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Varutharacha Sambar

Sambar can be prepared in lot many ways. I usually prepare the Sambar without coconut. Ever since J returned from Kerala the last month, he couldn’t stop talking about this amazing Sambar he had, at a hotel. On enquiring, he was told that it is Varutharacha Sambar. I remember making this much before my marriage, under the guidnce of my maternal Grandmom. As I was making after such a long gap, I had to double check with my mother to see if I was on the right track. Pretty pleased with the results 🙂

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Thai Style Stuffed Squid

At times, watching certain cookery channels inspires me to try certain dishes. Stuffed Squid was one such dish. I have been thinking of preparing this for a while. Usually while buying squid, I get it cut. But this time, I specifically asked them to not to chop it up. I had already zeroed in on a recipe from Franglais Kitchen, as the ingredients were already in stock. I tweaked the recipe a bit to suit my palate. This was served with Thai Fried Rice. What a wonderful combination !!!

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Thai Fried Rice

D is a bit hesitant when it comes to eating Rice. Being a Mom, one needs to think of tricks to get your child to eat, right? Though there are options like Tomato Rice, Coconut rice etc, he’s not particularly fond of them. Next option??? Go International 😛 Yesterday was one such day, where I had to find a way to present the leftover Rice in a new way. As I was preparing Thai Style Stuffed Squid, I decided to prepare Thai Fried Rice. I love this recipe because it’s very easy to prepare. In this recipe, I have used…

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Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons (Djaj Mqualli)

? Tagine is a slow cooked stew made with meat, vegetables and spices. This dish is common in Africa. The dish got its name after Tagine, an earthen pot with a conical lid, which is used to cook the stew. I was tempted to try making this dish at home but didn’t have a Tagine pot. On doing some research, I found that that one could prepare Tagine even without the traditional pot. Aah !! My Eureka moment !!
The recipe I chose was Djaj Mqualli, a tagine made with Chicken, preserved lemons and olives. I had bookmarked a recipe from Saveur. Though the recipe called for Olives, I omitted it as I’m not particularly fond of the taste. I had preserved the lemons couple of weeks back. So that was taken care of. I served the Tagine with Couscous. The cleaned plates were a testimony to how good the dished turned out to be. 🙂

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Thai Prawn Noodle Soup

The rainy season is here. I love sitting in my balcony, watching the plants and trees swaying with happiness, while it rains. Sipping some hot tea takes the pleasure a notch higher. Once you are done with the tea, you start feeling a bit cold. Slowly, you curl up…lethargy creeps in…Now all you want to do is get inside that cosy blanket, neatly folded and placed on the bed. Sounds like a familiar scene ? That’s what happens with me most of the time. But then you can’t get the lethargy grow into you so much that you don’t have…

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Beef Curry

I had mentioned about our Coorg trip in one of my previous posts. Lilian aunty, our host, had prepared this wonderful Mutton Curry that was served with Paapputtu, a steamed rice dish. Aunty had promptly shared the recipe with me. When my parents and sister were here, I prepared this dish. The only difference is that I used Beef instead of Mutton. The beef version also turned out to be as good as the mutton curry. You can prepare this with chicken as well.

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Kothu Parotta/Porotta

Kothu Parotta is a popular street food of Tamil Nadu. This dish is made of shredded Porotta/Parotta mixed with masala and vegetables/meat/egg. It’s an interesting way of using up your leftover porottas/rotis. The recipe I have given has eggs in it. However, you can make it using vegetables or meat as well. This dish should be eaten hot.

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Paneer Bhurji (Scrambled Cottage Cheese)

Paneer bhurji is a dish that can be whipped up in a jiffy. This goes well with any Indian bread.

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Stir fried Minced meat with Vegetables

It’s Easter today. A special day for the Christians all over the world. This is the day for celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as the culmination of the forty days’ lent. Stir fried Minced meat with vegetables, is something that can be whipped up in a jiffy. It goes well with Rice or any bread. You may use any vegetables of your choice. Make sure you add them according to the cooking time.

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Sambar- I

Sambar is a lentil dish commonly made in South Indian households. One can find a lot of variations in the preparation of this curry. Some like it watery, some like it thick, some prefer having lots of vegetables in it, while some prefer very less. The recipe I am sharing today is one of the few ways I prepare. Also, the Sambar I prepare is usually thick with less vegetables and not too sour, as per our liking. You may adjust the ingredients to suit your liking. If you like the sambar to be thin, you may use less lentil….

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Ambur Dum Biryani

Though I had read about Ambur Biryani, I got to taste it for the first time during our stay in Chennai. The mojro differences I saw in this Biryani from the usual ones were, the colour and the short grain rice. On reserching, I found out that the short grained rice used in the Biryani is Seeraga Saa

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Singapore Chilli Crab

Singapore Chilli Crab. The mere mention of it takes me back to 2007, where I got to taste it for the first time. While doing my research before the travel, I had read the Singapore Chill Crab is a must-try. Being a foodie that definitely topped my to-do list. After placing the order, we sat there, e

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Watermelon Rasam

A few days back, while going through Facebook, I came across an interesting post. What intrigued me was the title “Mountbatten Iyer’s Watermelon Rasam”. On reading further, I found out that this was a recipe developed by Mountbatten Iyer, a well known Chef in Chennai. Watermelon Rasam was something

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Samosa

I am sure most of you readers must be familiar with Samosa. For those who aren’t aware, it is a pastry with savoury filling, which is either fried or baked. The most popular filling is a mixture of potatoes. However you could even prepare a non vegetarian filling as well. You could use wheat flour i

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Spicy Thai Chicken Soup

Thanks to the climate change, I had been down with a bout of cold, cough and fever for the past week. While sipping my evening tea and admiring my plants, I realised that I haven’t used the lemongrass from my garden yet. The first thought came into mind was Thai soup. Thankfully I had almost all the

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Pyaaz ki Kachori (Kachori with Onion filling)

I was introduced to Kachori for the first time during our stay in Kota, Rajasthan. The most common sight while driving through the city is that of Kachoris being sold like hot cakes at any time of the day. One can find a lot of variations in the filling, my favourite being Pyaaj/Onion filling. I mad

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Warqi Samosa (Layered Samosa)

Warqi samosas are basically samosas with layered covering. One could use any filling, savoury or sweet to prepare this. Those who don’t have the time to prepare the covering can use Phyllo sheets. I followed the recipe from Khana Pakana for the outer covering.

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Guacamole

Guacamole is an avocado based dip used in Mexican cuisine. This goes well with Tortilla chips, wraps, nachos and even sandwiches. I got the recipe from All Recipes.

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