Kerala Appam – Palappam

Appam is a type of pancake made in Kerala with fermented rice batter & coconut milk. The name itself suggests its a cake made of milk – “pal” stands for milk in Malayalam language & appam is a type of pancake. This dish is also very popular in other states in the south & elsewhere in countries of Southeast Asia. In Srilanka, it is known as rice hoppers. The appams are made in a special pan called appam chattis (usually nonstick) so you don’t need to use oil for preparing it. The shape the palappam resembles a bowl -thin around the edges & soft & fluffy in the middle or centre. In the olden days, toddy or palm wine made from coconut palms was used to ferment the batter. Nowadays of course, people use yeast instead.

Rasam Powder

Rasam Powder or Rasam Podi as it is popularly known in southern states of India is an integral ingredient in any South Indian kitchen pantry. Rasam is a kind of soup and any South Indian meal is not complete with …

Sambar Powder

Sambar is an wholesome stew popularly served along with idli, dosa and rice in South India. Any South Indian meal is not complete without a sambar. Here is a homemade recipe for making the sambar powder. This spice blend can …

Garam Masala

Garam Masala is a blend of different spices used in fine East Indian cooking. The name literally means “hot spices” in Hindi, and it gives a unique spicy element to the dishes. Different regions in India have their own variations …

Medu Vada

Medu vada is a very popular South Indian snack recipe. It is usually served for breakfast in the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is served with sambar and a coconut chutney on the side and sometimes even along with idlis. These vadas are shaped pretty much like doughnuts but that it is where the similarity ends. Unlike doughnuts, this is a savoury dish.

Quinoa Tikki

Tikki is a type of mini cutlet made with potatoes and vegetables. A new twist on this popular recipe, these are made with Quinoa seeds as the main ingredient. Healthy, nutritious and refreshingly different!