Side dishes

How to Make Baingan Bharta

Baingan Bharta Recipe with step by step pictures | How to Make Baingan Bharta Baingan bharta is a one of the most popular eggplant recipes. It is made by first roasting the eggplant on an open flame, extracting its pulp and then cooking it with spices. It is a fairly simple recipe and can be made with great ease by the first-timers as well. The roasting of eggplants cause them


Capsicum besan subzi is a Maharashtrian style dry side dish which can be served along with rice or with chapati/ roti.  It is very easy to make and makes use of very few ingredients.  Eaten raw, bell peppers are sweet and crunchy but becomes soft on cooking.  Bell pepper / capsicum with a great blend of spices, makes a very enjoyable side dish.  This can be a complement with any dish.

kadala curry

Today I am sharing the recipe of kadala curry or channa curry.  It is a very tasty accompaniment for puttu.  Kadala is a malayalam word for channa and here for this recipe, normal whole brown channa is made use of.  Puttu and kadala curry for puttu is a very tasty and healthy breakfast dish served in Kerala and is usually served with kadala curry.  Kadala curry can also be served with

vazhakkai varuval

Vazhakkai varuval is a very tasty side dish for rice.  Vazhakkai is a tamil word which means plantain.  Here raw plantain is made use of for making this dish.  As I told you before, this is a very tasty side dish.  I was very lazy to prepare an elaborate lunch, so made an easy lunch with pepper rasam, egg burji and some vazhakkai poriyal.  It was a very yummy combination,

beans potato mezhukkupuratti

Today’s recipe is yet another easy side dish for rice made with a mixture of beans and potato.  This is a best way to make use of all the left over vegetables.  When ever I buy vegetables, I usually keep few beans, potatoes, carrots aside so that I can make use of it while making vegetable biryani, but some remains unused and then I chop all the left over vegetables

chena stir fry

Chena mezhukkupuratti is a healthy stir fry made with chena / suran / yam.  This is one of my favorite side dish for rice but one dish which no body likes in my family. But I make it very often and have it with some curd rice.  This is a very healthy and tasty dish.  This tastes great with papad and moru kootan.  Now to the recipe.. Ingredients required Chena

kadai cauliflower

Here I have made this curry in the way I usually make kadai paneer.  But I have added potatoes also along with this as potatoes are rich in starch and since this dish is prepared for kids, I had a feeling that more the usage of vegetables, much better it would be and potato is one veg which is liked by most of the kids. Ingredients required cauliflower –  1

payar mezhukkupuratti

Achinga payar mezhukkupuratti / long beans stir fry is a very commonly made side dish for lunch.  It is a very healthy and tasty side dish which can be easily prepared for lunch. Achinga payar is a Malayalam word for long beans.   Coming to the health benefits, long beans are low in fat content, is an excellent source of protein, fiber, folic acid and complex carbohydrates.  The addition of

olan|kerala sadya recipe

Since Vishu is very nearby, I thought I would share some of our authentic sadya recipes with you and this is one among them.  I have seen my mother and grandmother preparing olan at home, I have tasted it and I loved the taste but I never thought of doing it myself.  Then finally I decided to make it when my mother came home this time.  With her guidance I

Poricha kuzhambu

Poricha Kuzhambu is a classic tamil Brahmin recipe.  This can be made with vegetables like brinjal, snake gourd, drumstick, pumpkin or chow chow.  This is a recipe which is similar to the molakushyam which is very famous in Kerala cuisine.  This recipe contains a combination of lentils with vegetables.  The vegetables can be used alone or combined with other vegetables.  This can be served with any poriyal or pachadi of

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

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

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.

Sindhi-Style Potato-Capsicum Fry Recipe

Have you ever tried cooking lunch while listening to your favorite music? It has such a restorative effect on the nerves! So, if you haven’t ever let your hair down while stirring the soup or tossing the noodles, do give it a try. Today’s recipe is of Potato-Capsicum Fry or Aloo-Shimla Mirch Ki Sabzi. This side-dish is a Sindhi-specialty, made in every Sindhi home. You know what my Mom says?