Eggplant Stir Fry/ Baingan Bharta (Punjabi Version)

Summer started with a heavy down pour of rain  for us, which continued for the past two days. The need for quick and easy summer meals was the order of the day, yet something spicy & delicious to enjoy watching the summer rains with, was calling my name. What better than this  Punjabi ( a…

Black Eyed Peas Curry

We are under a Winter Storm warning and the snow has been falling non stop like it would go out of fashion. What better way then bring Hygge home with some warm spicy aromatic curry, cooking in your kitchen, with ingredients available in your pantry, since driving out to do your grocery in this weather…

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…

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…

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…

Punjabi Lobia Masala/ Black Eyed Beans Curry

The First day of Spring, a new beginning ,a fresh start in life…..it almost feels like I had hibernated for the Winter, everything had slowed down during the dark cold months, come LIGHT a new energy infuses my very cells,feeling energized to try new recipes. Spring is a season when little buds are sprouting on…

CAULIFLOWER KOOTU

Cauliflower Koottu Have you ever experienced a zen kind of meditation while cleaning out you refrigerator ? Well, I have ! Slowly as I Feng shui’d my refrigerator, y’day a kind of peace settled within me.This week, I have time for myself, no early morning rush to work, dropping kid at day care at dawn,…

KEERAI KOOTU ( Spinach & Lentil Curry)

Keerai Kootu (Spinach and Lentil Curry) “Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful, And since we’ve no place to go, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” It’s a cold,cold winter day, what better than to seek the comfort of a creamy, rich, healthy home made curry/soup to…

KADAI MUSHROOM

KADAI MUSHROOM The weather is getting colder & it’s only natural for one to get more bolder with the spices in the kitchen….nothing like a hot spicy dish to calm the winter blues which seems to be fast approaching.Talk about winter preparedness (or is it still Fall??) I hunted down the Fresh market aisles to…