Plantain Fritters (Ethakka Appam)…a taste of home 😘

I make no evening snacks at home in Bangalore, cooking three meals a day itself is never ending work for me. At tea time, we make do with biscuits or cake or even bread with peanut butter or jam, or some other bakery bought stuff and maybe even Maggie noodles but never actually attempted to…

Advent season special (veg fare)πŸ†

It’s the season of Advent and the noyambu starts. As a norm, for the 24 days to Christmas we do not eat meat or fish. So it’s all veg food plus eggs till Christmas. The cooking during these days is both easy and challenging; easy as veg meals πŸ₯•πŸ… can be prepared in a relatively…

Hearty Egg curry πŸ₯š

On this cold, cloudy, windy Saturday morning in Bangalore, you see two broad groups of humankind – the ones who have jumped out of bed and are out and about on their morning power walk and the rest who are curled up under the blanket not wanting to get up, but wondering what’s for breakfast…

Cake Day (26 Nov) 🍰

Such a namesake day did not even exist for me until now. Now I am looking out for an occasion to bake (….practice) 😌 Starting with the very easy and basic cakes; the first is a chocolate sponge cake and the second a vanilla sponge cake 🍰 No frosting or decorations for the time being….baby…

Silver Pomfret fry with a tangy fresh coriander marinade 🌿

White Avoli is what we call the fish in Kerala; there is also the black variety. Pomfret is the English name; it’s also known by names such as Paplet or Pamplet in Goa and Mumbai and Vavval in Tamil Nadu. It’s a tasty fish without the characteristic fishy smell. Unlike most other big fishes, the…

Broken wheat, chicken & pomegranate salad β™₯️

Uppumavu made of Broken wheat (also called Dalia in Hindi) is a popular breakfast dish as it is considered filling and nutritious. I have not tried it out but I love the sweet payasam made with Broken wheat and jaggery; made it for Onam this year πŸ‘‰ A bespoke Onam Sadya 🌺 Part 𝟚 and…

Savoury Soya: Two tasty dishes πŸ₯˜

Nano or baby soya chunks look cute and they can be used to make tasty dishes. It makes sense to buy an ingredient only if you can cook it at least in two ways; else they will remain in the cupboards, forgotten till expiry. The two major benefits of cooking with soya are, one, they…

Cravings for cold cloudy days…🎐

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 😘. The cloudy cold days prompt cravings for…

A taste of Kerala…😘

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

The Magic Whistle ⏲

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 πŸ‘‰ Q for Queens πŸ‘ΈπŸ», 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 πŸ₯­

June is always special; celebrating the arrival of the monsoon β›ˆ ; but this year it is in June that we finally got to taste this year’s mangoesπŸ₯­. So double celebrationsπŸ₯³. Usually we get a carton from Kerala filled with our homegrown Moovandan mangoes; but this time, mom said most of the mangoes were infested…

Tasty Ajwain Poori πŸ˜‹

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 🎊

Three times this year we got to celebrate the New Year πŸ₯³. 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 πŸ₯₯

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….

Summer delights 🍹

” 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 🌸 A homemade lime mint cooler with…

Easy Mutton curry with whole spices (One pot dish) πŸ₯˜

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…

Golden chickpea curry 🌟

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…