact she did not know how to cook but her co-sister who […]

SYF&HWS: Mustard Seeds Roundup

I would like to thank Anu for letting me guest host her “sizzle your food & health with spices” (SYF&HWS) mustard seeds event. I was a little busy past few weeks and could not contribute any recipes to the event. I will list the entries I received for the event and will include mustard recipes […]

SYF & HWS – Mustard Seeds, Event Announcement

Sizzle your food & health with spices, SYF & HWS is an event started by Anu of Anu’s Healthy Kitchen.  I am guest hosting the event this  and the spice  is “Mustard Seeds”.    This event runs from Oct 5 – Nov 5.  I use mustard seeds mostly in my tempering and in some of […]

Carrot Cauliflower Pachadi

For the day 5 of the marathon, I made carrot cauliflower pachadi or pickle or thokku. As I mentioned on the first day of the marathon, we have an option of doing two themes. The first four days of the marathon, I did the theme “cooking with 5 or less ingredients” and for the last […]

Dondakaya Perugu Pachadi ~ Ivy Gourd in Mustard Yogurt Dressing

Few years ago, during my first visit back to India, one of our aunts invited us for lunch. One of the items on the menu was dondakaya perugu pachadi and I liked it a lot. She chopped dondakaya and made raita or perugu pachadi with raw dondakaya. The crunchy raw vegetable in seasoned yogurt was […]

Lime Juice Pickle

Nine months ago, when I went to India, mom had made this lime juice pickle/chutney. She use to prepare it very often when we were growing up had not made it in recent years. Usually amma makes it in small quantities as it is so easy and can be prepared whenever required, as limes are […]

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