Plum Mojito

Ever since D has come up with the request for refreshing drinks, I am constantly looking for ways to keep him happy. Serving him with a different drink each day ! The recipe I am sharing with you is a non alcoholic drink which can be easily whipped up at home. The original recipe calls for strawberry while I used plum instead. It didn’t take long for D to empty the pitcher. A wonderful drink to quench the thirsty souls. Continue Reading »

Spicy Crab Roast

crab roast

Eating crab is always a messy affair and hence we hesitate to help ourselves with the same while eating out. That’s not the case at home. One can get as messy as one likes. January- February is the ideal time to buy crabs as they have more flesh in it as compared to rest of the year. I got some 3 spotted crab the other day and decided to prepare the spicy version as D loves anything spicy. He loved the dish so much that he omitted the rice and helped himself with more of the crab. Here I was.. pleased as Punch :) Continue Reading »


Having tried Biryanis from different outlets in Chennai, the one we got hooked on to was the Thalappakatti Biryani. In case you are wondering what it is, let me explain. The Thalappakatti Biriyani Hotel’s roots can be traced all the way back to 1957. Founded by Mr. Nagasamy Naidu under the name Anandha Vilas Biriyani Hotel in Dindigul. He always wore a turban called THALAPA(a traditional head dress), which over the years became synonymous with his brand and cooking styles, leading him to earn the nick name “Thalappakatti Naidu” which eventually became the name of the brand and restaurants. (Courtesy: http://www.thalappakatti.com/aboutus.html ) Continue Reading »


Here’s a lesser known fact about me. I do not take juices or any beverages except tea or coffee. So it was always challenging for me when it came to serving guests any drinks. It may sound funny, but even mixing Tang seemed to be a dreadful task. Thankfully D would help me with the taste test and make suggestions. With summer here, one frequent request I get from D is for refreshing drinks. As I wanted him to have something healthy yet refreshing, I thought of making Thandai. Thandai, also known as Sardai, is chilled milk which has a mixture of nuts and other flavourings. This drink is more popular in North India and is associated with the festivals Maha Sivarathri and Holi. Continue Reading »

oreo cheesecake

The other day when I made Oreo cheesecake, I had sent some for D’s classmates. It was so well received that as soon as he was back from school the first question he asked was whether its there in my blog. He asked me to put it asap so that his friends could get it made at home. What more can I say ? I am in seventh heaven :) Continue Reading »


Gole baji

I was introduced to the snack known as Goli Baje during my college days. We were served goli baje as a tea time snack. It is a popular snack in Karnataka and is also known as Mangalore Bajji. Continue Reading »

Butter Prawns

butter prawns

The other day I bought some prawns and was in an experimental mood. The first thought that crossed my mind was Malay cusine. The only hitch was to search for a recipe that didn’t require lime leaves or lemon grass or shrimp paste. Thankfully, I didn’t have to look for long. Found an ideal recipe but was confused by the name. I had to double check on google to ensure that it was indeed an authentic Malay dish. Continue Reading »


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