Category Archive: South Indian recipes


Hot and humid summer months are mango season in Kerala and mangoes invariably appear in every meal of the day, in various forms. It takes the role of sour tamarind in the curries… Continue reading


Growing up in Kerala, fish was crucial for lunch every single day, and was bought fresh every morning. As a result, I am drawn to fresh fish incessantly and I buy it on… Continue reading


The other day my daughter came back from work all excited, telling me that her colleague was talking highly about a green leaf supplement and when she searched for it, it turned out… Continue reading

South Indian Style Tomato Chutney

Chutneys are made fresh in almost every South Indian home and there are many varieties from coconut chutney to coriander chutney and fresh tomato chutney. This recipe is more like a Western version,… Continue reading

Keralan coconut rolls

Do you think the coconut is regaining its position as a high status food? I believe so! For decades, coconuts were considered unhealthy due its high levels of saturated fat. Recent studies however… Continue reading

Green Mango Curry – Keralan style

When it is mango season, green mangoes rule the daily menu in most Keralan homes.  They are used in many ways, made into chutneys, picked, salted, added to curries, (which I have a… Continue reading

Parippu Vada with Channa Dal

Growing up, Parippu vada (Masala vada), as we call it in Kerala, used to be one of the most popular after school snacks.  It is made of Channa dal (Bengal gram) or Kadala… Continue reading

Ulli Vada – South Indian onion and curry leaf fritters

These little morsels are terribly addictive; once you start munching on them it’s hard to stop.  In South India this is a popular teatime snack and roadside venders fry them fresh and sell… Continue reading

Baby Corn and Carrot Stir-fry with Mustard seeds and Curry leaves

      Baby corn is always a lovely addition when you want to add an extra sweet crunch to salads, noodles or stir-fries. This is a South Indian-style stir-fry which is surprisingly… Continue reading

Olan – Marrows and Cowpeas in Coconut milk

Olan is a Keralan vegetarian dish traditionally made with South Indian ash gourd or golden Indian cucumbers. English marrows work perfectly well in this recipe and they are in prime season during this… Continue reading