Pineapple Fried Rice

 Summer is here and so are the pineapples. The peak season for pineapples are between March and July, when they are at their delicious best, though they are available all through the year. The pineapples we get here are the Dole variety, coming to us all the way from Hawaii.  “The most-visited tourist attraction in…

Strawberry Coconut Rava Laddoo’s

It’s summer time here ,everywhere you turn you find delicious, sweet and juicy strawberries and I picked my share of it this weekend. The  temptation to try something new with the fresh fruits in hand was so strong this beautiful weekend…… ………..that when I finally decided to try strawberries in a laddoo, I was pretty…

Curd Rice/Thayir Sadham

My earliest memories of eating  curd rice/yogurt rice or ‘Thayir Sadham’ as it is fondly called in the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu  where I grew up, is sitting in our school lunch room and opening our tiffin boxes for lunch ( a stainless steel container set in packs of 3 or 5 ,stacked…

Green Peas Pulao

Got back home after a beautiful road trip over the long weekend. It has been beautiful this weekend with lots of sunshine and outdoors. The rains had finally stopped. Getting back home and slowly falling into the routine meant, good food to start off with.Something quick and yummy to satiate your hunger pangs, with some…

Chicken Chettinad

 It’s been a lovely weekend full of sunshine and relaxation, getting back from a road trip the need to have some spicy home cooked meal was strong. So settled into making this elaborate and authentic Chettinad Chicken from the land of the Chettiyars of Tamil Nadu, a southern state in India. Their cuisine is globally…

Sweet Corn Sundal

Some pictures that are stored in memory never fade away, irrespective of the time or place since you last saw them….. The joy on the faces of hardworking Sundal vendors on the beach at the end of the day, strolling along the shore while the gentle waves touch their feet and go, their distant laughter…

Red Bell Pepper Chutney

The rains haven’t stopped since a week, to say that I am aching for some sunlight this Spring season would be an understatement. Mother Nature, we seriously need some sunshine! Wanting something to spice up the otherwise dull gloomy morning, I searched for inspiration, as always with a wide open refrigerator door. This being a…

Green Bell Pepper/Capsicum Chutney

The sun glowed gloriously outside the window.Lying in bed watching the light and shadow effect , I longed to get up and try some cooking, yet my recent surgery did not permit much mobility as yet, so I lay down and watched some more. The ache to eat something spicy after being on liquid diet…

Mango Salsa with Tortilla Chips (Totopos)

When everyone around is celebrating  Cinco de Mayo, join in the fun fiesta and do your part, I decided. The sun had just come out after days and days of rain and gloomy weather, just in time for the celebrations. The crab apple tree had shed most of its flower petals owing to the rains…

Eggplant /Brinjal Thokku

“Thokku” is traditionally used as a side or flavor enhancer to the last course in most Tamil meals, which is rice with homemade yogurt. However, the possibilities are endless. Mix with hot, steamed rice and a dash of sesame oil and you have a satisfactory meal.It is a cooked-down relish made from mainly fruits, vegetables…

South Indian Fish Fry

The weather forecaster had not minced any words when she announced on the Friday news that there will be heavy rains over the weekend. Fully prepared to face the rain head on, I felt mighty pleased to walk out of the Korean Market, with two packs of fresh caught fish. One was King fish steaks…

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…