September, so far…πŸ—“

The month is almost half done and this Monday, we are recovering from the lethargy of a long weekend. Friday was a festival holiday, Ganesh Chaturthi, followed by the weekend. This weekend we ventured to a new restaurant housed inside the 1MG Mall; more on that in a separate post. September was the due date…

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…

Royal Challengers Bar & Cafe: More than a hat trick πŸ₯‚

Live music, fabulous food, relaxing ambience – that’s a hat trick for this sports themed restaurant and combine it with prompt and friendly service, edgy drinks, this restaurant is superb !! Sunday afternoon and we were at Church Street trying to zero in on a place to eat. The two major attractions of Church Street…

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…

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…

POTD: Sweet and in season πŸ‡

Sunday mornings we have a local vegetable seller set up shop at the apartment complex. And today he had grapes, the slender, seedless green variety. Sweet !! As Ruskin Bond reminded fruits are a compensation for the summer heat. 😎 To know which fruit is in season, you just have to look at the push…

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…

A Sunday browsing second hand booksπŸ­πŸ“š

Downtown Garden City still has a green canopy! ☘️ 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 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…

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…

The magic masoor dal ✨

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 doπŸ˜‹. My discovery of this very common dal happened very recently; during the lockdown. Till then I used to make…