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…

Homemade

I hated cooking. I had a 9 to 5 job and before leaving home, I had to slave in the kitchen for 2 hours, to make breakfast and lunch; followed by another 2 hours after work for dinner. Cooking was a daily chore and though I got the job done, the results were lacking –…