Pumpkin Tales' Warm Morning Glory Bowl

Pumpkin Tales’ Warm Morning Glory Bowl

This hearty bowl is grainfree and served warm for breakfast. It’s a completely nourishing way to start the day and each time we visited the cheery Pumpkin Tales cafe, Karen had to have it.

Pumpkin Tales’ Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Tales’ Pumpkin Soup

This light and lively soup is a reflection of Chennai as a cosmopolitan city with culinary influences as varied as the cultures that make up it’s bulging populace. With its finish of coconut milk, and the Indian people’s love of pumpkins, it fits in perfectly as South Indian cuisine. Use cream instead of the coconut …

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 …