Winter’s here and it’s time for warm jackets, cozy blankets, and hot soup! This Kerala style coconut soup is exactly what you need to comfort your soul on cold, gloomy nights.
The inspiration for this soup is the Kerala style vegetable stew, which is commonly had with Appam. The ingredients for both recipes are similar, but the coconut milk used for this soup is watered down heavily and keeps it light.
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Maavinkayi chitranna (raw mango rice) is a great summer dish, since raw mangoes are available easily in the Indian grocery stores. It’s a twist on the south Indian staple Chitranna (lemon rice).
It’s been a month since my last post – yikes! Summer has been busy since my folks are here. There’s been a bit of local sightseeing as well as vacations in Cape Cod, Montreal and Bucharest.
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Today’s post covers another nostalgic trip down memory lane and a favorite summer snack – chanbure upkari (in konkani) or south Indian masala bhel.
Growing up, summers were spent in Mom’s hometown of Udupi, a small coastal town in Karnataka. Udupi is known for its local cuisine, which comprises of Masala Dosa, Golli Bajji & Neer Dosa (to name a few).
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When I was growing up, we lived in Calicut, Kerala for four years. I have fond memories of that place. The warm people, the food, and the beach – oh, the beach!
Today’s recipe is Carrot Thoran, a Kerala style stir fry. Thoran can be made with any finely chopped vegetable of your choice. Typically they are made of cabbage, carrots, beans or spinach leaves. The addition of grated coconut, shallots and cumin seeds elevate the flavors of this simple dish.
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Upma is a staple South Indian breakfast, but I’ve never liked it. I found it bland and unexciting. So Mom would make Upma’s sexier sibling – Khara Bhaath, just for me.
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People from the Konkani community are familiar with dalithoy – the yellow soup that has mustard seeds, curry leaves and dried red chillies floating in it at all times.
Growing up, this wasn’t my favorite. When Mom made dalithoy, it meant tonight’s dinner was simple (read boring). There was nothing exciting about dalithoy. Ever!
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