Pavakkai Urukkai/Pavakkai Pickle/Bitter gourd Pickle/Karela Achaar – BM # 32

19th Sept, 2013 This is yet another recipe that I had changed at the last moment for the alphabet P. Like I mentioned earlier, this is a very busy time for me in the kitchen. The vegetables are being harvested

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Jalapeno Jelly – BM # 32

12th Sept, 2013 When there is abundance of something our imagination goes beyond and over and we try out things that we have never even thought of before. That is usually my case at the end of every summer. I

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Kathirikkai Kaara Kuzhambu (Spicy Eggplant/brinjal in Tamarind gravy)

8th August, 2013 Eggplants are in overload in our backyard. So for the past couple of weeks I have been making eggplants almost every other day. I usually freeze the produce that grows in our backyard and use it through

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Beans Paruppu Usilli (Steamed lentil with green beans) – BM # 30

26th July, 2013 This is the last day of the blogging marathon 30 and also my last post under native dishes. After yesterday’s post about my favorite native memory, the Paneer soda, today I am writing about one of the

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Podalangai Curry (South Indian Dry Snake Gourd Curry)

2nd July, 2013 Podalangai or snake gourd is one of my ever favorite vegetable. I never really thought that I would miss this vegetable so much after I moved to US. This is one of the vegetables that are hard

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Green Cutlets – Lentil Patties with greens (BM # 29)

18th June, 2013 For the second day with the theme ‘cooking from a cookbook’, I wanted to use greens. We had just harvested a big bunch of spinach from my backyard and I wanted to use it right away. More

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Vendakkai/Ladies Finger Curry/ Okra curry (Okra dry curry made the South Indian style)

3rd Dec 2012 Growing up vendakkai or okra was one of my favorite vegetables. Lot of people shy away from this vegetable because of its slimy texture, but if we cook it right we can get rid of that texture

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Lauki/Dhoodhi Subzi/ Bottle gourd subzi

  Bottle gourd is one of the vegetables that we grow in our backyard.  This delicious bottle gourd recipe has been one of our family’s favorite. The vegetable itself does not have too much flavor in it, so it takes

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Thakkali Sadham (Tomato Rice)

24th Aug, 2012 Tomato rice is a common lunch box recipe or an item much preferred during an outing or a picnic. There is a joke about the TamBramhs about how we are recognized based on what we carry during

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