Kothamalli Podi – Fresh Coriander/ Cilantro Chutney Powder (Dry)

75 years of experience all bundled in a 5 feet petite frame. Hands that have worked a gazillion times to feed much of the family, friends of the family, extended family and friends of the extended family. And not necessarily gone by the book. She does not need measuring cups and tools. Her weathered hands

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Coconut Mint Chutney

An eternal favorite at home this simple chutney made of fresh or frozen grated coconut , roasted channa dal or dalia and flavored with fresh mint is a notch above the usual. The entire assembly is done in minutes literally and you will have one of the best tasting accompaniments ever for dosa or idlis..

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Kothamalli Thogayal/ Coriander leaves Chutney

Don’t you just love greens??…We love it here too. Love green chutneys and sandwich spreads.. but this one is special.. It indulges your senses with the tanginess of tamarind and the freshness of the coriander leaves sautéed, oh but just for a minute. Thickened by browned urad dal and black pepper it is a culinary

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Beetroot leaves Thogayal/Chutney/Relish

A trip to any grocery store invariably ends up in me looking for fresh beets. And if it is usually packed with leaves, then the fresher the better naturally. The gorgeous color  and crispness of the leaves is a natural draw for me. Actually I am a sucker when it comes to all kinds of fresh

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Beet, Oats and Flax Seed Tikki / Croquette/ Cutlets

  Hot weather in Spring : Check Crabby kids : Check Crabby mom : Check ( Nah, I am an angel!) Weekly produce cleaning and org: Check A bunch of beets : Check It was hot sultry calm before the storm in NC. Very hot and humid weather and temperature in higher eighties.. We know

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Tomato, Onion and Carrot Chutney – Simple,Quick and Awesome!

#BacktoBasics Superfast, Super quick , Super delish and uses ingredients most often found in your pantry . The best part about this is the fact that it is so versatile and has a burst of flavors all in one. You can keep the consistency thick enough to make it into a sandwich spread, or add

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Mint Coriander Chutney- Green , tangy dressing anyone?

Fresh Cilantro and Mint Chutney- Green , tangy dressing anyone?   Super quick post..Been wanting to add this in the Basics for some time. Prompted to do this cause of FB request from a dear friend asking me for my version of this. Of course if you troll the inet, everyone and their cousin will have one

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Spicy Tomato Relish – Tomato Thokku (Zing in the tongue)

I often get into one of those “ I so need to clean the pantry “ moods .. especially when I have something major lined up. In this case , it was prepping for the 30 day salad event and with 2 family birthday part events lined up, including one with a herd of teenage

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Hummus in a Hurry !

Oh this is one is going to be such a quick post… Want a low fat spread? Want a yummy one at it? Want spicy, tangy, yummy and not the bland kind? And one that can be made in a jiffy and not the store bought one? Oh did I emphasize the yummy , tasty

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