Panivaragu kichadi

Panivaragu kichadi

  It was a morning time , when my manager/friend Kathy offered to share her breakfast – Quinoa salad.  Cooked quinoa paired with diced carrots and other veggies , dressed with olive oil . Simple, but it was a hearty meal. I enjoyed  it more for the fact that it…

French Toast

French toast

Few things will delight you in the mornings for sure. A rose smiling at you while you water it ,  the aroma of tea while you sip it , the crunchiness of the Marie biscuit when you dip it in the tea.. All ‘feel good ‘ factors of the mornings….

Peerkangai kootu / Ridge guard curry

Peerkangai Kootu / Ridge gourd curry

There are certain dishes for which you don’t need to tell  your mind to plan , size, and execute. All that you may have to say to yourself is that ‘I am making kootu for lunch’. The execution is almost effortless and flows like a river that knows the destination….

Flowers in the garden

Flowers in the garden

      Are you ready for weekend fun ? Are you good at identifying flowers? Let us see… Can you identify the flowers here?    

Srouting Spinach

Super Singer Greens

I believe you all enjoyed the finale of ‘Super Singer Junior 4’ show. Wasn’t it awesome to watch those lil kids rock on the stage? Congratulations Spoorthi , Jessica and HariPriya! As music to ears , greens are to eyes…. soothing and refreshing, Especially when you have a few you…

Chocolate cake decorated with M and Ms

Impromptu cake

The cake baked tasted good, layered with whipped cream , did  a crumb coat and all ready to do icing. On the day of the party, the number of invitees surged twice the planned number and unfortunately ,  I  had reserved the decoration for the last. Time flew and I…

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…

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…

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…

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