Penne with Chilli Squid in a Roasted Tomato Sauce

A simple sauce made from roasted tomatoes, onions and garlic; fresh squid rings and mushrooms tossed with chilli flakes, paprika, oregano and perfectly cooked penne come together to create this delicious, full of flavour pasta dish.

Chettinad Style Grilled Snapper

Today, the Chettinad Meen Varuval gets a grillin! Meen Varuval aka fried fish….the term cannot get more generic than that. There are a zillion ways for frying fish in India itself (forget about the other cuisines of the world). Now I cannot claim to have eaten all the different types but my excessive fondness for…… Continue reading Chettinad Style Grilled Snapper

Oats Kofta in Chilli Garlic Sauce

The idea for this recipe came out during one of the weekly ritual calls that I make to my mom. It is often a long one; filled with food conversations, ideas, TV shows, rants, gossips, the latest fashion trends etc…. I share more of a girlfriend relationship with my mother rather a daughter one; this…… Continue reading Oats Kofta in Chilli Garlic Sauce

Southern Fried Chicken

Fried chicken – The ultimate global comfort food! I remember vividly of a childhood eating my fair share of KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken, is there anyone who doesn’t know it!). It was the only form of fast food that was welcome in our house simply for the fact that fried chicken was the only thing…… Continue reading Southern Fried Chicken

Dark Chocolate Beef Chili

I am definitely not a winter person. Huddling (and sometimes getting lost) inside layers of clothing is not my idea of fun at all. I hate having to wear jackets all the time, running up huge electricity bills and totally getting blamed for it, washing dishes after dishes in the cold tiled kitchen (a food…… Continue reading Dark Chocolate Beef Chili

Rigatoni Chilli Bolognese

The saga of one pot meals continue especially after the loooong weekend. Well, it was a quiet Easter for us this year; just the three of us catching up on….us! We did everything we enjoyed (read lazing around). And I also made this big pot of Bolognese made from scratch! Well, making Bolognese is not…… Continue reading Rigatoni Chilli Bolognese

Chilli Chicken Bites

Yet again, food has opened my world to a whole new bunch of friends in Melbourne. I have been part of a growing food group called ‘Chef at Large’ on Facebook for quite a while now. A couple of months ago, a bunch of us belonging to the group and residing in Melbourne decided to…… Continue reading Chilli Chicken Bites

Pan Fried Salmon (with a Kerala style spice marinade)

As most of you would have noticed, the name change is complete. Skinny Chef is gone and the Spice Adventuress is here to stay. It might seem to many that it is just a name change but believe me, the journey was not an easy one. To start off, coming up with a new name…… Continue reading Pan Fried Salmon (with a Kerala style spice marinade)

Chilli Jam – and my 2nd Publication!

Yup, you heard it right! I am generally not a big fan of jams; find it too sweet and sugary with no real flavour. I am more of the savoury kind of girl. But this chilli jam was a revelation – it truly captures and showcases the real flavour of chilli minus all the heat.…… Continue reading Chilli Jam – and my 2nd Publication!

Parsley Yoghurt Dip

There is nothing more comforting for me than a big bowl of curd. A dash of salt is all that I need – to transform myself into a child again, licking my spoon and bowl clean with joyful abandon. This dip is just another way to showcase my love for curd. A spoonful of chopped…… Continue reading Parsley Yoghurt Dip