Vegetarian recipes

Masala Vadai

Sundari Ganesan’s deep love for experimentation can be seen in this delicious recipe of instant vadai. It is such a family favourite that she always keeps a bottle of powdered roasted gram (daaliya in Hindi, udacha kadalai in Tamil) in […]

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Puli Kootu

I don’t know whether it is being creative or not, but I am always experimenting with new vegetables and ingredients. Despite living in so many different cities in India, I have stuck to some traditional rules such as cooking without […]

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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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Kameswari Kunapuli

Beautiful and gracious. And rivetingly multifaceted, as her friend Sitaji Kolluru, who introduced us, had so aptly described. That’s Kameswari Kunapuli, a classical Carnatic singer and teacher from East Godavari, now residing in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. Sitting in her outer […]

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Vegetarian kabuli pulav recipe

A rich and famous rice dish from Jodhpur, Kabuli is a favourite at celebrations and weddings. It is highly possible that this dish is the vegetarian version of Qabili Pulav, the national dish of Kabul. Though the original recipe requires […]

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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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Poha Dosa and Fenugreek Stew

Known as Atukulu Pongaraalu in Andhra, this poha dosa is delicious. Made with flattened rice, known as Poha in North India and Atukulu in Telugu, it is a specialty of Andhra Pradesh. Follow the recipe and you will get very […]

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Tomato Pachchadi Geeta Nair

A wholesome gravy with tomatoes, the special ingredient in tomato pachchadi is the crushed mustard seeds that lend a unique flavour. Much loved in Geeta Nair’s home as in most Kerala homes, this is simple and easy to make.   […]

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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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Pachrangi Achaar

“I think cooking is an art. But it is also an intuition. If you are truly interested, you can experiment effortlessly. Food definitely binds a family together,” says Mahaveerchand Bhandari with his wife Lalitha Bhandari as they share family recipes […]

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Sambhariya - Suresh Kimtee

A delicious side-dish and a cherished memory, this recipe of Sambhariya sabzi reminds Sureshji Kimtee of his mother and her penchant for perfection. This is a much-loved recipe and a family favourite for decades. He says the trick is in […]

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Kulbhushan Khanna - Pathankot

Maximizing the power of ingredients by recognizing the distinct flavour of each one is an art. While cooking, I simply take the ingredients in my masala dabba for granted – cumin, chilli powder, turmeric and asafoetida feature in most of […]

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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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