Side dish

Kele ki sabzi

“There is no hidden secret to the taste of food. When you love the people around you with a pure heart, you will cook with your heart and soul,” says Susheela Samdaria, a grandmother from Chennai.   A family favourite, […]

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Reddy Sisiters

Our mother’s pakodi kurma is an all-time family favourite to date as is her simple milky drumstick curry,” echo the Reddy sisters. Listening to them talk wistfully about their mother’s cooking, it was obvious that the taste of her food continues to […]

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Mango Peel Sabzi

A side-dish with peels of ripe mangoes, this mango peel sabzi is an unusual creation from the kitchen of Sunanda & Surendra Singh Pokharna, a Rajasthani couple from Ahmedabad. Sunandaji says that the kesar variety of mangoes is the most […]

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Jimikand Matar ki Sabzi

A favourite at Champa & Brij Bhushan’s home, this sabzi is made with elephant yam (jimikand) and fresh peas (matar). Brij says one of his cravings is to eat this in India where it is freely available. It has been […]

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Bharwan besan ki mirch

Kamini Agarwal, a dynamic poetess and grandmother from Mumbai, says: “In Uttar Pradesh, a common meal is steamed rice with dal (arhar ki dal) along with any sabzi.” A favourite in her family is stuffed chillies with dal and rice. […]

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Snake-gourd yoghurt curry

A signature recipe from Chandri Bhat’s cookbook titled Kitchen Nostalgia, this light and healthy dish from Karnataka is a fusion of raita and curry. Known as paduvalakai palida, it is snakegourd curry in coconut and yoghurt gravy.   Ingredients: 400 […]

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Potol

Known as potol in Bengali and parwal in Hindi, pointed gourd is delicious when it is tender. Cooked in a gravy of coconut and poppy seeds in this recipe, it is a family favourite at Rita Barua’s home, this is […]

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Rita

I went expecting some delicious Bengali vegetarian recipes and an interesting conversation. But when I left, I carried back an experience that was so poignant and unexpected—of seeing a family where caste and class distinction have been erased, paving the […]

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Rajasthani Pitla

A quick side-dish made with besan (gram flour), Rajasthani Pitla is a popular recipe from the desert state of Rajasthan and the ultimate comfort food. This recipe was shared by Chandra Kataria, a beautiful Rajasthani and an impeccable hostess living […]

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Drumstick Curry

This is a homestyle drumstick curry in coconut paste from the regions of Behrampur and Rourkela on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Mrs Kantham learnt this delicious dish from her mother. Healthy and easy to prepare, its consistency […]

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Pointed gourd and potato masala curry

In this post, Mrs. Surya Kantham shares her favourite recipe using pointed gourd and potatoes with Jigyasa Giri. In Odisha where she lived as a young girl, pointed gourd (parwal) is known as Potol. A family favourite, Mrs. Kantham says […]

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Pachrangi Sabzi

“Maan-manuhaar (meaning hospitality) is very important. We love it when all our near and dear ones come over for a meal. We have large family and friend circles. Festivals are an occasion to celebrate together,” says Lalitha Bhandari.   Pachrangi […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Methi bhaji - Kela nu Shaak

Continued from the interview with Gita & Deepak Banker. Walking up to a shelf of books, Deepak pulls out an old note book. He opens each page fondly, gently moving his palm over his mother’s withered hand writing in Gujarati. […]

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Gatte ki sabzi - Soulfood recipes

  When one mentions Rajasthan, images of deserts, camels and havelis conjure in the mind along with its specialty cuisine. Among the vegetarian dishes, Baati, Ker Sangri & Gatta are definitely some top favourites. Gatte is a term used for […]

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Aloo pyaz subzi

A perfect homemaker, a lovely hostess and a beautiful woman, there was much to learn from Mrs. Neeta Lodha. She also shared with us some of her favourite Rajasthani recipes while we enjoyed a wholesome meal at her Haveli in […]

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