Vegetarian Recipes from Great-Grandmothers Across India

Enjoy these authentic recipes from the kitchens of great-grandmothers across India | Pratibha Jain meets them in person to understand the subtle nuances of India’s vast culinary heritage | First published in Harmony, a magazine for elders, in the column – The Great Granny Diaries.

Vegetarian Recipes

This recipe of plantain peel curry is from the villages of Bangladesh, says Smt. Gauri Karmakar, a great granny from Kolkata. Known as Kanchkolar Khoshar Ghonto in that region, it is a phrase that took me a little time to […]

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Panchdhari, Besan ki Pakodi

Panchdhari A halwa made with flour, gramflour, semolina and khoya; this is a much-loved traditional dish in the Chowdhari family. Smt. Anandkawarji says that it is prepared along with pakodis every year on the death anniversaries of her father-in-law and […]

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Aalyachi Wadi ~ Ginger Burfi with Sushila Gajanan Kulkarni

Aalyachi Wadi or Ginger Burfi is a simple and sumptuous sweet dish popularly prepared in winter months using ginger, known as Aalye in Marathi. A piece of this ginger burfi consumed before breakfast is much recommended since it aids digestion […]

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Bliss – a book about the power of non-possessiveness; cultivating contentment.

Known as Kuvalyacho Pollav in Konkani, Pumpkin Curry is a typical dish in Mangalore where coconut is used generously. This is a family recipe shared by Henrietta Colaco, a great-granny residing in Bangalore. Like most grandmother recipes, this one also […]

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Makai Khichdi - Gujarati Snack from Great Granny Saroj Ben

Makai Khichdi, also known as Makai Chivda, is a popular dish in many Gujarati homes. Rich with spicy and sweet flavours, which is very typical of Gujarati cuisine. This vegetarian snack tastes excellent when prepared with seasonal tender corn. Recipe […]

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Sindhi Kadhi

Kadhi is usually made with yogurt (curd), but I was surprised to learn that the main ingredient of Sindhi Kadhi is tomatoes. Bhagwanthiji, a great-granny from Chennai who shared this recipe, says that the correct way to eat this kadhi […]

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Batata Sasam

A SARASWAT recipe, Saasam, meaning mustard seeds in konkani, is a side-dish with many variations prepared by tossing vegetables, and also fruits, in a coconut-mustard dressing. This is a popular dish of the Saraswat cuisine.   Ingredients: Potatoes – ¼ […]

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Lila Pulav - Family recipe shared by Great Granny Hasumati Shah

The Jains are known for their food restrictions. On certain days of the month, many observe abstinence of even vegetables and greens. This is known as ‘sukha khana’ as as opposed to ‘lila khana’ which means a meal consisting of […]

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Paal Kozhukattai ~ Sweet Recipe with Tamilian Great Granny Saradha

  When I asked the family about Saradhaji’s specialty dishes, they reeled off a list of traditional TAMILIAN recipes in one breath. As her daughter says, “Most of her culinary skills were downloaded from my paternal grandma. They were a […]

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Maange Curry

In the hills of Coorg, a delicious curry is made with wild mangoes. Unlike the hybrid commercial cultivars, these are generally smaller in size, have fibrous pulp and pack a punch in terms of flavour. Some of the smallest varieties […]

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Bellam Pongal Festival recipe

BELLAM PONGAL is a sweet dish made with rice as an offering to Goddess Parvathi. The magic ingredient is the jaggery which lends the rich brown colour. The best is the red variety of jaggery, also known as paagu bellam, […]

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sojjiappam recipe

A traditional sweet dish, Sojjiappam is one of the most favourite preparation in Mrs. Doraiammal Neelakantan’s family. An interesting variation of the famous Poli, this Sojjiappam recipe is easy to prepare and keeps for a few days.   Ingredients: For […]

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Mango Kalakand, a tasty Mithai taught by Smt Jaikuwar Lodha, a Great Granny from Ahmednagar

  A favourite in Jaikuwar Bai’s family, this delicious mithai is best prepared with the Alphonso or Pyari varieties of mango. The pulp from these mangoes does not contain any threads and can be used in this recipe without straining. […]

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Minapa Rotti

Rotis are normally made from dough, but the Andhra Minappa Rotti is a pancake prepared from a batter. Also known as dibba rotti which means a fat bread, this dish is cooked on a low flame in a special brass […]

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Mustard Rice

Mustard SEED Rice known as Kadugu Chithra Annam in Telugu, is a traditional rice dish with a rich texture. Combines the sweetness of coconut, bitterness of mustard and tanginess of lemon. This recipe has been shared by Shanta Kumari, a […]

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Melon seed

  Melon Seed Rice (Dosa Vithulu Annam) Shantaji, a great-grandma from Chennai reminisces about the rice dishes cooked during the month of Marghazhi. Traditionally, women woke up before dawn and prepared a different rice dish every day during this month. […]

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Matar Ka Parantha

My first memory of Paratha, or parantha as the Punjabis call it, is way back in my 3rd Std when we moved to Punjab. Right there, in front of our house, sat a woman every morning with her bhatti, or […]

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Maharshtrian Wadi Che Sambar

Dumplings made with lentils and spices, known as Wadi or Mungodi in North India, have many variations in Indian cuisine – specific to state, region or even family. They are often dried and preserved to be used in vegetables, dals […]

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Khatta Dhokla

Talk of Gujarati food and one of the first things that comes to mind is the varieties of dhokla, a delicious snack with fermented lentil flour. Among these, the Khatta dhokla is one of the most popular variety. Most Gujarati […]

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Avial

A favourite in Smt. Subbulakshmi’s home, Aviyal is a healthy, practical and tasty side-dishes popular in the Tamilnadu and Kerala states of South India. Simple to cook and festive in taste, this can be prepared whenever one has an assortment […]

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