As May ends…🗓

The weather changes towards the last week of May. It starts in the latter half of the day; the evening breeze becomes cooler and blows stronger, a welcome relief from the oppressing heat as the cool air rushes into the house pushing out the hot air trapped inside. In a few days, the breeze gives…

Prawn favourites: Adds magic to meals 🍤

“I had enough of chicken. Mutton is so expensive. There is hardly any good fish available. What non-veg to cook?” laments my cousin “Prawns” I suggest😘. There are so many dishes to make from prawns🍤. When I use a cook book, I find the index at the back more useful than the contents page. The…

Lazy weekend dinners 🍝

Before lockdown, weekends always translated to either ordering food in from the restaurant or eating out. That’s a distant memory now; but still come weekend and the lethargy to cook creeps up.  For such lazy weekends, easy to cook, one pot meals straight from the pan is the antidote and it’s good to have a…

Raw beetroot raita 💜

Raw beet may not be to everyone’s liking. Cooked beetroot raita is more popular and  liked by many; first for the glorious magenta colour and then for the taste. But here we have an easy recipe for raw beet with curd. This is again a Nigella Lawson inspired recipe, but I made some modifications. Nigella’s…

Mushroom and mince 🍲

Mushroom curry can be made tastier by adding a little minced meat. Beef and mushroom are a classic combination; but mutton mince works equally well. Ingredients: Mushroom, quartered 250g Mutton, cooked and minced 1/2 cup Onion 1 large or 2 medium Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp Tomato, pureed 1 large or 2 medium Oil 3…

Breaded Basa and cheesy dip

  Basa is a fish loved by people who don’t like fish. You can get chunky pieces of fish meat without the pesky bones. And it’s not just fish sans the bones; Basa does not have the characteristic fishy smell either. Basa is also cheap in the market when compared to other meaty fishes like…

Kanji and red coconut chutney🌶🥥

Kanji is the tradition for lunch on Good Friday in Kerala. And it is served in the church at the end of the Good Friday service. The service starts in the morning at about 8:00 am and lasts till 2:00 pm; by the end of it people are famished. This simple rice gruel is one…

Summer treats 🍉

Fruits are abundant in summer. All we need to decide is whether to mix them up or eat them alone. Watermelon works well either ways🍉. Below is a combo of watermelon with pomegranate seeds garnished with chopped mint leaves – a simple suggestion by Nigella Lawson; it’s refreshing and sweet. People will be first wowed visually…

Raw mango: A tangy twist to curries

A few slices of raw mango can bring a tangy surprise to coconut based gravies in both veg and fish curries. The sourness increases the next day, if you happen to have leftovers; which is a good thing. And people sometimes let the dish sit for a night in the fridge so as to enhance…

Easy Indian meal (Set #9): Easy and delicious Chicken Stew 🍲

The best thing about Chicken stew, it’s a one pot dish; can be devoured with any sort of bread; rich in taste; plus easy to make. One of the upsides of getting married was my mom-in-law’s cooking. She always made something special for us when we were visiting her home during the weekends. And on…

Easy Indian meal (Set #8): Kerala Fish biryani 🍚

Is it just me or is anyone else facing the predicament that by the time breakfast and lunch are done and dishes washed, it’s time to start the dinner preparations😬!?  The work does not stop! The mornings are noiseless, pleasant and cool. Our day starts late, but that doesn’t translate to cutting back on the…

Mango Showers : [1] A Summer salad 🥗

If I have to name one colour representing the month of March, it has to be yellow. Yellow for summer and sun☀️; yellow for the mangoes that turn from green to gold this time of the year. Promptly close to mid-March, a cardboard box arrives home. We were waiting for this !! The moment we hear the…

Mulling over millet 🌾

Millet is regarded as the new super food and there is lot of print devoted to its recent resurgence. Quinoa had a similar following sometime back. I have not tried quinoa yet, so any chance of my encounter with millet also remains bleak. We are what people call a two grain household – rice and…

Season’s special: Strawberries🍓

Strawberry jam, strawberry ice cream…a few of my favourite things made from strawberries are sweet and delightful; so could the actual fruit itself be any different. Unfortunately yes..!!   January to March is the strawberry season🍓 and these red juicy gold freckled fruits make their appearance in the supermarkets and wow…fresh sweet strawberries, we take…

Food we love: Toasts 🍞💝

“Food is what we are. It speaks for us. It stays with us. When we have lost everything else, the memories of food keep us going.” says Lathika George, author of the book The Suriani Kitchen. The kid has a list – Butter chicken from a hole in the wall place at Manali Beef pepper…

Easy Indian meal (Set #7)🐟and a fish tale📖

“Following Fish” by Samanth Subramanian……what search terms do you need to enter into Amazon to throw up such a book? 🤔Any guesses?? It’s not a collection of recipes on fish; it’s not a Moby Dick nor a Finding Nemo kind of a story. It’s a travelogue as the author traverses along the coast of the…

Karen Anand and Gambas Pil Pil👩🏻‍🍳

This is a very old book; I remember spying it in the bookshop and at that time I had not heard of Karen Anand. I leafed through the book, because of comments behind the book by known celebrities and after reading a few lines, I wanted to devour the book and also get myself something…

Easy Indian meal (Set #6)🍳🍖

Last week in Kochi, I was at my brother’s home for breakfast and my sister-in-law made the most crispy dosas ever 😋 !! Back home in Bangalore, I was commending on the dosas and the kid said that he wants to have crispy dosas too. For me the humble dosa became an overnight celebrity when I saw Gary…