Golden chickpea curry 🌟

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 🍤

You know the curry is good when the kid says “Why don’t you make this more often?” 😁 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…

POTD: Fish Biryani

I make fish biryani atleast once a week. Easy to make one pot meal keeps everyone happy. The fish I used this time is boneless cubes of sea bass or kalanji in Malayalam.  Crispy pappadam and raita completes the meal😋. The bright yellow hue also adds colour to an otherwise grey and cloudy day here in…

The magic masoor dal ✨

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 do😋. My discovery of this very common dal happened very recently; during the lockdown. Till then I used to make…

Breakfast bites 💕

Good morning 🌤 Friday evening we had a visit once again from the Carnival Cakes & Breads people; they had a couple of new items on their menu this time – Focaccia bread, veg puffs, egg puffs and vada pav😘. The egg puffs were in demand and were over in the first thirty minutes of…

Breakfast Bites 🥣

The kid is starting the chapter in Maths titled Permutations and Combinations; I recall my P&C days, never understood the logic clearly and just managed to scrape through. Wait, the teacher is talking about Harry Potter, I am all ears – TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE – he says any guesses on the significance of the name?…

Plan for palak (spinach) 🥬

Mornings in Bangalore are glorious and unpredictable; you can wake up to chilly mornings with grey cloudy skies, sometimes a silent drizzle, maybe just a peek of the sun or clear cloudless blue skies with warm sun. Today was a latter kind of day and the residents were making most of it; there were more…

Celebrations always begin with biryani 🥳

It’s the first day of another lockdown in Bangalore, but that’s no reason to celebrate !? But today is also the day when the kid’s board results were announced. He passed with distinction and that’s a perfect reason to celebrate🥳. It’s a qualifying exam, not a competitive one; it’s the first hurdle the kids jump in…

Prawn favourites: Adds magic to meals 🍤

“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 suggest😘. There are so many dishes to make from prawns🍤. When I use a cook book, I find the index at the back more useful than the contents page. The…

Milk pudding with pineapple preserve🍍

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 🍝

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 💜

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…

Mushroom and mince 🍲

Mushroom curry can be made tastier by adding a little minced meat. Beef and mushroom are a classic combination; but mutton mince works equally well. Ingredients: Mushroom, quartered 250g Mutton, cooked and minced 1/2 cup Onion 1 large or 2 medium Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp Tomato, pureed 1 large or 2 medium Oil 3…

Breaded Basa and cheesy dip

  Basa is a fish loved by people who don’t like fish. You can get chunky pieces of fish meat without the pesky bones. And it’s not just fish sans the bones; Basa does not have the characteristic fishy smell either. Basa is also cheap in the market when compared to other meaty fishes like…

Raw mango: A tangy twist to curries

A few slices of raw mango can bring a tangy surprise to coconut based gravies in both veg and fish curries. The sourness increases the next day, if you happen to have leftovers; which is a good thing. And people sometimes let the dish sit for a night in the fridge so as to enhance…

Easy Indian meal (Set #9): Easy and delicious Chicken Stew 🍲

The best thing about Chicken stew, it’s a one pot dish; can be devoured with any sort of bread; rich in taste; plus easy to make. One of the upsides of getting married was my mom-in-law’s cooking. She always made something special for us when we were visiting her home during the weekends. And on…

Easy Indian meal (Set #8): Kerala Fish biryani 🍚

Is it just me or is anyone else facing the predicament that by the time breakfast and lunch are done and dishes washed, it’s time to start the dinner preparations😬!?  The work does not stop! The mornings are noiseless, pleasant and cool. Our day starts late, but that doesn’t translate to cutting back on the…

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…

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…