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…

Advent season special (veg fare)πŸ†

It’s the season of Advent and the noyambu starts. As a norm, for the 24 days to Christmas we do not eat meat or fish. So it’s all veg food plus eggs till Christmas. The cooking during these days is both easy and challenging; easy as veg meals πŸ₯•πŸ… can be prepared in a relatively…

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…

Hearty Egg curry πŸ₯š

On this cold, cloudy, windy Saturday morning in Bangalore, you see two broad groups of humankind – the ones who have jumped out of bed and are out and about on their morning power walk and the rest who are curled up under the blanket not wanting to get up, but wondering what’s for breakfast…

Cake Day (26 Nov) 🍰

Such a namesake day did not even exist for me until now. Now I am looking out for an occasion to bake (….practice) 😌 Starting with the very easy and basic cakes; the first is a chocolate sponge cake and the second a vanilla sponge cake 🍰 No frosting or decorations for the time being….baby…

Broken wheat, chicken & pomegranate salad β™₯️

Uppumavu made of Broken wheat (also called Dalia in Hindi) is a popular breakfast dish as it is considered filling and nutritious. I have not tried it out but I love the sweet payasam made with Broken wheat and jaggery; made it for Onam this year πŸ‘‰ A bespoke Onam Sadya 🌺 Part 𝟚 and…

A New November πŸ”†

The fairy lights are out ! The apartment complex is decorated with multi-coloured string lights wound spiralling the lamp posts and tree trunks; also twined along the hedges lining the entrances; we are ready for Diwali πŸͺ”. And the best part is they remain for the whole of November and December till the New Year….

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…

Staycation at Trivik, Chikmagalur – Part 2 πŸƒβ˜•οΈ

“It is not the destination where you end up, but the memories you create along the way.” Penelope A Riley, Travel Absurdities Waking up to glimpses of trees shrouded in mist and bird songs is a nice change ! And as the sun colours up the mountainside in various shades of green, we saunder on…

A week in pics πŸ›

The days are bright and sunny; not too hot and it rains sometimes late in the evening and at night. So pleasant weather in Bangalore. My pink pathumani poov (10 O’ clock flower) is the prettiest and brightest looking life around the house. It makes me happy ! We had guests over for lunch on…

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…

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…