It’s a spicy, tangy condiment can be made in a jiffy. It can be served with indian breads, bakery breads, rice, as well as used as a dip for pasta and other dry snacks.


  • Tomato (chopped, fine, 2 cups)
  • Hing [Asafoetida] (small, cake)
  • Mustard Seeds (1 tsp)
  • Curry Leaves (few)
  • Urad Dal [Black Gram] (de-husked, split, 2 tsp)
  • Methi [Fenugreek] (seeds,1/4 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Oil (4 tsp)
  • Red Chilies (3)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Cuisine: South Indian

Category: Breakfast\ Lunch\ Dinner\ Tiffin

Serves: 2


  • In a shallow skillet add oil and methi [fenugreek seeds] and sautee till they turn deep red in color.
  • Set aside the seeds and add urad dal [split black gram] and sautee till golden.
  • Set aside and add red chilies and sautee for a minute.
  • Set aside the red chilies and add hing [asafoetida].
  • Wait for it to double its size and set aside.
  • In the same skillet add tomatoes and salt.
  • Cook till the water evaporates.
  • In a grinder bowl add the sauteed dry ingredients and grind to a coarse consistency.
  • Transfer the ground mixture to a bowl and add the cooked tomatoes and grind.
  • Mix the ground tomatoes to the spice mixture.
  • Add some oil to the skillet and add mustard seeds.
  • Wait for the seeds to splutter and add curry leaves.
  • Pour the hot oil mixture on top of chutney.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Sautee urad dal, methi, red chilies and hing and keep aside.
Cook tomatoes and salt.
Cooked tomatoes.
Grind the sauteed ingredients.
Ground spice mixture.
Add the ground tomatoes to the spice mixture and mix well.
Add oil and mustard seeds, wait to splutter and add curry leaves.
Add the hot oil mixture on top of chutney.

Kavuni [Black] Rice Sweet

This sweet originates from Chettinad region in Tamilnadu. Black rice is a good source of iron and other nutrients. I used jaggery instead of sugar. This rice turns purple after it’s cooked.


  • Kavuni [Black] Rice (1/2 cup)
  • Cardamom Powder (1/4 tsp)
  • Coconut (grated, 1/2 cup)
  • Cashews (halved, 10)
  • Jaggery (3/4 cup)
  • Ghee (4 tsp)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Soak time: 12 hours

Category: Lunch \ Dinner \ Snack

Cuisine: South Indian

Serves: 3


  • In a bowl wash and add water to kavuni rice and soak for 12 hours.
  • Transfer the soaked rice to a pressure cooker and add water if required.
  • Pressure cook for 15 whistles.
  • Add ghee to a deep skillet and add cashews.
  • Sautee for 5-6 minutes or until golden and set aside.
  • In the same skillet add grated coconut and dry roast for few minutes and set aside.
  • Add jaggery and water and cook till jaggery dissolves.
  • Add the cooked black rice and mash well.
  • Add the roasted cashews, coconut, and cardamom powder.
  • Add the remaining ghee too.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Wash and soak black rice for 12 hours.
Transfer the rice to a pressure cooker.
Pressure cook for 15 whistles.
If the rice is not soft pressure cook again for 4-5 whistles.
Roast cashews in ghee.
Dry roast grated coconut.
Roasted coconut and cashews to garnish.
Cook jaggery until it dissolves.
Add the cooked rice and mash well.
Garnish with coconut and cashews.


  • Wild rice and black rice are not exactly the same. We can substitute with wild rice if it’s not available.
  • Add more water before pressure cook the rice if required.
  • Cook the rice on low flame and ensure that there is enough water to pressure cook for 15 whistles.
  • Mash the rice before add to jaggery water.
  • Dissolve the jaggery and no need to make thick syrup.
  • The rice should be properly cooked before adding to the jaggery water.


Avial is a simple mixed vegetable cooked in a coconut gravy with curd and seasoned with coconut oil and curry leaves. My grandma used to add some chopped tomatoes and beetroot to get the pink color which was loved by all in our family. But, here I have given the authentic recipe without beetroot.


