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

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

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

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

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

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

Mushroom Biryani | Mushrooms and spices cooked with rice

Mushroom Biryani | Rice & Mushrooms cooked with coconut and spices I don’t even know where to begin to tell you just how flavorful this biryani can be! If you are strictly vegetarian, and okay with mushrooms, then please do try this: your friends that rave about the flavors from chicken or other meat-flavored biryanis can … 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

Tamarind Rice / Temple Style Puliyodarai

Tamarind Rice / Temple Style Puliyodarai ~ Rice mixed with tamarind sauce and an aromatic South-Indian spice mix If you grew up in Southern India, I bet this brings back memories of the yummy puliyodarai / puliyogare / kovil pulisadham served as prasadam in temples on special occasions. There was always something different about the ones … Continue reading

Pasta Shells and Vegetables In Tangy Tomato Sauce

Pasta Shells and Vegetables In Tangy Tomato Sauce I had never gotten to making pasta before as it seemed like I’d need “a lot of new Italian cuisine stuff” and D wasn’t going to let me stock up on a dozen herbs and spices and cheeses and whatever else it was that every good-looking pasta recipe called … 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

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

Chicken Biryani / Slow cooked Rice with Chicken and Indian spices

CHICKEN BIRYANI ~ Chicken cooked with rice and spices Chicken biryani needs very little introduction – this hearty dish brings together flavorful Basmati rice with the juicy pieces of chicken spiced with all those famously delicious ingredients from the sub-continent like cloves, coriander, cardamoms, cinnamon, mint and many others! Well, you get the picture 🙂 My love affair … Continue reading