My name is Asya, pronounced "Asha". Perhaps my fate was sealed when my mother gave me a Russian name with an Indian pronunciation (Asha = Hope in Hindi). In any case, I am an American culinary professional in love with South Indian cuisine.
As you may have heard, there is more to Indian food than the murky questionable curries often seen at restaurants (but not all - there are great authentic ones, just ask me!). Enter dosas, the crispy paper thin creation, and soft idli dumplings, both made from freshly fermented rice and dhal batter. Coconut rules in the south and is prepared in various shapes and sizes. From coconut milk stews and fermented coconut milk pancakes, to toasted coconut curries and zesty coconut chutneys, you'll never be far fro