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Cranberry Pachadi (Cranberry Chutney)

Cranberries are in season during the holidays and are used to make cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. All the stores carry cranberries and I over-zealously bought a big bag for myself. I wanted to make some cranberry sauce for my Thanksgiving series and even found a recipe that I liked. But cranberry sauce is usually served with turkey and I was not sure which vegetarian dish goes well with cranberry sauce. So decided against making it. Now I had the whole bag staring at me from the fridge. So I froze half of the cranberries for later use (at least they…

Sorakaya thokku pachadi (Bottlegourd peel Chutney)

I told you about the 3 ft sorakaya/ bottle gourd from my cousin’s garden last week. The skin or the peel of that gourd was so tender I didn’t feel like throwing it out. Also since I knew that it was grown without any harmful pesticides — I wanted to make a chutney/ pachadi using it. Peel of bottlegourd and ridgegourd (beerakaya) are often used to make chutneys. I usually throw the peel out because I’m not really sure what the vegetable went through before it came into my kitchen. But the peels are really healthy with good does of…

Sorakaya Palu posina Kura (Bottlegourd curry with milk)

Continuing with my ‘Cleaning my fridge’ series that I started last week, I am cooking with the bottlegourd/ sorakaya today. My cousin brought her super long bottlegourd from her garden recently, it was longer than my almost 3ft daughter. I wish I took a picture of both of them together because I had to cut into 3 pieces to share with my sister and cousin. Anyway the 3rd of the bottle gourd I had left in the fridge went into this simple to make curry. My mom used to make this milk based bottle gourd curry quite often, I’m not…

Green Beans Kootu

Good times don’t last for too long. I say this because we are almost at the very end of our vacation in India and we will be back home before we even realize it. I haven’t had a chance to finish my shopping and these last few days will be really busy with shopping and packing. Today’s kootu is my mom’s recipe. I’m not sure where she learnt it, but she has been making it for years now. Green beans can be substituted with cabbage, spring onions or other vegetables of choice. This kootu is thick and is the perfect…

Spicy Eggplant Curry (Vankaya Masala kura)

Today’s dish is made by my neighbor aunty and since it is an eggplant curry made in a different way, I had to click to pictures and post the recipe for future reference. One of the perks of living in India is the loving neighbors who share their homemade dishes and recipes. When I signed up for this month’s ‘Cooking from Cookbook Challenge’, I knew I might have to bother my mom to make some of her signature dishes so that I can share them with you all. But luckily I have more than one source here and thanks to…

Tomato Rasam using Pomi Chopped Tomatoes

Recently Pomi tomatoes contacted me to try their tomatoes and post recipes using their product for my readers. I like Pomi and buy them quite often. Pomi is an all natural brand of boxed tomatoes from Italy. I love the simplicity of the product as well as it’s pure ingredients. Pomi’s tomatoes are grown naturally in Italy and they abide by the European standards for farming. More importantly, Pomi’s ingredients contain nothing more than pure tomatoes. No added salt, water, citric acid or preservatives. The only ingredient on the label is tomatoes! Pomi is 100% all natural and because it…

Thotakoora Wadiyala Kura (Amaranth Leaves Curry with Sundried Lentil wafers)

This is a super simple curry that I made couple of months ago after I harvested a bunch of amaranth leaves from my container garden. I asked my mom what to cook with the greens and she gave me this recipe that she saw on one of the Telugu cooking shows. Once all the ingredients are prepped and ready to go, this dish gets done in literally minutes. Amaranth/ thotakura doesn’t take long to cook, about 4~5 minutes max. Other greens like spinach, swiss chard or even kale can be used, cooking times will have to be adjusted accordingly.

Bell Pepper/ Capsicum Avakaya

Blogging Marathon# 34: Week 1/ Day 2 Theme: Cooking with Capsicum/ Peppers Dish: Green Pepper/ Capsicum Avakaya Day 2 of BM# 34 and today I have a spicy hot Andhra pickle made ith green bell peppers. I’m just learning that every vegetable can be used to make avakaya. I asked my mom what to make for this week’s ‘Cooking with Bell Peppers/ Capsicum’ theme and she said let’s make ‘Avakaya’. I wasn’t sure how it was going to taste, but went ahead with her proposal. It was sure spicy and tasted just like hmmmm.. avakaya should taste like but with…

Wadiyala Pulusu (Sun dried Lentil Crispies Stew)

Blogging Marathon# 32: Letter W Theme: A-Z Vegetarian Dishes of Andhra Pradesh Dish: Wadiyala/ Vadiyala Pulusu (Sun dried Lentil Crispies Stew) In Telugu, there is only one letter with the sound ‘va’, so for the letters V & W I didn’t know how to choose the dishes. After thinking of all the appropriate words starting with w and the sound ‘va’ in Telugu, I decided to change the word Vadiyalu into Wadiyalu and made this lipsmacking pulusu/ stew. This recipe is again courtesy of my mom. Every household has the tradition of making (w)vadiyalu or sun dried lentil crisps every…