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

Pink Lassi / Indian Yogurt Drink

PINK LASSI / INDIAN YOGURT DRINK RECIPE ~ Sweetened yogurt drink flavored with some concentrated fruit syrup Yes, it’s pink. And yum. I have always made lassi – both sweet and the salty version. But after seeing this version from one of my favorite chefs on the internet, sweet lassi has never been the same again 🙂 With … Continue reading

Lemony Coconut Chutney / Indian Dipping Sauce

Coconut chutney – hardly needs introduction and every household has their own unique flavor of this comfort dish. So does mine.. and you will soon realize that I have a love affair with lemon 🙂 With just a simple twist, you can have yourself a tangy-tasty version of the good-ol’ coconut chutney – a perfect side … Continue reading

Vazhaipoo Vada / Plantain Flower & Lentil Fritters

VAZHA-POO VADAI ~ Plantain flower patties Often side-steeped as “too much work”, the plaintain flower hasn’t been on the fav list for a lot of us. It was so, until I decided to pick up one at the Indian grocers and give it a try. Source: Mom’s kitchen Makes: 20 – 25 vadais depending on … 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

Raita / Yogurt and Vegetable Salad

RAITA ~ Yogurt-based mildly-spiced salad An extremely simple but unparalleled side to any spicy / full-of-flavor mixed rice dish like biriyanis, tomato rice, etc! It perfectly compliments the spices in the main dish with its tangy and mild yogurt-base. Serves: 2 – 3 Ingredients: Chopped vegetables of your choice (cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, carrots are all good choices … 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