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January 24, 2018

Tender baby eggplants stuffed with a spicy lentil powder (koora podi). What can I say..... it's a favorite across generations in my family. In fact, my husband's grandfather's love for eggplants was legendary. He was lovingly called "vankaya muchika" because he would d...

January 23, 2018

Koora podi is a staple spice mix in my pantry. On days when you want a quick and easy vegetable dish, it comes in handy. You can steam or fry almost any vegetable and add koora podi in the last few minutes of cooking to give it great flavor and texture. Like with any r...

November 27, 2017

Chaaru or rasam is the ultimate comfort food for most south Indians. It is typically eaten with rice or had as is.There could possibly be a different recipe for each family and even within the family, it will taste different depending on the person making it. It is bas...

November 18, 2017

We love sweet potatoes in our family. I have had jacket potatoes using sweet potatoes on my mind since last week and I even got chives and sour cream from the grocery store. When sonny boy wanted waffles for breakfast, I thought, why not try sweet potato waffles with j...

October 24, 2017

A simple recipe made with fresh grated coconut mixed with plain yogurt. Oil tempered with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, fenugreek seeds, dry red chillies, green chillies  curry leaves and asafetida is added on top. It is a great accompaniment to any south India...

October 5, 2017

Every region of India has it's own variation of this dish. Kadi as is it commonly known is a comforting dish made with sour yogurt and it is thickened with chickpea flour to prevent curdling when yogurt is cooked. It is a great way of using up yogurt that has gone sour...

September 18, 2017

I have been on this spree of experimenting with savory versions of oats. While I like the idea of eating oats for breakfast because of all of its health benefits, but a few days of oatmeal with the usual suspects like cinnamon or vanilla, with nuts, fruits etc. and I j...

August 24, 2017

My usual go to ingredients for veggie burgers are mixed veggies with some beans (garbanzo, black beans, black eye peas to name a few) or paneer. Not having any of my regular items on hand, I used broccoli to make the burgers. Even the little one liked them. The one adv...

August 9, 2017

An indulgent treat for my nephews who are visiting us this week. I had lovely fresh mangoes at home and I added them for a special summery breakfast treat. I love adding ricotta cheese to pancakes, they get this milky creamy texture that I adore. They are delicate and...

August 7, 2017

I typically don't go to the grocery store with a shopping list unless I have invited friends or I plan to make something. I do have my staples but I almost always pick up something different. My every day menu planning happens while I am at the store picking up fresh p...

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