The Magic Whistle โฒ

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 ๐Ÿ‘‰ Q for Queens ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป, 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 ๐Ÿฅญ

June is always special; celebrating the arrival of the monsoon โ›ˆ ; but this year it is in June that we finally got to taste this year’s mangoes๐Ÿฅญ. So double celebrations๐Ÿฅณ. 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 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…

Easy Indian Meal (Set #10): Rice and curries ๐Ÿ›

“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 ๐Ÿ˜‹

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 ๐ŸŽŠ

Three times this year we got to celebrate the New Year ๐Ÿฅณ. 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 ๐Ÿ‡

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. ๐Ÿ˜Ž To know which fruit is in season, you just have to look at the push…

Easy Mutton curry with whole spices (One pot dish) ๐Ÿฅ˜

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 Pulses๐Ÿฒ

“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 books๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ“š

Downtown Garden City still has a green canopy! โ˜˜๏ธ 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 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…

Golden chickpea curry ๐ŸŒŸ

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 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…

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…

As May ends…๐Ÿ—“

The weather changes towards the last week of May. It starts in the latter half of the day; the evening breeze becomes cooler and blows stronger, a welcome relief from the oppressing heat as the cool air rushes into the house pushing out the hot air trapped inside. In a few days, the breeze gives…

Prawn favourites: Adds magic to meals ๐Ÿค

“I had enough of chicken. Mutton is so expensive. There is hardly any good fish available. What non-veg to cook?” laments my cousin “Prawns” I suggest๐Ÿ˜˜. There are so many dishes to make from prawns๐Ÿค. When I use a cook book, I find the index at the back more useful than the contents page. The…

Milk pudding with pineapple preserve๐Ÿ

There were two food items that were in high demand during the lockdown, not staples as you would imagine; but vanilla essence and yeast. I wanted to buy a bottle of vanilla essence and it was always out of stock. The shop staff claimed that almost all the women were asking for vanilla essence for…

Lazy weekend dinners ๐Ÿ

Before lockdown, weekends always translated to either ordering food in from the restaurant or eating out. That’s a distant memory now; but still come weekend and the lethargy to cook creeps up.  For such lazy weekends, easy to cook, one pot meals straight from the pan is the antidote and it’s good to have a…

Raw beetroot raita ๐Ÿ’œ

Raw beet may not be to everyone’s liking. Cooked beetroot raita is more popular and  liked by many; first for the glorious magenta colour and then for the taste. But here we have an easy recipe for raw beet with curd. This is again a Nigella Lawson inspired recipe, but I made some modifications. Nigella’s…