Cauliflower Peas kurma

Cauliflower Peas Kurma

The house was brimming with joy and laughter. About more than 15 people, all were my aunts, uncles, cousins and children. There was a three month old who was going from one’s hand to another, entertaining the crowd. Three chefs in the small cosy kitchen. Happiness is cooking while chitchatting….

coconut rice

Thengai Sadham / Coconut Rice

Long gone are the days when you were not sure if the coconut you are buying is going to be fresh.. There were days you drove 18 miles to Devon Street (Chicago) only to realize 2 out of 3 coconuts you picked were rotten. Not any more. In Chennai, you…

Amaranthus

Sirukeerai / Amaranthus

Today morning,I harvested my first organic greens from my terrace garden. It was also the first time I had succeeded in raising a plant from its seed. I feel proud and accomplished even though all I did was to sow and sprinkle water and keep it in the full sun….

Sigappu aval upma

Poha Upma / Sigappu Aval Upma

Poha upma was introduced to me in Mumbai when I went to my sister-in -law’s house in 1998. It was one super easy dish I learnt from my s-i-l as a beginner in kitchen. If you do the tadka right and garnish right , there is no failing.   Here…

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins

As every weekend comes by, I start with a desire to bake something , then get distracted with other handful of hobbies (hehe..) and look forward to another weekend all over once again . Last weekend was something different, our neighborhood Nilgris got renovated and restocked with fresh ingredients. We came…

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DIY Cheese Cloth Bag For Making Paneer

Parathas are the latest craze in our home. Soft pliable roti wrapping softer cheese leaves you with lingering taste of spices and creaminess. I am not a fan of store brought paneer, but prefer the firmness of the cubes for kurmas. However, for parathas, you need soft cheese that will…

flower and a rain drop

Paruva Mazhai / Monsoon rain

The Monsoon rain in Chennai is doing amazing things to the weather. All is wet and well. It is a promise to the dry lands and vegetation. Enjoy some clicks  I took just after the rain .  For me , they are like babies who just had a bath …….

Poori masala

Ssshhh.. Secrets of a Poori

Friday Morning, I had made breakfast at home , yet had no time to eat. I had to rush out of the door..I had Poori and masala for breakfast in Saravan Bhavan in my office cafeteria. I felt like Prakash Raj in ‘Un Samayalariyil‘ Love this song, by the way!…

KEERAI MASIYAL

Keerai masiyal

It is Sunday noon, when I get to cook leisurely. I wanted to try baking the yellow cupcakes, doing so, it was already past noon. As a gratitude for the cupcakes, my little helpers offered to cook  potato for side dish . So there were two little chefs peeling and…

Nungu

Nungu -Thirst quencher in summer

As much as the sun scorches in Chennai, so are sold the nature’s gifts to quench the thirst. Tender coconuts, nungu are toppers in the list. Nungu is also called ice apple. The shell is kind of sticky, but it is totally worth getting messy with your hands shelling these…

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