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…

Q for Queens πŸ‘ΈπŸ»

Inspired by Anita Nair’s book – the Alphabet Soup for Lovers πŸ‘‰Good reads for the monsoon 2020 #1 πŸ¦‹ we held an edible alphabet game in our family WhatsApp group. Beginning from the first of the month till the twenty sixth, the participants had to post a picture of a homemade dish, beginning with the…

Happiness homemade πŸŽ‚

Today was my younger nephew’s b’day. He turned sevenπŸ‘¦. My brother and sil arranged an online cake cutting, the kid was thrilled and so were we. He is used to online classes, so greeting his cousins and grandparents virtually seemed perfectly normal to him. My sil took the trouble to bake a cakeπŸŽ‚. It was…

Easy Indian Meal (Set #10): Rice and curries πŸ›

“Cook with love, thinking about the people who are going to be eating your food. Think how much you want them to enjoy the meal. Put your heart into it !” my Dad’s secret to cooking tasty meals. In the midst of the lockdown, when everyday is the same, meals have taken up the additional…

Tasty Ajwain Poori πŸ˜‹

Ajwain (also called carom seed) is a spice known for it’s distinctive and enticing aroma. When I saw this cartoon in today’s BL, my mind jumped to the strong aroma of ajwain and the morning’s breakfast was decided. Poori and aloo (potato) masala. Where is the ajwain ? In the poori – it’s Ajwain Poori…

Semiya payasam 🎊

Three times this year we got to celebrate the New Year πŸ₯³. Not many in terms of company for the festivities, but you can still bring some cheer and change by whisking up one of those special occasion dishes ! New Year is 1 Jan as per the Gregorian calendar; 13 Apr is New Year…

Iftar special recipe πŸ₯₯

Back in Kochi, in our second rented apartment, our immediate neighbours were Muslims. One evening, during the second half of the fasting month of Ramadan, the lady of the house rang our door bell and asked for two plates and two bowls. Why I asked? To give us some of their Iftar food, she said….