Whenever am making a south indian dish, be it idli, dosa, uttapam, or pongal, I prefer to make chutneys that goes with it, else somehow I find justice is not done to the food. Two most common chutneys that I make are 1) Coconut Chutney and 2) Onion Tomato Chutney. Both of these are easy to make (Who does not like easy recipes?), as well does not take huge effort and ingredients for this chutney are available in generally in kitchen cupboard.
Not all the days are when you have luxury of time to hand to do elaborate cooking and at that time all you wish is quick recipe, but you do not wish to eat that million calories Pizza from a take away, nor you wish to survive on sandwich. Here comes this handy “honey garlic prawns”, which offers goodness of prawns and is ready in less than 20 mins. Serve with plain steamed rice or with bread of your choice.
Be it holy month of Ramzan or not, Kebabs are super hit any day. Talking of Kebabs, discussion can never end with out bringing Shami Kebab (शामी कबाब) into the mix. Shami Kebab is popular Pakistani and Indian style of kebab, it is different from other kebabs mainly because this one is not fried on a skewer. Shami kebab does not fall in the tandoori family. This one is made by mixing minced chicken along with spices and then frying it.
Mango Pickle, Chilli pickle, Lemon pickle etc are common pickles you will find easily however when talking of less common pickles Jackfruit pickle is one I really crave for!
Jackfruit pickle (कटहल का अचार) is one thing that surely I can say my mother-in-law is an expert. Jackfruit is a seasonal fruit is normally available fresh during March through May, and for someone like me who lives in UK, its a novelty to find fresh Jackfruit.
Prawn Fried rice is a meal which can be made jiffy, not much of fuss and guess if you a prawn lover, you will love it. This recipe comes from my partner’s bag. He is the one who loves prawns and lately has passed on the taste to my little one. With two prawn lovers in house now, am out numbered, but still pleased that my family gets to eat what they love. This recipe is an Indian adaptation of Chinese prawn rice.
When was the last time you visited an authentic south indian restaurant? If you have been there, yo will find a coconut based chutney served normally along side dosa, idli, etc. Being a north-indian (read bought up in sleepy town), I was less exposed to all south-indian cuisine, so when I got to Delhi (thankfully has got some decent south-indian food serving restaurants), I not only familiarised with scrumptious south-indian taste, I learnt lot more about south-indian cuisine.