Exotic, Other

Masala Chappathi/Paratha – A twist to the regular roti.

Background: I love parathas. Specially when I don’t make them. 🙂 After a hectic Saturday filled with friends and family, I was not keen on standing in the kitchen for a long time. Scanning my shelf that contained cook books, I extracted Mallika Badrinath’s 100 Tiffin ideas. Thumbing through the chappathi section I saw this […]

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Exotic, South Indian

Molagai Thokku – Spicy green serrano pepper relish

Background: Molagai thokku was my dad’s favorite relish. Ever. Even as he struggled with diet restrictions following hospitalization and a low sodium diet, My mom’s mom created a molagai thokku minus the salt with plenty of jaggery. Appa loved it and would devour it creamy thayir sadham. So, when Amma spied a bag full of […]

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Exotic, South Indian

Sevai – Steamed, extruded thin rice noodles

Background: Making sevai the traditional way is a labor of love, not to be taken by the faint of heart. Ok! I kid. It definitely is a laborious process but the end product is so dadgum good that it makes the pain worthwhile. Amma makes this every time we have guests visiting. Finely made sevai […]

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Exotic, Other

Pasta Upma – A different spin on pasta and upma

Background: I make this when I am tired of the regular varieties of upma that cannot handle masala all that well. This is also a good way to use leftover pasta. This recipe is versatile and lends itself to many variations. Stuff you will need: 1 cup pasta (penne/fusili/macaroni/shells) – boiled, drained 2 tsp oil […]

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