Fever🀧, foodπŸ˜‹ & frangipani😘

Looking back, it was really a Friday the 13th; I woke up with a sore throat and in a sour mood from not getting much sleep in the night; constantly waking up and then rotating about in bed trying to fall back to sleep. I had no time to sleep in either, the kid had…

For special occasions 🍚

“Why can’t you make this coconut chutney more often ?” asked the kid, slicing off and scooping up a large spoonful from the red coconut chutney ball and adding to his bowl of hot kanji. Good Friday lunch has always been kanji (rice gruel) made from broken red rice (matta) grains, payar (this year it’s…

Matar Pulao (Green Peas Pulao) 🍚

An easy way to know what veg/fruit is in season is to see what’s piled up on the pushcarts selling along the roadsides. Green peas are in seasonπŸ’š; but yes, you can buy the frozen ones throughout the year, but while the fresh alternative is easily available, make the most of it ! The little…

Home is where the heart is…πŸ’–

“What is a Porpoise ?” asks my seven year old nephew. “Maybe it’s something like the tortoise; lives on land and in water !?” I make a guess and reply (I was so wrong 😬; I should have googled it!). The kid too soon realised that my answer was wrong πŸ˜… “If they lived on…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

A bespoke Onam Sadya 🌺 Part πŸ™

I can’t call it a traditional Onam sadya; we had 10 dishes with 8 veg and 2 non-veg, plus 3 payasams. It was a potluck sadya too, our guests were gracious enough to bring 2 dishes and 2 payasams. Hubs was skeptical, “Have you ever seen a Onam sadya spread with non-veg dishes !?” He…

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…