Dahi Vada ~ Savory Doughnuts in Yogurt Sauce

The next recipe with yogurt for this month’s Cooking Carnival, Cooking with Protein Rich Ingredients is dahi vada. Dahi is yogurt~curd and vada is savory doughnut prepared with urad dal. In Telugu these are perugu garelu and recently came to know that these are also called aavadalu. When growing up we always called these dahi […]

Black Gram Rice ~ Urad Dal Rice ~ Ulundu Sadam

Urad dal rice is a nutty, spicy and flavorful rice from Tamil cuisine. It is festive food, comfort food and also great for lunch boxes. The last rice dish for this week is black gram dal rice from cookbook Dakshin. I never tasted this rice before and do not know how it is suppose to […]

Kanchipuram Idli & Chettinad Tomato Chutney – Tamilnadu

Tamil Nadu is one of the 28 states of India. Its capital is Chennai (formerly known as Madras), the largest city. Tamil Nadu is a land most known for its monumental ancient Hindu temples and classical form of dance Bharata Natyam. Tamil Nadu[7] lies in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula and is bordered […]

Masala Vadai

For day two of the marathon, I picked toor dal and chana dal as my ingredients and made masala vada from the cookbook Dakshin, Vegetarian Cuisine from South by Chandra Padmanabhan. The ingredients that piqued my interest and attracted me to this recipe are combination of dals used to prepare this vada. Vada is a […]

Crispy Dosa

For the last marathon, there was an overwhelming response and Valli divided the participants into two groups. Yesterday was the last day of the marathon for group1 and today is the last day for group 2. Valli decided to give company to the second group and posted a recipe today. Divya and I decided to […]

Vangibath Powder

During the 7 day marathon, Harini’s theme was rice varieties and she used vangibath powder in 2 or 3 rice varieties that she prepared. Couple of other bloggers also used it in their rice dish. I was surprised to see the versatility of the powder. Vangibath is a rice preparation made with brinjals or eggplant […]

Indian Cooking Challenge: Bari – Dried Lentil Dumplings

This month’s challenge is Bari, dried lentil dumplings. These bari can be used in curries and stir fries to spice up and enhance the flavor. Valli picked Mamta’s recipe for  wadi/bari. Bari are sun-dried until all the moisture in the baris is gone and stored in an air tight container for up to a year. […]

Idli & Peanuts Chutney

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day yet, that is the most neglected in my house. U doesn’t eat breakfast and I just munch on some junk. Lately, instant oatmeal and cream of wheat have become my saviors. They have become my favorite, not for their taste but for the ease of fixing […]

Lisa’s Black & Yellow Chickpeas in a Sweet & Spicy Sauce

For the month of April, Lisa’s Kitchen is the featured blog for Tried & Tasted event, started by Zlamushka.  Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen is hosting it this month.  Lisa has an array of Indian vegetarian recipes on her blog.  I usually cook Indian food at home and hence tried her Black & Yellow Chickpeas […]

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