Green Salad With Spicy Tofu Croutons

As George Michael sings in his Heartbeat song, “Another summer, another vacation is over …” . It felt like just yesterday when the chirping birds, the bright and beautiful flowers, and the sweet juicy berries announced the arrival of Summer. It is hard to believe that the season is now behind us and we’ve started…

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…

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….

Silky and Creamy Mor Kozhambu

It is going to be almost a year (well, nine months to be precise) since we moved in to our new house. We’ve been enjoying the additional space, luxury and the sense of accomplishment every single day. It gives us so much of pleasure to decorate it, have friends over and build cherish-able memories one after the…

Spiced Avocado Buttermilk – A Refreshing Summer Drink

Winter has been terribly tough and tenacious where we live. The stores have started to carry lovely spring clothes, but to get a glimpse of even a little bit of green grass seems impossible. It is snow, snow everywhere and white appears to be nature’s only favorite color for now.

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…

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…

Figs and Dates Smoothie

Aren’t smoothies just amazing for breakfast? They can be so filling, nutritious and very very easy to make. The best part of it is that you can have them on the go.  If you can make them ahead of time and refigerate, your work day breakfast will be made so much more easier. Just fill…

Absolutely Heavenly Badam Kheer!

By now I’m sure you would have known that I’m really crazy about saffron. Most of the dessert recipes I’ve posted so far have saffron as a key ingredient. The color and flavor that you get from it is simply out of the world. Why do you think I named the blog as ‘7 Saffron Street’…

Finger Licking Sun Dried Tomato Chutney!

I’ve always been sharing only success stories from my kitchen with you. For a change, I thought I’ll share a kitchen disaster experience this time.  Don’t worry, it was not with this recipe that I’m posting today.