Tandoori Whole Roast Chicken

Tandoori chicken is popular Indian dish that is made by roasting chicken that has been marinated in yogurt, lemon, and many different spices. This appetizer, sometimes served as a main dish, is known for its bright red colour which is achieved through the use of food colouring. If the red colour seen in restaurants is preferred, red food colouring can be added to the Read More …

Traditional Milk Payasam

Payasam, similar to rice pudding, is made with tapioca and sometimes broken pieces of vermicilli boiled in milk and sugar. It is typically served as dessert after vegetarian meals but I remember my mom used to make this for me when I was sick and refused to eat anything but it. I haven’t made payasam in awhile mainly because until Read More …

Pineapple Rava Kesari (Semolina Pudding)

Rava Kesari is a popular sweet made from semolina, sugar and ghee. It is actually one of the first sweets that I had the confidence to master, due to its simplicity. There are so many different versions of this easy sweet dish but my favourite is the pineapple kesari, made with either fresh pineapple or canned pineapple chunks. Kesari is always Read More …

Vegetable Biryani

With Tamil New Year almost upon us I thought I would share my recipe for vegetable biryani. This aromatic and flavourful rice dish usually accompanies holidays such as Tamil New Year and Diwali as well as birthdays, family gatherings, and special dinners. As with any biryani you make at home from scratch, you can expect a long list of ingredients and some prep Read More …

Sri-Lankan-Style Red Lentil Curry

Red Lentil Curry affectionately known as parippu amongst Tamils, is a simple dish that accompanies vegetarian meals and sometimes non-vegetarian ones as well. The preparation of this infamous comfort food varies from home to home although the main ingredient remains the same. My mom tempers dried red chillies along with onions and spices in her version and I use fresh green chillies in mine. Regardless of how it is prepared, Read More …