Tiffins of Tamilnadu – A Pop-up Lunch Event

Are you a foodie?  Do you enjoy Indian cuisine?  Are you tired of the stale and mundane menus at the local Indian restaurants? Have you been yearning to taste authentic and home style Indian food? Look no further, you’ve come to the right place.  We, at 7 Saffron Street are throwing our hearts and home…

Your Ultimate Dosa Reference

Jump to “Your Ultimate Dosa Reference” straight if you’d want to skip reading my story. It was a nice and memorable evening of the first day of my hostel life  This beautiful town Tirunelveli of southern India that I had to call my home for the next four years was a few hundreds of miles away…

Tawa Paneer

I’m one of those people that believed that fancy props made pictures beautiful. Like many of us, my journey with food photography started by falling for jaw dropping and drool worthy pictures of great photographers. No day passed without looking at a bunch of their photographs. I gazed at their work for hours and envied them…

My Pune Dhal

I waved goodbye to my family at the airport. They were heading back to the U.S after our short vacation in India from Bangalore. I was leaving to Pune for a two week Ayurvedic treatment and I wasn’t really looking forward to it. Well, I knew it was going to make me feel better and…

Malai Koftha

Weekends are so good. To unwind, be lazy, do nothing, nap, shop, catch up with friends and family, cook and eat peacefully, and so on. But, one of the most favorite things for my husband and I to do is to snuggle with our kids before bed time and recall plenty of little stories from our childhood and…

Kadhai Paneer

Unpaved and uneven roads, patches of wild and thorny bushes, stray dogs, cows and cats,  few small and simple houses in every street, very friendly and caring neighbors and ample outdoor space for children to play – that’s the picture of our neighborhood I fondly recall from my childhood. R was my neighbor, childhood friend, and my only companion then….

Multipurpose Curry Paste

Like most children, my 6 year old girl often has some stories to share with me at the  end of her school day. It usually is about someone’s birthday or something interesting they did at school or her friends’ outfit, shoes, hairdo etc. On some days there are more serious stories and some days with no stories…

Ridiculously Simple Tomato Biryani

What is your opinion about the current trends of diets, eating right, clean eating etc.? Isn’t it becoming more common than usual to hear/know/talk about health foods? Isn’t our generation more obsessed than any other about healthy eating?

Idli Milagai Podi

Long journeys with family in Tamilnadu are not complete without idlies dipped and drenched in spicy milagai podi and sesame (gingelly) oil. Everyone eagerly waits for their packet of these idlies wrapped in banana leaf that in turn is wrapped in some old newspaper and tied with a jute string. The banana leaf imparts its own flavor…

Simple, humble, yet delectable Rava Kesari (Sooji Halwa)!

Did I not tell you that I’m going to be soon back with the recipe for a dessert? This is the family recipe that I was talking about in my previous post. This perhaps is the very first dessert I learned to make. Well, it used to be my not so favorite thing to eat, but…

Easy Pulao for a Busy Weeknight!

This recipe and the pictures for the post have been sitting in my laptop since several months. I know, I must do a better job at posting more regularly here, but this year has kept me crazily busy right from the start. My days are in general quite hectic with a full time job and…

Spicy Curried Cauliflower (Ready in just 20 mins!)

Week days only get more busier and crazier by the day leaving me with very less time to make dinner every night. We however, prefer to eat homemade food as much as possible and seldom eat out/do take outs. To me, it is also much important to include a good portion of vegetables in our meals everyday.  It is…