Raw Banana Chops

Raw Banana Chops

This recipe calls for raw green bananas which are abundant in South India. These are not the unripe version of North America’s “Chiquita” yellow banana. They are similar to what we can buy as unripe plantains. They are starchy and used as a vegetable instead of a fruit.

Murangakai Soup (Tamil Drumstick Sāmbhar Soup)

Murangakai Soup (Tamil Drumstick Sāmbhar Soup)

Chefs Dhiraj, Suresh and Chindi at Grande Bay Resort and Spa in Mamallapuram shared this authentic drumstick Sāmbhar soup with us. The fact that we walked their organic garden and saw the drumsticks hanging from the trees just a few feet from where we were cooking the soup made this a truly “mile zero” meal.

Vegetable Kootu– Dal with Spinach. Recipe from the Grande Bay Resort and Spa.

Vegetable Kootu (dal with mixed vegetables) from the Grande Bay Resort and Spa

Kootu is the Tamil word for “add” and it typically refers to a dal dish with a variety of vegetables added. Each region of South India will add their own favourites. Chef Chindi Varadarajulu of Grande Bay Resort in Mamallapuram likes to add any combination of ash gourd, squash, pumpkin, carrots, potatoes, broad beans, green …

Coconut buns with candied ginger and citrus peel.

Isha’s Coconut Buns

There is a very pleasant café for visitors at Isha called the Peppervine Eatery. We stopped for a chai break there one day and enjoyed freshly cut wedges from huge rounds of bread stuffed with a coconut filling. Later that afternoon when we were in the Akshaya (kitchen) we watched the baker baking these sweet …