Mullu Murukku / Manamkombu

South Indians usually make this Mullu Murukku on special occasions.

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I never cease to marvel at the number of unexplored traditional recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation in every cuisine. While I do appreciate modern cuisine, I find myself going back to my roots more often these days. How did my ancestors live? Were they fit? How did they get their source of protein? And most importantly – what did they eat?

To get my questions answered, I often pick my father’s brains. He grew up in a tiny village in South India with a family of around 20 people. Money was scarce and children were many. Cooking for that many people was no easy task. But his grandma did it anyway, graciously. As I’m uncovering stories from his past, I’m discovering many traditional south Indian recipes (Iyengar recipes, to be specific) that he has grown up eating.

This deep-fried snack is one such classic delicacy. A quick search on Google will reveal a few different variations of the same and even different names for the same snack. The snack derives its name from a ‘thorn’. Mullu is a Tamil word which literally translates to thorn. And because it has a thorny texture, it is called a Mullu Murukku.

To make these, you will need a Murukku Achchu or a murukku maker. It is a tool used to make the murukku. However, if you don’t make these kinds of dishes often and don’t want to buy one, I’ve also mentioned an easy alternative you can use to try this recipe. If you are a south Indian, you probably already know how delicious this snack is. And if you aren’t familiar with this – think of it like a spicy rice based crispy pakoda with an interesting texture.     (more…)

Rajma Masala

This Rajma Masala is an Indian version of the Bean Chilli – Soft kidney beans cooked with exotic spices in an onion & tomato based gravy. 

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Kidney beans are referred to as Rajma in India. And the spicy gravy based dish that is commonly prepared is known as Rajma Masala. It is usually served with Rice or RotiRajma Chawal, a combination of the rajma masala and rice is one of the most popular meals served in many parts of Northern India.

Once a week, I get my dose of proteins from kidney beans. I like them in almost any form. Boiled, made into a patties, tossed with a salad dressing or cooked into this deliciously spicy curry. I like to serve Rajma with Jeera Rice. In my opinion, the mildly fragrant Basmati rice paired with a delicious bean curry has got to be the best meal ever.

Now, before we move on to the recipe, let me tell you what is different about this rajma masala recipe and why you should definitely try this one… (more…)

Butter Kulcha

After Naan, a plain Butter Kulcha is the most popular and loved Tandoori bread. This recipe doesn’t require yeast and makes lovely, soft & spongy Kulchas!

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Here’s a bread fresh from the Tandoor to tickle your taste-buds! Kulchas are easier to make than Naan; but also give you an almost similar texture – spongy, chewy and soft! Requiring no yeast, these flour tortillas (or breads.. whatever you want to call them) are super easy to make and taste delicious with any side dish of your choice.

Usually cooked in a Tandoor, these breads have a smoky taste that is not hard to replicate at home. Using an iron griddle to partially cook the Kulchas and finishing them off in direct flame, you can get an almost similar texture and taste at home. And they are really quick to cook too!

The next time you decide to have an Indian feast, go ahead and make these Kulchas – with or without the butter. They are perfect vehicles to scoop up the many delicacies that Indian cuisine boasts of!    (more…)

Green Lentil and Oats Burger

This Green Lentil and Oats Burger is a healthy twist on the regular veggie burger; packed with proteins and fiber!

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Sometimes, it is nice to give up the crazy addiction for fast food and cook something light, refreshing and healthy! Keeping up with the promise I made to myself in the beginning of 2015 (to make healthy lifestyle changes), I’ve been consciously opting for ingredients that are healthy. Take Green Lentils (or Green Sprouts, if you may) for example. Packed with proteins and rendering a great texture when cooked, they are wonderful for making patties.

I’m not going to lead you to believe that a healthy lentil and oat burger will be infinitely tastier than your average burger. Health food can only do so much. However, the nuttier flavor kinda grows on you, leaving you satiated for a long time after.

If you’re looking to make a healthy vegetarian (vegan, even) choice, then do give these green lentil and oats burgers a try.. (more…)