Chickpeas in Spinach soup (Chole Palak)

The season for soups has officially begun, our temps are in the teens these days. Snowfall started early this year and it gets pretty dark early in the evenings too.The desire to have a hot bowl of soup when you get back home in the evening is the need of the hour.There’s no better way to…

Marinated Spicy Chicken Gravy in Yogurt Pepper Mix

                          We had our first snowfall yesterday, a little too early for snow but here it is.The landscape suddenly turned magical with a little sprinkling of snow dust on the fall leaves, the earth was filled with bright vibrant colors on a white…

Hyderabadi Marag Soup / Mutton Soup/Fall soups

        Light the fire, throw on a sweater and make a pot of soup, coz there is no better comfort food in Fall than a steamy bowl of hot delicious spicy soup or stew. Our temps have nosedived into the 30’s today, frigid outdoors & the only way to beat the cold…

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…

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…

Celery Chutney/ Dip

The Fresh market is filled with veggies this  summer season, right off the farm, I must say, coz they look so green and healthy. It wasn’t until one day when I saw a friend crunching on celery sticks that I really noticed this veggie, which I might have walked past a hundred times in the…

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…

Spring Blooms ~ Lilacs

  Is there anything more beautiful than a Lilac bush in Spring ? Lilac (Syringa) plants are mainly grown for their beautiful blooms and their intense fragrance. With its sweet scent, pastel blooms, and heart-shape leaves, lilac stands out as a welcome harbinger of spring. The spring-blooming lilac comes in a variety of shapes and sizes—including…

Spring Blooms ~ Bleeding Heart Flowers

One of my favorite things I enjoy the most during warmer weather is to go walking in the neighborhood, the trails or in the woods.The few times I enrolled myself in a gym, I hardly kept up the routine, I think some of us are just born that way, “free spirits” that can’t be tamed…

Cilantro/Coriander Poha/Kothumali Aval Upma

  Spring has sprung in our parts , a glorious warm weather is what we have been having for the past few days. When the weather starts getting warm, a need for light breakfast arises. Gone are the winter days of dark and gloom, when all you wanted was to fill yourself with some comfort…