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…

Easy Indian meal (Set #5)🥘🌶

Once my sister-in-law was home visiting and I asked her to stay for dinner. She asked what’s cooking ? I said chapati and chicken curry; but will take some time as the chicken pieces have only been marinated and the curry is yet to be made. She said there is an easier alternative – sliced…

Easy Indian meal (Set #4)🥚🥒

I am pretty pleased with myself; I spent the last few hours tidying up and re-arranging the stuff in my cupboard and now admiring the new found order and space. My kid decides to break my reverie with the question “What’s for dinner tonight? “ Hubs is away on work; it’s just me and the kid,…

Easy Indian meal (Set #3)🍤🍅

Rainy days…makes me languorous and hungry. Want to make something tasty but with minimum labour. Something easy to cook and packed with flavour – prawns come to mind. They are very versatile – fry them, curry them, add them to soups, salads or even make a meal out of them – prawns pulao will be…

Easy Indian meal (Set #2)

Anchovies, crispy fried and hot straight from the frying pan is everyone’s favourite; but a healthier option is cooking it with grated coconut. The preparation is called Meen Peera (Fish and coconut). In addition to the fish and grated coconut, the ingredients for Meen Peera include onion, ginger, garlic, green chillies, curry leaves, kudam puli. Easy…

Easy Indian meal (Set #1)

A few tried and tested meal sets are a great way to answer the perennial question of what to make for dinner tonight. At my home, dinner is the only meal the family eats together. It is an everyday meal; simple yet colourful and savoury. Here’s Set #1 – it includes Palak (Spinach) Chapati, Lady’s…