Kootu/South-Indian dal with veggies / Sambhar & Rasams / Uncategorized

Cooking With Farm Fresh Veggies: Spring Onion Sambhar

Weekend Lunch @ Ramachandrans Growing up in Delhi, everyday food at home was mainly north-Indian, interspersed with some south-Indian regulars like kootu (south-Indian dish of lentil and vegetables) and rasam (South-Indian soup). There’d be roti, dal and subzi at all meals and, rice and rasam or kootu every other day. Sundays lunches meant south-Indian food … Continue reading

Cooking with Farm Fresh veggies / Gravy side-dishes / Sambhar & Rasams

Cooking with Farm Fresh Veggies: Simple Tomato Rasam

This is a series on cooking with vegetables fresh from my parents’ backyard.   When you have access to fresh ingredients, you must make the simplest of dishes to truly savour them. No exotic name to confuse the tongue, just a simple basic dish to play with your palate before it slips down the throat. … Continue reading

Gravy side-dishes / Sambhar & Rasams

Keerai sambhar/ Tangy spinach dal

Growing up in Delhi, everyday food for us at home was roti-dal-sabzi, followed, of course, by curd-rice, without which any self-respecting south-Indian cannot live. South-Indian food was relegated to the weekend, by virtue of which it became special food. My mother would pounce upon any typically south-Indian vegetable –  podalangai/snake gourd, drumsticks, sambhar onions and … Continue reading