sidedish for rice

podalangai parippu usili

Paruppu usili is a popular iyengar dish which is made with lentils and vegetables.  Usili is usually made with vegetables like cabbage, banana flower , cluster beans and so on.  I have always wanted to make usili and today, I made it using snakegourd.  I had plans to make usili using cabbage but I had cooked cabbage yesterday and didn’t want to repeat the same today.  So tried with snakegourd

parippu thoran

Thoran is served as a side dish for rice along with sambar or any other curry.  Thoran can be made with various vegetables, like beans, long beans, okra, potato, and so many other vegetables.  Parippu thoran is made with toor dal and it goes wvery well with rice and other dishes. Though this thoran can be served with any curry like theeyal, moru curry and so on but usually, I

greengram fenugreek leaves thoran

Today’s recipe is a very healthy thoran made with green gram and fenugreek leaves.  Thoran as I have already told you, is a traditional Kerala dish made with vegetables or with lentils and a coconut mixture.  It is a very tasty side dish that can be served with rice and any other curry of your choice.  At home we all love thoran and I try to mix various vegetables along

travancore sambar

Today I am sharing the recipe of sambar.  Though the name sambar looks very simple, but for the same word, there are various methods of preparation.  Tamilnadu sambar is different from Kerala sambar and if you think about Kerala sambar, Palakkadan sambar is very different from Travancore sambar .  Though I love palakkadan sambar with the taste of roasted coconut and other whole spices, I also like travancore sambar and

vendakka mezhukkupuratti

Vendakka mezhukkupuratti is an easy to make and tasty side dish for rice.  This can be served with rice and any curry of your choice.  It is very easy to prepare and requires very few ingredients mainly, okra, onion, green chilli.  Now to the recipe.. Ingredients required Vendakka / lady’s finger  – 1/2 kg Green chillies  – 2 shallots  – 10 – 15 (chopped) Turmeric powder  – 1/4 teaspoon Red

vendakka theeyal

Theeyal is a traditional dish of Kerala.  Theeyal can be prepared using various vegetables like shallots, lady’s finger, bitter gourd and so on.  There are two main steps of making this curry.  First one, is fry okra with very little oil, till the slimness goes off.  Be careful not to add too much of oil while frying okra otherwise it will be very difficult to remove slimness. The second step

snakegourd with lentils

Snakegourd is a creeper belonging to cucumber family.  It is widely grown in many parts of the world and has got high medicinal properties.  It is rich in water contents and provides cooling effect to our body.  It is a low calorie vegetable and is rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. This is a recipe snakegourd curry native to Palakkad.  The preparation is very simple and tastes great with chapati

Cabbage Thoran / Cabbage Stir Fry

Cabbage thoran is a very healthy, simple and tasty side dish for rice.  This is a Kerala special recipe.  Thoran is a dish which hails from Kerala and is dry vegearian dish where the vegetables are cooked and mixed with coconut, cumin, green chilli and shallot mixture. Thoran can be made with any kind of vegetables and you will find thoran as an indispensable part of Kerala sadya / Onam

How to Make Beetroot Pachadi

Beetroot pachadi is an integral part of Kerala sadya.  It is a very easy to prepare and tasty  dish.  It is a yogurt based dish and takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes to prepare this wonderful dish.  There are two ways in which you can prepare this pachadi.  One is without coconut which I have shared here and the other is with coconut.  Though this is prepared mainly during Sadya,

potato roast

Potato roast is an easy to make and tasty side dish for rice.  This is a very easy recipe which makes use of very few ingredients with no onion or garlic in it. This recipe can be prepared even when you are in a hurry to go to office or for children.  Potato is a versatile vegetable and blends itself with all the vegetables and makes the dish very tasty.