Pinch of Spice

We began this cookbook as a collection of the treasured family recipes contributed by the members of our church – St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church of Delaware Valley in Malvern, PA. Being predominantly from Kerala, India, these recipes are some of the classic South Indian favorites, along with a good variety of other regional and International favorites. Our own culinary journey through taste and traditional cooking, have enabled us to modify some of the recipes to suit the needs of today’s cook - fast and easy, yet uncompromising on taste and quality.

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We have tried to include a variety of recipes of varying difficulty levels and to meet the needs of different taste preferences. We hope this book would be a handy guide to those who are trying Indian cuisine for the first time, as well as others of Indian origin who grew up on Indian food, and now would like to learn the secrets of their parent’s kitchens. We would love to hear from you about your experience with this cookbook. Please contact us at with comments
or suggestions for improvement. This cookbook is one part of the ongoing fund raising efforts of the St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church of Delaware Valley, and your contribution towards this book has helped us get one step closer to building our community. We thank you for your support, and hope you have much fun cooking with us!


This collection of traditional Indian family favorites would introduce you to some of the most flavorful and interesting culinary creations, which has its roots in Indian cooking.

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These simple recipes were written with both the beginner as well as the gourmet cook in mind and therefore contains a fine blend of easy, traditional and modern recipes. We have made an effort to adapt the family favorites to the North American kitchen by using ingredients available in most Indian grocery stores across the US and Canada. With a variety of dishes in sections such as appetizers, main course, soups, sides, desserts, snacks etc, you will find all the information you need to prepare a hearty, savory meal for your family. A Pinch of Spice is truly going to be a great resource and friend in your kitchen.

Following are some of the main highlights of "A Pinch of Spice.

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  • All Recipes contributed by members & well wishers of St Thomas Mar Thoma Church
  • Recipes edited, reviewed, kitchen tested and perfected by the members of our church
  • All pictures photographed at our church parish hall by a member
  • Book registered with Bowker Identifier Services - ISBN available
  • Glossary with terms in English, Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil
  • Commonly used Spices described with pictures
  • Easy to use Index and Measurements Conversion Chart
  • Off shore management (front end work in US, designed and printed in India, second print in China )
  • International recipes convenient for the American kitchen, using ingredients available in all Indian/International food stores

A Pinch of Spice was released on June 13, 2010 at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church of Delaware Valley. We are hoping that this book will be something that every woman would treasure. There is something for everyone. For all those who never tried Indian cooking this book packs some favorites from Northern and Southern parts of India .

We hope everyone of you enjoys this book !!!!This collection of traditional Indian family favorites would introduce you to some of the most flavorful and interesting culinary creations, which has its roots in Indian cooking.

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It will be a handy guide to all who grew up here in US to look up the traditional favorites from Kerala. It will also be a quick reference for those great experienced cooks to browse for some new recipes.

Happy Cooking!!!

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Check payments can be made to "St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church of Delaware Valley" . "A Pinch of Spice" cost is US$20.00 plus S&H.
Contact us to schedule a promotional tour to your church or organization

Oct 23, 2011
Christos Mar Thoma Church
9999 Gantry Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19115-1001

Nov 13, 2011
Mar Thoma Church of Baltimore
11 Walker Avenue
Pikesville, MD 21208-4004

Dec 04, 2011 (Cancelled,new date to be announced)
St. Peters Mar Thoma Church
70 Cedar Lane
Teaneck, NJ 07666-4441

Dec 04, 2011
Bethel Mar Thoma Church
530 Levick Street
Philadelphia, PA 19111-5762

"I am sure you have heard this a million times, 'A Pinch of Spice' has been one of the best things that happened in my life, I love this recipe book, I never imagined I would be such a good cook :) I look forward to cooking almost everyday now.." - Anu John, Ascension Mar Thoma Church, Philadelphia.

"To the members of the St. Thomas MTC of Delaware Valley in Malvern, PA (especially those who were involved with the cookbook!), I just wanted to write and thank you for the amazing job you did with this cookbook! It was given to me as a gift from my sister (we both live in NY and attend one of the MTC's here) and I have used it on several occasions to try my skills (which I have none of when it comes to Indian food!) My mom was away to India recently, and I was able to make a yummy breakfast of appam (pg. 63) and Egg Roast (pg. 127) following the recipe exactly word for word. My dad loved it! It was my first time making either of the dishes, and I was really impressed how little I had to know prior to following the recipe. Thanks again, and keep up the amazing work! Happy New Year and may God bless your church" A. Thomas :-) St. John's Mar Thoma Church, Queens, New York