Delicious Shakshuka

Shakshuka, a dish originated in Tunisia is an extremely popular breakfast food in North Africa and the middle east. Eggs poached in a tangy tomato sauce with onion, peppers and cumin, is my kind of prefect breakfast. Oh! Don’t forget the dollop of yogurt that helps in balancing the spices. Ingredients: Onion – 1 cup (diced)…

Pal Payasam and Parupusili – Marriage made in heaven!

  If you grew up in South India in a Tamil Brahmin household then you would definitely know that meal planning for any special event always involves this star combination.     I’ve had my fair share of awesome and not so awesome versions of pal payasams and I must confess that I’m a Pal Payasam…

Creamy Pumpkin Kurma

There are so many different versions of vegetable kurma but this recipe is one of my favorites. I tasted this white colored creamy kurma with fluffy soft parotas in a tiny thattu kadai in Karaikudi several years ago. It was so delicious that I nagged the chef to share his recipe. So here is my…

Spicy Spinach Dhal

  Nothing is more comforting than a bowl of dhal. Throw in some baby spinach, add basic spices and it makes it even more delicious. This dish can also be prepared with masoor dhal but I prefer moong dhal. Ingredients: Moong dal (yellow lentils) – 1/2 cup Baby spinach – 2 cups Garlic cloves –…

Spicy Plantain Curry

Plantain is one of my favorite vegetables but cooking it can be a little tricky. If you have never cooked plantain here is one thing you should remember. Once you peel the skin and chop plantain, soak it in a bowl with water and turmeric. This will prevent discoloration. Normally, I cook plantain in some…

Naadan Style Channa Curry (Naadan Kadala Kootan)

I’ve always made channa/chickpea masala by adding whole spices and store bought channa masala powder, which is a blend of a whole bunch of spices including cinnamon, cloves, amchur, star anise etc., But my friend from Kerala makes a very different version of chickpea curry. The reason I love this version is because it uses…

“Parupu Podi” to kick start my new year

I love organizing, be it at work or home.It saves so much time if you have an organized home or pantry. Also, if  you make some basic stocks, pickles, lentil powders it makes life so much easier, if and when you decide to cook. So to kick start my new year, I decided to stock…

Organizing recipes

Over the last few years I’ve been collecting a lot of recipes. So finally decided to organize them into pretty folders. Took me an entire day but absolutely worth it. Yay!

Time saving cooking tip # 2

One way to save cooking time is to prep veggies in advance.I spend 20-30 minutes every week chopping veggies and storing them in ziploc bags in the refrigerator. Especially when you are in a hurry to make something quick this will come handy.Same can be done with fruits too.

Yummy Snake Gourd Kootu

My parents live in a beautiful temple town, Kumbakonam, which has over hundred magnificent temples, and some of them are over one thousand years old. Also, 40 out of 108 Divya desams (Vishnu temples) are located in and around Kumbakonam. These temples hold special significane because they are mentioned in the works of Alwars or…

Deep Fried Cabbage Balls

I never get tired of eating south India food prepared the traditional way. Infact, I’ve been trying to recreate some of my grand mom’s and my great grand mom’s traditional recipes. However, I’m also open to experimentation, but its important to make sure that the authentic flavors are not destroyed in the process. Today, I’m presenting my mom’s…

Flattened rice with Potato (Poha) – Quick and easy breakfast recipe

Poha, a Maharashtrian dish made with flattened rice is a quick and easy breakfast option. The original recipe is made with potato and onion but you can add other vegetables including carrots and peas. If you don’t want to spend too much time making breakfast then definite try this recipe  and you won’t be disappointed. Ingredients: Poha (flattened…