Zucchini Kofta’s In Creamy Coconut Curry

Zucchini (American )  or Courgette  (British)  is a summer squash which can reach nearly a meter in length, but is usually harvested immature at 15 to 25 cm. In the British Isles, a fully grown zucchini is referred to as a marrow. Botanically, Zucchinis are fruits, a type of botanical berry called a “pepo”, being the swollen…

Chicken Bhuna

The  sidewalks and the grass on the lawn was still covered in snow, as I walked our pet this morning. The air was fresh, the sidewalks slippery, a few people were  walking their pets too, there was a gentle calm about the morning, the kind where poets and writers get their inspiration from , or…

Tomato Upma

A staple quick fix breakfast in every South Indian home, called by different names depending on the region in South India where it comes from , it is called Upma (short for Uppumavu), Uppitu, Uppindi, Kharabath etc. There are many variations in preparation of this simple breakfast dish, healthy and filling, it is made from…

Chicken soup for the soul ( and to beat the pesky cold)

Growing up in the foothills of the Western Ghats, in South India, I remember making sure my study table always faced the mountains and the deep blue sky, majestically spread above them,  each day  as I sat down to study….the strength and inspiration I drew from those hills was immense. To this day, mountains do…

‘Nei’/Ghee Idli’s

It  has been a cold and rainy day, dull and gloomy. Roads were slippery with the sleet, a cold bitter wind blew…… Times that make you want to stay home and enjoy the peace and quiet of cozy warmth…… There are foods that comfort you, memories wrapped in their aroma, recreate magic however far you…

Sakkarai Pongal /Sweet Pongal

“Pongal” is the name of the festival and also the name of the dish cooked on this day. “Ponga” means to overflow with abundance, so the wishes for this day & here on, is may all the good things in your life overflow in abundance, to signify this truth, Rice, the staple food of South…

Venn Pongal

For those of us who like a touch of spice in our food, here is another version of Pongal, the spicy kind, goes so well on a cold winter day or a tropical rainy day. This paired with fresh coconut chutney and piping hot sambar ( healthy lentil curry with a good dose of veggies…

Shrimp/ Prawn/ Jinga Biryani

It had rained nonstop, for almost a week now…. aching to get out in nature and enjoy the beautiful Fall colors, I was glad to see, it had stopped raining this evening, though the rain clouds seemed to hang low. Not wasting another minute indoors,  I ventured out bravely soaking in all that fresh air…

Vendakai/Okra Puli Kuzhambu

It’s Navaratri time, if you have grown up in South India and settled elsewhere now, nostalgia strikes you big at this time of the year, all the “Pattu Mami’s” (South Indian Brahmin ladies are affectionately called so) come floating in your dreams with their amazing silks,Bommai Golu’s/Doll festival’s, yummy dishes and sweets that goes without…

Mussel Meat Fry -North Malabar Style

The weather outside is getting cooler with the arrival of Fall season, the leaves are changing colors…… ……..hunger pangs have taken a rhythm of their own as the colder weather approaches, the ache to eat something spicy is a necessity , when you get back home in the evening, tired and hungry…….so what do you…