Category Archives: Side Dish

Paal pagarkkai

Teasel Gourd Fry

Teasel Gourd has the looks of a baby jack fruit, which distanced me from this vegetable. I have seen Teasel gourd in the Indian supermarket, but was obscure about its taste and the method of cooking. Until one day, a friend of mine from Madurai introduced

Beans Fry

An offbeat from the regular Paruppu Usili recipes. Usili is roughly translated to steamed lentils. Usually lentils are soaked, crushed, steamed, fried and mixed with the vegetables and of course Oil takes a major role. I learnt the authentic type of

Okra Gravy

Vendaikai/Okra Aviyal A Curry done in aviyal syle without adding yoghurt, still has the taste and flavor of the authentically made Aviyal. Okra cooked in a spicy mixture along with coconut creating a smooth creamy gravy making

Cucumber Salad

Usually salads have cucumber as one of the ingredients, but in this recipe cucumber is the base of this dish. Again from my friend’s kitchen. I haven’t done this type of raitha. I add yogurt for the raithas, where onion, cucumber and capsicum

vazhakkai, plantain

Raw Banana Fry

A stir fry with Raw Banana. This needs less oil and the ingredients enhance the taste. There are many varieties of banana or plantain. And in Tamilnadu raw banana recipe particularly denotes to Monthan varieity. Bajjis, curries, side dishes are