Indian vegetarian dishes from his mother's kitchen

SC Shekar’s pleasing food photography has graced a books of many famous chefs. But if we ask a gifted ready when one can design to get their hands on his possess cookbook, he shakes his head.

“I don’t need to write a cookbook. What my mom taught me are all here,” says a achieved art and blurb photographer, indicating to his heart.

“She always knows how many reduction to use though looking during any recipe. How can we explain that to anyone? Surely essay a cookbook would be one heck of a tough pursuit though correct measurements,” he jests.

Growing adult in a vegetarian family, eating out was not always an option.

“We ate during home many of a time behind then. It was formidable to find vegetarian Indian food external of a home. What we could find were mostly Chinese vegetarian restaurants.

“Besides, my mom loves to cook. When we were flourishing up, there was always something that she was experimenting with in a kitchen and we enjoyed whatever she created,” he says.

Shekar mostly recreates a dishes that reminds him of home, childhood and his mother.

Shekar mostly recreates a dishes that reminds him of home, childhood and his mother.

But it was Shekar’s father who got him vehement about cooking. “Every weekend, he took over a kitchen from my mother. we remember a times when we went to a marketplace in a morning to demeanour for things to ready after in a day.”

When he changed to Perth, Australia, to serve his studies, Shekar found himself carrying to try into a kitchen to ready his possess food. But as it incited out, he was sanctified with his parents’ cooking skills. “My mom says that we am as good a ready as she is. But we don’t trust her,” he says with a laugh.

His mom was innate in Singapore though traces her roots to southern India – like his late father. They changed to this nation after a war.

“And when we are starting anew in a opposite country, we have to ready utilising a reduction that are around you. That’s what my mom did. She baked food she remembered from home, regulating a reduction that she found here. She didn’t have a recipe book … she was innovating all a way,” he says.

To safeguard they had adequate protein from their vegetarian diet his mom used lots of lentils in her cooking. She also particularly followed a Ayurvedic diet that encourages a change of astringent, sweet, sour, tainted and sour ambience in food – something that Shekar follows as well.


Curry leaves are a good source of nutrients.

“I always use hing or asafoetida in my cooking. It helps with digestion. we also use a lot of yoghurt and herbs. Here, we take curry leaves for postulated as a pepper and garnish, though we like to use it as a categorical part instead,” he says.

Shekar’s Curry Leaves Thovaiyal (chutney) is packaged with nutrients. Curry leaves are famous to assistance with digestion, control blood sugarine levels, and even assist weight loss. He also uses gingelly oil in all of his cooking. Gingelly oil is finished from unroasted sesame seeds, and is a good source of protein. It can also be used on skin and hair, for elasticity and shine.

“Food can uphold us in many ways. We usually have to know how to use a reduction for a best interest,” he adds.

Shekar mostly hosts his family and friends during his home in Petaling Jaya. An zealous traveller, he mostly brings behind reduction from a places he visits to use in his cooking.

Together with his wife, also a penetrating traveller and cook, they have tasted some of a best food a universe has to offer. But it’s a elementary homecooked dishes that reason a special place in his heart.

“These are my comfort food. The ambience is secure low in my family, and some-more importantly, these food reminds me of my mother’s cooking.”



(Lentil and herb flatbread)

2 cups rice
1 crater urad dhal
1/4 crater mung beans
1/4 crater Malawi dhal
1/2 crater apart peas
6 dusty chillies
8 sprigs curry leaves
1 tsp hing (asafoetida)
salt, to taste
1 immature chilli, chopped finely
1½ cups Indian drumstick leaves
1 garland coriander, chopped

To ready batter

Soak a rice and a urad dhal together in water. Soak a mung beans in H2O separately. In a apart container, soak a Malawi dhal, apart peas and dusty chillies. Leave them shower overnight. It is critical to soak these reduction alone as they will be belligerent to opposite consistencies.

Using a grinder, grub a rice and urad dhal into a really excellent consistency, adding H2O sparingly as needed. Set aside in a vast bowl.

Next, grub a Malawi dhal, apart peas and dusty chillies together with a curry leaves, hing and salt, into a semi-rough paste. Add to a bowl.

