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…

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…

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…

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…

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…