This curry is resplendent with soft succulent baby taros and the creamy goodness of coconut and yoghurt, all married together with cumin, turmeric and green chillies. Accompanied best with steaming white rice and maybe, a fried fish on the side.
I have eaten this dish a couple of times from dhabas (roadside Indian eateries) and thoroughly enjoyed it each time. Initially, I thought it was just a variation of the regular chana masala but finally, when I got my hands on the recipe, was fascinated to find out that this was a totally different dish. [...]
Another classic, traditional dish that enjoys its quiet spot on the Onam sadhya spread. For decades, like most Mallus, I called this dish potato ishtew (well, that’s how this dish is known everywhere in Kerala!) Finally, it dawned on me that its stew and ‘ishtew’ was just another example of how Mallus would copy something [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]