Finally, grub a mung beans into a counterfeit pulp and supplement to a play as well.

Mix a essence in a play entirely before adding a immature chilli, Indian drumstick leaves and coriander. Stir it well. At this point, a coherence of a beat should be thick though still spreadable.

To ready addai

Set a roaster or cast-iron skillet over center heat. Oil with gingelly oil (nalla ennai). Ladle 1/4 crater beat in a center of a prohibited griddle.

Using a bottom of a ladle, widespread beat external in a round suit to a hole of about 15cm. Drizzle a bit of gingelly oil over a top. Leave addai beat to brownish-red gradually until outdoor edges start to demeanour dry, about 2 minutes, cooking on one side only.

With a spatula, delicately disencumber addai from griddle. Bottom should be frail and beautifully browned. Then flip over to a other side and brownish-red as well. Serve hot.



(Drumstick Curry)

Coconut paste
3 tbsp uninformed grated coconut
1 sprig curry leaves
4 tbsp sambar powder

6 tbsp gingelly oil
2 tsp mustard seeds
3 tsp fenugreek
4 dusty chillies
2 tbsp apart peas
2 sprigs of curry leaves
5 shallots
4 cloves garlic
2 vast tomatoes, quartered
1 immature chilli, halved
1 tbsp seedless tamarind paste
1 tsp hing (asafoetida)
salt, to taste
6 cups water
2 center potatoes, diced
2 drumstick pods, cut into 7cm lengths
30 pea eggplants (terung pipit)
1 garland coriander, chopped coarsely

To make coconut paste

Grind grated coconut, curry leaves and sambar powder into a excellent paste. Wet with H2O if necessary. Set aside.

To ready curry

Heat gingelly oil in a pot on center heat. Add mustard seeds and wait until it pops. Add fenugreek, dusty chillies, and apart peas and grill until golden brown. Add curry leaves, shallots, garlic, tomatoes and chilli. Stir good and concede to ready for 2 minutes.

Add tamarind paste, hing, salt and stir well. Add H2O to a mixture. Turn feverishness to high and let curry come to a boil. Add potatoes, Indian drumsticks and a coconut paste. Cover a pot, and ready for 30 mins on center heat.

Check if a potatoes and Indian drumsticks are cooked. Add some-more H2O if coherence is too thick. Add pea eggplant and coriander and ready for another 5 mins before branch off a heat.



(Yoghurt Okra)

1 tbsp gingelly oil
15 immature okra, washed, dusty and cut into 1.5cm lengths
1½ cups plain yoghurt
6cm ginger, julienned
1 immature chilli, halved and cut into half-moons
1/2 tsp hing (asafoetida)
salt, to taste

Thallipu (aromatic garnish)
(Usually finished in South Indian cuisine to raise ambience in a dish)

1 tsp gingelly oil
1/2 tsp mustard seed
2 dusty chillies
1/2 tsp urad dhal
1 sprig curry leaves

Set a vessel on center feverishness and supplement a oil. Fry okra until they cringe and a edges are charred. Remove a okra from a vessel and set aside.

In a bowl, brew yoghurt and boiled okra. Add ginger, chilli and hing. Stir good and deteriorate to taste. Fry and supplement a thallipu to a brew usually before serving. Garnish with coriander if desired.

curry root chutney


(Curry Leaf Chutney)

2 tbsp gingelly oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 dusty chillies
1 tsp urad dhal
2 shallots, sliced
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 tsp hing (asafoetida)
2 cups curry leaves
2 tbsp uninformed grated coconut
1 tsp seedless tamarind paste
1/2 tsp palm sugar
salt, to taste

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and wait until they pop.

Add dusty chillies, urad dhal, shallots, garlic and hing. Fry until perfumed and somewhat browned. Add curry leaves. Fry until a leaves soften. Turn off a feverishness before adding grated coconut. Let it cool.

Use a blender to mix a mixture. Add tamarind paste, palm sugarine and salt. Add a small H2O if required to mix until it becomes a semi-smooth paste. Garnish with curry leaves.

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