Mirchi Paneer

Mirchi Paneer ~ Stir fried paneer and peppers, coated with blend of spices I rarely have a dilemma like this – that is, trying to come up with a name for a recipe. Thanks to D, this one had us doing just that. It sure looks like cooking when you want to vs. when you … Continue reading

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South Indian Fish Fry

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South Indian Fish Fry This is my sister’s recipe for fried fish, and an absolute favorite with my 3 (almost 4 now!) year old. The freshly ground marinade that includes a little bit of the shallots/onions, along with a few other fragrant whole spices, gives the fish pieces such a delish crust and you could easily … Continue reading

Mushrooms In Coconut Milk Curry

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Mushrooms In Coconut Milk Curry Here’s a Thai-inspired coconut milk soup-like curry that you can customize as you please. If you’re wondering why I have oh-so-cautiously used “inspired” instead of Thai-style, its because I’ve added almost nothing that ought to go into a Thai recipe, except for the coconut milk, but still manged to find … Continue reading

Tandoori Chicken

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This might indisputably be the most liked Indian chicken dish ever. And it comes as such a welcome surprise that it doesn’t take much to put it together right at home, that too without a tandoor! Now the version I used to make before was certainly yummy, but not the dry-roasted-reddish-colored-drumsticks that you find at … Continue reading

Pavakkai Varuval | Karela Fry | Fried Bitter Gourd

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Pavakkai Varuval | Karela Fry | Fried Bitter Gourd Does bitter put you off? You might want to re-consider with this vegetable. Sometimes, taking the not-so-favored route is not too bad, especially if it helps with the consumption of a new vegetable that you would otherwise not try at all. Now I’m not saying you … Continue reading

Mushroom Pepper Stir Fry

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Mushroom Pepper Stir Fry This recipe was something we started putting together back in the days when every gram of carb consumed was counted – just one of the joys of gestation! So when half a plate of veggies was an absolute must with every meal, curries or over-cooked masalas would simply not cut it. Neither … Continue reading

Baingan Bharta | Roasted Eggplant Curry

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Hello, from warm and sunny India! The little guy and I are here. Wish I could tell you it was a vacation – but nevertheless, here we are and we’re sure glad to be spending a few weeks without having to worry about winter-wear and snow boots!  I’ve been having a thing with the eggplant … Continue reading

Mildly Spiced Chicken Patties with Green Yogurt Dip

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Are you some-what back to work, or being wise and waiting it out until the year’s grand end coming up mid-week through? No matter what you’re doing, don’t get over partying and feasting just yet. Not for another 2 days at-least! So, if you’re still deciding on appetizer options for the New Year’s party, these … Continue reading

Mutton Rogan Josh | Fiery Red Lamb Curry with Yogurt and Indian Spices

Lamb Rogan Josh

Mutton Rogan Josh | Fiery Red Lamb Curry with Yogurt and Indian Spices It’s that time of the year again when red curries are all the rage – nothing better to warm the senses when the temps take a deep dive out there. And guess what, ‘Rogan Josh‘ literally translates to deep-red-fiery-curry (at least according … Continue reading

Mushroom (Koon) Mutta Thoran | Kerala Style Mushroom-Egg Stir Fry

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Mushroom (Koon) Mutta  Thoran ~ Finely cut mushrooms stir fried with scrambled eggs and shredded coconut When Onam fell on a weekday this year, all I wanted to do was put together dinner with a few Kerala-style dishes that would appeal to a barely-mallu palette. This thoran is a perfect fit – D found it … Continue reading

Indian Eggplant Masala

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Indian Eggplant Masala ~ Simple eggplant curry with onions, tomatoes and ground spices The other day when I was chatting up with my sis-in-law, she suggested that I post more of the simple/ordinary dishes that we cook up on a regular basis as well. That sure got me thinking about the many common-fare vegetable curries … Continue reading

Moroccan Chickpea Soup

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What’s better than a 1-pot-meal to rescue your workday evenings? Hearty soups that are super easy to fix might be just what you are looking for! I have tried out a few soup-as-a-meal recipes, but this one remains my top favorite. There is something really attractive about chickpeas that makes it an easy choice – … Continue reading

Chicken and Vegetable Frittata

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You are probably wondering if I have been on an egg diet all month, this being my 3rd post in a row with eggs in them! Well eggs just happen to be so versatile that it might even fully justify having an entire blog for these little guys. Saturday mornings are usually big-breakfast days and … Continue reading

Spicy Hard Boiled Egg Fry

How often have you made a nice simple dish, that did not take very long, but it just wasn’t good enough to complete your meal? I often find myself in that position, especially when I make my favorite butter milk curry mor kuzhambu – I could eat portion after portion of the curry with rice and not … Continue reading

Homemade Ghee / Indian Style Clarified Butter

I’ve been away from the blog – for a while now. And I’d really like to think at least some of you missed seeing my posts 🙂 As always, there’s a lot of very convincing reasons for my hiatus.. a cross-country move, virus-colds-sick visits for the little guy and the grown ups, 2 record setting … Continue reading

Simple Spinach Curry / Pureed Greens

This recipe is mom’s version of the original that my grandmother used to make – kadanja keerai – she cooked the greens with onion, tomatoes, some whole spices and then went the authentic mortar & pestle way to make a nice creamy puree of the greens. It always used to taste amazing with hot rice and ghee. … Continue reading

Chickpeas and Cherry Tomatoes Salad

This salad is so basic and at the same time hearty and completely full of flavor. You can count on me to never make anything that tastes even remotely bland. And that’s thanks to my well seasoned taste buds that are much too primed to appreciate the subtleties of just salt and pepper action (no offence to … Continue reading

Paneer Burji Sandwiches / Scrambled Paneer with Toast

Even though we all like to try out different recipes and add to our repertoire, there are some dishes that make it to a whole different class that’s super special: the go-to-recipes. It’s the ones that you can put together with eyes closed (so to say), and can easily find the will to muster up after … Continue reading

Stuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken

Having cooked Indian dishes for a nice long time now, I’ve kind of ignored trying to understand what each one of those zillion spice powders imparts to your dish – smokiness, spice, sweet, freshness, etc. It is interesting to watch western chefs use Indian spices like cumin and coriander powder every once in a while and acknowledging the … Continue reading

Fish Puttu / Scrambled Fish with Spices

Fish Puttu / Scrambled Fish and Spices This recipe was one of those surprise discoveries a few years ago. I came across this on samai.in and seeing how easy it was, decided to try it in addition to making the usual (also an all-time-favorite) fish curry. We got hooked right away! It’s so simple and only takes … Continue reading