Mooli Paratha | Indian Flat-bread Stuffed with Radish

Mooli Paratha | Indian flat-breads stuffed with grated radish

Mooli Paratha | Indian Flat-bread Stuffed with Radish While I am not exactly a fan of an almost-empty produce drawer needing to be restocked, it sure does makes dinner planning so much easier. Choice is not always the best thing, you see. So with just a couple of radishes in there, the first thing I … Continue reading

Gajar ka Halwa | Indian Carrot Pudding

Gajar ka Halwa / Carrot Halwa, by AishCooks

Gajar ka Halwa | Indian Carrot Pudding ~ Grated carrots slow-cooked in milk, sugar and ghee Did you know that carrots can sprout flowers if left in thriving considerations (i.e., produce drawer of the refrigerator) for a really long time? Well, I just found out. So between a bunch of carrots pleading to be used, … Continue reading

Tomato Kadhi | Tangy Tomato Curry with Chickpea flour

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Tomato Kadhi ~ A tangy tomato-based curry thickened with chickpea flour 1 year. That’s how long this recipe has been slumbering in my drafts. There’s always something holding up a recipe in draft-mode, which is why I have almost as many drafts as posted recipes. But hey, that is the cost of writing up no-fail-recipes … 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

Vazhakkai Varuval | Green Plantain Spicy Stir-fry

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Vazhakkai Varuval | Green Plantain Spicy Stir-fry ~ Raw green plantains sliced thin and stir-fried in a spicy marinade With any varuval dish, the cooking process usually extends well beyond the ‘getting done’ stage. Which is a necessary evil in order to get the crispy, crunchy texture and deepened flavor that is only gotten when … Continue reading

Dum Aloo | Baby Potatoes in Kashmiri-style Curry

Dum Aloo Kashmiri Style

Dum Aloo | Baby Potatoes in Kashmiri-style Curry ~ simmered with yogurt and spices for a red fiery curry This dish was the reason I got fennel powder years ago… and unless you’ve cooked with ground fennel before or tried out the original version of this recipe, it will be like nothing you’ve ever had. … Continue reading

Jeera Peas Pulao / Cumin and Green peas Rice

Jeera Peas Pulao

Jeera Peas Pulao ~ Rice cooked with cumin and green peas If you’re wondering why something as easy as jeera pulao warrants a blog post, it is more so you’re reminded of how it only takes a few extra minutes to make a regular meal feel like a whole special spread. This could be the … Continue reading

Moroccan Chickpea Soup

Moroccan chickpea soup

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

Garlic & Cilantro Naan

This post has been in the making for a while now. But I am super pleased with the end result. And so is D, cause I am finally done with the experiments ūüôā But seriously, you’ll be glad I took my time. Now that all the leg work’s been done, you can rest easy and … 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 ūüôā 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

Easy Vegetable Noodles Stir-Fry

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It’s been a busy few few weeks after the New Year’s with everything from work and winter bugs catching up with us. But tummies still grumble when the time’s right, and something’s got to get made. Well, so there are a few good recipes I have waiting in my drafts to share with you all. … Continue reading

Malai Kofta Curry | Panner-Vegetable Dumplings in Creamy Indian Sauce

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For the longest time, I remember not wanting to eat malai koftas¬†because I had this thing for malai – which to me was the¬†shriveled¬†layer of milk skim that I could never ever consume – it just makes me gag. Mom says I’m paranoid. But it happens every time, and even a tiny bit cannot escape … Continue reading

Rajma Masala / Rajma Chawal / Red Kidney Beans Curry With Rice

rajma chawal (red kidney beans with rice)

Merry Christmas and hope everyone’s enjoying the much-needed break this holiday season! We had a good time taking in some really pretty winter¬†scenery on a frozen lakefront home with friends. Now, there’s something about white winter¬†scenes¬†that makes you want to eat everything¬†that’s got a deep red hue with hot steam wafting upwards.¬†This recipe fits the … 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

Crunchy Tomato Rice

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I haven’t been able to post recipes for a little while now – reason, well life just got in the way. Now, doesn’t it always? So here’s a recipe that you will never find intimidating anytime of the week. It takes just over 20 minutes to make, especially if you have leftover rice. What makes … Continue reading

Karamani Puli Kuzhambu / Black-eyed peas in coconut-tamarind curry

Karamani Kuzhambu / Black-eyed peas in coconut-tamarind curry Another recipe using dried legumes, for those days when you are short on veggies and looking to use something from the pantry. Like most other traditional Kerala recipes, this one is quite easy to make and is done as soon as your beans are! What I like … Continue reading

Hung Curd / Greek Yogurt No-Cook Sandwiches

It’s such a delightfully simple no-cook recipe, that takes hardly any time to prepare. ¬†The original recipe calls for hung curds, but¬†Greek¬†yogurt is such a great shortcut /¬†substitute¬†for those looking to make it in a hurry ūüėõ It can¬†conveniently¬†be put together the night before for¬†kiddie¬†lunch boxes as well as made ahead for a party at … Continue reading

Easy Tangy Tomato Chutney / Indian Tomato Dipping Sauce

Easy Tangy Tomato Chutney / Indian Tomato Dipping Sauce A very easy recipe for tangy tomato chutney – goes with almost everything from dosa & idly to vadas, samosas or other appetizers. Growing up, the tomato chutney I remember having was chunky and had onions in it. Well, this version of the recipe has evolved … Continue reading