Pepper Chicken Masala / Kozhi Milagu Varuval Chettinad Style

Pepper Chicken Masala / Kozhi Milagu Varuval Chettinad Style This used to be D’s #1 and most requested dish at home. But now there’s stiff competition from this guy, but trust me – he still cannot decide between the two. Well, they are pretty much tied as far as I can tell, and whichever happens to be on … Continue reading

Palak Paneer with Dal / Spinach and Paneer Curry with Lentils

Palak Paneer with Dal / Spinach and Paneer Curry with Lentils If you are wondering what dal is doing in Palak Paneer – do read on. My little boy might not have much of a memory of the few months with his nanny, but I sure am thankful for the many Punjabi dishes I learnt … Continue reading

Squash Erissery / Easy Butternut Squash Curry with Lentils and Coconut

Squash Erissery / Easy Butternut Squash Curry with Lentils and Coconut We’ve been buying more frozen veggies these days, seeing that there does not seem to be much of a different nutrition-wise when using frozen produce if you cannot get fresh-from-the-farm produce or use fresh groceries within a few days of buying them, as they … Continue reading

Dal Tadka / Easy Lentils Curry Punjabi Style

Dal Tadka / Easy Lentils Curry Punjabi Style Feeling lazy? Or feeling like something simple and home-made? I bet dal chawal is what hits your mind first. It’s the quintessential comfort food for most of us from the subcontinent and though I am sure you hardly look-up a dal tadka recipe on the internet, you might want to … Continue reading

Chicken Korma / Chicken Curry with Coconut and Cashews

Chicken Korma / Chicken Curry with Coconut and Cashews For as long as I can remember, korma (or kurma) curries have been a favorite of mine.. whether it was the chicken / non-vegetarian version or just good-old vegetable korma. And at risk of sounding clichéd, I am going to say it is because of my mom. … Continue reading

Dal Palak / Spinach Dal / Lentils and Spinach Curry

Dal Palak / Spinach Dal

Dal Palak / Spinach Dal / Spinach Lentils Curry I have such a poor memory when it comes to remembering ‘lists’ – well, that greatly affects my ability to remembering recipes and recreating the same recipe in exactly the same manner more than once. Not fun. Especially when you make something that is just perfect … Continue reading

Kola Urundai Kuzhambu / South Indian Meatball Curry

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Kari Kola Urundai Kuzhambu / Indian Meatballs Curry with Kheema (Minced Goat or Lamb Meat) A chettinad specialty, and the Indian version of meatballs in a spicy tangy tamarind-based curry. The minced goat meat (kheema) is mixed with a special spice powder made with roasted gram flour, cinnamon, ginger-garlic, chilies, onions, etc. and made into meat … Continue reading

Kerala Kadala Curry / Chickpeas in a coconut flavored curry

Kadala masala curry

Kerala Kadala Curry or Kadala Masala Curry ~ Chickpeas cooked with coconut-tomato-onion and spices. The perfect accompaniment for breakfast specials like Puttu / Idiyappam / Appam / Dosa. D’s parents are from Palakkad, and needless to say that’s my source for Kerala food and recipes. Kadala curry or Kadala masala curry as it is otherwise called, is … Continue reading

Mattar Paneer / Paneer and Peas in a creamy sauce

Mattar Paneer ~ Paneer and Peas cooked in a creamy Punjabi – Indian sauce A very popular main course dish and one of D’s favorite, which makes it a frequent choice for dinners at home. Here’s a recipe I’ve tried and perfected over time after having cooked my way through a number of pro-chef versions of … Continue reading

Lemon Rasam / South Indian Lentil Soup Flavored with Lemon

Lemon Rasam / South Indian Lentil Soup Flavored with Lemon If every chef has a signature dish, this one has to be mine. This dish has a mind of its own – and I mean it. I have never got it tasting the same twice, ever. Just adjusting the amount of dal-tomatoes-lemon-pepper-cumin-water, simply put – … Continue reading

Shrimp Varuval / Prawns In South Indian Masala

SHRIMP VARUVAL / PRAWNS STIR FRIED IN COCONUT AND SPICES ~ Shrimp (prawns) cooked in spicy South Indian masala Shrimps – hmm, they scare me. They are just too complicated for me to comprehend with all those “moving” parts – sorry if I offended anyone. But my husband (who I’ll simply call ‘D’ going forward), … Continue reading

Lauki Kofta Curry / Bottle Gourd Dumplings In Indian Gravy

lauki koftas | bottle gourd kofta curry

LAUKI/ BOTTLE GOURD KOFTA CURRY ~ Dumplings made of shredded bottle gourd, in a spiced Indian curry My husband and I have been on the path to adopting the healthy way to eat our meals, without having to give up on the yummy Indian curries and dishes. This is what we’d ideally like on our … Continue reading

Kheema Mattar Masala | Ground Lamb or Goat Curry Cooked with Green Peas

Kheema Mattar Masala | Ground Lamb or Goat Curry Cooked with Green Peas D was not much of a meat-eater and had never tried ground meat before we were married. This dish was what initiated him to it and he still enjoys it to this day. Here’s an easy way to create a restaurant-grade entrée for your … Continue reading

Mor Kuzhambu / Spiced Buttermilk Indian Curry

What is common amongst all of these – Rasam saadham, Thayir saadham with pickle, Kichidi, Dal chaawal, Mashed potatoes, Mac n Cheese, Maggie/ramen noodles, Toasted bread, Chicken soup? Well, depending on whether you are from Mylapore or Andheri or Brooklyn or where ever it be… one or more of these dishes would bring back soothing memories of … Continue reading