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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

South Indian Style Cauliflower & Veggie Stew - Dappalam

This Cauliflower & Veggie Stew also called Dappalam or Mukkala Pulusu is a take on a traditional recipe from the southern Indian States of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana. Dappalam is usually made with a mix of vegetables that are on hand like: squash, ash gourd, okra, drumsticks, and sweet potato. This stew is usually prepared during Makar Sankranti,  celebrations and weddings. This tangy & spicy vegetable stew is a delicious way to warm up on a cold evening, it is best served with hot rice or paratha.

South Indian Style Cauliflower & Veggie Stew -Dappalam Cooking for Kishore


South Indian Style Cauliflower & Veggie Stew
  • 2 cups Mix of chopped veggies: Cauliflower, Carrot, Potato, String Beans, Winter Squash
  • 1 Large Tomato, chopped
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Ginger Paste
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida powder
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp South Indian Curry Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Rice flour
  • 1 Tbsp Tamarind Paste
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • A few Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Ghee, or Butter
  • Salt
  • 3 Cups Water


  1. Boil water and cook veggies with turmeric powder, garlic ginger paste, and a little salt until fork tender.
  2. Add tomatoes, green chillies, cilantro, South Indian Curry Powder and tamarind juice. Mix and cook until tomatoes become soft.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix rice flour with little water to make a lump free paste. Add the rice flour paste to the cooked veggies. Mix and cook for 5 minutes until thickened. Turn heat to low and adjust salt to taste.
  4. Heat the ghee in a pan to medium hot. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and curry leaves. When mustard seeds sputter transfer to the veggie mix. Serve hot with rice or paratha. Enjoy!
Yield: Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Cook time: 20 mins.
Total time: 25 mins.
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