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…

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?

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…

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.

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)…

Restaurant Style Tiffin 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,…

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…

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…