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…

Golden chickpea curry ๐ŸŒŸ

Kadala or Kabuli channa or Chickpeas make an easy curry that goes well with rice and chapatti. The gravy is rich and creamy, the chickpeas are soft and delicious, combined with the aroma of kasuri methi makes this dish a delicious treat. The only constraint is to remember to soak the chickpeas overnight in water…

Prawn delights ๐Ÿค

You know the curry is good when the kid says “Why don’t you make this more often?” ๐Ÿ˜ Roasted coconut is often added to curries to make the gravies rich, thick and so much more tastier. But the fact that you need to grate coconut, roast and then grind it into paste translates to more…

POTD: Fish Biryani

I make fish biryani atleast once a week. Easy to make one pot meal keeps everyone happy. The fish I used this time is boneless cubes of sea bass or kalanji in Malayalam.  Crispy pappadam and raita completes the meal๐Ÿ˜‹. The bright yellow hue also adds colour to an otherwise grey and cloudy day here in…

Independence day photo trail ๐Ÿฆš

15 Aug 2020: Our 74th Independence day ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ We had flag hoisting in our apartment complex in the morning. On the digital front, Google announced this special day with a colourful doodle๐Ÿ˜˜. The public holiday also had a special treat for the residents of our apartment. Oven Story, a homegrown pizza brand was here to…

The magic masoor dal โœจ

The humble masoor dal today has become one of my kitchen staples. Dal tadka made from masoor dal is addictive and the taste is so distinct that once you have tasted it nothing else will do๐Ÿ˜‹. My discovery of this very common dal happened very recently; during the lockdown. Till then I used to make…

Breakfast bites ๐Ÿ’•

Good morning ๐ŸŒค Friday evening we had a visit once again from the Carnival Cakes & Breads people; they had a couple of new items on their menu this time – Focaccia bread, veg puffs, egg puffs and vada pav๐Ÿ˜˜. The egg puffs were in demand and were over in the first thirty minutes of…

Breakfast Bites ๐Ÿฅฃ

The kid is starting the chapter in Maths titled Permutations and Combinations; I recall my P&C days, never understood the logic clearly and just managed to scrape through. Wait, the teacher is talking about Harry Potter, I am all ears – TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE – he says any guesses on the significance of the name?…

Plan for palak (spinach) ๐Ÿฅฌ

Mornings in Bangalore are glorious and unpredictable; you can wake up to chilly mornings with grey cloudy skies, sometimes a silent drizzle, maybe just a peek of the sun or clear cloudless blue skies with warm sun. Today was a latter kind of day and the residents were making most of it; there were more…