January 29, 2017

I remember a Mexican chef once saying that the best guacamole is the most simple one using few ingredients, letting the ripe fresh avocado  shine through. I used to add onions and tomatoes to the guacamole earlier. Now I make it very simple with avocado, lime/lemon jui...

January 28, 2017

This pizza is an ode to the Tostada pizza available at California Pizza Kitchen (CPK). Whenever we travel and come across this chain, we make it a point to have at least one meal there. My husband loves this place and I am nostalgic about it too. Right after we got mar...

January 28, 2017

If you enjoy palak paneer with naan in an Indian restaurant, this recipe will come close if not better.  Soft pizza crust topped with a fresh  spinach sauce, topped with small paneer pieces, some onions and cheese, absolutely fantastic. Best enjoyed straight out of the...

January 25, 2017

Eggplant is a beloved vegetable in our family. There are so many different preparations that are absolutely delicious. We get Indian baby eggplants only once a week at the Indian store. Most of the time they are fresh, and every once in a while they are fresh and small...

January 19, 2017

Vepudu or fry refers to the category of vegetable preparations where vegetables are shallow fried until they are crisp on the outside and soft and cooked on the inside. They typically are flavored very simply with salt, chilli powder, asafetida and sometimes cumin and...

January 11, 2017

Sabudana khichdi is a delicious dish made using soaked tapioca pearls and potatoes, flavored with peanuts and green chillies. The soaked tapioca gets a chewy texture when cooked and it is addicting. Tapioca is very high in carbohydrates. While I love this dish, I am no...

January 9, 2017

Sooji halwa is a very common sweet dish with numerous variations found all over India. One of the most simple quick and easy desserts. They are typically flavored with cardamom or saffron or sometimes mixed with  fresh fruit like pineapple or banana....

January 7, 2017

Saturday morning leisure + clean kitchen island = inspiration.

I mixed coarsely processed cauliflower with parmesan, garlic, salt, cilantro and green chillies topped generously over bread and toasted in the oven for a quick, fresh, crunchy breakfast.

 Ingredients:

Ca...

January 5, 2017

Any self respecting south Indian takes pride in two things, filter coffee and soft fluffy idlis. R.K Narayan, in his work "A dateless diary", mentions that a family's reputation is at stake if word spreads that they do not serve good coffee. I would extend the same emo...