Carrot Cucumber Raita (A South Indian Thayir Pachadi)

When I run out of veggies, or just have a little bit of this and a little bit of that, simple and comforting Raitas are the ones that come to my rescue. Raita is a yogurt based sauce or dip that can be made in so many different ways by altering the veggies, herbs and spices….

Raw Green Mango Pickle

The word ‘Mango’ makes me feel very nostalgic and brings about a lot of good memories of my childhood. It may be an interesting ride for you as I take you down my memory lane.  You could find very few houses in Chennai  that have big back/sideyards and ours was/is one of them. My father…

Paneer Tikka

Does it really have to be summer to grill stuff? In fact, I enjoy grilled food more in winter than in summer. How nice would it be to eat something hot off of the grill that is spicy with a mild smoky flavor and nice charred marks on it when it is cold and snowy outside. To me…

Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

 Recreating restaurant dishes is one of my favorite things to do. I think, Gajar Ka Halwa or Carrot Halwa is the first dish that I tried to recreate. This is a very commonly served dessert in Indian buffet lunches and most of the five star restaurants in India make this so well. I’ve not seen my…

Toasted Ravioli – Five Ingredients, Fabulous Appetizer!

   Toasted or fried ravioli is a great appetizer/snack loved by people of ages. It is believed to be an Italian street food that is very crunchy, mildly cheesy and totally yummy. It is a great snack for kids’ parties to cocktail parties and a great appetizer for potlucks too. They remain crispy and crunchy for hours….

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I’m a big fan of pureed vegetable soups. They are so hearty and filling. One big bowl of soup is all you need to satisfy your appetite. With winter already well on its way, what more can be comforting than warm soups with some crusty bread! I love the flavor of this soup when the…

Badam Katli

This is such an addicting dessert. Just take one bite and you’ll keep going for more and more. I’ve been making this for the last few years for Diwali and for some other special family occasions of ours. My family loves it and is such a favorite of my children. My little girl calls it…

Omapodi (Sev)

Is this your first Diwali, have you always been buying Diwali snacks from the stores and want to break the habit this time, have you always felt nervous about making Diwali snacks at home, look no further. Here’s a recipe that’ll give outstanding results even for folks who are just beginning to cook. With just a…

Chickpea Biryani

This is one of my recipes that was featured in Chennai’s (India) complete food magazine A La Carte’s Sep 2012 issue. This is also one of my family recipes and it is my mother-in-law’s. She makes amazingly wonderful biryanis and my husband can trade anything in the world for her biryanis. You can imagine how challenged I…

Pulikachal and Puliyodharai

How many of you remember the torrential rains from the hurricanes in Chennai during the 1980s? Those pitch dark days with no power; those kerosene lanterns burning round the clock; those wierdly scented coils to drive the mosquitoes away and those little battery operated transistors that were the only source of news!  The incessant noise…

Kesar Kulfi

Kulfi is an Indian creamy frozen dessert  enjoyed by people of all ages. It might sound wierd to you, but I’ve always seen Kulfis being eaten quite late at night. At least in Chennai where I grew up, street vendors used to bring their Kulfis in a tricycle covered with a red cloth after 10 pm. They used…

Look Wonderful this Winter!

 Many of us kicked this year off with some good New Year resolutions. I got to hear a variety of them from my friends and coworkers. To spend more time for/with family, to focus on self improvement and personality development, to be more religious, to contribute more toward charity, to develop or improve their reading…