A scrumptious homecoming 🍩

We were on a flying visit to Kerala; returning just two days later. Most of the holidayers would be returning to Bangalore after the new year, probably on 2 Jan, Sunday; that day the Arrival terminal and the airport cabs will be stretched with the incoming. We had a similar experience two years ago. Departures…

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…

Sweet treats & a few favourites for the new year πŸ“πŸ©

Two weeks down and two more to go, December is moving fast. One year end ritual is the visit to Sapna Book House, a sprawling bookshop/stationery shop in Indiranagar. From Sarjapur where we stay, we drive along the outer ring road, then onto 80 ft road of Koramangala and finally the 100 ft road of…

A glorious sunday brunch @Lavonne

It’s been a while since our last visit to Church Street and this cloudy Sunday seemed apt for a revisit. I had made a list of the books I wanted to read; deliberately avoided ordering them from Amazon just so that I have an excuse to go and browse at the bookstore😌 And so Blossom…

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…

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…

A City Getaway: ITC Gardenia πŸŽ‹

The newspapers claim this to be the wettest October in Bangalore so farβ˜”οΈ. The rains seem to be unpredictable, many areas in Bangalore have become waterlogged and IMD declared yellow alert in the city and it’s outskirts for a few days. But this is in the midst of the annual Puja holidays; we were really…

Nando’s @ Bangalore 🌢

Nando’s flame grilled peri-peri chicken πŸ—…πŸ˜‹ Weekend is a time we try to venture out of the house and this weekend some shopping was also on cards. A visit to the mall sounded perfect and Phoenix Market City is one of our favourites. The mall this weekend was teeming with shoppers, schools are closed and…

Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore

Located in the heart of the city and surrounded by the flowing stream of non-stop Bangalore traffic; but once you step inside this charming edifice, you get transported to another world ! What hits you first is the live & loud music courtesy the band called the Wicked Mixture; they were fabulous 🎸🎹🎢🎡 !! The…

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…