Malvani Fish Fry

Malvani Fish Fry

The combination of school hols and cold winters is not exactly the most inspiring time for me to cook. In between work, activities and freezing your butt off, I hardly feel like entering the kitchen and on some days, it almost seems like a punishing chore. Comfort food and familiar tastes seem to reign high [...]

Kerala style Grilled LeatherJacket in Banana Leaf

Kerala style Grilled LeatherJacket in Banana Leaf

It’s a cold, wet day in Melbourne today and it makes me super lazy. And it’s Thursday already, which makes me even lazier with the comforting thought of the approaching weekend. But there’s a mountain of work that I need to wade through before the end of the day and writing this post is one [...]

Potato Bell-Pepper Sabzi – an Indian Stir-Fry

It is the last day of 2013 and by this time tomorrow, we will all have entered a new year – one that all of us want to be filled with peace, love and happiness. And as always, we hope and look forward to a year of goodness not just for our families but for [...]

Cashewnut Pachadi (Spiced Cashewnut Yoghurt Dip)

Cashewnut Pachadi (Spiced Cashewnut Yoghurt Dip)

Every cuisine of the world has its own unique style of making yoghurt dips. And this holds true for Kerala cuisine too. The pachadi or spiced yoghurt dip of Kerala is quite popular and a regular accompaniment to most meals. Just like any other Mallu (an affectionate name for Keralites, as I would like to [...]

Mutton vindaloo

Mutton vindaloo

The ‘vindaloo’ is a famous traditional Goan dish usually prepared using pork meat. Culinary history has it that this dish was inspired by a Portugese dish which used meat, wine and garlic. When the Portugese left, the Anglo-Indian settlers of the region re-created that dish using local ingredients like vinegar to bring about the same [...]

Velluli Karam Pachadi (Spicy Garlic Chutney)

Velluli Karam Pachadi (Spicy Garlic Chutney)

India is the ‘land of chutneys’; there are so many varieties and types varying from state to state. While the coconut based chutneys of the southern region are to die for, the mint-coriander chutney, Bombay chutney, tamarind chutney etc…are the more popular ones of the Northern regions. But this is just a broad way of [...]