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Coconut chutney

South Indian recipe for coconut chutney

Coconut chutney is commonly served at breakfast time with sambar (lentils based vegetable stew). These are both ‘wet’ dishes, so dosa (savoury Indian pancakes) and idli (savoury cakes) are served alongside them to soak them up. This mini feast is mainly popular at breakfast time in south India. Ingredients for south Indian coconut chutney 2…




A freshly made dosa

Recipe for south Indian dosa

Dosa are south Indian rice/lentil based pancakes, made from a similar batter as idli (savoury cakes). They are popular at breakfast time to soak up a tasty coconut chutney or sambar (lentils based vegetable stew). As with idly, the ratio of rice to lentils (uril dal) is 3:1. Ingredients for the dosa 600g of idli ponni rice (or a…




Idli

Recipe for south Indian idli

Sambar and coconut chutney are ‘wet’ curry like based foods popular for breakfast.  They are commonly eaten with idli or dosa (fermented pancake) to soak them up. This is the recipe we learnt for making idli, which is a small cylinder of pressed rice, almost like a savoury cake.  The batter used to make the…




Trying sambar and idlis in Kerala

South Indian sambar recipe

Sambar is a lentil based vegetable stew with tamarind popular in south India. It is commonly served for breakfast usually with dosa (fermented pancake) or idli (savoury cake). South Indian cuisine mainly uses coconut oil for cooking given the abundance of coconuts around the coast.  In addition, samba powder is used, which should be available…




The ghats of Varanasi

The ghats of Varanasi

Varanasi is an incredible city in North East India based along the Ganges river, considered sacred to Hindus.  It is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world (since around 11th or 12th century BC). The river banks of the Ganges in Varanasi are bordered by almost 100 ghats.  The ghats are…




The Blue City of Rajasthan at sunset

Rajasthan and Indian temple bum fun

Our friend Andrew joined us in India from London for his birthday. After spending Diwali in Jaipur, we continued travelling through Rajasthan and then on to Khajuraho. Rajasthan is India’s largest state and all about colours.  Jaipur is the pink city, Jodhpur, blue and Udaipur, white. It’s also packed with many temples, palaces and forts, which…