Pan Roasted Baby Potatoes, 5 ingredients only!

This is one of my family’s favorites that gets over even before it makes it to the plate from the pan. Believe me, it is so so delicious. It is very kid friendly and the cute looking baby potatoes make it even more appealing for them. I found some really gorgeous (and tinier than usual)…

Arachuvitta Sambar

We all know that there is no one way of making anything and it holds pretty good when it comes to food. Sambar is such a classical example for this. It is a South Indian spicy sauce that has pigeon peas and tamarind as its key ingredients. Although Sambar is said to have originated in Tamilnadu,…

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…

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…

Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad

We’re starting to include more salads into our diet recently. With the varieties of vegetables that you get these days, one can come up with a new kind of salad everyday I guess. Nothing comforts me like a bowl of fresh salad on a warm summer day.   Speaking of summer, I know we are almost at…

Watermelon Limeade

Summer is on in my part of the world and watermelons are available in plenty at almost every grocery store. I went to a local farmer’s market nearby and saw some lovely,huge, whole watermelons that were priced so good. I brought a huge one home and left it  on my kitchen counter. I usually leave melons for…

Fruit Yogurt Parfait

American parfaits are layered desserts prepared with layering cream,  fresh fruits, nuts,  etc. alternatively in a tall, clear glass. They are distinctly different from French parfaits which are frozen desserts. The creamy layer of the parfaits can be made using ice cream, whipped cream, yogurt, cream cheese, mascarpone cheese and the list goes on. Parfaits made with…