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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Kongunadu Style Thayir Keerai | Spinach in Yogurt base

For the second day of venturing into the Tamil cuisine, I chose to make a recipe from the Kongu region also called the Kongunadu. Kongu means nectar and this place is thus the land of nectar. The kongunad region comprises

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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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Pavakkai Pittalai (Bitter gourd and garbanzo beans stew cooked in Indian spices)

  Did I just hear you say, I don’t like bitter gourd? Think again…Yes, Bitter gourd is bitter and that is the nature of the vegetable. But if cooked properly using the right ingredients and technique, the bitterness of the

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