Spinach Fritters/Keerai Vadai

Summer suddenly fell into Fall and the air has turned crispy. Plump red berries adorn the sidewalk coloring the landscape in the brightest of hues….. ……while the temps have taken a nose drive this weekend. Dark clouds hang low and it’s raining on & off over the weekend…… ……..all setting the mood for some Fall…

Pineapple Salsa

Summer days are upon us, the need to eat some crispy fruity salsa anytime of the day did not seem like a bad idea either. Light, easy to make & healthy all pointed towards making this salsa over the weekend, for the work week ahead. The last time, I was at the fresh fruit stand…

Cucumber Mango Salsa

  The weather is getting beautifully warm, birds chirping on trees, friendly neighbors sitting out in the porch chairs waving or greeting as you walk past, children playing outdoors, laughter and giggles…..signs of Summer approaching. Stepping out after nearly hibernating in Winter, into the green green grass seems like a blessing! The long weekend is…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

A mouthful of Poha and Eternal Friendship

Sitting under the dim lights in the railway station, we would devour the ‘Amar Chitra Katha’ comics, without missing a word, until our train screeched to a stop in front of us.Hurriedly we would climb the steps, find our seat  and once agin dive nose deep into our comics….precious memories, packed in picture books, how…

ZUCCHINI BITES/ VADAS

Zucchini Bites/ Vadas It’s been raining hard last night, the earth is soaked, a kind of freshness in the air, the green grass is growing all over the place,an old hindi song is playing, a kind of peace prevails.Some feelings come packed with food memories….. standing next to a mobile cart, roadside, eating hot vadas…