  • Pumpkin (white, long cut, 2 cups)
  • Coconut (grated, 1 1/2 cups)
  • Carrot (long cut, 1 cup)
  • Beans (long cut, 1 cup)
  • Coconut Oil (1 tbs)
  • Green Chilies (3)
  • Drumstick (1/2 cup)
  • Curd (1/2 cup)
  • Banana (raw, long cut, 1/2 cup)
  • Brinjal (long cut, 1/2 cup)
  • Potato (long cut, 1 cup)
  • Jeera [Cumin] (seeds, 1 1/2 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Curry Leaves (few)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Total time: 1 hr and 10 minutes

Category: Lunch \ Dinner

Cuisine: South Indian

Serves: 4


  • Add water to a skillet and add Pumpkin, potato, carrot, yam, brinjal, banana, beans, drumstick, and salt.
  • Cover with a lid and cook on a low flame.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes or till the vegetables are cooked.
  • Grind grated coconut, green chilies and jeera to a coarse consistency.
  • If water is required add few teaspoons of water to adjust the consistency.
  • Make some space in the center of the pan and add coconut oil and in the same oil add curry leaves.
  • Switch off the flame and after 10 minutes add curd.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Cook the vegetables in a skillet and add some water.
Cover with a lid and cook for 10-15 minutes.
Grind coconut, jeera and green chilies to a coarse consistency.
Add the mixture to the cooked vegetables.
Make space at the center and add coconut oil and curry leaves.
Add curd once it is cooled.


  • While cooking vegetables neither it should be over cooked nor under cooked.
  • Whisk the curd before adding to the cooked vegetables.
  • Fresh curd is preferred always.

Masala Vada |Paruppu Vadai |Dal Vada

Masala Vada is a south-indian snack made during the monsoon seasons, festival times (but no onions) and also for guests. it’s eaten with coconut chutney and a staple breakfast menu along with idli sambar in the restaurants. Vadai goes well with curd rice too.


  • Chana Dal [Chick Peas] (split, 1/4 cup)
  • Toor Dal [Pigeon Peas] (split, 1/4 cup)
  • Onions (chopped, fine, 1/2 cup)
  • Coriander Leaves (as desired)
  • Curry Leaves (chopped, few)
  • Green chili (chopped, fine, 1)
  • Ginger (grated, 1 tsp)
  • Rice (raw, 1 tsp)
  • Oil (to deep fry)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Red chilies (2)

Cook time: 45 minutes

Cuisine: South Indian

Category: Snack \ Tiffin

Yield: 12

Masala Vada recipe video


  • Wash and soak chick peas, pigeon peas and rice for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Soak red chilies along with the peas.
  • Strain the water and add the peas to a grinder bowl.
  • Save the water and add if required.
  • Grind to a coarse consistency.
  • Add chopped onions, green chili, grated ginger, salt, curry leaves and coriander leaves.
  • Mix all the ingredients.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Make a small lemon sized balls with the batter.
  • Wet a plastic sheet and flatten the ball.
  • Gently lower the balls and fry on a medium flame.
  • Cook on both the sides.
  • Transfer the vadas on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
Rice, Pigeon,and Chick Peas
Wash and soak them in water for 1 1/2 hours.
Soak red chilies along with the peas.
Strain the water.
Transfer the ingredients to a grinder bowl.
Grind them to a coarse consistency.
Add chopped onions,coriander leaves, curry leaves, green chili, grated ginger and salt.
Use the saved water if needed to adjust the consistency.
Spread out a sheet of plastic wrap and dampen it.
Take a lemon-sized ball with the batter and flatten it.
Wet your fingers and take off the batter.
Gently lower vada into the hot oil.
Cook vada on both the sides.
Cook till the vadas turn crisp.
Transfer on to a paper towel.


  • Strain the water using a strainer and leave the soaked rice and peas for 10 minutes.
  • While grinding water should be added using a spoon .Water decides the crispness so add little by little and do not pour.
  • Plastic sheet helps vada to give a bulge at the center and thin on the sides.
  • Initially after dropping the vadas into oil allow them to cook for 5-6 minutes.This will prevent them from breaking.