Akki Roti

The southern state of Karnataka in India, is filled with diverse food, ranging from coastal sea food to central land to the spicy hilly zone, each one exhibiting the richness in the culinary heritage of the land. The varied cuisines of this land are: Northern Karnataka Cuisine Southern Karnataka Cuisine Udupi Cuisine Malendu Cuisine Kodagu…

Kara Pori / Spicy Puffed Rice

Grew up in a small town in South India, where Pori/Puffed Rice vendors were a common site either on their bicycles with their huge bag of light weight Pori/Puffed rice or in the little shops by the market that was meant exclusively for Pori vendors .It was open all through the year, yet got busy…

Spicy Kozhukattai/Modaks

Sunday morning started with a draft of blustery winds followed by gentle snow flakes which almost looked like rain drops to begin with soon turning into sleet on the roads.It has been awfully cold this past week. The comfort of staying indoors has it’s own joys…… the need to make some comfort food to beat…

Carrot Paniyaram with Tomato Onion Chutney

It’s been a downpour this weekend, all day rains, dull & gloomy weather. It’s  that time  of the year for the home fire’s to be burning creating all that spicy “beat the cold” kinda yummy food, be it breakfast, evening snacks or the in-between, each one is a well thought of innovation and a labor…

Mangalorean Puli Munchi Fish Curry

It was a ‘Piri Piri Barsa’ day in Fall, which in the South Indian language of Tulu, literally means  ‘gentle drizzling of rain’ this morning.   The clouds were heavy and dark, looked like there was more rain to follow. The kind of day when you want to cozy up indoors and have some yummy…

Hyderabadi Marag Soup/Spicy South Indian Mutton Soup

The Fall season is upon us, gently she tiptoed in at the heels of Summer turning the air crispy and sending the leaves flying in the breeze, yet how sweetly she colors the leaves each one a magnificent proof that the Creator indeed was an artist to begin with. Wanting to make a spicy soup…

Sabudhana Kichidi / Tapioca Pearls Kichidi

The festive season of Navaratri  has begun …….  It is one of the most significant festivals in Hinduism, celebrating the Mother Goddess Shakti/Durga in her various avatars for nine consecutive days.   Sharad Navaratri which is celebrated each year around the months of September to October coincides with the beginning of Fall in the northern…

Green Peas Pulao

There are days when you ache for a change in the way you prepare rice, you want it to look festive, yet don’t want an elaborate preparation, what do you do on days like that ? For inspiration I rummage through the freezer section in my refrigerator, there sat a half opened bag of Green…

Mussel Meat Stir Fry

Food always stirs memories,  good ones coz’ I have shared food amidst laughter and fun be it friends or family, there is always joy around the dining table and oodles of laughter too. Summer vacations as a kid meant visiting grand moms at our native, a coastal village bursting with seafood fresh off the boat…

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…