Karavalli Feast 🌶🐟

Parents were visiting us in Bangalore; a short 5 day stay; a break from the heat in Kerala and to wish their grandson the very best for his board exams. Because of the upcoming exams we didn’t venture out much, but still managed to take them out for lunch and dinner. They preferred Indian food…

Kappa Chakka Kandhari 🌶

The title will be familiar to Keralites or Mallus as we are referred to in Bengaluru😀; for the benefit of non-Keralites it literally translates to Tapioca Jackfruit Chilli. Located in Koramangala, it’s the name of a new restaurant in the city serving a taste of Kerala in Bangalore. For a taste of home; we arrived at…

Wedding weekend in Kerala💐

Republic Day weekend; the kid’s school sent a message asking us to watch the Republic Day parade on the TV to see “the newly inducted stealth attack helicopter Apache and the transport helicopter Chinook” taking part in the fly past for the first time. But we were miles away in Kerala attending a family wedding….

Season’s Special🎄❄️

Last day of 2019; December passed by so quickly thanks to exams, travel and family functions. In the first two weeks the kid had is pre-board exams. With that out of the way, an excursion for his class to Auroville followed. They were staying in Auroville for 3 days to see and learn about sustainability, organic…

Rendezvous under the jackfruit tree (Photoblog)

We were out about the city in the weekend and above is a photo of the HAL road in Bangalore. The sight of tall trees on either side, their canopies forming a green tunnel is a beautiful sight; we are in the Garden City indeed !! 10 days to Christmas and soon a new year !!…

Food we love: Toasts 🍞💝

“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…

Good places to eat @Indiranagar, Bangalore🍡 (Photoblog)

Planning a meal out in Bangalore? Try these two popular restaurants on 100ft road at Indiranagar; valet parking in available. Bon appetit…🍹 [1] Toit – a microbrewery in Indiranagar; spread over 3 floors, the casual setting is perfect for an afternoon brunch; more the merrier🎉 We tried the Irish Red Ale, tasted good and for…

Lunching escapades🍽… places to eat in Pondicherry🍰

All holiday travel essentials include a list of – things to do and places to dine. We compile a list based on recommendations from friends, family, blog posts and then narrow down our choices. “In Pondicherry, you should eat at the Rendezvous restaurant.” was a recommendation from family member. “Cafe des Arts is a must…

Easy Indian meal (Set #7)🐟and a fish tale📖

“Following Fish” by Samanth Subramanian……what search terms do you need to enter into Amazon to throw up such a book? 🤔Any guesses?? It’s not a collection of recipes on fish; it’s not a Moby Dick nor a Finding Nemo kind of a story. It’s a travelogue as the author traverses along the coast of the…

Karen Anand and Gambas Pil Pil👩🏻‍🍳

This is a very old book; I remember spying it in the bookshop and at that time I had not heard of Karen Anand. I leafed through the book, because of comments behind the book by known celebrities and after reading a few lines, I wanted to devour the book and also get myself something…

Easy Indian meal (Set #6)🍳🍖

Last week in Kochi, I was at my brother’s home for breakfast and my sister-in-law made the most crispy dosas ever 😋 !! Back home in Bangalore, I was commending on the dosas and the kid said that he wants to have crispy dosas too. For me the humble dosa became an overnight celebrity when I saw Gary…

Try a Thali 🥥🍚

Google defines a Thali as “a set meal at an Indian restaurant.” I remember having a Chinese set meal once on a cruise ship from Singapore, but never gave much thought to its equivalent back home. The Thali has rice served with a variety of side dishes; the number of sides will vary with the…

Easy Indian meal (Set #5)🥘🌶

Once my sister-in-law was home visiting and I asked her to stay for dinner. She asked what’s cooking ? I said chapati and chicken curry; but will take some time as the chicken pieces have only been marinated and the curry is yet to be made. She said there is an easier alternative – sliced…

Easy Indian meal (Set #4)🥚🥒

I am pretty pleased with myself; I spent the last few hours tidying up and re-arranging the stuff in my cupboard and now admiring the new found order and space. My kid decides to break my reverie with the question “What’s for dinner tonight? “ Hubs is away on work; it’s just me and the kid,…

Easy Indian meal (Set #3)🍤🍅

Rainy days…makes me languorous and hungry. Want to make something tasty but with minimum labour. Something easy to cook and packed with flavour – prawns come to mind. They are very versatile – fry them, curry them, add them to soups, salads or even make a meal out of them – prawns pulao will be…

Sunday…🍹🛍

We were once again at the Hole in the Wall cafe at Koramangala. A 30 minute wait for a table, no problems…. we set ourselves comfortably on the waiting bench. In addition to the usual crowd of bipedals, we had also in line some cute furry friends. They were extremely well behaved 😘 Finally it…

Easy Indian meal (Set #2)

Anchovies, crispy fried and hot straight from the frying pan is everyone’s favourite; but a healthier option is cooking it with grated coconut. The preparation is called Meen Peera (Fish and coconut). In addition to the fish and grated coconut, the ingredients for Meen Peera include onion, ginger, garlic, green chillies, curry leaves, kudam puli. Easy…

Easy Indian meal (Set #1)

A few tried and tested meal sets are a great way to answer the perennial question of what to make for dinner tonight. At my home, dinner is the only meal the family eats together. It is an everyday meal; simple yet colourful and savoury. Here’s Set #1 – it includes Palak (Spinach) Chapati, Lady’s…

Social – Meet & Celebrate 🍻

Social is one of the recent additions to Bangalore’s dining out options. The restaurant at Sarjapur is on the 7th floor and as you step out of the lift (so many people and so little space) and walk in for the first time, a smile naturally blooms as you see the large french windows opening…