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…

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…

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…

Spicy Mussel Fry (Chinese Style)

It was a loud call for the Yin and Yang balance in the body, this weekend, that motivated me to pick up that Chinese Five spice powder, that has been hiding in my pantry, stored away safely for rainy days since a month ago.What better day than today, I thought, it’s been raining all week,…

STUFFED MUSSELS/ARIKADUKKA/KALLUMAKAI

Kallumakai /Arikadukka /Stuffed Mussels Each day as I drove back from work, the Korean market along the way seemed to cast some spell on me, the crabs, the mussels, the prawns & the sea fish seemed to sit by the window sill & wink at me…..armored with determination with only one goal in mind, I…

SHRIMP STUFFED TAMALES

Shrimp Stuffed Tamales “Cinco de Mayo” (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico.This celebration of Mexican culture and heritage grew in popularity in larger communities of Mexican American population in areas like Los angeles,Chicago and Houston initially and then spread…

FISH CURRY (MANGALOREAN STYLE)

Fish Curry ( Mangalorean style) Two snow days in a row, almost a weekly event these days! Last evening , on my way back from work I heard the winter weather advisory loud & clear on the radio, and watched people hurrying to buy groceries in the stores , before the frigid weather took over…

MALAYSIAN BUTTER PRAWNS

MALAYSIAN BUTTER PRAWNS One of the best ways to experience another culture is through the food they eat.Walking to school one day to drop my kid, I met another Mom who was walking hers to school as well, while the kids skipped along the path, the moms got talking,eventually like they say “All roads lead…

THAI STYLE SALMON FRY

THAI STYLE SALMON FRY Weekend is here again…..time to let the creative juices flow. Just when you thought winter is done, in comes a chill breeze wanting you to unpack the winter clothes you put away last weekend.Its been drizzling here all day, with that typical “Windy City” chill in the air and you ache…

SALMON FRY

SALMON FRY The fishing season is slowly beginning to emerge, what with the torrential rains last week the lakes & rivers are flooded & the bridges overflowing.I remember going fishing near my parent’s farm as a kid with cousins & all,it was more excitement than the real fish,later used to fry it over fire in…

Clam Meat Roast

CLAM MEAT ROAST When it starts to get warmer, the earthy aroma from my spice rack seems to tease my senses.Every country,every city has a distinct smell ,so it was with the coastal town of Mangalore in the western part of South India which is my native.The delicious seafood one gets to taste here is…

CRAB SUKKA/ MASALA

CRAB SUKKA /MASALA The snow is softly falling outside,the earth seems to be washed in white,suddenly the landscape changes into a beautiful white.When I step out and breathe in the freshness,something inside me tells me its time for something juicy,spicy & delicious and my car seems to have a mind of its own.The Korean Market…