Jeera Rasam

South Indian Jeera Rasam – Have it as a soup or with rice

Jeera Rasam Recipe | Pepper Cumin Seeds Rasam (Spicy South Indian Soup) - Foodomania.comJeera Rasam particularly makes me feel good when I have a cold. It is a spicy tamarind based soup flavored with cumin, and hence the name Jeera Rasam (Cumin Seeds Soup). You’ll be surprised to discover just how easy and quick it is to make this soup. It also takes only a handful of ingredients to make. Rasam Powder blend is readily available in the market or you can make your own at home.

You can drink this as a hot and clear soup. Or you can add some hot rice to it and serve with some stir-fried veggies like eggplant or okra or potatoes.     (more…)

Paruppu Podi – Spicy Lentil Chutney Powder

Paruppu Podi with Hot Rice and a hint of Ghee is a wholesome meal.

Paruppu Podi Recipe | South Indian Spicy Lentil Chutney Powder Recipe | Foodomania.com

Paruppu podi is a spicy lentil-based chutney powder eaten with hot rice and a hint of ghee. Paruppu literally translates to lentil and Podi is powder. Blends like this, Curry Leaves Powder and Milagai Podi come in handy when you are pressed for time or are in no mood to cook. All you have to do is cook some rice / reheat leftover rice, add a dash of Ghee (optional) and as much or as little of this chutney powder, mix and eat!

You can adjust the blend to suit your taste-buds. This is my Ma’s recipe.    (more…)

South Indian Brinjal Stir Fry

Simple brinjal stir fry cooked with onions to have as a side to South Indian rice dishes.

Brinjal Stir Fry with Onions Recipe | South Indian Side Dishes | Foodomania.com

Many people I know despise brinjal (or eggplant). I don’t really get it. I particularly love this version of a brinjal stir fry because it pairs up really well with rice and sambar / rasam / curd. Of course, if you’re a fan of mildly spiced vegetables with a south Indian spin on flavors, then you could eat this with pretty much anything else (bread / roti / rice etc.)

Prepping the brinjal / eggplant is easy. Make sure you use fresh produce, as that is the best possible way to avoid bitter eggplants. There is really no other universal way of knowing if your eggplants are bitter or not. The older an eggplant gets, meaning the more time that’s passed since harvesting, the more bitter it becomes. Another trick I’ve found works is to soak the sliced pieces in warm salted water for 10-15 minutes.    (more…)

Sun-dried Tomato Garlic Pickle

Spicy Sun-dried Tomato Garlic Pickle from South India!

Sun-dried Tomato Garlic Pickle Recipe | No stove cooking required | Raw tomato & garlic pickle | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

If you are an Indian, you sure must love pickles. Who doesn’t, really? Spicy, tangy and delicious, a well made pickle makes your food taste so good. A simple rice and dal combination can be spruced up with a good spicy pickle. Pickles go with pretty much anything. And this is one pickle you should have in your culinary repertoire.

For one, you don’t need to make this over the stove, cooking for a long time. You basically let the sun dry out and do all the “cooking”. The flavors are a bit different than if you would cook the pickle, but not in a weird way. The subtle hint of garlic also hits the right note. If you live in a place with ample sun, I suggest you give this one a try.    (more…)