Watermelon Curry

Watermelon Curry

What is a curry? The age old question that has been debated much and beyond with no hope of an answer in sight! Well, I do not wish to get into the origin of this word; Google and Wikipedia does a good job of that. Neither do I wish to get into what the world [...]

Shorbat Adas – Arabian Lentil Soup

Shorbat Adas – Arabian Lentil Soup

The past week was a busy, hectic and demanding one with the new blog and other writing commitments. I also went into a ‘cooking overdrive’ trying out and experimenting with different types of dishes and cuisines. And the result - thoroughly burned out by Friday, desperately needing a weekend break from the kitchen. All I [...]

Goan Dal (Indian style Lentil curry with coconut and black kokum)

Goan Dal (Indian style Lentil curry with coconut and black kokum)

Goa – the most ‘tourisity’ place in India. Even I have visited Goa, as a tourist, and somehow the experience has not been the best for me. I liked the place, the beaches, the historical monuments, visit to the spice plantations, etc… but it was all through the eyes of a tourist without really imbibing [...]

Karari Aloo Tikki……and the celebration of a child’s innocence

Karari Aloo Tikki……and the celebration of a child’s innocence

A poem by Ann Weems that I found in a Christian prayer book a long long time ago….. I celebrate children who laugh out loud who walk in the mud and dawdle in the puddles who put chocolate fingers anywhere who like to be tickled who scribbled in church who whisper in loud voices who [...]

Pindi Chole (Indian style Chickpeas spiced with Cumin and Pomegranate Seeds)

Pindi Chole (Indian style Chickpeas spiced with Cumin and Pomegranate Seeds)

I have eaten this dish a couple of times from dhabas (roadside Indian eateries) and thoroughly enjoyed it each time. Initially, I thought it was just a variation of the regular chana masala but finally, when I got my hands on the recipe, was fascinated to find out that this was a totally different dish. [...]

Rasam with Fresh Spice Paste

Rasam with Fresh Spice Paste

Rasam – the one dish that I always have trouble making. In spite of the best recipes and hands-on training by both my mothers, I simply cannot make this one perfectly every time. Achieving the balance between tangy and spice continued to elude me till I used this recipe. The fresh spice paste is what [...]

Peanut Salad with Curry Leaf Dressing

Peanut Salad with Curry Leaf Dressing

We often look to the Western world for salads and salad dressing recipes in spite of having so many beautiful ingredients to work with in our country. And this point was driven home when I came across a simple salad dressing using curry leaves by Sonya Haritha. A shout-out to you Sonya for this wonderful [...]

Jeera rice (Cumin Flavoured Rice)

Jeera rice (Cumin Flavoured Rice)

Jeera rice is a staple rice preparation of North India; it is also prepared in Pakistan where it is known as Zeera rice. It is an extremely simple rice dish where the main ingredient is jeera or cumin seeds. A great accompaniment to any Indian curry – both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. This dish has a [...]