Indian, Sides and Snacks

Punjab soup – our family heirloom recipe

Jump to recipe My paternal grandfather had traveled extensively within India and during one of his trips must have come across this dish in North India. He called it ‘Punjab soup’. We still don’t know if there is really such a dish in Punjab… it was made with potatoes, onions and tomatoes - all three… Continue reading Punjab soup – our family heirloom recipe

Appetizer, Indian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees, Sides and Snacks

Special occasion meal 💝

My love for cooking and presenting variety of dishes has always made me plan special occasion meals at home. I will plan a few dishes and keep couple of them really simple and cook a couple of them from scratch. This helps with a big spread but not hours of sweating in the kitchen. Some… Continue reading Special occasion meal 💝

Appetizer, Sides and Snacks

Oven roasted Tortilla chips

Jump to recipe It was yet another cold dreary night and we wanted something really light to go along with our hot soup. My pre-teen son pulled out his ‘kids’ cookbook and found a roasted tortilla chips recipe. Lets make it..... so we modified it 😆 We used corn tortilla, added a liberal sprinkling of… Continue reading Oven roasted Tortilla chips

Appetizer, Sides and Snacks

Cabbage Power bites – teatime snack

Jump to recipe There are many a day when we crave for something crunchy, something salty and spicy to enjoy along with hot masala tea or a cup of coffee… this craving usually hits in the afternoon right around 3 pm. Tiffin time !! We go about rummaging our pantry to look for that snack,… Continue reading Cabbage Power bites – teatime snack

Sides and Snacks

Spicy collard greens – in InstantPot

Jump to recipe Collard greens is a vegetable with flat broad leaves and dark green color. Collard greens are very popular in southern states of USA and are often cooked for New Years day to bring good luck. Collards are rich sources of vitamins and minerals. Collards do not fall into typical greens category like spinach,… Continue reading Spicy collard greens – in InstantPot

Dips, Chutneys and Spreads, Fusion, Sides and Snacks

Creamy corn on toast

Jump to recipe During my school and college days, we as a family used to go to a restaurant in Chennai India which had an eclectic selection of dishes. It was by the beach and was a quaint little place. It was not in the happening part of the city but was quite popular based… Continue reading Creamy corn on toast

Breakfast, Dessert, Sides and Snacks

Happy Pongal 🍯

Pongal is the Harvest festival celebrated in South India particularly in the state of Tamil Nadu. Around the same time, similar festivals are celebrated in many parts of India with different names such as bihu, Lohri, makar sankaranti etc. The festivities of Pongal are very big for the Tamizh farmer. They are celebrating and thanking nature… Continue reading Happy Pongal 🍯

Sides and Snacks

White sweet potato and Eggplant in a tamarind gravy (Gothsu)

Jump to recipe Gothsu is a very simple stew made with any combination of vegetables. Usually potatoes and eggplants find a place along with fresh tomatoes. I am using a combination fo white sweet potatoes and large eggplant. The leading flavor in this dish is ginger. The only other spice added is cumin powder. The vegetables are… Continue reading White sweet potato and Eggplant in a tamarind gravy (Gothsu)

Sides and Snacks

Aloo Gobi with a twist and a tang (Potato cauliflower)

Jump to recipe All my posts are day to day cooking experiences. I do not cook specifically to do a post. Sometimes it is hard to take pictures of every thing while you are preparing dinner for some very hungry folks ! Last night's dinner was Aloo Gobi and as I was beginning to cook,… Continue reading Aloo Gobi with a twist and a tang (Potato cauliflower)