Baked Okra

After trying this dish this way, I realized this is the best way to make bendi(bhindi) fry. Usually bendi fry takes quite a bit of oil if you want the bendi to be fried crispy. It also takes lot of effort to stir the bendi pieces so that they don’t stick to the pan Continue reading

SorakayaPulusu

Here is the recipe for Sorakaya Pulusu (Bottlegourd/Lauki pulusu). Pulusu is somewhere between sambaar and rasam but has its own unique place in telugu families. It has flavour of sambaar because vegetables are cooked using tamarind just like sambaar, Continue reading

Twine Vases

We accumulated these tumblers as free gifts from a local university when kids participated in a trivia competition. I have been saving them for few years but could not find a proper use for them (I did use one as a pencil holder). I was almost ready to get rid of them but crafty mind in me Continue reading

Beans with CurryPowder

This is one of the traditional recipes which goes well when there is something like sambar, rasam, or pulusulu. Making koora podi or curry powder well in advance makes it very easy and convenient to prepare this variety. Continue reading

PotatoBeansCurry

This is a simple potato beans curry, a mixture of potato and beans in coriander leaves, and tomato gravy. Making gravy curries is a big challenge for me! First of all tree nuts can’t enter our home because of my daughter’s severe nut allergy. So, any curry bases with cashews are ruled out. Continue reading

KooraPodi/CurryPowder

In most telugu homes, we have this curry powder (koora podi) prepared and kept in an air tight container. This is very versatile podi, as it can be sprinkled on lot of cooked vegetable curries like okra (bendi), tindora (dondakaya), beans, cabbage and capsicum. It also tastes wonderful on eggplant (brinjal) curry; Continue reading

BengalGramChutney

PachiSenagapappuChutney/ChanaDaalChutney

In most homes and almost every restaurant, chutneys for south Indian tiffins include combinations of peanuts, roasted gram daal, coriander leaves, and coconut.  As far as my husband and I am concerned peanut chutney is our favourite alternated once in a while with coconut chutney. But I avoid peanuts and coconuts as both my kids Continue reading