South Indian Curd Rice

The climax to every meal is the South Indian Curd Rice…. you know, for us South Indians anyway! 😉

South Indian Curd Rice Recipe | Thayir Sadam / Daddojanam / Perugannam

For most South Indians, Curd Rice is the customary end to every lunch and dinner meal. We can indulge in the spiciest of all dishes, but we like to end the meal with something that is easy and light on our stomach. It aids in digestion, cools off any revolt that is happening in there as a result of spicy foods and gives us the much needed calcium and protein.    (more…)

How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker

Step by step tutorial on How to Cook Rice in Pressure Cooker – the Indian style.

How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice
Soft & fluffy rice cooked in pressure cooker

You know, I don’t think there has ever been a day when I haven’t seen or eaten Rice. We cook rice every single day, and I’m pretty sure all Indians do too. It is our staple food. And pretty comforting as well. Give me a bowl of hot rice with some South Indian sambar, and I’m the happiest person in the world!

The easiest and quickest method to cook rice is in a Pressure cooker! You can cook any kind of rice in a pressure cooker – white / brown / red etc. The amount of water required to cook each kind would differ and you have to figure that out either by trial and error or following package instructions, if any. What I’m going to show you is just how we go on about making rice in the cooker.  (more…)

Milagu Vadai (Hanuman Vada)

Milagu Vadai is a deep fried snack usually prepared for Anjaneyar (Hanuman) Jayanti. We make a vada malai (necklace) with this snack!
Milagu Vadai Recipe | Hanuman Vada | Lentil & Peppercorn Fritters I’m giving you a fair warning – you need to have a good set of teeth to enjoy this snack. 🙂

If you love hard pretzels, then you surely shouldn’t have a problem with this hard fritter. A classic south Indian recipe usually prepared during Hanuman Jayanthi, this vadai is super simple to make and requires just a few ingredients. “Milagu” is a Tamil Word which means “Pepper”. We simply use pepper to spruce this fritter. The hard texture that is so typical of this snack is achieved by grinding the lentils to a very thick batter with barely any water. Without further ado, let me show you one of the easiest deep fried snacks you might have ever seen! (more…)

Capsicum Pakoda

Deep fried capsicum pakoda is the perfect hot snack you should be eating on a cold winter day… or whenever, really! 😀

Capsicum Pakoda Recipe | Deep fried Capsicum Chickpea Flour Fritters Did you know that there are a section of South Indians who don’t eat Onions or Garlic? People call them hardcore-conservative-Brahmins while I call them weirdos. Despite the fact that I am one, I can’t imagine living without onions or garlic! I mean, come on. Garlic makes everything taste good!

My grandma is one of “those”. She has given up on these 2 basic ingredients to pledge her faith (or whatever it is that the elderly do!) to Vaisnavisim. Now, why did I tell you this long, boring story of TamBrahms and their weird relationship with onions & garlic?

Because, they have learned to make do without either of these ingredients. They have such amazing recipes that you would not feel the need to spruce it up with a dash of garlic… This Capsicum Pakoda is one such recipe passed on from a TamBram cook to my Grandma.  (more…)