Cravings for cold cloudy days…๐ŸŽ

It’s been a few days since we have seen the sun; the sky is an undulating cover of white and grey with occasional rain and cold breeze. Hailing from Kerala where it’s sweltering hot, the weather in Bangalore is reminiscent of a hill station and it’s lovely ๐Ÿ˜˜. The cloudy cold days prompt cravings for…

A week in pics ๐ŸŽ‹

What’s news !? Rains โ˜”๏ธ The weather in Bangalore is dreamy. The lockdown here has been lifted and under the erstwhile normal we should be stepping out to explore the city esp. during the weekends; but not so much now. Surprisingly, we are still content to remain at home ! The home deliveries have been…

A taste of Kerala…๐Ÿ˜˜

Looks like Brownies; but no ๐Ÿ˜Œ Homemade; yes ! ๐Ÿ˜˜ It’s a fruit halwa… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Jackfruit halwa ๐Ÿค— Tasty and unique to Kerala…a taste of home !! Till next post, take care !!

The Magic Whistle โฒ

Sounds like the title of an Enid Blyton story. But not so. When we were playing the edible alphabet game in our family WhatsApp group ๐Ÿ‘‰ Q for Queens ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป, my dish for the letter Y was the very common yam. I have a love hate relationship with this vegetable. I love it enough to…

Sweet start to the month ๐Ÿฅญ

June is always special; celebrating the arrival of the monsoon โ›ˆ ; but this year it is in June that we finally got to taste this year’s mangoes๐Ÿฅญ. So double celebrations๐Ÿฅณ. Usually we get a carton from Kerala filled with our homegrown Moovandan mangoes; but this time, mom said most of the mangoes were infested…

Q for Queens ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป

Inspired by Anita Nair’s book – the Alphabet Soup for Lovers ๐Ÿ‘‰Good reads for the monsoon 2020 #1 ๐Ÿฆ‹ we held an edible alphabet game in our family WhatsApp group. Beginning from the first of the month till the twenty sixth, the participants had to post a picture of a homemade dish, beginning with the…

Happiness homemade ๐ŸŽ‚

Today was my younger nephew’s b’day. He turned seven๐Ÿ‘ฆ. My brother and sil arranged an online cake cutting, the kid was thrilled and so were we. He is used to online classes, so greeting his cousins and grandparents virtually seemed perfectly normal to him. My sil took the trouble to bake a cake๐ŸŽ‚. It was…

Easy Indian Meal (Set #10): Rice and curries ๐Ÿ›

“Cook with love, thinking about the people who are going to be eating your food. Think how much you want them to enjoy the meal. Put your heart into it !” my Dad’s secret to cooking tasty meals. In the midst of the lockdown, when everyday is the same, meals have taken up the additional…

Tasty Ajwain Poori ๐Ÿ˜‹

Ajwain (also called carom seed) is a spice known for it’s distinctive and enticing aroma. When I saw this cartoon in today’s BL, my mind jumped to the strong aroma of ajwain and the morning’s breakfast was decided. Poori and aloo (potato) masala. Where is the ajwain ? In the poori – it’s Ajwain Poori…

Semiya payasam ๐ŸŽŠ

Three times this year we got to celebrate the New Year ๐Ÿฅณ. Not many in terms of company for the festivities, but you can still bring some cheer and change by whisking up one of those special occasion dishes ! New Year is 1 Jan as per the Gregorian calendar; 13 Apr is New Year…

Iftar special recipe ๐Ÿฅฅ

Back in Kochi, in our second rented apartment, our immediate neighbours were Muslims. One evening, during the second half of the fasting month of Ramadan, the lady of the house rang our door bell and asked for two plates and two bowls. Why I asked? To give us some of their Iftar food, she said….

Memorable Easter brunch ๐Ÿฅ‚

Easter was last Sunday (4 Apr); we had cousins over for brunch and here’s a glimpse of the spread. Why am I writing a week after Easter? Because things didn’t go as per plan and it’s the little surprises along the way that make the occasion memorable ๐Ÿ˜Œ. So let’s start with the menu –…

Summer delights ๐Ÿน

” Some compensations of summer: Shade, and an iced drink. Laziness. Siesta. A cool breeze. Wearing as few or whatever clothes as one likes. The exquisite shock from a bucket of cold water. And the fruit, the fruit! “ – Ruskin Bond in A Little Book of Serenity ๐ŸŒธ A homemade lime mint cooler with…

Back to Summer โ˜‚๏ธ๐ŸŒž

The gardeners are giving a close crop to the plants around the apartment; new flower beds are being planted. Early mornings are still cool, though the people out and about for their morning power walk have shed their jackets and hoodies. The days are bright and sunny, the afternoon heat lingers into the evenings. The…

Easy Mutton curry with whole spices (One pot dish) ๐Ÿฅ˜

The inspiration to cook comes from many sources; for me, one vein of motivation is the aroma of what’s cooking in my neighbour’s kitchen. My adjacent neighbours and us, we share a wall in the work area. In fact, it’s the only common wall between the flats in the building. The work area is a…

10 Feb: Celebrating Pulses๐Ÿฒ

“World Pulses Day is a designated United Nations global event to recognize the importance of pulses (chickpeas, dry beans, lentils, dry peas and lupins among others) as a global food. It has been proclaimed on February 10 of each year since 2019 by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 20, 2018.” https://worldpulsesday.org…

A Sunday browsing second hand books๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ“š

Downtown Garden City still has a green canopy! โ˜˜๏ธ It’s Sunday and since November last year, when we started going about the city again, once a month visit to Church street has become a casual routine. Three- fourth of the Church street has been closed to traffic and it has now become a popular backdrop…

Le Creuset lunches ๐Ÿ›

This Advent season, I bought a few colourful dinnerware pieces from Le Creuset. I wanted to buy their cast iron cook pot, but felt it too heavy. I don’t want to do such heavy lifting in the kitchen right now. I am a Corelle fan, their plates are the absolute best. But the colour on…

Photo trail: 10 days of Advent (Veg food) ๐Ÿฅ—

It’s veg food for Advent, till Christmas. 10 days down and another 14 to go. Here’s a dekho of what I managed to plate up so far. The pictures serve as a good inspiration to cook. So it’s always Cook, Click & Repeat !! Breakfast menu was Dosa, Appam and Puttu; the accompaniments vary. Lunch…

Love is Brown ๐Ÿ‚

No, it’s not chocolates, but equally sweet ๐Ÿ˜‹ There are a few things quintessential Kerala, starting with Usha Uthup’s song Ente Keralam ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ followed by food specialities like banana chips, jackfruit halwa, tapioca & fish curry, parotta & beef, puttu and so on. There is much more you can keep appending to the list, like…