Sambar secrets πŸ…

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 πŸ₯₯. Laborious process, but inescapable as we use coconut in practically all the dishes.Β  And this is where Sambar scores, it’s a gravy dish that does not require…

A bespoke Onam Sadya 🌺 Part 𝟚

7: 00 am, Saturday morning, Thiruvonam Day 2021 🏡; no hurry to rush to the kitchen and start with the cooking 😊….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 πŸ‘‡ Extract the thick and thin coconut milk for…

A bespoke Onam Sadya 🌺 Part π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…

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…

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…

Q for Queens πŸ‘ΈπŸ»

Inspired by Anita Nair’s book – the Alphabet Soup for Lovers πŸ‘‰Good reads for the monsoon 2020 #1 πŸ¦‹ 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…

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

“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 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….

Memorable Easter brunch πŸ₯‚

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 😌. So let’s start with the menu –…

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…

10 Feb: Celebrating Pulses🍲

“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…

Le Creuset lunches πŸ›

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) πŸ₯—

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 πŸ‚

No, it’s not chocolates, but equally sweet πŸ˜‹ There are a few things quintessential Kerala, starting with Usha Uthup’s song Ente Keralam 🎢🎡🎢 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 🌟

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 🍀

You know the curry is good when the kid says “Why don’t you make this more often?” 😁 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 mealπŸ˜‹. The bright yellow hue also adds colour to an otherwise grey and cloudy day here in…