Ari Pidi – Rice Dumplings in Coconut Sauce

Well, I am home, as in Kerala for vacation. If you’re already a follower of Being Wholesome I am sure you might have understood that a week back or so, since I have been posting a little this and that about Onam and other traditional Kerala dishes for a few days now. So, what’s happening…

Pumpkin Leaf & Flower Thoran (Stir Fry with Coconut)

We know Pumpkin is a versatile vegetable that is widely used in cooking and baking which is a favourite of many as well. However, Pumpkin leaf or flower is not something anyone would have thought of as a leafy veg option to cook and serve as a side dish unless you’re from Kerala. Again, not…

Onam – It’s an Emotion

As the title says, Onam is not just a festival it’s an emotion not only for me but for a lot of Malayalis out there who are not residing in Kerala. I am not saying it’s any less for the residents here but for me, Onam has always been more special whenever I was away…

Healthy Plantain Jam

Hey, how do you feel about jam? I know I feel quite jammy about jam. And, that means I love it. As a kid I used to have a thing for jams, I mean all kinds of it. No partiality there for sure. I used to have it with bread, roti, biscuits, rusks and sometimes…

Unniyappam

Unniyappam! The traditional Kerala snack made of rice flour and jaggery is also a popular Prasad given at the Ganesh temples of the region. There is barely any Keralite who doesn’t like this mildly sweet and comforting rice fritters. When made at home for immediate consumption it is usually made with bananas (Dwarf Cavendish variety)…

Soy Chunk Cutlets

I don’t know about the rest of the world but cutlets/ croquettes are popular tea time snacks in my hometown. You step into any local café this savoury goodness is a must to see on their menu. It’s one of my favourites and I love the way they serve it with ketchup and onion-green chilli…

A Nostalgic Food Experience in UAE – Kappa Chakka Kanthari

Being a Keralite NRI what do you miss the most about your hometown? Obviously your home, your loved ones, the feel and lifestyle of being a Malayali and most importantly the homemade typical Kerala household food. In a way we are lucky that Kerala cuisine has carved a niche for itself in the world of…

Neypayasam

Payasam! The word that holds a significant value in every proud Malayali’s diet. It is needless to mention that being a true Keralite it will always have a special place in my heart and diet too. For us, any auspicious occasion calls for a delicious variety of payasam. So, what is this Payasam? I think…