Sambar secrets ๐Ÿ…

It’s the end of the week and one of the unpleasant tasks in the To Do list of food prep for the next week is grating coconuts ๐Ÿฅฅ. Laborious process, but inescapable as we use coconut in practically all the dishes.ย  And this is where Sambar scores, it’s a gravy dish that does not require…

A bespoke Onam Sadya ๐ŸŒบ Part ๐Ÿš

7: 00 am, Saturday morning, Thiruvonam Day 2021 ๐Ÿต; no hurry to rush to the kitchen and start with the cooking ๐Ÿ˜Š….I had it under control or at least I believed so… The To Do list for the cooking spree on Saturday morning ran like this ๐Ÿ‘‡ Extract the thick and thin coconut milk for…

A bespoke Onam Sadya ๐ŸŒบ Part ๐Ÿ™

I can’t call it a traditional Onam sadya; we had 10 dishes with 8 veg and 2 non-veg, plus 3 payasams. It was a potluck sadya too, our guests were gracious enough to bring 2 dishes and 2 payasams. Hubs was skeptical, “Have you ever seen a Onam sadya spread with non-veg dishes !?” He…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Mulling over millet ๐ŸŒพ

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: Strawberries๐Ÿ“

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 season๐Ÿ“ and these red juicy gold freckled fruits make their appearance in the supermarkets and wow…fresh sweet strawberries, we take…

Food we love: Toasts ๐Ÿž๐Ÿ’

“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…