Cloud Watching….

Haiku : “Floating in the sky forming, changing, drifting on nature’s wispy breath”

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…

Memorial Day Weekend Getaway

The much awaited long weekend was finally here, flags adorned every household in the neighborhood…… ……backyards were getting ready for the weekend celebrations…… ….the ache to go on a road trip was strong. The weather finally had started to look up, just on time for a weekend getaway, so off we went on a road…

Green Peas Pulao

Got back home after a beautiful road trip over the long weekend. It has been beautiful this weekend with lots of sunshine and outdoors. The rains had finally stopped. Getting back home and slowly falling into the routine meant, good food to start off with.Something quick and yummy to satiate your hunger pangs, with some…

Chicken Chettinad

 It’s been a lovely weekend full of sunshine and relaxation, getting back from a road trip the need to have some spicy home cooked meal was strong. So settled into making this elaborate and authentic Chettinad Chicken from the land of the Chettiyars of Tamil Nadu, a southern state in India. Their cuisine is globally…

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…

Red Bell Pepper Chutney

The rains haven’t stopped since a week, to say that I am aching for some sunlight this Spring season would be an understatement. Mother Nature, we seriously need some sunshine! Wanting something to spice up the otherwise dull gloomy morning, I searched for inspiration, as always with a wide open refrigerator door. This being a…

A rainy weekend….

It has been raining all weekend, one had two options…either to stay indoors and sulk at the rain or pull on your rain boots and jump in the puddles. I chose the latter, sulking never looked or felt good, so walk along with me on the river’s edge where nature beckons in all her glory…

Green Bell Pepper/Capsicum Chutney

The sun glowed gloriously outside the window.Lying in bed watching the light and shadow effect , I longed to get up and try some cooking, yet my recent surgery did not permit much mobility as yet, so I lay down and watched some more. The ache to eat something spicy after being on liquid diet…

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…

Rain, Rain Go Away!

Dark rain clouds loomed low as I drove back home in the evening, the skies threatening to open up any minute……and then it happened ! Somewhere along the way , the skies opened up and there was a downpour, flash flood warning on the radio, traffic slowed down, bumper to bumper ride began, a slow…

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…