Olan

This dish is an inevitable part of every Onam sadhya (feast) and is made traditionally using white gourd or winter melon (kumblanga). But in spite of frantically searching in the farmer’s market or Indian stores, I couldn’t find this vegetable anywhere. So I decided to use native Australian cucumbers which had no physical resemblance to [...]

Avial (Mixed vegetables in a creamy coconut yoghurt base)

I originally intended to put up recipes for all the dishes that traditionally form a part of the Onam sadhya (feast). But unfortunately, I could not. Now that Onam is over and I have had the chance to prepare all these dishes once again, I was able to document it better this time from a [...]

Beef Ularthiyathu (Slow Roasted Beef with Shallots, Spices and Coconut)

Beef Ularthiyathu (Slow Roasted Beef with Shallots, Spices and Coconut)

This dish has a rich culinary history and has become almost synonymous with the Syrian Christians of Kerala. The beef is slow roasted in a spice mixture and coconut shaves which gives it the rich, dark colour, texture and flavour. The ideal way to cook this would be in an earthern pot but since I [...]