Arcachuvitta Vathalkuzhambu is a spin on the classic dish, where instead of sambar powder, a freshly ground paste of coconut, red chillies and curry leaves lends the dish its delicious flavors and luscious texture. The seasoning of manathakkali (night black shade berries) lends depth and an additional layer of flavor.
KUZHI PANIYARAM/PADDU/GOLIAPPA/YERIAPPA is a spherical-shaped classic South-Indian Tiffin item that is typically made using leftover idli or dosa batter and cooked in a “Paniyaram pan”, a griddle with several concave dents or Kuzhis (holes).
Murungai Ilai/Drumstick leaves/Moringa leaves Molagootal is what healthy and wholesome dreams are made up of. The leaves are separated from the stem and cooked in a little water, turmeric, and salt, a handful of cooked toor-dal is added followed by a mixture of coconut ground along with a little roasted urad dal and red chillies and the deal is sealed with a flourish of mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves tempered in coconut oil.
Arisi Upma Kozhakkatai or Pidi Kozhakkatai is a lesser-known gem in the traditional South-Indian breakfast item arena. Pidi means to grasp or hold and so these are twice-cooked savory dumplings that are made up of rice, lentils and seasoning and hand-moulded into their oblong persona.
Happy New Year! Here’s a round-up of the culinary year (2020) that was! Have a wonderful year ahead. : )