Paruppu Payasam (Lentil Kheer) is a traditional dessert that is chock-full of nutritious ingredients, while being so delicious that you’ll have no leftovers for sure. The best part is that, it requires the simplest of ingredients that can be found in almost every Indian kitchen.
Previously, we had shared Girija Paati’s mixed vegetable sambar, which is the most common version made in most Tamil households. Arachuvitta Sambar is a fancier version that is thicker with coconut and a lot more spices. It goes especially well with classic South Indian tiffin items such as idlies, dosas and vadas.
Avial or mixed vegetable stew immediately brings to mind traditional Keralite meals. Girija Paati makes a few different types of avial, however the Keralite version is the one that brings back memories of her ancestral home in Palakkad, a small town on the border of Tamilnadu and Kerala.
Ladies finger, vendakkai or bhindi is such a popular vegetable because of its versatility. Girija Paati’s family recipe for Palakkad style Vendakkai Pachadi is sweet, spicy and irresistible.
Girija Paati’s Adai recipe is a traditional, age-old, family, South Indian recipe that has been passed on from generation to generation. Made with a mix of lentil and rice, and with both red and green chillies, this is the epitome of all dosa batters and can be adapted to suit all tastes.
Girija Paati’s Adai Dosai Maavu (South Indian Lentil Dosa Batter)
South Indian traditional vegetarian recipes from an Indian grandmother's kitchen
You either hate it or love it. No one we have ever met is ambiguous about the bitter gourd. However, given its unbeatable health benefits, we believe this is a vegetable that should be included in your meal rotation. Girija Paati’s curry is a great way to introduce this into your family meals.
We recently found out that the knol khol is actually wild cabbage related to broccoli, brussel sprouts and kale! We always thought it was a form of turnip and was a cousin of root vegetables like the beetroot! Ah! Looks can be deceiving right?!
Rasam, a staple South Indian dish, is a paradox. Seemingly easy and straightforward to make, this is one dish that is the ultimate test of a cook’s patience and precision.
Here we share Girija Paati’s classic tomato rasam, that is the perfect combination of sweet, sour and spicy, a definite treat for the taste buds.