Poosanikkai Mor Kootu / Ash Gourd Stew with Buttermilk

When it comes to comfort food, my go to recipe is a kootu. I love eating hot kootu with rice and paruppu. I make kootu on lazy days when I am not in a mood to cook anything elaborate. Kootu

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Mixed Vegetable Poricha Kuzhambu | Poricha Kootu

A quick and easy Poricha Kootu for weeknight dinner with any leftover vegetables in the refrigerator. Works great with rice, idli or dosai!   I love Poricha kuzhambu and the most frequent vegetable that I use is podalangai (snake gourd).

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Peerkangai Poricha Kootu – Ridge Gourd / Chinese Okra Kootu

It was almost the end of harvest season and one of my dear friends, Ranganayaki, gave me two lovely peerkangai / ridge gourd that had grown in her backyard. After moving from New York, one of the things that we

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Poosinikkai Kootu – White Pumpkin Kootu – Ash Gourd Kootu

Poosinikkai, also known as ash gourd is the new found happiness for our family. After our move to South, I can very easily find this vegetable in the local Indian or Asian markets and I have been cooking marathons with

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Kerala Style Poosinikkai Kootu Curry

Finding poosinikkai (ash gourd or white pumpkin) is not very easy in many parts of US. I am very excited to have moved to where I am right now for this reason. I am able to find many Indian vegetables

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Vellarikkai Kootu / Cucumber Stew

This was yet another year with a very good yield of cucumbers from our backyard. My husband came up with this wonderful idea of building a trellis for the cucumbers and ever since then the fruits are straight instead of

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Chow Chow Poricha Kootu – Chayote Squash stew

Comfort food is my next post for my third day of blogging marathon under the theme cooking from a cookbook. After a busy week, I always look forward to that day, when I can make a comfort meal and just

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Chow Chow Carrot Kootu – Chayote Squash and Carrot Stew

Cold winter days are making me crave for more comfort foods. This is one of the foods that I love to eat on a lazy day with saadham and paruppu (Rice and lentils) and dollop of freshly made ghee. I

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Paruppu Podi – Spiced Lentil Powder for Rice

Having homemade masala powders and spice powders are a blessing. They are much more flavorful than the store bought ones and we can always control the ingredients that go in to them. I have always bought back these prepared powders

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Mullangi Vendhaya Sambhar – Radish Fenugreek Sambhar

What’s for lunch? This is one question that I absolutely hate to hear. As much as I love to cook, I hate to decide the menu for the day. Sambhar, kuzhambu, kootu etc are some of the staples of the

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