Darbari Dal (Revisitng Recipe)

Blogging Marathon# 45: Week 4/ Day 1 Theme: Revisiting Old Recipes Dish: Darbari Dal We are starting our final week of blogging marathon today and I picked a seemingly easy theme, Revisiting Old recipes. But it was quite a tough task picking just 3 dishes to revisit from my archives. This blog has been around for more than 8 years and there are ton of dishes that need some TLC. So after browsing through the blog for a very very long time I decided on 3 dishes that I wanted to remake and take some new pics.

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…

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…

Pondicherry — Pori Kuzhambu or Pathiya Kuzhambu

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 22 State: Pondicherry Dish: Pori Kuzhambu or Pathiya Kuzhambu Today, we are going south to Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry, is a Union territory in India. The French acquired Pondicherry in 1674 and held control, with occasional interruption from the Britsih and Dutch, until 1954, when it was incorporated into the Indian Union along with the rest of India. I have a long association with Pondicherry, not directly but indirectly. I went to Aurobindo school in Hyderabad which was founded based on the principles and teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Pondicherry…

Dal Kootu (Poritha Kootu)

Dal is something that is made almost every other day in my household. Not just my home, but that is the case in almost every Indian households. Lentils form one of the main source of protein to vegetarians. I am always looking for new ways of making the same old pappu/ dal. My everyday dals are usually very simple like this tomato pappu or this palakura pappu. But occasionally I do make kootu where dal is cooked with vegetables and coconut-peppercorn masala paste. My mom learned it from a Tamil neighbor. Today’s recipe is from the cookbook, Dakshin by Chandra…

Mixed Dal Rasam

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Our weekend has been fun so far — Saturday we went to a Chinese New year party and learnt to make dumplings from a dear friend. Looking forward to Superbowl Sunday that is going to take place right here is New Jersey. Metlife stadium is about 3~4 miles from where we live, so I’m very excited that the action is taking place so close to us, even though we will be watching the real action on TV!! strange.. right?? Well today I don’t have a recipe for superbowl sunday, I have a everyday…

Kerala Cabbage Thoran & Sambar

Blogging Marathon# 35: Day 1/ Week 2 Theme: Regional Dishes – Course Specific Dish: Kerala Cabbage Thoran & Sambar We are starting our Week 2 of Blogging Marathon# 35 and my theme for this week is ‘Any Regional with Course Specific dishes’. After seeing Rajani’sKerala Sadya recipes during the mega month long marathon, I have been planning to try my hand at Kerala dishes. Finally I made 3 dishes for this week’s marathon. The twist that Valli put to this seemingly simple theme is that we have to post a different course every day. So for the first day I’m…